JITI Airport Seminar 2012: Maximizing the Potential of Multiple Airports in a Region [February 1, 2012]

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Seminar 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reception 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20006


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.

-Makoto Washizu
President, JITI


- 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



- Glenn P. Wicks (Moderator)
Managing Director, The Wicks Group, PLLC


-Keynote Speakers