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Number One Air Service Development Event for all the Americas Once Again a Great Success
Posted 24/06/2010 - Viewed 3195 time(s)
Lima, Peru, 16 February 2010
Productive meetings and intensive networking characterized the third edition of Routes
Americas, the biggest networking event for the region's air transport industry and the most
successful to date. Hosted by Lima Airport Partners and held in Lima, Peru, the forum
attracted airlines, airports and tourism authorities from North, Central and South America as
well as the Caribbean, and once again proofed to be the number one air transport platform
for all the Americas.
Over the three days of the event delegates discussed air service expansion and performance
in an effort to leverage on the region's vast opportunities. The strength and continuous
growth of South America's air transport industry and the route development potential in the
Caribbean were of particular interest at this strategically important event.
While Central America maintained its strong airport presence with Guatemala, Costa Rica,
Panama and Honduras in attendance, other parts of the region significantly raised their
profiles at the event, including Atlantic Canada Airports Association and Las Vegas/McCarran
International Airport, who for the first time decided to promote their services not only at
World Routes in Vancouver, but also at the region's premier air transport networking event.
Also represented were Los Angeles World Airports. Mark Thorpe, Director of Air Service
Development, said: "This year, due to the recession, we were concentrating on route
maintenance more than growth. At Routes Americas we can find out how certain routes are
performing and how we can support the airlines we work with. It allows us to build on
existing relationships. However, we were also discussing new opportunities. By meeting with
up to 15 airlines at the event, we manage to filter out real opportunities. We are focusing on
the South and Central American markets, and Routes Americas is a good platform to meet
with the respective carriers."
Brian Solis from Southwest Florida International Airport added: "Apart from increasing our
domestic traffic, we want to expand our network across the whole continent. A particular
focus is Latin America. Our meetings here in Lima have been very beneficial. We met quite a
few airlines we hadn't had meetings with before, and at the same time we re-connected
with existing clients. The event was, as always, very well organised and spot on."
Bob Hill, Director of Route Planning at American Airlines, commented: "As always, the event
was really successful for us. We are very interested in South America; Peru and Colombia,
for example, are very important markets for us. We are planning to add capacity within
certain countries in South America, and here at the event we once again had the
opportunity to start and continue essential discussions."
"Routes makes it possible for us to have wide and consistent exposure. We meet with about
125-150 airports every year, and only up to 35 of those airports would visit us at our
headquarters. The majority of our meetings take place at Routes events," he added.
Mauricio Emboaba Moreira, Planning and Statistics Director at Gol Transportes Aéreos,
elaborated on his company's plans to improve the route network, especially regarding the
Caribbean. "We are looking at new places in the flight range of seven hours. This basically
includes all of the Caribbean. Over the past couple of days we had the opportunity to discuss
new services with airports and tourism authorities, which will help us to develop joint
ventures. I am going back to Brazil with very promising contacts and relationships."
The 4th Routes Americas in 2011 will be held in the Dominican Republic. This year's World
Routes will take place in Vancouver on 19-21 September 2010. For further details, please
visit the official website at www.routesonline.com.
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Notes to Editors About The Host
Notes to Editors
About The Host
- Lima Airport Partners (LAP) is the private operator of the "Jorge Chavez" International
Airport. LAP is comprised of the following associations and relevant percentage share:
Fraport AG., Operator of Frankfurt Airport amongst other important airports from around
the world (Egypt, Bulgaria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Senegal and India) with 70.01%; The
International Finance Corporation - IFC (the abbreviation) - of the World Bank with 19.99%;
and the Infrastructure Investment Fund, Public Services and Natural Resources, administered
by AC Capitals SAFI S.A., with 10%. Up to now, LAP has invested over US$ 261 million in
modernizing the International Airport of Jorge Chavez and has transferred more than US$527
million back to the Peruvian State during 8 years of privatization of the Airport.
- Jorge Chavez International Airport has been named the Best Airport in South America in
2009 by Skytrax Research, a market study consultant which specialises in airport matters,
based in London, and which carries out, every year, an Online Internet survey to more than
8.6 million passengers of 95 different nationalities and users of at least 190 Air Terminals
worldwide, in order to choose the winners of the World Airport Awards.
- Currently, Jorge Chavez International Airport has new facilities and new equipment, which
have helped to position it as the best airport in the region:
- 19 Airplane Embarkation Bridges
- A Passenger Terminal measuring 84,570 m2 (In 2001, it was 39,467 m2)
- A Platform area measuring 304,881 m2 (In 2001 it was 165,000 m2)
- 5 conveyer belts to collect luggage in the International Area
- 16 Migration Control Counters in the Departure Area
- 22 Migration Control Counters in the Arrivals Area
- 63 Airport Shops operated by 34 franchised companies.
- World Routes - The World Route Development Forum - is the world renowned annual
airline and airport networking event. Routes facilitates and encourages the role of airports
in the development of air services through organising global and region specific
airline/airport networking forums. The 16th World Routes will be held in Vancouver,
Canada - September 19-21, 2010.
- Routes Regional events include Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe, Routes CIS
and Routes Africa.
- Routes was founded in 1995 by Chairman Mike Howarth as part of the Manchester UKbased
ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
- Both companies are now subsidiaries of RDG -The Route Development Group - which is
the leading global solutions provider in the strategically important 'route development'
sector of air transport. www.routedevgroup.com
- In April 2007, Routes also won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: International
Trade 2007. The award, for outstanding business performance and commercial success,
recognised Routes' sustained contribution to aviation route development through its
innovative Regional and World Route Development Forums.
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