ICTP and Routes reached an agreement during the Routes Africa meeting in Seychelles, to work together to advance the understanding of the value of airline connectivity for destinations
The two organizations will develop programmes around Routes regional and worldwide events, that will give a clearer focus on the main trade, development and human dimensions of connectivity, will identify the key challenges and explore practical ways to unlock the benefits. This will take the form of workshops, think tanks, conferences and related activities, in which the opportunities and impacts of sustainable aviation growth will be explored, synthesised and disseminated electronically.
They will maintain on strong focus on promoting sustainable aviation growth to developing markets generally and Africa specifically.David Stroud Executive Vice President Airports of UBM, the parent company of Routes, said “This is one of the really exciting outcomes of our very successful meeting here in the Seychelles. It was not only the biggest meeting on extending Africa services that we have ever held but also the one where the most business ever was done between airlines, airports and tourism authorities. And thanks to the inclusionary thinking of Minister St Ange, we have had the opportunity to interact with ICTP, whose vision and global coverage fits closely with our own.
We are both committed to promoting sustainable aviation growth.” Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP echoed these sentiments, welcoming the opportunities to build the worldwide network of support for an expanding air transport system geared to green growth transformation.
He said “it is very appropriate that we start here in Africa and in the Vanilla Islands – which depend on sustainable aviation growth for poverty reduction and lifestyle development. We will continue to keep these needs at the centre of our global collaboration with Routes.”
The Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St. Ange said that this had been a great week for the Seychelles “To be a catalyst for new forms of collaboration between old friends is a very special privilege. We in turn pledge our support to the continuing work of ICTP and Routes, and to ensure that the unique spirit of the Vanilla Islands remains close to the accomplishments that I know will result from their work together”