07 Oct 2020

Schedules, slots and skulduggery: the dark science of airport coordination

Mr. Mike Robinson

Aviation Development Director at

AviaDev Europe & Associate Lecturer at Toulouse Business School

Mike Robinson is a senior executive, with 35 years of experience in the aviation sector.

Mike’s career began at British Airways, where he enjoyed several commercial roles, before becoming GM for South East Europe, growing the airline’s business in six new markets. Returning to London as GM for Europe, the airline’s second-largest business unit, he was responsible for strategic programmes including: salesforce restructuring; the service introduction of the Airbus A320; and on-time performance gains. Mike was instrumental in developing commercial programmes with 28 partner airlines and was part of the team that launched the oneworld alliance. Selected for the airline’s Senior Management Academy, he gained his MBA at Lancaster University.

In 2008, Mike joined the leadership team of Wataniya Airways, a start-up premium airline. Flying from an exclusive terminal in Kuwait to 14 destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe, Mike created an award-winning service proposition, which 97% of customers rated as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

In 2010, he was invited to lead IATA’s global airline consulting practice, delivering relevant, high quality and value-added solutions to some of the industry’s best-known brands, completing 108 assignments on six continents. He also lectured at IATA’s Training and Development Institute.

Launching his own professional advisory and interim management business in 2014, Mike has since built a strong reputation for good counsel, thought leadership and problem solving. His client roster includes: Arup; the Royal Air Force; KPMG; Leeward Islands Air Transport; London Southend Airport; Starbow Airlines; Airport Coordination Limited; AviaDev Europe; Odessa Airport; and Cardiff Airport.

Mike is also a trusted, regular and valued visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including Cranfield University; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; London Metropolitan University; Royal Holloway College University of London; Toulouse Business School; and University College Birmingham.

He lives in the west of England and, in his spare time, is a noted military historian and author.

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