World Routes Events

What is World Routes?

As the largest and most-established global route development event, World Routes has been providing an unrivalled platform for airlines, airports, tourism authorities and aviation suppliers to discuss and negotiate new air services for over 25 years. Each year the event moves to a new city to showcase a different host city and aviation market. Previous World Routes have taken place in a variety of locations including World Routes 2019 which was held in Adelaide, Australia, World Routes 2018 which was hosted by Guangzhou, China and World Routes 2017 which took place in Barcelona, Spain.

Why attend World Routes?

World Routes provides unique cost and time-benefits by uniting the most senior stakeholders from across the global aviation community under one roof. A comprehensive event programme allows delegates to meet with industry peers, hear directly from airline CEOs on future networking strategies in addition to building and developing new business relationships. More than 90% of previous World Routes attendees would recommend the event to a friend or colleague.

What happens at World Routes?

A combination of extensive meeting opportunities, exclusive industry insight and a first-class hospitality programme has made World Routes a must-attend ever for over 25 years.

Face-to-face meetings 


Meet with airline, airports and tourism authorities during 20-minute pre-scheduled meetings to negotiate future air services with senior decision makers.

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Conference Programme

Conference Programme

Hear directly from leading experts as they share knowledge and
provide valuable insight into key issues currently affecting the global route development community.

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Networking Sessions 


A variety of networking sessions provide an informal setting for delegates to foster new and develop existing business relationships with industry colleagues.

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Exhibition and Sponsorship


Create a lasting impression on your industry peers by exhibiting at World Routes. Host face-to-face meetings on your stand and surround your key targets with your marketing messages.

Find out more about promotional opportunities at Routes events. 

Who attends World Routes? 

  • Airlines: World Routes brings together senior network planners and decision makers from leading airlines from across the globe, including American Airlines, Lufthansa, China Southern Airlines, Emirates and Qantas. 
  • Airports: The event provides airports with direct access to the highest concentration of airline network planners and allows airports, from across the world, the opportunity to present their route development cases to senior airline stakeholders. 
  • Tourism Authorities: The support provided by destination partners is one of the most important factors for airlines when deciding whether to launch a new route. The event allows tourism authorities to partner with airports to improve air connectivity, drive tourism to your region and positively impact your economy.
  • Suppliers: World Routes serves the global aviation supplier market, from data companies to fuel suppliers. and provides the ideal business setting for your organisation to promote its products and services to key decision makers from the global route development community.

View all previous and upcoming World Routes events below and register your place.

  • World Routes 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop on a global basis, government-imposed travel restrictions are still in place in many countries around the world. It is with regret we inform you that, after careful consideration and consultation with our hosts, SEA Milan Airports, we announce that World Routes 2020 in Milan, Italy, will now be postponed. The event, scheduled for 5-8 September 2020 in Milan, Italy, will now take place on 14-16 November 2020.

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  • World Routes 2019

    In 2019, the 25th World Route Development Forum will take place in Adelaide, bringing together the world's leading and fastest-growing airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss their route networks.

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  • World Routes 2018

    In 2018 World Routes will take place in the vibrant city of Guangzhou, the capital of China's Guangdong Province. We would like to invite you to join the face-to-face meetings that shape the world's future air services...

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  • World Routes 2017

    The event presents an unrivalled platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop and plan network strategy. Providing unique cost and time saving benefits...

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  • World Routes 2016

    In 2016 World Routes will return to China. Hosted by Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, we would like to invite you join the face-to-face meetings that shape the world's future air services...

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  • World Routes 2015

    ​ 2,500 delegates expected ​ 250 airlines expected ​ 650 airports ​ 170 tourism...

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  • World Routes 2014

    2014 will see World Routes return to the US for the second year in a row after the immense success of Las Vegas 2013. World Routes forms the essential global gathering for aviation organisations from across all...

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