aviadevThe city of Valencia has been confirmed as the inaugural host of AviaDev Europe, the aviation development forum geared towards Europe’s regional airports and airlines.

The event will take place on 3rd-5th December 2018 at the Palacio de Congresos (Conference Centre) in Valencia, Spain.

Jon Howell, Managing Director, AviaDev said, “This event brings together airlines, airports, suppliers and tourism professionals with an ambition to increase connectivity and facilitate growth. When we launched AviaDev in 2016, our focus was on the African market. We are delighted to be bringing our expertise of delivering successful aviation development events to Europe to focus on the expansion of regional airports, airlines and destinations.”

Sandra Gómez, Deputy Major from Valencia and President from Valencia Tourism said, “AviaDev will be an important gathering for all European regional hubs, it is clear the demand for air travel is growing and the capitals airports are operating at maximum capacity therefore the expansion for tourism, business and leisure will come at a regional level. Valencia Tourism has been active in the promotion of its airport -through Fly Valencia programme- having grown 16% last year and 25% in Q1 2018.” Additionally, Sandra Gómez added, “High connectivity is strategic for increasing demand in urban tourism destinations, as València, during all year”.

AviaDev Europe unveiled the theme of the December edition to be “Regional Is Rising, the big opportunity in aviation is shifting focus.”

With over 300 regional hubs operating in Europe, passengers benefit from fewer delays, shorter waiting times at security and immigration; whilst airlines can negotiate better and more cost effective slots. Combined, this paves the way for a bright future for regional airports across Europe.

With the diversification into the European market, AviaDev has also increased its team with the additional of 2 industry professionals. Juraj Toth has seven years’ practical experience gained at Kosice International Airport, where he initiated the marketing department and worked on repositioning and promotion of the airport.

During Juraj’s tenure, he helped deliver several new airlines, including Wizz Air and Turkish Airlines. Ged Brown, an aviation and tourism community specialist has held a variety of senior management positions within the global travel industry over the past 20 years with companies such as TUI, Thomas Cook, MyTravel, Kuoni and most recently travel data experts, ForwardKeys.