The Route Development Group (RDG) today announced that The 17th World Route Development Forum (Routes) will be held in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. Routes is the world renowned annual airline and airport networking event. Routes facilitates and encourages the role of airports in the development of air services through organizing global and region specific airline/airport networking forums. Routes is not a conference, but the annual gathering of the route development industry offering formal and informal networking opportunities.
Mike Howarth, Chairman of Routes, on the appointment of the future host: “Berlin presented a powerful and exciting case for Routes to be held in the capital – the event’s first time in Germany. Not only is Berlin an amazing destination and Europe’s most buzzing city, but Routes would effectively mark the opening of one of the world’s most important airport construction projects.”
The stage is already being set: In the coming years Schönefeld Airport will be expanded to become the new Capital Airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI). As of 2011 the entire air traffic for the Berlin-Brandenburg region will be concentrated at the airport in the southeast of the city. The inner-city airports Tegel and Tempelhof will be closed as a result.
“We are very proud to bring Routes to Berlin,” commented Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports. “It is the most significant aviation networking event and provides us with an ideal platform to present our brand-new airport BBI to the international air transport industry.”
Berlin Airports is showing record growth. In 2007, over 20 million passengers flew to and from Berlin. The city ranks third nationwide in terms of passenger volume and is the largest low-cost location in Continental Europe. Never before has Berlin been so well connected to the rest of the world. In 2007, a total of 84 airlines landed at the three Berlin airports.
The announcement comes on the last day of The 14th World Route Development Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which attracted more than 2,000 delegates from the international air transport industry.