Routes Americas to take place in North America for the first time in 2015 as the event heads to Denver. After a record event in San Salvador which saw 487 delegates registered to attend the event, more than ever before, the Ministry of Tourism El Salvador have officially handed the event over to Denver, the host destination for the 8th Routes Americas event.
Building on the success of this year’s event, the route development forum for the entire Americas region, which now incorporates Network USA, will take place 1-3 February 2015 hosted by Denver International Airport, supported by Visit Denver. This will mark the first time that Routes Americas will be held in North America.
“On behalf of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day, I am delighted to invite Routes Americas delegates to Denver next February,” said Denver International Airport’s Vice President of Air Service Development, Laura Jackson, speaking during the handover ceremony which took place today in San Salvador at the 7th Routes Americas event: “With nonstop service to more than 180 destinations worldwide, accessing Denver will be easy,” said Jackson. “And preparations are already underway for an unforgettable ‘winter wonderland’ experience, a first for Routes Americas.”
Adrian Newton, Group Director Transport and Technology at UBM Live, organisers of Routes Americas, said: “Following this year’s successful event here in San Salvador we are thrilled to be taking Routes Americas to Denver and to North America for the first time next year. Denver International Airport offers unparalleled air service options for our delegates and we feel that Routes Americas has potential for even more growth in 2015. In addition, Denver International Airport will celebrate its 20th anniversary in February 2015 and bringing the aviation community of the Americas to the ‘Mile High’ city in the same month will be a fitting celebration of this landmark event.”
Denver, known as the Mile High city due to its position above sea level, benefits from 300 days of sunshine a year. Located east of a major mountain range the city has an iconic skyline positioned against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, the city is located just 340 miles (547 kilometres) from the exact centre of the continental United States - closer to the centre of the nation than any other city of its size. Coupled with an impressive air service, Denver also has a very strong public ground transportation system that connects the metropolitan area’s three million residents.
In 2013 Denver International Airport served more than 52 million passengers and ranked as the 5th-busiest airport in North America. Fifteen passenger airlines provide nearly 1,600 daily flights to more than 180 worldwide destinations nonstop from Denver International. Denver International Airport is a hub for United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. In addition, Denver International is served by six foreign-flag carriers: Aeromexico, Air Canada, British Airways, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Volaris. In terms of domestic U.S. destinations served, Denver’s robust network ranks second only to Atlanta (ATL): passengers today can reach more than 160 U.S. destinations in 44 states nonstop.
Denver International Airport will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 28 February 2015 and, in addition, the first major expansion to Denver International since 1995 is currently underway and will be completed in the first half of 2015. The South Terminal Redevelopment Program (STRP) will include the development of a new hotel and conference centre, public transit centre and public plaza for community programming and events that connects the development to the existing Jeppesen Terminal.