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Adapting to The New Environment

AGTA Fall 2016 Conference

Denver, CO
September 11 -14, 2016
Curtis Doubletree Hotel - A Hilton Property

Change isn't ever easy...Some airports and operators have tried to adapt by trial and error. Why not take advantage of their experience(s) and save your operation and/or airport both time and money. Announcing the theme for the September 11 - 14, 2016 AGTA Denver Conference... “Adapting to The New Environment”. Click here to view the current meeting agenda.

The introduction of new low cost transportation services at many North American (and global) airports is requiring significant adjustment to the organization and management of airport ground transportation services, parking, and car rentals. Transportation Network Companies, (TNCs), using personal car insurance, self-regulation with respect to driver selection and vetting, credit card-only payment, and application of surge pricing have forced many ground transportation operators and airport landside managers to restructure their costs and curb side operational procedures in order to compete. Airport landside officials have had to rethink traditional minimal annual guarantees (MAGs) from ground transportation as to their validity in the face of declining mode splits for traditional taxi and shared ride van concessions. Airport landside officials are also seeing a change in their curb congestion as more customers opt for TNC personal cars as opposed to clearly marked commercial vehicles. Airport programs to reduce carbon footprint, and those that enable equal access for those with transportation disabilities are also being severely challenged under this new environment.

Airport parking firms and hotels are experimenting with Zip Cars and Cars-to-G0 as an added service offering, causing the blurring of identification – is it a car rental, parking, or hotel shuttle van? Finally, airport car rental rates have been steadily climbing but market share of the arriving passengers has been declining as more and more customers opt for these “new environment” options.

The Fall AGTA Meeting in Denver on September 11 - 14 will examine these and other issues to help delegates in their attempts to adapt to today's changing environment...

  • Marketing to Millennials
    • - What ground transportation modes do the various market segments prefer?
    • - What is the future of airport ground transportation concessions?
    • - Will airports adopt their own car rental systems giving preference to Cars-to-Go or Zip Cars
    • - What are airports doing to enforce ADA compliance issues on TNCs?
    • - Will labor laws change to eliminate independent contractor drivers and how will these changes affect airports?
  • Experience the newest US Rail to the Plane ------- Planning, building, operating
    • - The challenges and the reality

Peak into highlights of this meeting since the original agenda was sent out:

  • Monday morning plenary session panelists:
    Lyft..........................Don Griffin, Business Development Manager - Airports & Venues
    Transdev on Demand........................Bill George, President Taxicab & Sedan Division
    The SFO Experience............................Abu Azam, San Francisco International Airport
    The SEATAC Experience........................................................Stacy Mattson, SEATAC
  • Tuesday morning's kick-off panel is composed of five off-airport parking operators representing 85 facilities at 40 different airports "Leveling the Playing Field When the Players and Rules Continue to Change: An Off-Airport Parking Perspective"
  • Noted labor relations attorney James Foster will update delegates on Recent Trends and Moves of the NLRB to ease the formation of unions and constrain the ability to use independent contractors in the airport ground transportation industry.
Reserve your room at the Curtis Doubletree Hotel - A Hilton Property, prior to the AUGUST 15 CUTOFF DATE for special AGTA conference rate of $169.

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