2019 JumpStart Air Service Development Conference: an overview

Southwest Airlines Nashville

Southwest Airlines and Nashville celebrate the launch of services between the airport and Cancun. Nashville has seen significant international expansion in recent years, notably with the launch of BA’s direct service from London Heathrow.

  • This year’s JumpStart Air Service Development Conference is set to be one to remember with 28 airlines and over 150 airports confirmed to attend. The event is held between 3rd and 5th June in the US’ “Music City” of Nashville, Tennessee and one which is bringing an ever-larger beat to the country’s aviation market, as anna.aero discusses in this week’s airport profile. Airlines and airports will arrange to take part in 20-minute, one-to-one speed-dating sessions with the potential of a new route or even airline base on the cards. According to ACI, representatives from 31 airlines held over 1,300 of these meetings at last year’s conference.

New for 2019 is the ACI North America Small Airports Committee meeting, held the day before the main conference, which aims to discuss regulatory and operational issues specific to smaller, non-hub airports. Technology is also expected to play a large part in fostering the success of this year’s conference, with a mobile application providing participants with their real-time meeting schedule at a glance, as well as the ability to communicate with other attendees.


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