At the turn of the month, Thai AirAsia transferred all of its Bangkok operations from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Don Mueang Airport. To celebrate the new beginning, a grand event, including Thailand’s longest fashion catwalk, was held in Don Mueang’s passenger terminal. Tassapon Bijleveld, Thai AirAsia’s CEO, said: “This is a perfect place for a low-cost airline to operate for many reasons. Less congestion and shorter taxi time will result in less fuel consumption and less delays. For our passengers, they will be able to enjoy Don Mueang’s close proximity to the city and less time for the entire travel process.”
Melbourne Airport welcomed Emirates’ first A380 this week, as it commenced daily services to Dubai and Auckland. Cutting the celebratory cake in the Emirates lounge in Melbourne were Chris Woodruff, the airport’s CEO; Gordon Rich-Phillips, Victorian Aviation Minister; as well as Emirates Airlines’ Salem Obaidalla, SP Commercial Operations Far East & Australasia; and Dean Cleaver, Regional Manager Commercial Operations. Speaking during the reception, Woodruff said: “Today saw Emirates Airlines further strengthen our close relationship which commenced in 1996, when the airport became Emirates’ first Australian destination. Melbourne was also Australia’s first A380-ready airport and we continue to invest in facilities to enhance our service.”
Last week also saw Wings of Alaska bake a cake in support of its petition to the US Department of Transportation to reconsider its decision with regard to the Essential Air Service at Kake and Excursion Inlet in Alaska.
Manchester Airport’s CCO, Ken O’Toole; Ryanair’s screaming CEO, Michael O’Leary; and Michael Cawley, the airline’s Deputy CEO, were in downtown Manchester, where the low-cost carrier set up its first ‘pop-up shop’. Over the next few weeks, customers are invited to drop by, browse for cheap fares, and might even be the lucky winner of dream holiday.