World Routes 2021

The 26th World Route Development Forum

Milan, Italy
10 - 12 October 2021

Why Attend?

For over 25 years, World Routes has been a leading platform for the global route development community to discuss and plan network strategy.


Engage in business meetings that deliver results

Over 70% of airline delegates believed that meetings held at the event have led to new routes. More than 13,000 meetings will take place between senior decision-makers from airlines, airports, tourism authorities and aviation stakeholders at the event, that will go on to shape the world’s future air services. 

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Networking at World

Network with the global route development community

Over 130 countries will be represented in Milan. A programme of informal and formal networking opportunities will enable you to build valuable relationships with senior decision-makers from the world’s leading and fastest-growing airlines, airports and aviation stakeholders.

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Hear directly from airline CEOs and industry leaders

Following a record year in 2019 when the airline carried more than 17 million passengers, TAP Air Portugal CEO Antonoaldo Neves will discuss the evolution of the national airline, the ongoing Airbus fleet renewal programme and the strategy to grow its transatlantic business at World Routes.

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Who attends?


World Routes brings together senior network planners from leading carriers worldwide, including American Airlines, Lufthansa, China Southern Airlines, Emirates and Qantas. Over 94% of World Routes 2019 airline delegates said the event is important to their business. World Routes provides the most efficient event for airlines to plan their network strategy on a global scale. 


World Routes provides airports with direct access to the highest concentration of senior network planners under one roof.  Through a series of face-to-face business meetings, networking functions and the opportunity to exhibit or sponsor, the event offers the world's airport community the opportunity to present their route development cases to the people that decide when and where the world's aircraft fly. 

Tourism Authorities

The support provided by destination partners is one of the most important factors for airlines when deciding whether to launch a new route. 82% of airline delegates that attended World Routes 2019 believed meetings were more effective when tourism authorities were present. Improving your destination's air connectivity will drive tourism to your region, which will generate new jobs, support accommodation providers and other tourism-affiliated companies.


World Routes serves the global aviation supplier market, from data companies to fuel suppliers. With over 95% of the world's leading airlines by ASK and more than 90% of the world's mega hubs in attendance, World Routes provides the ideal business setting for your organisation to promote its products and services to key decision-makers from the global route development community.

Hear directly from our delegates about why they attend World Routes:

“World Routes has always played an important part in our strategy and is a fixed event in our annual calendar – not only because of the unique combination of networking opportunities during the events themselves but also to experience the culture and hospitality of the host city."

Simon R. Miller

Simon R. Miller

Senior Manager Aviation Marketing, Berlin Brandenburg Airport


"World Routes is a great way to consolidate your airport meetings in an efficient format."

Christopher Foess

Christopher Foess

Director of Network Planning, Hawaiian Airlines Inc.

"World Routes is the best place to keep in touch with industry colleagues, meet new airports and discuss business with existing partners."

Simon Moore

Simon Moore

Senior Manager Network Planning, flydubai

"There is no better way to present to and network with airlines. Routes has helped Bristol grow from less than 2 million passengers a year to nearly 9 million passengers since we’ve been attending."

Shaun Browne

Shaun Browne

Head of Airline Relations, Bristol Airport

"World Routes is a very good occasion to meet people from the industry and to gather input on airport developments, incentive schemes and is useful for inspiration purposes."

Philip Keulemans

Philip Keulemans

Director Network Planning, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

"World Routes is the place to be if you are interested in Network and need to engage with related personnel."

Alex Heiter

Alex Heiter

Regional Director - Airline Network & Fleet, Boeing Commercial Aircrafts

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