AOT Sister Airport CEO Forum 2018

11 to 13 July at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld

hosted by

Foreign Cooperation and Protocol Department

Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited

AOT-hosted forum to address technological evolution impacting aviation industry

Bangkok (July 12, 2018) — The aviation industry is facing not only ever-changing challenges in the operating landscape but constant evolution in technology and Innovation.  This is the main theme of an international forum hosted this week by the Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) which brings together chief executives of leading airport operators, industry players and experts to address this topical issue. “The digital age has dramatically changed people’s lifestyles which in turn is transforming the way the aviation industry conducts its business,” said AOT President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn. That requires the industry to evolve, changing its service offering, management structure, and collaborating with other organisations to deliver quality services in a timely fashion, he added.

The conference, entitled “Aviation Industry as It Experiences Constant Evolution in Technology and Innovation,” comes under the 2018 edition of AOT Sister Airport CEO Forum, scheduled on July 11-13 with over 200 attendees. Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn will preside over the opening of the forum and delivering a keynote speech on July 12.  Also jointly presiding over is AOT Chairman Prasong Poontaneat. Other keynote speakers on the day are Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society; Mr Arun Mishra, Regional Director of International Civil Aviation Organization (Asia & Pacific Office); and AOT President Nitinai. It will be followed by panel discussions on Airport Challenges in Technology Revolution and Innovative ideas in Air Cargo.

The following day at the forum will devote to sharing best practices on Technology & Innovation for Airport Safety & Security and Enhancing Airport Services with Technology & Creativity by AOT officials and senior executives of 11 international airport operators and companies which have joined the sisterhood with AOT under the Sister Airport Agreement (SAA).  Dr Nitinai noted that innovation is a key to boosting competitiveness of AOT which is improving its service provision, commercial operation, organisational management and work linkage with outside organisations through digital platform under the Thailand 4.0 programme.  Including in the AOT’s digital roadmap are the Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) and AOT Application which extends the forms of passenger service and raising AOT’s efficiency of service provisions.

At this forum, AOT will present the “Digital Platform” project to connect with airports around the world.  Moreover, it will use this forum to solicit the development of Thailand as an agricultural product trans-shipment hub for this region by creating collaboration with other airports under the “Certify Hub” concept.  Dr Nitinai said AOT hopes this forum will bring about knowledge, experience and best practice sharing which will go a long way to propel the aviation industry to new heights in the age of digital and innovation.

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