Ownership and Privatization of Airports, Airlines and Air Traffic Control: Getting it Right
The DUTh team was organized the 8th European Aviation Conference, in November 2018, in Athens, andtThe conference Chair was Dimitrios Dimitriou, Prof. Assoc, DUTh.
The European Aviation Conference is a premier conference in the aviation calendar, bringing together experts from industry, academia and government to discuss and make practical proposals regarding current issues and evolving trends in aviation. In 2018 the focus is on ownership issues, which continue to be a source of debate. There is renewed interest in privatisation of airports. At the same time, the impact of privatization on fees and charges is being contested. Ownership patterns in airlines are fairly settled, but attention is being paid to the persistence of ownership rules in international air service agreements and whether institutional investors of multiple airline equities can exert influence on the market. Compared to privatized or commercialized air traffic control systems in countries such as New Zealand, Australian and Canada, critics argue that publicly owned air traffic control systems across Europe are poorly coordinated, uncompetitive and in some cases, inefficient.