The first Canadian Routes Americas will take place in 2019 following a successful bid from Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, the company said.
Routes Americas brings together airports, airlines, tourism authorities and governments to plan future air services. It moves to a new city every year to highlight different markets to the aviation industry´s decision makers.
Founded in 1608 as part of the French colonial empire, Quebec is a port city with a unique blend of European and North American culture. Old Quebec is the only walled city in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – its 400-year-old stone buildings and winding streets are remarkably well preserved.
The Quebec City metropolitan area has undergone exceptional economic growth in the last 25 years, reaching a total GDP of CANUSD 34.6 billion in 2016. It is the only Canadian region to experience such sustained growth, thanks to a highly diversified economy and booming service sector.
Routes Americas 2019 will be held during the largest winter festival in the world, Carnaval de QuÃ©bec. An ice palace, ice sculptures, night parades and a canoe race are features of the celebration that has run every year since 1955. Winter in Quebec is also the time to see the HÃ´tel de Glace, North America´s only ice hotel which has been visited by over one million people since it opened in 2001.
AQi, the managing organisation of Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), will host Routes Americas 2019. A major CANUSD 277 million expansion programme is currently transforming the airport and AQi is seeking new route opportunities.
Routes Americas 2017 in Las Vegas was attended by 830 delegates from 100 airlines, 260 airports and 40 tourism authorities, and Quebec can expect a similar gathering in 2019.
Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. They revolve around pre-scheduled meetings, an exhibition and a conference. Three ´regional´ route development forums are held between February and April in the Americas, Asia and Europe, with the flagship World Routes event taking place in September.