In collaboration with Turkish Airlines and the General Directorate of Promotion of the Republic of Turkey, and Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Routes World 2023 will be hosted by iGA İstanbul Airport. An official signing ceremony was held in İstanbul Airport this week.

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As one of the most prestigious organisations of the world’s aviation sector, Routes World is expected to draw at least three thousand global aviation sector executives to İstanbul.

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Routes events, which the world’s premier airports and destinations have competed to host since it was first held in 1995, are regarded as the most renowned organisations in the global aviation sector. The event serves as a meeting place for airlines, airports and destinations to discuss and plan future services.

The Routes World 2023 event is a significant event in the history of Turkish aviation as well as in the promotion of Turkey and İstanbul, globally. This major summit, which will have its 28th edition in 2023, is expected to play a vital part in the aviation industry’s recovery process from the pandemic.

The event will also give İstanbul the opportunity to become a direct destination beyond being a global hub,  attracting low-cost airline companies in particular.

Important event in Istanbul

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) General Manager Yalçın Lokmanhekim said that Routes World 2023 is an important event in İstanbul and therefore the positive contribution it will make to the promotion of Turkey will undoubtedly be enormous. Emphasizing that TGA is making a great effort to promote Turkey abroad, Lokmanhekim said that Turkey is carrying out intensive promotional activities in 140 countries of the world through TGA.

In 2021, the TGA also played host to a total of 3,770 people in Turkey, including foreign journalists, influencers, opinion leaders and travel agencies. Close to 1.1 billion reach were registered on social media as a result of the online and offline shares following the hospitality event. The country, destinations and tourism products were promoted in 10 different languages through the digital platform goturkiye.

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Turkish Airlines General Manager and CEO Bilal Ekşi said they are proud to be the national flag carrier of Turkey for nearly 90 years and to host the Routes World 2023 event, which will take place in the centennial of the Republic.

In line with our vision of building bridges between continents, cultures and people, and with our ever-growing route network, we continue to strengthen our leading position in (the) global air transport.

He said that the Routes World 2023 event, which will add value to İstanbul’s unique geographical location and significant potential in world tourism, will be an important host for them as an airline.

iGA İstanbul Airport CEO Kadri Samsunlu stated that being chosen as the event’s host is a source of pride for both the airport and Turkish aviation.

We are thrilled to host the Routes World 2023 event, worthy of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of our Republic. As iGA İstanbul Airport, we are strengthening our position as a player in the aviation sector even more with every passing day.

These developments, according to the CEO, they have accomplished in a short period of time, and their pioneering efforts are being recognised by the sector’s most prestigious organisations. He said that in the second half of 2023, they will once again reach the number of passengers in 2019, and their next target is to reach 100 million passengers a year by 2026 at the latest. Routes World is an event that will increase this appreciation and carry iGA even higher in its journey to become a global brand.

With Routes World, which brings together thousands of aviation representatives from all over the world every year and shares the views of aviation authorities, nearly 3,000 global senior aviation industry executives will visit the city in 2023.

We look forward to strengthening iGA İstanbul Airport’s position as a worldwide hub and demonstrating our country’s enormous potential with this important meeting, which will highlight İstanbul’s history, culture, hidden gems, and potential to be a focal point for international tourists.

According to Routes CEO Steven Small, airline transportation will play a critical role in the recovery of the global economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased airline connections will make serious economic contributions to destinations by promoting trade, tourism, investment, and labour supply and market efficiency. Small said that with its current strategy to reach 100 million passengers by 2026, iGA İstanbul Airport shows that it is ready to turn the capacity brought by moving to a new airport into an advantage.

By hosting the Routes World 2023 organisation, iGA İstanbul Airport will have the opportunity to showcase the remarkable development opportunities it can provide to foreign airline companies and will strengthen the position of Turkish Airlines.


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