VOV.VN - The 16th Asian route development forum (Routes Asia 2022) was opened in Da Nang City on June 6, bringing together more than 500 delegates representing more than 200 airlines, airports, and aviation service providers from 42 countries and territories around the world.
This is the only international investment promotion event in Asia’s aviation industry that was held for the first time in Vietnam.
During the three-day forum, policymakers from leading regional airlines, airport leaders, the world’s leading aviation suppliers, trade associations, ministries, and agencies will examine ways to restore the route network and realize action plans to accelerate the post-pandemic recovery process in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to Le Trung Chinh, chairman of the Da Nang City People’s Committee, Routes Asia 2022 is being held at a time when Vietnam has just opened its skies and welcomed the first international flights back after a two-long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hosting of the regional aviation development forum not only positions Da Nang as the destination of the event, but also demonstrates the city’s strong determination to restore its aviation network and tourism driven economy, said Chinh.
In the pre-pandemic period, he said Da Nang was a prominent new destination in Asia, attracting 39 international routes with 536 flights per week. However, subsequent outbreaks of COVID-19 have dealt a heavy blow to local aviation operations, disrupting aviation and tourism services.
“Therefore, restoring the international flight network and creating favourable conditions for tourists, businesses and investors to return to Da Nang are our primary goals, and we believe that Routes Asia 2022 will be a powerful and inspiring catalyst to realize these goals”, emphasized the Da Nang official.
Meanwhile, Steven Small, director of Informa Routes that co-hosted the forum, said the successful hosting of Routes Asia 2022 will promote the recovery of the regional flight network and generate long-term economic benefits for the region.
Dinh Viet Thang, head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, also emphasized that the hosting of Routes Asia 2022 has brought about a better promotion opportunity for the aviation and tourism industries of Vietnam in general, and of Da Nang City in particular.
He expressed his optimism the hosting demonstrates the fact that Da Nang in particular and Vietnam in general continues to be a safe and attractive tourist destination and a dynamic center of aviation and tourism development in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam will create all favourable conditions for airlines if they wish to restore international routes to Da Nang and Vietnam, he assured the participating delegates.
See Routes Asia 2022 schedule here.