This week, Orlando Melbourne Airport celebrated its Cake of the Week Award win, given to the facility for the culinary excellence that was presented at the launch of Porter Airlines’ services from Toronto City at the end of 2015. Celebrating with the airport’s award are: Cliff Graham, Airport Operations Director; Marilyn Hively, Airport Finance Director; and Greg Donovan, AAE, Executive Director. Seen shaking hands along with Donovan is Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines CEO.
This week Krakow Airport, hosts of this year’s Routes Europe, celebrated with their anna.aero Route of the Week Award, given to the Polish airport in recognition of the arrival of SprintAir and its domestic service from Olsztyn-Mazury, which serves the nearby city of Szczytno. Celebrating with the certificate are Krakow Airport’s: Michal Kocma, Charter Market Specialist; Klaudia Salasa, Aviation Market Specialist; and Artur Staniszewski, Airline Relations Specialist. SprintAir operates the domestic link to Krakow thrice-weekly.
On 27 January, Ryanair announced two routes from Dublin. From W16/17, the LCC will start flights from the Irish capital to Hamburg and Sofia. Services to Athens (launching in March), Bologna, Murcia, Porto and Seville will also continue into next winter. Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs, commented on the announcement by saying: “We are pleased to launch our Dublin W16/17 schedule, which includes two new routes to Hamburg and Sofia, five new winter services to Athens, Bologna, Murcia, Porto and Seville and more flights to Bucharest (increase to five weekly) and London Gatwick (increases to eight daily), which will deliver 12.3 million annual customers at Dublin Airport. Last year Ryanair single handily delivered 70% of the growth at Dublin Airport, following the Irish Government’s decision to scrap the air travel tax, and we look forward to continuing to grow tourism, routes and jobs.”
On 27 January, Sun d’Or Airlines, a subsidiary of El Al, will launch flights from Tel Aviv to Tbilisi and Batumi airports, both of which are operated by TAV Georgia. Starting June 2016, services to Tbilisi will operate weekly (Tuesdays), which Batumi will see a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) operation. Both routes will be flown by the carrier’s 737-800s. Shaking hands on the agreement are: TAV Georgia Deputy SM, Tea Zakaradze, and TAV Airports Marketing Coordinator, Serkan Karahatay, as well as Georgian Civil Aviation Agency and Sun d’Or Airlines representatives.
On 28 January, TAV Macedonia, the company which runs the country’s Skopje and Ohrid airports, celebrated along with Wizz Air the passing of two million passengers with the airline since it commenced services from the nation. The occasion was marked with a press conference which was fronted by: Wizz Air’s Communication Manager, Gabor Vasarhelyi; Minister of Transport and Communications of Republic of Macedonia, Vlado Misajlovski; and TAV Macedonia’s GM Zoran Krstevski. Gyorgy Abran, Wizz Air’s CCO, also commented on the news by saying: “We are thrilled to celebrate this memorable milestone of two million Wizz Air passengers in Macedonia. We started operations from the nation in 2011 and since then, we have earned the trust and loyalty of our Macedonian passengers, becoming the airline of choice in the country.”
On 1 February, Tigerair Australia showcased its first 737-800, as well as announcing that a further three aircraft will be based at Melbourne Airport, just in time for the carrier to launch short-haul international services to Bali on 23 March, which the carrier will also connect to Adelaide and Perth. Celebrating the news in front of the carrier’s first 737-800 are: Sunbury MP, Josh Bull; Melbourne Airport CEO, Lyell Strambi; Tigerair Australia CEO, Rob Sharp; Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio MP; and Tigerair Australia cabin crew members. Sharp commented on the announcement of the new based aircraft by saying: “Tigerair Australia is proud to call Victoria and Melbourne home. Already more than 60% of our services touch Victoria. Today’s announcement means the number of aircraft based in Victoria will grow from seven to 10, or by more than 40% by the end of March.”
On 1 February, a Chinese lion arrived at Manchester Airport to help start the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. The city’s four day celebration of the event will take place between 4 – 7 February, with Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport sponsoring the event to help support and promote the carrier’s new four times weekly service between Beijing and the UK airport which will be launching in June.
On 1 February, Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, unveiled Aberdeen Airport’s £20m transformation project, which will be the single largest investment in the airport since the terminal opened its doors in 1977. The investment in the airport will result in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building and with it, a comprehensive transformation of current passenger facilities. Included within the investment is the creation of two new passenger lounges, an expanded baggage reclaim area, a new security search area, new immigration facilities and new retail and catering facilities within the main departures lounge.
Moscow Sheremetyevo celebrated winning two awards at the end of 2015. The first award was the Russian National Award ‘Air Gate of Russia’, with Tumel Evgeniy (left), the airport’s Chief Engineering Officer collecting the prize. The facility won the award for being the leading passenger facility in Russia, with the hub welcoming nine new carriers during 2015, including Vueling, SmartWings, Sichuan Airlines and Ellinair to name a few. The second award which the airport collected was the National Award for ‘Transportation Security in Russia’, with Ermakov Victor (right), Deputy General Director – Security, collecting the prize. In 2015, the airport also won several further awards including ‘Best Airport in Russia 2015’ and TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers’ Choice Award.
On 27 January, a ‘topping out’ ceremony was carried out at Bristol Airport to mark a key milestone in the construction of the facility’s west terminal extension. The celebration – a longstanding tradition in the construction industry – followed the completion of the steelwork for the £24 million structure. Seen celebrating the occasion are: Robert Sinclair, CEO Bristol Airport and Martyn Osborne, MD for South West and Wales, Balfour Beatty. Sinclair commented on the milestone by saying: “Feedback on the east terminal extension – which enhanced and extended the departure lounge when it opened last summer – has been very positive. On completion, the west terminal extension will address other key stages of the airport journey – security search – as well as enhancing the baggage reclaim and landside arrivals space.”