hero background image

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the General Authority of Civil Aviation, GACA is hosting the Future Aviation Forum.

Innovation Sustainability Growth

Future Aviation Forum

9-11 May 2022


decorative plane shape small

Saudi Arabia’s first ever Future-Aviation Forum will unite international leaders from the private and public sectors, international CEOs, and regulators to shape the evolution of international air travel and put forward new solutions.

With representatives from every continent expected to attend, the Forum will host sessions, side events and networking across 2-days focusing on three core thematic pillars: passenger experience, sustainability and aviation business recovery post-Covid.

Held at a pivotal moment for the global aviation sector, the Future Aviation Forum is designed to:

  1. 01

    Stimulate action-oriented thinking on transforming the passenger experience

  2. 02

    Showcase new ways to boost and ensure sustainability across the aviation ecosystem

  3. 03

    Accelerate business recovery post-Covid through new thinking and increased collaboration

  4. 04

    Act as a global platform to connect the aviation sector and collectively set its future agenda

  5. 05

    Bring together leaders from across the aviation ecosystem to work together, build greater resilience and modernize

  6. 06

    Look at how the global aviation policy framework can be developed to encourage greater international and multi-stakeholder collaboration

decorative background shape 1

Strategic content pillars

  • Sustainability
  • Passenger Experience
  • Aviation Business
  • decorative plane shape large


  • Civil Aviation authorities, policymakers and regulators

  • C-suite executives from airlines, aviation, and related industries

  • International media

  • Multinational organizations, industry associations, and technology leaders

  • High-level government officials including ministers

bin Nasser bin Alali Aljasser, H.E. Eng. Saleh Photo

H.E. Eng. Saleh bin Nasser bin Alali Aljasser

Minister of Transport, Saudi Arabia

de Oliveira, Luis Felipe Photo

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Director General, Airports Council International (ACI) World, Canada

Al-Awadhi, Kamil Photo

Kamil Al-Awadhi

Regional VP Africa & the Middle East, IATA, Jordan

Sciacchitano, Salvatore Photo

Salvatore Sciacchitano

President of the Council, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Al Kuwaiti, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Photo

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cyber Security, United Arab Emirates Government, UAE

Teffaha, Abdul Wahab Photo

Abdul Wahab Teffaha

Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers’ Organization, Lebanon

Al Rajhi, Dr. Ibrahim Sulaiman Photo

Dr. Ibrahim Sulaiman Al Rajhi

Chairman, Tibah Airport Development Company, Saudi Arabia

Al Binfalah, Mohamed Yousif Photo

Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah

CEO, Bahrain Airport Company, Bahrain

Bolton, Graham Photo

Graham Bolton

Global Aviation Practice Leader, Mott MacDonald, United Kingdom

Bourreau, Jean-Marc Photo

Jean-Marc Bourreau

Managing Partner, Concorde AIR, Cape Verde

Côté, Eric Photo

Eric Côté

President, Jaunt Air Mobility, Canada

Dabas, Col. Amit Photo

Col. Amit Dabas

CSO and Head, Loss Prevention, Adani Airports, India



Opening Video and Hosts’ Welcome


Welcome to the Future Aviation Forum


Keynote: Keeping the World Moving


Special Announcements


In Conversation: Energy Transitions – How Can we Solve the Sustainability Challenge?


International Ministerial Panel: Aviation's Role in the Post-Pandemic, Globalized World​ Economy


In Conversation: Passenger Experience, Sustainability and Business Recovery Post-Covid – New Horizons


Middle East Aviation Focus – What Now, What Next?


Flying Free: The View from the Cockpit


Lunch and networking


How the Future Begins


In Conversation with IATA: Creating a New Flight Path for Aviation


Panel Discussion: Privatization as an Enabler – A Successful Journey?


In Conversation: Putting Innovation and Transformation Front and Center for Aviation


Transition to Gates


Gate 1 - Destination: Air Traffic Management and Airspace Modernization – Developing Future Fit from Take Off to Landing

Gate 2 - Destination: Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Solutions – The Next Disruption in Aerospace?

Gate 3 - Destination: The Global Aviation Policy Hour


Transition to Gates


Gate 1 - Destination: Novel Aviation Fuels of the Future

Gate 2 - Destination: Designing the (New) Passenger Experience

Gate 3 - Destination: Air Cargo and Logistics


Transition from Gates to Terminal 1 (Main stage)


Insight Piece: Flight Tracker – The Aviation Industry Economics Update


Leaders in Conversation: Digitizing at Speed and Scale to Facilitate a Technology-Powered Recovery


Closing Panel Discussion: Resilience, Recovery and Renewal


Arab Civil Aviation Award 2022


Day 1 Closing Remarks and Look Ahead to Day 2

Delegate experience

The Forum will welcome over 1,500 local and international participants including senior ministers, civil aviation authorities and aviation sector leaders, investors, and technology leaders.

As well as being inspired by world-class thought leadership, attendees will benefit from a range of highly engaging session formats and the opportunity of arranging one-to-one meetings with other attendees from around the world.

You will gain first-hand insight into Saudi Arabia’s development as an aviation hub, its national aviation strategy, and the myriad investment prospects that exist. We also invite you to participate in the exclusive VIP events program being held alongside the main proceedings at the Future Aviation Forum.

decorative background shape 4