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Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport won a highly competitive bid to bring World Routes, the 22nd World Route Development Forum to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, according to show organizer UBM Live.

The largest air hub and passenger and cargo distribution center in the central western region of China, Chengdu Shuangliu Airport has more than 220 domestic and international routes.  In 2013, the airport handled over 33 million passengers, making it the fifth busiest airport in China.

The bidding team in China secures World Routes 2016.

The bidding team in China secures World Routes 2016.

Leading the bid and the team to secure the annual meeting for airlines, airports, tourism authorities and other aviation stakeholders was Li Wei, board chairman of Sichuan Province Airports Group.

“UBM has given Chengdu Airport an excellent opportunity to stand in the central stage of the world aviation industry and will make every effort to present an amazing and unforgettable event to every delegate attending World Routes 2016,” he said.

In 2016, the event is expected to attract more than 3,500 delegates, including 350 airlines, 1,000 airports and 300 tourism authorities from more than 125 countries. It will be held in International Convention & Exhibition Centre at Chengdu Century City and will take place from Sept. 25-27, 2016.

“China is the world’s second largest aviation market, and Chengdu is the center of politics, commerce, trade and technology and the hub of transportation and communication in central-western China, authorized by the State Council of China,” said Katie Bland, director of the Routes, UBM. “Chengdu is highly accessible via Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, China’s fourth largest aviation hub. 2016 is a good time for World Routes to return to China and Chengdu provides the perfect platform.”

World Routes is the place where airline decision makers meet with airports and city and regional stakeholders to discuss and implement air service. The decisions made at World Routes have a huge economic impact on a local, national and international scale through the increased air connectivity and this is why over 1,000 airports and cities and 300 airlines from 125 countries are represented at World Routes.

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