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Route development and industry briefings provide delegates with crucial and first-class insight, industry analysis and updates.

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Tuesday 21st February

Event opens 10:00am, closes 06:00pm

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Wednesday 22nd February

Event opens 08:30am, closes 11:00pm

Wed
09:00 - 10:30
Opening Remarks

Opening remarks and welcome from the Host of CONNECT 2023

Patrick Edmond, Managing Director, Altair Advisory 
Karin Butot, Chief Executive Officer, The Airport Agency (CONNECT Organiser) 

Take a well-deserved break! You will find hot drinks and snacks in the exhibition area.

Wed
11:00 - 11:30
Industry Briefing

What’s ahead for the airline industry in 2023?

John Strickland will present his conclusions and assessment on 2022. What were the key elements of the year and who were the winners and losers?

He will then present the trends and issues likely to shape industry outlook for 2023 including the shape of the market and wider economic impacts .

John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
Wed
11:30 - 12:30
Panel Discussion

Powering the development of the African market

The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is an initiative created to facilitate intra-African aviation development. Opensky agreements have also had a huge impact on connectivity and demand on an international level. However, multiple challenges still rise against airlines that wish to enter this soaring market: from prices to infrastructure, our panelists will address the threats and opportunities lying ahead.

Moderator 
Jean-François Guitard, Director Business Development and Public Affairs, NAMA - Nice Airport Management 
Panel 
Namory Camara, Managing Director, Ahmed Sekou Toure International Airport (SOGEAC) 
Askin Demir, Chief Executive Officer, Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport 
Abderahmane Berthe, Secretary General, African Airlines Association 
Manuel Jonay Lobo Torres, Chief of Network, Binter 

Relax and enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant!

Wed
14:00 - 14:30
Airline Briefing

Building a successful partnership: a discussion between Ryanair and the Moroccan National Tourism Office

Hatim El Gharbi, Chief Commercial Officer, Moroccan National Tourist Office 
Ray Kelliher, Director of Route Development Network, Ryanair 
Wed
14:30 - 15:00
Masterclass

EU Aviation Strategy for Europe: what is the current status?

In December 2015, the European Commission adopted a very ambitious Aviation Strategy for Europe, a milestone initiative to boost Europe's economy, strengthen its industrial base and reinforce its global leadership position. Some measures of this plan were launched prior the pandemic but most legislative projects have been impacted by the crisis and European priorities have now shifted to climate change and sustainability. Annabelle Lepièce will present the current state of the various concrete projects of the European Commission to implement its Strategy.

Annabelle Lepièce, Partner, CMS Belgium 
Wed
15:00 - 15:30
Masterclass

Location, Location, Location!

An airport's catchment area is the area surrounding the airport from which it attracts its passengers. With the development of low-cost carriers, serving secondary airports, passengers have a wider choice of destination airports than ever before. The objective of our session will be: 

  1. Understand the driving factors behind passenger airport choices,
  2. Why your airport catchment area differs considerably by destination,
  3. How to practically estimate it, and
  4. Let's practice it on your own specific case!
Christophe Ritter, Director, Milanamos 

Take a well-deserved break! You will find hot drinks and snacks in the exhibition area.

Wed
16:00 - 17:00
Panel Discussion

Tourism: future travel trends and challenges

The tourism industry has come a long way in the past 12 months. Even if the future looks bright, challenges remain. What will be the biggest headwinds of 2023? How will the industry's sustainability efforts impact future travel trends? And finally, how can we measure and predict travel trends? These are the pivotal questions our panelists will try to answer.

Moderator 
Mike Reynolds, Head of Partnerships, Skyscanner 
Panel 
Hector Ureta, Professor, ITAEREA Aeronautical Business School 
Fernando Abreu, Director Airline Relations, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism 
Henri-Charles Ozarovsky, Head of Strategy Network & Alliances, TAP Air Portugal 
Gretar Gardarsson, Director Airline Relations & Route Development, Keflavik-Reykjavik Airport 

Our Hosts welcome you to the Moulay Hafid Palace for the Welcome Reception.

Thursday 23rd February

Event opens 08:30am, closes 11:00pm

Thu
09:00 - 09:30
Airline Briefing

Head to head interview with easyjet

John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
Manuel Vale, Head of Network and Airports EU, easyJet 
Thu
09:30 - 10:30
Panel Discussion

You say scope 1, I say scope 3: how can airlines and airports collaborate more effectively to drive overall emission reduction?

Airports and airlines don't always see eye to eye. But in the area of decarbonization their objectives are completely aligned – to reach Net Zero aviation emissions by 2050 or sooner. As emissions from aircraft in flight are by far the largest GHG contributor from aviation, this panel explores the overlap between airlines, airports and ground handlers, how each is approaching target setting, decarbonization strategies, and importantly, how these groups can best work together to accelerate positive change.

Moderator 
Kata Cserep, Managing Director - Aviation, Travel and Tourism, ICF 
Panel 
Dean Boljuncic, Head of Avation development & Partnerships, Eindhoven Airport 
Daen Van de Munckhof, Route Analyst, Widerøe 
Matthew Whitton, Vice President Supply Aviation and Land, World Fuel Services 
Speaker to be announced 

Take a well-deserved break! You will find hot drinks and snacks in the exhibition area.

Thu
11:00 - 11:30
Industry Briefing

Air Transport Management / Ministry of Transport and Logistics (Morocco)

Speaker to be announced 
Thu
11:30 - 12:30
Panel Discussion

New aviation fuels and the journey to Net Zero Carbon

Aviation has embarked on a journey to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2050. This will imply dramatic technological changes like our industry has never seen. In particular, new aviation fuels will be required to achieve carbon neutrality. Between SAF, Electricity and Hydrogen, what makes sense for airframers? For airports? What realistic timeframes? At what costs? Can we produce more and earlier? What airlines and airports need to do today to prepare themselves for this revolution?
These are all the questions that our panel composed of airlines, airports and fuel producers, will debate and try to answer.

Moderator 
Patrick Baudis, Vice President, Mitsubishi Aero Advisory 
Panel 
Magdalena Golebiewska, Sustainability Manager, easyJet 
Claudio Camelier, Head of Marketing - Product Strategy and Market Analysis, Heart Aerospace 
Lena Wennberg, Head of Sustainable Development, Swedavia Airports 
Ricardo Diniz, Business Development Lead, Air BP 
Matthew Whitton, Vice President Supply Aviation and Land, World Fuel Services 

Relax and enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant!

Thu
14:00 - 14:30
Keynote

Head to head interview with FlyAtlantic

Moderator 
Patrick Edmond, Managing Director, Altair Advisory 
Andrew Pyne, Chief Executive Officer, Fly Atlantic 
Thu
14:30 - 15:00
Masterclass

Post-pandemic State aid: back to the future?

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission reacted swiftly and generously to allow Member States to support their air transport sector. This specific legal framework has come to an end and general State aid rules are now back on. What to expect in the coming years in the light of the costly challenges this sector is facing?  

Annabelle Lepièce will present the lessons to draw from the crisis, the various public aids currently available and the Commission's priorities to that respect.

Annabelle Lepièce, Partner, CMS Belgium 

Take a well-deserved break! You will find hot drinks and snacks in the exhibition area.

Thu
16:00 - 16:30
Airline Briefing

Head to head interview with Wizzair

John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
Evelin Jeckel, Chief Network Officer, Wizz Air 
Thu
16:30 - 17:30
Panel Discussion

Revolutionising interlining

Old-fashioned interlining dates from 70 years ago. But the world - and the airline industry - has changed. The arrival of LCCs has shaken up the industry, and environmental concerns mean that multimodal interlining (plane<-->train or plane<-->bus etc) is more relevant than ever. But old-style systems don't support this. What does the new interlining world look like? What opportunities does it offer for airlines, airports, and passengers?

Moderator 
Patrick Edmond, Managing Director, Altair Advisory 
Panel 
David Gunnarsson, Chief Executive Officer, Dohop 
Majid Khan, Vice President Aviation Development, IGA Istanbul Airport 
Johannes Mohrmann, Senior Manager Key Account and Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg Airport 

Our Hosts welcome you for an incredible Gala Dinner.

Friday 24th February

Event opens 08:30am, closes 07:00pm

Fri
09:30 - 10:30
Panel Discussion

The future of business travel

As business travel has seen a slower rebound, the discussion would go into the direction of how the change has impacted regional airlines and regional airports and their thoughts on future adaptation to the habitual change in the business segment.

Moderator 
Sanja Ples, Chief Operating Officer, ch-aviation 
Panel 
Tom Screen, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport 
Christian Kaeser, Vice President Aviation Sales & Traffic Development, Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg 
Mantas Vrubliauskas, Network Development Manager, airBaltic 
Frederic Revol, Chief Commercial Officer, La Compagnie, Head of Network and Commercial Partnerships, Air Malta 
Ivan Orec, Senior Manager Airport Relations & Route Development, Eurowings 

Take a well-deserved break! You will find hot drinks and snacks in the exhibition area.

Fri
11:00 - 11:30
Airline Briefing

Airline Briefing: Air Serbia

Bojan Arandjelovic, Head of Network Planning & Scheduling, Air Serbia 

Relax and enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant!

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By invitation only.

The members of the commission gathering all the managers and executives of the Route Development of French and French-speaking airports are invited to join the commission's meeting.

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Saturday 25th February

Event opens 09:00am, closes 05:00pm

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