Routes Europe will be staged in the Norwegian city in April 2020, with 1,200 airline route developers expected to attend.
The 15th European route development forum organised by the aviation industry conference and networking company Routes will be held in Bergen in 2020, it has been revealed at a press event in the Norwegian city.
Senior decision makers from Routes and the Norwegian airport operator Avinor attended the signing ceremony and media gathering, hailing the successful bid to bring Routes Europe to Norway for the first time.
As the “main stage” for Europe’s leading airline decision makers in 2020, around 1,200 attendees are expected to attend the event.
“Routes Europe is one of the most important conferences for route developers from airlines all over the region and further afield, allowing decision makers to get together and discuss new opportunities in growing the continent’s connectivity,” explained Jasper Spruit, vice president of traffic development at Avinor.
Avinor is responsible for Norway’s 45 state-owned airports but describes Bergen as “a stand-out example of a regional airport with potential for network development.”
Spruit emphasised that “with a new terminal opened in August 2017, Bergen Airport is ready for more route development”.
Steven Small, Routes’ brand director, said that Avinor produced a “compelling bid” to host Routes Europe, “full of fresh ideas which we believe our community will enjoy and appreciate”.
One reason why Bergen was a strong contender for hosting the event was its ever-growing popularity as a destination for both domestic and international markets, he added, with international passengers from Bergen growing 3% in 2018 with 1.91 million people flying on non-domestic routes in the first nine months of the year.
“With an already impressive European network and as the gateway to the stunning Norwegian fjords, plus a compact, walkable city centre, Bergen offers an outstanding opportunity to showcase Norway’s incredible visitor offer to the route development community. We are sure that our delegates will enjoy Bergen’s vibrancy and we can’t wait to see how Routes Europe 2020 will unfold,” Small said.
The Routes Europe conference will be held on 27-29 April 2020 in Grieghallen in Bergen and is a partnership between Avinor, Fjord Norway, Innovation Norway, Visit Bergen, the City of Bergen, Grieghallen and Hordaland county municipality.