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Taking to the air

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.


Taking to the air

Europeans get closer together in the cheap seats


This conference concludes a research project carried out by CEPS aimed at exploring the impact of low-cost carriers in Europe in terms of integration and patterns of mobility. Following the rapid development and expansion of low-cost carriers in Europe in recent decades, we examine their contribution to integration and mobility throughout the EU via various channels, ranging from labour mobility and tourism to regional cohesion.

The event will be opened by CEPS CEO Karel Lannoo, followed by welcoming remarks by a representative of Ryanair, which kindly provided funding for the project. The CEPS research team will then present the main findings of their report, which will serve as the focus of debate at the subsequent panel discussion on the role of low-cost carriers in European integration. Moderated by Miroslav Beblavý, CEPS Senior Research Fellow, the panel will feature high-level EU officials, academics and representatives from the major low-cost airlines in Europe.

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.

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David Warnock-Smith: Low-cost airlines: have they brought the EU closer together?

Filip Cornelis: Low-cost airlines: Successes of the Single Market

Miroslav Beblavy-Mehtap Akguc-Felice Simonelli: Low-Cost Airlines Bringing the EU closer together

Karel Lannoo Karel Lannoo
Karel Lannoo

Chief Executive Officer

Speakers list
Mehtap Akgüç

Research Fellow, CEPS

Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar

MEP and Member of the Committee of Transport and Tourism (TBC)

Filip Cornelis

Director of Aviation Policy, DG MOVE, European Commission

Kenny Jacobs

Chief Marketing Officer, Ryanair

Owain Jones

Chief Commercial Officer, Wizz Air

David Warnock-Smith

Director of Aviation, Bucks New University