Asia’s biggest aviation forum takes off Sunday in Cebu
Carlo S. Lorenciana (The Freeman) - March 8, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Over 800 delegates, including aviation bigwigs, are converging in Cebu this Sunday through next week for the 2019 Routes Asia, as the southern economic powerhouse looks to become a bustling aviation hub in Asia.


Asia's biggest route development forum is taking place at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino from March 10-12.

Cebu is hosting the 17th Routes Asia for the first time at a time of rapid growth in its aviation industry, following the opening of its modern passenger terminal last year.

Steve Dicdican, general manager at the state-run Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, said the airport's privatization has seen it a robust growth recently.

“The opening of the new international terminal follows a highly successful privatization, positioning the airport for rapid growth and making MCIA a model for other airports in the Philippines and throughout Asia as potential PPP (Public Private Partnership) opportunities are evaluated,” Dicdican said.

He said the airport further looks to develop more routes "that are responsive to tourism and economic growth of the province, region and country.”

The Routes Asia conference provides unique insight into some of the most crucial factors currently affecting aviation across the Asia-Pacific region.

The three-day event offers delegates further opportunities to hear from senior figures from the spheres of route development, airline network planning, airport and destination marketing, among others.

Across a series of panel debates, keynote addresses and a training session led by expert route development consultancy ASM, attendees can expect to expand their industry knowledge and gain exclusive insight, notably into the future plans of two of the region’s leading carriers during CEO keynote interviews.

These sessions will open the floor to Jaime J. Bautista, president and COO of Philippine Airlines, and Lance Y. Gokongwei, CEO of Cebu Pacific Air, who will share their traffic growth strategies, fleet order plans and international route expansion forecasts. — JMD

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