Düsseldorf Airport received its anna.aero Route of the Week award for last week’s All Nippon Airways’ service to Tokyo Narita. Marking the achievement are (left to right): Lutz Honerla, VP Marketing and Strategy, DUS; Naheel Wafa Dajany, Station Manager, ANA; Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, DUS; Dirk Jördens, Manager Airline Marketing, DUS; Christina Knicker, Manager Airline Marketing, DUS; Antonio Di Monaco, Manager Airline Marketing, DUS.
Proudly showing-off their Route of the Week certificate for the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Madrid service, launched on 24 March, are Pegasus Airlines’ planning team (left to right): Selda Erdoğan, Assistant Scheduling Specialist; Kürşat Gündüz, Assistant Manager; Elifnur Doğruöz, Assistant Network Planning Analyst; Özlem Ulavur, Assistant Manager; Turgut Atay, Network Planning and Scheduling Director; İclal Cavkaytar, Scheduling Specialist.
On 2 April, the low-cost subsidiary of El Al ─ UP, commenced operations from Tel Aviv to Budapest with nine weekly services, which will see a frequency increase to 11 times weekly from 1 June. The first flight was welcomed with a water arch salute and a special ceremony on the airfield, while the celebrations were marked by (left to right): Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport and John Varadi, Managing Director, El Al Hungary.
Zurich Airport, celebrated with a special Eiffel Tower-shaped cake on 31 March, the arrival of Air France’s first A318 from Paris CDG. Cutting the celebratory ribbon are (left to right): Osvaldo Liparoti, Station Manager Zurich, Air France; Sylvie Boulant, Sales Manager for Switzerland, Air France; Vincent Kas, General Manager Alps and Balkans, Air France; Sylvaine Carta-Le Vert; Consul General of France in Zurich; Stefan Wermelinger, Manager Airline Affairs, Zurich Airport; Marie Wertz, Deputy Station Manager Zurich, Air France.
On 1 April, Norwegian celebrated with a cake its 10th anniversary at Berlin Schönefeld, since it launched operations from Oslo Gardermoen in 2004.
On 31 March, Toronto Pearson Airport welcomed Hainan Airlines’ 787-8 operations from Beijing for the first time with the traditional water arch salute, replacing the carrier’s A340-600 services. Hainan operates this airport pair with thrice-weekly flights, which will see a frequency increase to daily from 1 May.
On 2 April, bmi regional announced a new codeshare agreement with Lufthansa that will add Bristol Airport to the German flag carrier’s extensive global network from 4 April. The move enables business and leisure passengers from Bristol to connect to Frankfurt, twice-daily as well as to Munich, daily.
Rome Fiumicino celebrated on 8 April the opening of Emirates’ 35th dedicated lounge. The achievement is a result of a €2.5 million investment that will provide a seamless and luxurious travel experience to its premium customers.
Warsaw Chopin Airport welcomed on 30 March Alitalia’s first service from Milan Linate with the traditional water arch salute. The route was resumed after last operating in September 2009.