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ICCA discusses aviation industry recovery with leading global airline alliances

As part of its “ICCA Global Conversations” series, ICCA is organising an open online session with its airline members to discuss the most important issues for reopening the global meetings industry, titled: “ICCA Global Conversations: Future of Aviation and Air Travel - Safety and Customer Confidence”.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the aviation industry due to travel restrictions and the lack of demand among travellers. 

For the past few weeks, airlines have gone through different phases of impact due to COVID-19: from planes flying empty, to not flying at all, and now during the next few weeks flights are slowly returning.  

What will the future look like for airlines? How will this affect travellers and how will this impact the meetings industry, which has been intertwined with the aviation industry for many years? 

ICCA will be leading an discussion, addressing these matters in its first ever- global webinar on the aviation industry.

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath said: “The aviation industry plays an initial crucial role in the reopening of the global meetings industry. As ICCA we are in the unique position that we have all the leading global airlines included in our membership, allowing us to create a platform to discuss joint challenges and solutions, which is vital in the current times of stepping on uncharted territories, to encourage the process of reopening for international face-to-face meetings.”

The panel will include:

Senthil Gopinath

Senthil Gopinath will address the importance of the ties between the meetings industry and the aviation industry.

Pierre Charbonneau
Director of Passenger Experience & Facilitation, International Air Transportation Association (IATA)

Pierre Charbonneau is responsible for setting standards to improve the end to end passenger experience in collaboration with industry key partners such as: airports, governments and strategic partners.

Stephen Aulds
Director of Safety, Security and Quality, SkyTeam Airline Alliance

Stephen Aulds is responsible for the strategic focus on alliance safety and security and supports 19 member airlines through a collaborative platform that brings together leaders in flight and ground safety, aviation security, emergency response, and quality oversight.

Edward Hollo 
Director of Sales, SkyTeam Airline Alliance, ICCA Board Member and ICCA Transport Sector Chairperson

Edward Hollo is participating in the strategic leadership of the association and represent the interests of transport members of the association.

Join the webinar on 18 June at 14:00 CET (convert to your time zone) to learn about the future recovery of aviation and restoring passenger confidence.

Apart from the ICCA Global Conversations online sessions and online Association Expert Seminar and Association Meetings Programme, ICCA has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of meeting face-to-face with the hashtag #WhyWeMissFaceToFace and has recently published studies on the needs of associations post-COVID: “The Future of Global Association Meetings - The New Association Reality” and published a “Good Practice Guide: Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events” with the “G3” partnership of global meetings industry associations.


For further information, interviews or imagery please contact Mathijs Vleeming, Director Marketing (, t:+31 20 398 1962).

About ICCA

Shaping the future and value of international association meetings

ICCA - the International Congress and Convention Association - is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.

ICCA is the global association leader for the international meetings industry and specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, education, communication channels, and business development and networking opportunities. Since its establishment in 1963, ICCA represents the world's top destinations and most experienced suppliers specialised in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises of over 1,100 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries and territories worldwide.

As of 2020 ICCA encompasses all major stakeholders in the world of association meetings, by opening its doors to associations with the launch of the “ICCA Association Community”, offering education, connections, tools and resources to associations to organise more effective meetings.