Expected attendance up 7% for World Routes

UK-based airline and airport networking event organizer Routes said that more than 215 airlines have confirmed their participation at its World Routes event in Las Vegas with attendance 7% up year on year compared with last year´s World Routes in Abu Dhabi which saw over 650 airline delegates in attendance.

According to Routes, the last week has seen registrations from two airlines that have not attended World Routes for a number of years, namely Royal Jordanian, led by director Fleet, Network Planning and Alliances, Basma Majali, and Virgin Australia whose GM Network Planning Hope Antzoulatos will lead their planning team in Las Vegas.

There is a very strong presence of North America based carriers signed up with the major full service carriers United (NYSE: UAL), Delta (NYSE: DAL), American (OTC: AAMRQ) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) signed up.

On the low cost front Southwest (NYSE: LUV), JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Spirit (NASDAQ: SAVE) will all be present in Las Vegas, along with Allegiant, Sun Country, Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) and Virgin America whilst, from North of the border, Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing will also be represented at the event.

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, Routes said.

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.

The 19th World Route Development Forum, which will take place on 5-8 October 2013, is co-hosted by Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and this year marks the first time that a Routes event has taken place in the US.

Find out more at www.routesonline.com.