October 10 and 11, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), in partnership with MNG Jet and with the support of Gözen Air Services and Honeywell, is gathering senior government transport officials, financiers, and business aircraft operators and service providers from across Europe in Istanbul to explore how to leverage Turkey’s yet untapped business aviation market as a growth engine for the country’s commercial development.
In recent years, Turkey has enjoyed a period of stable growth. With a dynamic population of 75 million and an economic growth average of 4%, it has become a geo-strategic base for international business. “Nevertheless, despite its strength, the development of business aviation has yet to be exploited to its full potential,” explains Fabio Gamba, EBAA Chief Executive Officer.
To that end, the Association is pulling together a range of high-level Turkish and EU experts to examine the opportunities and challenges for business aviation that the region holds.
Day One will kick off with a look at macroeconomic movements and trends between Turkey and the EU. Next the Forum will explore whether or not the country has the potential to live up to expectations as a dominant business aviation market. And finally the day will conclude with a review of the legal framework and policies within Turkey that impact daily transport activities.
The second day will address issues in finance & leasing, VAT and taxes. Thereafter, participants will shift their focus to the future, with a discussion about the direction in which business aviation is evolving, and the technological and operational developments needed to help secure a bright future for the industry.
“It will be a focused yet dynamic day and a half of presentations and debate, with of course plenty of opportunities to network and explore the vibrant city of Istanbul,” says Fabio. “Registration is open now, but of course is limited. So there’s no time like the present for interested participants to reserve their space.”