Largest Asian Route Development Event Ever to Open in Mumbai

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In just three days time the 11th Routes Asia event will take place in Mumbai, India.

The event will be hosted by GVK’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) which is managed by Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL), at the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre which is one of the largest convention centres in the city.

Almost 160 airline delegates representing 88 airlines will be represented at Routes Asia, which will take place from 17-19 March. This year will also see more airports represented at the event than in previous years with 257 currently listed. This record participation for any pan-Asian route development event highlights the continuous demand for new air links across Asia and the fast-growing ties between Asian nations.

Airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and IndiGo will attend with very senior delegations along with Air India Express and JetLite. The Low Cost sector will also be well represented with attendance from Jetstar Airways, LionAir, The AirAsia Group and Tiger Airways along with major carriers Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Etihad and Japan Airlines. The event also promises a large Chinese presence with Air China, Shenzhen Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern Airlines all registered to attend. Other carriers who have signed up for the Indian event recently include Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, GoAir and Qatar Airways.

Taking place on Sunday 17th March 2013, the Routes Asia Strategy Summit will open the event and will address issues affecting aviation and route development across the region. Panels of leading industry experts will take part in a number of moderator led discussions such as Developing Hubs in Asia and Chasing the Tiger and the Dragon, which will look the fast-growing outbound travel markets for China and India and Where next for Asian Low Cost Carriers? which will look at this rapidly evolving segment of the Asian aviation market.

High level delegates involved in the panel sessions include, amongst many others, Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo, Neil Mills, CEO of Spicejet, Deepak Brara, Commercial Director of Air India, Rajeev Jain, CEO of Mumbai International Airport, VP Agrawal, Chairman of Airport Authority of India, Germal Singh, SVP of Government & International Affairs for Malaysia Airlines and Venggataroa Niadu, Head of Network for AirAsia X.

In addition to the Strategy Summit and the Face-to-Face meetings taking place at the event, this year’s Route Exchange programme will see senior network planners from four carriers deliver an overview of their route development opportunities and how airports can be part of their airline expansion. The carriers delivering briefings, which are open to all attending airports, are Qantas, Jet Airways, Saudi Airlines Cargo and MEGA Maldives. Additional content will be provided by Tourism Australia and Singapore Tourism Board who will both deliver a destination briefing whilst in Mumbai.


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