Our priority for this event is to tell the story behind the landmark new airport in Istanbul, from conception to delivery. The key means by which this will be achieved is through two unique conferences. These will be complemented by a series of conference sessions led by Future Travel Experience, which will provide a platform for leading airport and airline speakers from around the world to share their latest strategies and visions.

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The Istanbul Airport Showcase Conference

A deep-dive on the story behind the new airport. You can expect to hear from senior executives from İGA, Turkish Airlines and the other key partners to the project, who will share insight on how the new airport was approached, the challenges that were overcome along the way, and the key learnings other industry stakeholders can take away and apply to their own development projects.

Main conference themes and topics:

  • Global powerhouse: The strategy propelling Istanbul Airport to become the biggest hub in Europe in the 2020s

  • The ground-breaking technical innovations behind the biggest and most advanced airport in the world

  • The robust green credentials of Turkey’s largest LEED-certificated airport

  • The future intensification of İGA’s commercial and retail strategy

  • Istanbul Airport as an export showcase for Turkish airports and Turkish airports’ know-how

The Istanbul New Airport Showcase Conference

“HubLAB Istanbul”

HubLAB Istanbul is an intensive examination of new route opportunities and frequencies from Istanbul Airport. It is the second in a series of conferences staged and prominently promoted in association with www.anna.aero – the leading airline network planning and analysis news service. Note: anna.aero is also wholly-owned by PPS.

Main conference themes and topics:

  • The ambitions of a resurgent Turkish Airlines Hub to EMEA, Asia, and North/ South American markets

  • What new route propositions does an uncongested mega-hub offer to other airline partners? (for instance TK has expressed interest in establishing more interline partnerships with Asian airlines – ANA, Singapore, Korean etc).

  • The power of a combined super-brand encapsulating: global airline, mega transfer hub, the City of Istanbul, and Turkish tourism.

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Complemented by unique conference tracks from Future Travel Experience with leading speakers from around the world

Future Travel Experience conferences are truly unique and deliver a memorable learning experience by providing progressive insight from industry leaders, technology giants, disruptors, parallel industries, academia and startups. FTE hosts plenary sessions to provide outside-of-the-box thinking and inspiration on the future from industry first-movers, and also drills down into dedicated focus areas through multiple conference tracks, which are tailored to specific areas of interest. In addition, to facilitate the best level of knowledge-sharing and interactivity, FTE’s conference sessions utilise diverse formats ranging from Co-creation Roundtables through to Fireside Chats.

FTE will stage the following conferences in Istanbul:

  • Ancillary Conference

  • Digital & Innovation Conference

  • Future Airports Conference

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Confirmed speakers:

Juha Jarvinen

EVP Commercial, Virgin Atlantic Airways & President of the Board of Directors,

Mert Basar

Chief Commercial Officer,
Istanbul Airport

Santiago Aldana Sanin


Clyde Hutchinson

Head of Innovation,
Viva Air Labs

Karin Gylin

Head of Innovation,
Swedavia AB

Ersin Inankul

CIO of Istanbul Airport,
General Manager iGA Systems

Sveinn Akerlie


Mariana Fonseca Medina

Director of Ancillary & Merchandising Strategy,
American Airlines

Apple Ignacio

Director of Ancillary,
Cebu Pacific Air

Niraj Batra

Director – Commercial (Ancillary Revenue & Business Development),

Seyda Tartar

Digital Innovation Manager,
Turkish Airlines

Thomas Hoff Andersson

Chief Operating Officer,
Bengaluru International Airport

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