Routes Europe 2016

The route development forum for Europe

Kraków, Poland
23 – 26 April 2016

Strategy Summit Speakers

Juha Jarvinen

CCO, Finnair

Juha has 17 years of aviation experience with positions in passenger commercial & airport operations, customer fulfilment centre services as well as cargo logistics. After 14 years with Scandinavian SAS Group in various European locations and at head office in Stockholm, he managed the Finnair Cargo subsidiary as Managing Director during 2012-2014, with focus on re-positioning the cargo unit. In October 2014, he took over as Chief Commercial Officer for Finnair, with responsibility for airline's commercial functions, cargo, tour operator and travel agency units. Juha is Finnish national with British BA Honours and Austrian MBA degrees.

Finnair is offering the fastest and most convenient gateway between Europe and Asia, via Helsinki, serving 17 Asian gateways, over 60 destinations in Europe and three gateways in the US. We operate one of the youngest and most eco-efficient fleets, as the launching European carrier for new Airbus A350XWB. Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance and has joint venture operations with American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on the Atlantic, and with Japan Airlines and British Airways on Europe-Japan routes.

As a forerunner in quality and punctuality, Finnair is able to offer the shortest and fastest connections between Europe and Asia due to the geographical location of Helsinki on the great circle route between the continents. Taking the short route via the uncongested Helsinki airport represents also an eco-smart choice for business and leisure travellers.


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Michał Nowak

Director of Strategy and Innovation Department, LOT Polish Airlines

Michał Nowak joined LOT’s commercial team in 2013. He supported the restructuring effort, worked on business units’ strategies and developed the market and competition monitoring processes. In 2014 Michał took over the position of Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation. His primary objectives include development of company-wide strategy, cooperation with potential capital investors and support in strategic fleet decisions.

Since 2015, Michał is also heading LOT’s partnerships and alliances team. Prior to LOT, Michał worked as a management consultant, among others for The Boston Consulting Group, where he gained experience in areas such as strategy development, transformation, mergers or strategic brand positioning across various industries. Michał graduated in law from the Warsaw University. He has also completed radar air traffic control training at Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, which started his passion for aviation.

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Jochen Schnadt

CCO, BMI Regional

A Senior Aviation Executive having worked in various commercial, strategic, planning and operational roles most recently with Monarch Airlines as Commercial Director and previously with such companies as Aer Lingus, Qatar Airways, BA CityFlyer, SkyWest, AWAS and Eurocontrol.

With a track record of achieving and exceeding targets, Jochen is a firm believer in the need for constant change and innovation and has been involved in various leading-edge projects and developments during his 20-year career in commercial aviation.

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Andrew Cornish

CEO, Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Andrew Cornish was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool John Lennon Airport on 15 September 2014, and is responsible for the overall performance, management and strategic development of the airport company.
Prior to his current role, Mr Cornish held the position of Chief Customer and Brand Officer at Aer Lingus, responsible for all customer facing activity and a member of the Group Executive Board.

Mr Cornish previously held the position of Chief Executive at MDL, Europe's largest owner and operator of marinas, based in Southampton.

From 2005-2010, Mr Cornish was the Managing Director of Manchester Airport Group, looking after all facets of the airports operation, commercial performance, investment decisions and major capital project management, he was also a member of the Group Board. His achievements include overseeing the £80m redevelopment of Terminals One and Two, dramatically improving customer satisfaction scores and he was described as being 'instrumental' in striking a deal with Emirates to bring the A380 to Manchester.

Mr Cornish has also worked for Eastman Kodak Company and the Unipart Group of Companies and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics.

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Rafał Milczarski

Chairman of the Board, LOT Polish Airlines

Manager with extensive international experience in the transport industry.

Co-founder of the Baltic Rail, one of the first private rail freight carriers in Poland. In 2005, together with an industry investor Freightliner Group in the UK, he founded Freightliner PL – a freight rail carrier. As a president and co-owner he led the company from a start-up to the achievement of a few per cent share of the freight market in Poland. He is also the founder and former CEO of Freightliner DE - a German subsidiary of Freightliner PL and the Association of Independent Railway Carriers.Graduated in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

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Miguel Oliver

Network Planning & Scheduling Director, Iberia Regional / Air Nostrum

I am a highly experienced aviation senior manager with an updated knowledge of the airline market. Working for more than 15 years for an international top European regional airline, gives me an extensive commercial knowledge and operations experience.


Miguel Oliver is working in developing the Air Nostrum Regional Airline model in South America.

As a member of the board of AECFA (Spanish Associations for the Slot coordination) he has  a detailed view of the SLOTS situation in Spain.

Lecturer and speaker at different events, as well as a member and jury of several national and international aviation committees. Due to that reason has has a strong network of airline senior management worldwide.

In relation to his  training and studies, he has a multicultural background, both with a business administration degree at Sunderland University and a MBA at Oxford Brookes University, as well as an executive education at prestigious universities such as Instituto de Empresa or ESADE, and complemented with an international aviation specific training, endorsed by the IATA, which gives him a high knowledge in multicultural environments.


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Jeremy Robinson

Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Jeremy Robinson is a Partner at international law firm Watson Farley & Williams, based in London.  Jeremy advises airports and airlines on developing effective commercial partnerships while complying with EU law.  Jeremy is a specialist in competition law and policy and assists clients on getting clearance for mergers and acquisitions, investigations into anti-competitive behaviour, competition law compliance, State Aid, airport charges, and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for Aviation.

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John Grant

Industry Advisor, OAG

John now runs a small aviation consultancy having previously worked in a senior role with one of the industry’s leading data providers and before that role heading up a leading UK based practice. With extensive experience of working for major scheduled airlines, delivered major airport development projects and created new data and analytics products he has a wealth of experience that is now being used to support clients in Europe, the America’s and Asia.

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John Hanlon

Secretary General, ELFAA

John joined British Airways in 1968 as a graduate trainee and spent 30 years in overseas Regional General Management positions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

His last position with British Airways was as General Manager Africa and the Indian Ocean, based in Johannesburg.

He was awarded an OBE in 1993 for services to British aviation interests in Nigeria.

He then went on to Join Flybe in 2000, becoming Director Alliances.

In June 2006, he was appointed Secretary General of ELFAA – European Low Fares Airline Association, having previously chaired the Airspace Work Group within ELFAA.

ELFAA member airlines carry over 200 million passengers a year, operating a combined fleet of over 800 of the most environmentally-efficient aircraft. Low Fares account for over 43% of point-to-point intra-European traffic, a share forecast to grow to 60% by 2020.

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Fernando Estrada

Chief Strategy Officer, Vueling

Fernando currently holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Vueling Airlines. Prior to that he held responsibilities in network planning, airport planning and slots at Vueling Airlines and led the team responsible of the merger between Vueling and clickair where he enrolled in 2007.  

Before working for the airline industry, Fernando made a full range of strategy consulting work for 7 years in more than 8 countries.  

Fernando has a BS degree in Telecommunication Engineering and a Master's degree from IESE Business School.

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Raul Villaron

Marketing Director, Embraer

Mr. Raul Villaron has more than 10 years of experience in the airline industry. Airline strategies, fleet & network planning are among his main expertise, which he acquired along 8 years working at Embraer Commercial Aircraft Sales for airlines in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Over those years, Mr. Raul Villaron has worked closely with airlines to support their fleet and network development as well as to help start-up airlines to build their business planning.

He is also responsible for the prospecting activities in the region, showing Embraer view of the market and how the E-Jets fit to the each airline business models.

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Geoffrey Weston

Partner, London leader of Bain's EMEA Air Transportation & Services Practice

Geoffrey has extensive airline industry expertise, which includes nearly a decade of senior executive experience. He has lived and worked in Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Middle East.

Geoffrey has held line responsibility in many areas, including revenue management, strategy, network, fleet and cargo operations. In his consulting engagements, he helps airline clients to address the challenges of an increasingly stressed and competitive environment. He holds expertise across a range of additional topics, including group strategy formulation, M&A strategy, group alliances and group fleet and network planning and coordination.

He formerly served as Head of Group Strategy and Development at International Airlines Group. Earlier in his career, he held the positions of Director of Strategy and Network and Managing Director, Cargo at Royal Jordanian. He was also formerly Executive Director at Seabury Aviation & Aerospace.

Geoffrey worked in Bain's Dallas and Mexico City offices from 1996 to 2000 and re-joined the firm in 2015.

Geoffrey has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned a diploma in Arabic language studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In addition, he is a recipient of the Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite. He speaks fluent French and Spanish.

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Joni Sundelin

Senior Vice President, Finavia Corporation

Mr. Joni Sundelin, M.Sc.(Econ), has worked at Finavia as the Senior Vice President, Director of airport network, Sales & Marketing and Ground Handling business since 2012. His main competences are to restructure & develop businesses and working structures, to build up new business models in the customer interface both in b-b and b-c business environment, service business management and development in general. These competences are complemented from the vast experiences in executing mergers and acquisitions, creating joint ventures and other modes of collaboration. Further to these, internationalizing of service businesses could be described as one of the core experiences, both organic and nonorganic.           

Prior to his appointment at Finavia he worked in various business director responsibilities both in the Logistics Business and in pharmaceutical distribution and wholesaling in Finland and other northern European countries . His training comprises M:Sc. in Economics and Management & Leadership courses at IMD. Joni Sundelin has served in various positions of trust. Currently he acts as a Board Member of Finavia Group companies.

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Alexander Junge

Managing Director of Northern Europe, Air BP

Alexander Junge is Managing Director of Air BP’s Northern Europe Performance Unit, Air BP’s largest region globally. Alexander Junge holds both the P&L and operational integrity accountability for Air BP’s business in a wide ranging geography spanning UK, France and Benelux regions, the Nordic region and Central Europe, i.e. Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.
Alexander has a broad experience and has served as Director Commodity Markets at Société Générale, France, and Managing Director at HGM Energy, Bremen as well as worked in a number of key positions at Lufthansa in Risk Management and Supply, and in ExxonMobil at its Slagen Refinery in Norway and Trading Division in Hamburg.

Alex’s Northern Europe Performance Unit and Nordic Cluster was home to Air BP’s January launch of Biojet at Oslo Gardermoen, an initiative which saw Air BP become the first fuel supplier to supply renewable Biojet via hydrant to commercial airline customers Lufthansa, SAS and KLM.

Alex has, in his tenure, overseen a strong commercial performance and rigorous operational standards and is a keen proponent of responsible fuel and aviation practice, commercial discipline and strategic co-operation.

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Edmond Rose

Vice President, ICF International

Edmond Rose draws on his proven airline leadership experience to lead projects for airlines, investors, and suppliers.  He has held leadership and senior management positions with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, as well as working as a consultant for the industry on projects ranging from low cost carrier strategy to airport capacity maximisation.  As Director of Commercial & Revenue Planning at Virgin Atlantic Airways, he led Fleet and Network Planning, Revenue Management (RM) and Pricing, Passenger Service System operations, and alliance partnership activities as well as leading strategy formulation.  Edmond pioneered Virgin Atlantic's partnership strategy work that resulted in negotiating a profit-sharing JV with Delta Air Lines, then implemented Virgin-Delta code-sharing and RM cooperation.  He  sponsored the introduction of new fleets of A330 and 787 aircraft into Virgin Atlantic.  Edmond also has a background in aviation regulatory matters and has led customer insight and loyalty work.

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Athar Husain Khan


Athar Husain Khan graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in International Law, and also specialised in Air and Space Law. He subsequently joined the Aeropolitical Division of the Dutch Ministry of Transport as a negotiator of traffic rights and senior policy advisor on various international issues.

He joined the Flight Operations department of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 1998 where inter alia he was responsible for the regulatory and policy issues surrounding Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. In July 2002 he was appointed Director of Government & Industry Affairs, dealing mainly with infrastructure and environment issues, the Air France – KLM merger and European and international aeropolitical affairs.

In February 2007 he became General Manager Infrastructure at the Association of European Airlines, dealing with value chain issues such as the airline-airport relationship, airport charges, airport capacity, slots, ground handling and social affairs.  In 2010 he also assumed responsibility for environment and consumer affairs as General Manager Policy, Environment and Infrastructure.

In June 2011 he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of AEA and as of June 1st 2012 he became the Acting Secretary General.  In December 2013 he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer.

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Henk Ombelet

Senior Analyst, Ascend

Henk joined Ascend in March 2012 from parent company Flightglobal, continuing a career of more than 20 years in aviation and aerospace.

He started at Fokker Aircraft, before moving to London to join IATA’s Aviation Information and Research Department conducting many studies, forecasts and consultancy projects in the aviation sector, including airport forecasts worldwide.

He subsequently joined Air Transport Intelligence, where he was involved in all aspects of the service, and working with ICAO and other data partners in the industry for schedules and fleet data. He was also instrumental in setting up Network Latin America, the route development conference (organised with Airline Business magazine) specifically aimed at the region.

At Ascend Henk has been involved as Senior Consultant and Project Manager in forecasting projects (including the Flightglobal Fleet Forecast and several airport forecasts), other airport projects (route studies, alliance impact), slot valuations and extensive aerospace market research.

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Nigel Mayes

Senior Vice President Consulting & Product Development, ASM

Nigel brings 20 years industry experience, starting his career as a key part of the route development team at Birmingham International Airport where he had a variety of roles in airport marketing, strategy and aviation business development, before joining ASM in 2001.

Following a successful consulting career Nigel went on to be responsible for all the commercial aspects of Routes including customer engagement, airport and airline attendance, revenues and conference content.  During his time with Routes, Nigel had also been responsible for the development of the Routes online product

Nigel re-joined ASM in 2014 SVP Consulting and Product Development where he is responsible for supporting our work across the client base and taking ASM’s new products and services to market.

During his time at ASM, Nigel has worked on route development, traffic forecasting and airport transaction projects across the globe.  Nigel has been responsible for the delivery of a number of new routes and has worked on airport projects that include Taoyuan International Airport, San Juan International Airport, Darwin Airport, London Stansted, Katowice Airport, Malaysia Airports, Perth Airport, Rzeszow Airport and Sikhuphe Airport. 

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Andrzej P. Kobielski

Chief Commercial Officer, EnterAir LTD

At the beginning of his airline career he has worked for LOT Polish Airlines. In 1997 he began working in the Sales Department.

Already in 2001 he became the manager at the Strategy and Planning Department.

In 2004 he become one of the key executives founding the first Polish LCC. In Centralwings he was running Network Planning & Revenue Management Dept as its Director. 

At the beginning of 2007 he joined the BMI Group as a Head of Network Planning & Revenue Management of BMIBABY.

In 2009 he has launched LOT-Charters - a leisure brand of LOT Polish Airlines.

As Executive Sales Director of LOT Polish Airlines he introduced a new Tour Operator - LOT Travel, supporting direct sales channel.

In 2006 he has created a business plan of Enter Air. This has materialized if April 2010 when the first flight took off.

As a CCO of Enter Air he is supporting a dynamic growth of this leisure airline from the very beginning of 2011.

He has graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology, as well as Berlin University of Technology, where he specialized in airline management. He also completed a post graduate safety management studies at London Business School, University of London.

Including Polish he is fluent in five languages (English, German, Czech, and Russian).

In his spare time he enjoys mountain hiking, sailing and listening to the music. Most of it he does with his wife, daughter, son and his friends.

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Radoslaw Wloszek

Acting President of the Board, Kraków Airport

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Michael Miller

Head of Content & Industry Relations, Routes, UBM EMEA

Michael Miller is Head of Content and Industry Relations for Routes, which is part of the Transport and Technology division of UBM; a leading global event marketing and communications services business. Mike leads the creation and development of Routes conferences at events worldwide, and is responsible for relations with aviation, travel and other industry groups.

Mike has 25 years experience in the aviation industry as both a journalist and consultant prior to joining the Routes team in 2014. He has managed nine aviation publications, mostly under the Aviation Week banner at McGraw-Hill, and has had aviation clients in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Clients have included Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, US Airways, JetBlue Airways, Bombardier, ALTA and the government of France. He oversaw the creation of the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum. Michael also was Vice President, Strategy, at the American Aviation Institute and President of Miller Air Group. He has been interviewed several hundred times on aviation issues by CNN, BBC, CNBC, NBC, Al Jazeeera and others.

He is based in Orlando, Florida.

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