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Routes Europe Returns to Poland in 2016

Krakow, Poland (ots/PRNewswire) - Krakow Airport to Host the Region's Largest Route Development Event in 2016

It was announced today, during a press conference in Krakow, that Routes Europe will return to Poland in 2016 when the 11th Routes Europe takes place 24-26 April 2016 in Krakow, the historic capital of the Ma?opolska Region. The event, which is the largest regional Routes event, will be hosted by Krakow Airport and its partners the Ma?opolska Region, the Municipality of Krakow and Ma?opolska Tourism Organisation.

Routes Europe is the essential annual gathering for all aviation based companies wishing to conduct business to, from and within the European region. This will be the second time that Routes Europe has taken place in Poland, the first ever Routes Europe welcomed almost 300 delegates when the event took place in Warsaw in 2006, and over 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the event in 2016 including representatives from the region's leading airlines, airports, tourism authorities and other industry stakeholders.

"Hosting the prestigious Routes Europe conference is beneficial for both the airport and the region," says Jan Pamu?a, President of the Board, Krakow Airport explaining: "We welcome the decision of UBM, because taking on the role of the host is a great honor for us and confirmation that we have adopted the correct strategy. It's a proof of our strong position in the European market, an opportunity to present our potential to new airlines and strong marketing support, while for Krakow and the Ma?opolska Region it is a chance for promotion among tourism industry opinion leaders. We are deeply convinced that thanks to the experience of UMB Team the conference will be organized at the highest level."

"We are thrilled to be taking Routes Europe to Krakow and returning to Poland in 2016," commented Ged Brown, Head of Future Events, Routes for UBM Live continuing: "Krakow Airport's route network has seen year on year growth with both direct and connecting routes and in 2015 the airport will undergo a restructure which will increase capacity to 8 million annual passengers. Routes Europe 2016 will provide an opportunity to showcase this to the Routes community. Delegates will also experience Krakow and the many historic and cultural attractions it has to offer. Krakow Airport has been attending Routes events for many years and we now look forward to working even more closely with their team to deliver Routes Europe in 2016."

The Ma?opolska Region has a population of 3.3 million and attracts 9 million tourists each year and Krakow, which is the second largest city in Poland offers 1,004 cultural institutions including museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres and music facilities and in addition, there are 8 sites from the Ma?opolska Region that are UNESCO World Heritage sites, three of which are located in Krakow.

Krakow Airport is situated just over 11km from the city centre and has a catchment area of 11 million inhabitants within a two hour drive. In 2013 the airport welcomed over 3.5 million passengers and provided connection to almost 70 destinations such as Frankfurt, Moscow, London, Paris and Rome operated by 15 airlines.

Krakow Airport has been taking part in Routes Europe since 2006 and in both 2013 and 2014 the airport received highly commended in their category at the Routes Europe Marketing Awards.

Notes to Editors

About Routes

- Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events
  through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one
  global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS
  respectively. http://www.routesonline.com
- Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a
  consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
  http://www.asm-global.com [http://www.asm%E2%80%90global.com]. Routes and ASM are
  part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
- UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five
  continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote 
  their brands and expand their markets. Through premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, 
  IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of 
  events, Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards 
  programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an 
  integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry 
  sectors. http://www.ubmlive.com

About UBM plc

- UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications
  company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers
  together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and
  specialist content. Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into
  expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do
  business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
- For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com [natasha.peck@routesonline.com
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About Krakow Airport

- Krakow Airport is a leader among regional airports in Poland, constantly
  expanding its schedule and charter services. Airport is situated just 11 km from the
  city centre and has a catchment area of 11 million inhabitants within a two hour
  drive. In 2013 the airport welcomed over 3.6 million passengers and it was the best
  year in history of the airport.
- During last 10 years, Krakow Airport passenger traffic has been increasing at
  the level of 18% per annum, giving perspective of reaching 7 million passengers at
- In summer season 2014 Krakow Airport is offering 62 direct scheduled services
  with 6 new routes: Shannon, Split, Barcelona, Brussels, Split and Heringsdorf operated
  by 15 airlines and 16 charters connections.
- The airport is currently undergoing the biggest in its history construction
  process targeted for doubling its annual capacity already in 2015. The investments
  process includes: new, spacious terminal that will be connected, by means of a
  footbridge, with a new train station located behind the multi-storey car park,
  internal road system, airside infrastructure and Garden Inn Hotel.
- Krakow Airport has been attending Routes Europe events since 2006, in last two
  year the airport was awarded as highly commended in its category at the Routes Europe
  Marketing Awards.

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For further press information please contact:
Victoria Jones Communications Manager Routes
T: +44 (0)161-234-2730 E: pr@routesonline.com
Urszula Podraza Press Officer Kraków Airport
T: +48-664-404-486 E: upodraza@krakowairport.pl

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