Routes Americas 2019

The route development forum for the Americas

Québec City, Canada
12 - 14 February 2019

Conference Programme


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Programme Day 1 - 12/02/2019

  • Steven Small 13:20 - 13:30

    Opening Remarks

    Steven Small, Brand Director, Routes

    Hear more about why Routes is taking place in Quebec as well as what you can expect over the course of the event.

  • Peter Cerdá 13:35 - 13:55

    State of the Americas region

    Peter Cerdá, Regional Vice President, The Americas, IATA

    According to the latest forecasts from IATA, the future of the aviation industry in the Americas is promising. The North American region will grow by about 2.4 percent annually over the next two decades and by 2037 will carry 1.4 billion passengers per year. That is an additional 527 million compared with today. The forecast growth in Latin America and Caribbean markets is also an impressive 3.6 percent. By 2037 it is expected to be 731 million passengers in size, an additional 371 million passengers annually compared to today.

    This session will outline the latest news on the state of the industry in the Americas, including how the region could tackle their largest threats such as safety, infrastructure and the heavy taxes and charges imposed on aviation and air travel in many countries. 

  • Gaëtan Gagné 14:00 - 14:20

    YQB Case Study

    Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport

  • 14:25 - 15:10

    CEO Keynote Interview

    Hear directly from one of the leading figures in aviation on the airline’s major plans for the next few years. At Routes Americas 2018 in Quito, delegates heard from Viva Air chief executive Declan Ryan on the carrier’s expansion and the challenges it has overcome.

  • 16:05 - 16:50

    Connecting the Americas: What’s next for the region’s route ecosystem?

    A host of aviation markets across the Americas have long lived within the ecosystem of the US powerhouse so, with ongoing political and economic uncertainty, what does their future hold? With the threat of a potential global trade war looming large and political challenges remaining in some markets, the industry’s growth in the region remains under threat. Despite this, fast-growth markets continue to outpace some of their more established neighbours and need to ensure their development is not stymied.

    With President Trump’s hard-line trade policies, what effect could this have on airlines which fly within and to the US? Could the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement affect new and existing routes? Do airlines and airports anticipate growth or shifts in traffic as a result of these deals, and where will new agreements be formed? 

    Political shifts in Latin America could also have significant impacts on the regional market. Brazil’s new far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is pushing ahead with a hard-line agenda, while Mexico’s new leftist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has already put the brakes on a $13.3bn airport project in the country’s capital.

    We will bring together carriers from across the Americas to outline what the future skies across the region will look like, and examine the key industry and political requirements to create a flourishing route development industry.


  • 16:55 - 17:15

    Airlines Live!

    Trevor Sadler, Chief Executive Officer, interCaribbean Airways

    Exclusive updates direct from the leading airlines in the region.

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

Programme Day 2 - 13/02/2019

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

Programme Day 3 - 14/02/2019

  • Ashish Kumar 09:45 - 10:30

    Keynote Address – The future of aircraft technology

    Ashish Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Zunum Aero

    Over the past decade, there has been a seismic shift in the way airports and airlines operate with new business models coming to the fore.

    Emerging technologies are changing the face of aviation and continue to offer a glimpse of what the industry of tomorrow could look like. Aircraft could be capable of double current speeds, operating at half the cost with minimal environmental impact. 

    This is the focus of Zunum Aero, aiming to reshape the regional air travel market with hybrid electrical aircraft. 

    Backed by Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures, Zunum Aero has been working on a range of hybrid electric regional aircraft since 2013. 

    In this session CEO and founder Ashish Kumar speaks about the next great developments in the field of electric propulsion and the vision to eliminate all short-haul emissions by 2040.   


  • 10:35 - 10:55

    Is Blockchain the future for aviation?

    Speaker TBC, Deloitte

    How the self-sovereign identification (SSI) and blockchain technologies will change the way passengers board an aircraft. Will blockchain offer new opportunities for airlines?

  • Clint Lamm 11:25 - 11:45

    Is US Preclearance becoming easier for global airports?

    Clint Lamm, Director Field Operations, Preclearance Field Office, US Customs and Border Protection

    This presentation will provide an insight into the US Custom and Border Protection world development strategy and especially how new technologies and partnerships will improve productivity at preclearance facilities.

  • Dakota Smith 11:50 - 12:10

    Disruptive innovation: How Hopper aims to reshape the travel market

    Dakota Smith, Head of Growth and Business, Hopper

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