Flight's sister publication Airline Business magazine announced the expansion of its Network route planning event to include a new annual meeting in Latin America.

The inaugural Network Latin America route planning event will take place on 2 to 4 December in Monterrey, Mexico.

Airline Business has been organising Network since 2001 and it has grown to become the leading route planning event in North America. At this year’s event, which is taking place from 4 to 6 March in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, Airline Business announced Mexican airport group Grupo Aéroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) has agreed to host the inaugural Network Latin American event.

“Network Latin America will be the route planning event for Latin America, bringing airlines and airports interested in flying to/from and within Latin America together,” said Airline Business editor Mark Pilling.

“Our discussions with airlines and airports over the past year have highlighted the interest in the dynamic Latin airport transport market, the need to foster an effective airline-airport marketing relationship in the region, and critically, the need for this to take place locally.”

The Network event being held this week will continue to be held annually and with a focus on route development within, to and from North America. This year’s event attracted over 350 participants from about 50 airlines and roughly 100 airports.

Network brings airlines and airports together in a formal as well as social setting. The event traditionally starts with two panels of speakers in a conference format. Over the next day and half up to 19 meetings are scheduled for each airport and airline. This year over 1,000 meetings between will take place airports and airlines.

Network Latin America 2007 will give airports an opportunity to build relationships with Latin American carriers, including fast-growing low-cost carriers and regional operators. The event will include a conference programme as well as one-on-one airport-airline meetings and an extensive social programme allowing for informal network opportunities.


Source: FlightGlobal.com