The airline industry has been one of the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic with the numerous travel restrictions and unclear government instructions only increasing the pressure.
Government restrictions and national lockdowns inevitably resulted in a continual decline in customer demand and the longer the crisis lasts, the more uncertain the future of the industry becomes. So how can the industry recover after such a devastating hit?
Join us for this webinar where our speakers include Montserrat Barriga, Director General ERA (European Regions Airline Association); Solène Flahault, Head of Aero-Political, ERA and Martina Di Palma, Sustainability Manager, ERA.
They will be discussing the work that ERA do, the data that they have collected during the pandemic and the top business priorities that airlines need to consider in the next 12 months. Additionally, they will explore topics such as sustainability and taxonomy.
Also speaking will be Nikki Spoor, Travel, Audit & Tax Director, White Hart Associates and Chair of the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Community. Nikki will be briefly outlining what UK airlines are seeing from a financial and regulatory perspective, proposed changes for financial insolvency for airlines, what affect trusts and escrow would have, what financial protection is available and the recent ATOL consultation.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered at the end of the presentation
• Representatives from ERA will discuss the impact that the coronavirus has had on European airlines• Data collected from those working within the industry will be explored• Opportunity to have questions answered at the end of the presentation
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Montserrat Barriga, Director General, European Regions Airline AssociationMontserrat Barriga has been ERA (European Regions Airline Association) Director General since November 2017. She is responsible to ERA’s board for the delivery and implementation of ERA’s strategy as well as the advocacy work of the association on policy and technical matters. Under her leadership, ERA is highlighting the aviation sector’s vital contribution to Europe’s future economic prosperity, particularly in the regions of Europe.Prior to her appointment as ERA Director General, Montserrat worked at ERA member airline Binter as Director of International Development and Industry Affairs, focussing on the airline’s regulatory needs and international development. Before this, Barriga headed up strategy development at Pullmantur Group, which included a cruise line, tour operators, retail travel agencies and a charter airline.
Solène Flahault, Head of Aero-Political, European Regions Airline AssociationSolène represents the ERA membership on general policy matters including amongst other consumer affairs, competition, air services regulation and slots. Solène is responsible for the ERA Industry Affairs Group (IAG). She has a wealth of experience in a range of regulatory lobbying activities in Aviation and also outside of the sector. She was previously Head of Public Affairs & Environmental Strategy at ATR.
Martina Di Palma, Sustainability Manager, European Regions Airline Association.Martina represents ERA’s members on environmental issues, such as market based mechanisms (EU ETS and CORSIA), sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), operations and technology. She promotes the work of ERA’s members in this area and works on specialist studies and research, such as ERA’s Green and Sustainable Connectivity report.Martina is also responsible for ERA’s Environmental and Social Group (ESG). Before joining ERA, Martina completed a traineeship in the Environment unit of EUROCONTROL, at the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST), and in the Aviation Policy unit of the European Commission, focussing on environmental and social files.
Nikki Spoor – Audit & Tax Director, White Hart Associates and Chair of ICAEW Travel, Tourism & Hospitality advisory group.Nicola is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Certified Accountant and has been practising as such for over 25 years.She runs a highly trained team and oversees some of the most significant audits in the UK travel industry. She has a far-reaching understanding of the UK direct tax regime and advises a large volume of companies on share option schemes, tax compliance, travel specific tax issues and research and development claims.She is the Vice Chair on the ICAEW Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Communities Advisory Group and writes articles and blogs for the ICAEW on technical and regulatory matters for the outbound travel industry. In addition, she acts in an advisory capacity to many of the industry’s trade bodies and has presented at many trade and up-skilling seminars to and for such organisations.In addition to her travel specific role within the practice she advises individuals and SME’s on wide ranging personal and corporate tax matters. Nicola’s strong belief is that her practice wants to provide and make available the same commercial and technical expertise, quality and depth of advice to SME clients that is also made available to the practice’s large clients. She enjoys seeing the difference having a highly skilled set of advisors can make to a client’s business and has seen many clients from start up through to the final sale of their businesses.
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