Neil Pakey leaves Liverpool; Nashville celebrates 75th anniversary; Lodz and Batumi welcome charter routes with cakes

Neil Pakey leaves Liverpool and “embarks on his next career chapter”

Pakey brought easyJet to Liverpool.

Pakey brought easyJet to Liverpool – he also devised the “Liverpool John Lennon Airport” re-brand, sparking a trend across Europe.

Former Liverpool Airport MD and Peel Airports CEO, Neil Pakey, has left owners Vantage Airport Group, two years after its takeover of Peel Airports, which included the Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Pakey spent eight years at Peel during which time he orchestrated the rebranding of the boring “Liverpool Speke” into Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and took passenger numbers from less than 1 million to over 5.5 million. At the same time, Pakey helped secure the conversion of Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Yorkshire from a bomber base to a full commercial airport, recording 1.1m passengers in its first full year, primarily through the backing of TUI routes to European sunspots.

Pakey joined Peel from Manchester Airport where he worked alongside ex-Ryanair and Monarch supremo Tim Jeans, joining Manchester when its traffic was less than 6 million passengers a year and working with the team to help grow Manchester to over 15m passengers,  before taking over at Liverpool.  He also worked as the Commercial Director for Air Seychelles and in the European Commission’s Air Transport Unit.

Nashville celebrates 75th anniversary

Nashville International Airport, previously known as Berry Field Nashville, celebrated its 75th anniversary last week. Apart from the colourful cake presented by Commander Berry himself, attractions included half-scale sculpted balloon model of a DC-3, the first plane to land at the airport.

Lodz and Batumi welcome charter routes with cakes

Łódź Airport, together with several Polish tour operators, celebrated the launch of new charter services to Rhodes. The airport, which is located in central Poland, saw a 50% yearly traffic growth in May. Passengers can now enjoy new terminal, which was opened on 1 June.

David Kikava, Chairman, Adjara Tourism Department; Mert Kandiyeli, Batumi Airport’s Manager; and Janusz Macieszcuk, Captain of the inaugural flight, cut the cake to honour the arrival of OLT Express’ maiden charter flight from the Polish capital Warsaw to Batumi in Georgia.


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