Press Release: CONNECT announces TANGIER as 2021 Host City

Lucie Barthe

The Airport Agency, creator of CONNECT, is delighted to announce that Morocco will be hosting the 18th CONNECT Route Development Forum in Tangier from 24th – 26th February 2021. The event will be hosted by the Moroccan Airports Authority and Moroccan National Tourist Office.

CONNECT in Tangier is expected to bring together over 600 airlines, airports and tourism decision-makers to discuss current and future air transport links. The forum continues to grow and is attracting new territories each year, marking itself as a must-attend event in the aviation calendar for generating new business.

Over 70 airlines will be joining the event and thereby (re)discover this fabulous city. The event will offer face to face meeting opportunities, exhibition spaces and a full conference and training programme.

Taking place at the end of February, CONNECT timing is ideal for the network planning community and is a much awaited first meeting point of the year.

We are thrilled that for the second time, we will be taking CONNECT to Morocco and are confident that our delegates will be delighted to experience Tangier’ hospitality, rich history and unique geographical location. In an increasingly competitive and challenging environment, meeting face to face with your customers has never been so important to nurture and develop relationships. CONNECT delivers the perfect background to help all participants maximize on their attendance and time. The event is renowned for its relaxed yet professional set up and it offers an extremely productive format says Karin Butot, CEO of the Airport Agency, CONNECT creator and organizer.

Tangier airport experienced +20.07% growth in 2019. Modern yet historical, the city boasts a unique location where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean.

M. Adel El Fakir, General Manager of the Moroccan National Tourist Office said it is truly a recognition for Tangier to host CONNECT 2021, it is an exceptional opportunity to showcase all the touristic, cultural and natural wealth of the Tangier Tetouan Al Hoceima region, and to encourage the aviation industry leaders to develop and increase their routes towards this destination with the large tourist source areas. M. Zouhair Mohammed EL AOUFIR, General Manager of the Moroccan Airports Authority said that during the event, we will present important airport infrastructures that we have in Tangier as well as the development project of Tangier airport that will increase its capacity up to 5 million passengers per year adding that we will also show our innovative system of incentives that we offer to the airlines that will serve the three airports in this region.


From 24th-26th CONNECT will be the focus for air service development, welcoming delegates for:

  • Unlimited face to face meetings, managed in the Delegate Account by delegates themselves prior to the event
  • The CONNECT conference programme, with industry and airline briefings as well as insightful panel discussions
  • The infamous social networking programme including evening functions, morning activities and excursions

Taking place over 3 days, the CONNECT conference programme will bring together key figures from the industry to discuss and debate current and future aviation issues in a series of head-to-head interviews, keynote speeches and round table discussions. Route development and industry seminars provide key industry analysis and updates, and select airlines are also invited to give exclusive briefings, to give a full insight into company policy and learn how to adapt to current demand.

All face to face meetings at CONNECT are at no extra cost and are available to all attending delegates. Companies have complete flexibility over their event diary, with extended airline and airport networking lounges and the CONNECT support team available before, during and after the event.

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