Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group


Monday | 24th May 2021

Conference Room 2

With COVID-19's devastating impact across the aviation ecosystem, ground handlers around the world saw an unprecedented drop in operations and revenues. While some were able to successfully pivot some of their operations to cargo handling, many others were simply forced to shut down operations, liquidate assets or ask for bailouts from their government or airline and equity partners.

Ground handlers are now tasked with the important challenge of supporting logistics for billions of vaccines and rebuilding capacity as passengers return to the skies.

Join this conference to hear our experts discuss what are the key learnings from the pandemic that ground handlers must now implement, how has the industry changed over the last year and digital transformation and operational efficiency it must embrace to return to sustained growth.

Register online to get a chance to be invited to the in-person sessions from 24-26 May at the DWTC in Dubai.

FUTURE GSE - Conference 2

Time Session Title
WELCOME ADDRESS: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Middle East Ground Handling Industry
KEYNOTE ADDRESS with Q&A: Technology Innovation in Airport Ground Handling
KEYNOTE ADDRESS with Q&A: Sustainability on the Ramp
KEYNOTE ADDRESS with Q&A: Increasing Operational Efficiency to Maximise Profitability in Ground Handling
PANEL DISCUSSION: Ground Handling Industry Gets Ready for Global Vaccine Distribution
VIDEO: The Future of Middle East Ground Handling Industry

(Programme and Speakers may be subject to change due to last minute travel updates) 

Note: Session timings and speakers may be subject to change. For speaking opportunities and delegate information, please contact the conference organisers on daksha@nicheideas.net


Kashif Khalid

Regional Director - Africa & Middle East Airports, Passenger, Cargo, Security & Facilitation
IATA – Moderator

Arsh Shearif


Gerold Tumulka

Swissport ME

Fabio Gamba

Managing Director
Airport Services Association (ASA)

Sohail Ali

Senior Vice President Middle East and Africa Airport Operations
British Airways

Raed Al Idrissi

Acting CEO
Saudi Ground Services

Lukasz Skorupa

Head of Commercial
National Aviation Services
(NAS Jordan)