LONDON, England – UBM, the organisers of a series of global and regional events for the airport development and real estate communities today announced that its first event of 2015 will be hosted by Sichuan Province Airport Group in Chengdu, China on 13-15 May 2015.
Through high-level debate and discussion around the topic of the creation and development of airport cities and aerotropolis in the Asia Pacific region, Airport Cities Asia Pacific will provide a global platform for innovation, thought-leadership and sharing best practice.
The event will unite the entire international ‘airport city community’ with senior decision-makers attending from airports, airlines, economic development agencies, financial institutions, real estate and urban development companies, industry suppliers and global and regional businesses.
Speaking from Sichuan Province Airport Group Co., the General Manager, Mr Gangjun Pan commented “We are delighted to host the 2015 Airport Cities Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition.” “Our goal is to become China’s best airport operations management provider.”
Already managing China’s fourth largest aviation hub, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Sichuan Province Airport Group are looking forward to showcasing the construction of a new airport development in Chengdu which they hope will lead the way in airport city development nationally. Mr Gangjun Pan added, “By taking the opportunity to host Airport Cities Asia Pacific in Chengdu next year, we look forward to sharing knowledge and experiences, making new connections, and establishing win-win partnerships with global experts, scholars, and companies who are committed to promoting airport and airport city development.”
“We are very excited to be taking Airport Cities Asia Pacific to Chengdu in May 2015.” remarked Paula Milburn, Development Director – Aviation, UBM Live, organisers of the event. “Based on the experience of having previously run our Routes Asia event in Chengdu 2012, we are confident that when we bring Airport Cities Asia Pacific to Chengdu it will be equally successful. By hosting Airport Cities in Chengdu, Sichuan Province Airport Group are demonstrating thought-leadership and taking the opportunity to showcase the application of industry-leading best practice in the planning, creation and operation of their new airport city. Airport Cities Asia Pacific 2015 will offer attendees a unique opportunity to gain insights on the collaborative planning process and complex development strategies involving numerous stakeholders that are involved in creating an airport city. Delegates will also learn how to leverage opportunities and implement best practice at their own airport developments. We look forward to working with the dynamic team at Sichuan Province Airport Group over the coming 9 months to deliver an exceptional event.”
China has already become the second largest aviation transportation system in the world with Chengdu, listed as one of the fastest growing cities of the next decade by Forbes magazine in 2010. By 2015, passenger throughput to Chengdu is predicted to increase to 40 million from 33.45 million in 2013 with cargo throughput increasing to 800,000 tons. In order to speed up the adjustment of industrial structure in Sichuan, and position it as the economic centre of western China, Sichuan Province Airport Group are to begin construction of a new airport in Chengdu due to be put into operation in 2018. The new Airport will have a 560,000 m2 terminal area along with 6 runways, which can meet a passenger throughout of 90 million. Etihad Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Finnair have made commitments to fly to Chengdu.