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Future IARO Events

18th IARO Meeting - Centara Grand at CentralWorld Bangkok, Thailand 20 November 2019


Investment in transport infrastructure and the development of air-rail connectivity will be the two key themes of the first International Air Rail Transport Summit (www.airrailsummit.com), taking place in Bangkok on Wednesday 20 November 2019. 

The event is being organised by the International Air Rail Organisation (IARO) in co-operation with Thailand’s largest project management firm - Project Planning Service Company Limited (PPS), and multi-disciplinary design firm - PPS One Works.

Endorsed by Thailand’s Ministry of Transport, the Summit will bring together leading industry and public sector figures to learn more about air-rail connectivity and to explore the opportunities and challenges facing infrastructure planning, funding, delivery and operations across the region. 

Focusing on the rapidly-expanding Asia-Pacific infrastructure pipeline, this one-day conference will discuss lessons to be learnt from benchmark mega-projects around the world in relation to improved passenger experiences, efficient operations and innovative construction techniques. With major projects such as the new High-Speed Rail Links connecting three major airports coming to conclusion, and important airport expansion projects such as U-Tapao International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport in discussion, what are Thailand’s infrastructure priorities post-2020? And what actions are required from all stakeholders to ensure long-term success in achieving Thailand 4.0 targets?

Taking place at The Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World, the International Air Rail Transport Summit in Bangkok is a new addition to the global infrastructure calendar.  Throughout the day, speakers and organisers will offer genuine insight and sector intelligence to an audience of over 500 delegates from across the industry related to planning, developing, building and operating air-rail links - and also organisations, including airlines and airports, who have a business interests in partnerships for their success.

Following a keynote speech from Thailand’s Minister of Transport and the Italian Ambassador to Thailand, local and international industry leaders from across Europe, the United States, the Middle East and the wider ASEAN region will discuss and share their experiences. Confirmed speakers at present include Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), Manchester Airport Group; STRET - Bangkok Airport Rail Link; and the IATA - International Air Transport Association.

In the afternoon, delegates will be invited to join one of two focus sessions to discuss in more detail key themes that heavily impact infrastructure:

  • InnoCon Bangkok: As Digital technology continues to power a new era of construction; leading experts discuss how best to leverage the increasingly large amounts of data and technology to achieve greater benefits.
  • Air Rail Development: Find out more about international trends and best-practice in technology, operations, development, marketing and branding of rail services to airports.

In addition, there will be the opportunity for overseas visitors to participate in Technical Site Visits on Tuesday 19 November; and to attend an IARO Focused Workshop on the day after, Thursday 21 November

Together with a range of networking opportunities and supplier exhibitions, the International Air Rail Transport Summit will be the best and exclusive place for bringing together the Thai Market and international community to share information and knowledge about this vastly important sector.

More information, including registration details, is now available at: www.airrailsummit.com.

If you would to become involved in the event, a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available – please contact Head of Marketing and Communications, Dean Bové (d.bove@one-works.com) for more details.

INTERNATIONAL AIR RAIL ORGANISATION (IARO): The IARO, established in 1997, is a world-wide organisation dedicated to spreading world-class best practice and good workable ideas among people interested in rail links to airports and air-rail intermodality. Its world-wide membership includes organisations that plan, develop, build and operate air-rail links – and related organisations such as airlines and airports who have a business interest in partnerships for their success.

IARO has established, and actively represents, a unique community within air-rail, facilitating the exchange of experience, ideas and information, offering genuine insight and sector intelligence to its membership. The IARO has successfully conducted over 40 professional seminars and events at various cities and airports around the world over the past 20 years.

PPS ONEWORKS: PPS One Works is a multidisciplinary design and project management firm providing integrated solutions for the infrastructure and real estate markets. PPS OneWorks believes in delivering innovative places in the best possible way through technology and a suite of project management, technical support and design services.

As a joint venture between Thailand’s largest Project Management firm, PPS Group (Project Planning Service Public Company Ltd) and global Design and Consultancy firm, One Works, the firm’s experience is extensive - covering the transportation, retail, leisure, commercial and urban development sectors of the market. PPS OneWorks is passionate about delivering projects on time, on budget and using the latest construction technologies. We believe in creating dynamic and innovative places where people and communities can connect with their environment and with each other.

PROJECT PLANNING SERVICES PLC. (PPS): PPS is one of the leading engineering professional services firm in Thailand, providing services in Engineering Design, Construction Management, Procurement & Contract Management and Project Management.  PPS achieves its goals through the dedication of retaining and developing talented creative employees, which are the cornerstone of PPS success. 

The core of PPS is a global network of experts delivering the highest quality projects for our clients. PPS has developed a specialized approach to meet the project management need of our clients, which results in dramatically improved results in terms of achieving targeted outcomes. PPS’s experienced and highly trained professionals can deliver a full suite of project management services from the inception stage of a construction project or program through to close-out.

More Information HERE


About IARO Workshops

As part of its work to promote best practice to organisations involved in air-rail transport, the International Air Rail Organisation (IARO) holds regular Workshops for its Members and invited guests. Each Workshop focuses on a specific aspect of the air-rail business, with the aim being for participants to learn from specialists and to share their expertise and know-how through open discussion.

The Workshops are 1-day round-table meetings. Participation is limited to 25 attendees, to ensure maximum discussion and inter-action. There are usually 4 or 5 speakers, who will introduce a specific theme or share their own organisation’s experiences, with plenty of time for questions and discussion after each presentation.

The Workshops are organised for IARO Members, although non-Members are invited to attend, as appropriate. Members may register either one or two participants.