Polish city of Lodz to host global aviation industry meeting in April

Representatives from around 100 airlines, 300 airports, numerous tourist organisations and other aviation-related businesses are expected to attend the Routes Europe forum to be held on April 26-28 in Lodz, central Poland.

This will be the third Routes Europe meeting to be held in Poland, after the 2006 edition in Warsaw and 2014 event in the southern city of Krakow.

Routes Europe is a prestigious, global business-to-business event, a platform for aviation industry representatives to meet and decide on new connections, Marcin Horala, deputy infrastructure minister and government commissioner for the Central Transportation Port (CPK), a major air hub to be located in central Poland, said at a Wednesday press conference.

Horala told reporters that last year, Polish airports handled 49 million passengers and the pace of market growth was twice as high as in Western European countries.

He added that the organisation of Routes Europe for the third time in Poland was also sign of recognition for aviation development plans, including those related to the construction of the CPK.

"The role of Poland in the European aviation market is increasing, which is best demonstrated by nominations of Poles to high-level positions, including the appointment of Piotr Samson, the head of Poland's Civil Aviation Authority (ULC), to CEO of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)," Horala said.