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Routes breaks all records

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, September 19 - 2006 @ 17:38

With last minute registrations from airlines, among them Indian Airlines, Kingfisher, Olympic Airlines, Royal Brunei, Aerovista, Syrian Air and Iraqi Airways, Routes welcomed over 300 airlines and some 650 airport delegates.

Asia and the Middle East was especially well represented, while Routes in Dubai also brought colourful participation from several tourist authorities. Over 40 low cost carriers were represented.

Over 100 media representatives, including broadcast media from the UAE, Malaysia, Croatia, the US and the UK, took total delegate numbers to over 2,000, a record for the world’s leading airline/airport networking event.

Routes organisers also reported that a high number of exhibitors have already signed up for next year’s event which will take place in Stockholm during 23-25 September, 2007. Once again, hosted networking stands are being
snapped up.

Last night, delegates donned traditional Arab dress and were treated by hosts DCA to a dazzling gala evening extravaganza (featuring dancers and a stunning water, lights and fireworks display) at a brand new desert resort at Al Sahra. It was also the venue for the OAG Airport Marketing Awards

The award for airports handling up to five million passengers a year went to London City Airport, while the five to 10 million passengers a year category went to Nice Cote d”Azur Airport. The 10-25 million passengers award was scooped by Athens International, while for the first time, two airports, Amsterdam and Munich International, shared the 25 million-plus passengers a year category.

Airports that were highly commended in each category included Aruba International, Frankfurt Hahn, Orlando Sanford and Riga International; Bahrain International, Bristol International, Geneva International and Stuttgart Airport. Highly commended in the 25-million plus category included Dallas Fort Worth, Singapore Changi and Hong Kong International.

The ORBIS Al Ueltschi Award for Corporate Social Responsibility was also presented last night. It went to Cathay Pacific, in recognition of its most outstanding and innovative commitment to support charities. The ORBIS Flying Eye hospital, a specially adapted DC-10, providing laser treatment and an operating theatre where doctors in the developing world receive hands on surgical training from volunteer surgeons, was in Dubai, coinciding with Routes.

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