Routes Asia 2020

The route development forum for Asia

Chiang Mai, Thailand
7 - 9 June 2020

Conference Programme Speakers

Tanes Kumar

Chief Commercial Officer, Myanmar Airways International (MAI)

Tanes Kumar joined Myanmar Airways International (MAI) in January 2019 as its Commercial Director, overseeing the Commercial aspects of the turnaround and growth of both MAI and its sister airline, Air KBZ.

A versatile professional with nearly a decade of successful track record in leading strategic planning, Tanes has been a core team member that oversaw significant business expansion and turnaround implementations in the region, as well as spearheading overall market analysis for major airlines in Southeast Asia.

His previous experiences include being a member of the Group Business Development team overlooking mergers & acquisitions (M&A) for AirAsia Group, and as the Head of Distribution & Commercial Strategy for Malindo.

Since joining MAI & Air KBZ, Tanes has been an integral part of the merger between MAI & Air KBZ to increase synergies across both airlines as the airlines’ pursues aggressively market share and ambitious fleet growth.

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Steven Small

Brand Director, Routes

An economic development and tourism specialist, Steven’s career has focussed on working with destinations supporting inward investment, tourism and economic development initiative.

Roles in inward investment, specifically site selection and project management, led Steven to the Northwest Regional Development Agency, where he developed a grant to help support regional airports' route development strategies.

As a consultant at Ernst and Young, Steven worked on a number of projects for both private and public sector organisations, including supporting the development of the business plan for Bath City Council. Back in Manchester he joined the city’s inward investment agency, MIDAS, helping attract businesses to the city.

From here, he moved to Marketing Manchester working on a variety of projects including funding packages for Manchester Central - the city’s main convention venue and the new National Football Museum, as well as delivering the route development fund for Manchester Airport. Steven then took on the role of Head of Business Tourism for Visit Manchester, working to attract major new events and conferences to the city.

Steven moved back to his home town of Liverpool as Head of Tourism, working with public and private stakeholders to develop a long term strategy to maximise the explosion of the visitor economy, since the European Capital of Culture in 2008, and ensure the city region continues to improve its offer and grow sustainably.

A move to UBM in February 2017 brought Steven back to route development. As Brand Director, Steven leads a team in the development and delivery of Routes - a portfolio of global events providing a platform for the route development community to negotiate new air services.

A father of two, Steven is a supporter of Everton football club and lives in a village in North Cheshire.

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Vinoop Goel

Regional Director Airports & External Relations (Asia-Pacific), IATA

Vinoop Goel is the Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Airport, Passenger, Cargo & Security Department for IATA. He is based at their Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore. Vinoop leads a team that is responsible for all IATA's activities in the Asia-Pacific region relating to Airports, Passenger Experience, Baggage, Ground handling, Cargo Supply chain, Security and Facilitation. In addition to this, Vinoop also heads the Member & External Relations department for the region that is responsible for IATA membership and government policy issues.

Vinoop has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT, Delhi in India. He has more than 25 years of aviation industry experience including a 15 year stint in Japan and has been with IATA since 2005.

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Dilhan Haradasa

Group Head of Airport Partnerships and Incentives, AirAsia Group

Dilhan Haradasa is the current Group Head of Airport Partnerships and Incentives for the AirAsia/AirAsiaX Groups, where, he is responsible for Airport, aeronautical and stakeholder incentives. Prior to this, Dilhan held the role of Group Head of Network and Regulatory for AirAsia. 

Dilhan brings 18 years of diverse airline management experience ranging from three low-cost airlines (AirAsia, Virgin Australia and flydubai) and four legacy airlines (SriLankan, Emirates, Gulf Air & LOT Polish). Dilhan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation with an elective major in Marketing & Management from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

He has a strong knowledge across broad aviation disciplines and possess extensive Commercial management experience in Network/Schedules Planning, Airport Incentives, Sales & Marketing, new airline start-ups, and slot/bilateral negotiations.

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Bojana Spasojevic Sijacki

Lecturer in Aviation, Griffith Aviation

Bojana Spasojevic is a lecturer in Aviation Management at Griffith University, with a particular interest in the field of air transport and tourism. Her PhD topic focuses on leadership and stakeholder engagement during the process of air route development. Bojana uses innovative teaching in her courses, including the use of the Airline and Airport Online simulations. She has worked on consulting projects for Brisbane Airport Corporation and Adelaide Airport Ltd,  exploring the airport passenger experiences and tourist travel dispersal in Australia.

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Jay L Lingeswara

Director, Commercial (Strategy, Planning & International), VietJetAir

Jay L Lingeswara is the Director Commercial, Strategy, Planning & International for VietJet Air. Jay has over 11 years' experience in commercial strategy planning and responsible for driving revenue performance with direct responsibility for network and planning and route performance management at VietJet Air. Representing VietJet Air in all conferences and fairs, with a particular focus on travel and transportation. Key staff advisor for all negotiations with governments entities, airport authorities and tourism boards, alliances and partnerships, and other business transactions. This includes internal and external alignment with all relevant business stakeholders focusing network, fleet and schedule planning. He gained his industry experience at Air Asia Group where he was responsible for commercial strategy, distribution, network and product development.

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Pierre-Hugues Schmit

Chief Commercial & Operational Officer, VINCI Airports

A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 2001 and the French National University of Civil Aviation (ENAC in Toulouse) in 2003, Pierre-Hugues has also spent one year in UC Berkeley as graduate student in transportation engineering.


Pierre-Hugues worked at the French CAA for 7 years, 3 of which as the head of the French Airlines Department (2006-2009).


From 2010 to 2012, Pierre-Hugues was working as an advisor to the French Transportation Minister. He then joined Aéroports de Paris as deputy director of the Le Bourget division. In 2014, along with three partners he founded La Compagnie, a scheduled airline based in Paris delivering pure business class service to New York.

Pierre-Hugues joined VINCI Airports in June 2017 where he supervises the airport business expertise on air service development, extra aeronautical activities and airport operations.

Participating Talks and Sessions