A dynamic new airport show for Britain & Ireland staged at the NEC Birmingham

British-Irish Airports EXPO

Britain and Ireland are renowned for having some of the most sophisticated and successful airport networks in the world, but until now there has never been a major industry Expo that celebrates this.

A platform is needed for the community to come together from its many regions to share ideas and expertise, and begin planning its next efforts to further enhance efficiency and performance.

The British-Irish Airports EXPO is a dynamic, free to attend show providing an invaluable showcasing platform for leading airport industry suppliers and service providers, both large and small. In addition to the biggest Expo of its kind in the region, the British-Irish Airports EXPO will include a leading conference, a tour of Birmingham Airport, and a Gala Party that will live long in the memory.

Event itinerary

Wednesday 8th June

09:00 - 17:15 EXPO Opening hours
09:30 - 17:15 Conference sessions

Thursday 9th June

09:00 - 16:00 EXPO Opening hours
09:00 - 13:30 BHX Airport Visits
09:30 - 15:30 Conference sessions

Message from our host

Paul Kehoe

Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham Airport

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Gala Party plans revealed - Free for Airports and Airlines to attend

We’re delighted to announce that Birmingham Airport will stage a 1950s themed party at the British-Irish Airports EXPO.

Guests will be taken back to the golden age of aviation, with performances from local Birmingham vintage three-piece band, The Glamotones, as well as 50s Hula-Hoop act and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Lisa Sampson.

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Gala Party

Discover 130+ suppliers and service providers across three EXPO zones

The latest solutions, services, products and equipment for enhancing airport performance, customer experience, safety and efficiency in the following areas:

British-Irish Airports EXPO 2016 - Terminal Zone


Enhancing facilitation, security and passenger experiences

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British-Irish Airports EXPO 2016 - Airside and ATC Zone

Airside & ATC

Including an outdoor vehicle display area

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British-Irish Airports EXPO 2016 - Planning and Construction Zone

Design & Construction

Developing new and existing airport infrastructure

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Confirmed Exhibitors

EXPO Conference Arena FREE to all visitors

The British-Irish Airports EXPO will feature a large amphitheatre-style conference stage within the exhibition.

Featuring: Capital development briefings from 10+ top British-Irish airport CEOs.

Plus: 20+ other CAPEX, Operations Directors, and other senior departmental specialists.

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Confirmed CEO speakers include:

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Conference Chairman:
Neil Pakey
CEO, Shannon Airport

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Paul Kehoe
Birmingham Airport

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Saad Hammad
CEO, Flybe

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Andrew Swaffield
CEO, Monarch Airlines

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Ken O'Toole
Managing Director
Manchester Airport

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Stewart Wingate
CEO, Gatwick Airport

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Kevin Toland
CEO, daa
(operator of Dublin and Cork airports)

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Brian Ambrose
CEO, George Best
Belfast City Airport

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An EXPO for airports of all sizes, both Commercial & Military

The airport sector is diverse and there are few industries that do not overlap with ours. It takes a multi-skilled employee base, and a strong partner and supplier network, to meet the myriad challenges and opportunities airport operators face today.

The British-Irish Airports EXPO is a dynamic, free to attend show providing invaluable opportunities to meet, under one roof, all the leading vendors and service providers supporting airports on these shores, providing an incredible education and industry networking platform on an unparalleled scale.

National, regional, hub and military airports take equal billing at this event. Invaluable dialogue between industry stakeholders and the sector’s leading suppliers and service providers can take place in an exciting event environment that looks to break the mould of what we have come to expect from industry shows.

The British-Irish Airports EXPO aims to provide something for every single influential industry employee, ensuring a diverse attendance from C-level executives through to the department heads and the senior managers that work for them.

Recognising and advancing the industry behind our industry, bringing together ALL stakeholders

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Support from key industry figures...

Cardiff AirportOur objective is to maximise the potential to deliver air services for the people of Wales and deliver the wider economic benefits that accrue from a successful airport. Therefore the chance to visit a centrally-located event, such as the British-Irish Airports EXPO, will provide Cardiff Airport with the chance to view some of the best airports capability that Britain - and of course Wales - has to offer, serving our parallel desire to improve efficiencies and reduce our cost base further.

Debra Barber

Managing Director

Cardiff Airport

Shannon AirportIreland's airports are tremendously important economic generators. The need for an industry shop window for Irish airports' know-how is long overdue, so I am really looking forward to visiting an exhibition which recognises and champions this globally-demanded expertise.

Neil Pakey


Shannon Airport

Edinburgh AirportEdinburgh Airport is investing £150m in a five-year programme to allow it to compete energetically on the international stage, including a £50m airside investment programme announced by the Prime Minister during his visit to Edinburgh Airport in January. We're proud that Scottish suppliers and technologies are playing their part in these developments and we see it as yet another means by which Edinburgh Airport supports businesses in Scotland to export worldwide. The British-Irish Airports EXPO will also provide a convenient platform for our partners and the many others who are keen to be part of the major investments Edinburgh Airport is making for the future.

Gordon Dewar

Chief Executive

Edinburgh Airport

Gatwick AirportAfter completing a £1.2 billion investment programme in 2014, Gatwick is continuing to undergo the biggest transformation in its history. Much of this transformation is being delivered through our next £1 billion capital investment programme. We therefore welcome Birmingham Airport's role in hosting the British-Irish Airports EXPO as it provides an easily accessible chance for us to view some of the best and most appropriate solutions that the market has to offer.

Stewart Wingate


Gatwick Airport

Dublin AirportThe British-Irish Airports EXPO will offer an excellent showcase for the leading operators in Britain and Ireland and for the firms that supply and support them.

Kevin Toland

Chief Executive

Dublin Airport

BAG GroupThe British Aviation Group is delighted to be involved in the British-Irish Airports EXPO as a key strategic partner. The event promises to be a powerful new platform for exhibitors and attendees to do business. We represent over 160 companies of all sizes and we look forward to working closely with the organisers, and our members, to ensure the event is a big success for all.

Chris Chalk


BAG Group