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Event Overview

Airport A&I 2020 announcement
As with all the UKs large hotels, the Marriott Heathrow (Airport A&I’s 2020 venue) expects to receive government notifications sometime in July regarding safe hotel guidance and full re-opening dates. Following several frank discussions, it is already clear that no hotel of this size can adhere to the guidelines with 200+ delegates. Similarly, we cannot be sure what quarantine restrictions will still be in place at the end of summer which is problematic for both speakers and delegates.

The effect of C19 on the aviation business is completely unprecedented and every airport has been forced to make tough decisions in order to survive. For those that can adapt quickly, there are still opportunities ahead but the key to unlocking them is, as ever, innovation. So, until physical events can restart safely, we are innovating together with the industry and creating two new products to help airports and suppliers help each other navigate the best route to a quick recovery: 

Hosted Airport Supplier Online Meetings (HASOMs)
HASOMs are live, exclusive digital meetings with key international airport procurement and management alongside regulators.

Meetings are chaired by a neutral, well-respected industry figure who will introduce the ‘host supplier’ to the airports and vice versa preceding a 30-minute direct presentation to the airports which can also include a case study or demo with video assets as required. Presentations are followed by a Q&A session between all and a round-up by the chair.

“The value isn’t in the automation or innovation, it’s in the mind-set of always looking over the horizon so that you’re part of the disruption and not merely subject to it.”


Darryl Dowd is one of over 20 speakers at Airport A&I 2020: 
Airport A&I Speaker Profiles

Darryl Dowd,
VP, Airport Operations, Winnipeg

  • Apron and ramp stand – entry
    guidance, FOD checks, cones, chocks and jetties
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Asset maintenance and scheduling
  • Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and baggage robotics
  • Baggage handling, logistics and storage
  • Baggage tugs and dollies
  • Biometric boarding systems
  • COVID-19 – the role airports will play
  • COVID-19 – the digital legacy
  • Data and mobility
  • New normal – post COVID-19 strategies
  • Driverless futures
  • Drone Evolution
  • Improving runway throughput
  • Late bags, catering and spares delivered via drone
  • Maintenance – keeping aprons clear, clearing snow, ice and cutting grass
  • Ramp vehicles, passenger and staff transportation
  • Regaining passenger confidence post COVID-19
  • Sanitising airports & aircraft
  • Security & connectivity
  • Social distancing – airlines and airports
  • Training and maintenance
  • Tugs and towing – moving aircraft
  • Virtual training and simulation
  • Wildlife management plus aircraft, runway, civil and lighting inspections
  • Winter operations – automated deicing plus removal of snow and ice

Line up of speakers and presentations subject to change until confirmed ahead of the event



  • Entry to all speaker presentations 
  • Full access to exhibitor area
  • Delegate gala dinner – evening of day one of conference
  • Teas, coffees & refreshments (lite bites and lunch) throughout the two days


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