The InnoCon Bangkok 2019, a part of the International Air Rail Transport Summit (Air Rail 2019), will take place on 20 November 2019 at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld Bangkok. This year, the conference will focus on Thailand’s air rail infrastructure pipeline and what can be learned from megaprojects from around the world.
With many major developments currently coming to a conclusion, and many more planned in future, Air Rail 2019 will look at Thailand’s priorities post 2020 and what action is required from all stakeholders to ensure the country’s long-term success.
Organised by the International Air Rail Organisation (IARO), Project Planning Service (PPS) and PPS OneWorks, this intensive one-day event is expected to attract more than 600 delegates from 30-plus countries worldwide. Delegates will be able to learn from many of the industry’s most influential figures from Thailand and beyond, with over 30 high-level speakers.
The full-day event will start with a morning packed with over 600 high-profile delegates and interesting discussions from local and international industry leaders and public authorities. The afternoon will follow, featuring two focus sessions:
A). Air Rail Development: Exploring global trends in technology, operations, development, marketing and branding of rail links to airports, as well as best-practice expertise in rail-to-airport services.
B). InnoCon Bangkok: As digital technology continues to power a new era of infrastructure construction, leading experts discuss how best to leverage the increasingly large amounts of data and technology to increase benefits to all.
Dr. Phongthon Tharachai, CEO of PPS, and Giulio De Carli, managing partner of OneWorks, will open the event and provide an insightful overview of the state of the industry, before introducing H.E. Lorenzo Galanti, Italy’s Ambassador to Thailand, who will discuss ‘Why Thailand is a key destination for infrastructure investment in Asia.’
The conference will also hear from Voravuth Mala, Governor of the State Railway of Thailand, who will reveal ‘The vision for Thailand’s railway network’ and Surachet Laophulsuk, Assistant Governor, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) who will talk about ‘The construction of urban electric train networks and the next challenging steps for Thailand.’
Another important session from The Engineering Institute of Thailand, under the patronage of H.E. The King, will examine why ‘Innovation and investment in talent is essential for Thailand’s future success’.
Other key speakers will include Sonesak N. Nhansana, former deputy director general of Laos Railway Department, Ministry Public Works and Transport of Laos; Simon Earles, president of IARO; Dr. Somprasong Suttayamully, director of Office of Fare Media Business of MRTA; James Cornelius, public transport strategy lead for Heathrow International Airport; and Suphin Mechuchep, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand), to name just a few.
Bangkok is currently undergoing an urban transport infrastructure boom, with a series of upgrades being commissioned to connect the city’s 10 million inhabitants and 20 million annual international visitors with three airports. At present, the 28.4 km Airport Rail Link connects downtown Bangkok with Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The new High-Speed Rail Link 3 Airport Project aims to open up Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) with two new connecting routes to Don Mueang International Airport in north Bangkok and U-Tapao International Airport in Rayong province, totalling 220 km of seamless railway routes with maximum speeds of 250 kmph.
These are among the most extensive and ambitious air rail infrastructure developments currently being undertaken anywhere in the world, and Air Rail 2019 will discuss the strategy, planning, partnerships and funding that are required to make these initiatives a success.