Wings of Change – Europe to Focus on Rebuilding a Competitive European Air Transport System

(Posted 29th September 2022)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the Wings of Change Europe conference will focus on rebuilding a competitive European air transport system as the industry looks to its post-pandemic future.

Europe is recovering strongly but challenges remain. The industry’s resilience is being tested by the $50 billion in losses the region’s airlines experienced during COVID-19 (2020-2022) and a return to pre-pandemic demand that is not expected to occur until 2024. Meanwhile, the operating environment is made more challenging with growing costs, a proliferation of regulatory initiatives and the drive towards net zero emissions.

Europe needs strong air connectivity now more than ever. But the competitiveness and resilience of European aviation are under strain. Rising fuel prices and infrastructure costs are putting pressure on affordable air transport for European travelers, tourist markets, and exporters. And successfully achieving our transition to net-zero CO2 by 2050 will require close cooperation and support between regulators and industry. To ensure that the European economy is well-supported by efficient regional and global connectivity, it is essential that the regulatory agenda being pursued across Europe is approached with great care and a focus on competitiveness. At Wings of Change Europe we will bring together key decision-makers to debate these vital issues,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.      

Wings of Change Europe will take place in Istanbul, Türkiye, from 08th to 09th of November 2022, hosted by Pegasus Airlines.

Speakers include:

  • Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General,
  • Mehmet Nane, Vice-Chairperson of the Board, Pegasus Airlines, and Chair of the IATA Board of Governors
  • Güliz Öztürk, CEO, Pegasus Airlines
  • Professor Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board & Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines
  • Anko van der Werff, CEO, SAS
  • Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  • Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s Chief Economist

Issues under discussion will include:

  • European competitiveness and connectivity
  • Environment and Sustainable Aviation Fuels
  • Modernizing European Air Traffic Management
  • Creating a regulatory framework to support sustainability and competitiveness
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Accessibility
  • Rebuilding tourism  

The event is open to accredited members of the press. 

View the Wings of Change Europe agenda and registration page