CEO - London Southend Airport
While COVID has left its mark on the aviation sector, the CONNECT event is invaluable to help build back global networks and connect destinations. Now in its 19th year, CONNECT is an unmissable event for anyone looking to promote its region to high-level executives from airline, airports, tourism authorities and suppliers from the industry.
The event is designed to deliver a total networking experience, blending formal and informal meeting opportunities for all delegates combined with exclusive excursions to explore a new destination. Our friendly and relaxed atmosphere creates a pressure-free, highly productive environment to make business and nurture relationships.
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Unlimited one-to-one meetings arranged pre-event and on-site using our delegate meeting system. Join your industry colleagues after a day of productive meetings for one of our infamous evening events – a cocktail and dinner function in a prestigious venue, tasting the best of local cuisine and culture.
Route development and industry briefings provide crucial industry analysis and updates. Airline and airport CEOs are also invited to give exclusive briefings to give full insight into company policy.View Conference Programme
CEO - London Southend Airport
Director - JLS Consulting
CEO - airBaltic
Strategic Network Planner
How Can CONNECT Route Development Help You Grow?
Our events are beneficial to airlines who are looking to expand their routes. Our delegates include representatives from airports, tourism operators, ground handlers, aircraft manufacturers, data suppliers and consultancies – plus many more!
Our events are beneficial to airports who are looking to raise their profile and establish new routes. Our delegates include representatives from airlines, tour operators, ground handlers, aircraft manufacturers, data suppliers, consultancies and many more!
Our events are beneficial to consultants looking to gain new business from airlines and airports. Our delegates include representatives from airports, airlines, tour operators, ground handlers, aircraft manufacturers, data suppliers and many more!
Our events are beneficial to associations who want to bring new members on-board. Our delegates include representatives from airports, airlines, tour operators, ground handlers, aircraft manufacturers, data suppliers, consultancies and many more!
Our events are beneficial to members of the press who can gain exclusive content and seek new advertisers. Our delegates include representatives from airports, airlines, tour operators, ground handlers, aircraft manufacturers, data suppliers, consultancies and many more!
Our events are beneficial to suppliers who can identify new opportunities to sell their services. Our delegates include representatives from airports, airlines, tour operators, ground handlers, consultancies and many more!
Our events are beneficial to tour operators who can spread the word about their tours and boost their profile. Our delegates include representatives from airports, airlines, ground handlers, aircraft manufacturers, data suppliers, consultancies and many more!
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“I managed to have over 20 scheduled meetings with current and potential airline partners”
“Great organization, perfect conditions, delicious food, very friendly and cosy atmosphere and professional communication. Meetings at CONNECT are always very productive! We hope next year will be at least as excellent as it was in 2022!”
“Congratulations to CONNECT for the wonderfully organised event! We appreciated the warm welcome during Finnish winter and look forward to joining CONNECT next year in Morocco!”
“What a great event and host city. The easyJet team and I really enjoyed our time and loved the Finnish hospitality. Thank you!”
“The skydive was an amazing experience. Beautiful to see the island from above! The conference was very professional but had a relaxed vibe, which I believe was due to the fact that it was held in Sardinia.”
“Thank you for the event organisation. As always excellent organisation, quality meetings, transfers worked well, and the food was great during the event (which makes a massive difference). Thank you, we look forward to next year’s event!”
“Second time at CONNECT and it just gets better, thank you for a great conference!”
“Professional and well-organized event. Fantastic atmosphere during official part and social part also.”
“CONNECT enabled us to meet with a good number of our airline partners. We were also able to take the temperature of the industry in terms of how other airports and industry leaders see things.”
“I had more meetings than expected. Very professional and highly effective in a cordial and relaxed environment. A great event!”
“During the event we had a lot of scheduled and unscheduled meetings, giving us many opportunities to meet with airport delegates. Thank you for the help and support!”
“Fantastic event, as ever! CONNECT helps our industry to build networks and air routes which are more important than ever to help our mixed-up world. Bravo to the whole team and see you next year!”
“A fantastically organised event down to the tiniest details. It was my first time at CONNECT and I was thoroughly impressed. I could not have imagined a better way to resume networking in person!”
“Perfect organization, both for meetings and for leisure time. CONNECT does compare better than other events in the aviation industry, with longer meeting slots, less stressed timing, which helps people talking and doing business.”
“What a fantastic CONNECT conference in Cagliari, over 40 meetings in 3 days which is a new record for RDC. A great opportunity to catch up with clients and introduce other companies to our products.”
“Great event in Cagliari – seriously impressed with event logistics – we will certainly return to Cagliari!”
“The venue was great, the meetings were long enough, the location and events were superb, the general ambiance was really pleasurable.”
“The event exceeded our expectations. It was very well-organised and we had lots of opportunities to meet and discuss with airlines and airports.”
“It was the best route networking event I've ever attended. Apart from the success of the meetings we had, the accommodation, the food, the entertainment was magnificent.”
“A very nice event in Tampere, extremely well-co-ordinated and very productive I have to say. Of course, we are planning to attend next event in Tangier.”
“CONNECT provides enough time for airlines and airports to meet and discuss, as well as build new and nurture existing relationships in the networking sessions.”
“Attending CONNECT is always a very good opportunity to meet wonderful people and work on great projects. Always pleased to be a very small piece of the big puzzle of aviation.”
“This was the first time I came to CONNECT in a few years and was impressed to see how much it has developed whilst retaining its small event feel with a quality meeting structure and networking.”
“CONNECT offers the opportunity to network and catch-up with airports from Europe and beyond, in a very relaxed setting. In 2020, the event helped us launch 5 new routes to Italy and France. In 2022 we will be in Tampere to join new conversations and new projects for our network.”
“Thank you, team CONNECT for a wonderful event in Tampere. We are always happy being a close partner of CONNECT and good friends with all of you!”
“What an amazing event! We loved the venue, the city and all the opportunities that came with CONNECT! Thank you!”
“Thank you so much for the excellent organisation, I only could spend 24h at CONNECT but it was 200% worth it!”
“As always, it was a great pleasure seeing you in Tampere after very long time. We enjoyed both Tampere and Finland, so thanks for bringing us to places we probably would not visit by ourselves. Thanks for an amazing event (as usual) and hospitality, we look forward to seeing you next year in Morocco!”
“We had more than 35 formal meetings held with Airports, Airlines and have turned Business Cases discussed at last year’s CONNECT into reality, launching routes such as BUD, ROM and ZIA.”
“First time in CONNECT for Madagascar’s team and thank you so much, everything was perfect!”