World Routes 2020

World Routes 2020

The Routes Awards are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry.

World Routes Awards

About the World Routes Awards

The World Routes Awards will take place at the World Routes Networking Evening. The evening will be hosted by SEA Milan Airports, the Lombardy Region, the Municipality of Milan, ENIT – Italian Tourist Board and Bergamo Airport.

The categories for 2020 are:



The Airport Awards highlight the organisations which have excelled in route development marketing. Split into size categories, they showcase the exceptional marketing support that airports have provided to their airline partners in the past twelve months.


Tourism Authorities

The Destination Award champions the marketing support provided by destinations to their airline partners. The award acknowledges tourism authorities whose marketing activities have had a real impact on their future network development plans.

The airport and destination categories are voted for by members of the airline network planning community.



The Airline Award celebrates the carriers that have provided significant support to airports and destinations in generating economic growth to regions. The accolade focuses on the importance of partnership in achieving successful and profitable routes. 

This category will be voted for by airports and destinations.

Rising Star

Rising Star

The Rising Star Award recognises the potential of individuals who are in the early stages of their career, who may be young but are already making an impact in the industry.

This category is open to applicants with five years or less experience in the route development industry. It will be on a self-nominating basis, where they can put themselves forward or be nominated by a colleague. 


Individual Leadership

The Individual Leadership Award celebrates the lifetime achievement of an individual within the route development community, recognising their contribution to the industry during the course of their career. 

This category is open to applicants in a leadership role. It will be on a self-nominating basis, where they can put themselves forward or be nominated by a colleague.  


Overcoming Adversity

The Overcoming Adversity Award recognises an organisation which has succeeded despite challenging circumstances. These could include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, political conditions, economic climates, fuel prices, airspace restrictions or equipment shortages. 

This category is open to organisations on a self-nominating basis, where they can be put forward for the award by either their industry partners or themselves.

“Budapest Airport are delighted to have been chosen as being the “BudapEST” airport in the world for airline marketing. Getting over 34 new routes in just one year shows that we have done a fantastic job and our airline partners have recognised this in the best possible way. I am proud of the BUD team and grateful for our airline partners!”

Balázs Bogáts, Head of Commercial Analyses and Planning
Overall Winner of the World Routes 2019 Marketing Awards

World Routes 2020 Awards Schedule

Voting opens Monday 25 May 2020
Voting closes Friday 3 July 2020
Companies shortlisted Tuesday 7 July 2020
Deadline for submissions to be received by Routes Friday 8 August 2020
Results announced at World Routes in Milan Monday 7 September 2020

For further information about the Routes Marketing Awards, please contact Ellie Wells.

Become the sponsor of the World Routes Awards

Align your brand with the most coveted awards in the industry. Exclusively available to industry suppliers,  sponsorship of the awards allows you to promote your products and services to a highly engaged and influential audience of route development professionals. With the opportunity to play a short video, the awards ceremony presents the only opportunity during World Routes to promote your business to senior decision makers from the region’s leading airlines, airports and destinations at one time.

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