Bullish US Airways sends Council to counsel 2nd Joint ACI EUROPE / anna.aero Network Planner’s Marketplace

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If you want a future chance of a US Airways transatlantic service come and listen to Council’s counsel.

Despite last week’s transatlantic route cutbacks, US Airways has signified that it has not lost its appetite for long haul expansion with this week’s decision to send Brian Council, manager international route planning, to Barcelona later this month to deliver a key briefing to the European airports community:

  • What are the new-style and non-traditional North Atlantic routes?
  • To what extent has the slow start to US-Europe OpenSkies centred on economic factors?
  • Will there really be demand for a plethora of creative, new, non-traditional city pairs across the Atlantic as the architects of the new regime had desired?

Council, renowned as a marathon runner, signalled that he really is in the business ‘for the long haul’ by also agreeing to be interviewed on stage HARDtalk-style by anna.aero’s Ralph Anker in a line-up which includes Vueling CEO, Alex Cruz, airBaltic’s SVP strategic network & fleet planning, Richard Roberts, transavia.com’s manager business development, Arian van der Werff, and Ken O’Toole, Ryanair’s director of new route development – the world’s most prolific launcher of new routes in 2009.

Bedsides hearing from these major players, the other two key elements of the Network Planner’s Marketplace include:

  •  “BASEJUMPING” – anna.aero’s unique project in which the opportunities for developing new routes from the bases of the principal participating low cost carriers will be openly discussed live on stage.
  • “Airport Exchange at Airport Exchange” – a dedicated afternoon for airports to meet other airports one-2-one to talk about jointly developing new route propositions. MustMeet networking, an easy to use system that lets you search for other delegates, is now available to facilitate these meetings and can be accessed by registered delegates using this button.

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“It’s November and it’s raining – air service development executives can sit in their offices or they can get a cheap flight to Barcelona and perhaps do that one thing that can really make the difference in that fierce competition to win a new route,” says anna.aero publisher Paul J. Hogan. “I am really impressed how this event has come together with a great cross section of airports, airlines and suppliers.” As of today, over 750 were registered to attend the Airport Exchange convention comprising seven conferences centred on a major trade exhibition.

Register for the conference at:

http://www.airport-exchange.com/conferences/network-planning/

When billi, Bordeaux’s purpose-built low cost terminal, opens in May 2010, Jean-Luc Poiroux, Commercial Development Director, would like a route to Istanbul. Airport Exchange at Airport Exchange gives Poiroux the chance to have scheduled meetings with other senior commercial airport bosses and devise joint route propositions…with people like Carmine Bassetti, Head of Airports, GMR International, who is likewise keen to see more carriers take advantage of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen’s brand new second terminal…

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