Riga Aviation Forum is a high-level aviation business conference that focuses on opportunities and challenges of aviation in the Baltics. 

 

Riga Aviation Forum brings together European and Baltic aviation stakeholders, leaders, experts and scholars from various areas of aviation. The Baltic aviation leaders at RAF discuss the strategic development of the industry in the region, while the leaders of industry’s leading companies outline the solutions offered by the industry to today’s challenges, focusing on the innovation and efficiency on the way to sustainable and climate-neutral aviation.

 

The conference also focuses on the future innovations of aviation, multimodality, the creation of a new urban environment around air hubs and the challenges of urban mobility.

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9:30 - 10:00

Registration

KEYNOTE ADRESSES

10:00 - 10:10
Mr . Zigmars Vestfals, CEO of Latvian Aviation Association
10:10 - 10:20
Mr. Dins Merirands, Deputy State Secretary of Ministry of Transport of Latvia
10:20 - 10:40
Mr. Serkan Kaptan, Board member of ACI Europe & CEO TAV Airports
10:40 - 11:00
Mrs. Catrin Mattsson, Nordic and Baltic Area Manager , IATA
11:00 - 11:20
Mr . Philippe Merlo, Director of the European Green Sky Directorate , Eurocontrol
11:20 - 12:00

Coffee, networking

 

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PART 1. STRATEGIC APPROACH: GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY

12:00 - 12:20

Latvian Aviation Strategy 2050

Mr. Arturs Kokars, Director of Aviation Department of Ministry of Transport of Latvia
12:20 - 12:40

Lithuanian aviation strategy 2030

Mrs Orijana Masale, Chairperson of the Board of Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA) of Lithuania
12:40 - 13:00

Promotion of networking and cooperation in the Estonian aviation community and involvement of financial support for innovative projects

Mr. Jaan Tamm, General Manager , Estonian Aviation Cluster
13:00 – 13:45

Panel discussion «Strengths and weaknesses of Baltic aviation»

Participants:
  • Mrs. Catrin Mattsson, Nordic and Baltic Area Manager, IATA
  • Mr. Arturs Kokars, Director of Aviation Department of Ministry of Transport of Latvia
  • Mr. Zigmars Vestfals, CEO of Latvian Aviation Association
  • Mrs. Orijana Masale, Chairperson of the Board, Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA) of Lithuania
  • Mr. Jaan Tamm, General Manager, Estonian Aviation Cluster
13:45 – 15:00

Lunch

PART 2. INDUSTRY APPROACH: DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATIONS

15:00 – 15:20

Exploring Aviation Innovations at airBaltic

Mr. Martin Gauss, CEO at airBaltic
15:20 – 15:40

New ATC Tower of LGS: innovations for safer air traffic

Mr. Ivars Sviridovs, Board Member of «Latvijas gaisa satiksme»
15:40 – 16:00

Efficiency and innovations: a driving force of competitiveness in ground handling

Mr. S. Mete Erna, CEO of HAVAS
16:00 – 16:50

Panel discussion «Smart investments – future of aviation»

Participants:
  • Mr. Philippe Merlo, Director of the European Green Sky Directorate, Eurocontrol
  • Mr. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic
  • Mr. Davids Taurins, CEO of Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme
  • Mr. Kaspars Rozkalns, Director of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
  • Mr. Ingemars Butkevics, Tarragon Aircrafts Pelegrin SIA
9:00 – 9:30

Coffee, networking

PART 1. INTERSECTORAL APPROACH: COOPERATION AND INTERMODALITY

9:30 – 9:50

Interconnected mobility: synergy between urban transport and aviation

Evelina Budilovich, Head of Development and Planning Unit in Mobility Division at Riga City Council
10:10 – 10:20

Air-rail connection: impact of «Rail Baltica» on Baltic`s connectivity

Mrs. Kristine Malnaca, Head of Global Project Strategy and Economics Department at RB Rail AS
9:50 – 10:10

RIX Airport City: Creating a new urban and business environment

Mrs. Laila Odina, Chairperson of the Board of Riga Airport
10:20 – 10:40

Travel Retail Innovation

Mr. Ersan Arcan, CEO & President of ATU Duty Free
10:40 – 11:20

Panel discussion «Strategic and economic importance of intermodality»

Participants:
  • Mrs. Evelina Budilovich, Head of Development and Planning Unit in Mobility Division at Riga City Council
  • Mrs. Laila Odina, CEO of Riga Airport
  • Mrs. Kristine Malnaca, Head of Global Project Strategy and Economics Department at RB Rail AS
  • Mr. Arturas Stankevicius, Board Member of Lithuanian Civil Aviation Association
11:20 – 12:00

Coffee, networking

PART 2. FUTURE APPROACH: TECHNOLOGIES AND CHALLENGES

12:00 – 12:20

Closing the Gap: AAM – a new business opportunity for airports and what’s still missing?

Mr. Ansgar Sickert, Liaison to EASA, ACI EUROPE
12:20 – 12:40

Making regional air mobility a reality in Latvia and the Baltics

Mr. Adrien Robin, Business Development at Ascendance
12:40 - 13:00

EU legal framework as from SAIL Class 2 UAV manufacturer perspective

Mr. Oskars Magone, UAV Flight Training Manager at Edge Autonomy
13:00 - 13:20

eVTOL: Reimagining Urban Mobility

Vadims Fokins, Regional Sales Director, Embraer
13:20 - 13:40

Pioneering Decentralized Aerospace Manufacturing: End-to-End Solutions for part delivery with AM Craft

Mr. Janis Jatnieks, Co-Founder & Accountable Manager at AM Craft
13:40 – 14:20 

Panel discussion «Urban air mobility: opportunities and challenges»

Participants:
  • Mr. Ansgar Sickert, Liaison to EASA, ACI EUROPE
  • Mr. Adrien Robin, Business Development at Ascendance
  • Mr. Janis Jatnieks, Co-Founder & Accountable Manager at AM-Craft
  • Mr. Vadims Fokins, Regional Sales Director at Embraer
  • Mr. Oskars Magone, UAV Flight Training Manager at Edge Autonomy
14:30 – 14:40

Summary and closing remarks

Mr. Zigmars Vestfals, CEO of Latvian Aviation Association
14:40 – 15:00

Coffee, networking

Speakers 2023

European and Baltic aviation stakeholders, leaders, experts

  • Philippe Merlo

    Philippe Merlo

    Director of the European Green Sky Directorate, Eurocontrol

  • Catrin Mattsson

    Catrin Mattsson

    Area Manager for the Nordic and Baltic region at IATA

  • Serkan Kaptan

    Serkan Kaptan

    Board member of ACI Europe & CEO TAV Airports

  • Arturs Kokars

    Arturs Kokars

    Director of the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia

  • Martin Gauss

    Martin Gauss

    CEO & President of airBaltic

  • Laila Odina

    Laila Odina

    CEO of Riga Airport

  • Davids Taurins

    Davids Taurins

    CEO of Latvijas gaisa satiksme

  • Ersan Arcan

    Ersan Arcan

    CEO & President of ATU Duty Free

  • Ansgar Sickert

    Ansgar Sickert

    Liaison to EASA at ACI EUROPE

  • Kristine Malnaca

    Kristine Malnaca

    Head of the Global Project Strategy and Economics Department at the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS

  • Mete Erna

    Mete Erna

    CEO of HAVAS

  • Zigmars Vestfals

    Zigmars Vestfals

    CEO of Latvian Aviation Association

  • Jaan Tamm

    Jaan Tamm

    General Manager of Estonian Aviation Cluster

  • Orijana Masale

    Orijana Masale

    Chairperson of the Board of Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA) of Lithuania

  • Adrien Robin

    Adrien Robin

    Ascendance Business Development

  • Janis Jatnieks

    Janis Jatnieks

    Co-Founder & Accountable Manager at AM Craft - Additive Manufacturing Services

  • Ivars Sviridovs

    Ivars Sviridovs

    Member of the Board of Latvijas gaisa satiksme

  • Vadims Fokins

    Vadims Fokins

    Regional Sales Director at Embraer

  • Oskars Magone

    Oskars Magone

    UAV Flight Training Manager at Edge Autonomy

  • Evelina Budilovich

    Evelina Budilovich

    Head of Development Planning Unit in Mobility Division of Riga City Council City Development Department

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