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20.04.2014

Kazan international airport at the European Aviation Forum in France

On 6-8 April, 2014 Kazan international airport participated in the 9th Annual Aviation Forum Routes Europe, 2014 which was held in Marseille, France.

The event was attended by over 110 airlines, 380 airports and more than 1200 aviation industry experts, suppliers and service providers, investors, international and regional associations, national tourism organizations, government agencies and the media.

Routes Europe is a global event, the formative trends of the aviation and tourism industry development. Routes concept is radically different from traditional industrial activities and involves a planned business meeting face-to-face format, providing a real opportunity to establish new and strengthen the existing contacts in the global aviation industry. Over six thousand applications for holding meetings were submitted in 2014.

This year, the Forum's opening keynote speech was made by Frederick Drywall, Air France President, one of the flagship European airlines; he told about trends and problems in the development of European aviation and the need for closer cooperation between airlines and airports.

Representatives of the Kazan airport held talks with delegates of international airlines, airports and tourism organizations, explored options for interaction with potential partners in order to attract new airlines and opening of new and unique directions. They held meetings with leading European airlines: “Austrian Airlines”, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Air France, Wizz Air, Air Baltic, Iberia Airlines, British Airways and others.

Kazan airport participated in briefings of airlines EasyJet, Ryanair, Air Berlin Group, in which top managers were presenting the principles of cooperation and the necessary conditions for the flights opening. Within briefings scope the airlines announced their plans to increase the fleet and the proposed route network for 2015-2016. During the negotiations, suggestions were made for the inclusion of the city of Kazan into the planned route network in 2015, and an agreement was reached on considering proposals for a joint marketing program the airlines promotion on the market of the Republic of Tatarstan. Following the event the most likely in the short term for 2015-2017 years may be cooperation with airlines Wizz Air, Air Baltic, Livingston airlines, Germania and Saudi Airlines Cargo, as well as opening of directions to Vienna, Rome, Budapest, Riga, Madrid, Heathrow, Warsaw, Dusseldorf and others.
Kazan international airport is actively developing air routes to European countries. Today Kazan airport offers flights to over 55 destinations, 24 of which are international. Routes Europe Forum is a unique chance to demonstrate the potential of the airport, sign good contracts and find new opportunities for providing better service and its diversification.

Kazan international airport – is one of the largest airports in Russia, the best regional airport in Russia and the CIS countries according SkyTrax; it has been voted the best airport in Russia by the rating agency Aviaport. Its track chart has more than 55 regional and international flights.By the results of 2013 Kazan international airport services were used by 1 million 847 thousand 258 passengers, which is 24.2% more than in the past.

The company Routes was founded in 1995. The main activity of the company is organization of international and regional aviation forums (Routes Regional Europe, Routes Regional Asia, Routes Regional Africa and Routes Regional Americas). It is a subsidiary of Route Development Group company aimed at the strategic development of the transport industry. Since 2010, the Route Development Group is a part of the transnational company United Business Media Limited, which specializes in creating communications, as well as providing marketing services and holding events in b2b sphere.

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