Conference Program

The TakeOff conference program is spread over two days and will comprise of educational sessions, airline briefings and industry reports.

State of the industry report

Some of the key influencers in US aviation discuss the biggest issues in the industry. Industry experts will outline the major challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry. They will discuss how small airports can effectively prepare themselves for the future.

Previous Speakers

Erik Hansen
Kirk Lovell
Matt Cornelius
Brooke Chapman
  • Moderator: Scott A. Brockman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
  • Erik Hansen, Vice President, Government Relations, U.S. Travel Association
  • Kirk Lovell,  Director of Air Service and Business Development, Myrtle Beach International Airport
  • Matt Cornelius, Vice President, Air Policy, ACI-NA
  • Brooke Chapman, Associate Director, Small Community Air Service Development at U.S. Department of Transportation

Airline updates

We hear direct from US airlines on their network strategy. Find out how new aircraft will open up new opportunities, how carriers are shaping their route development plans, and the information they need from airports to make planning decisions.

Previous speakers include:

  • Jack Massey, Senior Analyst, Route Planning, JetBlue
  • Courtney Goff, Public Relations Specialist, Allegiant

A new era of data

Data is critical for airports to effectively market themselves and influence airline decision-making. But what are the new tools and techniques available which enable more intelligent information? We discuss the new wave of leakage studies and catchment analytics.

Previous Speakers

Ilona Cambron
Jeremiah Gerald
Jeff Pelletier
  • Ilona Cambron, Director Air Service Development, ASM North America
  • Jeremiah Gerald, ASM North America
  • Jeff Pelletier, Managing Director, Airline Data

DOT and the future of SCASD

The Small Community Air Development (SCASD) program can be a powerful tool in developing airports and securing new carriers through revenue guarantees. But what does the future hold for the program? The DOT join us to outline their ambitions for the scheme.

Previous Speakers

Vince Corsaro
Brooke Chapman
  • Vince Corsaro, transportation Industry Analyst – Small Community Air Service Development at US Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Brooke Chapman, Associate Director, Small Community Air Service Development at U.S. Department of Transportation

Future fleet orders and airline growth

We provide exclusive insight into the future fleet orders and growth plans for carriers across North America, using Aviation Week Network’s powerful fleet forecasting tool. Find out which airlines are growing their fleet, upgauging their aircraft, and which news routes and city pairs will become more viable targets.

Previous Speakers

Brian Kough
  • Brian Kough, Senior Director, Intelligence & Data Services, Aviation Week Network

What’s next in the US pilot shortage?

The Regional Airlines Association has already warned that the pilot shortage will continue to have a “damaging impact on American businesses and communities” and is “endemic throughout the regional airline industry”. How can we tackle this problem and ensure aviation continues to be a driver of economic success?

Previous Speakers

Russell W. Mills
  • Scott A. Brockman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
  • Captain Steve Jangelis, Aviation Safety Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, International
  • Russell W. Mills, Ph.D., Director and Associate Professor, Center for Regional Development, Bowling Green State University

Marketing masterclass

How can you make your airport and destination stand out from the crowd and attract new air services? We look into digital and content marketing to understand more about what makes a campaign truly memorable.

Previous speakers include:

  • Cole Willis, Regional Team Lead, Bell Media