Routes Americas 2024

The route development forum for the Americas

Bogota, Colombia
19 – 21 March 2024

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 2024 conference programme will provide you with exclusive insight into the key air service development issues driving change across the region, exploring the future of air service development. 

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, 19 March 2024

Wednesday, 20 March 2024

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    Panel Discussion: Elevating Colombia's Airport Infrastructure for Future Growth

    Join us for a dynamic panel discussion where industry leaders and experts will discuss the crucial topic of airport infrastructure in Colombia. As the nation positions itself for economic growth and increased connectivity, the panel will explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in enhancing airport facilities.

    From expanding El Dorado Airport to the opening of the new Airport for Cartagena, the discussion will cover a spectrum of strategies aimed at elevating Colombia's airports to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving aviation landscape.

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    Introduction to the Conference

    By Platinum Sponsor Advance Aviation

    Christina Cole, Senior Aviation Brand Strategist, Advance Aviation

    Join us for an insightful commencement of the second day of Routes Americas 2024 Conference Programme by this year's Platinum Sponsor Advance Aviation. 

    Hear from Christina Cole about how Advance Aviation can help airport partners with their challenges and goals. 

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    Keynote Interview: Allegiant

    Gregory Anderson, President, Allegiant

    Moderated by Aaron Karp, Contributing Editor, Aviation Week Network.

    Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has already announced plans to expand its domestic network during 2024, including flying to Orlando’s main airport for the first time. The expansion coincides with delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft as its fleet renewal continues. During this interview, President Gregory Anderson will explain more about the company’s growth prospects, including its plans to create a joint venture with Mexico’s Viva Aerobus.

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    Keynote Interview: Delta Air Lines

    Amy Martin, VP Network, Delta Air Lines

    Moderated by Michael Bell, Senior Client Partner, Aviation & Aerospace, Korn Ferry

    Summer 2024 promises to be a record season for Delta Air Lines’ transatlantic network, with plans to operate some 260 weekly flights to 18 countries and 29 destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The airline also continues to expand across the Americas, helped by partnerships with the likes of LATAM Airlines Group and Aeromexico, and is adding more capacity to destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. Hear more about the SkyTeam alliance member’s international investments from Delta Air Lines' VP Network, Amy Martin.

  • Moderated by Christine Boynton, Senior Editor, Aviation Week Network 

    The year ahead promises to be one of change for Florida-headquartered Spirit Airlines following the failed attempt to push through a merger with JetBlue Airways. The ULCC hoped the deal would create a “viable competitor “to the ‘Big Four’ U.S. airlines. However, Ted Christie says the carrier now remains confident in its future as an independent airline. So what does the future hold for Spirit? Chief Commercial Officer Matt Klein will discuss the next steps.

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    Keynote Interview: Sun Country Airlines

    Dave Davis, President, Sun Country Airlines

    Moderated by Michael Bell, Senior Client Partner, Aviation & Aerospace, Korn Ferry

    After its transition to a ULCC began in 2018, Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines has forged its own path within that space, working to create a schedule that caters to the preferences of leisure carriers in the market. With flights to 10 new markets slated for 2024, President Dave Davis will explain more about the carrier’s network strategy and discuss the potential for its charter and cargo businesses.  


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    Keynote Interview: Southwest Airlines

    Ryan Green, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, Southwest Airlines

    Moderated by Aaron Karp, Contributing Editor, Aviation Week Network.

    Following a year of concerted investment that fortified its operational resilience and reliability, Southwest Airlines continues a transformative journey to improve comfort and bring additional ease in doing business with the largest carrier of air passengers traveling nonstop in the United States.

    Southwest and industry veteran Ryan Green will share his experiences and perspectives on how the carrier is measuring growth, deepening investment in relationships with Customers and their communities, and empowering the People of Southwest to further their award-winning Hospitality by doubling-down on offering an all-in flexibility that stays true to the Heart of Southwest.

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    Best Practice Example

    A guide to grow being LCCs and ULCCs in the Americas

    John Pepper, Vice President Corporate Development, Allegiant Travel Company

    This session will explore all the challenges and impediments that ULCCs and LCCs have faced in growing in the Americas. Hear from the Allegiant's Vice President, John Pepper, about the airline's growth strategy including its plans to create a joint venture with Mexico’s Viva Aerobus.

Thursday, 21 March 2024

  • Moderated by Michael Bell, Senior Client Partner, Aviation & Aerospace, Korn Ferry

    Colombia’s largest airline Avianca is expanding at a fast pace after two competitors ceased operations earlier in 2023. The carrier, which restructured during the pandemic and is now part of Abra Group alongside Brazil’s GOL, is back in profit and preparing to further bolster its fleet. Deputy Frederico Pedreira will outline what’s next for the South American airline, including its network strategy and how it intends to continue growing in a sustainable way.

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    LCCs in Latin America: A Strategic Dialogue with Flybondi and Wingo CEOs

    Moderated by David Appleby, Director, Air Service Development Consulting, ASM

    This joint interview will delve into the dynamic landscape of LCC carriers in Latin America, featuring insights and perspectives from two of the industry leaders, the CEOs of Flybondi and Wingo. This engaging session aims to shed light on the challenges, opportunities, and strategic considerations that LCCs face in the region.

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