Fourteen airlines have already confirmed their participation at Connect Middle East, India & Africa, co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019. It is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1.
Senior network planning teams from Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia, Air Asia, EgyptAir, flyadeal, Ethiopian Airlines, Global Airways, Atlas Global, Germania, Mahan Air, Royal Air Maroc and Titan Airways will attend the inaugural route development forum.
Throughout 2018, GCC airlines have added 58 new flight routes – focusing on areas of consistent and substantial growth — according to research from Colliers International, based on a sample of 10 airlines including Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Salaam Air, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Saudia, flyadeal, Air Arabia and IndiGo Airlines.
“With up to 400 delegates, Connect Middle East, India & Africa 2019 will include unlimited one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, a conference programme, panel discussions and airline & industry briefings as well as an exhibition area dedicated to airports and suppliers.”
Looking at the UAE alone, almost 50% of new routes introduced in 2018 are to be destinations across Europe, with the second largest share of new flights connecting the UAE with Russia.
During the period 2018 to 2020, as many as 14.5 million EU residents are expected to travel to the UAE, while the number of Russian visitors to the UAE is expected to increase by 69% from 530,000 in 2017 to 895,700 in 2018.
Supporting this demand, Emirates have introduced new routes to London Stansted, Edinburgh, Lyon and Paris; Etihad to Barcelona; flydubai to Catania, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Helsinki; and Air Arabia to Prague, Moscow Sheremetyevo and Grozny.
Connect Middle East, India & Africa 2019 is expected to bring together airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators, as well as other travel-related industry professionals.