World Routes heads for Barcelona

LONDON, 4 September 2017: World Routes, a major global gathering of airlines, airports and tourism destinations, says the world top 10 airlines will attend its global event World Routes 2017 to be hosted in Barcelona, Spain later this month.

World Routes identities the top 10 airlines by passengers carried in a single year.

The annual event presents a platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop and plan network strategy.

There are now 261 airlines already confirmed for the 2017 event in Barcelona, represented by 554 delegates.

Scheduled 23 to 27 September, Routes brand director, Steven Small, issued a statement last week, clarifying that World Routes 2017 would continue as planned and to assure delegates that safety was the organiser’s top priority.

“World Routes 2017 will continue as planned and also we assure you that safety is our highest priority for the event.

“We are working with our partners in Catalonia to ensure that the event’s security is robust and to the highest standards. You can expect to see extra measures in place, including an increased precautionary security presence.”

Routes is expecting a record turnout as many of the largest airlines have also increased the size of their delegations, fielding more senior executives such as CEOs, directors, VPs and SVPs.

In total 27 of the world’s 30 largest airlines will attend the Barcelona event.

World’s largest airlines by passengers:

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines


China Southern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines


Turkish Airlines


World’s largest airline groups by RPK:

American Airlines Group

Delta Airlines

United Continental Holdings

Emirates Airline


Air France-KLM

Lufthansa Group

China Southern Air

Southwest Airlines

Air China Group

(Source: Routes)