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Top names line up for World Route Development Forum

The World Route Development Forum starts this Saturday in Abu Dhabi and the event could be the perfect forum to discuss some of the key challenges and opportunities the aviation industry currently faces.

The latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) analysis doesn’t make enjoyable reading for most aviation professionals with the pace of air travel expansion slowing – largely as a result of tough economic conditions.

IATA says that recent falls in business confidence suggest that growth is likely to slow further in the next few months – and airlines are responding by slowing their expansion of capacity.

However, IATA also points to some more positive regional variations – for instance the increasingly important Chinese domestic market which recorded 9.0% growth in July compared to a year ago.

According to the organisers of the World Route Development Forum, 23 of the world’s top 25 carriers by ASK (Available Seat Kilometre) are already registered to attend the show with strong presence from all geographical regions.

Airports from around the world will also be looking to generate new business from the show (the A-Z of airports reads from Aahus to Zhaotong).

Chapman Freeborn will also be showcasing its air charter and aircraft leasing expertise at the show together with Wings 24 (a flight operations subsidiary providing round-the-clock flight support, aircraft fuel, overflight permits, diplomatic permits etc)

Also in attendance will be Air Dispatch International profiling its outsourced airline support and state-of-the-art centralised load control (CLC) centres located in Prague and Warsaw.

If you’re heading to the Routes event you can visit the Chapman Freeborn, Wings 24 and Air Dispatch International teams at stand S01.

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