London Stansted is aiming to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations over the next five years, with a strong focus on the Far East, India, north America and the Middle East.
With more than 13.4 million people travelling on the short-haul domestic service, the 450-kilometre journey from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport to the island of Jeju off the coast of the Korean Peninsula has once again claimed the title as the most in-demand air route in the world.
Senior leaders from the aviation industry have signed on for the World Routes 2017 conference programme, including Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group. The annual World Routes forum brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to plan and negotiate future air services.
African states must work together to open the continent’s skies in order to maximise the potential of the tourism sector, according to World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill. Speaking at the World Routes Strategy Summit in Durban, Scowsill hailed the success of air liberalising initiatives across the world and called on Africa’s governments to put aside decades of differences, to heed the success of open skies reforms across the world by fully implementing open skies across the continent.