Routes World 2022

Bringing together the global route development community

Las Vegas, USA
16 - 18 October 2022

Conference Programme

The Routes World 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 World 2022 conference programme will provide an exclusive platform for aviation leaders from around the globe to outline the latest market insights and provide expert advice that will inform business strategy.

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

Sunday, 16 October 2022

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    Welcome Address

    Hear more about why Routes World 2022 is taking place in Las Vegas.

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    Powerhouse Panel: State of the Industry

    How can all stakeholders in air service development best work in partnership to develop networks which create long term economic and environmental sustainability? Representatives from ACI World, IATA and WTTC will guide you on what are the safe travels protocols and the best practice guidelines to ensure the safe and sustainable restoration of air travel.

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    CEO Keynote Interview

    Hear directly from the airline CEOs on how they have adapted their network to the current demand; what are their major plans for the next few years and what do they need from airports during this time.

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    What the future holds? How to anticipate the needs.

    A discussion between the top senior leaders from the industry on the current situation worldwide. Listen from their views on what the future holds for route development and how best to succeed in this volatile market environment.

    What are the long-term growth forecasts? What does 2023 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?

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    CEO Keynote Interview - Frontier

    Barry Biffle, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier

    (Moderator) Michael J. Bell, Civil Aviation Practice Korn Ferry

    Hear from the Colorado based ultra-low-cost airline CEO Barry Biffle on the airline’s future plans including the changes proposed merger with Spirit Airlines will bring to the table by helping them better compete with large U.S. carriers and get fast access to Airbus narrow-body planes and pilots.

    Barry Biffle will also discuss the revenue environment created by summer 2022 travel demand and the return of business travel following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hear more from the CEO of the airline who might became the fifth-largest U.S. airline.

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    Panel Discussion: Airline Business Models – Opportunities or Threats

    The ever-changing nature of travel restrictions over the past two years has meant airlines have had to be more creative than ever. But as travel begins to return, will this agility remain?

    This panel will explore the agility of shifting airline business models, route strategy and fleet changes in response to the changing travel patterns and the sustainability of new post pandemic passenger behaviours and travel demand.

    With high fuel prices, high inflation and the risk of a global recession, the current low-fare environment could make it difficult for the ultra-low-cost business model. Is this economic environment an opportunity or a threat for airlines?

    How low can airlines go in fares? Does travel need to become more expensive? From which other areas the industry need to reduce costs? Are there any other ways to increase revenue? How can industry stakeholders better collaborate to adapt to this travel trends?

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    Ultra-Long Haul Flying and The USA Links

    Jim Parashos, General Manager International Recovery, Melbourne Airport

    Connecting to the ends of the Earth with nonstop flights is an increasingly attractive prospect for flyers. The growing popularity of nearly day-long flights, however, is set to disrupt the economics of the airline business. Adapting will be crucial as demand from the travel industry grows.

    Ultra Long Haul is beneficial for most airlines allowing them access to new markets that could produce higher margins. Big airlines can experiment with unusual routes, while smaller ones finally have a tool to fly long distance with reasonable economics.

    But how this affects to the main connecting hubs? Over the past two decades, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar built megahubs that can efficiently connect passengers between just about any two points. Bit by bit, however, competitors are chipping away at what makes those hubs so valuable.

    In addition to this, it’s the conflict of how sustainable these routes are. These long-distance flights must carry substantially more fuel and, as a result, fewer passengers, making them markedly less efficient.

    Are the opportunities bigger than the losses? What are the arguments from the main airlines and airports benefiting from these ultra long haul routes?

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    Panel Discussion: Consolidation and Competition

    Despite air travel being one of the most affected sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic, airline merger activity has continued.

    Whether proposed mergers win regulatory approval, given how the pandemic has overturned the economics of aviation, is a different matter altogether. This panel discussion looks at how Covid-19 has muddied the waters of competition policy for the airline sector, increasing the challenges that prospective merging parties may face.

    Are the current levels of competition sustainable? Where are we likely to see the next collapses and consolidations?

Monday, 17 October 2022

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

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