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The 7th Routes Americas opens in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Feb. 23 with the ALTA Routes Americas Strategy Summit. The event will be held in association with Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and sponsored by The New Quito International Airport.

“Our partnership with ALTA is very important to us, and we are thrilled with the caliber of speakers this event has on the program,” said Adrian Newton, group director, Transport and Technology, UBM Live.

Routes Americas is the largest commercial aviation event of its kind for the entire Americas region. It is the meeting place for over 400 delegates representing over 70 airlines, 200 airports and almost 50 countries. The event includes 100 senior executives of airlines, airports, associations as well as tourism ministers.

“Looking ahead, the Americas region will be a particular focus for Routes over the coming 14 months following the transfer of Network USA to Routes control and with Routes Americas 2014 in San Salvador, World Routes 2014 in Chicago in September followed by Routes Americas in Denver in February 2015 – the first time that this regional event will take place in the U.S., the largest aviation market in the world,” added Newton.

The event now incorporates Network USA, a single definitive event platform for all those interested in meeting with the industry’s key players to discuss air service development to, from and within the entire Americas region.

Strategy Summit, which will be held during the opening day of Routes Americas, brings together industry experts to debate aviation and route development issues across the Americas region.

“El Salvador is ready for the aviation industry, airports and tourism under Routes Americas 2014,” said El Salvador’s Minister of Tourism José Napoleón Duarte Durán. “Hosting Routes Americas means significant exposure for El Salvador in hosting business events, but above all, to show that tourism offered by our country and its excellent air connectivity showcase.”

Summit attendees will hear opening remarks from Durán followed by a keynote address from Eduardo Iglesias, executive director of ALTA, and four sessions covering highly topical subjects affecting aviation in the Americas region.

“We are delighted to join Routes in the execution of Routes Americas. The topics addressed in this setting are key to the alignment of partners in Latin American and Caribbean aviation, especially with airports, key players in the industry,” said Iglesias. “Only together and understanding the synergies available to us as partners can we bring about the change necessary to realize the economic potential of aeronautics in the regional landscape.”

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