A successful Routes Europe event came to a close today in Tallinn, which has seen a record number of delegates descend on the Estonian capital to discuss the future of Europe’s air traffic.
The event was officially handed over to Budapest Airport, the host of the 2013 event, earlier today during a superb networking lunch.
Speaking at the 7th Routes Europe event, which took place May 20-22, 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia, Mr. Kam Jandu, Aviation Director, Budapest Airport, commented: “Budapest Airport [is] delighted to be hosting Routes Europe 2013. Alongside our partners, the Hungarian National Tourism Office and Budapest Tourism Office, we look forward to welcoming all delegates to the wonderful capital city of Hungary on the banks of the famous River Danube. We are confident that Budapest will continue in the tradition of hosting more delegates than the previous year, and we trust that the handover lunch today provided a small flavor of what to expect from our great city and the best airport in the Central/Eastern Europe region.”
Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most easily-accessible destinations in the region. Perfectly located within two hours’ flying time of almost all major European destinations, Budapest Airport serves 95 destinations in 40 countries, operated by 34 airlines and has a catchment area of 13 million people within a three-hour drive. In addition, the airport is easy to get to from neighboring countries such as Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia Romania, and Croatia.
As the largest city in Hungary, Budapest is the country’s political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation hub. Created in 1873 with the unification of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, it is technically one of the youngest capital cities in Europe, though the history of the settlement dates back as far as the second millennium BC, providing the city with a rich and varied culture.
“Routes Europe is the largest of our regional events, and we have enjoyed significant growth this year welcoming a record number of delegates in 2012,” stated David Stroud, Executive Vice President Airports, Routes for UBM Aviation continuing, “We expect our numbers to grow even further when we take the event to Budapest next year, as we feel that the excellent air accessibility throughout and beyond Europe, together with the city’s infrastructure and first-class event facilities, make it the perfect choice moving forward. Next year’s event venue will have 3 times more space, which will accommodate the expected growth. We are looking forward to working with the Budapest team as Routes Europe moves to the next level.”