About Us

Global Travel Investments  

Launched in 2010, Global Travel Investments Limited (GTI) mission statement has been to invest in highly innovative travel business opportunities and help turn these into reality. GTI is a business intelligence, events, training and exhibitions group.

Headquartered in Manchester city centre, at the Bank of England building, it has 6 offices worldwide. GTI has a success track record in global operations with a range of projects in the fields of air transport and travel.

Global Travel Investments Ltd is chaired by Michael James Howarth who was also the founder of the award-winning Routes events, Hub Development Manager for Business Air/Lufthansa and the Head of Scheduled Air Services for Manchester Airport.

3 World Congresses
4 Air Service Networking Events
17 Aviation Training
9 Under Development

Air Service World Congress

With over 20 years of experience in air transport, the team bring together aviation stakeholders to promote destinations and secure new routes. The Congress has reinvented the traditional airline/airport networking by flipping the concept! AIR SERVICE WORLD CONGRESS remains a global air service development event with continuous formal & informal networking.

GTI Aviation Training

With over 20 years delivering exclusive aviation training, summits & conferences to a combined audience of over 250,000 key managers in airports, airlines & ground handlers. Since 2010, we have built unique programs & as a result gained the trust in the aviation industry. We embrace the new industry developments, constantly updating our portfolio of events. 

Meet the Team

Michael James Howarth,
Chairman & CEO
Global Travel Investments 

Mike is an award-winning aviation entrepreneur, who is usually referred to as the father of route development. With an extensive track record in airports, airlines and air service development, Mike's key background highlights include: ​
  • Head of scheduled service development at Manchester Airport
  • Led world’s first airport-driven hub project ‘Manchester Connects’
  • Hub Development manager Business Air/Lufthansa
  • Founder of route development consultancy
  • Founder of Routes airline/airport networking events -
  • Founder of World Routes, Routes Europe, Routes Asia, Routes Americas, Routes Africa and Routes CIS
  • Presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise
  • Served on UK government’s Airport Advisory Council
  • Incorporated ASM and Routes into a single company, RDG (sold to a large global events company in 2010)
  • Founder of Global Travel Investments including AIRLINE Networking Events and AIRTAXI World Congress

Rose Sokolova
Chief Operating Officer

Tel: +44 792 100 4252

Ceren Baktimur
Congress Director

Tel: +90 538 872 78 40

Ivy Lee
Director, Business Development

Tel: +44 7763 686 302

Yesim Baktimur
Exhibition Manager


Vicente Costalago
Sheduling Manager


Sasha Woodward
Green Airliner Congress Director


Charlotte Conroy
Scheduling Director


Nadia Pak
Show Producer


Jamie Pope
Travel Manager


Heather Gallagher

Digital Designer


Bernadette Hookens
Sales Director, India


Hector Olono
Business Development Manager