Austrian Competitiveness: What Role for Business Aviation?


26 September 2019


2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Austrian Business Aviation Association and European Business Aviation Association cordially invite you to attend the high-profile presentation & cocktail: “Austrian Competitiveness: What Role for Business Aviation?”, taking  place on Thursday, 26 September 2019 from 14:00 at Palais Coburg in Vienna.

This unique event will bring together industry and government leaders from Austria and across Europe to address business aviation’s positive impact on regional growth and development, and debate how to ensure its inclusion within Austria’s aviation and economic framework.

Through panel sessions and keynotes from influential European and national policymakers and aviation professionals, we will address a range of topics highlighting how the business aviation industry, legislators and regulators can work together to address global challenges and seize new opportunities.


               14:00 Welcome

By the Austrian Business Aviation Association

14:15 – 14:30 Contributing to a stronger Europe

Keynote address by Juergen Wiese, Chairman of the European Business Aviation Association

14:30 – 14:45 Contributing to a stronger Austria

Keynote address by Konstantin Essler, Chairman of the Austrian Business Aviation Association

14:45 – 15:00 The public & private sector: Stronger together

Keynote address by Andreas Ottenschläger, Member of Parliament, Austrian People’s Party, Responsible for Transport

15:00 – 15:45 European business aviation and the European Union in conversation

Athar Husain Khan, Secretary-General of the European Business Aviation Association and Hatto Käfer, Policy Officer, Single Market, European Commission

An informal chat exploring the influential role of business aviation  in Europe, and highlighting potential EU level legislative impulses under the next parliamentary term. Key issues we will address include access, proportionate regulation and sustainability will be addressed.

15:45 – 16:15 Business aviation in Austria: Impact and challenges ahead

Konstantin Essler, Chairman of the Austrian Business Aviation Association and and Axel Schwarz, Co-Managing Director of Austro Control

A dynamic panel debate looking at the main concerns of the business aviation industry and proposals for how to ensure its inclusion in the wider Austrian Aviation Framework.


16:15 – 16:45 Networking break
16:45 – 17:00 Keynote: How business aviation can help meet Europe’s climate commitments
Keynote address by Charles Etter, Gulfstream Staff Scientist for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs 
17:00 – 17:15 Commercial and Business Aviation: Common priorities for Austria’s aerospace community
17:15 – 18:00 The way forward: Three paths towards a more competitive Austria

A panel discussion addressing three pathways to enable a more competitive Austria and ensure a more sustainable aviation industry – 1) education and training; 2) investments and innovation; and 3) infrastructure. Panellists will highlight common points of interest for Austrian government and business aviation that can help drive the country forward.


18:00 Cocktail Reception