Durban hosts ‘Creme de la Creme’ aviation conference

This year’s ‘Creme de la Creme’ aviation conference, World Routes, is being hosted in Durban, South Africa from 19-22 September. Delegates from around the world is meeting for the first time the on the African continent in this major networking event.
The four day global event brings together the largest range of airlines, airports, tourism authorities and civil aviation authorities from every continent. It attracts the most senior representatives from a wide variety of organizations who wish to meet, plan and conduct business for new global routes.
The gathering of about 2,500 people are networking with the intent to add new airline routes to different airports. This annual event is the 21st installment, and representatives from about 250 airlines, 650 airports and 170 tourism authorities from around the world were expected to be in attendance. During the event, about 8,000 planned face-to-face meetings between delegates of the conference will take place.
“World Routes is a must-attend event for the industry and the Strategy Summit is the only forum where senior leaders and key stakeholders from airlines, airports, tourism and government come together to participate in discussions that will set the commercial and political agenda for the industry,” says Katie Bland, Director of Routes for UBM.
More than 50 speakers from over 20 countries were confirmed to speak at the Summit, including Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World; Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of South African Airways; Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines; David Scowsill, President & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council; Giorgio Callegari, Deputy CEO of Aeroflot; and Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism of Barbados and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Additional speakers will represent IATA, Airbus, Boeing, Air China, Fastjet, Vueling, Tourism Australia, Visit Scotland, Malaysia Airports, China Business Network, Air Zimbabwe, VivaAerobus, Southwest Airlines, Brand USA, Condor, Kenya Airways, Visit Florida and SimpliFlying.