Chief executives from United Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Wizz and Heathrow are confirmed as speakers at this year’s World Aviation Festival.
They are among 600 top-name speaker appearances at the 2020 event in London, which moves to a larger home at ExCeL London.
The three-day conference, on 23-25 September, includes an exhibition with more than 300 participants, with one-to-one meetings scheduled via the exhibition app. In all, more than 6,000 attendees are expected at ExCeL.
Among the conference topics will be how aviation’s environmental impact can be reduced in time to halve net CO2 emissions by 2050 and what the industry needs to do to keep up with “digital native” travellers.
As well as top airline figures, other keynote speakers will be the heads of the World Travel and Tourism Council and Iata.
The event also includes Airport T.EX, which showcases passenger technology and experience strategies for the world’s airports. This boasts 100 speakers and 1,500 airport attendees.
The organisers said: “Airport T.EX is where the future of pre-travel, check-in, baggage, security, wayfinding, lounge, gate technology and experience will be decided.”
Another part of the event is dedicated to new ventures. Start-Up Festival is set to attract more than 150 companies that will shape the future of the industry.