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Registrations for Routes Asia 2012 Now Being Taken

Posted 17/11/2011 - Viewed 4902 time(s)

Routes Asia is the only network planning forum for the Asia region and sales for the 10th Routes Asia event officially opened today.  The event will take place on 15-17 April 2012 and will be hosted by Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) which is located in the central-western region of China. 

More than 500 key decision makers from across the region and beyond will gather at the annual event in 2012 to discuss air service development.  The event attracts delegates who are responsible for making decisions on both new and existing routes from a wide variety of airlines and so far registered airlines include Kingfisher Airlines, Scoot, Qatar Airways, American Airlines and Jade Cargo, the largest cargo carrier based at CDIA.

In addition to the usual one-to-one meetings the Routes Asia Strategy Forum will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 15th April and will be open to all Routes Asia delegates.  A panel of leading industry experts will take part in a number of moderator led discussions which will address issues affecting aviation and route development across the Asia region including:

Network development and market opportunity in China

Challenges and opportunities in India

Cyclical markets and dealing with traffic downs following economic and natural disasters

The Forum, a key element of the event, promises to be both stimulating and enjoyable with moderators encouraging debate between panellists and members of the audience and should not be missed.

There will also be several Route Exchange Briefings taking place at the event building on the success of those given last year in Incheon.  These sessions will give the airlines chance to brief airports from a selected market, on their network strategy and give a unique insight into their planning strategies.

Chengdu, the capital of the province of Sichuan, has become a major tourist destination which promotes some famous attractions perhaps the most well known being the Panda Research Centre for which it has become internationally renowned.  The city is also the most important centre of trade and finance and the most important hub of transportation and communication in its region of China according to the State Council.

“Hosting Routes Asia 2012 in Chengdu, China is a great opportunity for us to showcase the city and the region to the international community.  By hosting this event, we hope to attract friends and partners from all over Asia and world to discuss and exchange ideas about ways to improve global airport services.  I believe that Chengdu, as one of the most beautiful cities in China, will be a big surprise to all delegates, who will enjoy the beautiful scenery, the legacy of a brilliant culture and history, and will experience the charm of a booming city that, in the next 10 years, will be among the fastest developing cities globally.” commented Xiaojun Pan, President of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and General Manager of Sichuan Province Airport Croup.

With 122 domestic routes and a further 51 international (regional) CDIA is now the largest air traffic hub and cargo distribution centre in the central-western region of China.  Ranked 51st in the world and 6th in China CDIA welcomed 25.81 million passengers in 2010.  In recent years CDIA have been concentrating on its construction and expansion project and a brand new airport with two terminals and two runways will open in 2012.

“We are delighted to be returning to China in 2012 and Chengdu is the perfect location to host our 10th Routes Asia.  Not only is the destination rich in culture and history, but it also has a bright future,” said David Stroud, Executive Vice President, Airports for UBM Aviation continuing:  “With the airport showing consistent growth in its passenger traffic and route network, it now has an extensive network connecting domestic, regional and international destinations.  The new terminal will help with driving this growth and our delegates will be able to witness its development first hand.  We have already received strong interest in Chengdu and expect to have an increased attendance at the event from airlines, airports and tourism authorities wishing to develop air services within the whole of Asia.”

For more information and to register for Routes Asia 2012 click here.

Notes to Editors

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.

All destinations and Hosts of Routes Asia Events are listed below:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosted by Malaysia Airports for 3 years in 2003-2005 

Pattaya, Thailand, 9-11 April 2006, hosted by Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited 

Hainan, China, 25-27 March 2007, hosted by Hainan Meilan International Airport

Macau, China, 11-13 April 2008, hosted by Macau International Airport 

Hyderabad, India 29-31 March 2009, hosted by Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

(GMR Group).

Adelaide, Australia 18-20 April 2010, hosted by Adelaide Airport

Incheon, South Korea 27-29 March 2011, hosted by Incheon International Airport Corporation

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. www.asm‐

Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010.  Routes is a UBM Aviation brand. 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

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