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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

There was no doubting that Las Vegas would put on a show and last night’s Network Evening at the amazing Garden of the Gods in Caesar's Palace certainly meet with expectations.  This year’s forum has been a tremendous success, continuing the legacy of the past few years which has seen the World Routes event travel extensively from Beijing (2009) to Vancouver (2010) to Berlin (2011) to Abu Dhabi (2012) and then to the USA for the first time in its 19-year history.

As the event prepares to celebrate its 20th birthday in 2014, it will not be quite as far a journey as World Routes remains in the USA and moves easterly to the city of Chicago.  A formal handover event, as is traditional at Routes events, will take place at lunchtime today, while Chicago will be hosting a farewell reception this evening, starting from 17:30 in the networking village.

However, before we start to think about 2014 the work schedule is far from over in Las Vegas and there remains one full day of meetings.  The HUB on Friday will provide a full review of all the key stories from the event, including more interviews with some of the senior event delegates.  We will also have video and photographic content on our Facebook page which can be viewed here.  Make sure you ‘Like’ your favourites.

As this is the last of the four The HUB Daily publications from this year’s World Routes, I just want to thank all delegates that have attended the event and our regionals earlier this year and I look forward to seeing you all during the 2014 calendar when visits to San Salvador, El Salvador; Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia; Marseille, France and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe await ahead of the World event in Chicago, at the slightly earlier dates of September 20 – 23, 2014.

After Chicago in 2014, World Routes heads to Africa for the first time ever and the South African city of Durban, in the fast-developing KwaZulu-Natal region and senior delegations from both future hosts held talks yesterday in preparation for the events.

Event Hosts

Richard Maslen - Editor, The HUB

Event Update

Tourism Australia Takes Routes Marketing Award Top Prize

Awards Winner

Tourism Australia triumphed as overall winner of the World Routes Awards 2013 which were formally announced last night at the Las Vegas Networking Evening which took place at the Garden of the Gods in Caesar's Palace.  It was one of five section winners that were considered for the overall prize, beating off competition from Darwin Int'l Airport (under 4m pax), San Diego Int'l Airport (4-20m pax), Copenhagen Airport (20-50m pax) and Changi Airport Group (over 50m pax), having one the destination marketing award.  Look out for our official press release today detailing the results.

Southwest & AirTran Boss, Bob Jordan, Speaks to The HUB

During his 25-year career at Southwest Airlines, Robert E. Jordan has led numerous significant change initiatives, but none more significant than the acquisition of rival carrier AirTran Airways, a move that is providing the platform for Southwest to expand its domestic offering into international markets... clcik here to watch our EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW...

Fly Me to the Moon – EXCLUSIVE Virgin Galactic INTERVIEW

One of the highlights of this year’s World Routes Strategy Summit was an interview between event moderator Aaron Heslehurst, news anchor and presenter, BBC World News and Stephen Attenborough, commercial director, Virgin Galactic.  The HUB reached for the stars and caught up with Stephen after the session to learn the latest progress on the most ambitious aviation project on the planet... click here for more...

Route Development – Dawn of a New Era or Triumph of Continuity?

The last ten years have seen whole industries being revolutionised by technology and globalisation.  Will the same happen to route development, or will growing passenger numbers ensure continuity? That was the central question of a Round Table discussion at World Routes... click here for more...

Vantage Airport Group Starts Joining the Network Dots

It has become common place for airlines to join the dots on their networks to enhance connectivity between points they already serve, thus meeting network growth while limiting infrastructure investment.  Well, now airports are starting to do the same and Vantage Airport Group is taking a lead in the practice through a joint business approach and campaigning to airlines from both origin and destination airports on given routes within its global portfolio.  The HUB spoke to George Casey, president and chief executive officer, Vantage Airport Group at World Routes to learn more... click here for more...

Cruise Lines Call for Aviation 'Halo Effect'

Airlines and cruise lines are starting to worker closer together, but the sectors could still collaborate more, particularly in the area of product offering, a panel on cruising heard at World Routes... click here for more...

Mexico City Capacity Constraints Influence Airline Business Models

Capacity constraints at Mexico City must be urgently addressed, a panel on Latin American aviation said today at World Routes.  Speaking during a World Tourism Summit session, Enrique Beltranena, chief executive officer of Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris said the situation at Mexico City had prompted the airline to prioritise developing a point-to-point network in order to continue to grow... click here for more...

Al Maktoum International Ready for Passenger Business

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the sole regulator of all licensed airfields within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has certified Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) for passenger operations after assessing and confirming full compliance of the aerodrome with its stringent requirements.  This paves the way for the planned opening of the new passenger terminal building on October 27, 2013... click here for more...

Tourism Australia Expects Big Jump in Chinese Arrivals

Tourism Australia is forecasting a more than 200 per cent growth in Chinese tourist arrivals in the next decade, a World Routes tourism briefing heard. Andrew McEvoy, CEO of Tourism Australia, said the destination marketing organisation forecast 226 per cent growth from China in the next ten years... click here for more...

Berlin Airports on Track for All Time Passenger Record

Berlin’s airports are on track to add another one million passengers this year, Dr Till Bunse, senior vice president marketing and sales for Berlin Brandenburg Airport, told The HUB during this year's World Routes in Las Vegas.  Ahead of the release of the official passenger numbers for the third quarter on October 9, 2013, Dr Bunse revealed that nearly 20 million passengers flew in and out of Berlin so far this year... click here for more...

Vantage Airport Group Named Sponsor of Airlineroute.net

Vantage Airport Group, an industry leading investor, developer and manager of airports around the world, announced at World Routes it had reached an agreement to serve as official sponsor of Routesonline's schedule blog, Airlineroute.net until October 2015... click here to read the official press release...

US Market Sees Another Rise In International Airline Frequencies

The past decade has seen international flights increase their share of total U.S. airline movements, according to aviation intelligence provider, OAG.   The company’s OAG’s FACTS (Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics) report for October 2013 reveals a 13 per cent increase in international frequencies to and from the US compared to October 2004... click here for more...

Long-Haul Traffic Soars at Birmingham Airport in September

Latest figures from Birmingham Airport show a 13.5 per cent increase in the number of long haul passengers using the national UK airport in September, compared to the same month last year.  The Airport handled 975,445 passengers overall during the month, of which nearly 78,000 flew on one of the growing number of long-haul services available from Birmingham... click here for more...

KwaZulu-Natal Has Bold Ambitions Ahead of Event in 2015

When World Routes lands in KwaZulu-Natal in 2015 it will be the first time the global event has been held on the African continent.  It is fitting that the host region is an area that fully understands the important role aviation plays in economic development and how an airport can become a driver for growth through enhanced air connectivity... click here for more...

Continuous Growth at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has just recorded 14 months of continuous year-on-year passenger growth, which has helped the airport add more than one million additional passengers over the past year.  While Dublin Airport did record overall passenger growth in 2011 and in 2012, this is the first time since 2007 that the airport has had year-on-year passenger traffic growth for 12 consecutive months or more... click here for more...

Five Minutes with… Mr G S Bawa, General Manager, Airports Authority of India

Ahead of this year’s World Routes, The HUB spoke to G S Bawa, general manager of the Airports Authority of India about the current state of the Indian aviation sector and how Government’s pledge to improve facilities at 15 low-cost airports under the green field policy will support the industry... click here for more...

ASM Celebrates 20th Birthday in Las Vegas!

As ASM celebrated its 20th birthday at World Routes in Las Vegas with the traditional cake and champagne, the occasion was a double celebration which also saw ASM, the world route development consultants, sign three new contracts with clients... click here for more...

Montego Bay Brings Beauty to the Caribbean

Coined one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Montego Bay, Jamaica, is home to sun, sand, a storied history and an unrivalled island vibe.  It’s also home to Sangster International Airport, the Caribbean’s Leading Airport as named by World Travel Awards in seven of the past eight years... click here for more...

Five minutes with... Khalfan Said AlShueili, Readiness General Manager, Oman Airports Management Company

During this year’s World Routes, The HUB sat down with Khalfan Said AlShueili, Readiness General Manager, Oman Airports Management Company, readiness general manager of Oman Airports Management Company to learn more about aviation in the country... click here for more...

World Routes Today

Tuesday 8th October                                      

08.00 - 17.30

Registration & Diary Advice Desk Open

08.00 - 20.00

Hosted Networking Stands Open
Location: Networking Village

08.30 - 10.50

Face-to-Face Meetings
Location: Airline Meetings Halls

08.45 - 15.20

The World Tourism Summit Day 3

09.00 - 14.50

Route Exchange Briefing

09.20 - 12.40

Invest & Manage
Location: Routes Talks Theatre

10.50 - 11.05

Refreshment Break

11.05 - 12.55

Face-to-Face Meetings
Location: Airline Meetings Halls

12.30 - 13.30

Networking Lunch & Handover Ceremony hosted by Chicago
Location: Networking Village

13.30 - 15.20

Face-to-Face Meetings
Location: Airline Meetings Halls

15.20 - 15.35

Refreshment Break

15.35 - 18.20

Face-to-Face Meetings
Location: Airline Meetings Halls

17.30 - 20.00

Chicago Farewell Reception

Industry Insight

WORLD ROUTES: Etihad to Launch Flights to Los Angeles Using 777-200LR

Posted 08 October 2013 09:11

WORLD ROUTES: Etihad to Launch Flights to Los Angeles Using 777-200LR

United Arab Emirates (UAE) operator is to expand its fleet with the introduction of its first Boeing 777-200LRs after revealing the launch of a new daily connection to Los Angeles from its Abu Dhabi International Airport hub from June 1, 2014.  Although Etihad does already operate versions of the... Read more

WORLD ROUTES: Thomas Cook’s Radical Rethink

WORLD ROUTES: ACI Reports Passenger Traffic Rises for August 2013

WORLD ROUTES: Air New Zealand Boosts Japanese Charter Schedule

WORLD ROUTES: Brighter Times at Delta

WORLD ROUTES: Five Minutes with Luiz Alberto Kuster, CEO of Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos

WORLD ROUTES: TravelSpan Seeks Rights to Return to Caribbean Skies

WORLD ROUTES: Significant Visitor Spend Boosts Wellington’s Economy

WORLD ROUTES: Inverness Highlights Value of Hub Connection

Schedule Spotlight - Boeing 717

Where Does the Boeing 717 Fly? - October 2013 Network Update

Posted 05 October 2013 06:11

Where Does the Boeing 717 Fly? - October 2013 Network Update

When Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas the future of its MD-95 programme was in serious doubt.  However, Boeing stuck with the project with the belief there was a sufficient demand for a 120-seat aircraft and relaunched the jet as the Boeing 717.  Unfortunately, it was much heavier than many... Read more

Airline Route Schedule Updates

LATEST Schedule Updates From our Airline Route Blog

JetBlue to Start Boston – Savannah Service from mid-Feb 2014
British Airways Adds London Gatwick – Malta Service from late-March 2014
Golden Myanmar Airlines Increases Bangkok / Singapore Service in winter 2013
LANPeru Increases Lima – Iguassu Falls from April 2014
SA Express Adds New Domestic Routes from Nov 2013
AeroMexico Adds New US Service from Leon/Guanajuato from mid-Dec 2013
FlyNonstop Adds Gazipasa / Santorini Service in summer 2014
Philippine Airlines Resumes Cebu – Taipei Service from mid-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

Seoul's Incheon Airport Breaks Ground on US$2.5bn Terminal 2

Construction of the Gensler-designed second terminal for South Korea’s Incheon International airport commenced late last month.  The US$2.5bn development in Seoul will provide a 7.5 million sq ft terminal with 72 gates, incorporating a train station, additional parking and extravagant traveler amenities such as “lush expanses of indoor green space” including waterfalls and koi ponds, as well as “luxury lifestyle centres” and boutique shopping... click here for more...

UPS Expands Presence at FedEx Hub Airport

United Parcel Services (UPS) has received approval from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority to lease an additional 1.1 million sq ft of land at Memphis International Airport. The airport is already home to competing logistics firm FedEx’s global SuperHub which opened in 1981 and currently employs 15,000 employees. It occupies around 30 million sq ft of property. By comparison UPS leases a number of properties surrounding the airport totalling 3.6 million sq ft, incorporating its freight, credit union, store and supply chain solutions, but the new lease will significantly expand UPS’s presence at the airport... 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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