Bahrain to host Routes World 2024

More than 2,500 decision makers from the world’s airlines, airports, and tourism authorities are expected to attend Routes World 2024 in Bahrain, it has emerged.

Believed to be one of the world’s largest and most important aviation conferences, the 29th edition of the annual global route development forum will be coming to the kingdom after the event organiser, Manchester based Informa Group, signed an agreement with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) yesterday during BIAS 2022.

In attendance were Industry and Commerce Minister and Gulf Air Group chairman Zayed Al Zayani, Gulf Air chief executive Captain Waleed Al Alawi and Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority chief executive Dr Nasser Qaedi.

Routes World will deliver a platform for decision makers to develop strategies that will define the future of the world’s air services.

The event has had a tangible impact on global connectivity, with more than half of the world’s new air services connected to meetings at the event.

Speaking at a Press conference after the signing, Steven Small, director of Routes, said: “Hosting Routes World 2024 will support Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 of becoming a globally competitive and sustainable economic centre. Increased air connectivity delivers substantial economic benefits to a destination – driving trade, tourism, investment, labour supply and market efficiency.”

Noting the recently completed Bahrain International Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP), he added that he was “excited to bring together the global route development community in Bahrain – one of the most efficient and cost-effective logistic gateways in the region and a destination set to further diversify its tourism offerings.”

Also addressing the Press conference, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) chief executive Mohamed Al Binfalah said the event will be “the perfect platform to showcase Bahrain and why BIA” was recently named the World’s Best New Airport and demonstrate “the advanced capabilities of our new passenger terminal.”

“It will also support our goal of attracting more than 14 million visitors each year by defining new global routes and air services. With its advanced infrastructure, facilities, and services, BIA is capable of efficiently meeting Bahrain’s present and future needs, cementing its reputation as one of the key airports in the region,” he added.

Last year, the government announced $30 billion worth of investments in strategic projects, including infrastructure and tourism initiatives, to catalyse growth and reinforce Bahrain as an international tourism hub.

With the launch of the new passenger terminal building, which was named the World’s Best New Airport at the Skytrax 2022 World Airport Awards, the kingdom’s transportation and aviation sector has taken a massive leap forward, bringing it closer to its economic diversification and sustainability goals.

The destination has seen strong growth in the financial services, technology innovation, manufacturing and logistics sectors in recent years.

Combined with its strategic location, business-friendly environment, world-class digital infrastructure, pro-innovation regulatory structure, and talented workforce, Bahrain is the ideal location for the 28th global route development forum.

The Routes World conference will deliver quantifiable long-term economic benefits for Bahrain, from growth at the city’s airport to increased tourism activity, that cannot be achieved through a traditional conference alone, organisers have said.




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