ADAC wins bid to host ‘World Route Development Forum 2012’ in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has announced ‘Routes – The World Route Development Forum’ will come to Abu Dhabi in 2012, following the company’s successful bid to bring the air transport industry’s largest international event to the UAE capital.
The announcement, made at a press conference at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) earlier today, was welcomed by both ADAC and ‘Routes’, along with supporting partners including Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and ADNEC.
‘Routes - The World Route Development Forum’ is an annual event for the air service development industry, which brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities and provides opportunities to highlight route opportunities for airlines and host airports as well as identifying areas for ongoing business development, for the sector.
Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman of ADAC, said: “Route development is the life-blood of any airport, airline and related industries and, with Abu Dhabi International one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world today, we are very happy to have been selected to host the world’s leading air transport forum and event. The winning bid is a collective achievement for Abu Dhabi as a whole, not just for the aviation sector, and provides an opportunity to showcase the UAE’s capital city and the wider emirate to the world.”
Mike Howarth, founder of Routes Development Group, said: ““There is always intense competition to host ‘Routes’, the annual gathering of the people who make decisions as to where the world’s airlines fly. Abu Dhabi met all the criteria, it is a new world aviation hub, ADNEC is now a major player on the international events circuit and the bidding partners led by the airport presented a compelling and powerful case.”
Support sponsor, Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) concluded: “This is a fantastic vote of confidence in Abu Dhabi as a destination. The international M.I.C.E business is extremely important to us and ‘Routes’ has even greater relevance to us as the development of air access is crucial to any destination’s business and tourism progression.”
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO said: “Hosting the World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi is another example of the city’s growing role and importance in the global aviation industry. As our home-base, Etihad is proud to play a central role in bringing the forum to Abu Dhabi and look forward to a very successful edition of the event.”
The 18th World Route Development Forum is expected to be the largest ever planned, when opened, with 3,500-4,000 decision-making delegates estimated to attend and the whole of ADNEC’s facilities – the largest exhibition space in the region – set to be fully occupied by the event, which runs from 30 September – 3 October 2012.
‘Routes’ has partnerships with the world's leading air transport associations, such as IATA and ICAO. The event is hosted by major and growing air hubs around the world each year. Previous hosts include London, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Copenhagen, Dubai and Beijing. This year’s (2010) host will be Vancouver, Canada; the German capital, Berlin, will host the 2011 forum.