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Inaugural Routes CIS ends Routes regional season on a high

Posted 14/06/2010 - Viewed 5704 time(s)

Kharkiv, Ukraine, 11 June 2010

At the end of the first ever Routes CIS, delegates look back at what has been the best ever Routes regional season particularly in terms of delegate numbers. With host delivery as fantastic as ever this year, every regional event has seen a continuation of growth. A high note to end on, Routes CIS saw some 400 meetings take place, with numerous new services anticipated.

The event, held from 7th to 9th of June in Kharkiv, Ukraine, was a resounding success. Indeed, at the farewell press conference, Alexander Yaroslavskiy, President of DCH (the Development Construction Holding Group in Ukraine) & General Investor and Coordinator of Kharkiv Preparation to EURO-2012, announced that, as a result of discussions at the event, Kharkiv is now in serious talks with airlines regarding six new routes to Kharkiv. There are also numerous additional new routes under consideration.

Yaroslavskiy noted that the event had helped the airport to make considerable progress towards making Kharkiv a regional hub. The new terminal, whose opening was marked by Routes CIS, was one of the major investments in the run-up to the European Football Championship in 2012, for which Kharkiv will be one of the host cities.

The event allowed delegates to further their understanding of the CIS market and to identify key route development opportunities. This is something particularly mentioned by Mattias Wickholm, Network Planning & Strategy, Resource Management, Finnair:

"My aim is to gain more market knowledge and get a better understanding of trends, developments and opportunities in the CIS region. We would like to have a presence in this market, but Western airlines are facing lots of problems when trying to enter the CIS, as they can only have a certain number of flights. The development potential, however, is amazing. Our issue at the moment is the lack of data, so I am aiming to get more information about the local airports to see how and where we can enter the market and benefit from the vast opportunities."

Europe's biggest carrier, Ryanair, were among the low-cost carriers who acknowledged the opportunities in the region for such airlines. Mairead Dooley Byrne, Commercial Development Manager of Ryanair, noted that "there is massive potential for low-cost carriers in the CIS, not just Ryanair. When one looks at Ukraine, there are five million air travellers with a 46 million population. There is definitely potential for a Ryanair base, but it's too far away at this point, as there is no Open Skies. We have never dealt with anybody in Ukraine or the CIS. Being here at the event gives us an idea of the culture, of what's here and what airports there are in the region."

The next host of Routes CIS, the only networking event for the region's route development industry, will be Rostov-on-Don, the 10th largest city in the Russian Federation. With a number of developments in the region, Rostov-on-Don aims to become a southern transport hub within Russia, and the airport will be the biggest in south Russia.

Routes CIS brings the Routes regional season for 2010 to an end. The next Routes event will be World Routes, to be held in Vancouver from the 19th to the 21st of September 2010.

To view video interviews and pictures from Routes CIS, please visit

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Notes to Editors:

About Routes

  • World Routes - The World Route Development Forum - is the world renowned annual airline and airport networking event. Routes facilitates and encourages the role of airports in the development of air services through organising global and region specific airline/airport networking forums.
  • This year's World Route Development Forum will take place in Vancouver, Canada, 19th-21st September. 
  • Routes Regional events include Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe, Routes Africa and Routes CIS. 
  • Routes was founded in 1995 by Chairman Mike Howarth as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. 
  • Both companies are now subsidiaries of RDG -The Route Development Group - which is the leading global solutions provider in the strategically important ‘route development' sector of air transport. 
  • In April 2007, Routes also won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2007. The award, for outstanding business performance and commercial success, recognised Routes' sustained contribution to aviation route development through its innovative Regional and World Route Development Forums.

For further press information please contact Nadine Wenn at:

The Route Development Group (RDG)
T: +44 (0)161 234 2711
113-115 Portland Street
Manchester M1 6DW

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