MANILA, 21 March 2018: Routes Asia route development forum was officially handed over to Cebu, Philippines – the host destination for 2019.
This year’s event closed yesterday in Brisbane, Australia.
Routes Asia brings together leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air services to, from and within the entire Asia-Pacific region.
The event in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 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 10,050,940 million passenger movements last year, 13.82% 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 and is expected to be completed by June 2018.
Cebu is located at the heart of central Philippines and its main economic drivers are tourism, trade and commerce. The province has experienced tremendous growth in the Information Technology, furniture, manufacturing, ship building and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries.
Tourism is the big draw for Cebu, with the resort island boasting white sand beaches, adventure and natural attractions combined with metro living and a rich history.
Routes brand director Steven Small 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.”
Philippine Department of Tourism head of route development, Erwin Balane 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.”
Routes Asia 2019, 10-12 March, Cebu, Philippines.