City of Chicago announced as host destination for Routes Americas 2023

Posted: 23 February 2022 | | No comments yet

The city of Chicago will be the host of the 16th edition of the regional Routes Americas event in 2023, bringing together airlines, airports, and tourism authorities to discuss future networks.

Routes Americas, which is held in a different location each year, brings together airlines, airports, and tourism authorities to discuss air service strategy and future networks. Over the past three years, more than 875 new air services across the Americas are connected to meetings at the event.

Having previously hosted the 2014 world route development forum, Routes World, Chicago Department of Aviation will be hosting the 16th edition of the regional event serving the Americas next year (2023).

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), which manages Chicago’s two major airports – O’Hare International (ORD) and Chicago Midway International (MDW) airports. The organisation’s commitment to welcoming back visitors and ensuring sustained future growth has been shown through the large-scale investment it is making in its airports, such as the O’Hare 21 airport development programme, which includes the expansion of Terminal 5 – the largest terminal project at O’Hare International Airport since the terminal was originally built. At Midway, a near $400 million modernisation programme includes upgraded concessions featuring local cuisine, a recently expanded security checkpoint and enhancements to the terminal parking garage.

Speaking at this year’s (2022) Routes Americas, Steven Small, Director of Routes commented: “Renowned as a destination to do business, Chicago will be the perfect location to enable the air service development community to continue conversations that will be instrumental in defining future air connectivity. Routes Americas 2023 will provide a unique opportunity for the city to showcase the significant infrastructure developments to the region’s leading aviation stakeholders.”

“Chicago’s airports play a unique role in the global aviation network and have long-served as economic engines and places of opportunity for our city,” added Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. “We are excited to show Routes Americas attendees recent construction development and the investment in our airports’ future, as well as the sights and attractions of our great city.”

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said: “Our airports are a gateway to the world. As we continue to build and recover from the pandemic, we are committed to investing in our airports and welcoming back travellers year after year.”

Routes Americas will take place on 21 to 23 March 2023 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk.


Routes events, part of Aviation Week Network, are unique annual forums dedicated to the development of new air services. Regional route development forums are held in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa/Middle East. The flagship Routes World event takes place in October. The events revolve around pre-scheduled meetings, an exhibition and conference which are delivered in partnership with host stakeholders. Hosts tend to be a collaboration between airports, tourism authorities, and investment partners (the bidding process takes place two to three years before the event takes place).

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