Routes Americas Boosted by Traffic Growth and US-Colombian Open Skies Agreement

Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013

Routes Americas 2013, which will take place in Cartagena, Colombia from 10-12 February, will see the strongest airline list ever assembled at the event. For the first time, the top 20 scheduled carriers in the Americas will all be in attendance.

Participation in the event is boosted by growing passenger numbers and air links across the region, triggered by strong economic growth and more open markets in a number of key countries. Most recently, an open skies agreement between the US and Colombia entered into force on 1 January 2013, which already encouraged several airlines to unveil plans to add services between the two countries this year.

David Stroud, Executive Vice President Routes, is looking forward to the event: “The Americas is a very dynamic region that is rapidly becoming more connected. We currently witness how growing economic ties between different parts of the region combined with more open markets lead to increasing passenger flows and new air services. This is one of the main reasons why we see the region’s top 20 carriers attending Routes Americas this year. Something exciting is happening in the Americas region, and everyone wants to be part of this growth story.”

Routes Americas, now in its 6th year, is the only annual event designed to facilitate meetings between senior airport executives and airline route decision makers as well as tourism authorities from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. This year’s event is hosted by Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa S.A, and its partners; Cartagena de Indias, Pro Export Colombia and The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Colombia.

“It is not a secret that Cartagena de Indias is thrilled with the opportunity to host Routes Americas 2013,” commented Ramón Pereira, Legal Representative for Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa S.A (SACSA). Pereiera went on to explain: “We believe it will provide us with a unique chance to engage with the most important airline industry leaders, tourism consultants and airports, at a time of exceptional change and enhanced opportunities in our city”.

Source: PATA

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