Routes Americas 2020

The route development forum for the Americas

Indianapolis, USA
4 - 6 February 2020

Conference Programme

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

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    Opening Remarks

    Routes

    Steven Small, Brand Director, Routes

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

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    Welcome to Indianapolis

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    CEO Keynote Interview

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    State of the Industry

    The future of the Americas

    According to the latest forecasts from the International Air Transport Association, the future of the industry in the region is promising. Although the US is set to lose its crown to China as the largest aviation market in the world by the mid-2020s, the North American region will still grow by of 2.4 percent annually over the next two decades and will carry a total of 1.4 billion passengers by 2037. Likewise, Latin America will grow at an annual rate of 3.6 percent to 731 million passengers over the same period.

    But increased passenger demand will bring significant challenges. Can the region’s airports cope with the infrastructure demands? How can efficiency be improved? How can the industry and governments work together to ensure the growth is sustainable? What impact will the changing political situation in certain Latin American countries have on the wider industry?

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    CEO Keynote Interview

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    Panel Discussion: How can LATAM fulfil its promise?

    Latin America’s aviation industry is undergoing dynamic change, with improving infrastructure, increased liberalisation, greater operational efficiency for airlines, airport privatisation processes and new entrants to the market.

    But is the region fulfilling its promise? While progress is being made, many of the major hubs are becoming saturated. High taxes and fees imposed by some governments also means that operating costs remain high.  

    This session will explore the current state of play in Latin America, looking at future passenger demand and what must happen so that the region can keep pace. It will also assess the potential impact new partnerships, such as Delta’s joint venture with LATAM Airlines, will have on intra-Americas connectivity.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

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    CEO Keynote Interview

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    Panel Discussion: New generation of LCCs

    The rise of low-cost carriers continues apace and shows no sign of abating. In North America, the likes of Southwest, Frontier, Swoop and Spirit are expanding their reach and adding destinations to their networks. In Latin America, carriers such as Viva Aerobus, Volaris and JetSMART are also connecting new markets and further opening up the region’s skies.

    But is the way they operate sustainable in a long term? What is their strategy to continue offering low prices in a profitable way? What are full service carriers doing to respond to the threat posed by LCCs? This session will also explore the changing political landscape in some countries – and the potential impact this could have on budget operators.

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    Panel Discussion: The transatlantic battle

    Andrea Lusso, Director Route Planning, JetBlue

    The transatlantic market has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past decade, spurred by the rise of budget operators on Europe - North America routes. But entering such a competitive market dominated by immunised joint ventures is not for the fainthearted, as some new entrants have found out to their detriment.

    Primera Air, WOW and XL Airways have all disappeared from our skies in recent years, while long-haul low-cost pioneer Norwegian has been forced to scale back its operations.

    What does the future hold for this lucrative but challenging market? How will new longer-range aircraft change the outlook? What impact will new transatlantic alliances and joint ventures have?

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    Ask the Expert

    What did you vote to discuss?

    Find out the expert views on key topics currently impacting the global aviation industry. Our ‘Ask the Expert’ session allow you to choose the subjects that respected industry professionals will discuss. 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners.

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners.

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners.

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    Airline Briefing

    Exclusive updates direct from key airline decision makers and network planners.

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