GAD Americas Returns to Miami

Kevin Rozario


May 29, 2024

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Downtown Miami.

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UPDATED. The airport infrastructure and business development communities return to Miami on May 30-31 for GAD Americas. The event attracted 170 attendees in 2023 when it was also held in the city.

On the agenda this year is a wide range of topics that touch on all aspects of global airport development. They include the future of airport infrastructure financing, the role of advanced air mobility (AAM) and eVTOLs in revitalizing regional economies, as well as some deep dives into specific markets like the Caribbean and Latin America.

The two-day program is jam-packed: Thursday consists of 20 sessions including keynotes and case studies starting from 9am, with several panel discussions running simultaneously. On Friday, delegates have the choice of five sessions and will round off the conference day at 3pm.

Among the expected highlights are keynotes from IATA’s Oracio Marquez, Regional Director for External Affairs & Sustainability - Latin America; from Paulos Ashebir Lakew, Regional Director, Market Analysis at Boeing Commercial Airplanes on current macro-economic trends and how they are feeding into air transport; and from Carlos Allimant, a Partner at Modalis Infrastructure Partners in Chile, on how privatization models have evolved over the past 30 years in Latin America, highlighting some of the most memorable PPPs during this time, and some of the lessons learned.

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The eVTOL and AAM market will be a key topic for discussion. (Shown here is a protoype from Embraer.)

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Multiple Panels

Other high-profile speakers scheduled to attend include Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-Latin America & Caribbean; Lutz Weisser, Managing Director at Munich Airport International; David Feldman, Managing Partner at Exambela Consulting; Shawn Kinder, Global Strategy & Corporate Development Director at Ferrovial Airports; and Ramon Miro, CEO of Corporacion Quiport.

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Modalis Infrastructure Partners President and CEO, Curtis Grad, speaking at GAD Americas in Miami.

Over the two days, there will be eight panel sessions (featuring three or more speakers). They will discuss a range of subjects from how regional air mobility models are transforming, and the state of play for U.S. airport ownership, to achieving competitive, modern regulatory frameworks for PPPs, and the best ways of realizing the privatization potential of Caribbean airports.

[Update] On Friday, Modalis Infrastructure Partners President and CEO, Curtis Grad, attended GAD Americas to give delegates an update on the Airport IR Deal Pipeline which lists all the airport privatization projects currently in progress around the globe.

[The venue for GAD Americas 2024 is the Kimpton Epic Miami, a luxury waterfront hotel set in downtown Miami located at 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, Florida.]