Routes Europe 2022

The route development forum for Europe

Bergen, Norway
18 - 20 May 2022

Conference Programme Speakers

József Váradi

Chief Executive Officer, Wizz Air

Participating Talks and Sessions


Visit Norway

Participating Talks and Sessions

Martin Gauss

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, airBaltic

Martin Gauss is a professional with more than 27 years of experience in the aviation industry. Martin Gauss joined airBaltic in November 2011. Under his leadership airBaltic has been successfully restructured and reached sustainable profitability.

Participating Talks and Sessions

Steven Small

Director of Events, 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 Stevento the Northwest Regional Development Agency, where he developeda grant to help support regional airport’s route development strategies.

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

From here, he moved to Marketing Manchester workingon a variety of projects including funding packages for Manchester Central –the city’s main convention venue and thenew National Football Museum,as well as delivering the route development fund for Manchester Airport. Steven then took on the role of Head of Business Tourismfor 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 ensurethe 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.

Participating Talks and Sessions

Edmond Rose

Chief Executive Officer, Airport Coordination Ltd

Edmond Rose became CEO of the world’s leading airport slot coordinator, Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), in 2018.  He brings over 20 years’ aviation industry experience to the role, including regulatory expertise from government affairs roles with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.  For six years, Edmond served on Virgin Atlantic’s leadership team as Director Commercial and Revenue Planning, responsible among other things for fleet, network and schedule planning.  He has also worked as a consultant on projects ranging from low cost carrier strategy to advice on airline joint ventures.  Earlier in his career, Edmond served in the British diplomatic service.

Participating Talks and Sessions

Arik De

CRO, TAP Air Portugal

Arik De was appointed as CRO of TAP Air Portugal in October, 2019. His responsibilities include network planning, scheduling and slots, revenue management, ancillary, distribution, alliances, and joint ventures.

Before his tenure at TAP, he was the SVP for Revenue Management, Distribution, and Alliances at Aeroméxico, having climbed through the organization from network planning. During his time there, he successfully navigated México’s ultra-competitive aviation landscape and generated continuously positive RASK growth, while facing double digit market ASK growth.

Prior to his time at Aeroméxico, Arik served as the Chief Commercial Head of AirAsia X, where he oversaw all aspects of commercial planning. His aviation career also includes a successful stint at WestJet, where he grew the network from 60 to 120 cities, from 54 to 110 aircraft, and was part of the leadership team that enabled WestJet Encore, the regional arm of WestJet.

Besides Arik’s direct airline experience, he has also been the principal of major airline consulting firms and had over 100 engagements in 65 countries.

Arik holds a MPP degree in Finance from The University of Chicago, and is part of a select group of people who have been to all 215 countries.

Participating Talks and Sessions

Kam Jandu

Chief Commercial Officer, Budapest Airport

Kam assumed the role of Chief Commercial Officer for Budapest Airport in September 2013 with responsibilities spanning the product and service delivery related areas of Aviation and Retail commercial marketing. Kam has been with Budapest Airport since 2009 and was previously Executive Director – Aviation. Prior to joining Budapest Airport Kam held senior Marketing and Operations positions within the airline and rent a car industry in both the UK and Germany. Most recently he was the Director Sales for Star Alliance Services GmbH where he helped shape and implement a detailed sales strategy across the airline alliance. A British National of Indian origin, Kam is a graduate of the Open University Business School where he completed his MBA. Kam is married and has two daughters aged 14 and 15 who attend the American International School of Budapest.

Participating Talks and Sessions