More delegates than ever before attended aviation industry events in 2012.
Routes, an airline and airport networking events organisation, said that its World and Regional Route Development Forums had drawn record attendance despite the challenging macro-economic climate and considerable headwinds for the aviation industry.
More than 5,500 delegates attended the seven events that Routes organised around the globe in 2012. These events focus entirely on aviation route development, said David Stroud, executive vice president.
“The record attendance at our events highlights the importance of intelligent network planning for airlines, airports and tourism authorities,” he said. “More and more people in the industry and beyond have grasped the strategic role that air services play, not just for the aviation sector, but for regional and national economies around the world. With over 15,000 face-to-face meetings taking place at World Routes alone, we offer the fastest and most efficient platform for everyone involved in creating new air links.
“We know the industry has another tough year ahead, but we are confident that we will be able to welcome even more delegates this year to our events that will include regional forums on all continents and an even bigger and better World Routes in Las Vegas,” he added.
Highlights of 2012
More than 3,000 delegates including representation from more than 300 airlines and 750 airports gathered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates at the end of September for World Routes, the 18th World Route Development Forum. The event, which this year was hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, is the largest gathering of the commercial air transport community and the only global event focused on route development meetings.
During World Routes, the second World Route Development Strategy Summit in association with the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the World Bank took place. The event opened with a keynote address from James Hogan, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways and attending delegates had the opportunity to hear from almost 50 high level speakers.
Among the highlights of the regional events was Routes Asia in China, which was attended by more airports and airlines than ever before. The delegation of 672 included more than 200 airline delegates representing 85 airlines from across the Asia region and beyond. Notable carriers attending the event included Lion Air and Scoot, which were both attending for the first time along with the four major carriers China Southern, Air China, China Eastern.
In May, the Routes Europe Strategy Forum was opened by European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport and formerly Prime Minister of Estonia. July saw the most successful and largest Routes Africa event to date taking place in Victoria, Seychelles.
The second Invest and Manage event took place in London in October, bringing together a wide range of airport operators and infrastructure investors from across the world at a pivotal time. The format of private face-to-face meetings allowed business to be done between airports seeking investment and management expertise, investors looking for airport infrastructure opportunities and airport operators aiming to extend their portfolio of managed assets around the world.
Events in 2013
At least seven events are planned for this year:
Routes Americas: 10 to 12 February, Cartagena (Colombia); Routes Asia: 17 to 19 March, Mumbai; Routes Europe: 12 to 14 May, Budapest (Hungary); Routes CIS: TBA: Routes Africa: 7 to 9 July, Kampala (Uganda); World Routes: 5 to 8 October, Las Vegas; Invest and Manage Airports: 4 to 5 October, Las Vegas.
Future events that have already been announced for 2014 include Routes Europe (Marseille, France), Routes Asia (Kuching, Malaysia) and World Routes (Chicago).