Wed, 7 Nov 2018

Hamburg to Host CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit in 2019

Hamburg, Germany has been selected as the host city for the second annual CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit.

The 2019 CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit will be held 10-11 October 2019 at the Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg.

Peter Harbison, CAPA – Centre for Aviation executive chairman ,said, “After the success of the inaugural Low Cost Long Haul Summit in Seville in October, we are pleased to be bringing this important discussion back for another year. We are delighted to be partnering with Hamburg Convention Bureau and Hamburg Airport, the gateway to such an intriguing destination that our delegates will thoroughly enjoy.”

Scoot aircraft at Changi Airport in Singapore in September 2018. Picture taken by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

New aircraft technologies, evolving passenger preferences and stable fuel prices have pushed LCCs (and restructuring full service airlines) to consider new growth opportunities in longer sectors. High fare long haul markets are ripe for disruption and airports/destinations are aggressively courting new routes. New city pairs are emerging, and secondary airports are featuring regularly in the long haul low cost networks.

But it’s not just fuel efficient widebody equipment that are changing the game – the new long haul narrowbodies are opening up vast new opportunities for airlines, and they’ll be entering the fleets of airlines around the world in large numbers in the coming years. The implications are profound, touching the entire travel value chain from airports to accommodation, ground transportation, distribution/payment and technology.

Michael Eggenschwiler, Hamburg Airport CEO, said, “We are delighted and proud that Hamburg will be hosting the CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit in October 2019. The première in Seville demonstrated the great interest for this new event in the industry calendar. The low-cost long-haul segment represents an exciting field. In conjunction with the development of more flexible and modern aircraft such as the Airbus A321neoLR and Boeing’s 737MAX, it offers a great deal of potential, and we will be engaging in depth with this aspect of the future in Hamburg.”

Hamburg Airport hosts domestic, regional and international passenger, cargo and charter services from over 60 airlines, with low lost carriers making up 46 percent of total seat capacity.

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