Okinawa will be playing host to the first Japanese Routes Asia air service development forum this weekend at the Okinawa Convention Centre.
More than 930 route development professionals from 110 airlines, 170 airports and 20 tourism authorities are expected to attend the event from March 19 to 21. Now in its 15th edition, Routes Asia is aimed at boosting international transport connections.
The conference element of the event, the Strategy Summit, will give delegates the chance to hear from industry leaders such as the CEO of Hong Kong Express, Andrew Cowen; the president of Spring Airlines, Steven Wang; and Etihad Airways' vice president international affairs, Vijay Poonoosamy.
Hosting the event will give Okinawa the opportunity to showcase its many attractions to the aviation industry. Airlines that have signed up include Air China, Air Asia, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Hainan Airlines, Norwegian and Qatar Airways.