Hosted by Bahrain Airport Co., the first-ever Routes MENA will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain in Nov. 2015.
Route development professionals from across the MENA region will gather to discuss air service development to, from and within the region.
Bahrain, located in the Arabian Gulf, has a history of aviation that dates back to the early 1920’s. In addition to benefiting from a significant strategic location, the Kingdom of Bahrain is also rich in culture, with some historical sites dating back more than 4,000 years.
“It is with great anticipation that we welcome the Routes MENA 2015 to the Kingdom of Bahrain,” said Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, CEO, Bahrain Airport Company. “We are delighted to be bringing this prestigious event to Bahrain, where we can show our visitors first-hand the warm, welcoming culture of our people.”
Bahrain Airport Company is currently in the design phase of a significant modernization program for Bahrain International Airport with construction due to commence in 2015. Bahrain enjoys an open-sky policy, and offers unrestricted access to a catchment area \ that extends to the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.
“The MENA region has become very important from an aviation perspective,” said Katie Bland, director, Routes for UBM Live. “It represents nearly 11 percent of global aviation – about double its share from a decade ago – driven by global hub strategies in the Gulf and liberal aviation access policies
Routes MENA will become part of the global Routes portfolio organized by UBM Live, which includes World Routes; Routes Asia; Routes Europe; Routes Americas; Routes CIS/Silk Road; Routes Africa and Routes Online.