Tuesday March 10th, 2020.
Today we have had to take the decision to cancel the 2020 Agifors Crew Management Meeting in Istanbul.
We are very sad to have had to take this this decision, but given the uncertainty that surrounds the COVID-19 Virus, we had no other option than to take this. There are currently numerous travel restrictions imposed by national authorities around the globe, restricting people traveling from one country to the other. And more of these restrictions are being imposed on a moment by moment basis.
The current situation is so much in motion at this moment, that there is no way for us to predict how it will continue to develop in the 40 days leading toward the projected start date of the event. We could not take the responsibility in case our delegates could not return timely and safely to their point of origin. But foremost we do not want to add the tiniest bit of risk to the health of anybody.
At this point we want to apologize to all who were, like us, looking forward to the event. Those who have registered already will get a refund. This also applies to all the sponsors of the event. Their sponsorship fees will be refunded also.
Also we do want to express a mountain of thanks to the absolutely marvelous team at Turkish Airlines. They have done an outstanding job, and we were heading towards a truly wonderful event. So sad, that it was not to be, at least not in 2020. However, we sincerely hope to retain Turkish Airlines as the co-host for the 2021 Agifors Crew Management Meeting.
Our thanks also go to all those who took the effort to register already, and to those who intended to do so in the coming weeks. Without you, this event would not be here! We do hope that you will all bear with us, and continue to support the Agifors community next year. We will be back, better and bigger than ever!
All the Best, stay healthy, and stay safe.
This year's event will take place in the magnificent Renaissance Polat Istanbul hotel.
Renaissance Polat Istanbul hotel, ideally located at the beach of the Marmara sea. Unfortunately the airport that was almost next door has moved to a new location. it will now be around 50 minutes drive to get to the hotel from the new airport, but you will be able to avaid most traffic. There is a hotel shuttle bus. If you want to use it best make a reservation for it on +90 212 414 18 00.
To book the hotel please select the following link.
Room rates are available from dates between April 15th to April 25th. So you can extend your stay a few days to experience this amazing city.
(source: Renaissance Polat Istanbul website)
Cancellation is possible up to two weeks prior to the event (we prefer not to of course), with a fee of USD 100 to cover the expenses made. After that a refund is not possible anymore.
The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within Turkey.
(source e-Visa Rebublic of Turkey)
Note: starting from March 2nd 2020 Turkey will also lift visa restrictions for tourists from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the U.K.
Second note: there are various bogus sites that claim to be able to provide you with your visa. All they provide you with is a huge bill and no visa. Please tak e care to only go to the official covernment site, as provided above.
Welcome to Istanbul, the city of the past, the present and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a city; the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West, the constant time travel between past and the future, the balance of the traditional and the contemporary. Istanbul is one of the most visited and important places in the world, a central hub connecting Asia and Europe, blending the past and the future, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world. Visit Istanbul and feel the harmony of the opposites.
(source: Go Turkey Tourism)
Call For Presentations
A meeting like this is nothing without content. And the content should come from you. For that reason I would hereby request if you would consider submitting a technical presentation for the conference also. So, come and share with us your ideas, thoughts, practical innovations, current trends, case studies, philosophies, and latest advances on the topics which are relevant to you.
Requirements of Presenting
Presentation entry deadline: March 20th 2020
The policy of AGIFORS for all their meetings are to have the registration fee for Airline staff and Academics as low as possible. The philosophy behind this is that academics are likely to enter new lines of thought into our field, and having a strong presence by airlines brings great value to both the vendors and the airlines.
Gold (USD 4000)
Bronze (USD 1000)
Sunday April 19th, from 19:00 to 21:00 in the Winter Garden and Terrace of the Renaissance Polat Istanbul hotel
Monday April 20th, from 19:30 in the renowned Marmara Restaurant of the Renaissance Polat Hotel
Network Event & Gala Dinner
Tuesday April 21st, from 14:00. Yet to be determined.
Business Events - Business Casual
Welcome Reception - Business Casual
Social Events - Evening Casual
WeatherApril in Istanbul is the start of spring, with longer, warmer days. The average temperature for the month is 12C, with highs of a very reasonable 16C. The temperature does fall significantly overnight and visitors can expect lows of around 8C. The hottest temperature ever recorded at this time in the region is around 34C