The virtual workshop preliminary agenda is subject to change.  Check back for updates.  All times are shown in U.S. Eastern. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

12:45—1:00 pm ET

Welcome Remarks

Yovette Drake, President, Unison Consulting, Inc.

Natalie Fleet, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings, AAAE

12/16/2020 12:45:00 PM12/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
1:00—1:50 pm ET

Session 1: COVID-19 Recovery: Updates on the U.S. Economy and the U.S. Airline Industry

In March 2020, the U.S. economy entered a deep recession surpassed only by the Great Depression. The U.S. airline industry is one of the economic sectors most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and deep economic recession. Recent economic data signal a nascent recovery, albeit slow and protracted. This session will discuss the recent trends and recovery outlooks of the U.S. economy and the U.S. airline industry.

Esteban Alfonso, Director, Unison Consulting, Inc.

Sharon Sarmiento, Principal, Unison Consulting, Inc.

12/16/2020 1:00:00 PM12/16/2020 1:50:00 PM
1:50—2:05 pm ET


12/16/2020 1:50:00 PM12/16/2020 2:05:00 PM
2:05—2:55 pm ET

Session 2: U.S. Capital Markets Airport Sector Update Part 1

Even as COVID-19 depresses airport traffic and revenues to unprecedented lows, airports need to meet CIP debt service obligations and raise new money to pay for planned CIP projects. This session will provide an update on the U.S. capital markets for the airport sector. Airport public finance experts will share advice, experience, and outlook on airport bond issues under the current market environment.

Don Arthur, Principal, Unison Consulting, Inc.


12/16/2020 2:05:00 PM12/16/2020 2:55:00 PM
2:55—3:10 pm ET


12/16/2020 2:55:00 PM12/16/2020 3:10:00 PM
3:10—4:00 pm ET

Session 3: U.S. Capital Markets Airport Sector Update Part 2 (Rating Agency Roundtable)

COVID-19 depressed airport traffic and finances, exposing airports to various short-term risks. This session will gather all four rating agencies to talk about how they view these short-term risks in airport credit rating, what additional new information they now seek from airports seeking credit rating, and their predictions for airport sector recovery.

Matt Jiang, Vice President, BofA Securities, Inc.

Kurt Forsgren, Managing Director, S&P Global Ratings

Jeff Lack, Director, Global Infrastructure & Project Finance, Fitch Ratings

Julie Meyer, Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

Harvey Zachem, Managing Director, Public Finance, Kroll Bond Rating Agency

12/16/2020 3:10:00 PM12/16/2020 4:00:00 PM
4:00—4:15 pm ET


12/16/2020 4:00:00 PM12/16/2020 4:15:00 PM
4:15—5:05 pm ET

Session 4: AIP, PFC, and All Things FAA

The COVID-19 traffic declines have depressed airport revenues from all sources, that federal funding has never been more important than it is today. In this session, an FAA representative will provide an update on the AIP, PFC, and CARES Act programs. Airport representatives will talk about how they’ve used CARES Act grant funds.

Barry Molar, Director, Financial Assistance Maximization Practice, Unison Consulting, Inc.

Henrietta Brown, C.M., Deputy Director, Finance and Business Management, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

12/16/2020 4:15:00 PM12/16/2020 5:05:00 PM

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