The 2019 NEC/AAAE Airports Conference will be held in Hershey, PA from Wednesday, March 27 - Friday, March 29, 2019.  

Event Location

The Hershey Lodge and Function Center, located in Central Pennsylvania, just 20 minutes outside of the capital city of Harrisburg. Dubbed, “the town that chocolate built,” Hershey has a plethora of local attractions, you’ll want to book your hotel early as the Lodge is one of the official resorts of Hershey park! How’s that for a sweet perk?

Registration and Overnight Accommodations  

Not a member but interested in receiving the membership rate?  Simply click here to sign up for a NEC/AAAE membership (membership to NEC/AAAE is $50.00 for airport members & $75.00 for corporate members).

  • $415 Early Member Registration/$465 Early Non-Member Registration (includes all meals beginning with Wednesday's reception), by Thursday, February 28, 2019.
  • $465 Regular Member Registration/$515 Regular Non-Member Registration (includes all meals beginning with Wednesday's reception), by Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
  • $325 Thursday One-Day Registration (includes Thursday Meals), by Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 
ATTENDEE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Click Here to Register for the 2019 Airports Conference

Specific Instructions for Sponsorship Registration - please read carefully!
A block of rooms for conference participants has been reserved from Wednesday, March 27 to Friday, March 29, at a rate of $165 per night plus applicable taxes. Space is limited, so we recommend making your reservations early. Reservations can be made by calling (717) 533-3311 or (800) 437-7439; or you can click here to book your overnight room online.

Reservation requests will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Click here to Reserve Your Room!

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities 

Make sure to read the specific registration information listed above before proceeding. 

Check out the sponsor and exhibitor prospectus here (use this link to view all sponsor and exhibitor options and for mailed applications) 

After completion of registration, please allow for 72 hours before Hershey Exposition will email you directly with information on accessing their online portal for all of your booth needs. 

Exhibit Hall Schedule:

Wednesday 3/27:  Thursday 3/28:  Friday 3/29: 
2pm: Set Up 
5pm: Reception in Exhibit Hall

8:00am - 6:45pm: Exhibit Hall Open

Dedicated hours: 
10 - 10:30am: Coffee Break 
3 - 3:30pm: Coffee Break 
5 - 7pm: Reception 
Tear down after reception

No scheduled exhibit hall hours - 
Exhibitors have the ability to tear
down on Friday.  

Exhibitors must be torn down by
10am on Friday.


2019 Airports Conference Grant

NEC/AAAE is offering one grant to be awarded to reimburse all reasonable expenses of the recipient’s attendance at the AAAE’s Airports Conference including registration fees, travel, and lodging.  Click Here for the application.

2019 NEC/AAAE Airports Conference Continuing Education/Professional Development

Each conference attendee is responsible for obtaining their own CEUs/PDHs.  Upon the conclusion of the conference, each attendee will be emailed a certificate of attendance to verify attendance to the overall conference.  It will be the responsibility of the individual to self-certify via their respective continuing education provider.

Expand Your Reach

The Airports Conference is an opportunity to diversify your network by interacting with government officials, airport owners and managers, consultants, contractors, and material testing laboratories personnel. The conference provides discourse on airport programs and policies as well as offering practical learning by experts in the airport industry.

Topics at the conference have included airport planning, design, finance, management, safety, environmental issues, engineering, and field lighting. The conference will focus on the leadership skills necessary to plan, develop and execute a safe and efficient regional airport system that satisfies the needs of its constituents with due consideration for economics, environmental compatibility, local property rights, and safeguarding the public investment.

Last year there were over 50 exhibitors representing products from airport lighting, asphalt, snow removal trucks, and fuel. Field maintenance, air traffic management, arresting systems, and deicing companies and a variety of engineering and consulting firms. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with other industry members and present your products and ideas to Airport Executives from around the country.

Click Here to view the 2018 Schedule

2018 Airports Conference Photos