Over 200 Route Development Professionals expected to attend 3rd Routes CIS Event

Дата публикации: четверг, 30 мая 2013

Routes CIS is the only route development forum for the entire CIS region and the 2013 event, which will take place on 21-23 July, will be hosted by Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport.  Taking place at the Shaktar Plaza Hotel, the largest hotel in Donetsk, the event is expected to attract around 250 air service decision makers from across the CIS region.

Routes CIS offers the region’s airlines and airports, as well as those from outside the region with an interest in increasing air connections to the CIS countries, the perfect platform to do business and improve air transport networks.  Early registrations have already been received from, amongst others; CSA Czech Airlines, Wizz Air, China Southern, JSC Rusline, UTAir, easyJet, Etihad Airways, Air Baltic and Ukraine International Airlines.

The Routes CIS Strategy Summit, which is open to all attending delegates, will take place on Monday 22nd July.  Kirill Osypov Director General of Donetsk International Airport will open the Summit followed by a keynote address from Mr Valentin Zgurskiy, Head of Aviation Transport Department, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukraine.  A panel of leading industry experts will then take part in moderator led discussions addressing aviation and route development issues across the region including:

Turbulence in the CIS Airline Industry

Regional Airport Development in CIS

Attracting the Outbound CIS Market

Cooperating with Low Cost Carriers

“We are looking forward to bringing the region’s route development community to Donetsk so they can experience the thriving and diverse region of Donbass.  Routes CIS will be the perfect opportunity for Donetsk to showcase the new airport terminal and the first class facilities it provides,” says David Stroud, Executive Vice President, Routes, continuing:  “We also expect the 2013 event to grow in line with the CIS Market growth and to welcome more delegates than ever to Routes CIS in 2013.”

With a population of over one million inhabitants, Donetsk is one of the largest cities in the Ukraine and is the administrative centre for the region which has a population of over four million people which makes up 10% of the overall population of the country.  The Donetsk region is also the country’s largest industrial centre incorporating metal, coal and chemical industries as well as heavy machinery.

Donetsk was also one of the host cities for the European Football Championship 2012 and in accordance with the plan for Euro 2012 a new airport terminal and runway was constructed in 2011.  This new runway is able to land all kinds of aircraft without exception and the terminal has a capacity of 3,100 passengers per hour.  The airport is now able to serve up to five million passengers per year, making it the second busiest airport in the Ukraine.  Located seven kilometres away from the city centre, Donetsk Airport has a catchment area of 6.5 million potential passengers and flies to 29 international and domestic destinations.