Nearly 500 delegates attended the first ever Wings of Change in Europe, which took place in Madrid, Spain November 13-14. Discussions, debates, meetings, partnerships, agreements, and launches made for a busy and successful event… that we are doing again in 2019!
Madrid hosted the first ever Wings of Change in Europe, attracting Ministers and Government officials from all around Europe (and even India), airlines, airports, media and other key industry stakeholders. The day and a half event featured a packed agenda comprising debates and discussions mostly around competitiveness, safety, security, innovation, and sustainability, as well as a series of industry meetings and signings.
It also offered highlights such as Babita Sharma from the BBC taking a selfie with some of our most prominent industry CEOs. Competitors in the sky, but friends on stage!
The industry’s first Competitiveness Toolkit was introduced, providing governments with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of their air connectivity. The analysis will be updated regularly, to enable stakeholders to measure progress. The first country report, for Spain, was announced during the event, with key European states to follow in the coming weeks and months.
The event venue,Grand Hyatt Berlin, is located near the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin’s vibrant city center, Grand Hyatt Berlin is the ideal location for business and leisure travelers. Cultural journeys through the city begin with this design hotel’s artful ambience, contemporary guestrooms, international dining, and grand meeting spaces.
Grand Hyatt Berlin offers 326 elegant rooms and 16 luxurious suites located in the heart of Berlin, at Potsdamer Platz.You may also experience pure relaxation at our wellness oasis Club Olympus Spa & Fitness and enjoy the breathtaking views over the rooftops of Berlin. The spa also has an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam bath, a solarium and a large outdoor terrace.
Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city's also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963. A city filled with an eclectic mix of history, culture and incredible sights, it is a place that intrigues yet embraces visitors with open arms.
Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. About one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes.
For the first time in Europe, Wings of Change, our flagship event where you can join the debate to discuss the future of air transport with CEOs, government authorities, industry and non-industry experts as well as key decision makers.
Wings of Change takes place at a critical time for the industry as it contends with an unprecedented increase in demand, capacity bottlenecks in the air and on the ground, and looks to harness the many opportunities of the digital revolution.
IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.
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