21 SEPTEMBER 2009
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WORLD ROUTES, hosted in Beijing, broke all records last week. The 15th World Route Development Forum welcomed more than 2,500 registered delegates, including over 200 airlines and up to 1,000 airport delegates. Visitors also included the largest ever Chinese contingent with more than 800 from the host country. After a difficult time, there were clear signals from both the Chinese airlines and the government that the regional carriers are now ready to expand again. There were 75 tourism authorities in attendance, something of a breakthrough. New for this year was a Route Exchange Chalet where carriers that had requested airport bids through Routesonline were able to hold pre-arranged meetings. A “City Pair Zone” was also introduced where airports could meet with other airports to share market information and join forces to approach airlines. Routes 2010 will take place in Vancouver 19-21 September. www.routesonline.com
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