Chris Grayling MP and Michael O’Leary join speaker list and agenda for AOA Annual Conference 2016

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is pleased to announce the latest speaker line-up for next week’s Annual Conference, which is being held on 21-22 November 2016 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London.

In particular, we are pleased to announce that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, and Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary will be joining us at the Conference to give their view on recent events and the future of UK aviation.

The full line-up of speakers is:

  • Chris Grayling MP – Secretary of State for Transport
  • Andy McDonald MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
  • Willie Walsh – Chief Executive, IAG
  • Michael O’Leary – Chief Executive, Ryanair
  • Paul Kehoe – Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
  • Arnaud Feist – Chief Executive, Brussels Airport
  • John Holland-Kaye – Chief Executive, Heathrow Airport
  • Stewart Wingate – Chief Executive, London Gatwick Airport
  • Charlie Cornish – Chief Executive, Manchester Airports Group
  • Andrew Haines – Chief Executive, CAA
  • OIivier Jankovec – Chief Executive, ACI Europe
  • Gordon Dewar – Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport
  • Debra Barber – Managing Director, Cardiff Airport
  • Graham Keddie – Chief Executive, Belfast International Airport
  • Andrew Bell – Chief Executive, Regional & City Airports
  • Darren Caplan – Chief Executive, AOA
  • Jane Middleton – Chairman, Airlines UK
  • Ian Jopson – Chair, Sustainable Aviation
  • Louise Ellman MP – Chair, Transport Select Committee
  • Graham Brady MP – Chair, Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee
  • Drew Hendry MP – Westminster Group Leader (Transport), SNP

Held at the prestigious Hilton Metropole Hotel, London, the conference will be moderated by renowned ITN news anchor and television presenter, Natasha Kaplinsky. Broadcaster and Senior Travel Editor for The Independent Simon Calder will host the AOA Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

Issues likely to be discussed will include airport growth and capacity, the impact of Brexit, aviation tax, sustainability, security, and passenger experience. Delegates include senior representatives from UK aviation and travel, together with government officials and regulators, and media.

If you haven’t booked yet, places can be reserved by visiting the AOA Annual Conference website at, where you will also find a full agenda

Chief Executive of the AOA, Darren Caplan said:

“With so much going on, never has there been a better time to hold this conference with so many senior players participating across UK and European aviation. The announcement on a new runway at Heathrow and crucial need to grow and make the most of existing capacity around the UK, the challenges and opportunities now being discussed around Brexit, the recently signed ICAO global carbon deal, the looming Autumn Statement setting out the latest on Air Passenger Duty – all this and more will be discussed at the AOA conference at a time when the discussion really matters.

“I advise anyone who hasn’t booked yet to do so as soon as possible so that they don’t miss out!”