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25 March 2013 11:44

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal announced as official host destination of 21st World Route Development Forum

25th March 2013

It was announced today at the BRICS Summit, which is currently taking place in Durban, South Africa that KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN) will play host to the 21st World Route Development Forum (World Routes) at ICC Durban from 20th -22nd September 2015.  This marks the first time in its history that the event has been held in Africa.

World Routes is the global meeting place for every airline, airport, tourism board and government stakeholder and attracts attendees from over 110 countries.  The event is focused around the development of the world’s air services and hosting World Routes provides a unique opportunity for a destination to showcase its airport, its city and its country to the air service decision-makers of the world.  

The announcement of Durban, KZN as the Host for World Routes 2015 represents the culmination of a successful bid to host the event driven by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism in which all of the region’s key stakeholders were involved in supporting the proposal.  These stakeholders included; Tourism KwaZulu-Natal; Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal; Airports Company South Africa; King Shaka International Airport; Dube TradePort Corporation; South Africa National Convention Bureau; Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau  and South African Airways. 

“I’m delighted that World Routes will be taking place in Africa in 2015 and it is fitting, with such a focus on the development of international trade, that we are bringing it to Durban and the region of KwaZulu-Natal,” said David Stroud, Executive Vice President, Routes UBM Live continuing:  “I’d like to thank all the team in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal for all the hard work that’s been done throughout the host bidding process, you’ve done a fantastic job, and I know it’s going to be a great success.  Congratulations, we look forward to working with you.”

The city of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal Province have embarked upon a development strategy to grow the regional tourism economy and to increase the number of international tourists to KZN by 2030.  The plan is to grow passenger and cargo airlift out of King Shaka International Airport and hosting World Routes 2015 will assist in improving the air services potential of the airport, coupled with the trade gateway operations of the two sea ports.  In addition, bringing the event to the growing aviation market of Africa, which also has significant potential, will be of huge benefit to the region.


New Route Africa
Casablanca, Morocco, March 5-7, 2006


Some of Africa's most influential aviation experts are now confirmed to speak at New Route Africa, a major new event for airlines and airports seeking to develop services into and throughout the continent. This event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Casablanca, Morocco from 5th to 7th March, 2006.

The forum which is hosted by the Moroccan National Airports Authority (ONDA), is supported by ACI Africa, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), AFCAC, AFRAA and AASA .

Attending airlines now confirmed include; Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Air Mauritius, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Jet2.com, Kenya Airways and Virgin Nigeria, you can find the full confirmed and provisional airline list by visiting www.newrouteafrica.com

As part of the event, ASM will run a FREE workshop entitled "Commercial Airline Route Development" free to all registered airport delegates. This unique training workshop will give airports a vital insight into the development of airline business. To find out more about this workshop, please visit www.newrouteafrica.com

The organisers of New Route Africa extend invitation to all African airlines, airports and tourism administrations as well as regional and international aviation organizations, financial institutions, suppliers and observers to attend the Casablanca event.

For further details please call +44 161 234 2730, email natasha@routesonline.com or visit www.newrouteafrica.com

New Route Africa ; Access the continent's booming aviation market

Some of Africa's most influential aviation experts will be on hand to discuss new aviation opportunities at New Route Africa, a major new event for airlines and airports seeking to develop services into and throughout the continent, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Casablanca, Morocco from 5th to 7th March, 2006. With liberalisation of air services taking place in many parts of North Africa and new business opportunities developing rapidly in the Sub-Saharan region, Africa has recently emerged as an important new market for airlines and airports. In 2005 African nations recorded passenger traffic growth of nearly 11% and cargo growth of 7.8% over 2004.  Along with leading airline representatives, speakers at the event will include:

• Mr. Christian Folly-Kossi, Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA)
• Mr. Geoffrey Lipman, Special Adviser to the Secretary General, World Tourism Organisation (WTO)
• Mr. Chaouki Mustapha, Economist , International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

New Route Africa, which is hosted by ONDA, the operator of Moroccan airports, will draw upon the great success of the global Routes forum, bringing together the region's airlines and airports to discuss route development opportunities in a vibrant and business-focused atmosphere. The event will have dedicated meeting facilities for all airlines, and airports will be allowed generous, pre-booked meeting slots to put forward their business case. The world's leading route development consultancy for airports, ASM, will also be running a workshop entitled "Commercial Airline Route Development" which is free to all airport delegates. This unique training workshop will give airports a vital insight into developing airline business; what to do and how to do it.

The event is also a "must attend" for airlines who will be able to learn about new market opportunities, discuss practical matters such as slots and ground handling, and even meet other airlines.

Routes Managing Director, Karin Holden, believes that the timing is perfect for a fantastic event and observes that "Africa seems to be on the verge of unprecedented growth with new airlines and fleet investments being announced seemingly every week. We aim to bring dynamic airlines together with Africa's proactive airports to stimulate even more development."

Please call +44 161 234 2730, email natasha@routesonline.com or visit www.newrouteafrica.com for further information on New Route Africa.

Natasha Peck, Marketing Director
Routes Ltd




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