CEPA, the non-profit organisation for Central Europe Private Aviation, said a “record number” of delegates attending the 2013 CEPA Expo held in Prague on 26-28 November.
There were a wide range of aviation businesses attending the conference, including MRO companies, financial institutions, aircraft brokers, lawyers specialising in aviation, as well as local government departments and airport operators.
Philippe Lienard, chairman of CEPA, said: “It was important to involve both commercial and private aviation in the Expo. We invited key influencers in the industry who explored both sectors and who talked about the shared issues. There is still a lot that commercial airlines can offer to business jet operators and vice versa.”
The region’s market was reviewed by Richard Koe, managing director at WINGX Advance, who said there had been an “extended recession in Europe for Aviation”. The data proved that during the period since 2008, the ‘CEPA countries’ have seen an increase in business aviation traffic with ‘non CEPA countries’ experiencing a decline. The fastest growing country in the region is Ukraine which has seen an increase in its business aviation movements by 74 per cent since 2008.
At the start of the second day of the event, Dagmar Grossmann, founder of CEPA, revealed that the 2014 event will be held at Prague Airport with a static display of business aviation aircraft featuring for the first time as part of the show agenda.
“The conference is growing so fast that a new location which enables us to have a static display was naturally the next step,” said Grossmann.