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CONTINENTAL AIRLINES AND WESTJET JOIN THOSE ANNOUNCING NEW AIR SERVICES AFTER WORLD ROUTES

Posted 15/04/2011 - Viewed 3443 time(s)

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES AND WESTJET JOIN THOSE ANNOUNCING NEW AIR SERVICES AFTER WORLD ROUTES

            - and highlight the influence of the events in their development

 

15 April 2011, Manchester, England

The 16th World Routes, held last September in Vancouver, Canada, has proven to have been an inordinate success. Routes is today sharing the news that, in addition to those route announcements made at the event, numerous new routes have been established, and can be directly attributed to having attended World Routes 2010.

Shortly after World Routes, Continental Airlines announced that they would begin non-stop flights between their New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Provindenciales (PLS), Turks and Caicos Islands. John Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, said, “I am pleased that our attendance at Routes Vancouver 2010 and our consequent meeting with airlines have yielded success. Our team of Mr. Ingham, Mr. Abrams and myself arrived with a plan – to put in the time and effort necessary to secure additional lift from selected destinations”.

With the development of their gateway airport, PLS, the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority is keen to increase air traffic within the region. The first phase, which includes airside refurbishment, runway extension (7,600 to 9,200 feet) and an apron expansion to accommodate the critical aircraft B777-ER, is well underway and due to be complete by October 2011. Phase two will see the design and building of a new terminal building and car park, which are scheduled for completion by 2013. Having these exciting developments in the pipeline is made even more positive by the securing of this new route.

Furthermore, also shortly after World Routes 2010, WestJet announced a new seasonal non-stop service between St John’s and Orlando, to begin in February. Johanne Gallant, Director of Airport Commercial Development at Greater Moncton International Airport, attributes the development of this new route in part to their attendance at World Routes 2010, saying, “World Routes 2010, Vancouver, was a success for Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM) on many levels. We were able to conduct some key meetings with many carriers including WestJet who just announced a new Orlando service from YQM for winter 2011”.

Since World Routes, various other new routes and codeshare agreements have been announced and attributed to attendance at the event. Bangkok Airways Company is now close to tying up a codeshare agreement with Finnair and Kingfisher; Peter Wiesner, Senior Vice President-Network Mangement, Bangkok Airways Company Ltd, said that “this is the result of Routes in Vancouver”. Germanwings’ Manager Airport Relations, John Fehrens, has confirmed that their new routes from Cagliari to Copenhagen, Strasbourg, Pisa, Bari, Naples and Catania have all emerged as a result of their time at World Routes. Additionally, Air France has announced a route from Paris to Cancun, British Airways a route to Puerto Rico, as part of a business partnership with American Airlines, and Condor to Puerto Rico. Each of these routes has been established since the respective airlines and airports met at World Routes last year.

These route announcements join those made at World Routes in 2010, which include:

  • US Airways’ routes to Madrid and Dublin from their Charlotte hub;
  • Vietnam Airlines' Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City route;
  • Air Asia X’s new route from Tokyo Haneda to Kuala Lumpur;
  • Air France’s thrice weekly service to Orlando and five-times weekly service to Lima;
  • Air Canada’s decision to increase international capacity at Vancouver International Airport by 15% with daily services to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong;
  • British Airways’ five-times weekly service to Tokyo Haneda as well as direct services to Buenos Aires;
  • Allegiant’s new service between Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Ohio and St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) in Florida.

This year’s World Routes will take place in Berlin, Germany, 2-4 October 2011. For further information about the event, please visit www.routesonline.com.

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Notes to Editors

About Routes

  • World Routes – The World Route Development Forum – is the world renowned annual airline and airport networking event. It facilitates and encourages the role of airports in the development of air services through organising global and region specific airline/airport networking forums.
  • This year’s World Routes is taking place in Berlin, Germany, 2nd – 4th October 2011.
  • Routes Regional events include Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe, Routes Africa and Routes CIS.
  • Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. www.asm-global.com.
  • Routes is a UBM Aviation brand.  UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global aviation industry.  More information can be found at www.ubmaviation.com
  • In April 2007, Routes 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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