The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit is the only event of its kind in the industry that brings together high-level participants from regulators, private sector, government and airline operators to address a wide range of hot topics from environment liberalisation and security challenges to salient strategic trends the region faces.

Going into its 5th edition, the upcoming Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit 2016 is a summit that focuses on the key issues affecting commercial aviation.


Aviation Tomorrow: Managing New Challenges, Realising New Potentials

Aviation is a linchpin of the global economy, connecting people and ideas from all over the world. Growth in the sector remains strong, with much of it coming from emerging markets. However, challenges remain. The 5th edition of the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit focuses on how new ideas and emerging technologies, while presenting new challenges for the sector, could also provide new opportunities and enablers to further drive the success of global aviation.


14 February  2016, Sunday

6.30 pm
Opening Dinner Speech
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore

9.00 pm

End of Dinner

15 February  2016, Monday

8.30 am Opening Address
Mr Khaw Boon Wan
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore

Keynote Address
Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu
President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Mr Tony Tyler
Director General and CEO, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
9.15 am Tea Break
10.00 am Speech by
Mr Alain Vidalies
Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries,
Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
10.15 am Panel Discussion: Global Air Hubs – Is this the Future or the Past?
The hub and spoke model has allowed airlines to pool traffic and sustain larger networks than what local and direct traffic can support. But what makes an air hub successful? First, geography – being located along major traffic flows, especially between points where non-stop services are not viable. Second, market opportunities – allowing airlines to fly to where the demand is. Third, product – having the right combination of airport, price, and airlines – such that passengers do not mind making an additional stop at the hub airport.

But things are changing. Technology now allows aircraft to fly farther and profitably with fewer passengers. Traffic flows are changing, with new markets emerging in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America. New airlines are constantly being set up, and more secondary airports are being built and expanded. Governments have recognised the importance and benefits of air connectivity and are paying more attention to their airlines and airports, as well as air services regimes.

How will the landscape change? Which will be the air hubs of tomorrow? How should we respond?

Moderator : Mr Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

Speakers :
  • Mr Christoph Mueller, CEO, Malaysia Airlines
  • Mr James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways
  • Ms Angela Gittens, Director General, Airports Council International
  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport, UK
  • Mr Henrik Hololei, Director-General, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), European Commission
11.50 am Lunch Dialogue Session
Ms Violeta Bulc
European Commissioner for Transport

Moderator : Mr David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council
1.30 pm Panel Discussion: Are Drones the Future or Bane of Aviation?

There is exponential growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) around the world. With the ease of procuring UAS and their low cost, and the multiple applications they present, UAS have the potential to complement manned flights and revolutionise aviation. However, they could encroach on limited airspace which is already significantly used by manned aircraft, and pose safety, security and privacy concerns. What are some of the exciting applications of UAS, and can their full potential be realised, or will they be doomed by traditional, risk-averse regulations? How and to what extent should they be regulated; is it realistic to try to tightly control them given their increasing commoditisation? Does the current approach to managing and regulating airspace need to be overhauled to accommodate UAS?

Moderator : Mr Rob Eagles, Director, ATM Infrastructure, IATA

Speakers :
  • Mr Edward Bolton, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, US Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dr Francis Schubert, Legal Counsel, CANSO and Deputy CEO, skyguide
  • Capt Martin Chalk, President, International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations
  • Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Aviation Safety Agency
  • Mr Jeffrey Lam, Chief Operating Officer, ST Aerospace
2.45 pm Tea Break
3.15 pm Panel Discussion: What will it take to reach a Global Agreement on Aviation Emissions at the 2016 ICAO Assembly?
ICAO Member States adopted a resolution at the 38th ICAO Assembly in 2013 to develop a global market-based measure (MBM) scheme to manage aviation emissions, for presentation to the 39th ICAO Assembly in 2016 for a decision on implementation. Progressing towards agreement on the details of the global MBM scheme has been challenging in trying to address all the different interests and concerns, and complicated by broader political positions on climate change. The industry and many States recommend a global MBM scheme based on carbon-offsetting as the most cost-effective, interim measure to complement ongoing technology, operational and infrastructure measures. This would allow aviation to continue to grow, and avoid a patchwork of regional and unilateral MBM schemes. Some States however remain sceptical, believing that a global MBM scheme would unfairly constrain the growth of their carriers and aviation industry. What will it take for ICAO to reach agreement on a global MBM scheme? What are the key differences – technical and political, that will need to be reconciled, and what are the possible compromises?

Moderator : Mr Paul Steele, Senior Vice President, Member and External Relations and Corporate Secretary, IATA

Speakers :
  • Mr Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group
  • Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Mr Michael Huerta, Administrator, US Federal Aviation Administration
  • Ms Laurence Graff, Head of International Carbon Market, Aviation and Maritime, Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), European Commission
  • Mr Ramesh Lutchmedial, Director General of Civil Aviation, Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority
  • Mr Moumouni Dieguimde, Representative of Burkina Faso on the Council of ICAO
  • Mr Vikram Widge, Head of Climate and Carbon Finance, World Bank Group
4.45 pm End of Summit

The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit is jointly organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Experia Events, International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT). Attendance for this summit is strictly by invitation only.

Visit the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit website here for more information about the show. Alternatively, please contact the Conference Manager at

Dinner Sponsor:

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