The aviation route-development event will take place from September 5-8 and will be hosted by SEA which manages Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate airports which, in addition to Orio al Serio airport, handle 39 million passengers a year visiting the city and region.
Routes brand director Steven Small said: “SEA’s aim is to further connect the city to the world, especially to Asia and the Americas, and hosting the 26th World Routes event will be a great platform for this.
"Milan has cultivated a thriving conference industry in recent times, having hosted EXPO 2015 which more than 20 million people attended – I feel that hosting the forum here will consolidate Milan’s growth and enhance the astonishing legacy of World Routes.”
Attilio Fontana, president of Regione Lombardia, added: “We have to consider positively any international event that brings an important and wide visibility in Milan and Lombardy.
"World Routes is an event that will contribute to increase the economic development of our territory.
"The airports and any activity linked with them are central and important for any productive sector: for this reason it is important to sustain their development and make them as competitive as possible."