As one of the most iconic events in the aviation sector, the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress & General Assembly offers unmatched networking opportunities. We expect over 500 delegates from Europe and beyond, looking to make connections and seek meaningful exchanges with other experts in the industry. You’ll have the perfect platform to meet your peers, industry experts, and innovators who can drive your performance to new levels.

At ACI EUROPE, we understand that education and learning don’t stop at formal sessions alone: our welcome reception, gala dinner, and breaks will give you ample downtime to discuss your experiences with other likeminded attendees.

You can indicate which opportunities you will attend when completing your event registration. 


19:00 – 21:00, Sultan Park, Swissôtel Bosphorus Istanbul

Join us on Tuesday, 2 July for a welcome reception to begin your experience in the best way. Catch up with and meet friends old and new from 7 pm. The ACI EUROPE Annual Congress & General Assembly doesn’t just grant you a wealth of knowledge, but fruitful collaborations – so seize the opportunity to meet likeminded attendees before the panels and sessions begin.

With a welcome from Selahattin Bilgen, CEO of iGA (Istanbul Airport) as well as ACI EUROPE, enjoy a unique Istanbul-inspired evening featuring a live performance.

The dress code for the welcome reception is smart business. Please note, we do not recommend wearing sharp heels or stilettos as this venue features grass lawns. 


18:00, Rooftop Bar Swissôtel

After a busy, but no doubt exciting, day of panels and sessions, our Pre-Gala Dinner Cocktail and Gala Dinner cannot be missed. On Wednesday 3 July, join us at 6pm for a pre-dinner cocktail, before being transported to the iconic ACI EUROPE Gala Dinner.

Join us for an exclusive pre-gala dinner cocktail reception, graciously thrown by our Diamond Sponsor, Gebr. Heinemann and Unifree Duty Free. Network with industry friends, old and new and enjoy exquisite drinks in the luxurious setting of Swissôtel’s rooftop bar overlooking the breathtaking Bosphorus. It is the perfect way to set the stage for an unforgettable evening.

After a pre-dinner cocktail, you’ll be transported to the alluring Esma Sultan Yalısı for our Gala Dinner, with views overlooking the Bosphorus. Celebrate, network, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the most beautiful of Istanbul's settings. 

The dress code is formal/cocktail attire. 


19:00 – 23:00, Esma Sultan Yalısı

At the Gala Dinner, you’ll get to be a part of our ACI EUROPE Best Airports Award ceremony. The Best Airport Awards are an opportunity to recognise excellence, top achievements and thought leadership across an entire range of airport activities and for airports of all sizes and profiles. The 2024 categories are: Best Airport, Eco-Innovation, Digital Transformation, and HR Excellence. As the industry continues to shape its vibrant, post-pandemic future, this year’s awards emphasise key topics such as sustainability, innovation, operational efficiency, and resilience.

The dress code is formal/cocktail attire. 


12:50-14:00, ACI EUROPE Annual Congress, Swissôtel Bosphorus Istanbul

After our handover ceremony to our next hosts, we’ll reflect on all we have learned at our farewell lunch, held on Thursday 4 July. It is the perfect way to wrap up what will no doubt be a special conference! 


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