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10th European Aviation Conference

Heilbronn, Germany
30th November-1st December, 2022

The Legacy of COVID-19 on Aviation Ownership, Regulation and Industry Structure: 
How do we respond?


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a calamity for aviation. It has reversed decades of progress towards a more liberal aviation market and jeopardized improvements in industry efficiency that, along with increased competition, reduced costs and prices and generated significant wider economic and social gains.

In the last two years, we have witnessed the introduction of government policies that:

  • Suspended state aid rules at the expense of a level competitive playing field;

  • Restricted international air travel and devastated finances throughout the industry, restricting the capacity to make environmental and other investments;

  • Set charges at regulated infrastructure providers (airports and ANSPs) that were insufficient to cover costs;

  • Added new procedural health checks as a responsibility of the aviation industry.


In the wake of such actions, what are the appropriate post-Covid actions and policy frameworks to meet the challenges of the evolving aviation landscape? Our 2022 conference will focus on three crucial areas of interest:

  • Asset ownership

    • If aviation was an unrestricted private-market industry, a crisis on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic would provoke substantial industry consolidation and rationalisation. However, in reality, significant public ownership, international ownership restrictions and political goals often override commercial behaviour.  Could the pandemic prompt a review of outdated ownership policies and help to sustain a recovery in aviation?

  • Economic Regulation

    •  Infrastructure price regulation (for airports & ATC organizations) faces exceptional new challenges.  In a financially weakened environment how, if at all, does the industry treat losses due to COVID-19?

  • Industry Structure

    • State aid and slot rule suspensions have distorted airline competition in an environment already weakened by the financial losses due to COVID. What policy changes are needed to restore competitive balance?


On the principle of using a crisis to act on well-known but long-neglected problems, EAC 2022 aims to discuss the necessary policy debates surrounding ownership, regulation and industry structure in the post-Covid era, with the goal of developing a practical and deliverable path to the restoration of a healthy and stable air transport industry.

Ticketing Link

Aviation Management & Economics Conference (AMEC)

European Aviation Conference (EAC)


Conference Day 1


Conference Day 2

Day Two
Friday, 13th November 2020


Conference Day 2



For conference registration, please visit our ticketing page

Please also note the attractive packages, including both AMEC and EAC on one ticket.


AMEC – the Aviation Management and Economics Conference is a conference focused on high quality research in air transport economics and neighboring fields and will be held on 29th November 2022

Registration Fees

Regular price: 140 €

Discounted (GARS/ATARD): 115 €

Student and retired colleagues: 45 €


EAC – the European Aviation Conference is a unique meeting place for industry stakeholders, researchers and government officials from across Europe and around the world to discuss timely, policy-relevant issues in aviation and will be held on 30th November and 1st December 2022

Registration Fees

Regular price: 500 €

Discounted (GARS/ATARD): 400 €

Student and retired colleagues: 100 €


AMEC (29th November 2022) and EAC (30th November/1st December 2022) - the two conferences on one attractive combination ticket

Registration Fees

Regular price: 550 €

Discounted (GARS/ATARD): 450 €

Student and retired colleagues: 170 €





Due to the ongoine pandemic situation, EAC2021 will be held as online conference 




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