Milan has been chosen as the host and destination for the 26th World Route Development Forum, with the event scheduled to take place on September 5-8th 2020.
After a very competitive selection process, SEA, the group responsible for managing Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate airports, has won the bid on behalf of Milan and the Lombardy region.
World Routes is a unique event that moves from city to city every year to highlight different international aviation markets.
It serves as the ultimate event for airlines, airports, tourism officials and suppliers.
The three-day gathering grants unprecedented opportunities for senior decision makers to meet face-to-face and discuss the future of air services, develop and plan network strategy and explore new route opportunities.
One of Italy’s tourist hot spots, Milan is the perfect city to host such an event.
The Lombardy region, of which Milan is the capital, is the third most populated region of Europe with ten million inhabitants and is serviced by three airports - Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio.
These airports, which welcome over 39 million passengers annually, are gateways to the world and their development is key to Milan’s status as a cutting-edge international metropolis.
On why the SEA group was successful in their bid, Steven Small, brand director for Routes, said: “SEA’s aim is to further connect the city to the world, especially to Asia and the Americas, and hosting the 26th World Routes event will be a great platform for this.
“Milan has cultivated a thriving conference industry in recent times, having hosted EXPO 2015 which more than 20 million people attended – I feel that hosting the forum here will consolidate Milan’s growth and enhance the astonishing legacy of World Routes.”
Stakeholders including the SEA, Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti, Regione Lombardia, Comune di Milano and Fiera Milano Congressi will be involved in hosting the 26th annual World Routes forum.