Check back soon for the 2023 agenda! Last year’s agenda is available below to showcase session topics and speakers.

Wednesday, Aug 10

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  1. 4:00 pm

    San Diego Airport Tour + AIAI Networking Reception (Open to Owners & Public Sector Attendees Only l Advanced Registration Required)

    Exclusive to our airport/government attendees, we are excited to offer a tour of the San Diego Airport, followed by AIAI's Networking Reception! 

    The tour will take place from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT, followed by AIAI's Networking Reception from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM PT. 

    To add the tour to your registration, click this link > Modify Registration > Enter Your Email Address Used to Register And Your Last Name > Add Tour.

  2. 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

    Summit Check-In & Registration

    Harbor Ballroom Foyer
  3. 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

    Exhibitor Set-Up

    Expo Hall

Thursday, Aug 11

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  1. 7:00 am — 5:00 pm

    Summit Check-In & Registration

    Harbor Ballroom Foyer
  2. 7:00 am — 8:30 am

    AIAI P3 101 Breakfast (Open to Owners & Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Registration Required)

    Harbor Ballroom GH

    The Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) invites public sector attendees to breakfast and an interactive conversation specifically tailored to the needs of airport authorities evaluating P3s. This pre-summit session is designed for owners beginning to explore P3s, to help you understand where P3s can be applicable and how they can save money and time when dealing with upgrades, repairs, and maintenance. Learn when P3s do or do not make sense, and what major considerations need to be made when choosing this route, such as the crucial first steps.

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  3. 8:30 am — 9:00 am

    Summit Opening Welcome and Remarks – What’s New in 2022? Update on Industry Trends

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    Join AIAI Board member Sia Kusha PE, FACEC | Senior Vice President, Group Head Business Development & Partnering | Plenary Americas as he shares insights into the Airport sector.

  4. 9:00 am — 9:45 am

    Opening Plenary: Safety & Security - Addressing Emerging Airport Risk from Cyber Security to Physical and Asset Safety

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    Cross-functional collaboration during the planning stages of a project can have a significant impact on an asset's performance and safety. Learn how early incorporation of both physical and cyber security requirements can bring huge benefits to the safety and operations of an airport in both the near and long term.

  5. 9:45 am — 10:30 am

    Morning Plenary: Safety, Security and Now Sustainability: How US Airports Are Getting Creative to Achieve Net Zero by 2045

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    Energy experts discuss how airport authorities are working to achieve their sustainability and resiliency goals. Learn about new opportunities under the Infrastructure Bill and better understand the Biden Administration's climate goals.

  6. 10:30 am — 11:00 am

    Morning Networking & Coffee Break

    Expo Hall

    Join us in the Exhibit Hall for networking and refreshments.

  7. 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    Why Do an Airport P3? Building the Business Case for a P3 and Selling It to the Community

    Harbor Ballroom G

    There are certain business considerations that a government must review before starting the P3 process. In this panel we will discuss the elements that should be considered as the public builds out the business case for a P3. In addition, panelists will share ways to effectively communicate the business case to the community at large.

  8. 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    New Technology Applications for One-Stop Passenger Processing and Seamless Movement through Airports

    Harbor Ballroom H

    This panel introduces you to a true paradigm shift with a one stop technology platform to implement security screening. Since the pandemic, passengers have become more comfortable with touchless technology as part of their everyday experience. Our experts explore the opportunities for airport operators and airlines to increase throughput and revenue using technology solutions to respond to labor shortages and optimize facility space while dynamically improving the passenger experience.

  9. 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    Market Conditions and Lessons Learned: Air Cargo

    Harbor Ballroom I

    With a quickly changing business landscape, this panel will look at the current landside cargo market and the new demands that have emerged in a post-covid environment. We will discuss latest industry trends, the challenges and opportunities with the P3 model and lessons learned.

  10. 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm

    Networking Lunch

    Expo Hall

    Join us in the Exhibit Hall for our networking lunch with your clients and colleagues.

  11. 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

    AIAI Bootcamp: Financing (Open to Owners and Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Registration Required)

    Harbor Ballroom G

    As part of their P3Direct Public Sector Education Initiative, AIAI presents a series of bootcamps to provide a deeper dive into key areas of interest to owners. The first in the series will focus on the finance aspect of a P3, and examine the use of PABS, TIFIA, taxable debt, and other financing tools. 

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  12. 1:15 pm — 1:45 pm

    Afternoon Fireside Chat: Phillip Washington, CEO, Denver International Airport

    Harbor Ballroom ABC
  13. 1:45 pm — 2:45 pm

    Afternoon Plenary: Equity and Infrastructure

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    Innovative private investment in public works through P3 benefits local economies with direct and indirect job growth and program opportunities. Incorporating diversity & inclusion goals in a P3 contract is vital to the success of communities. This panel will examine successful strategies that have been implemented as well as meaningful ways to incorporate equity into airport projects. 

  14. 2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

    Conversation with Andrew Levy, CEO, Avelo Airlines

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    Please join us for an intimate conversation between Andrew Levy, the CEO of the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Avelo Airlines, and Jorge Roberts, the CEO of Avports, as they discuss the partnership they formed to bring to fruition the P3 at the New Haven Tweed Airport. They will also discuss how small to medium-sized airports can benefit from the emergence of ULCCs and how airports can inject private sector innovation even when a P3 is not feasible.

  15. 3:15 pm — 3:30 pm

    Networking & Coffee Break

    Expo Hall

    Join us in the Exhibit Hall for networking and refreshments.

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    3:15 pm — 4:30 pm

    AIAI Bootcamp: Operations & Maintenance (Open to Owners and Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Registration Required)

    Harbor Ballroom G

    AIAI’s O&M experts examine the benefits of long-term operations and maintenance using the P3 structure to mitigate project risks. Attendees will learn how P3 counterparties allocate and price risk, and how approaching the topic of O&M early on drives value and appropriately addresses the asset’s long-term goals.

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  17. 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    What are the Airport Responsibilities in a P3? Partnering for Success

    Harbor Ballroom H

    Much of the discussion around public-private partnerships for airport projects focuses on the “private” part of the transaction - but airport sponsors should have a clear-eyed assessment of the resources needed for project success. If an airport cannot dedicate these resources, or has gaps in critical knowledge, the path forward becomes challenging. This panel will offer experienced-based observations on what it takes to achieve a successful airport P3 from both sides of the partnership.

  18. 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    P3s as a Catalyst for Building Resiliency

    Harbor Ballroom I

    For months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggled to restore power. A similar story transpired at Luis Munoz Marín International Airport (LMM), as power generation became a crucial issue at one of the Island’s most vital facilities. The P3 agreement with Aerostar allowed LMM to utilize federal funds destined for reconstruction, recovery and preparedness, to build a new resilient structure for cogeneration of power, making the P3 an essential cog in preparing Puerto Rico for future disasters. To the extent that other P3 agreements throughout the Nation center on infrastructure facilities at risk of natural disasters, Puerto Rico’s experience provides a case study and a blueprint to navigate these complex regulatory processes.

  19. 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    What's a Key Ingredient for Success? Picking the Right Advisors

    Harbor Ballroom G

    Building a successful procurement and delivering a project requires the right partners. When running a P3 procurement, the public sector project manager needs to ensure the strength of their team and their knowledge, so pick your advisor carefully. In this session we explore core skillsets and areas of expertise to engage as you move your project forward.

  20. 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    JFK New Terminal One: Lessons Learned

    Harbor Ballroom H

    Hear from the team that initiated, drove and finally reached financial close on this monumental project. This panel will have representatives from many of the parties involved in the transaction that closed earlier this year. 

  21. 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Integrating Airport Financing, Operations, and Design-Build for Airport P3s

    Harbor Ballroom I

    In this session, the panelists will discuss current design-build practices and how they should be adapted for airport financing alternatives and future O&M. The panelists will also discuss key considerations in developing and implementing P3 projects including the development of performance specifications, new procurement approaches, and risk allocation strategies. Join this conversation to discuss these issues and discover some ideas to develop concepts that might work for your next project.

  22. 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

    Opening Night Networking Reception

    Expo Hall

    An evening reception before you head out for dinner. Please join us at this special networking event for all Summit Attendees

Friday, Aug 12

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  1. 7:00 am — 8:30 am

    AIAI Bootcamp: Risk (Open to Owners and Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Registration Required)

    Harbor Ballroom G

    In this the second of AIAI’s bootcamps, we will address the types of risk, how risk transfer can deliver value, and the best practices for allocation and mitigation to ensure project success.  

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  2. 7:30 am — 8:30 am

    Summit Networking Breakfast

    Expo Hall

    Join us in the Exhbit Hall for breakfast and networking.

  3. 8:30 am — 8:45 am

    Morning Keynote: San Diego’s Open for Business: Innovative and Economic Partnerships in the San Diego Region

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    SANDAG CEO, Hasan Ikhrata, will present on the innovative and economic opportunities available for public and private partnerships. Mr. Ikhrata will discuss SANDAG’s five priority projects as well as their Request for Innovative Concepts and what they mean for the San Diego region. 

  4. 8:45 am — 9:30 am

    Morning Plenary: Hospitality/Passenger Experience: Bringing a Global Experience Stateside

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    How do we utilize the P3 model to deliver a 5 Star experience and create revenue generating opportunities? What are the priorities as you create growth in the current market and how are airports around the world utilizing hospitality to enhance the passenger experience and drive revenue? Hear from P3 experts who have experienced success in the airport sphere overseas and how this can translate to the US market.

  5. 9:30 am — 10:30 am

    How Do I Deliver a Project with the P3 Model? Best Practices for Successful Procurement

    Harbor Ballroom G

    A P3 procurement model is a combination of design, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance. Join this panel to learn about the key issues that public agencies must consider in conducting a project procurement - structuring the agreement, conducting a fair and competitive procurement process, and negotiating a final agreement that is transparent and protects the public interest.

  6. 9:30 am — 10:30 am

    Status of P3s at American Airports

    Harbor Ballroom H

    This session will address the best practices and lessons learned from active P3 projects in the US in design, construction and operation phases. The panel will examine how to drive innovation and value for the money, find the right risk transfer balance ensuring a successful transition, and what to expect for the next 30 years. The panel will also discuss key considerations in developing and implementing P3 projects and how have established funding models fared, re-evaluating the role of the P3 in city/state finances in the current economic climate, what new frameworks should be considered, and what does a win-win structure for passenger, public and private partners look like and how do we get there.

  7. 9:30 am — 10:30 am

    Whatever Happened to the AIPP?

    Harbor Ballroom I

    The FAA's Airport Investment Partnership Program (AIPP) presents a unique opportunity for airport sponsors to unlock the capital trapped within their fence line – potentially billions of dollars – and access global operational expertise. So far only San Juan International has successfully completed a transaction under AIPP, and Chicago Midway came close but was derailed by the global financial crisis. Our panel of experts will discuss what's gone right and wrong, how to overcome barriers, and how to unlock the real potential under AIPP.

  8. 10:30 am — 10:45 am

    Morning Networking & Coffee Break

    Expo Hall

    Join us in the Exhibit Hall for refreshments and networking.

  9. 10:45 am — 11:45 am

    How Do I Design a P3? Best Practices in Deal Structuring and Contract Management

    Harbor Ballroom G

    The basis of all good P3s is in the structuring of the deal and the management/oversight of the contract. During this session, both industry experts will discuss the basic and best practices for P3 deal structuring and share their views on best practices for contract management for long-term P3 success.

  10. 10:45 am — 11:45 am

    The Transformation of LGA, One Terminal at a Time

    Harbor Ballroom H

    How has the implementation of the P3 model helped to transform New York’s La Guardia from one of the most maligned airports in the country to a national success story? Focusing on the success of the recently completed Terminal B, we will look at lessons learned and the advantage of strategic partnerships. 

  11. 10:45 am — 11:45 am

    A Conversation with FAA and BAB

    Harbor Ballroom I

    From climate to connected vehicles, airport infrastructure projects are getting more complex than ever. Join key officials from USDOT for a discussion of airport finance and innovative delivery, to hear how authorities are expanding their capabilities to collaborate with the private sector.

  12. 11:45 am — 12:45 pm

    The Future of Air Transport

    Harbor Ballroom H

    Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) has the potential to provide new opportunities to improve both mobility and economic benefits of existing and proposed aviation facilities. “Vertiports” will allow for zero operating emission, low-noise air transportation, both at airports and other destination centers. Leading voices in the area of AAM discuss how their partnerships are ushering in the next generation of aviation innovation. 

  13. 11:45 am — 12:45 pm

    P3 Procurement Options for Regional and Local Airports

    Harbor Ballroom I

    It is important not to overlook the opportunities for growth at regional and local airports offered by the P3 model. New construction and renovation of terminals, ancillary facilities, and airport transportation infrastructure necessarily involve various risks that can be difficult to manage using traditional procurement methods. The P3 model can help project owners mitigate key risks given the greater level of expertise offered by P3 developers, their ability to leverage relationships with top designers and contractors, and their investment in the long-term success of projects. This session explores the potential advantages of, and unique challenges associated with, P3 procurement at regional and local airports from both the owner and developer perspective. 

  14. 12:45 pm — 2:00 pm

    Lunch and Afternoon Plenary: A Conversation with Mayors

    Harbor Ballroom ABC

    Join Mayor Todd Gloria from San Diego, Mayor Quinton Lucas from Kansas City, Missouri and Mayor Kate Gallego from Phoenix, Arizona as they discuss the importance and impact of their respective airports on their cities. Airports help generate economic growth, facilitate tourism, provide employment opportunities and generate revenues.  They can help attract business to a city.  The mayors will discuss the value that airports provide to their communities and why they support a first class facility. 

  15. 2:00 pm

    Summit Ends

    Please join us again next year, May 8 - 9, 2023 here in San Diego for the 2023 P3 Airport Summit!