The World Routes Convention is the largest assembly of Airline Representatives and Airline Planners.
The convention is viewed as a very important meeting place for tourism stakeholders, where discussions are held in relation to all the airline routes of the world, both existing and those to come on stream, and the profitability within routes.
These are the latest updates:
They are studying longhaul and point to point traffic...
Several cities in Asia and US are being studied..
Destinations in Africa and South America are interesting...
Shortest turn around time in network is 20 mins..
Will be the first European carrier offering WIFI from Dec 2010...
By 2015: Fleet shoud be approx. 80 A320 series, 12 A330, 15 Boeing 787
On Asian Network.. Introduction of Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 on the plan, including intra-asia. 2 A330 to be based in Singapore
On airport incentives..1-time airport incentive is “not enough”
Boeing 787: First 787-9 model to arrive 2014/15, which allows the airline to launch European service. North America service, with 787-9, is possible on to those cities where QANTAS does not operate..
My first guess is YVR and LAS..
Population of Netherlands: 16 million, ranked number 61 in the World
Annual passenger traffic Amsterdam Schiphol Handled in 2009: 44 million, ranked number 14 in the World
On A380: Never say never. Boeing 777-300ER is just big enough for us right now
On New routes: We don’t start a flight and drop it 6 months after
On European routes: apart for political interference, we fly minimum twice a day to most destinations
Plans for Summer 2011
Re-introduction of 7th connection bank, made possible by spread out existing connection bank, where certain bank are busier than other banks
“Additional” 2 to 4 Long-haul points expected, but under early stage of study and discussion (at the World Route Development Forum)
Expectation of additional 20 frequencies to Europe (additional 15 – 20 possible in S12)
This is where it gets more interesting..
The new airport's is designed to handle 5 million annual passengers, says Carlos Criado commercial director of Quito's current facility Mariscal Sucre International.
Boasting a 4,100m runway that will become the longest in Latin America, the new facility is being constructed 25km from Mariscal Sucre.
The new runway is key to attracting service to Quito's new airport, Criado explains. Once runway construction is complete carriers can serve destinations like New York from Quito nonstop, which is not possible with Mariscal Sucre's 3,121m runway.
2..Tanzania targets DL and Hong Kong Express..
Tanzania's Dar es Salaam airport is hoping Delta Air Lines and Hong Kong Express will become the next carriers secured at the World Route Development Forum..
Perhaps a DL can position a B757 to operate 3-4 weekly from SID which will offer ATL and JFK connections...
Following the success of GRU and EZE..QR is looking to expand in The Americas...Their DOH-GRU/EZE flight is mainly filled with pax destined for GRU, however their legs to EZE from GRU has been filled with local traffic..By this time next year, they will add a 4th North American destination..
4..New St Vincet Airport, will boost tourism and economy..
The new airport, scheduled to open in 2012,will be the first international for the island of St Vincent..It will be able to accommodate a B747...Their tourism minister has been courting carriers such as BA, IB, LH and VS for European service..AA and B6 are being courted for North American service...
I am amazed they have not decided to look into the growing Canadian travel market..