Routes Americas 2018

The route development forum for the Americas

Quito, Ecuador
13 - 15 February 2018

Conference Programme


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This year’s Conference Programme will run across the three days of the event comprising CEO interview sessions, panel discussions and airlines briefings. All delegates are invited to attend the Routes Americas Conference Programme, which will bring together high-level speakers and will explore the challenges and opportunities for the aviation industry in the America's region.

Programme Day 1 - 13/02/2018

  • Steven Small 14:00 - 14:05

    Opening Remarks

    Steven Small , Brand Director, Routes & ASM UBM EMEA

  • 14:05 - 14:20

    Keynote Presentation – Airline opportunities in a market ready for growth

    Hear how the Ecuadorian aviation market is ready for growth, with opportunities to develop the network on both domestic and international routes.

  • 14:25 - 15:10

    Panel Debate – Recovering from disasters

    From hurricanes to flooding, earthquakes to landslides; there have been some deadly natural disasters in recent months, shaking the Americas and the Caribbean and causing mass disruption for airports and airlines alike.

    Last August Hurricane Harvey became the first major hurricane to strike the US for more than a decade, with Hurricane Irma following a month later and causing mass devastation, including to the world-famous airport in St Maarten. During the same month, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, forcing American Airlines and JetBlue to cancel scores of flights.

    In addition to such natural disasters, the changing political landscape in both North and South America is leading to uncertainty among carriers. How will growing protectionism affect route development? Will changing government support and subsidies impact the attractiveness of markets for carriers?

    The effects of air transport disruption can be felt worldwide, with economies often taking years to recover from the destruction caused. So what can the industry do to help mitigate the damage and minimise losses? What lessons can be learned from the recent disasters? How can tourism organisations reposition destinations after major incidents? What are the long-term implications for airlines and airports?


  • Carl Schultz 15:15 - 15:35

    How to make your airport stand out?

    Carl Schultz , Interim Vice President, Airline Business Development , Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

    In the aviation world, competition is not only between airlines but also between airports. It is therefore key to keep discovering new ways to increasing your competitiveness.

    Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has enhanced its marketing efforts in recent years, actively promoting Washington Dulles International (IAD) to passengers and airlines. In this session, the authority gives insights on ways to make airports more competitive and to stand out from the competition.

  • 15:35 - 16:05

    Networking Break

  • 16:05 - 16:50

    Fireside Chat – A life in aviation and facing new Latin American challenges

    Declan Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Viva Air

    In frank and informal conversation, Viva Air’s Declan Ryan will outline how he visualises the continent’s growth prospects and the potential that exists for his airline.

    Ryan has been involved with establishing or managing six low-cost carriers over the past 30 years, including Ryanair, VivaAerobus, Tiger Airways of Singapore, and Allegiant Air in the US.

    In this conversation, we will explore the projects he has led and the challenges he has faced over the years. We will also find out why he is focused on trying to revolutionise the Latin American market.

* Please note like all events, the programme is subject to change.

Programme Day 2 - 14/02/2018

* Please note like all events, the programme is subject to change.

Programme Day 3 - 15/02/2018

* Please note like all events, the programme is subject to change.