Today sees the start of the 24th annual congress of the Association of French-speaking airports associated with Airport Council International (ALFA-ACI), and will run until 30 May 2015 at the Hotel Starling Geneva.
More than 350 participants are expected for this event, mainly from France but also from Belgium, Switzerland and many African countries (Algeria, Tunisia, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Gabon, Togo, etc.). Most of those attending are members of airport management bodies, but there are also representatives of civil aviation authorities, international organizations, consultants, suppliers in the aviation field, and specialized journalists.
Genève Aéroport is hosting the event and is therefore responsible for its organization on behalf of the ALFA-ACI, with the assistance of the Symporg agency. During their stay, delegates will also be given an overview of Geneva's tourism and cultural offer, including a welcome evening at the Ariana Museum and a gala dinner in the Plainpalais communal hall.
The theme for the 2015 ALFA-ACI congress is "The challenges of tomorrow for our airports: 10 year outlook". The air transport industry is in fact seeing major technological changes that are having a significant impact on passenger behaviour and expectations. Moreover, the underlying trends in tourism, transport, information sharing, and collaborative economy are helping to change the role of airports.
Various subjects related to these topics will be discussed during the working meetings, while presentations and panel discussions will be led by personalities and experts in air transport. An exhibition of service providers in the aviation field will complement the arrangements for participants.