World Routes 2021

The 26th World Route Development Forum

Milan, Italy
10 - 12 October 2021

Routes is more determined than ever to bring together the global route development community this year in Milan.

With millions of jobs and national economies dependent on a strong restart of the air transport sector, World Routes 2021 will be the most important event in Routes' 25-year history. We are already seeing strong traffic recovery in the US and with the vaccination programme in Europe moving at pace, we expect to see a real recovery of the market as we progress through 2021.

Our role has, and will always be, to bring together the world’s airlines, airports, tourism authorities and route development stakeholders to build air services for the economic and social good of every destination. By consistently uniting decision-makers from the global route development community, World Routes has made a real impact on the world's air services - over 3,500 new air services are connected to meetings at Routes events in the last three years alone. 

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Taking place in Italy for the first time in 20 years, World Routes will be hosted by SEA Milan Airports, in partnership with local stakeholders Lombardy Region, the Municipality of Milan, ENIT - Italian Tourist Board and Bergamo Airport. World Routes will showcase the growth and economic strengths of Milan and the surrounding Lombardy region. As hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics, the home of one of the largest convention centres in Europe and previous EXPO 2015 hosts, Milan is the perfect destination for the 26th World Route Development Forum.

To create the best possible on-site experience, we have changed the venue to MiCo -Milano Convention Centre. As a more centrally located venue, in closer proximity to accommodation options, networking locations, and hospitality venues, the MiCo delivers an improved event venue for our customers' needs. Find out more

"World Routes is the best platform for meetings many airlines & airports and starting the conversation regarding new air services, or to meet with current partners to get a health check on how things are going."

Gretar Mar Gardarsson
Head of Route Development 
Keflavik International Airport - Isavia Ltd

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What to expect at World Routes 

A combination of extensive meeting opportunities, exclusive industry insight and a first-class hospitality programme has made World Routes a must-attend ever for over 25 years. Meet new and existing industry peers, gain valuable insights into what’s happening in the market and present your brand’s marketing messages to a global audience at World Routes.



Forming the core of the event, our 20 minute pre-scheduled meetings provide you with unrivalled opportunities to negotiate future air services with senior decision makers from the world’s fastest-growing carriers.

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

Hear directly from leading experts as they share knowledge and
provide valuable insight into key issues currently affecting the route development community.

Networking Opportunities


Designed to maximise business development and networking opportunities, the hospitality programme provides an informal setting for delegates to foster new and develop existing business relationships.

Exhibition & Sponsorship


Create a lasting impression on your industry peers by exhibiting at World Routes. Host face-to-face meetings on your stand and surround your key targets with your marketing messages.

"World Routes provides the most efficient way to meet several airlines in a short timespan."

Yil Surehan
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Vice President, Airline Business Development

Join the world's airlines, airports, tourism authorities and industry influencers at World Routes. Register your place today and take advantage of the unique cost and time-saving benefits that the event provides.

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