Day One Plenary Session: Wednesday, June 28
09:00 – 15:30 Visit to medieval Bruges
Optional guided city tour of medieval Bruges with plenty of free time to visit the museums and shopping
18:00 – 19:00 Conference Registration
19:00 – 20:30 Opening reception
Day Two: Thursday, June 29
8:00 – 8:30am Registration and Coffee
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome and Conference Overview
Elaine Roberts, A.A.E.
President & CEO Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Chair, American Association of Airport Executives
8:45 – 9:10am Shared Environmental Challenges

David McMillan
Director General, Civil Aviation, United Kingdom
Focal Point for Environment, European Civil Aviation Conference
9:10 – 10:00am The Balanced Approach Experience

Elaine Roberts, A.A.E.
Chair, American Association of Airport Executives

(European Commission official)

Luc Van Den Bossche
Chairman, Brussels Airport
U.S. airport executive
10:00 – 10:45am

Views from the European Parliament

Raymond Benjamin, Executive Secretary, European Civil Aviation Conference

Georg Jarzembowski, MEP
Robert Evans, MEP

10:45 – 11:00am Morning Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:15am Introduction to the Working Sessions
11:15am – 12:30

Land-use planning & Community Relations
The approach on land-use planning differs strongly between Europe and the U.S. This is the result of a historical and cultural difference towards land-use planning.  But, are there common best practices?  This session examines this issue with case studies from Europe and U.S. airports.

Anne Devitt, Airport Regions Council

Didier Hamon (title) Aéroports de Paris

Lynne Pickard, Office of Environment and Energy
Federal Aviation Administration

European Commission re: study on land-use planning

U.S. airport

12:30 – 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 – 15:00

Noise at source
The quiet aircraft driven by a non-fossil fuel is still far off. For airports and their surrounding communities, the acceptance of aircraft noise is diminishing. What are the technological developments under current research and development? How will technology help airports to balance the need for capacity growth and noise.

Dr. Lourdes Maurice, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor
Office of Environment and Energy
Federal Aviation Administration

St. George, UT (U.S.), Rolls Royce

15:00 – 16:00

Operational procedures and political choices
Historically, operational procedures were designed to minimize surrounding communities exposure to noise. However, in the mediation processes and political decisions of Europe, the trend has been to shift the burden and spread operations over more people. In this way, operational procedures have become political choices. Should there be more burden sharing? Is this in line with a balanced approach?

Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, AEA

Ft. Lauderdale

Mike Rikard-Bell
Lochard Corporation

16:00 – 16:15 Afternoon Refreshment Break
16:15 – 17:15

Operating restrictions affect regional capacity
Local politicians are facing greater pressure by action groups to decide on global exploitation limits in terms of number of movements and individual noise limits for aircrafts. This evolution enhances the discussion for dedicated airport especially for express freight and full freight. Are dedicated airports the future for air cargo operations? More globally the exploitation limits may affect the European airport capacity and the discussions on Open Skies between Europe and the US. Is a more active role of the European regulator needed to prevent capacity distortions ? Can lessons be learned from the US system?

Spencer Dickerson, AAAE

FedEx or European Express Carrier Association
Frankfurt (E.U.)
Lufthansa (?)

Paul Dunholter (invited to speak about Chicago)
Bridgenet International

18:30 – 22:00 Conference Reception and Dinner
Hosted by the Brussels International Airport Company
Day Three: Friday, June 30
9:00 – 10:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast with Round Table Discussions
10:00 – 11:00am

Local Air Quality
Airport and aircraft emissions are emerging as additional challenges for airports.  This session will examine innovative techniques in technology and procedures that are helping airports improve local air quality.

Jessica Steinhilber, Senior Manager, Environmental Affairs

VALE Program (U.S.)

Emanuel Fleuti
Zurich Airport

AEA air carrier

11:00 – 11:15am Morning Refreshment Break
11:15 – 12:15

Climate Change As A Capacity Constraint
European and U.S. airports view issues of climate change in vastly different perspectives.  Climate change does not have the same public significance at the local level in the United States (unlike local air quality).  However, it is a significant concern in places like the United Kingdom, where permission to increase airport capacity is directly linked to the industry’s plans to mitigate its contributions to climate change. What does this mean for capacity growth more broadly in Europe?  Will the concept be exported to the United States?  Can technology play an effective role?

Philippe Joppart ACI-EUROPE

Nancy D. LoBue, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy,
Planning and Environment
Federal Aviation Administration


AEA air carrier

12:15 – 12:45 Concluding Remarks and Conference Adjournment