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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Each year the meetings between airlines and airports at World Routes are set against the economic and political backdrops of our time and I doubt we have ever seen such a varied, dramatic and changeable global environment as we witnessed in the past two years.

However, econimically Europe and the US are beginning to show signs of recovery from the financial crisis and recessions of the past few years and the outlook for Asia and Latin America is brighter, albeit variable, while the dramatic political upheaval across areas of the Middle East, continues to impact development in parts of the regions

As the world’s airlines, airports and stakeholders examine the markets they wish to serve, the only certainty we face is one of a constantly changing landscape within which we operate.  But, this is what makes events like this year’s The 19th World Route Development Forum so important and it is no surprise that this year’s event is host to the such large numbers of global airline and airport attendees in its history.

But, it is not now just about airlines and airports as tourism authorities now play an essential role in network development, with a collaborative approach to the process viewed by many as the right formula for success.  That has certainly been the case in this year's host city, as highlighted last night at the official welcome reception.

“Las Vegas is the perfect location for world routes, as the convention and entertainment capital of the world.  The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is a great example of how route development is not only the responsibility of the airport, but also the tourism authority, more and more we see destinations taking a lead role in route development,” said Adrian Newton, group director of UBM Live.

“And with McCarran International Airport being among the first major US airports to adopt a common-use standard, an investment that has helped it keep pace with years of skyrocketing traffic growth, while still maintaining rates and charges that remain highly competitive among our industry peers.  It’s an experience that cannot be duplicated elsewhere,” he added.

Richard Maslen - Editor, The HUB

Event Update

World Routes Kicks-Off With A Splash at Mandalay Bay

This year's World Routes got off to a entertaining start yesterday as a large number of delegates attended the Saturday Reception at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.  Airline and airport executives from across the world mixed with tourism officials, suppliers, members of the media and the Routes and wider UBM teams for an informal night of networking.

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Building World Routes - Behind The Scenes in the Halls

As delegates were arriving in a surprisingly windy Las Vegas and while early arrivals were taking advantage of the complimentary tours and excursions that have been offered to delegates, hundreds of staff were working hard to ensure all the stands are completed ahead of today's formal opening.  The HUB took a quick walk around the Halls yesterday afternoon as this work was progressing.

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Key Industry Issues to be Discussed in Strategy Summit

A key part of World Routes is the Strategy Summit and this year’s event promises to provide a dynamic start to the event with a packed programme of presentations and panel discussion sessions by senior industry leaders from across the globe... click here for more...

Tourism Summit Attracts Key Speakers

The World Tourism Summit, held in partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and TTG will launch today and will be a combination of keynote and panel discussion sessions and briefings. This inaugural Summit will address a number of current industry issues including: how governments can align their tourism, economic development and aviation strategies; and securing investment funds for tourism development; the changing dynamics of visitor economies; and the links between aviation and cruising... click here for more...

DOWNLOAD the World Routes App

This essential tool is available to use at World Routes with a number of new and enhanced features since last year’s event.  Ensure you get noticed by creating a personal profile, gain access to all event information, view your final diary and delegate lists and look to gain event badges to enhance your business connections... click here for more details and download instructions...

The Airline Viewpoint on Network Development

Delegates will be able to gain an insight into the planning structure of airlines, their markets of interest and the relevant information that airlines need to deliver new routes during a series of Route Exchange briefings at this year’s World Routes.  Today's briefings include presentations from Air India, Allegiant Air, Malaysia Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Turkish Airlines... click here for more...

Networking Opportunities Galore at World Routes

Alongside the structured events and one-to-one meetings, World Routes provides opportunities galore for delegates to mix around the many stands and chalets in the hosted networking village. With no formal event tonight and longer opening hours make sure you take a walk around and look out for the many VisitMe offerings available... click here to view the floor plan...

Birmingham Airport Continues Popular Routes Curry Tradition

The UK’s Birmingham Airport will welcome all delegates to its stand at World Routes with an authentic taste of India as they catch up on the latest developments at the facility.  Between 14:00 and 16:00 today (October 6, 2013) it will offer a Hot Curry buffet and cocktails, but get there early as it never lasts long.

Las Vegas Aims to Boost International Arrivals

Las Vegas is aiming to boost its international visitor numbers from 17 per cent to 30 per cent in the next ten years and plans to expand its representation in overseas markets.  Rossi Ranlenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) said new air services would play a central role in this strategy... click here for more...

Swedavia to Launch Connect Sweden Partnership

Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, is to launch a brand new collaboration today, October 6, 2013 at this year’s World Routes in Las Vegas, US, which is set to promote Sweden’s international air connectivity.  The Connect Sweden principle will support the launch of new direct routes by promoting the capital, Stockholm, and Sweden as a destination on relevant markets... click here for more...

Tourism Through The Skies – The Grand Canyon - PHOTOS and VIDEO

There are around 150,000 hotel rooms to fill every night in Las Vegas, but it is more than just the entertainment and Casinos that bring visitors to Sin City.  Ahead of the formal opening of World Routes, The HUB joined local media and industry press to learn more about what the local environment offers visitors and took to the skies of Nevada to see first-hand one of the natural wonders of the world... click here for more including PHOTOS and VIDEO from over The Grand Canyon...

Five Minutes with… Hari Marar, President, Airport Operations, Bangaluru Airport

Ahead of last’s night’s Las Vegas welcome reception at this year’s World Routes, The HUB spoke to Hari Marar, president, airport operations at Bangaluru International Airport, one of India’s developing aviation gateways... click here for more...

Aer Lingus Provides Transatlantic Connectivity for Newcastle

As Newcastle International Airport, in north east England, continues to work with its stakeholders and local businesses to secure its own scheduled Transatlantic air service, the return of Aer Lingus to the airport later this month will provide an alternative option for travellers from the region to access the US market via the Irish capital, Dublin... click here for more...

Collaborative Vision From Melbourne

The Melbourne Airport air services team will be highlighting the destination's collaborative approach at this year’s World Routes, according to its executive general manager, corporate & aeronautical development.  Nathan Agnew said the collaborative approach to air service and tourism development was going from strength to strength in the destination... click here for more...

A New Era of Route Development? ASM Talk With Jack Kasarda, Author of “Aerotropolis”

Will route development see changes as radical as other industries such as music, film or travel agents? We don’t know yet, but more and more thought leaders in our industry believe that we currently witness the dawn of a new era of route development.  On October 7, 2013, Professor Jack Kasarda, one of the intellectual giants of the aviation industry and author of nine books, including the acclaimed “Aerotropolis – The way we’ll live next”, and Dave Stroud, Managing Director of ASM, the world’s leading route development consultancy, will talk about how airports and airlines can succeed in this new era... click here for more...

Cambridge Enjoys Interline and Codeshare Connectivity

What a change a year can make! This time last year delegates from Cambridge International Airport in the UK were at World Routes in Abu Dhabi educating the network planning community of their ambitious aspirations to secure scheduled air services.  This year they arrive in Las Vegas with links now available to over 100 destinations worldwide... click here for more...

World Routes Today

Sunday 6th October                                      

09.30 - 17.00

Registration & Diary Advice Desk Open

09.30 - 20.30

Hosted Networking Stands Open
Location: Networking Village

09.45 - 18.10

The World Routes Strategy Summit

13.00 - 18.10

The World Tourism Summit

13.00 - 16.50

Meetings on Stands

13.00 - 16.50

Route Exchange Briefings

11.05 - 17.00

Routes Talks Briefings

Event Duration

Exhibition Stand Visits

Industry Insight

WORLD ROUTES: EC Plans for Start-Up Aid for Airlines a “Missed Opportunity”

Posted 04 October 2013 21:44

WORLD ROUTES: EC Plans for Start-Up Aid for Airlines a “Missed Opportunity”

New plans by the European Commission (EC) to allow start up aid for airlines are a “missed opportunity” to deliver meaningful support for the aviation industry in Scotland, according to regional airport operator HIAL. The publicly owned company, which operates eleven airports across Scotland,... Read more

WORLD ROUTES: New Norwegian Long-Haul Routes to Boost Danish Economy

WORLD ROUTES: China Becomes the Star Performer

WORLD ROUTES: Record Year for Transatlantic Traffic at Dublin Airport

WORLD ROUTES: ALPA Praises DOT Ruling on Guyana Route Applications

WORLD ROUTES: Birmingham Airport Celebrates Passenger Milestone

WORLD ROUTES: Belavia Links Budapest to Belarus and Serbia with Capital Connection

WORLD ROUTES: Five Minutes with… Nick Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America

WORLD ROUTES: Aurigny Air Services Confirms E195 Buy

Schedule Spotlight - Sukhoi SuperJet

Where Does the Sukhoi SuperJet Fly? - October 2013 Network Update

Posted 05 October 2013 02:28

Where Does the Sukhoi SuperJet Fly? - October 2013 Network Update

The launch of Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 operations by Interjet on its domestic network in Mexico last month represents a key stage in the type securing recognition from other western operators.  The Russian-built airliner made its entry into service in April 2011 with the now defunct Armenian national... Read more

Airline Route Schedule Updates

LATEST Schedule Updates From our Airline Route Blog

Delta Adds Second Daily Atlanta – Sao Paulo Service from March 2014
Jazeera Airways to Start Dubai Al Maktoum Service
Vanilla Air Outlines Planned Operation Dec 2013 – Mar 2014
Spring Airlines to Start Shanghai – Kaohsiung Service from late-October 2013
Asiana Airlines Increases Istanbul Service
Transavia France Plans New Service to Greece / Portugal in S14
BQB Airlines to Start A320 Service to Chile / Brazil
Mihin Lanka to Start Seychelles Service from November 2013

Our Airline Route blog is one of the most high profile blogging sites for route development schedule changes. It is used by thousands of airline network planners and airport aviation professionals each day.

Make sure you check its daily updates and sign-up to its daily email newsletter here.


Global Airport Cities Action

Nigeria's Airports to Become Destinations for Non-Travellers

The managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, George Uriesi, has advised that Nigeria's airports will take “the spirit of the aerotropolis” and boost revenue by attracting non-travellers as well as those who are taking a flight... click here for more...

Airport City Mooted for Melbourne’s Essendon Airport

An airport city district incorporating a campus-style business centre, a 150-bed hotel and a hospital is proposed for Essendon Airport near Melbourne in its masterplan for 2013-2033. Essendon Airport Pty Ltd released its masterplan vision recently advising that the proposals could provide a significant economic boost for the Melbourne area... click here for more...

In the past, airports were perceived simply as gateways for the transportation of goods and people from one region or country to another, but this historic perception is now giving way to a much broader concept of the airport as a business destination in its own right and as an economic engine for its region and local communities.

Find out more - visit our Global Airport Cities community page.

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