The Future of Flying: What it Means for Australia-UK Travel

The Future of Flying:
What it Means for Australia-UK Travel

Air travel is fundamental to the modern Australia-UK relationship, connecting companies, governments, professionals, tourists and families across our two countries. COVID-19 has created huge challenges for the aviation industry and posed fundamental questions about the future of air travel.

In this session we’ll hear from our expert panel on the future of flying in the short term including the outlook for the resumption of regular Australia-UK travel, what COVID-19 will mean for Australia-UK routing and pricing and the protocols that operators and travellers alike will now face in airports, transit and aircrafts.

We’ll also look ahead beyond COVID-19 to the deeper questions on how the post-pandemic airline marketplace will look including likely changes in how and when we travel, how the aviation industry and travellers will adapt to meet those trends and what this will mean for Australia’s international connectivity with partners countries like the UK.


Chamber & CAANZ Members – Complimentary
Non-Members & Guests – £10 Early Bird Rate


Anna Pritchard, Regional General Manager for the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, Qantas

Anna is Qantas’ Regional General Manager for the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Prior to coming to London, Anna was Qantas’ Head of Legal and Assistant Company Secretary, heading teams responsible for providing strategic competition and regulatory advice, oversight and compliance, engaging with key regulators and managing litigation and dispute resolution and corporate governance across the Qantas Group.  Prior to joining Qantas, Anna worked at in private legal practice at Allens and the Australian Government Solicitor.


Simon McNamara, Country Manager – UK & Ireland, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Simon McNamara is IATA’s Area Manager for the United Kingdom & Ireland leading its local regional activities and supporting the wider IATA team in its work to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Previous to his current role he was Director of Communications at Flybe and formerly Director General of the European Regions Airline Association.

A graduate of City University, London, in Aeronautical Engineering, he also has an MSc from Cranfield University in the UK in Air Transport Management.



Dale Keller, Chief Executive Board Airline Representatives UK

Dale Keller was appointed Chief Executive of The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) in November 2012, following more than 25 years experience in the aviation, travel and tourism sector.

He was one of the start up team at Ansett New Zealand and since moving to the UK in 1990, the New Zealand born professional has held several travel retail roles, including London Flight Centres. A return to airline management commenced with China Airlines, followed by eight years with Air Malta, where as UK General Manager he was instrumental in restructuring the airline’s UK operations for entry into the EU.

Following a period at Air Mauritius as Regional Manager UK, in 2007 he joined a management buyout of specialist aviation and travel consultancy, KTA Public Relations, where he remains a consultant.

Other notable roles include holding the chairmanship of APRO (Airline Public Relations Organisation) and a previous board position with BAR UK.



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