Conference agenda

The two-day conference will feature some of the sector’s most innovative thought-leaders, providing unparalleled opportunities for networking, education and collaboration. The event will delve into a diverse array of topics affecting low-fare and regional aviation’s ongoing development – and discuss just what the industry might look like in the coming years.

“The aviation industry boasts a diverse events calendar, but there is a clear absence of a global event focusing on the opportunities and challenges facing low-fare airlines and regional carriers, OEMs, airports and the service sector. The ongoing success of LARA magazine and our associated online channels demonstrate the unwavering demand, innovation and ambition synonymous with this sector. We will be delivering an agenda that will make LARA Global the must-attend industry event in 2019.”
Mark Thomas, LARA editor and conference chair

Delegates can expect to hear from some of the industry’s biggest names as the conference programme tackles some of the most pertinent issues facing low-fare and regional airlines in today’s market.

Sessions will explore recent trends including the emergence of ultra-low-cost and low-cost long haul models, with experts assessing the viability of these business models and their impact on legacy carriers. Analysts will provide detailed forecasts and projections for the market, with discussion panels on how suppliers need to act now to serve future demand and an exploration of emerging revenue opportunities associated with passenger growth and new technologies.


LARA Global awards

The inaugural LARA Global awards will recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to the low-fare and regional aviation industry from airlines, suppliers, manufacturers and airports. Organisations from all corners of the globe will be invited to submit nominations ahead of the event, with further information on award categories and submission rules released in due course.


Event schedule

Browse the provisional event schedule below. Please note timings and session content are provisional and subject to change.

VIP speakers and sponsors reception

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Evening: VIP speakers and sponsors reception

On the eve of the conference, sponsors and speakers are warmly invited to a VIP reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society. The historic venue’s roof terrace offers stunning views across Mayfair and Hyde Park.

Further information will follow.

Day one schedule

Thursday 16 May 2019

8.00: Registration opens


8.50: Welcome and conference introduction

9.00: Keynote presentation 1 – Airline focus

9.25: Keynote presentation 2 – OEM focus

9.50: Panel discussion A – Industry challenges and airline leaders’ strategies


10.30: Networking coffee break


11.00: Panel discussion B – The battle for market share: Legacy vs LCC vs ULCC. Can there be a ‘win-win-win’ for each business model? Are alliances or consolidation inevitable?

11.40: Presentation 3 – Global low-fare and regional aviation overview and market outlook

12.05: Presentation 4 (TBC)


12.30: Networking lunch


13.30: Panel discussion C – Future growth and competitive realities for low-fare long-haul operators

14.10: Presentation 5 (TBC)

14.35: Presentation 6 (TBC)


15.00: Networking coffee break


15.30: Panel discussion D – Aircraft and engine leasing. MRO market and solutions.

16.10: Presentation 7 (TBC)

16.45: Conference sessions end


17.00: LARA Global awards ceremony

The inaugural LARA Global awards will recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to the low-fare and regional aviation industry from airlines, suppliers, manufacturers and airports. Organisations from all corners of the globe will be invited to submit nominations ahead of the event, with further information on award categories and submission rules released in due course.

Canapes and drinks will be served during the ceremony.


Please note all timings are provisional and subject to change. Further information about session content and confirmed speakers will be announced in the coming months. 

Day two schedule

Friday 17 May 2019

8.00: Registration opens


8.50: Welcome and day two introduction

9.00: Keynote interview 1 – Airline CEO

9.25: Keynote interview 2 – OEM/supplier

9.50: Panel discussion E – Joined up thinking for regional hub connectivity and network growth – The roles of airlines and regional airports in partnerships and alliances


10.30: Networking coffee break


11.00: Presentation 8 – Emerging growth markets for low-fare and regional airlines

11.25: Panel discussion F – Fleet efficiency, renewals and right-sizing: Regional aircraft and engine OEM solutions

12.05: Presentation 9 (TBC)


12.30: Networking lunch


13.30: Panel discussion G – Digitally developing ancillary revenues

14.10: Presentation 10 (TBC)

14.35: Panel discussion H – Gamechangers: A sustainable future for regional and ultra-short-haul routes


15.00: Closing comments

15.20: Conference ends


Please note all timings are provisional and subject to change. Further information about session content and confirmed speakers will be announced in the coming months. 

Speaking opportunities

To register your interest in joining the conference as a keynote speaker or discussion panellist, please register your interest here.

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