World Routes 2019

The 25th World Route Development Forum

Adelaide, Australia
21 - 24 September 2019

Conference Programme

Sunday, 22 September 2019

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    Routes Opening Address

    Steven Small, Brand Director, Routes

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

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    Welcome to Adelaide

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    State of the Industry

    A global perspective on the aviation market

    According to the latest forecasts from the International Air Transport Association, the future of the aviation industry is promising.

    Asia Pacific is expected to continue to lead global economic growth with an average forecast GDP of 3.9% annually over the next 20 years. And its aviation market is following suit. According to IATA, in seven years’ time China will become the number one passenger market on the planet, overtaking the US; in eight years India will move to number three; and in 20 years Indonesia will be the number five in the rankings.

    Although the US is set to lose its crown, the North American region will still grow by 2.3 percent annually over the next two decades and will carry a total of 1.2 billion passengers by 2036. Likewise, Latin America will grow at an annual rate of 4.2 percent to 757 million passengers over the same period.

    In the same direction, European seat capacity grew by 6 percent in 2018 compared with the previous 12 months, according to data from OAG and IATA has forecasted that the total Europe’s aviation market size will be 1.9 billion passengers by 2037.

    How has the market changed in recent years? What is the outlook for 2020 and beyond? Are the passenger forecasts achievable? How can the industry and governments work together to ensure the growth is sustainable?

    This session will offer a global overview on the latest news on the state of the industry.

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    CEO Keynote Interview

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    CEO Keynote Interview: AirBaltic

    How the carrier plans to grow to 15 million passengers by 2025

    Hear directly from Air Baltic’ CEO, Martin Gauss as he discusses the growing carrier’s future strategy.

    AirBaltic is one of Europe's fastest-growing carriers and is currently on a trajectory to 15 million passengers.

    The carrier already flies to more than  70 destinations, and with in excess of 20 codeshare partnerships, 300 destinations are within one stop.

    Martin Gauss joins us to outline how it aims to grow it network from its heartlind in the Baltics and beyond, and how its transition to an all-A220 fleet will enable it to target even more airports for routes and bases.

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    CEO Keynote Interview: Saudia

    Taking on LCC competition to become a 200-aircraft airline

    Hear directly from Saudia’s CEO, Jaan Albrecht as he discusses the growing carrier’s future strategy.

    Albrecht has been instrumental in the aviation industry, holding key positions in organizations such as Star Alliance in the capacity as CEO, and was also the former CEO of SunExpress and Austrian Airlines. Furthermore, he spent 28 years at Mexicana Airlines in numerous leadership positions.

    SAUDIA is currently in its 73rd year of operations, with more than 16,000 staff based in the airline's headquarters in Jeddah and globally.

    The airline is building towards a 200-aircraft fleet within the next two years. Around 80 have been introduced since the start of 2016, among them Boeing 777-300ERs and 787-9s as well as 20 regional-variant Airbus A330-300s, for which Saudia was launch customer.

    Saudia is aiming to bring in the larger 787-10, taking three this year and seven in 2020, when it will also start receiving 35 A320neo and A321neo jets.

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    CEO Keynote Interview: Tigerair Australia

    How Merren McArthur aims to build an innovative airline

    Hear directly from Tigerair Australia’s CEO, Merren McArthur as she discusses the growing carrier’s future strategy.

    Over the past 10 years McArthur has taken several leadership positions at Virgin Australia: running its regional airline, setting up its cargo division and heading up the airline’s alliance network.

    McArthur joined what was then Virgin Blue in 2008, when it was run by Brett Godfrey. She has always been attracted to “challenger brands” and Virgin fitted the bill.

    One of the aspects of running Tigerair that appealed to her was the innovation under way in the airline designed to help lower its costs but improve customer experience.

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    Panel Discussion: Soaring Through The Glass Ceiling

    Exploring best practices in advancing women in aviation

    Women have made great strides in many professional fields and industries but there remains a gap at the leadership level.  As an example, fewer than one quarter of the American aerospace workforce are women, with an even smaller percentage in leadership roles. More can and should be done to enable the advancement of women into important leadership roles in the global aviation and aerospace sector. 

    Five stakeholder organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry have joined forces to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women into leadership roles. 

    With the study released in the second quarter of 2019, this session will represent the key sectors within the industry and bring complementary knowledge of the issues and opportunities for women in the industry globally.

Monday, 23 September 2019

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    The battle for India's skies: Go Air

    One of the world's fastest-growing carriers

    Hear directly from one of the world fastest-growing airlines Go Air’ Vice President Network Planning, Sam Patel as he discusses the growing carrier’s future strategy.

    India’s Go Air topped the list of fastest-growing airlines during the first six months of 2018 and maintained a rapid rate of growth during the remainder of the year.

    The Mumbai-based LCC, owned by the conglomerate Wadia Group, offered a total of 14,720,400 departure seats last year, up from 11,803,388 in 2017. This gave it an overall year-on-year growth rate of 24.7 percent.

    In October, the airline began its first scheduled international services with a two-weekly New Delhi – Phuket flight and a three times per week service between Mumbai and Phuket. Both are operated by Airbus A320neo.

    Since then it has added flights from Bengaluru to Phuket and Male in Maldives and has been approved to operate seven weekly flights to Muscat from Kannur, starting in February.

    Go Air operates a fleet of 17 A320-200s and 30 A320neos. The airline has a further 114 A320neos on order, but could convert some to A321s.

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    The battle for India's skies: Air India

    What the future holds for the flag carrier

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    Lightning Talks: Session 2

    How airport innovation can attract airlines

    Idan Maymon, ERP Program Manager, IAA (Israel Airports authority)

    To hear from the other side, in this session airports will deliver quick presentations on what are their innovations to provide the best solutions and feedback for business proposals to airlines.

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    ASM Training Session

    How traffic forecasts can help you secure new routes

    Traffic forecasts are the key to route development, providing evidence of a route’s potential success in terms of passenger numbers and yield. This session will explore how to utilise appropriate market data, help you understand how successful your target route can be, and offer tips on how to pitch to airlines

    Expert consultancy ASM will provide this exclusive Masterclass to World Routes attendees.

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    What Next For China/South-East Asia?

    The road to becoming the global aviation powerhouse

    The growth of China’s aviation industry continues apace with the country set to displace the United States as the world’s largest market in the mid-2020s. The Chinese government has plans to build or expand 74 airports nationwide by the end of 2020 to help accommodate the surge in demand for air travel.

    This session will explore the future trends in the market and how policy evolution is changing the backdrop for new route development. It will look at the impact of Beijing’s new multibillion-dollar Daxing International Airport when it opens later this year, as well as the continued growth of secondary cities and emerging destinations.

    You will also learn how international airports should engage with China over the coming years, helping you to better understand the multitude of opportunities available.

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    Panel Discussion: Game-Changing Aircraft

    How the next wave of technology will reshape the skies

    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.

    For years, the airline industry has been seeking game-changing aircraft. In the next years, Airbus with their A220 and A350-1000; Embraer with the E2; the 777X from Boeing or Boom Supersonic are about to genuinely change the way that carriers are able and willing to launch new services and frequencies.

    These aircraft can take us farther and faster burning less fuel. New efficient ways of customer service are simplifying the processes and supersonic and electric planes are taking the lead on reshaping the aviation industry.

    A new era of ultra long-haul travel might arise with Qantas challenging Airbus and Boeing to develop a plane capable of flying anywhere in the world from anywhere else.

    What is in store over the next 10 years? What are the new innovations that will change the marketplace forever? How can data be used in Route Development? How has new technology changed distribution channels?

    Our panellists will gaze into our crystal ball to look at the next major advancements taking place and why you should be prepared

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    Panel Discussion: Will 2020 be a Tipping Point for Tourism?

    The fine balance between new air services and sustainable growth

    Joy Jibrilu, Director - General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

    As one of the world’s largest sectors, the benefits from travel and tourism are clear. The industry creates jobs, drives exports, and generates prosperity across the world.

    There is no end in sight for the growth in demand – the UNWTO predicts 1.4 billion international tourists by 2020. So how will destinations cope? Airlines and airports all wish to increase traffic numbers and develop new routes, but these increases will put pressure on destinations. Can destinations cope and what needs to be done to safeguard our destinations for travellers in the future? Will we see more tourism caps and taxes? Will we find more capacity, more destinations? Can we get a grip on managing tourism’s impacts and make sustainable growth a reality?

    Learn from industry leaders’ best practice examples on how your destination can create a unique offer and grow sustainably.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

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