Who are you and what do you do?
Alex Goldschmidt and I’m senior director network management for Austrian Airlines.
What are the best and worst parts of the job?
I love the complexity of bringing together operative and commercial requirements in order to build the best possible flight schedule which does meet our customers´ expectations. Challenges I do see mostly (and difficult to influence) in external factors, such as infrastructure issues (ATC) and weather.
What are the biggest challenges and opportunities at the moment?
The growing LCC competition in Vienna has been a challenge in the recent months and will continue to be.
Who do you admire most in the industry and why?
The pioneers of flying who did the most adventurous and dangerous part of it all more than a century ago!
What do you get up to outside of work?
I am a passionate Ultimate Frisbee player for more than 20 years – and keep on playing in the Masters division. My next big event is the European Beach Championships in May in Portugal, where I will be representing Austria with my teammates from Austrian Mixed Masters.
What is your guilty pleasure?
My son and I love to do Pokemon Go hunts.
Which travel destination is on your bucket list?
Alex will be taking part in the Consolidation and Competition Panel Debate at Routes Europe 2019.