World Routes confirms speakers

GUANGZHOU, 26 July 2018: World Routes confirmed China Southern Airlines CEO and president, Tan Wangeng, will present a CEO Keynote Address at World Routes 2018 in Guangzhou.

At the conference’s opening session, he is expected to discuss the removal of China’s ‘one airline, one route policy’ among other things.

The 24th World Route Development Forum will be held in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 15 to 18 September.

Tan Wangeng has been president of China Southern Airlines since 2009 and vice Chairman since 2013 and for more than a decade he has been active promoting China Southern Airlines on a global scale.

China Southern Airlines is the official carrier for the event as well as the biggest airline in seat capacity in Asia and the world’s sixth largest airline measured by passengers carried.

The airline’s main hubs are Guangzhou Baiyun Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport and as a member of SkyTeam operates more than 2,000 flights to 208 destinations daily.

World Routes 2018 confirmed other speakers for the conference component of the event. They include Alan McIntyre, executive manager networks of Jetstar Group; Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism for Jamaica; Marc Cavalier, CCO of Fiji Airways; Jay Lingeswara, deputy director of Vietjet Air; and Roy Graff, managing director for Dragon Trail Interactive.

Keynote topics will include how to maximise route opportunities in China, opening up global skies, and a deep dive into the long-haul low-cost business model.

Earlier this month, World Routes opened appointment scheduling for the event too, which allows airports and tourist boards to request face-to-face meetings with airlines by going to the website.

Meetings are allocated on a first come, first served basis and can now be booked via the World Routes website.

The World Route Development Forum is set to take place from 15-18 September 2018 and will attract over 3,000 in 300 Airlines, 700 airports, 130 tourism authorities and representatives of tourism boards in 130 countries.

World Routes 2018 serves as a network and planning event for airlines, airports, tourism officials and suppliers over three days.