A new route development aviation event – Airline Total Networking 2018 – went down a storm at the 32nd floor located CCT Venues in Canary Wharf this week with more than 40 airlines and 40 airports from around the globe attending.
The inaugural networking event in London took place from 10-12 April saw more than 150 senior delegates striking deals, networking, discussing network development and talking business.
Airline 2018 differed from other events as airports had the tables and carrier representatives moved between them meeting their fellow decision-makers. Over 500 route networking meetings took place over the two days.
The organiser was Global Travel Investments and delegates included on the airline side – AeroMexico, Air Asia, British Airways, Eurowings, Garuda Indonesia, Wow Air, Westjet, Delta Air Lines and others.
On the airport side delegates attending ranged from all corners of the globe including Calgary Airport Authority, Denver International Airport, Halifax International Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Vinci Airports, and Vienna Airport.
Airline 2018 also featured evening drinks receptions on 10 and 11 April, giving delegates even more opportunities to network. There was also a seated lunch on 11 April in the Skyline Restaurant before the event finished with farewell drinks and canapes.
Event director, Sallyanne Collins was pleased with how the first Airline event went and said she had received positive feedback from delegates, adding it was all about taking an airline-airport route networking event “back to its roots”.
Airline looks set to be a firm fixture in the calendar and is being earmarked to take place again in 2019.
Sponsors included Washington Dulles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport, Las Vegas Conventions Visitors Authority and Manas International Airport.