Published on : Saturday, September 22, 2018
The global trade event would witness roughly 3,000 aviation professionals from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities collected to talk about and develop new aviation routes and policies.“This is a unique opportunity for Australia and also South Australia to take centre stage and have the biggest players in world aviation in our own backyard,” said Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham.
“By hosting this conference, we’ll be front of mind when the biggest aviation companies have discussions about new air routes or expanding capacity on existing routes.
“Whilst international aviation capacity to Australia now exceeds 25 million seats per year, further increasing this capacity will only strengthen and help sustain our tourism industry in the long run.”
While speaking from Guangzhou, China at the official handover, South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway stated that the conference is
anticipated to stash more than $20 million into the visitor economy of the state and would be an opportunity for South Australia to highlight why it is an emerging destination of choice for international travelers.
“There have been good recent signs for SA with Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and China Southern all putting on additional Adelaide services and Singapore Airlines also upgrading its Adelaide aircraft to the next-generation Airbus, but we need to keep the momentum going,” Ridgway said.