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11 OCTOBER 2021
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Currently under way in Milan (until Tuesday 12 October) is Routes. Following the very successful International Air Transport Association (IATA) AGM and Conference, the airline, airports and tourism authorities are getting together to help rebuild global air connectivity.
Unlike IATA, a club for some of the world’s largest airlines, and now in its 26th year, World Routes, is very much an ad hoc gathering where the different aspects of the air travel business can meet and discuss needs and priorities. All meetings are pre-scheduled. For airlines it is easy to talk to one airport, hear what they have to say, and then move on to the next one. Tourist boards likewise are able to make presentations much more cost effectively than actually visiting target airlines and airports.
More than 125 airlines will be present in Milan to develop recovery strategies including Air Canada, Air China, Air France, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Iberia Airlines, International Airlines Group, Jet2.com, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Wizz Air.
Steven Small, Director of Routes, said: “Our role has and will always be to bring together the world’s airlines, airports, tourism authorities, and route development stakeholders to build air services for the economic and social good of every destination.”
“By delivering a platform where these stakeholders can meet, World Routes will define the recovery of an industry profoundly impacted by Covid-19. The route development industry is about building relationships that create effective partnerships and successful networks. And, it is those partnerships that this event will support. The innovation, resilience and cooperation demonstrated by the route development community throughout this unprecedented period will continue to be paramount in its road to recovery. By working together, we can accelerate the recovery and build back better.”
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