The Routes Asia route development forum has been officially handed over to Cebu, Philippines – the host destination for 2019.
Routes Asia is a forum which brings together leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air services to, from and within the entire Asia Pacific region. The latest edition, which just terminated in Brisbane, attracted 950 delegates, including 96 airlines, 146 airports and 23 destinations.
This will be the second time that Philippine Department of Tourism brings Routes Asia to the Philippines after successfully hosting the 2016 event in Manila. Hosting will strengthen Cebu’s connectivity and positioning as a gateway to the rest of the Philippines as well as a major transfer hub to other countries.
In 2017, six new airlines were added to Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s route map: Air Juan, Juneyao Air, OK Air, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines, and Pan Pacific Airlines, which included six new direct flights to China namely Beijing, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Kunming, Shanghai, and Xian.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport recorded a total of 10,050,940 million passengers last year, 13.82 percent higher than 2016. To accommodate increased demand and further penetration into the Chinese market, the new terminal (T2) building will enhance Mactan-Cebu International Airport capacity to 12.5 million per annum. The expansion is expected to be completed by June 2018.
Steven Small, brand director of Routes said “We are very much looking forward to returning to the Philippines in 2019 and working with the dynamic team at the Philippine Department of Tourism.”
“Routes Asia 2016 resulted in a remarkable increase in international passenger bi-directional traffic from major tourist source markets to the Philippines, with new routes opened in Manila, Cebu, and Davao both by foreign and local carriers. Hosting the 2019 event will fuel further international market growth.”
Erwin Balane, Head of Route Development, Philippine Department of Tourism said “We are quite delighted that once again that Routes has chosen the Philippines, particularly Cebu, as the next host of the biggest aviation event in the region, Routes Asia. Hosting this event in 2016 brought an unparalleled opportunity for the Philippines to promote our international gateways not only to airline executives, but to the entire aviation community in Asia.
“Hosting the 2019 event in Cebu will be a great opportunity for us to not only showcase the amazing and beautiful tourist destinations of the island but also the new terminal of Mactan Cebu International Airport, dubbed as the only “resort airport in Asia”, where air passengers can experience the island resort environment while entering and exiting the terminal.