Routes Asia 2022

The route development forum for Asia

Da Nang, Vietnam
6 - 8 June 2022

Conference Programme

The Routes Asia conference programme will bring together senior leaders from the route development and aviation industries.

Comprising keynote interviews, panel discussions, airline briefings and best practice workshops, the Routes Asia 2022 conference programme will provide you with exclusive insight into the key air service development issues driving change within the industry, exploring the future of route development in the new post-pandemic era.

View the full event programme to find out what else is happening at Routes Asia 2022.

Monday, 6 June 2022

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    Opening Remarks

    Da Nang City

    Hear more about why Routes Asia 2022 is taking place in Da Nang 

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    Keynote Address

    IPP Travel Retail

    Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, Chairman, IPP

    IPP Travel Retail (IPP TR) - a subsidiary of Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG), with 26 years of experience in the airport retail industry. IPP TR is a pioneer in diversifying products from local specialties to international brands that have served 20 million domestic passengers & 10 million international passengers. With our experiences, IPP Travel Retail has become a strategic partner of the top 5 international airports in Vietnam, including Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai, Da Nang, and Phu Quoc. Owning over 35 retail stores across 5 major airports and shopping malls. Partnering with over 330 local vendors and brands.

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    Industry Overview - Asia Pacific in focus

    Paul Burton, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Aviation Week Network

    Until two years ago, Asia Pacific was at the forefront of global aviation growth. However, the slow removal of international travel restrictions, coupled with renewed domestic restrictions during COVID outbreaks, has seen the recovery lag other world regions.

    IATA forecasts show that traffic to, from and within Asia Pacific will only reach 68% of 2019 levels in 2022, the weakest outcome of the main regions. 2019 levels should be recovered in 2025.

    But momentum in some countries is now heading in the right direction as borders reopen. Strong multilateral collaboration among governments and aviation industry partners will be key to the restart and recovery of the aviation industry.

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    State of the market - Regulatory focus

    At this session, the region’s key industry leaders will discuss the state of the market and assess what needs to be done to ensure the safe and sustainable restoration of air travel.

    What are the long-term growth forecasts? What does 2022 look like in terms of travel corridors and quarantine measures? Which countries and market segments are bouncing back the quickest? Conversely, which nations remain in the doldrums and why? How will China’s approach affect the speed of the recovery across the region?

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    Keynote Address - Accelerating the recovery

    Stefano Baronci, Director General, ACI Asia-Pacific

    The reopening of borders and easing of travel restrictions in the Asia-Pacific region brings positive news for airlines and airports, which have seen demand held back as a result of strict border control measures. Traffic in the likes of India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand is starting to gain traction. 

    But some governments remain cautious. Elevated fuel prices, airspace closures, as well as an overall increase in inflationary pressures, are also challenges affecting the industry on both a passenger and cargo level.

    How can Asia-Pacific’s aviation industry accelerate the recovery? What should governments do to restore air travel and drive confidence in the system? Has there been enough support for airlines and airports?

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    Lunch Period

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    What next for route development?

    Panel Discussion

    The ever-changing nature of travel restrictions over the past two years has meant airlines have had to be creative with their network planning, launching new routes to capture pockets of demand. But as travel begins to return, will this agility remain?

    Are carriers looking to recover their 2019 networks or have route maps in the region changed for good? Have fleet retirements impacted airlines’ network and flexibility to serve particular markets? How has the decision-making process changed? And is there any new advice for airports and destinations?

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

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    ASM Masterclass

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    Vietnam Case Study

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    Tourism rebound - future travel trends

    Panel Discussion

    The global crisis has placed enormous economic strains on countries across the Asia-Pacific region for whom tourism is their lifeblood. However, it has also presented destinations in the region with a “reset moment” that they can use to address long- standing challenges and seize new opportunities.

    What strategies are destinations implementing to recover quicker? Has COVID reshaped consumer demand? How will travel dynamics in the region evolve? This session will explore the costs and barriers that challenge the recovery and offer best practice examples on how to overcome them.

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    Airport and airline recovery strategies

    Panel Discussion

    Aviation’s post-pandemic recovery will require a new level of cooperation between airlines, airports, destinations and other stakeholders. It will demand greater collection and sharing of data, and more investment in the digital technologies needed to make sense of that data. It will require agility, flexibility, and innovative thinking in every area of the business.

    At the moment, airlines, airports and others in aviation are understandably focused on keeping the lights on and staying in business. Yet this is also an important opportunity to think strategically about how to meet customers’ changing needs and expectations in a way that encourages them to travel, and how to better anticipate and respond to fluctuating customer demand.

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    Case Study

    Vietnam Airlines

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    Meeting aviation demand - what are the new trends in Asia Pacific?

    Livio Arizzi, Deputy CEO, Thai Express Air

    How have airlines adapted to the current market demand? And how suppliers are contributing to the market needs?

    The pandemic has had major impact on the airline’s strategy having their main focus now on profitability, adjusting their capacity using efficient aircraft and investing on digital transformation.

    Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the growth of LCCs in the Asia-Pacific intra-regional and domestic route networks made airlines focus on minimizing unit costs, building their fleets around one aircraft family, specifically the larger single-aisle.

    However, with a dramatic drop on demand and its resulting cut of frequencies or even resume services on routes, airlines with single-type fleets are having to rethink that paradigm to match capacity to demand on every service. This will require a business model that runs in parallel to the existing airlines strategy, from low cost to network carriers.

    On the same way, airlines are creating a more streamlined and digitally enabled journey to boost passenger confidence and enhance convenience to help recovering from COVID-19.

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

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