Connect – Middle East, India and Africa (Connect – MEIA) launches in Dubai. The inaugural conference is taking place between 30 April and 1 May 2019 at the Dubai world trade Center has confirmed that up to 40 Airlines have registered for the event.

Source: anna.aero

According to  anna.aero, the confirmed Airlines include:

  • Air Arabia
  • Air Arabia Egypt
  • Air Arabia Maroc
  • Air India
  • Air India Express
  • Air Senegal
  • Arik Air
  • AtlasGlobal
  • Avion Express
  • Azerbaijan Airlines 
  • Buta Airways
  • China Southern Airlines
  • EGYPTAIR
  • Emirates – official carrier 
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • flyadeal
  • flydubai
  • flynas
  • Global Airways
  • Gulf Air
  • La Compagnie
  • Mahan Air
  • Oman Air
  • Pakistan International Airlines
  • Philippines AirAsia
  • Pobeda
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • RwandAir
  • SalamAir
  • SaudiGulf Airlines 
  • SpiceJet
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Titan Airways
  • Transavia
  • XL Airways France

Emirates will be the official airline partner while Emaar Hospitality Group will be the official hotel partner.

This event is expected to bring together airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators, as well as other travel-related industry professionals. With up to 400 delegates, the structure of the vertical event will include unlimited one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, a conference programme, as well an exhibition area dedicated to airports and suppliers.

The event will be the only aviation route development forum in the region for both inbound and outbound travel, connecting senior aviation professionals with airlines and airports all over the world.

The choice of Dubai and The Middle East is highly strategic. The Middle East’s aviation market is forecast to grow five per cent annually until 2036, according to IATA. It is predicated that the sector will witness an extra 322 million passengers a year on routes to, from and within the region – with the total market size expanding to 517 million passengers over this period.

Dubai is not only a fascinating destination, it is also very easily accessible for all participants. In 2017, Dubai International Airport was the world’s 3 rd largest international airport* measured by total passengers, serving 88.2 million passengers, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2016. Traffic this year was forecast to grow 2.4 per cent to 90.3 million.

Growth is expected to accelerate in 2019, propelled by a partnership between Emirates and sister lowcost carrier flydubai, and as the momentum gathers in the build up to Expo 2020, where 25 million visitors are expected.

Kindly refer to the press release for information on the up coming events.

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