In just over two weeks time, the largest Routes Africa event to date will open in Victoria, the stunning capital of the Seychelles, with a record number of airlines in attendance.
With scheduling now entering its final phase, the Routes organizers are saying that it is important to make sure that everyone has requested their meetings.
The most recent airline to register for the route development forum for the entire Africa region is United Airlines from the USA, who will make their inaugural appearance at the event. Their attendance also marks the first time that a North American carrier has attended Routes Africa. Other recent registrations came in the form of Kenya Airways and Comair, along with other first-time attendees ECair, Nasair & Mango. The complete and up-to-date list of attending airlines are as follows:
Air Charter International
Air Seychelles Ltd.
Arik Air Ltd.
Astral Aviation Ltd.
Bulgarian Air Charter Ltd.
Malaysia Airlines Cargo (MASkargo)
South African Airways
Routes Africa 2012 will also see a number of airports in attendance for the first time, including Bangalore International Airport, Sharjah Airport Authority, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, and Djibouti International Airport, who will attend their first-ever Routes event. Most recent registrations came from The National Airports Corporation, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, and another first-time attendee at Routes Africa, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, who has also taken sponsorship of the event registration.
The event will also see a strong participation from the region's tourism authorities with over 20 now registered to attend. Tourism authorities represented in the Seychelles will include: Madagascar National Tourism Office, Malawi Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Culture, Botswana Ministry of Environment, Wildlife & Tourism and most recently South African Tourism, and Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
Airports attending Routes Africa in Seychelles are:
Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Aeroportos De Mozambique
Aeroports du Mali
Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd.
Bamako Senou International Airport
Bangalore International Airport
Cairo International Airport
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe
Civil Aviation Authority,Uganda
Copenhagen Airports A/S
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Entebbe International Airport
Gambia Civil Aviation Authority
Ghana Airports Company Limited
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Julius Nyerere International Airport
Kenya Airports Authority
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kotoka International Airport
Libreville International Airport
Maputo International Airport
Mombasa International Airport
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Sharjah International Airport
Tanzania Airports Authority
Vienna International Airport
And Destinations Authorities already confirmed are as follows:
Mauritius Ministry of Tourism and Leisure
Mozambique Ministry of Tourism
Seychelles Tourism Board
South African Tourism
Tenerife Tourism Corporation
Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
The following Suppliers that have also registered separately:
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority
TCR International NV
The Reporter (Ethiopia)
The STAT Trade Times
Trepel Airport Equipment
Speaking to the press as the update for Routes Africa was being released, David Stroud, the Executive Vice President, Airports for UBM Aviation Routes, said:
âPreparation for Routes Africa is going extremely well. We currently have over 180 delegates registered, with more airlines and airports represented than at any previous Routes Africa event. A number of highly-respected keynote speakers are confirmed to speak at the Strategy Forum on the afternoon of Sunday, July 8, including Minister Marthinuis Van Schakuyk (Minister of Tourism Republic of South Africa), Mr. Cramer Ball (CEO Air Seychelles), and Mr. Gebremaraim Tewolde (CEO Ethiopian Airlines), which will provide an impactful opening to the event. We are very much looking forward to what promises to be the biggest Routes Africa event in history!â
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture, has said that the Routes Africa taking place in Seychelles will be a great networking opportunity for North, South, and East, West cooperation in the field of tourism and aviation. It will also open new opportunities for Africa to know more about Africa airlines and its tourism industry.
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Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism & Culture