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UBM Aviation acquires The Route Development Group

Posted 12/08/2010 - Viewed 8463 time(s)

UBM Aviation acquires The Route Development Group

Addition of Routes (The World Route Development Forum) and other assets expands global schedules and network management offering

(August 12, 2010, London) UBM Aviation has today announced that it has acquired The Route Development Group Limited (RDG). The combination of RDG's highly respected events and consultancy business with our OAG data and schedules business will bring great benefits to our customers in the airline and airport communities.

RDG comprises four main business areas:

Routes - The World Route Development Forum - is widely considered the industry-leading, global networking event for providing airlines, airports, suppliers and industry observers the opportunity to meet to develop new aviation routes worldwide, as well as manage existing networks.

The regional Routes series of events: Routes Europe, Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Africa and Routes CIS. All events serve the needs of route developers and network planners in their specific local regions.

Airport Strategy & Marketing Ltd. (ASM), a highly-regarded aviation route consulting services business serving the global airport customer community., an online portal bringing together airports and airlines to share information and intelligence such as facilities, traffic statistics, air services, demographics and supporting resources, as well as through Route Exchange a platform for airports to bid directly for airline capacity.

This transaction will enable UBM Aviation to provide its customers with a broader and deeper set of product offerings across data, analytics, events and consultancy to help our airline and airport customers manage their schedules operations and route networks to optimum efficiency and effectiveness.

"We are delighted to have acquired this fantastic business, which includes a genuinely unique mix of assets that will enhance how we serve the airline and airport markets. I am also pleased to welcome their solid base of talented aviation industry experts. Their skills will greatly complement the UBM Aviation team," said Peter von Moltke, Chief Executive Officer, UBM Aviation. "RDG's collective assets, merged with our own, will strengthen our position as the leading global provider of aviation intelligence, and events, and create a solid foundation for our global aviation consulting business, all contributing to the company's future growth. We look forward to growing ASM and the Routes events further by utilizing the global UBM resources."

"I am extremely satisfied to have sold RDG to an industry leader such as UBM Aviation. Over the past 17 years, ASM and Routes have changed the way the world's airlines and airports do business and pioneered a whole new approach to air service development. With the help of dedicated teams, we

developed ASM into the world's leading aviation route development consultancy and the award-winning Routes into the industry's largest networking forum. I am proud to say that RDG has become the leading global solutions provider in the route development industry. Looking ahead, there is a lot of scope for both ASM and Routes to further flourish, and I am certain that UBM Aviation with its strong market position is the ideal company to lead RDG into a continuously successful future," said Mike Howarth, Group CEO, RDG.

A press release containing financial information was released today by UBM, to view the release, go to

Notes to Editors

UBM Aviation

UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global aviation industry. Our assets include the pre-eminent aviation data and analytics provider, OAG, an international program of aviation exhibitions and conferences, as well as market-leading print publications.


UBM focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists - with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 5,900 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.


Diana Cronan

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UBM Aviation

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Nadine Wenn

Group PR & Communications Director

The Route Development Group

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