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JITI 2012 Airport Seminar
Maximizing the Potential of Multiple Airports in a Region


February 1, 2012

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 

It is good time to discuss how we can maximize the potential of multiple airports in the region surrounding them, beyond just ‘winners’ and ‘losers’.

Airports are essential infrastructure. They work not only as gateways for airline flights and tourists, but also as engines for the regional economy, attracting people and investment, and boosting employment.

However, not all airports are fulfilling their potential, which may cause an adverse effect on regions. This is partly because airlines are restructuring or cutting back their flights due to the economic sluggishness and uncertainty. Also, it is partly because competition among multiple airports in a metropolitan area may result in the concentration of flights to a specific airport. Some airports have lost their position as hub airports, decreasing flights and passengers, while others have increased them. It may not be an exaggeration that only strong airports can survive.

Therefore, let us find the optimum solutions for each airport as well as the regions. We will focus on examples from New York in the United States, and Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, in addition to reviewing the overall situation of US airports.

Opening Remarks

Makoto Washizu

President JITI USA

Keynote Speeches

Masahiko Kurono

Chairman, Institution for Transport Policy Studies, (Former President & CEO, Narita International Airport Corporation)

Satoshi Iwamura

Chairman of the Board, Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd

Ralph F. Tragale

Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Aviation Department, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 

Greg Principato

President, Airports Council International - North America 

Panel Discussion

Glenn P. Wicks (Moderator)

Managing Director, The Wicks Group, PLLC 

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