Routes Americas 2023

The route development forum for the Americas

Chicago, Illinois
21 – 23 March 2023

Conference Programme

Bringing together high-profile speakers and senior leaders from the air service development and aviation industries.

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Comprising keynote interviews, panel discussions, airline briefings and best practice workshops, the Routes Americas 2023 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. 

Across the three-day programme, we will see speakers cover themes such as the airline network growth strategy through alliances and partnerships, what's happening in the transatlantic market and how the pilot shortage is affecting route development in the region

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

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    Panel Discussion

    The dynamic transatlantic market

    Moderator: Robert J. Kokonis, President & Managing Director, AirTrav Inc

    Transatlantic travel has returned in a big way with North America-Europe capacity during the summer 2023 season forecast to recover to 2019 levels.  

     All three US majors reported an increase in transatlantic revenue compared with 2019, and many European airlines also have benefited from the strong demand. The strength of the US and Canada has also provided a welcome boost for some European carriers affected by the slower return of some Asia markets and the closure of Russian airspace.

     In addition, new players have also entered the transatlantic space, with JetBlue beginning service to London, Norse Atlantic Airways filling a gap left by Norwegian, and Icelandic startup Play introducing further one-stop options via Reykjavik.

     The advent of longer-range narrowbodies is also allowing operators to get ever more creative with their network strategies, exemplified by SAS Scandinavian Airlines’ decision to open two routes to Newark from secondary cities in Denmark and Sweden.

    What is driving the continued growth of the market? How are longer-range narrowbodies changing transatlantic economics? What opportunities are there for secondary cities on both sides of the pond? How important are airport and destination incentives in the short- and medium-term?

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    Panel Discussion

    How can mobile location data help you understand true route demand?

    Moderator: Kevin Jackson, Director - Solutions Engineering,

    As air travel rebounds after the COVID pandemic, behavioral shifts in where people work and live make understanding the true demand for travel more challenging than ever before. Mobile location data has become an increasingly important piece of the solution to empower air service professionals to identify trends and confidently operate in this changing environment. 

    This session will break down different ways mobile location data is being leveraged by airlines, airports and air-service consultants to better understand route demand and make data driven decisions.

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    Panel Discussion

    Canadian Aviation Evolution

    Moderator: Lee Lipton, Senior Vice President, Aviation Strategy, ASM Global Route Development

    The Canadian airline industry has undergone major changes in the past several years – even predating the upheavals of the pandemic. A new generation of low-cost carriers has entered the market alongside Porter’s emergence as a new network airline on a national scale. Both Air Canada and WestJet have made consolidation moves amid changes to their network, product, fleet, and alliance strategies.

    Canada imposed some of the most stringent and longest-lasting border restrictions and protocols in response to COVID-19. Its largest airports swung from dealing with significant capacity constraints to the challenges of empty terminals. Many regional airports are facing challenges recovering capacity and passengers in the wake of airline network changes and supply issues. Destination Canada projects that domestic tourism will be back at 2019 levels in 2023 while international visits to Canada are forecasted fully recover in 2025.

    What does the future hold for Canada’s airlines and airports? Will the new entrants and new strategies succeed? What are the market dynamics that will shape Canadian travel and air transportation over the next few years?

Thursday, 23 March 2023

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