Celebrating the Cake of the Week award for bmi regional’s new route to Frankfurt launched on 1 March is Jönköping Airport’s CEO, Sten Norinder with the “happy JKG family”.
Vistara received its Route of the Week certificate, awarded for the launch of it first routes: Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Ahmedabad, using two A320s on 9 January. Posing with the award are: Rashmi Soni, Head of Corporate Communications; Niyant Maru; Chief Financial Officer; and S. Varadarajan, Chief Human Resource Officer and Head of Corporate Affairs.
On 5 March, Aer Lingus Regional announced a new route from Doncaster Sheffield to Dublin and beyond starting on 29 May. The latest addition to the Aer Lingus Regional network means the airline now serves 14 key destinations across the UK from Ireland. The new link will be served five times weekly. Stobart Air operates Aer Lingus Regional under a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus until 2022. Commenting on the announcement, Peter O’Mara, Business Development Director, Stobart Air, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Dublin to Doncaster Sheffield route. Today’s announcement offers further choice for travel to the UK for our passengers and reflects the ongoing success of our franchise partnership with Aer Lingus.”
On 5 March, the sounds of Cornwall filled the air at London Gatwick Airport to celebrate St Piran’s Day – the county’s national day. To mark the occasion, a group of Cornish singers flew to the airport to serenade passengers spontaneously throughout the day. As well as the sounds of Cornwall, lucky travellers were also treated to Cornish pasties – the county’s most famous delicacy. Commenting on the celebrations, Paul Simmons, CCO, Flybe, said: “We are very pleased to mark the sixth anniversary of our Newquay and London Gatwick route – and what better way to celebrate than on St Piran’s Day. The route continues to be popular with both business and leisure travellers alike, and particularly those who want to avoid the five hour rail journey between Newquay and London. Newquay is a key destination for Flybe, connecting the region to a number of UK cities, including Manchester and Birmingham. We’re also looking forward to operating our new route between Newquay and London Stansted, which launches later this spring.”
On 3 March, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP welcomed news that Birmingham Airport will host a programme of charter flights from Beijing this summer, carrying almost 4,000 Chinese tourists into the UK on package tours and contributing £19 million to the regional economy. Hainan Airlines will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights, using its 233-seat 767-300s. Commenting on the announcement, Jo Lloyd, Commercial Director, Birmingham Airport, said: “We are honoured to be able to once again host the UK’s only direct charter flights from Beijing this summer and look forward to welcoming the thousands of Chinese passengers arriving twice-weekly into the Midlands during the summer. Not only is this a significant market test, it paves the way for future sustainable scheduled flights into Birmingham from China that will support the growth in Chinese visitors as well as the region’s economy. We are also hopeful that flight programmes will include departures from Shanghai and Guangzhou as well as Beijing to Birmingham in the future.”
On 11 February, Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport welcomed with the traditional water arch salute the arrival of Avianca’s 787-8 that is serving the 4,328-kilometre sector from Bogota to Guarulhos. The airport’s fire crew used its 6×6 Rosenbauer Panthers for this masterpiece.
On 10 March, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of Bahrain Airport, welcomed Cargolux Airlines – Europe’s largest all-cargo airline. Cargolux will be serving the Kingdom of Bahrain by transporting spare parts, machinery, perishables, food and consumer goods that includes textiles from the US and the European markets. Commenting on the inaugural flight, Robert Mills, Manager Cargo, Bahrain Airport, stated: “Cargolux’s entry into Bahrain Airport marks a significant milestone in our quest to solidify the airport’s position as a competitive cargo hub, boost our global connectivity and enhance our product offering. Cargolux is a significant addition to our expanding airline portfolio, which we will continue to grow in line with the future aviation trends and demands.”
On 9 March, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport launched a new air service incentive program for airlines to encourage non-stop flights to top destinations, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Orange County, San Jose, Denver, Houston, Chicago, New York and New Jersey. Commenting on the launch, Michael Merk, Director of Business Development, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (pictured), said: “Promoting new airport destinations is a priority for our community, and this new incentive policy is designed to further that goal. We are in competition with other airports across the US for passenger service and in today’s marketplace, an aggressive incentive program that includes marketing assets and revenue guarantees is required to compete.”
TAV Airports, the leading brand of Turkey in airport operations, participated in the 49th ITB Berlin – International Tourism Exchange Fair, one of the most prestigious events of the tourism-travel industry. TAV Airports’ Marketing Director, Aslıhan Çörtük, stated: “We foregrounded Izmir, Gazipaşa and Bodrum airports at ITB Berlin, where the leading global representatives of tourism industry come together. We try to increase the number of flights in parallel with tourism potential of these areas. We also promote destinations of the airports, operated by TAV, in Georgia, Macedonia and Tunisia.”
Fifteen years after it was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal, the first major expansion to Bristol Airport’s terminal is nearing completion. The terminal building welcomed its first flights on 7 March 2000 after a two year build programme costing £27 million. In the first year following its opening the terminal handled just over two million passengers, compared to 6.3 million per annum today. Work is well underway on an £8.6 million extension to the east of the building which, when it opens this summer, will create additional seating in the departure lounge, as well as extending the range of retail and catering facilities for passengers, including an eye-catching outdoor terrace area.