Aviation Develop Europe

AviaDev Europe

23-25 October 2019 – Valencia, Spain


Tuesday 4 December

At-a-glance →

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome Remarks

Jon Howell
Managing Director, AviaDev

Sandra Gómez
President of Turismo Valencia and Deputy Major at Valencia City Council

Francesc Colomer
Regional Minister for Tourism at the Government of the Valencia Region

09:20 - 09:35

The Big Picture - Are regionals really rising?

It is no secret that after the liberalization of European skies regional and secondary airports have enjoyed incredibly exciting times which led to numerous positive effects on the whole European economy. What is the current state of the regionals and what are the implications for the upcoming months and years?

Olivier Jager
Co-founder & CEO, ForwardKeys

09:35 - 10:20

What are the ingredients for a successful regional airline operation?

Operating a profitable regional airline in a highly competitive industry is definitely not an easy thing to do. Unfortunately, even recently some regional carriers have ceased their operations. Let´s get inspired by those which are succeeding.

Moderated by:

John Grant
Partner, MIDAS Aviation

In conversation with:

Fabrice Binet
Sales & Business Development Director, FlyBMI

Manuel Jimenez
Chief Operating Officer, Air Nostrum

Tibor Meszaros
Airport Development Manager, Wizz Air

Jan Palmer
CEO of Regional Jet and Vice President of European Regions Airline Association, Nordica

10:20 - 11:00

Disruptors, innovators and data scientists. How can they drive profitability for regionals?

New technologies, advanced use of data and truly disrupting ideas are increasingly and inevitably playing a key role in the aviation industry today. But specifically, how can they make regional aviation easier, more productive and most importantly, more profitable?

Moderated by:

Juraj Toth
Aviation Development Director

In conversation with:

Zdenek Komenda
Chief Business Development Officer, Kiwi.com

Manish Shrivastava
Co-founder and commercial executive, Travel Commerce Solutions Ltd

Laurens Van Den Oever
Chief Marketing officer, ForwardKeys

11:00 - 11:15

Networking coffee break

11:15 - 12:00

Together is the way. Why airports should work closely with their stakeholders

All across Europe the most successful regional airports are those which have truly understood and harnessed the advantages of the “stakeholder approach”. What are its key benefits and why is it sometimes difficult to bring all of the relevant public and private entities together around the table?

Moderated by:

Gerard Brown
Aviation Development Director

In conversation with:

Miguel Angel Perez Alba
Brand Manager at Turismo Valencia

Spencer Birns
Commercial Director, Cardiff Airport

Carsten Hoffmann
Managing Director, Lufthansa Group for Spain and Portugal

Amaya Manrique
Route Development Manager, Invest in Navarra

12:00 - 12:45

The Evolution of Regional European Airports – Where to next?

There is a perception of what makes a regional airport that has been created over many years: small terminal, few flights a day with turboprops and a small cafeteria etc. Nowadays the situation is very different and ACI estimates that the annual contribution of regional airports to the wider European economy is more than EUR 40 billion. Has the shifting focus to regional airports got even more potential yet to be realised?

Moderated by:

Deirdre Fulton
Partner, MIDAS Aviation

In conversation with:

Enzo Zangrilli
Commercial Director Aviation and non Aviation Development, Trieste Airport

Ellie McGimpsey
Aviation Development Manager, Belfast City Airport

David Surley
Head of Airline Relations, Route and Business development, Aarhus Airport

Sven Kukemelk
Member of Management Board, NA Advisory

12:45 - 12:55

Future leaders: How European regional aviation can achieve stronger performance.

Further to a competition run by AviaDev, 3 current undergraduate students were chosen to attend as AviaDev Ambassadors- a role that enables them to gain real work experience before they start their aviation careers. In this session, they will outline their ideas of how we can continue to see a thriving regional European aviation environment.

Mohammad Bhimani
Undergraduate Student, Air Transport Management, Coventry University

Chaima Boucetta
Undergraduate Student, Air Transport Management, Coventry University

Ricardo Mendonca
Undergraduate Student, Air Transport Management, Coventry University

12:55 - 13:00

Summary Remarks

Jon Howell
Managing Director, AviaDev

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 17:30

One-to-one meetings

Register as an attendee with meetings and prepare to engage with your key targets in Europe.

Once your have registration has been processed, you will receive an email and gain access to our bespoke meeting system

19:00 - 22:00

Gala Networking Evening

Enjoy networking with colleagues new and old in an informal setting at Veles e Vents Building

The famous award winning building (European Architecture Prize 2009) “Veles e Vents”, designed by the prestigious architect David Chipperfield offers 10,000 Sqm for all type of corporate and private events.

Its recent opening has converted the exclusive building “Veles e Vents into a privileged site with restaurants, conference rooms with sea view, a complete cultural programme, overlooking 360º of the city, the port, the beach and the Mediterranean Sea.

The in-house gastronomy is run by an award winning gastronomy group, which allows the clients to fully enjoy the Valencian climate, the ideal event conditions, and the best Mediterranean gastronomy, all in one place.