WELCOME FROM THE HOST
Dear SMART Airports, Cities and Regions Conference Speakers & Attendees,
On behalf of Vienna International Airport (VIE), I am contacting you to let you know that, in light of the current worldwide situation and recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Europe and nation states recently requiring travellers to quarantine once they have returned to their home nations, we have decided to postpone the upcoming SMART Airports, Cities and Regions Conference & Exhibition, due to take place in Vienna at the beginning of next month. Our foremost priority is the health and well-being of delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and staff.
We are pleased, however, to announce, that the event has been rescheduled to take place Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 September 2021. September is a great time to visit our beautiful & vibrant city! Vienna is considered to be one of the smartest cities, and also features the highest quality of life in the world. AirportCity Vienna, “a cat’s jump from the inner city” as we like to say, is an extremely dense cluster of functions bundled together. Vienna Airport owns and operates the majority of buildings, streets and other urban facilities. In turn, this enables AirportCity Vienna to serve as a huge testing environment for innovative technologies and business ideas. We can jointly develop solutions to the major challenges the future will bring, ranging from shopping trends, mobility changes, education and new workplace concepts to the issue of climate change issue and the impact all this has on airports.
In particular, the global aviation industry is being shaped at the present time by COVID-19. The impacts of this global pandemic have, for the most part, crippled flight traffic around the world. Passenger volumes at many airports have approached zero, and aircra` have remained on the ground for months. However, aviation is making a comeback, and airport sites and airport cities will grow once again. There continues to be extensive interest on the part of companies to locate in the AirportCity Vienna.
The 2021 SMART Airports, Cities and Regions Conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn from a host of specialized presenters on innovative strategies in airport design, construction & development, commercial development, real estate and non aeronautical revenue, Customer service excellence and community engagement. We’re looking forward to sharing our vision with you and sharing some of our world-famous warm and welcoming Viennese hospitality.
We appreciate your understanding in these difficult circumstances which have developed very quickly over a short period of time.
Member of the board, Chief Operating Officer
Member of the board, Chief Financial Officer