Official Routes Website

Meeting place for the world's route development industry. A place where every type of airline, airport or tourism authority from every continent can meet face-to-face in a single location, whether they are a flag or a low cost carrier, hub or regional airport. All at a fraction of the time and cost of the airports visiting carriers individually.


Routes Africa 2018

The route development forum for Africa
Accra, Ghana  16 - 18 July 2018
Routes Africa brings together top-level speakers from across the sphere of aviation to discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry.
Will the Single African Air Transport Market agreement enable large airlines to emerge and dominate the industry? How can the region’s 
airlines tackle the challenges faced by aging infrastructure and rising oil prices? Gain actionable insight and update your industry knowledge 
during the Routes Africa conference programme.

World Routes 2018

The 24th World Route Development Forum
Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China  15 - 18 September 2018

Routes Europe 2018

The route development forum for Europe
Bilbao, Basque Country  22 - 24 April 2018

Routes Americas 2019

The route development forum for the Americas
Québec City, Canada  12 - 14 February 2019

Routes Asia 2019
The route developmemt forum for Asia
Cebu, Philippines  10 - 12 March 2019


Barcelona, Catalonia 
23 - 26 September 2017

In 2017 World Routes will take place in the vibrant city of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. We would like to invite you join the face-to-face meetings that shape the world's future air services...

Quito, Ecuador 
13 - 15 February 2018

Routes Americas is the essential event for all aviation based companies who wish to conduct business to, from and within the region. Bringing together a range of airlines, airports and tourism authorities...

Okinawa, Japan 
19 - 21 March 2017

Routes Asia is the only route development event in the region, providing the perfect platform to discuss route development opportunities with senior decision makers...

Belfast, Northern Ireland 
23 - 25 April 2017

Routes Europe is the largest regional gathering for all aviation based companies who wish to conduct business to, from and within the European region. Bringing together a wide range of airlines, airports and tourism...



World Routes 2015

The 21st World Route Development Forum
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa • 19 - 22 September 2015
By Joe Bates

The 21st World Route Development Forum

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa • 19 - 22 September 2015

Next year will see the 21st World Route Development Forum head to Africa for the first time when the event comes to the coastal city of Durban. 
As World Routes 2014 drew to a close, this year’s hosts Chicago Department of Aviation and Choose Chicago officially handed the baton over to the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

Michael Mabuyakhulu, Provincial Minister of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, told Routes News that hosting World Routes in Durban would be an incredible opportunity and experience for KwaZulu-Natal.

“We are the most popular tourism destination for all South Africans and more international visitors are now sampling our attractions every year. Meanwhile, Durban is South Africa’s premier port, handling more than 80 million tonnes of cargo a year, and the region is recognised as the country’s biggest manufacturing hub.” 

Many of the region’s key stakeholders have joined forces in support of World Routes 2015, including the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs; Tourism KwaZulu-Natal; Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal; Airports Company of South Africa; King Shaka International Airport; Dube TradePort; Durban & KZN Convention Bureau and eThekwini Municipality. 

Mabuyakhulu believes that hosting the event will further assist the province in securing more direct air linkages with the rest of the world, which he sees as “essential for accelerating the region’s radical economic growth”, especially in the tourism sector. 
“We are very fortunate to have leaders who understand that when you pull together, you have a far greater chance at success; that has been the driving force behind our achievements,” he added.
King Shaka International Airport is a brand new multi-billion rand investment that opened in May 2010, just ahead of the FIFA World Cup football tournament. The airport, along with its adjacent industrial development zone, the Dube TradePort, provides world-class multimodal transport and trade logistics that is enhancing the country’s intercontinental passenger travel and freight transfer.  
Noting that conservative projections put African growth for the next 20 years at over 5%, he hinted: “We are involved in some very intense negotiations with a number of airlines at the moment and we are hoping to have some new route announcements either before or during World Routes 2015.”
“World Routes is the equivalent of the World Cup of Aviation, so our hosting of the event definitely adds a new dimension to our efforts in developing routes.
“We want delegates to know that we are ready to welcome them: Durban is ready, KwaZulu-Natal is ready and Africa is ready; we look forward to welcoming you next September,” Mabuyakhulu added.


Kampala, Uganda - 7 July 2013 to 9 July 2013

The 8th Routes Africa will take place on 7-9 July 2013, Kampala, Uganda and is hosted by Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport.

Routes Africa is the key event for Airports, Airlines, Tourism Authorities, Policy Leaders, Keynote speakers and exhibitors to meet, do business and plan for the future.

The annual networking gathering brings together more than 250 key players in the airline and airport industry from across the African region and beyond for strategic networking on air service development.

Uganda, which is widely known as the Pearl of Africa, has a fast growing tourism sector with an annual growth rate of 21% on average, contributing 24% of the total foreign exchange earnings. Domestic tourism has grown by 50% over the past 10 years.

Uganda is an investment destination especially after the discovery of oil in Uganda. This has greatly boosted passenger volumes through Entebbe International Airport.

We look forward to seeing at Routes Africa, Kampala, Uganda.


Victoria, Seychelles - 8 July 2012 to 10 July 2012

Routes Africa will bring together route development professionals from across Africa, the Middle East and beyond to discuss the latest developments within the region and establish potential for new air traffic routes to, from and within Africa.  This annual event is the only network development forum for the entire African region and, this year, will build on the successes of previous events.This year's event, which is hosted by the Seychelles Tourism Board in partnership with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority is expected to attract up to 150 delegates including around 30 airline network planners.

Abu Dhabi, UAE - 29 September 2012 to 2 October 2012

Welcome to World Routes 2012 in Abu Dhabi. The future is here. And in more ways than one – the 18th World Route Development Forum is the largest global event of its kind, determining the future of air services; while Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is one of the most forward-looking, centrally located and easily accessible cities on Earth. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company and supported by official carrier Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the 2012 event is targeted to attract over 2,750 delegates from more than 80 countries. It also marks the first time the event has returned to a previous host city. Back in 1996, Abu Dhabi’s downtown Hilton Hotel was the setting for one of our first World Routes events. 16 years later, delegates will be able to witness for themselves the immense changes that demonstrate how the city’s future as a world class destination is taking shape, and experience firsthand the wonderful Arabian hospitality of Abu Dhabi.