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Senior Aviation Professionals Gathered in Vancouver to Engage in Topical Discussions at GASS

Posted 30/09/2010 - Viewed 5106 time(s)

- For Immediate Release -


Vancouver, Canada, 21 September 2010

The ICAO/World Bank/Routes Global Aviation Strategy Summit (GASS) has now concluded in
Vancouver at the 16th World Routes where senior members of the aviation community gathered
to take part in the Summit.

The two-day summit was jointly organised by ICAO, World Bank and Routes and brought
together chairmen, directors and CEOs, giving them the opportunity to discuss, in an informal
setting, current issues and key challenges affecting the air transport industry.

The Summit was headed by Aaron Heslehurst, BBC World Television News Anchor & Presenter,
who was the lead moderator. He noted that "There is no exaggerating just how challenging the
past decade has been for aviation. Today though, we are looking ahead to the next decade and
what may lie ahead."

There was no shying away from the big issues, with the panelists tackling topics including the
state of the global economy and labour challenges. Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, and
Robert Boyle, British Airways' Director Strategy & Business Units, were two of the panelists
quizzed on the labour challenges facing their respective carriers and how they have responded
to them.

Boyle stated that: "British Airways has had to be very clear with our staff that we are not only
responding to the cyclical impact of the downturn, but we are also having to tackle structural
change. Many of our competitors don't have the same legacy costs that we do. There was a
clear realisation from our staff of the challenges we are currently facing, but we also have to
make it clear that there won't be a return to the good old days for any legacy carrier."

For further information on GASS or World Routes, go to

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Notes to Editors

• World Routes - The World Route Development Forum - is the world renowned annual airline and
airport networking event. It 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 Routes took place in Vancouver, Canada, 19th-21st September.
• Routes Regional events include Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe, Routes Africa and
Routes CIS.
• Route was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising
in the field of route development for airports.
• Both companies, and, were acquired by UBM Aviation in August 2010. UBM
Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and
events related to the global aviation industry. More information can be found at
• In April 2007, Routes 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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