Aeroporti di Roma launched mini sites in Chinese and Russian to meet growing demand from travellers originating in those two countries. Currently, daily flights from Rome Fiumicino to Beijing and Shanghai Pudong are offered by Air China and China Eastern Airlines respectively, while a total of 71 weekly frequencies are operated on routes to Russia by six carriers.
Air Lithuanica, Lithuania’s new carrier, was presented by the airline’s Sandra Meškauskaitė, Communication Manager; CEO, Erikas Zubrus; CCO, Simonas Bartkus; during a press conference that took place in Vilnius in mid-May. Last week, Air Lithuanica opened sales for its first route to Brussels, due to launch in late July.
Gyorgy Abran, Wizz Air’s CCO, announced the launch of services from Budapest to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen on 2 August. Initially offered with four-weekly frequencies, the route will then be gradually upgraded to daily by March 2014. Speaking during the conference, Abran commented: "Wizz Air has been stimulating Hungarian air traffic with very low fares and by expanding to Eastern destinations it has opened Hungary to fast growing economies and great tourism spots. Istanbul, at the crossways between Europe and Asia, is set to become one of the best selling destinations.”
In Berlin Schoenefeld, Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg; Anne Julia Hagen, Miss Berlin and Miss Germany 2010; and Uwe Balser, Operations, Director of Condor, assisted the christening ceremony for the airline’s latest fleet addition, its first A321 named “Voyager Android”.
Etihad Airways passenger Janine Simons was named Manchester Airport's 20 millionth passenger in 2013 and was awarded prizes when she turned up to her Etihad Airways flight to the Middle East this morning. Manchester Airport hit its 20 million target ahead of the forecast and James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways, commented: "This is a terrific achievement but no great surprise given the continued success we see day-in, day-out at Manchester Airport. Leading the celebration in Manchester was Charlie Cornish, CEO of the Manchester Airports Group.
Last week, Norwegian formally launched its seasonal service from Dublin to Helsinki, which started operating on 31 May. The carrier, which already flies to the Irish capital from Oslo and Copenhagen, offers twice-weekly schedule on the new-route. “At the moment it’s a summer-only route,” said Norwegian’s Mitchell Hawes. “It’s primarily there to service the inbound traffic from Finland. At least 80% of the people using the service are Finns coming to Ireland. The Finns are legendary in terms of their liking for weekend breaks, and Ireland absolutely fits the bill in that regard.” To celebrate the new service, DAA’s Head of Market Intelligence, Mark Evenden, presented Mitchell Hawes, Market Development, Norwegian, with a piece of Irish sculpture and passengers were treated to free refreshments at an informal event.
Leeds Bradford Airport and Monarch Airlines have joined forces to celebrate all things Italian (including the airline’s route to Rome from the Yorkshire airport). Local chefs were asked to create a signature Italian dish with a Yorkshire twist to compete for a chance to win flights to Rome as part of the annual Leeds Loves Food festival. Posing for commemorative picture were Andy Allen of Johnston Press; Gip Dammone of the winning restaurant Salvo’s and Monarch Airlines’ Russell Ison.
A new transfer desk was inaugurated in Prague by the airport’s officials and representatives from the SkyTeam alliance last week. Cutting the ribbon were Philippe Moreels, Czech Airlines’ President; Ho Joon Jeong; Korean Air’s Regional Manager Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland; Jiří Pos, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Prague Airport; František Šiling, Delta Air Lines Director Czech Republic and Slovakia; and Vladimir Ivchenko; Aeroflot Director General Eastern Europe.
LOT Polish Airlines, the first European carrier to receive the 787, also became the first European airline to fly the Dreamliner to Canada last week. LOT Polish Airlines serves Toronto Pearson using the new aircraft with eight weekly frequencies.
Ryanair’s Nordic and Baltic Sales & Marketing Manager Elina Hakkarainen, Lappeenranta Airport’s CEO Petteri Lehti and Mirka Rahman, Marketing Manager, City of Lappeenranta; addressed the Russian journalists at a press conference organized in St. Petersburg (two hours away from the Finnish airport) as part of the airline’s 200,000th Lappeenranta passenger celebrations.
Ryanair’s 800,000th Tallinn passenger, Liis Teemusk together with Ryanair’s crew and Sales & Marketing Manager, Elina Hakkarainen, posed for a commemorative picture at the Estonian airport.