World Connect returned to the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco, from November 1 to 3, 2023, with a major theme: “More than ever, air transport remains fundamental.” But many other subjects were discussed during this event which was held at the Fairmont-Monaco hotel.
Nearly 500 participants
APG Connect brings together several hundred participants each year, including around a hundred airline executives.
Jean Louis Baroux, president of World Connect and also founder of APG, declared: “It is with great pleasure that we return to the elegant Fairmont Hotel in Monaco, which has seen a large part of its establishment renovated. We are sure to provide a high-quality welcome to all our participants”…”Currently we already have 482 registered participants from 87 countries including more than 75 airlines represented by around a hundred of their respective managers from all over the world”
Air transport remains fundamental
This year, we will ask the question of whether air transport remains fundamental more than ever. Tim Clark, CEO of Emirates, and Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France, will share a panel under the theme: “What will air transport look like in the future”. This is without counting the participation of around twenty other prestigious speakers from different countries, all international experts in their field.
Intermodality and the ecological challenge
The position taken at the opening of the 14th edition of APG World Connect by Sandrine de Saint-Sauveur and Richard Burgess, respectively president and CEO of APG Inc and president of APG Network, responds from Monte-Carlo to the ecological challenge with a new winning approach: intermodality. .
Pierre-Hugues Schimt, cco Vinci Airports, clarified: We must go beyond the classic idea of competitiveness between the different transport sectors – he observed during the opening conference at the Fairmont hotel. We need to increase the possibilities for connecting airports to cities or territories, accompanied by ever greater personalization of services”
For his part, Tewolde Gebamariam, senior strategic advisor at Delta Airlines, indicated “Digitalization has contributed to shifting the theme of intermodality from freight strategies to those of passenger transport but it implies a rethinking of airport and urban spaces, which must be brought together and integrated”.
The future is flexible
“The future of the air sector is moving towards a completely flexible mobility concept – added Florian Von Klier, executive director of innovation and global solutions at Sixt Rent A Car – which is why we will have to work on creating a platform -single form that integrates all existing transport platforms”.
Yannik Assouad, vice-president of Thales Avionics said “Singapore or Seoul airports are among the best examples of seamless transport experiences today, but in Europe, the widespread use of biometrics in the service of technology must be accompanied by greater protection of privacy. The balance between development and protection will therefore involve strengthening cybersecurity.”