Airports Consultants Council (ACC) and British Aviation Group (BAG) Global Business Summit:

Building the Airport and corporate infrastructure for the future. 

BAG and ACC come together for the fifth time to deliver a two-day Global Business Summit.

The event will bring together 60+ aviation professionals from across the UK and US - a must for those interested in global economic trends, aviation funding and investment, and international networking, particularly airport architects, designers, engineers, operators, planners and suppliers, and developments experts.




Christina Cassotis, CEO, Pittsburgh International Airport

Ms. Cassotis has been CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, since January 2015.

During that time, Pittsburgh International Airport has experience an 80 percent increase in nonstop flights and three straight years of passenger traffic growth. The airport was named Air Transport World's 2017 Airport of the Year and Regional Airport of the Year by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

For her role in leading the airport's dramatic turnaround, along with a recently unveiled $1.1 billion Terminal Modernization Program, Ms. Cassotis the 2017 Excellence in Visionary Leadership Awards from Airports Council International - North America, and was named the 2017 Director of the Year for medium size airports by Airport Revenue News. Ms. Cassotis began her career in commercial aviation working for the Massachusetts Port Authority which operates Boston Logan International Airport. She went on to serve as Managing Officer for Airport Services for ICF-SH&E, leading a global team of aviation consultants.


Tony Chisnall, Capital Programme Director, Schipol Airport

Tony Chisnall leads the Capital Programme at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The Capital Programme is responsible for managing the development and construction of the new pier, the new terminal and all related facilities including landside accessibility modifications and multimodal transit facility.

Tony has over 20 years' experience leading complex infrastructure programmes, in multiple sectors including defense, aviation, transportation and utilities. At Abu Dhabi Airports, Tony successfully delivered the upgrade of the whole airfield in readiness for the Midfield Terminal Complex , whilst at the Ministry of Defense he led the implementation of a major transformation programme to improve outcome performance across defense equipment delivery programmes plus logistical and MRO support operations.

He has held multiple senior leadership positions in global organizations including BAA, as Terminal 5 Commercial Director and others for Siemens, and Linde. All of these have had a strong emphasis on building solid organizational foundations for future business success.


Kian T. Gould, Founder/COE, AOE

Kian T. Gould is the Founder and Chief Executive of AOE, a leading global expert in omnichannel e-commerce and digital transformation within the aviation space. He is a regular speaker at many global conferences, and a well-known expert in airport digitalisation; he is best known for transforming Frankfurt Airport into the first digital omnichannel airport e-commerce marketplace and launching game-changing commerce market places for Heathrow, Singapore airlines and many more.

For the past 15 years his company AOE has assisted Fortune 1000 companies with their digital transformation and omnichannel e-commerce strategies. With hits headquarters in Frankfurt and with offices in San Francisco, Zürich, Dubai and Hong Kong, AOE and its global team of more than 250 people in six countries, has established a reputation as a leading provider for airport digitalisation. The company's OM3 platform is quickly becoming the leading technology solution for digitalising non-aviation revenues for both airports and airlines.


Programme speakers:



Rob Rushmer, Director, ICF

Rob has over 25 years of industry experience covering airport business planning, master planning, and the project management of multidisciplinary airport projects with complex financial, commercial, regulatory, and engineering interfaces. Rob's particular expertise is the preperation and assessment of strategic development scenarios and the interaction of financial, planning, environmental, regulatorym and licensing requirements. His view of airport planning is that the master plan is the physical embodiment of the business plan.


John Heimlich, VP & Chief Economist, Airlines of America


John Heimlich joined Airlines for America (A4A) in April 2001 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Economist. He is responsible for matters pertaining to economics and energy and frequently engages with members of the media. Heimlich represents A4A in the MIT Airline Industry Consortium and the Harvard Industrial Economists Discussion Group and is Chairman Emeritus of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). In December 2010, Heimlich received the Armbrust Aviation Group’s award for “Distinguished Achievement in Aviation.” Prior to A4A, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines in financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs. In the latter role, he worked on competition matters, mergers, route cases and antitrust immunity for alliances. A native of Kent, Ohio, Heimlich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


The full two-two programme will explore topics such as:

  • Where the Aviation Markets are going
  • Airport Development Outlook
  • Innovations
  • Implications on companies doing business
  • The future of Airport Development Companies
  • Related Think Tank sessions across the various areas discussed

To book your place, please click on the "register" button at the top of the screen

Tickets are priced as follows:

  • BAG and ACC Members Rate - £400 + VAT
  • Non Members Rate - £495 + VAT 

If you are an ACC member, please contact Chloe Gale for booking details and your dedicated link to qualify for the discounted ACC rate of £400 +VAT.

Non-members please register and click on the public rate.