Edinburgh Airport to launch new, high-profile routes following world forum

Airport taskforce returns from the world’s largest aviation conference with plans to add to its existing portfolio of airlines, routes and destinations 

A team from Edinburgh Airport tasked with attracting new airlines and selling Scotland to the world has made its return journey after attending the 22nd World Route Development Forum in China.
It joined airlines and airports from across the world at ‘World Routes’ (as the event is affectionately known) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province between 24 and 27 September to discuss new route opportunities.

Three thousand delegates from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities took part in 13,000 pre-arranged short meetings to discuss, develop and plan route strategy.
World Routes works with 20-minute meeting slots between airports and airlines in a speed-dating style scenario, which enabled the five-strong team representing Edinburgh Airport to meet up with some of the world’s leading airlines in China.
It’s the world’s number one aviation conference, giving unlimited business and networking opportunities, as well as being the focal event for senior decision makers in the route development global community.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “World Routes is a massive event in the calendar for airports with global ambitions like we do – so it is tremendous for Edinburgh Airport to be in China.
“This year our team of five includes the biggest executive representation we have ever taken to Routes, and this makes clear the scale of our commitment to delivering international growth at Edinburgh.
“The strong partnership between Edinburgh Airport and the airlines that fly here has been crucial in opening up new routes and opportunities between Scotland and the rest of the world and we are keen to add to our existing portfolio of international airlines, routes and destinations.
“We are aiming to bring some new high profile routes to Edinburgh Airport, not only for people and businesses in Scotland who will gain from greater direct international connectivity but also for inbound tourism which will deliver jobs, benefiting Scotland’s economy at large.”
World Routes 2017 will take place between 23 & 26 September in Barcelona.
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