Handing over the Route of the Week certificate during the 137th Slot Conference in Singapore is anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonny Ford to Cologne Bonn Airport’s Head of Business Development Tobias Lyssy. The award was for last week’s launch of long-haul, low-cost services by Eurowings to Varadero.
Big new route; big certificate. On 25 October, All Nippon Airways launched daily 787-8 flights from Tokyo Narita to Brussels, and as a result the Belgian airport scooped the Route of the Week award. Celebrating the big win are the Brussels Airport team: Inge Luyckx, Business Analyst; Betty van de Nobelen, Passenger Marketing Manager; Silke Devacht, Experience & Loyalty Manager; Tania Ter-Ossepiantz, Airline and Trade Marketing Manager; Christopher Bové, Marketing Coordinator; and Léon Verhallen, Head of Aviation Marketing. The airline also sent its Star Wars R2-D2 logo jet 787-9 to Brussels on the fledgling service on 4 November.
On 2 November, Stuttgart Airport welcomed the arrival of easyJet’s inaugural flight from Edinburgh. The 1,172-kilometre city pair will be served four times weekly using A319s facing no direct competition. Celebrating the launch along with the inaugural crew and bagpipe players are Stuttgart Airport’s, Thomas Helten, Head of Traffic Development, and Beate Nessel, Director Marketing.
Three German airports – Berlin Tegel, Hannover and Stuttgart ‒ welcomed the start of charter flights operated by SunExpress to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE over the last few days of October and early November.
On 2 November, Caspian Airlines launched services between Chah-Bahar in Iran and Muscat, with the latter airport celebrating the launch with a traditional route launch cake. Caspian Airlines becomes carrier #32 for Muscat Airport. Flights will operate once every two weeks, on-board the airline’s MD83s. Caspian Airlines was founded in Tehran in 1993 and since then has been flying primarily on domestic routes, or short- and medium-haul routes to destinations in the Middle East and Europe.
On 27 October Royal Air Maroc commenced thrice-weekly services from Casablanca to Turin. Marking the occasion on the Italian airport’s ramp were: Luciano Florio, Sales Manager North West Italy Royal Air Maroc; Captain of the first flight; Mohammed Maali, GM for Italy Royal Air Maroc; and Co-pilot of the first flight.
A small gate party was organised at Rome Fiumicino for the first Vueling flight to Lanzarote. Started on 31 October and operated weekly (Saturdays) by the LCC’s A320 fleet, this is a new destination directly connected to the Italian airport.
The UK’s last airworthy Vulcan bomber took to the skies for a final flypast before it was retired at the end of October. The XH588 bomber’s flight over its base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport was kept secret to avoid thousands of spectators turning up. Its final flight was crowned with a fitting fire truck water arch salute.
Flybe announced on 10 November its S16 schedule at Doncaster Sheffield Airport that features eight new year-round routes to Alicante, Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Jersey, Malaga, Faro, Newquay and Paris CDG. This in total offers passengers a choice of up to 84 flights a week with Flybe. The airline will base two 118-seat E195s at the airport to operate the new services. Celebrating the new routes are: Steve Gill, MD Doncaster Sheffield Airport; Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster; Phil Delaney, Director of Sales and Distribution at Flybe; Martin McKervey, Sheffield City Region LEP Director; and (in the front row) Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Celebrating the fact that LOT Polish Airlines will fly a six times weekly Q400 service from Warsaw Chopin to Košice from next March are: Tomas Jancus – Deputy CEO, Košice Airport; Jolanta Grala-Bednarcik, LOT Polish Airlines Country Manager for Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Croatia; Richard Rasi, Mayor of Košice; and Renata Lenartova – Vice Mayor of Košice and Chairperson of Košice Tourism.