Routes Europe 2024

The route development forum for Europe

Aarhus, Denmark
22 – 24 April 2024

Conference Programme

The Routes Europe conference programme will bring together senior leaders from the route development and aviation industries.

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Comprising keynote interviews, panel discussions, airline briefings and best practice workshops, the Routes Europe 2024 conference programme will provide you with exclusive insight into the key air service development issues driving change within the industry, exploring the future of route development in the new post-pandemic era.

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Monday, 22 April 2024

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    Keynote Address: State of the Airport Industry

    Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI Europe (Airports Council International)

    This session will explore the current state of the industry in Europe and the opportunities ahead. 

    What are the long-term growth forecasts for the region? What changes are required to ensure sustainable and competitive air connectivity? How changing business models, ongoing consolidation and new aircraft fleet altering the landscape as we know it?

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    Fireside Chat: State of the Airline Industry

    Consolidation, sustainability and operational stability are core themes for European airlines in 2024 following a spate of mid-sized flag carrier acquisitions, geopolitical uncertainty, air traffic control disruption and the ripple effect of engine supply and maintenance issues. Hear more about the changing dynamics of the European airline industry.

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    CEO Keynote Interview: SAS

    Anko Van Der Werff, President and CEO, SAS

    Moderator: David Casey, Editor-in-Chief, Routes

    Join us for an exclusive interview with Anko Van Der Werff, the dynamic leader at the helm of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The carrier, a founder member of Star Alliance, is undergoing a period of change as part of its SAS Forward strategic plan that involves an overhaul of the fleet, a digital transformation and raising new capital. A planned investment from Air France-KLM will also see the airline switch alliances to join SkyTeam. Hear more from Anko about the ongoing transformation of SAS and the new path forward for the company.

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    Keynote Interview: What future landscape for alliances?

    How will technology, innovation, and sustainability impact alliances?

    SkyTeam airlines handle more than 437 million passengers annually, operating to in excess of 1,000 destinations in 166 countries. Join us for an insightful keynote interview with SkyTeam CEO Patrick Roux to learn more about the evolution of SkyTeam—including potential new additions—and the role alliances play in a post-pandemic world as the landscape of airline partnerships continues to evolve.

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    Panel Discussion: Navigating Challenges: Confronting Supply Chain Woes, Geopolitical Turbulence, and Labor Shortages

    Henri-Charles Ozarovsky, Group Head of Strategy, TAP Air Portugal

    The pandemic is now in the rearview mirror, with borders open and regional traffic and capacity restored to 2019 levels. Despite this progress, significant challenges persist. Inflation, elevated cost pressures, and labor shortages remain. Airlines are grappling with unprecedented supply chain and engine-related issues, leading to a shortage of aircraft capacity and uncertainty in schedules for the coming year and beyond. The additional layer of complexity comes from geopolitical instability in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, disrupting airline route networks. Gain insights from a panel of influential executives discussing how airlines and airports are managing and navigating through disruptions.

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    Panel Debate: Competition and Consolidation

    The three major European airline groups are actively pursuing consolidation, with each working towards finalizing deals. International Airlines Group is pushing ahead with a takeover of Air Europa; Lufthansa Group is seeking to take a stake in ITA Airways; and Air France-KLM is buying a 20% stake in SAS. TAP Air Portugal will also be the region’s next consolidation story. How is airline consolidation changing the European landscape? What does this mean for the routes and airports they serve? Our panel of industry heavyweights will give their views on the trends that will redefine the European aviation industry.

Tuesday, 23 April 2024

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners.

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners.           

* Please note like all events, the programme is subject to change.