The world’s biggest route development conference got off to a flying start in Guangzhou on Sunday (16 September) before being halted due to Typhoon Mangkhut.
However; it was business as usual for the following two days with nearly 30 new routes being announced by the hosts, Guangdong Airport Authority (GAA) and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
At the 24th World Route Development Forum from 15-18 September, GAA general manager, Wen Wenxing, announced new routes due to fly from Guangzhou in partnership with China Southern to destinations including Rome, Madrid, Milan, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Calcutta, Islamabad, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Tel Aviv, Tehran and more.
Wenxing also announced new routes in cooperation with Hainan Airlines, Siberia Airlines, JC Internationals Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines to destinations including Manchester, Siem Reap, San Diego and Oslo among others. The routes are due to launch between 2018 and 2020.
Wenxing also used the opening ceremony of the event as an opportunity to publicly sign a strategic cooperative memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GAA, Air China and China Eastern Airlines.
Meanwhile on the show floor, Mr. Miroshnikov, the CEO of Ukraine International Airlines signed a MOU with Yang Xiaobin, the President of Sanya Phoenix International Airport.
New route announcements included:
China Southern from Guangzhou to Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Milan, Vienna, Saint Petersburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mumbai, Calcutta, Islamabad, Lahore, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Tel Aviv, Tehran
Hainan Airlines from Guangzhou to Manchester, Siberia Airlines from Guangzhou to Il Cusick and JC International Airlines from Guangzhou to Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and Phnon Penh.
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo services from Guangzhou to Addis Ababa – St Paul – San Diego and Addis Ababa – Liege – Oslo.