Hamburg to host major aviation convention in 2016

Published on : Monday, July 13, 2015

Hamburg-AirportThe 138th Slot Conference of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for the airline industry, will be held in Hamburg from 21 to 23 June 2016.


Following the World Passenger Symposium in 2015, this will be the second event of this renowned umbrella organisation to be hosted in Hamburg – thereby confirming Hamburg’s important role in theinternational aviation industry. Around 600 experts from the aviation industry are expected to attend the biggest of the IATA events, which will take place at the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg.



Every airport follows a schedule. In day-to-day operations it is essential that departures and arrivals are on track so as to ensure the smooth workings of an airport. All departures and arrivals are organised through slots, which provide the very basis for creating flight schedules for airlines: no flight can be conducted without the relevant takeoff and landing rights being granted. The IATA’s 138th Slot Conference aims to create a forum for allocating such slots at fully coordinated airports. During the conference in June, the northern winter schedules will be discussed and assembled.



The Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) has contributed greatly to the successful acquisition of this convention: As well as procuring the CCH as the conference venue, the HCB also supported the organisers in obtaining hotel capacity and in their search for sponsors. In addition, the HCB organised and conducted site inspections and obtained a letter of intent from Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz. In close collaboration with the HCB, the Hamburg Aviation cluster was responsible for integrating all relevant aviation partners from the region.



Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Minister of Economics, Transport and Innovation, comments: “I am very pleased that our aviation cluster has such a strong appeal to transregional meetings as well as national and international conventions such as the IATA Slot Conference. In the aviation industry the word has gotten around that Hamburg, the world’s third largest aviation location, is an excellent place for establishing valuable contacts, for initiating collaborations and for exchanging knowledge.”



Thorsten Kausch, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) and HamburgMarketing GmbH (HMG), states: “For our city, and of course for Hamburg’s aviation industry, we are happy that we have been able to win a second major IATA event just after the World Passenger Symposium. The IATA’s SlotConference confirms that Hamburg is a major player in the international aviation industry. Conventions and meetings bring opinion leaders and decision-makers from the respective industries to our city, and these stakeholders become aware of Hamburg’s strengths, while at the same time considerably strengthening their relevant branches in Hamburg. In this case, the Hamburg Aviation cluster directly benefits from the conference, which confirms the Hamburg Convention Bureau’s strategy of strengthening the location through the acquisition of cluster-related events.”



Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink, managing director of Hamburg Aviation, adds: “The Slot Conference is one of the most important international conferences for civil aviation in 2016 and is taking place in one of the world’s most important civil aviation locations – Hamburg. The fact that we have been awarded the contract for two IATA conventions within a short period of time demonstrates the extent to which our location and our established industry network are considered highly convincing. For us as an aviation cluster, this is not only a cause for celebration, but also represents our claim to live up to and strengthen our reputation also in the future. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with IATA, and to hosting two successful events at the aviation location of Hamburg.”



“IATA has made the right decision by choosing Hamburg.  More than 60 airlines offer up to 120 direct services to and from Hamburg. The excellent connectivity of our network will ensure that our international colleagues from the aviation industry will arrive comfortably and reliably. Hamburg is reachable from over 900 destinations worldwide with only one stopover. We are looking forward to the opportunity to present our case for Hamburg and the entire region’s many benefits to the many international airline representatives. This will allow us to play an even bigger role in their route development,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport.




The Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB)



As a direct subsidiary of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) combines locational expertise with a broad spectrum of industry-specific knowledge, ranging from B2B meetings, conferences and conventions to large-scale public events. HCB is in charge of marketing Hamburg globally as a congress and conventions location and strengthening Hamburg’s profile internationally via highly visible public events.





Hamburg Aviation



With more than 40,000 highly qualified professionals, Hamburg is one of the world’s biggest locations for civil aviation. More than 300 suppliers and various institutions from the realms of technology and science contribute to Hamburg’s aviation expertise – in addition to the two industry giants Airbus and Lufthansa Technik as well as Hamburg Airport. Businesses, universities, associations, the Hamburg Ministry of Economics and other regional partners have joined the Hamburg Aviation cluster to advance Hamburg as an aviation location. Together they have one goal: to integrate research and development in order to launch quality products and services for future air travel that are good for passengers and set standards in terms of resource conservation.



Hamburg Aviation focusses on five product segments: development and construction of aircrafts and aircraft systems; development and construction of cabins and cabin systems; optimisation of aviation services; increasing the efficiency of air transport systems; as well as aviation-related information and communication technologies. In 2008, the Hamburg Aviation cluster was awarded the title of Leading-Edge Cluster by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2014, the European Commission’s ECEI initiative honoured Hamburg Aviation with its gold label for being one of the most well-managed clusters in Europe.



Source:- Hamburg Airport


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