Wednesday 21st February

07:00 - 08:00 

5km Run

Get your runners on for the annual 5k! 

Meeting Point: Biltmore Hotel

09:00 - 09:30  Keynote

Opening Remarks from the Event Moderator & Welcome from the Host of CONNECT 2018

Nick Preston, Chief Analyst, 
Kate Aleksidze, Chief Executive Officer, United Airports of Georgia 
Giorgi Cherkhezishvili, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia 
Karin Butot, Chief Executive Officer, The Airport Agency (CONNECT Creator & Organiser) 
09:30 - 10:00  Keynote

Annual Industry Round-up

Ralph Anker, Editor, The ANKER Report 
10:00 - 10:45  Session

An introduction to Georgia

Tornike Zirakishvili, Acting First Deputy of the Administration, Georgian National Tourism Administration 
Dea Matchavariani, Chief Business Development Officer, United Airports of Georgia 
10:30 - 11:00 

Coffee Break

hosted by Visit Tampere - Business Tampere

11:00 - 12:00 

German Market Focus Panel

Ralph Anker, Editor, The ANKER Report 
Claus Altenburg, Director Sales – Revenue Management & Development Routes, Germania 
Johannes Mohrmann, Senior Manager Key Account & Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg Airport 
Dieter Hofele, Senior Manager Sales, Frankfurt Airport 
Ulrich Theis, Director Traffic Development, Munich Airport 
12:00 - 12:30 

Transavia Airline Briefing

Oliver Newton, Network Planner, Transavia 
12:30 - 14:00 


14:00 - 14:30 

Flydubai Airline Briefing

Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Flydubai 
14:30 - 15:00 

Nordica Airline Briefing

The importance of air connectivity to smaller and peripheral countries

Sven Kukemelk, Executive Director Business Development, Nordica 
15:00 - 15:30 

OAG Industry Briefing

Exploring the deeper opportunities for market development in Europe

The evolution of the market, changes created by smaller airlines challenging the legacy carriers and exploring future opportunities ahead of 2020.

Mory Camara, International Account Manager, OAG 
15:30 - 16:00 

Coffee Break

15:30 - 15:40 

Surf Board Prize Draw

hosted by billi

16:00 - 17:00 

Eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus Market Focus Panel

Air service challenges in Eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus

Jean-François Guitard, Director International Development, Nice Airport Management 
George Chogovadze, Head of Administration, Georgian National Tourism Administration 
Idan Maymon, Manager Economics & Budget Department, Israel Airports Authority 
Maria Kouroupi, Senior Manager Aviation Development Marketing & Communications, Hermes Airports Ltd 
Maryna Ibragimova, Regional Vice President CIS & Eastern Europe, Hahn Air 
Igor Aptsiauri, Commercial Director, Myway Airlines 
16:30 - 17:30 

Happy Hour

17:00 - 18:00 

RDC Aviation Industry Briefing

Geographic Review of European Airline Profitability

Iain Smith, Airports Director, RDC Aviation 

End of Day 2