“Dubai was top of the list as a fast expanding global aviation hub,” Route Development Group Chairman Michael Woodward said yesterday at the pre-event press conference.
“It is an exciting and hospitable region for our record 2,000 delegates registered this week.” He thanked the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai International Airport for its enthusiasm and support of Routes.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saleed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group said he was delighted to host such a prestigious international aviation networking event, welcoming international and regional
journalists at the Jumeirah Madinet Hotel yesterday evening.
He took the opportunity to confirm that Dubai is investing Dh 300 billion to “change the face of civil aviation across the globe. The best is yet to be.”
Some of the aviation infrastructure projects are already underway at Dubai International Airport and the second phase, due for completion at the end of 2007, will enable the airport to increase its passenger numbers for 22 million to 70
million a year.
“We hope that many of the airlines attending Routes will be potential new customers in Dubai,” said Mike Howarth, Chairman of Routes. He highlighted that Routes is a truly global event this year, attended by high level delegations from the likes of the USA, India, Russia, Malaysia, Scandinavia and Australia.
In 2007 Routes will be staged in Stockholm, with sponsor Stockholm Arlanda Airport and in 2008 it moves to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, hosts of a splendid welcome reception last night.
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