Thursday 23rd February

One to one meetings will run alongside the conference programme, from 8:30 - 17:30

07:00 - 08:00 

5k Ajaccio City Run

Get your trainers on for the annual run! Choose from 2 routes, beginner or advanced. Patrick and Stephane from Corsica Run Xtrem, will guide groups through the idyllic spots of Ajaccio as the sun rises in the morning!

Meeting Point: Palais des Congrès at 6:45

08:00 - 08:30 

Welcome Coffee Break

09:00 - 09:30 

Bombardier C Series : Customer feedback from the first 7 months of service

Emil Hubert, Airline Marketing Manager - Europe, Bombardier 
09:30 - 10:00 

Germania Briefing

Claus Altenburg, Director of Sales, Routes & Systems, Germania 
10:00 - 10:30 

The importance of a converging business model in today’s airport ecosystem

Key players within the airport ecosystem (airports - airlines - ground handlers) have many differing objectives. Disruption is affecting their business models as newcomers are changing the way things are done: focusing on the end-to-end travel coordinator role, whilst trying to better capture the passengers interest. In this context, where also airport attractiveness, additional revenues and seamless passenger experience are key, how should the business model for airports – airlines and ground handlers' change?

Thomas Waintraub, Consultant, PMP 
10:30 - 11:00 

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30  Head to Head

Head-to-Head with Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer

Vincent Hodder, Chief Revenue Officer, Flybe 
Ralph Anker, Chief Analyst, (Airline Network News & Analysis) 
11:30 - 12:30 

Aperitif hosted by Vienna Tourist Board

11:30 - 12:30 

Aperitif hosted by Best of France

11:30 - 12:20 

The aviation industry round up: after a very challenging year in 2016 we examine the outlook for the airline industry in 2017.

Will it be an easier ride and what are the key issues on the agenda for the year ahead?

John Strickland, Director, JLS Consulting 
12:20  Keynote

Sponsor Address

Zuzana Hrnkova, Vice President Marketing, ATR 
12:30 - 14:00 


14:00 - 14:30  Keynote

Route Development in the EU Legal Framework

Annabelle Lepièce will present tips and tricks to develop new routes under the 2014 EU aviation guidelines and in line with the recent European Commission practice.

Annabelle Lepièce, Partner, CMS DeBacker 
14:30 - 15:30 

The evolution of the long-haul model.

Will the low-cost model take over? Is the all-business-class model viable? What are the new challenges for the Middle-East hub carriers?

Philippe Wilmart, Consultant, Philippe Wilmart 
Laurent Magnin, Chief Executive Officer, XL Airways 
Marc Rochet, Chief Executive Officer, Air Caraïbes, Chief Executive Officer, Aérogestion 
Ralph Anker, Chief Analyst, (Airline Network News & Analysis) 
15:30 - 16:00 

Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:30 

Estimating demand when there’s… no demand!

In Europe, the biggest market growth is and will continue to be fueled by low-cost carriers. It represents a major opportunity for the growth of all airports, as the mainstream markets are saturated. And most of the growth is on the new unfolding and secondary routes. 'Show me your data' the airlines say! But in an MIDT / BSP world neither Bergamo or Beauvais or Hahn and many other airport would survive... Either give up, or join us to understand how to estimate demand when there is no demand! 

Christophe Ritter, General Manager, Milanamos SAS 
16:30 - 17:30 

Champagne Happy Hour

16:30 - 17:00 

SprintAir Briefing

Wim Beernaert, Business Development Director, SprintAir 
Jarosław Chłopecki, Commercial Director, SprintAir 

End of Day 2

20:30 - 23:00 

Closing Dinner Cocktail

Situated in the heart of Ajaccio, a stone throw away from Napoleon's birthplace and the Genovese citadel, the restaurant in the Palais des Congrès offers a panoramic view of Ajaccio's port with numerous impressive boats and cruise ships for you to cast your eyes on! The Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Ajaccio and Southern Corsica, and Southern Corsican Airports, invite you to enjoy a gastronomic feast to close CONNECT 2017.

Location: Palais des Congrès