Second 2014 FTWA win for the European capital city that welcomed Pegasus Airlines this week

Budapest Airport Arch of Triumph

The importance of sending lots of different FTWA images is brought home this week’s winners Budapest Airport, as the other two pictures it sent to us were not as good as the one selected by the judges.

Budapest Airport has this week joined an elite club of global airports, as it became only the second airport in the 2014 ‘Arch of Triumph’ competition to win twice, and the fifth in two years of award-giving. The Hungarian capital city airport joins Cambridge Airport in winning twice in 2014, along with Munich and Dubai Al Maktoum airports which have both won once in 2014 and 2013 respectively, and Tampa Airport which secured the prestigious award twice in 2013. Perhaps worthy of note is the fact that Budapest’s first win in 2014, back in April, came as a result of winning the public vote — after securing an impressive 45% of the vote for its FTWA welcoming Norwegian London Gatwick service. Keep Monitoring.

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
24 April United Airlines Houston Intercontinental to Munich Munich (MUC)


1 February Qatar Airways Cargo Doha to Dubai Al Maktoum Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC)


13 June TAROM Iasi to Milan/Bergamo Iasi (IAS)


24 June China Southern Airlines Guangzhou/Changsha to Frankfurt Frankfurt (FRA)


2 July Transero Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Taipei Taoyuan Taipei Taoyuan


14 April LinksAir Doncaster Sheffield to Isle of Man Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)


21 June Air Canada rouge Toronto Pearson to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS)


16 July Pegasus Airlines Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Budapest Budapest (BUD)


2 June Air Dolomiti Milan/Bergamo to Munich Milan/Bergamo (BGY)


3 March bmi regional Newcastle to Brussels Newcastle (NCL)


Pegasus Airlines Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Budapest 16 July

Pegasus Airlines Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Budapest 16 July

This FTWA welcomes Pegasus’ service to its 21st European capital in Budapest.

Judge’s comments: Pegasus Airlines has seen its fair share of FTWAs over the last couple of years as it continues to rapidly expand its fast-growing Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen hub — this time around adding services to its 21st European capital – Budapest. While it requested this slightly offset ‘Roman Cross’ arch from the Hungarian firefighters, known as a ‘Turkish Delight’ in Istanbul, we’re purists here at and we like our FTWAs balanced.

Marc: 7.8; Paul: 9.9; Ralph: 7.2; Vlad: 8.3.

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Perth 15 July

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Perth 15 July

This FTWA is reminiscent of the dramatic Bungle Bungles, also found in Western Australia.

Judge’s comments: Along with the Aboriginal dance which welcomed the crew and passengers from Abu Dhabi, the local firefighters at Perth Airport also recreated an FTWA which was evocative of the sandstone towers known as the Bungle Bungles in the Purnululu National Park. Well done cobbers.

Marc: 8.2; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 7.5; Vlad: 7.7.

Avianca Pereira via Cartagena to New York JFK 17 July

Avianca Pereira via Cartagena to New York JFK 17 July

You should have been on the other side…no you should have.

Judge’s comments: We’re not sure whether there are another two tenders on the other side of the aircraft, or that both were meant to be on the same side here at Pereira Airport. Whatever the answer is, it’s an FTWA disaster similar to that one earlier in the year when those firefighters at that Colombian airport blasted a door in on a Jetstream. Where was that again…? Oh Pereira…

Marc: 2.7; Paul: 3.5; Ralph: 3.0; Vlad: 3.9.

Air India Delhi to Moscow Domodedovo 18 July

Air India Delhi to Moscow Domodedovo 18 July

Domodedovo attempts a ‘Taj Mahal’ style FTWA (Images courtesy of Marina Rubanova and Artem Kashirin).

Judge’s comments: Unlike the building which it is meant to emulate, which took 21 years to construct, this FTWA involved just 21 seconds of planning. The result, which was meant to match the magnificent white marble dome of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, is good but could have been better.

Marc: 7.1; Paul: 7.8; Ralph: 6.5; Vlad: 6.8.


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