Katarzyna Okoń – Ryanair’s millionth passenger in Katowice – was welcomed to the southern Polish airport by Monika Krzykawska, Katowice Airport’s Marketing and Sales Director (left); and Tomasz Żegliński, Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Manager (right). The airline’s Deputy CEO, Michael Cawley, held a conference in Katowice the same day, announcing the airline’s ambitious growth plans in Poland with new bases and over 40 new routes to be launched next year.
Ryanair’s Deputy CEO Michael Cawley then went on to Lublin in south-eastern Poland to announce thrice-weekly services from London Stansted and twice-weekly from Dublin, which are due to commence on 17 December. Lublin Airport is scheduled to open for business on 20 November as Poland’s second new airport launched this year (after Warsaw Modlin, which opened in July). Just like the new Warsaw airport, Lublin will see Ryanair compete against Wizz Air, which already announced services to London Luton and Oslo Torp.
Bengaluru Airport in Bangalore became the first airport in southern India to welcome the arrival of Lufthansa’s brand new Boeing 747-8 from Frankfurt. The airport’s Girish Nair, Assistant VP and Head of Airline Marketing & Aviation Contracts (4th left); Lokesh Matta, Assistant GM Airline Marketing (4th right); Daniel Bircher, Director Operations (2nd right); and Indranil Gupta, GM Daily Operation (1st right), welcomed passengers and crew arriving at the airport.
Flybe announced two new sun routes from Exeter International Airport in southwest England. Barcelona (starts 31 March) and Nice (3 May) will both be offered twice-weekly. Matt Roach, Exeter Airport’s MD (pictured second right) helped lifting this sizeable celebratory paella, which was prepared by Don Spourgan and his team from Exeter’s El Bocado Tapas Bar.
As if it wasn’t enough of Ryanair celebrations in Poland, the airline welcomed its four-millionth passenger in Wrocław. The lucky Ewelina Małek, who was travelling to Malmö with her daughter, received a voucher for flights and posed for commemorative picture with Tomasz Żegliński, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Manager, and Dariusz Kus, Wroclaw Airport’s CEO.
Volotea celebrated its 400,000th passenger in Sicily's capital Palermo last Wednesday. The lucky passenger, Mariacristina Cartillone who was travelling to Bordeaux, was awarded a ticket for two passengers for any of Volotea's routes.