On 21 July, Vilnius was announced as the host city for CONNECT 2016. Hosted by Lithuanian Airports, it will be the 13th CONNECT event. Over 400 delegates are expected to take part, including more than 50 airlines and 150 airports. Karin Butot, MD of the Airport Agency, said of the announcement: “Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a dynamic, vibrant and up and coming city, making it a fitting location for the CONNECT event”. The conference will be held between the 13 and 15 March, and will take place at Lithuania’s National Gallery of Art, located in the heart of the city. Delegates attending next year’s conference will be able enjoy the culture of Vilnius, and even venture upwards to see the views from above.
Batumi Airport received its Cake of the Week certificate, awarded for the launch of Ural Airlines’ service to Moscow Domodedovo on 10 July. Posing with the award are the TAV Georgia team from Batumi Airport which includes: Agnes Barkhoian, Passenger Handling Shift Leader; Khatuna Chanidze, Accountant; Mert Kandiyeli, Airport Manager; Marekhi Gogitidze, Passenger Handling Supervisor; Yasar Baltaci, Finance and Administrative Chief; Lela Chkhaidze, Translator; and Lela Asatiani, Personnel Officer.
On 20 July, United Airlines celebrated 20 years of service between Manchester and New York Newark. Commenting on the occasion, Bob Schumacher, United’s Sales MD – UK and Ireland, said: “United is proud to celebrate 20 years of service from Manchester, and we would like to thank our customers and the local travel trade community for their continuing support.” The airline also serves the north-west airport with a seasonal daily service from Washington/Dulles. Cutting the cake in celebration alongside Bob Schumacher is Collette Roche, Director of Security and Customer Service, Manchester Airports Group.