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About the Routes Leaders Forum  www.routesleadersforum.com
About Routes

MANCHESTER, Over 250 senior industry leaders representing airlines, airports, governmental authorities, research bodies, banking and investment houses, aerospace industries and service providers will attend the inaugural Routes Leaders Forum at International Fairs, Stockholm, 23-25 September, to discuss key trends and challenges affecting air transport and to strengthen industry partnerships and cooperation.

The Routes Leaders Forum, titled 'Airlines and Airports - Towards a Common Vision', will focus on four important topics: EU/US open skies, the dynamic growth of China and India, aviation and the environment, and the imminent move of the low-cost carriers into the long-haul sector.  It is co-located with Routes, the World Route Development Forum, which this year is expected to attract over 2000 air service development professionals to discuss and plan new air service opportunities.

Commenting on the catalyst for launching the forum, Mike Howarth, Chairman of Routes, said: 'Routes is now in its 13th year and the Leaders Forum will provide it with an important new dimension. Although many of the airlines and airports at the event are in competition with each other they are also in the same industry, sharing the same threats and opportunities. So while the network planners and the airport marketers meet and plan their new services at Routes itself, their CEO's and other industry decision makers at the Leaders Forum will try to influence the industry framework as a whole, ensuring profitable and sustainable growth into the future.'

Moderated by Professor Rigas Doganis and Ms Marie Ehrling, the Routes Leaders Forum will feature such distinguished speakers as:

Professor Fariba Alamdari, Vice President Market & Value Analysis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Mr. Alex Cruz, Chief Executive Officer, clickair

Mr. Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline & Managing Director of Sri Lankan Airlines

Mr. Wu Fan, Director General, Office of Civil Aviation Leadership Group, Yunan Provincial People's Government and Chairman, Yunan Provincial Airports Group, Kunming Wujaba International Airport

Mr. Gilles Gantelet, Deputy Head Internal M arket, Aviation Agreements and Multilateral Relations of the Directorate General for Energy and Transport at the European Commission

Dr. Duncan Garrood, Commercial Director, BAA Ltd.

Mr. Roger Gardner, Chief Executive Omega

Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Managing Director, GMR Hyderabad International Airport

Mr. Paul Gretch, Director of the Office of International Aviation at the U.S. Department of Transportation

Mr. John Hanlon, Secretary General European Low Fares Airline Association

Mr. Alex Hendriks, Acting Director CEATS, Deputy Director ATM Strategies, Eurocontrol

Mr. Paul Luijten, Senior Director Corporate Affairs, Schiphol Group

Mrs. Anita Mehra Homayoun, Vice President Marketing & Corporate Communications Department of Civil Aviation / Dubai International Airport

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, Managing Director, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

Ms. Kerrie Mather, CEO, Macquarie Airports & Executive Director Macquarie Bank

Mr. Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer AirAsia X

Mr. David Stroud, RDG Director & Managing Director ASM

Mr. Justin Symonds, Global Head of Transportation & Logistics Sector Advisory, ABN AMRO

Ms. Asa Torstensson, Swedish Minister of Infrastructure

Mr. Willie Walsh, Chief Executive, British Airways Plc

Mr. Rong Hua Wang, Director General of the Department of Air Transportation of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China

For the full Leaders Forum programme please see: http://www.routesleadersforum.com/


The Routes Leaders Forum will take place alongside the 13th World Route Development Forum, the annual event that brings together airlines, airports and suppliers to discuss and plan new air services worldwide. This year's event, hosted by Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and the City of Stockholm, is forecasted to attract over delegates from 650 airports, 350 airlines, tourism authorities, European Union Airport Coordinators and economic development agencies spanning more than 120 countries. 

Routes organises and operates world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its Regional and World Route Development Forums. It is now part of the Route Development Group (RDG), a family of inter-related companies, strategic partners and associates that is the leading global force in the strategically important 'route development' sector of air transport. www.routedevgroup.com


The 13th World Route Development Forum 2007 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, 23-25 September. Previous World Route Development Forums occurred in Cannes, Abu Dhabi, Oslo, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin, Athens, Edinburgh, Madrid, Copenhagen and Dubai. The 2008 and 2009 events will be held in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing respectively and bidding is already underway to host the 2010 event.

Region-specific events are: Routes Regional Europe, Routes Regional Asia, Routes Regional Africa and Routes Regional Americas.

For information, images, or to register to attend the Routes Leaders Forum please contact:

Michele Lewis

Routes Leaders Forum

Communications Director


T: +44 (0)161 234 2730

M: +44 (0)7729 501 369

E: michele.lewis@routesonline.com 


For information on the 13th World Route Development Forum, please contact:

Louis Hill | Siobhan McGrogan at Beattie Communications on 0161 932 1023 or email louis.hill@beattiegroup.com or siobhan.mcgrogan@beattiegroup.com

Michele Lewis 

Routes Leaders Forum

Communications Director

Routes Ltd

113-115 Portland Street


M1 6DW

t: +44 (0)161 234 2730  m: +44(0)7729 501 369  f: +44 (0) 161 234 2737  e: michele.lewis@routesonline.com             


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