anna.aero-RABA Heathrow HubLAB Conference – less than a week left to register
The UK Parliament will now likely vote to approve Heathrow Expansion in the next three weeks. Meanwhile there’s still time to register for the anna.aero-Heathrow HubLAB Conference which is being staged in joint venture with the Regional And Business Airports Group (RABA) on 12 June at the Heathrow-hosted British-Irish Airports EXPO at London Olympia 12-13 June 2018 (154 exhibitors, 3,000 visitors).
RABA (40 airports) Annual Conference
The Regional And Business Airports Group represents 40 smaller UK airports under three million passengers; and the Heathrow Connectivity Conference also comprises RABA’s Annual Conference. A key benefit of Heathrow Expansion, including a third runway, is to make extra capacity available for new routes to underserved markets – especially airports like RABA’s.
Reconnecting domestic destinations
So, unsurprisingly, RABA’s members are strongly in favour of Heathrow Expansion and the London airport’s efforts to reconnect to the UK regions. In a recent analysis, anna.aero uncovered 14 additional domestic links that could be served from Heathrow when extra capacity becomes available. 10 of these airports are RABA members, and eight had historical links to the UK’s biggest hub. Outside of the RABA group, a number of international airports will also be attending the Heathrow HubLAB conference.
80 airline attendees
A broad range of airlines are also interested in plans for Heathrow Expansion and the opportunities it will provide for new routes. The star presentation will be made by Robert Carey, Group Director, Strategy & Network for easyJet, who will discuss the potential for the LCC to operate from an expanded Heathrow. Flybe and Aurigny will also make their case for new Heathrow links. Other notable airlines that are due to attend the conference include American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, Ethiopian Airlines, Jet Airways, Loganair, SAS, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Heathrow Expansion: 25 routes in Europe identified
The wide range of airports and airlines planning to attend Heathrow HubLAB indicates the international interest in Heathrow Expansion. In a series of recent features, anna.aero has indicated how the current capacity situation could be restricting the number of destinations on offer from Heathrow, while highlighting the potential for new international links from Europe’s largest hub when extra capacity becomes available.
The top 25 airports in Europe without a Heathrow service were identified. A number of these airports, including Ankara, Bordeaux, Eindhoven, Milan Bergamo and Riga made their cases for why they should be linked to the UK’s largest airport.
New Heathrow routes: 15 Asian, 61 African, 41 Latin American
We also uncovered 15 unserved airports in Asia that could be prime candidates for Heathrow services when extra capacity becomes available. These included seven destinations in China and two in Japan.
An analysis of African links revealed that there are 27 countries and 61 destinations in that market with flights to other major European hubs, but no direct Heathrow services. Within days of anna.aero revealing Marrakech as one of the unserved African routes with the most potential, British Airways announced its intention to launch flights to the Moroccan airport from this October.
Meanwhile, our review of Latin American connections identified 25 countries and 41 destinations throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean with services to major European hubs, but no direct flights to Heathrow. This included a number of airports serving the region’s capitals including the likes of Havana, Lima and Panama City.
Want your airport to take part?
HubLAB is an “open source” business event – a chance for RABA and other airports to present their new route propositions as Heathrow works to expand it slot pool – even ahead of expansion.
Did we say you can attend for free? We also welcome proposals for further airport and airline presentations. Register and find out more here.