(Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information about the Eindhoven Aviation Summit. The original post included information that was preliminary. The decision has been made to restrict participation to airline industry executives.)
Eindhoven Airport is holding a 3-day event for aviation industry decision makers.
The Eindhoven Aviation Summit is scheduled for 25 through 27 October.
Typically, these events are reserved for the airline route developers who decide which airport will get their business.
This is a regional airport serving the Brabant region in the south of the Netherlands, an operation where management is aggressively planning to add to the 75 destinations now with transatlantic routes.
The Aviation Summit will coincide with Dutch Design Week, the biggest event on the city’s non-stop calendar. Venues will include the PSV Philips football stadium, La Trappe brewery near Eindhoven at Berkel-Enschat and the Tesla factory in Tilburg, just north of Eindhoven.
Dispatches is based in Eindhoven and we use the airport a lot, so we’re hardly objective observers.
Yeah, Amsterdam has the canals and a lot of corporate HQs. But Eindhoven produces more cutting-edge technology than any place else in the Netherlands.
Because we cover the huge and growing startup and tech community here, we see the airport’s potential first-hand. It’s a matter of time before Eindhoven is connected to Berlin and other innovation centers.
Eindhoven Airport is the second largest airport in the Netherlands. Eindhoven Airport served about 4.7 million passengers in 2016. The airport is projecting traffic to grow by 1 million passengers to a total of 5.7 million in 2017.
Carriers flying to and from Eindhoven include Ryanair, Wizz Air, Transavia and TUI fly. The 85 destinations range from Baltic cities including Riga, Latvia west to Morocco. Popular tourist destinations include Rome and Venice, Greece (Rhodes, Corfu and Athens), Barcelona and Ibiza, Lisbon, Malta, and Stockholm.
The Aviation Summit will include a presentation on what the future of Eindhoven Airport will look like.