Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has confirmed aviation industry veteran Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines, and Jozsef Varadi, CEO of budget airline Wizz Air, will speak at the inaugural ATM Virtual, which takes place from June 1 to 3.
According to the latest analysis from the International Air Travel Association (IATA), the COVID-19 crisis will see global airline passenger revenues drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55 percent decrease compared to 2019. In a series of seminars and interviews led by aviation expert John Strickland, director of JLS Consulting, ATM Virtual will look at the measures airlines are undertaking to counteract the direct impact the pandemic is having on their business.
Sir Tim, who has dedicated 35 years to growing Emirates Airlines to become the largest long-haul airline in the world, and in the process has helped transform Dubai into a major global travel hub, will discuss his time spent at the company, and its response and the procedures implemented to deal with the current pandemic.
The future strategy of Emirates, with a focus on making flying safer through technology implementation, will also be highlighted.
Complementing the lineup of aviation heavyweights is CEO of Wizz Air, Varadi. Thanks to the implementation of new regulations by the airline, Varadi ensured that Wizz Air was able to continue operating during the pandemic.
A major discussion point during the event will be the opening of Wizz Air’s forthcoming subsidiary in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company, which will further underscore its market position in the budget airline sector.
Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, ATM, said: “The airline industry continues to face deteriorating conditions with global airline passenger revenues predicted to fall by over 55 percent in 2020. To address these issues, we have brought together two of the most influential figures in the airline industry to discuss their procedures and strategies for the future.”
In addition to the two speakers, a webinar by Cirium will break down the power of analytics in supporting business performance. Through decades of experience, Cirium has been instrumental in supporting aircraft manufacturers, airports, and airlines, among others, to shape the future of their businesses and support the travel industry.
ATM Virtual is an online travel event taking place across three days that will provide a platform for networking and one-to-one meetings with buyers, and extensive current insights from leading industry professionals, supporting the ATM community and wider travel and tourism industry in rebounding as quickly and efficiently as possible. All main stand holders and sharers will be able to set up 30-minute video meetings with registered buyers, and everyone will have full access to attend all of the live webinars and on-demand content including blogs and roundtables.