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Overview
Route development and industry briefings provide delegates with crucial and first-class insight, industry analysis and updates.
Wednesday 23rd February
09:00 - 09:30
Opening Remarks

From the Event Moderator & Welcome from the Host and Organiser of CONNECT 2022

Karin Butot, Chief Executive Officer, founder of The Airport Agency and of CONNECT, The Airport Agency (CONNECT Organiser) 
Patrick Edmond, Managing Director, Altair Advisory 
Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Mayor, City of Tampere 
Harri Airaksinen, Chief Executive Officer, Business Tampere 
09:30 - 10:30
Keynote

The State of the industry: post COVID challenges and opportunities

How have the unprecedented challenges of COVID affected the European air travel industry in 2020 and 2021? What impact has the pandemic had on patterns of demand? 

Which airlines and business models are likely to perform the most strongly? Is there a real opportunity for start ups and how important are new aircraft types?

How is the recovery likely to evolve in 2022? What impact will the environment have on future aviation development?

John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

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

11:00 - 11:45
Training

Environmental constraints and Route Development : be up to the challenge !

Environmental regulations must become an entire part of your airport development strategy. The regulations will become tighter and tighter, and local councils, under the pressure of environmental activists, see your airport more as a problem than an opportunity. Join our course to learn with our step-by-step approach how to be up to the challenge and build a robust environmental and sustainable route development strategy!

Christophe Ritter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Milanamos 
11:45 - 12:30
Airline Briefing

Head to head interview with Ray Kelliher, Director of Route Development, Ryanair

Ray Kelliher, Director of Route Development, Ryanair 
John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
12:30 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

Relax and enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant on level 2!

14:00 - 14:30
Keynote

Nordic Focus: Presentation of Tampere & its Attractivity

Finland is a country of contrasts. We have four distinct seasons and four unique regions. Helsinki and Lapland are already attracting visitors from all over the world but Lakeland and our Coast and archipelago also offer great potential for growing visitor numbers.

The City of Tampere has been very active in the field of International Sport and Culture Events. Icehockey WC 22, World Masters Athletics 22, European Masters Games 23 are bringing tens of thousands of tourists in Tampere. Why does the City want to be active and how do we do it? 

Kristiina Hietasaari, Senior Director, Visit Finland 
Perttu Pesä, Director of major events, City of Tampere 
14:30 - 15:30
Panel

Nordic Focus: State of the Market and Future Perspective

What will the Nordic market for air transport look like after the worst downturn in history? What roles will each of the airline business models – full service carrier, low-cost, charter and regional – play in delivering economic robustness? And how will partnerships with airports develop? Discover some of the possibilities during this roundtable discussion examining all these topics.

Moderator 
Bernie Baldwin, Freelance Journalist & Editor, Baldwin Editorial 
Panel 
Petri Vuori, Senior Vice President Sales and Route Development, Finavia - Helsinki Vantaa Airport 
Jan “Palle” Palmér, Chief Executive Officer, Xfly 
Harri Ojala, Director of Investments and Global Operations, Business Tampere 
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

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

16:00 - 17:00
Panel

Post COVID Airports resilience and how to attract and secure airlines

  • Even before COVID, airports faced challenges in convincing airlines to launch new routes. What has the pandemic taught us?
  • How have airports used the downtime to prepare for recovery?
  • How has the airport/airline dynamic changed? Have airline expectations changed? Have airports changed the way they engage with airlines?
  • Post-COVID, what are the characteristics of a successful airport's route development activity?
  • How does the future look - for hub airports, for secondary airports, for regional airports?
Moderator 
Patrick Edmond, Managing Director, Altair Advisory 
Panel 
Meiltje de Groot, Managing Director, Groningen Airport Eelde 
Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer, London Southend Airport 
Nicolai Krøyer, Chief Executive Officer, Aarhus Airport 
Simon Dreschel, Chief Executive Officer, Bordeaux Airport 
19:30 - 21:30

Welcome Reception

Thursday 24th February
09:00 - 09:30
Airline Briefing

Head to head interview with Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic

Bernie Baldwin, Freelance Journalist & Editor, Baldwin Editorial 
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic 
09:30 - 10:30
Panel

The right aircraft for the right routes

As airlines have begun rebuilding their networks, there has been a major right-sizing of fleets to deliver the best economics on those routes. What are the aircraft developments being considered? And how and where will the incoming hybrid and electric aircraft types find their operational fit? It's all up for discussion by this panel of senior industry executives.

Moderator 
Bernie Baldwin, Freelance Journalist & Editor, Baldwin Editorial 
Panel 
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic 
Patrick Baudis, Vice President, Mitsubishi Aero Advisory 
Yves Renard, Head of Market Intelligence & Consulting, Airbus 
Marta Sabin Miralles De Imperial, Market Strategy Director, ATR 
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

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

11:00 - 11:30
Training

From recovery to sustainability: how to finance the costs?

The air transport sector has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The current financial shortfall of the sector creates significant challenges to ensure long-term recovery and to develop ambitious sustainability projects. 
Annabelle Lepièce will present the various funding options: national aid, EU fundings, targeted airport charges, taxonomy, etc.

Annabelle Lepièce, Partner, CMS Belgium 
11:30 - 12:30
Panel

Tourism Recovery Strategies: Let’s shape the Future of Air Travel!

Tourism is the driving force for growth of the travel market. The increase of household spending on tourism is creating a very dynamic demand moving forward. However, changes in customer expectations such as local versus global, sustainability, new technologies, personalization, and experience represent both opportunities and challenges. Join us to learn from the innovative and sometimes unorthodox approaches of our panelists, and understand the successful steps to create a successful value chain between airlines, airports, and tourism authorities!

Moderator 
Christophe Ritter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Milanamos 
Panel 
Vijay Daryanani, Minister for Business, Tourism and Commercial Aviation - HM Government of Gibraltar, Visit Gibraltar 
Hatim El Gharbi, Chief Commercial Officer, Moroccan National Tourist Office 
Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland 
Andrew Van der Feltz, Global Senior Director Business Development, Expedia Group 
12:30 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

Relax and enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant on level 2!

14:00 - 14:30
Airline Briefing

Head to head interview with Birgir Jónsson, CEO, PLAY Airlines

Birgir Jonsson, Chief Executive Officer, PLAY Airlines 
John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
14:30 - 15:30
Panel

Environment focus : the sustainability challenge

The air transport and tourism industries are working on a vast range of initiatives to reduce their environmental impact while still meeting demand. From strategic programmes such as ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to overcoming the technical challenges of replacing fossil-fuel based energy sources with alternative fuels, efforts to make these industries full sustainable abound. This panel discussion will cover these topics and others, including air traffic management, ground handling and airport terminal efficiency.

Moderator 
Marylin Bastin, Head of Aviation Sustainability, EUROCONTROL 
Panel 
Marius Gelzinis, Chief Executive Officer, Lithuanian Airports 
Laurent Donceel, Senior Policy Director, Airlines for Europe (A4E) 
Pierre-Hugues Schmit, Chief Commercial & Operational Officer, VINCI Airports 
Paul Trewin, Commercial Director & Sustainability, Cirium 
Tuomo Karppinen, Senior Sustainability Manager, Finnair 
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

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

16:00 - 17:00
Panel

The world after COVID: What will our industry look like?

A ch-aviation panel discussion

How did the behaviour and planning of airlines and airports change during and post-COVID period? What are the challenges the next season will bring in terms of capacity planning, in terms of deliveries and supply chain? (Post-)COVID innovations and impact on travel?

Moderator 
Sanja Ples, Chief Operating Officer, ch-aviation 
Panel 
Miguel Oliver, Director Network Planning & Scheduling, Air Nostrum - Iberia Regional 
Majid Khan, Vice President Aviation Development, Istanbul Airport 
Bojan Arandjelovic, Head of Network Planning & Scheduling, Air Serbia 
Dean Boljuncic, Head of Avation Development & Partnerships, Eindhoven Airport 
19:30 - 22:30

Gala Dinner

Friday 25th February
09:30 - 10:00
Airline Briefing

Air Montenegro

Predrag Todorovic, Chief Executive Officer, Air Montenegro 
10:00 - 10:30
Airline Briefing

Transavia Netherlands

Oliver Newton, Strategic Network Planner, Transavia Netherlands 
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

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

11:00 - 11:30
Keynote

Enhance your physical network while guaranteeing an impeccable passenger journey with Air Black Box’s Next-Generation Interline and ThruBag Solution

Peer Winter, VP of Commercial Business Development, Air Black Box 
11:30 - 12:00
Closing Remarks

Host 2023 Handover: Discover Where CONNECT Takes You Next!

12:00 - 12:30
Keynote

Serving Europe’s peripheries and how these services will pioneer electric aircraft

Currently, a lot of startups and actual OEMs are working on new types of aircraft. These aircraft are designed to be cleaner, quieter and more efficient than the actual ones because of their electric/hydrogen propulsion. 

This new kind of aircraft will surely lead to new kinds of operations and new kinds of uses. In the digital era, the appearance of these new aircraft could lead to a tremendous change for people in their way to travel, maybe going more from point A to point B, with on-demand service and smaller aircraft on short-haul flights.

Guillaume Abéguilé, Chief Operating Officer, Green Aerolease 
12:30 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

Relax and enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant on level 2!

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

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