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Guangzhou prepares to host World Routes 2018

Guangzhou is set to welcome more than 3,000 delegates from across the globe when the world’s premier air service development event returns to China.

The 24th World Route Development Forum is being held in the city from September 15th-18th, providing a global meeting place for airlines, airports and tourism authorities to plan new flights and increase existing services.

World Routes 2018 is being hosted by Guangdong Airport Authority and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which earlier this year opened its second terminal building.

This major infrastructure development will enable the airport to handle more than 70 million passengers in 2018 and is expected to put Guangzhou in the top ten of the world’s busiest airports over the coming years.

World Routes 2018 presents an unrivalled platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop and plan network strategy.


It is timely for the prestigious event to return to China, having previously been held in Beijing in 2009 and Chengdu in 2016.

This year, 21 carriers will be in attendance which have never previously attended a World Routes event, as well as nine of the ten largest carriers in the world, including Delta Air Lines, Emirates, British Airways and Lufthansa.

Notable speakers at this year’s conference include Tan Wan Geng, chief executive of China Southern Airlines; Seiichi Takahashi, vice president, network, at All Nippon Airways; Adnan Kazim, deputy senior vice president, strategic planning, revenue optimisation and aero-political affairs at Emirates; and Alexander Featherstone, vice president, network planning at Etihad Airways.

Chinese airports and airlines are also well represented.

“China is the world’s second largest aviation market and it is continuing to grow.

“During 2022, it will displace the USA as the busiest on earth and by 2036 its market will have a colossal 1.5 billion passengers a year,” said Steven Small, brand director at Routes.

“Within China, Guangzhou is a powerful driving force of the national economy.

“It is taking a leading role in China’s national strategy to improve international transport connections, so it is an excellent destination for the world’s aviation industry.”