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Europe’s future air route networks to be mapped out in Łódź this week

Routes Europe 2023 will drive the growth of the region’s air connectivity.

The 16th aviation route development forum dedicated to the European region will be taking place this week from 9-11 May. Hosted by Lodz Airport Central Poland, this year’s edition of the event will bring together senior leaders from more than 90 airlines who will be meeting with the region’s airports and tourism authorities to drive route network growth across Europe and around the globe.

The event will see over 4,000 meetings take place between industry stakeholders that will propel the development of air service networks and tourism, and that will elevate aviation supplier organisations using the event’s unmatched meeting opportunities to promote their products and services to airlines and airports from across the region.

Airline decision makers attending the event include:

  • Head of Continental Market Planning, Lufthansa
  • Network Planning Manager, Air France
  • Head of EU Network, easyJet
  • Senior Manager, International Network Planning, Air Canada
  • Network Development Manager, Turkish Airlines
  • Director of Network Planning, Aer Lingus
  • Head of Planning,
  • Director Network Strategy, Norwegian
  • Senior Manager of Network Planning and Long-term Planning, Air China
  • General Manager, International Planning, Delta Air Lines
  • Director Network & Strategy, Transavia France
  • Head of Flight Planning and Traffic Rights, Condor Airlines
  • CFO, Air Prague
  • Head of International, SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Senior Network Planning Manager, Etihad Airways
  • Head of Network & Scheduling, Wizz Air
  • Group Head of Airport Partnerships and Incentives, AirAsia Group
  • Director of Aviation Planning, TUI Airline
  • Manager, International Planning, American Airlines
  • Traffic Rights Manager, Network Planning Division, China Eastern Airlines

Routes Europe 2023 will also feature a conference programme with over 30 speakers from trade associations, airline boards of directors, airports and government ministries who will deliver more than 15 hours of actionable insight for delegates. What is the outlook for the region beyond the immediate future? How are long-range narrowbodies changing long-haul economics? What are the longer-term prospects for Europe’s LCCs? Delegates can look forward to hearing about these topics and more during the conference programme, which is sponsored by Embraer. Conference speakers will include:

  • Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic
  • Anna Midera, Chief Executive Officer, Lodz Airport
  • Jiří Marek, Chief Executive Officer, Air Serbia
  • Michał Fijoł, Chief Commercial Officer, LOT Polish Airlines
  • Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI Europe (Airports Council International)
  • Rafael Schvartzman, Regional Vice President, Europe, IATA
  • Léon Verhallen, Director Aviation Development, Brussels Airport Company
  • Gaute Riise, Vice President of Traffic Development, Avinor
  • Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director Communications & Marketing, Athens International Airport
  • Aaron McGarvey, Head of Network Strategy and Development, Finnair
  • Eirik Wæraas, Head of International Network, SAS
  • Michał Nowak, Vice President, Commercial Aviation, Embraer
  • Evelin Jeckel, Acting Network Officer, Wizz Air
  • Tomasz Koralewski, President, Łódź Tourism Organisation – Łódź Convention Bureau
  • Majid Khan, VP of Aviation Development, Istanbul Airport
  • Jordi Pla Pintre, Director of Network Strategy & Long Term Planning, Vueling Airlines
  • Henri-Charles Ozarovsky, Head of Strategy, Network & Partnerships, TAP Portugal
  • Andrea Tucci, Vice President, SEA Milan Airports
  • Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor, Łódź

Anna Midera Ph.D., CEO of Lodz Airport, said “We can’t wait to welcome the aviation community to Łódź during Routes Europe 2023. We do believe that after three days of business meetings and tasting the beauty and hospitality of Łódź that the city located in the heart of Poland will stay fully visible on the European aviation map forever. We are sure that airlines, airports, and other stakeholders attending Routes Europe will experience from Łódź more than they can imagine.”

Steven Small, Director of Routes, said “Routes Europe is the event where the region’s route networks are defined. Over 1,100 decision makers from the route development community are here in Lodz to identify new opportunities and negotiate existing agreements. This is the biggest opportunity the destination could have to expand connectivity and open new source markets, that will drive economic growth and investment into the region.”

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