World Routes, the global aviation forum, will be held in Chengdu next year.
The baton was handed to the Chinese city at the end of this year’s event in Durban.
The move to Chengdu will put the global air connectivity conference in the heart of one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world; air capacity from the city’s Shuangliu International Airport has risen 24.5% in the past three years, with airlines including BA, Qatar Airways and AirAsia all launching flights to Chengdu.
“Hosting World Routes in Chengdu gives us the opportunity to demonstrate, on a global stage, our success in building a national-level aviation hub serving international and domestic airlines,” said Huang Ping, Minister of Chengdu Municipal Government.
“New routes to coastal China, as well as the rest of the world, means Chengdu is now firmly established as Western China’s centre of commerce. In addition to advancing transport, technology, manufacturing and finance sectors, Chengdu also has some of the richest tourism resources in the world. We look forward to welcoming delegates and guests to World Routes next year to experience Chengdu’s history, culture and renowned Sichuan cuisine.”
The hosting of World Routes will come just four years after Chengdu held the Routes Asia event in 2012.