On 27 May, United Airlines celebrated its 10-year anniversary of services between Belfast International and New York Newark. To mark the occasion, the Northern Ireland airport held a special ceremony. Speaking at the event, Bob Schumacher, the airline’s UK and Ireland sales MD, said: “United is proud to reach this milestone as the only operator of scheduled transatlantic services from Northern Ireland.” Since its launch in 2005, United has carried almost 900,000 passengers on the route. The Star Alliance member operates a daily service on the city pair using 757-200s. Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell also commented:” In 2017, Belfast will host Routes Europe, giving us the opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland globally to airlines, business and inward investors. I am sure this will enable them to see the benefits, which United Airlines saw back in 2005, of operating from Belfast International.” Pictured at the ceremony: US Consul General, Greg Burton; Graham Keddie, MD Belfast International Airport, deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA; Bob Schumacher; Jonathan Bell MLA; and Danny Kennedy MLA, DRD Minister.
Celebrations continued for United Airlines this week as Newcastle Airport picked up the award for ‘Route of the Week’. This was for the launch of services by the airline from New York Newark on 22 May, while the return flight from Newcastle operated on 23 May. Pictured with the certificate celebrating the news are: George Nesbitt; Mairi-Anne Mackinnon; Gill Caleary; Leon McQuaid; Rosa Prosperino; Dean Ward; and Paula Ives.
Portland Airport celebrated winning the award for Cake of the Week, for the impressive remake of the Northern lights, as Icelandair launched services to Reykjavik/Keflavik. The service, launched on 19 May, will operate twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Laurie Clark, who made the wonderful creation, celebrates the occasion by holding the certificate alongside Portland’s Rick Aizawa; Lori Chiodo; Melissa Porter; and David Zielke.
On 28 May, Allegiant Air celebrated the 10 year anniversary of services from Orlando Sanford. Since launching services from the Florida airport, the carrier has grown from operating one aircraft to carrying over 900,000 passengers in 2014, to over 50 destinations across the US. Speaking at an event to mark the occasion, Larry Dale, President and CEO of the airport, said:“Allegiant’s sustained growth over the past decade at Orlando Sanford has created a tremendous economic impact throughout the City of Sanford, Seminole County and Central Florida, while also providing local residents with convenient and affordable opportunities to travel. Here is to the next ten years.” Picture: Larry Dale; Jeff Triplett, Mayor of the City of Sanford, Florida; Steve Harfst, Allegiant Air COO; Frank S. Ioppolo, Jr., Chairman of the Orlando Sanford Authority Board of Directors.
Southwest Airlines finished a month of celebrations on 28 May, recognising 10 years of operations from Pittsburgh Airport. On 4 May 2005, the airline began services from Pittsburgh to four destinations: Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago Midway and Philadelphia. Today, the airline has become the airport’s second largest carrier, serving 13 destinations which include Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Orlando, and averages nearly 30 flights per day.
On 28 May, Flybe hosted a colourful Corsica-themed day at Southampton Airport, promoting the new service to Bastia, Corsica, that began 24 May. Passengers had the opportunity to sample some of the country’s traditional food and wine, courtesy of Corsica Tourism, Bastia Tourism and Bastia Airport. Paul Willoughby, Flybe’s Regional Manager, joined Flybe crew, and Southampton Airport staff, to enjoy the freebies on offer. Commenting at the event, he said: “Bastia further enhances our wide choice of exciting summer sun options from Southampton. It is a hugely attractive destination and, from today’s experience, it’s easy to see why.” Flights between Southampton and Bastia will operate twice-weekly using the airline’s E195s, until 27 September. The new route now means that Flybe will fly to 27 destinations from Southampton this summer. The airline also flies to Bastia from Birmingham, operating weekly on its E175s.
British Airways celebrated the milestone of 300,000 passengers milestone on its Leeds Bradford to London Heathrow service on 28 May. Simon Lea, British Airways’ Airport Manager at Leeds Bradford said: “Our customers have played their part in supporting this vital air link which has opened up the world from Yorkshire, with a huge choice of worldwide destinations and easy connections through BA’s single terminal operation at Heathrow.” Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Aviation Development Director, who is celebrating above, commented: “This important passenger milestone confirms the significant regional importance of British Airways’ flight link to and from Heathrow Terminal 5. We look forward to attracting more businesses in the Thames Valley, Surrey and West London regions to take advantage of the convenience and attractive cost of flying to Leeds Bradford.” Flights have been operating since December 2012. A major campaign highlighting the benefits of flying to Leeds, the retail and cultural capital of the north as well as the UK’s second centre for banking, will be rolled out over the summer.
Jet2.com has launched a number of new routes so far in 2015 and celebrations continued on 12 May, as the airline launched services from Belfast International to Gran Canaria. The new route will operate weekly, on Tuesdays, using 737-300s. On 22 May, the airline launched twice-weekly services between East Midlands and Reus, with flights operating on Mondays and Fridays. Finally on 24 May, the airline launched services to Enfidha, Tunisia from Glasgow and Manchester, with the crew on these inaugural flights being welcomed with a bunch of flowers. These services will operate once and twice-weekly respectively.
On 20 May, Birmingham Airport, in Alabama, celebrated the launch of its latest international destination to Cancun. The inaugural flight was operated by Sunwing Airlines, on behalf of the Atlanta based tour operator Vacation Express. Passengers on the inaugural flight were greeted at the gate with a traditional mariachi band and a slice of relaxing beach cake, although the ocean waves on the side probably did not contain any salt. The weekly 1,369-kilometre sector runs until 5 July.
On 31 May, Batumi Airport welcomed the first charter flight from Kiev, operated by the Ukrainian airline Aerodart. The route will be flown twice-weekly on Fridays and Sundays using the airline’s MD83s. From the middle of June, the service will increase to four times weekly. Cutting the cake: Cemal Khakhautashvili, representative of Gi-Travel; Sopio Lazishvili, Tourism Department of Adjara; Mert Kandiyeli, Manager of Batumi Airport.
On 27 May, Vueling celebrated the milestone of its 10 millionth passenger at Seville. The airline has been flying from the Spanish airport since its launch in 2004. Destinations served by the airline from Seville include: A Coruna, Amsterdam, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lyon, Menorca, Nantes, Palma de Mallorca, Paris CDG, Rome Fiumicino, Tenerife North, and Valencia according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.
On 27 May, London City Airport announced a new £16 million development programme, mainly concentrating on its western pier. The new western pier will create a bright, open-plan space with modern seating, electronic boarding gates, workspaces, quiet areas and charging points. The area will increase in size by around 84% to 1,780 square metres. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2016.
This week, MASkargo launched a new dedicated cargo service between Kuala Lumpur and Bengaluru. This new cargo service will be operated using an A330-200 freighter, with the inaugural service being welcomed with a very impressive night-time water arch.
Budapest Airport does not believe in doing things by half – in preparation for this year’s Budapest Airport Runway Run, taking place on Saturday 5 September, the commercial team warmed up at Ultrabalaton. Entering a nine-person relay team including Kam Jandu, CCO (third from right) and Rene Droese, Property Director (second from right), the airport took part in the longest running race in Central Europe; the distance is only one lap, however, this is around Lake Balaton, a grueling 220 kilometres. Placing 14th out of the 429 relay teams, the group look more than ready to soar down the runway later this year.[button link="https://www.anna.aero/budrunwayrun/" target="blank" block="true" size="btn-lg"]Think your airport can challenge the strong Budapest team? Click here to sign up for the bud:runway run[/button]