Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend upon Brisbane next year, when it plays host to the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November.
The event will see more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world assemble in the city.
Among the groups in attendance will be Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The bi-annual event brings airlines and airports together to negotiate slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their passengers.
Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said: “Being the host airport and city for this global conference is critical in keeping our city and state front of mind for key route development decision makers from around the world.
“There is enormous competition for airlines to secure the best ‘slots’ at key airports and with Brisbane’s new runway coming on line in 2020, now is the time for airlines to be securing highly sought-after peak time slots to enhance and grow their operations.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said securing hosting rights for the IATA conference once again demonstrated Brisbane’s new world city status. He commented: “This significant aviation conference perfectly aligns with the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan for economic growth. It furthers our focus on securing more direct air routes, building our visitor economy and hosting more high-calibre business events.”