Routes Europe Heads to Kraków in 2016

Successful 2015 event concludes in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Scotland, April 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Europe's leading route development forum will return to Poland next year when Routes Europe 2016 will take place in Kraków on 24-26 April, 2016.

Following a highly successful Routes Europe 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland, which was attended by 1,200 delegates from the aviation and tourism industries, today Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils officially handed over to Kraków Airport and its partners, the Małopolska Kraków Region and the City of Kraków.

Routes Europe brings together around 500 airports, airlines and tourism authorities as well as high-level policy-makers and aviation stakeholders to discuss where airlines will fly in the future. During the three-day event, thousands of pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings are held to develop new air services to, from and within Europe. All of Europe's major network and low-cost carriers as well as leading global airlines took part in 2015.  

Speaking at the official handover ceremony on the final day of Routes Europe 2015 in Aberdeen, Jan Pamuła, President of the Board, Kraków Airport said: "I am very pleased to be hosting next year's Routes Europe in Kraków. The co-organisation of Routes Europe will be a great challenge for us - the airport, the city and the region. As host, I can promise to you and UBM that we will do our best to make sure the forum is organised at the highest level. We will also give you an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of Kraków and Małopolska - a one-of-a-kind mix of culture and business."

"Kraków's attractions are world-famous, and everyone I spoke to at this year's event in Aberdeen is really looking forward to visiting this historic city," commented Katie Bland, Director Routes, UBM EMEA. "Kraków Airport has seen continuous growth with more and more routes to major cities across Europe. The airport is in the middle of a major investment programme to increase its capacity to 8 million passengers per year. Routes Europe 2016 will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the airport's new facilities and the city's attractions to over one hundred airlines from Europe and beyond."

It will be the second time that the event takes place in Poland. The first ever Routes Europe in Warsaw in 2006 welcomed almost 300 delegates. The 11th Routes Europe in Kraków in 2016 is expected to be attended by over 1,200 delegates from the region's leading airlines, airports, and tourism authorities. The event will help the host deliver on its objectives to improve international air connectivity and access for business and inbound tourism.

The Małopolska Region in Southern Poland has a population of 3.4 million and attracted nearly 10 million tourists in 2014. Kraków, the country's cultural capital and second largest city, offers over 1,000 cultural institutions including museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres and music venues. Krakow and the region of Małopolska are home to twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the city's charming old town and Wawel Castle, the historic seat of Polish kings.

Kraków Airport is situated just over 11km from the city centre and has a catchment area of 11 million inhabitants within a two hour drive. In 2014 the airport welcomed over 3.8 million passengers. During the 2015 summer schedule, Kraków Airport provides connections to 60 destinations such as Frankfurt, London, Paris and Rome, operated by 16 airlines. Thanks to a rapidly growing economy and a business-friendly climate, over 4,000 companies with foreign capital invested nearly USD 18 billion in recent years.

Kraków Airport has been taking part in Routes Europe since 2006. In both 2013 and 2014, the airport received commendations in its category at the Routes Europe Marketing Awards. 

Notes to Editors  

About Routes  

  • Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively.
  • Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester, UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. Routes and ASM are part of the UBM EMEA division of UBM plc.
  • UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.  Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.


About UBM plc  

  • UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company.  We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content.  Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
  • For more information, go to; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow @UBM for news from all UBM's businesses; follow @UBM for a flavour of UBM from selected members of UBM's Twitterati.


About Kraków Airport  

  • Kraków Airport is a leader among regional airports in Poland, constantly expanding its schedule and charter services. The airport is situated just 11 km from the city centre and has a catchment area of 11 million inhabitants within a two hour drive. In 2014 the airport welcomed over 3.8 million passengers and it was the best year in the history of the airport.
  • During the last 10 years, Kraków Airport passenger traffic has been increasing at the level of 18% per annum, giving perspective of reaching 7 million passengers in 2030.
  • During the 2015 summer schedule, Kraków Airport is offering 60 direct scheduled services operated by 16 airlines and 11 charter connections, including 4 new routes: Lyon (easyJet), London Heathrow (British Airways), Zurich (Swiss International Air Lines), Amsterdam (KLM).
  • The airport is currently undergoing the biggest construction project in its history with a target of doubling its annual capacity already in 2015. The investment includes: a new, spacious terminal that will be connected by a footbridge with a new train station located behind the multi-storey car park; internal road system; airside infrastructure and Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
  • Kraków Airport has been attending Routes Europe events since 2006, in the last two years the airport was awarded as highly commended in its category at the Routes Europe Marketing Awards.


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