Largest European Route Development Event Ever to Open in Estonia
MANCHESTER, England, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Estonian President and EU Transport Commissioner to welcome 85 airlines in Tallinn
Routes Europe, now in its 7th year, will see a record number of attendees when the
2012 event opens in Tallinn in four days time. The event will be hosted by Tallinn Airport
at the Radisson Blu Hotel Oluempia in Estonia’s historic capital.
Over 175 airline delegates representing 85 of Europe’s leading airlines will be
represented at Routes Europe, which will take place from 20-22 May. This amounts to a 35%
growth in airline delegate numbers from last year’s event which was held in Cagliari,
Italy, making Routes Europe 2012 the largest European route development event ever.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia will open a Networking
Evening, which will include the Routes Airport Marketing Awards, on Monday 21st May at
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Routes Europe 2012 will be largest event ever to take place
in Estonia after the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002.
For the first time ever Routes Europe 2012 will open with the Routes Europe Strategy
Forum. A keynote address from Mr Siim Kallas, Vice President European Commission,
responsible for transport will open the Forum on Sunday, 20 May.
Flag carriers will be strongly represented in Tallinn with six delegates in attendance
from Lufthansa and registrations also received from CSA-Czech Airlines, Turkish Airlines,
SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Estonian Air and Alitalia.
In addition, a significant low cost carrier presence is expected with registrations
from Ryanair, easyJet, Norwegian, Germanwings, Vueling, Jet2.com, transavia.com and
airberlin which will make its inaugural appearance at Routes Europe this year. Also
attending the event for the first time is Spanish start-up carrier Volotea.
Regional airlines will also be out in force with confirmed registrations received from
SkyWork Airlines, Blue Islands, Flybe, Germania, Darwin Airline, Danube Wings and Skyways
Express along with a strong Russian participation including Aeroflot, S7, Rossiya and UT
“We will have a record number of delegates at Routes Europe this year,” said David
Stroud, Executive Vice President Airports, Routes for UBM Aviation continuing: “this
growth is beyond even our expectations and we are delighted that Routes Europe continues
to attract the key decision makers from the region and plays an important role in shaping
Europe’s future networks.”
“Estonia’s aviation market is the fastest growing in Europe, and Tallinn Airport is
almost there to becoming the cosiest airport in the world,” says Erik Sakkov, Member of
the Board for Tallinn Airport continuing: “That’s why we feel there is no better place to
host the top event of European aviation industry, and we are incredibly honoured to do
just that. As a small country, we know perfectly well, why Estonia and Tallinn are a
perfect travel destination, but much of the international travel industry is not aware of
it yet. By hosting Routes Europe 2012, let me promise you – we are determined to correct
A panel of leading industry experts will take part in a number of moderator led
discussions during the Strategy Summit which will address issues affecting aviation and
route development across the region. Sessions will cover The Eurozone Crisis, the impacts
of regulation and explore whether now is a good time to sell an airport. High level
delegates involved in the panel sessions include, amongst many others, Mr Tero Taskila,
President & CEO of Estonian Air, Mr Fernado Estrada, Strategy & Alliances Director for
Vueling, Mr Kjartan Jonsson, Director Network Planning for Icelandair, Mr Eric Herbane,
Head of French Airport Slot Coordination, EUACA, Mr Wojciech Prokopowicz, Investor
Relations for Warsaw Modlin Airport and Mr Zafer Mese, Airline Marketing, Business
Development & Investments Europe for TAV Airport Holdings.
In addition to the one-to-one meetings taking place at the event, this year’s Route
Exchange programme will see five 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 easyJet, Monarch
Airlines, Ryanair, SkyWork Airlines and Volotea.
Notes to Editors
- Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. http://www.routesonline.com - Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. http://www.asm global.com [http://www.asm%E2%80%90global.com ] - Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010. Routes is a UBM Aviation brand. UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global aviation industry. More information can be found at http://www.ubmaviation.com
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SOURCE UBM Aviation Routes Ltd