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Key appointments at AviaDev Europe as 2019 event approaches

The AviaDev Europe team has been strengthened by the appointment of two highly experienced industry professionals: Tony Hallwood and Mike Robinson, who have both joined in the position of aviation development director.

Hallwood brings over 30 years aviation experience in the airport and airline industry to the AviaDev team and he has held a wide number of director roles.

Between 2003-2017, he was aviation development director at two of the UK’s fastest growing regional airports – Bristol Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport, leading both to deliver significant and record traffic under his tenure.

His success at delivering new routes and increased frequencies across the full service, low cost and charter sectors allowed Hallwood to develop and build strong relationships with a wide range of short and long-haul carriers.

Robinson’s career in aviation has spanned over 35 years, during which time he has worked with or for over a hundred airlines, airports and related businesses across six continents.


His adventure started at British Airways, where he enjoyed 15 successful years in a range of commercial, operational and leadership roles in Europe and beyond.

Since then, he has focused on professional advisory and interim management roles.

AviaDev brings together airlines, airports, suppliers and tourism professionals with an ambition to increase air connectivity and facilitate growth in Africa and Europe.

The fourth edition of AviaDev Africa was held in Cape Town in April and cemented its position as the leading route development event for the African continent.

The city of Valencia has been confirmed as the host of the second edition of AviaDev Europe, the aviation development forum geared towards Europe’s regional airports and airlines.

The event will take place on October 23rd-25th at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. 

It is the only route development event taking place in Europe in the second half of year.


In a further reorganisation, and to ensure streamlined operations, Jon Howell will now manage the whole company as a chief executive and founder.

He will be engaged predominantly with the African part of the business.

Juraj Toth has been appointed managing director for AviaDev Europe, leading the team of aviation development directors Ged Brown, Hallwood and Robinson. 

AviaDev operates under the umbrella of Bench Events, one of the global event industry leaders.

Bench Events delivers high-level networking and thought leadership through leading hospitality conferences such as the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, Arabian Hotel Investment Conference and Global Restaurant Investment Forum.