One award, double celebration: So happy were last week’s Route of the Week winners, we received pictures from Virgin Atlantic and Aberdeen International Airport with their respective certficates. From Virgin are (left to right): Jon Hilton, Short-haul Operations Manager; Lisa Metherell, Senior Business Project Manager; Edmond Rose, Director Commercial & Revenue Planning; and Andrew Pattison, previously Senior Commercial Strategy Analyst. From Aberdeen, with “our lovely certificate” are: (left to right): Carol Benzie, Commercial Director, and Jan Emery, Route Development & Marketing Manager.
Celebrating their position as the ‘World’s Fourth Best Low Cost Airport’ in the Skytrax awards are David Gering, Communication & Public Affairs Director and Ingrid Tahon, Aviation Executive from Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
Mohammed Al Katheeri, Vice President Quality Assurance & EHS at Abu Dhabi Airports Company receives the “Best Airport in the Middle East” award from Edward Plaisted, Chairman of Skytrax. This is this second year running Abu Dhabi Airport has won this accolade, and it was the only facility from the region in the top 20 global airports.
Students from Leeds City College and The Aviation Academy were on hand to celebrate the first of Monarch’s summer flights from Leeds Bradford Airport with Tony Hallwood (front left) of Leeds Bradford Airport and Russell Ison (front right) from Monarch Airlines. The low-cost airline will operate 11 routes from the Yorkshire airport this summer.
On 23 April, Stockholm Arlanda Airport inaugurated its new Terminal 2. Swedavia has invested about 400 million Swedish kronor in the refurbishment of Terminal 2 – which has expanded the facility by more than 2,000 square metres. The refurbished terminal will be used by a number of airlines, including British Airways, KLM, Air France and Finnair.
Seen receiving the fire-truck water arch treatment is a Dutch Antilles Express MD-83 at Orlando International Airport, FL, following its inaugural flight from Curaçao. Begun on 15 April, the service will operate thrice weekly.
Although the route started on 1 April, the official launch of CityJet’s six weekly operation from London City to Dresden took place on 11 April in the traditional manner: fire truck water arch, route launch cake and picture with London icon – the bearskin hatted soldier!