Bordeaux becomes Volotea’s new base; easyJet’s Southend base turns one; Turkish Airlines grows in Birmingham; announces Eastern European expansion from East Midlands

Celebrating the launch of Volotea’s base in Bordeaux were: Alain Charrier, VP of Gironde Departement; Ludovic Freygefond, Vice-President of Aquitaine Region; Michel Sainte-Marier, Mayor of Mérignac; Alain Juppe, ex PM and Mayor of Bordeaux; Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s CEO; and Pascal Personne, Bordeaux Airport’s CEO. Posing for a commemorative picture with Muñoz (the people in special Volotea hats) were Jean-Luc Poiroux, the airport’s Commercial Development Director; and Catherine Caraglio, Route Manager.

easyJet’s Hugh Aitken, Commercial Manager UK; and London Southend’s MD, Alastair Welch, celebrated the first anniversary of the airline’s operation at the airport. Aitken commented: “It’s been a monumental year for us: we’ve flown more than 700,000 passengers and have almost doubled the amount of destinations we now operate from the base. Plus we have ensured our customers are the happiest at London Southend Airport out of all our bases securing an impressive 92% satisfaction rate.”

On 2 April, Turkish Airlines increased its daily flights from its Istanbul Atatürk hub to Birmingham Airport to ten flights each week. To celebrate the occasion, the airline specially arranged for its 200th aircraft, a Boeing 737-900, to operate the afternoon Istanbul service. Passengers were also treated to performances by The Orchestra of the Swan, cultural partner of Turkish Airlines. Cutting the celebratory cake with the Turkish Airlines crew member (which tasted “delish” according Birmingham Airport’s Communications Manager, Justine Howl) were Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport (left) and Selim Öztürk, Turkish Airlines’s GM at Birmingham. announced the launch of services to both Budapest and Prague from East Midlands Airport, scheduled to begin in early November 2013. Twice-weekly flights on each route make the only airline in the region to offer services to these two Eastern European hotspots.

Turkish Airlines has increased its offering to Ljubljana with the launch of summer season and now offers additional two weekly frequencies to its Istanbul Atatürk hub. To mark the occasion, the airport’s Janez Krašnja, Commercial Director, welcomed the Turkish Airlines crew with a celebratory cake sporting the airline’s colours. Krašnja then commented: “We are pleased to have been able to upgrade our cooperation with Turkish Airlines, which has been excellent since 2006. The enhanced connection with Istanbul is the result of the constantly increasing occupancy rates of their planes over the past period.”


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