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With the booming of the Chinese economy, the outbound tourism market is growing rapidly. This leads to an increased demand for international flight connections. The “One Road, One Belt” strategy currently under implementation in China, is expected to diversify trade, investment and bilateral ties with countries along the region and enable easier domestic market access for foreign companies, creating opportunities for airlines in China and around the world. “One Road, One Belt” refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, with the purpose of rejuvenating the two ancient trading routes.


This year’s conference will take place in Shanghai, the economic center of China as well as the converging point of the “One Road, One Belt” strategy. According to the blueprint mapped out by the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan period (2011-2015) the hub operating networks centered on Shanghai will be formed and Pudong Airport will become one of the core hubs in Asia Pacific and the top cargo hub in the world. At present, there are more than 8,700 weekly flights on 210 passenger and cargo routes (111 international and regional routes and 99 domestic routes) at Pudong Airport. With the deepening of the free trade zones, the launch of the Disneyland and the international tourism resort, it is expected that both the passenger and cargo throughputs of Pudong Airport will be growing rapidly in the next five years.


With the purpose of sharing development opportunities and promoting exchange, we decided to organize the 4thChina International Air Routes Summit. We believe that this event presents an unparalleled opportunity of engagement, networking and brainstorming for airports, airlines, tourism authorities and solution providers at home and abroad.