AIR 2023 Conference

18th and 19th of September, 2023, Rikli Balance hotel / Bled – Slovenia


About the event

Conference AIR “Airport Innovation Roundtable for Central Europe” is an event organized by V4+ Airport Association. The idea behind it is to create a platform where aviation industry professionals can meet and discuss topics related to all essential aspects of the industry.

The roundtable, which has become a permanent part of our history is for us a symbol of freedom restoration and democracy, both in Poland and Europe, as well as openness for new ideas and solutions.

Our idea is to connect representatives of various countries and various communities related to the aviation industry in order to search for synergies and innovations in our sector of the economy.

AIR2023 is the second edition of conference. Innovation will remain the most important element. We will talk about innovations, both in areas classically associated with new technologies, such as the airport’s IT industry. We will also show innovations in more unexpected areas, such as the sale of non- aviation services, education, and tourism.

The main debate will be devoted to major global trends concerning opportunities and threats to the aviation. A separate panel will focus on the impact of the artificial intelligence development on airport management. The remaining panels will discuss technical and management issues in context of innovations.

We are pleased the partnership has already been accepted by, among others, IATA, SITA, and the Polish Tourism Organization (Polska Organizacja Turystyczna). Moreover, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Zbigniew Raul has assumed the patronage over the event among other sponsors.

Polish Airports will be the Strategic Partner of the event.

Event Overview

16:00 – 19:00 – Transfer and tour in the Bohinj Valley
19:00 – 22:00 – Welcome Reception / Hotel Bohinj

7:30 – 8:30 – Run Around Lake (6km)
9:30 – 10:00 – Participant registration – networking / Rikli Balance Hotel
10:00 – 17:00 – AIR2023 conference / Rikli Balance Hotel
19:00 – 22:00 – Gala Dinner / Grand Hotel Toplice
22:30 – 1:00 – After party


Video promoting our first AIR2022 conference


Preliminary agenda

9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Opening ceremony
10:30 – 11:15 Risk and chances – how megatrends affect aviation industry
11:15 – 11:45 Power speech: travelling for world peace
11:45 – 12:10 Refreshment Brake
12:10 – 12:40 AIR insight: Solidarity hub – the future of aviation in central
AIR insight: Asian perspective on European market
12:40 – 13:25 Tourism and aviation – boost development with joint
The Artificial intelligence revolution in airport management


13:25 – 14:10 Aviation cargo trends and advanced air mobility Top trends in travel retail management
14:10 – 15:10 Lunch
15:10 – 15:55 AIR insight: Firefighters training Terminal design – searching for limits
15:55 – 16:40 Aviation needs lifelong learning – network of academies Trip to the airport as a part of the overall Passenger Experience




Especially for our guests

Tour in the Bohinj Valley

Bohinj is a paradise valley embraced by the Julian Alps. Lake Bohinj that lies in the heart of the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Europe, is the largest Slovenian natural lake, nested at the foot of unspoilt mountains and mountain tops.

Welcome Reception / Hotel Bohinj

The Welcome Reception will take place at the Hotel Bohinj in Bohinj.
It will provide an informal setting for meeting up with friends & colleagues old and new.

Run Around Lake – Bled (6km)

We would like to invite our conference participants “to warm up” before the main event of the day. The run around the lake is a great opportunity to warm up before the conference, and at the same time get to know picturesque Bled from the best side, from the water. Everyone who likes to spend time actively is welcome. The distance is 6 kilometers, we meet on September 19 at 07:30 on the lake. This point of the program is free – just sign up in advance at registration. You are cordially invited

Gala Diner / Grand Hotel Toplice

Members of our association and guests with VIP status are invited to the gala dinner. The gala will be held at the Grand Hotel Toplice. It is located on the shore of Lake Bled, from where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of the lake, the island of Bled and the Bled castle.
It is the hotel with the longest tradition in Bled. Stories are whispered here through the rustic parquet underfoot and furniture with more than 80 years of history. Here you will be transported to a world where time passes more slowly.

At the end of the conference, the organizers have prepared an evening surprise for conference participants.



Rikli Balance
Address: Cankarjeva 4, 4260 Bled
(Book a hotel – soon)

Hotel Rikli Balance, is located among tall, old trees in the heart of the alpine town of Bled. Its assets are the beautiful views of the lake, the island, the Bled castle and the Julian Alps, as well as the legacy of Arnold Rikli, the great promoter of natural medicine and discoverer of the medicinal values of Bled, its surroundings and the surrounding natural resources.

Garni Hotel Savica
Address: Cankarjeva cesta 6, 4260 Bled
(Book a hotel – soon)

Comfortable and friendly hotel located adjacent to the Rikli Balance Hotel. The hotel has comfortable rooms. A buffet breakfast is prepared for guests every morning. In the price of accommodation guests have free admission to the aquapark, which is located in the nearby Rikli Balance Hotel.

Hotel Park
Address: Cesta svobode 15, 4260 Bled
(Book a hotel – soon)

The hotel is located in the immediate vicinity of Lake Bled. The property was renovated several years ago and offers comfortable rooms. It is famous for its excellent cuisine and hospitable atmosphere. On the top floor there is a dedicated swimming pool for guests along with a sauna area. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from the Rikli Balance Hotel conference venue.


Questions and Answers

When and where will the event be held?

Our event will be held on September 18-19, 2023 in Slovenia in the picturesque town of Bled.
Nestled among the Alps, the lake is one of Slovenia’s top tourist attractions. We are convinced that both Bled and the Rikli Balance Hotel are the best option 😉

The day before the conference, i.e. September 18, we will invite the event participants to visit the neighboring Bohinj Valley. After visiting the most interesting attractions of Bohinj, we will meet at the Welcome Reception at the Bohinj Hotel.

The framework program of the conference:


4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Transfer and tour in the Bohinj Valley
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception / Hotel Bohinj



7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Run Around Lake (6km)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Participant registration – networking / Rikli Balance Hotel

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m – AIR2023 conference / Rikli Balance Hotel
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gala Dinner / Grand Hotel Toplice
10:30 p.m. – 01:00 a.m. – After party

What is the cost of attending a meeting?

To participate in the event, please register by filling out the form below.

Participation in the event is free of charge for diplomats, representatives of airports and VIP guests.

Conference fee
(Welcome reception, Run and conference in Rikli Balance hotel): 250,00 EURO
Gala Dinner: 200,00 EURO
(Grand Hotel Toplice. Only for those who attend the conference)

After registering, we will send you an invoice with our bank account details.

If you have any question please write:

How to register to participate in the event?

All you need to do is confirm your presence by going to the link:

AIR2023 – Event Registration

How can I book accommodation?

We have a limited number of rooms reserved for conference participants in the hotels we recommend. If you are interested, please send an email to:

In the coming days, links will be available here so that you can book online.

Transfers from airport

For conference participants who will be using Ljubljana Airport (LJU), we offer free transfers on the days of the event (September 18,19,20) on the route airport – Bled – airport.

If you are interested, please apply by 10.09.2023 to

AIR travel on AIR2023

We have prepared a special offer for participants who will travel from Poland to Slovenia with LOT Polish Airlines.
18.09.2023 | WAW 11:25 – LJU 13:00 | LO615
20.09.2023 | LJU 13:40 – WAW 15:15 | LO616

For both conference participants who will use this connection, as well as choose LOT Polish Airlines to fly via Warsaw to AIR2023, we have prepared a special discount code, thanks to which you will be able to take advantage of a 20% discount.

Booking at
please enter discount code: v4plus in the search engine

If you have any questions, please call: 0048 600 000 000

Of course, we recommend taking advantage of all connections offered by Ljubljana Airport.

Travel by car on AIR2023

Bled is located practically on the highway connecting Ljubljana with the Austrian border. Paid parking with a limited number of spaces will be available for conference participants. Fee directly at the facility.

Strategic Partner