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BRISBANE is gear­ing up to welcome more than 1, 200 del­e­gates from over 230 air­lines across the world when it hosts the 145th In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) Slot Con­fer­ence from 12-15 Nov 2019 at the Brisbane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The win was achieved through joint ef­forts from Brisbane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion (BAC), Brisbane Mar­ket­ing, Tourism Aus­tralia, Tourism and Events Queens­land, and Brisbane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

“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,” said BAC ceo Gert-Jan de Graaff.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the con­fer­ence “once again demon­strated Brisbane’s new world city sta­tus”.

“This sig­nif­i­cant avi­a­tion con­fer­ence per­fectly aligns with the Brisbane 2022 New World City Ac­tion Plan for eco­nomic growth by fur­ther­ing our fo­cus on se­cur­ing more di­rect air routes, build­ing our vis­i­tor econ­omy and host­ing more high-cal­i­bre busi­ness events,” Quirk said.

Fol­low­ing the Routes Asia Fo­rum held in Brisbane early this year, the con­fer­ence is one of IATA’s largest events bring­ing air­lines and air­ports to­gether to ne­go­ti­ate slots that will give them the best sched­ule to of­fer their pas­sen­gers.

The con­fer­ence will con­trib­ute more than $2.3 mil­lion into the Queens­land econ­omy.

Regis­tra­tion for IATA con­fer­ence will open in Aug 2019 and fur­ther info will be avail­able via­con­fer­ence.

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