PRESS RELEASE: Airline CEOs line up for World Routes 2017 conference

The aviation industry’s most senior leaders will take part in the World Routes 2017 conference programme, including Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG.

The annual World Routes forum brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to plan and negotiate future air services. It moves to a new location every year to shine a spotlight on different destinations across the globe.

The year’s event in Barcelona (23-26 September) has drawn some of the biggest names in aviation. Willie Walsh famously reached the top of the industry, running British Airways and Aer Lingus before taking up his current role at IAG.

Having recently launched IAG’s new low-cost airline LEVEL from Barcelona El-Prat Airport, it will be an opportune time for Willie to talk about why the low cost, long-haul model will dominate the skies by 2020.

Other speakers include Skúli Mogensen, CEO of Wow Air, Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and Giorgio Callegari, deputy CEO of Aeroflot. They will take part in a debate about route development in a world where disruptions such as fluctuating oil prices, rising nationalism and security issues are becoming the norm.

World Routes’ official charity partner is The Travel Foundation which has delivered sustainable tourism projects in 26 countries. The charity will be at the event to explore the role that aviation has to play in the management of global tourism, taking part in panel discussions and talks.

Other topics that will be explored during World Routes include air cargo development, working with the cruise industry to achieve growth, the ways that digital technology will reshape aviation by 2020 and the modernisation of aging airport infrastructure.

Steven Small, brand director of Routes said: “World Routes brings together the leaders who shape route development, direct the aviation industry, and help to influence destinations. What better place to be involved in World Routes than Barcelona – one of the most fascinating cities in Europe.”

World Routes 2017 will be hosted by the Government of Catalonia with support from Barcelona City Council. The conference progamme is sponsored by OAG.

More information is available at

World Routes 2017, 23-26 September, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.




Notes to Editors

  • Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. They revolve around pre-scheduled meetings, an exhibition and a conference. Three ‘regional’ route development forums are held between February and April in the Americas, Asia and Europe, with the flagship World Routes event taking place in September.
  • Routes events are organised by UBM plc. UBM is the largest B2B event organiser in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit for the latest news and information about UBM. 

For more information contact:

Karen O’Neill

Communications & Content Marketing Manager

Routes, UBM EMEA

T: +44 (0)161 234 2721

M: +44 (0)796 6405 105


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