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Largest Asian Route Development Event Ever to Open in Mumbai

March 14, 2013

MANCHESTER, England, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Record numbers register to attend Routes Asia, hosted by GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji
Interational Airport, Mumbai

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.

“We will have a record attendance at Routes Asia in Mumbai,” said David Stroud,
Executive Vice President, Routes explaining: “Airlines from around the globe are looking
for ways to expand into the Indian market and Routes Asia in Mumbai will see attendance by
airports and airlines from across Asia as well as representation from the Middle East,
Europe and the US. We are looking forward to welcoming the wider aviation community to
Mumbai where they will have ample opportunity to discuss the future of the industry within
Asia.”

Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd said: “As the
countdown to Routes Asia 2013 begins, we are excited with the overwhelming response and
look forward to the opportunity to showcase all that Mumbai and GVK CSIA have to offer to
both domestic and international visitors. Over the next few days, delegates from across
the world including a varied mix of business leaders & marketing heads representing some
of the region’s biggest airlines and airports, industry experts and commentators will
discuss opportunities for airline route development. The forum this year has attracted a
diverse group who we strongly feel will appreciate the market opportunities and investment
attractiveness associated with GVK CSIA as a host airport”

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.

Notes to Editors

About Routes

        - 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.
          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 premiere 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. http://www.ubmlive.com

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