Kampala — The 19th World Routes Development Forum will take place between October 5 and 8, 2013.
After the successful completion of the Africa Routes Conference that was held in Kampala last month, global airlines are now turning their guns to the World Routes Summit that is fast approaching.
It is being co-hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. It also marks the first time that a Routes event has taken place in the United States. According to Ms Victoria Jones, a PR executive with UBM Aviation Routes Limited, over 215 airlines have already confirmed their participation at World Routes Summit.Attendance is up 7% compared with last year's World Routes in Abu Dhabi which saw over 650 Airline delegates in attendance.
Last week alone according to Jones, registrations from two airlines that have not attended World Routes for a number of years, namely Royal Jordanian, Alliances, and Virgin Australia.
There is a very strong presence of North America based carriers signed up with the major full service carriers United, Delta, American and US Airways (ahead of the third quarter merger) signed up.
On the low cost front Southwest, JetBlue and Spirit will all be present in Las Vegas, along with Allegiant, Sun Country, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America whilst, from North of the border, Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing will also be represented at the event.
Victoria said from Latin America key operators including LATAM, Avianca, Aeromexico and COPA Airlines are also all confirmed.
A strong Chinese presence will be in Las Vegas with registrations received from the big four Chinese carriers; China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Air China and China Eastern, whilst ANA and JAL will be present from Japan.
Other major operators confirmed from the Asia Pacific market include Vietnam Airlines, China Airlines, Thai Airways Intl and Philippine Airlines. Further registrations have also been received from Qantas and Jetstar who will be present from Australia.
From Europe, Air France will bring a significant presence to the event as will the Lufthansa Group, with British Airways, KLM, Alitalia and SAS amongst the other major airlines signed up. Confirmed European low cost carrier presence comes from easyJet, Norwegian, Germanwings and Transavia whilst the Middle East contingent is led by Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Oman Air.
Paul Winfield, Airline Relations Director for Routes commented: "The almost 100% growth in airline delegates since World Routes in 2010 is testament to the Routes product and how it has evolved to meet the world's largest airlines' needs."
Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation, McCarran International Airport said: "McCarran International Airport is honoured to be co-hosting World Routes 2013, the first-ever World Route Development Forum to be held in the United States. Just a year ago we introduced Terminal 3, a $2.4 billion facility that showcases our position as the industry leader in common-use passenger processing and self-service technologies."