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St. Petersburg to Host First Ever ASM Route Development Training in CIS

January 31, 2013

MANCHESTER, England, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

For the first time ASM, the world route development consultants, are running a
training course in the CIS region. This inaugural CIS programme gets off to flying start
with not one, but two courses being held in St. Petersburg: The Fundamentals of Route
Development, 5-6 February 2013 and a Traffic Forecasting Masterclass, 7-8 February 2013.

ASM has over 15 years experience in running the industry’s most recognised and highly
regarded route development training programmes for airports and organisations interested
in making route development happen. Both of these courses are aimed at route development
professionals at all levels and the promise of cold weather in St. Petersburg in February
has not deterred the delegates! Currently eight delegates are booked onto each course with
representation from several countries and 10 different airports.

It is symbolic that the location for the first ever CIS based training is St.
Petersburg given that ASM has completed two very successful projects with St. Petersburg
International Pulkovo Airport in the past. ASM provided overall support and played an
important role in attracting Emirates to St. Petersburg. ASM were also appointed as
traffic advisor to the regional government as part of the privatisation of St. Petersburg.
This was the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the aviation sector in the region
and one of the first within all sectors in the region.

“The CIS region is an exciting market for ASM as there is a lot happening right now,”
says Tony Griffin, Senior Vice President ASM. He further explains: “ASM has extensive
experience of the CIS market and this is a great opportunity for route development
professionals in the CIS to get together as well as further develop their skills &
knowledge of their industry.”

Evgeny Ilyin, Chief Commercial Officer of Saint Petersburg International Pulkovo
Airport, commented: “St. Petersburg is delighted to be hosting the first ASM training
course to take place in CIS region and we look forward to furthering our knowledge and
understanding of route development which we can apply to our future dealings with

To date, St. Petersburg International Pulkovo Airport, which is the third largest
airport in Russia (after Moscow Domodedovo and Moscow Sheremetyevo), remains the only
airport in the country to implement a PPP. The “Northern Capital Gateway” is an
international consortium, formed by VTB Capital, Fraport AG, the world’s leading airport
operator with its headquarters in Frankfurt, and the Greek investment group Copelouzos.

St. Petersburg International Pulkovo Airport currently serves 157 scheduled
destinations with 70 scheduled airlines with 38% of its passenger traffic generated by
Rossiya the airport’s base carrier. It is one of the few airports in Russia to have
implemented an incentives scheme for airlines and in 2012 was the winner of the first ever
CIS regional heat of the Routes Airport Marketing Awards. At present a project is underway
at the airport to build a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 17 million passengers.
The expected completion of this project is during the first quarter of 2014.

Notes to Editors

About ASM

        - Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd was founded in 1995 as the world route
          development consultants. http://www.asm-global.com
        - ASM was the founding company of Routes which 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 and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010.
          From 1st August 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition
          become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
        - UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five
          continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their
          brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC,
          TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events,
          Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs,
          publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of
          the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.


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Source: PR Newswire