Early registrations from airlines shows great interest for next year’s CONNECT Route Development Forum

Event CONNECT Route Development Forum
Organiser The Airport Agency France
Event Date 05.06.2019
Press Release Date 19.07.2018

Airlines are confirming their attendance for the 16th CONNECT Route Development Forum in Cagliari, Sardinia in Italy from 5th – 7th June 2019. Over 600 senior network managers and aviation professionals from the industry will be meeting in the glorious Bastione de Saint Remy to discuss their future route development plans.

Early registrations from airlines shows heightened interest for what is already an established and successful forum. CONNECT is growing and attracting new territories each year, marking itself as a crucial event in the aviation calendar for generating new business. 2019 will take place on one ground level in a historical city centre venue for easy access to all elements of the event.

“Each year more airlines are turning to CONNECT for a unique networking event. The event delivers maximum results due to the relevant attendees and meeting system, with minimum pressure” says Karin Butot, CEO of the Airport Agency, CONNECT creator and organizer. “CONNECT is recognised in the industry as a key forum for route development, and this is continuing to show through our annual growth”.

Hosted by Cagliari Airport and Sardinia Tourism, CONNECT will showcase Cagliari and Sardinia as year-long holiday destinations by showing its best elements through excursions and evening receptions. “Hosting the 2019 edition of CONNECT is a great honour for us”, confirms Alberto Scanu, CEO of Cagliari Airport. “The CONNECT event will put us in a unique international spotlight to create countless opportunities for the enhancement of Sardinia as a tourist destination. We are very excited about the registration of these first airlines and are very much looking forward to the next announcements.”

CAG currently handles 50% of the total regional air traffic. Last year, the airport recorded the highest international traffic growth among all Italian airports with an increase of 38%. The strategy development of the airport aims to continue its expansion with a well-balanced portfolio of airlines and destinations, currently constituted by over 40 carriers and 78 destinations of which 55 are international.

Airlines already confirmed include: Titan Airways, TUI, Atlas Global, Atlas Air, Air France, LOT Polish, Ernest, Air Malta, Germania, Air Baltic, Iberia Express, Aer Lingus, Laudamotion, Air Corsica, ASL Ireland, Swiss International Air Lines, Vueling, La Compagnie, Stobart Air, Voyage Air, BMI Regional, Blue Panorama and Air Italy…


From 5th – 7th June, CONNECT will be the focus for air service development, welcoming delegates for a total networking experience:

  • Unlimited face to face meetings, managed in the Delegate Account by delegates themselves prior to the event
  • The CONNECT conference programme, with industry and airline briefings as well as insightful panel discussions
  • The social networking programme including evening functions, coffee breaks, morning activities and excursions

Taking place over 3 days, the CONNECT conference programme will bring together key figures from the industry to discuss and debate current and future aviation issues in a series of head-to-head interviews, keynote speeches and round table discussions. Route development and industry seminars provide key industry analysis and updates, and select airlines are also invited to give exclusive briefings, to give a full insight into company policy and learn how to adapt to current demand.

All face to face meetings at CONNECT are at no extra cost and are available to all attending delegates. Companies have complete flexibility over their event diary, with extended airline and airport networking lounges and the CONNECT support team available before, during and after the event.

For more information about CONNECT visit: www.connect-aviation.com


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