Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau; Warner Rootliep, GM Air France-KLM UK & Ireland; Amanda McMillan, MD Glasgow Airport; and Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland; celebrate the announcement that Air France will operate a daily flight connecting Glasgow to Air France’s Paris CDG hub from 27 March. The route, which resumes after a 17-year hiatus, will become the SkyTeam airline’s third Scottish destination and 9th UK destination.
On 17 December, Milan/Bergamo Airport reached 10 million passengers in a single year for the first time. This historic achievement was celebrated in the check-in area with an award for Giuseppe Pirino, who arrived in the morning from Sardinia, who was then departing from the Italian airport on flight PC706 with Pegasus Airlines to Istanbul, before travelling on to Doha with the same airline. The lucky passenger received two free tickets from Pegasus Airlines, a VIP card from SACBO, the company that manages Bergamo Airport, and a commemorative plaque. Some of the SACBO staff, including Giacomo Cattaneo, Aviation Manager at Milan/Bergamo, wore a special commemorative t-shirt signaling the passing of the annual passenger milestone.
There is a bit of slope on this runway!! This week at Chambéry Airport in France, the VINCI Airports-managed facility, celebrated Jet2.com’s 10th anniversary of services with this massive gateaux (errr…cake). Pieces of the baked bonanza were distributed to all passengers arriving from Newcastle.
Anne-Marie Crowley (second from left) was Dublin Airport’s one millionth connecting passenger this year travelling with her daughter Helen on board an Aer Lingus flight from Liverpool connecting on to New York. Also pictured is Dublin Airport Head of Transfer Product, Ronan Fitzsimons and Aer Lingus Customer Service Agent, Edel Staunton. For being Dublin Airport’s one millionth connecting passenger Anne-Marie received return flights to New York with Aer Lingus and a €200 Loop shopping voucher. “We have been working very closely with Aer Lingus to market and promote flying from Britain to North America via Dublin Airport,” said Fitzsimons. “This marketing drive has resulted in a 25% increase in the number of passengers connecting through Dublin Airport this year.”
LATAM Airlines hosted a ceremony at Miami Airport on 16 December to celebrate the grand opening of its first maintenance hangar outside of South America. Community and business leaders joined airline and airport officials for the inauguration of the new 98,242-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, which will service the airline’s passenger and cargo fleet at Miami. Cutting the ribbon in front of one of LAN Airlines’ 787-8s aircraft was Miami Airport Director Emilio T. González with LATAM Airlines executives.
Tampa Airport celebrated the second anniversary of Copa Airlines’ non-stop flights to Panama City on 17 December. The airport had a gorgeous tropical cake, coffee and giveaways for the passengers. The airline currently flies the city pair four times weekly with its 124-seat 737-700s.
On 21 December, Sofia Airport in Bulgaria celebrated passing the four million passenger milestone, a record for the airport which in 2014 witnessed 3.8 million people pass through its facility. Of the four million, 1.5 million passed through Terminal 1, while 2.5 million used Terminal 2, which opened in 2006. The four millionth passenger arrived on a flight from London. To celebrate, the airport presented the lucky passenger with gifts, while an orchestra also performed in the terminal.
On 17 December, Moscow Sheremetyevo handed out its ‘Perfect Timing Awards’ to the most punctual airlines of 2015. airBaltic received the most punctual international airline of the year in the over 100,000 passengers annual category, while Finnair won the same award in the under 100,000 category. Nordavia won the award for the most punctual Russian carrier. The evening also included specially developed awards from the airport to airlines. All guests received gifts and had a chance to chat and enjoy the evening. During the official ceremony, Sheremetyevo shared its end of year results and upcoming plans for 2016.