I’m in San Diego at our annual Marketing and Communications conference. This meeting is combined with our annual JumpStart event — a “speed dating” type event where airports and airlines get together for a rapid-fire set of meetings that can result in new leads for air service.
We have about 400 people here. There are 26 airlines at Jump Start at 39 booths enabling 920 pre-scheduled meetings between airports and airlines. And, that doesn’t count a large number of other meetings between airlines and airports occurring in the lobby and hallways, in restaurants and other places nearby.
I can say the overall mood and attitude here is terrific; a marked contrast with the past two years when there were fewer meetings and greater economic pressure. No one thinks we are out of the economic woods yet. But there is a hope that we have turned the corner.