NOVEMBER 27, 2016 – BELGRADE, SERBIA – The inaugural Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS), the first high-level summit of its kind focused on regional growth and collaboration in the aviation sector in Southeast Europe, will be held in Belgrade from December 13-14, 2016, organizers announced today.

SEAS will open with an address by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic.

Region’s aviation industry meets in Belgrade as SEAS hosts the most influential aviation officials and key industry leaders to offer insights and provide a forum for discussing regional modernization and expansion in this industry. The key note addresses include: H.E. Aleksandar Vucic, the Prime Minister of Serbia, James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Aviation Group with panel speakers Dane Kondic, CEO of Air Serbia, Michalis Kouveliotis, CFO of Aegean and over 25 C-level participants. Over 300 delegates are expected. Foundation partners backing the event include Sabre and Air Serbia.

“Southeast Europe’s air transport market has grown consistently and considerably in recent years,” said Petar Vojinovic, Founder and CEO SEAS of the summit’s host, Tango Six Events. “Aviation is one of those far-reaching industries with many opportunities for regional companies to compete across the supply chain. We believe when the public and private sectors come together to have a dialogue about the future, growth happens. We are proud to provide the platform for that dialogue this year at SEAS and in the years to come.”

SEAS offers insights directly from industry leaders on core issues including: Developments in commercial aviation, including investments, modernization, and regional cooperation; Airport network development to support airline expansion; MRO joint ventures and investments; and investment in technology innovation and talent development to improve performance. It provides executives, ministers, manufacturers and those interested in breaking into the industry opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking and business development.

Southeast Europe is becoming a strong regional hub for civil aviation. In its 2015 passenger growth forecast, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) projected that Serbia will become Europe’s fastest growing market over the next twenty years – doubling in size each decade and growing at approximately 7-8% annually. In 2016, southeast Europe’s regional air transport market has kept pace with that forecast.