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World’s Largest Commercial Aviation Event Opens in Berlin

Posted 03/10/2011 - Viewed 5035 time(s)

Largest World Routes ever hosted by Berlin Brandenburg Airport

A record number of senior industry figures and delegates will turn Berlin into the centre of the aviation world for the coming three days.

This year’s World Routes will be attended by more airlines and airports than any previous event, confirming World Routes’ position as the largest commercial aviation event in the world.

A total of 2,700 delegates are expected at this year’s event, hosted by Berlin Brandenburg Airport. They represent 300 airlines and 800 airports from all over the world as well as tour operators, destinations and tourist boards who are gathering in Berlin to directly shape the world’s air services.

Speaking at the opening press conference today, David Stroud, Executive Vice President Airports, at Routes organiser UBM Aviation Ltd, said: “I am delighted to see so many senior attendees from airlines, airports and tourism authorities this year. The 15,000 meetings which will take place over the coming three days will help shape our industry for the coming years. The creation of the World Route Development Strategy Summit has given them a true platform from which to influence and comment on key issues for the industry.”

World Routes 2011 is hosted by Berlin Brandenburg Airport. The German capital’s new gateway will open in June 2012 and is to become Europe’s most modern airport. 

Prof Dr Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports, said: “We are delighted to host the first ever World Routes event Germany. The future Berlin Brandenburg Airport which will open next June offers fantastic opportunities for growth for airlines from around the world. Being at the heart of the world’s aviation community gives us an excellent opportunity to highlight Berlin’s advantages. Next year we will open Europe’s most modern airport, which marks the next chapter in the history of air travel in Berlin: A single, modern airport for a unified, modern city.”

Berlin is now served by 80 airlines flying to 161 destinations in 52 countries, including 13 long-haul connections.

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, said: “We are delighted that the world’s aviation community has come together in Berlin, Europe’s third most popular tourist destination. As this high-level event shows, Berlin is becoming an ever more popular city for congresses and conventions. In this segment, we now rank fourth in the world.”

2011 will add a brand new element to World Routes. The co-located World Route Development Strategy Summit on 2 and 3 October will provide the latest insights from over 50 high-profile aviation leaders and CEOs, including Hussain Dabbas, President and CEO, Royal Jordanian Airline, Alex Cruz, CEO of Vueling, and James Bennett, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company. The conference will focus on the most significant challenges currently facing the air transport industry and showcase the latest innovations in key growth markets.

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About Routes

Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively.

For more information on the World Route Development Strategy Summit, please visit

Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd, a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.

Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd 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.   

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