World’s busiest international airport makes it onto Arch of Triumph leader board for the second time in 2016

Well it has only taken until week seven of the 2016 Arch of Triumph competition before an airport has made it twice onto the overall leader board. It just so happens that that facility is also the world’s busiest international airport – namely Dubai. The win was not hard fought, as the MEB3 mega hub was only competing against one other airport with its FTWA for the arrival of SpiceJet’s service from Jaipur. While this is the first time this year an entrant has two spots on the top 10 leader board, it’s not the first time this phenomenon has happened. In the inaugural competition back in 2013, Tampa finished in second and sixth. This was beaten last year by Sydney – which commanded second, fourth and 10th in the final week of competition in 2015. Will Dubai join this elite club? It’s perhaps too early to tell. On a separate note, some may say that these wins, when there are not many weekly competitors, are a little bit hollow for the airports involved, but the certificates still look the same on their respective fire station walls. Keep monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
01-Feb Jetstar Airways Nelson to Wellington Wellington (WLG) 37.3
08-Jan Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong to Gold Coast Gold Coast (OOL) 37.2
02-Feb AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 37.0
12-Jan China Southern Airlines Wuhan to Dubai Dubai (DXB) 32.1
25-Jan Chalair Bordeaux to Montpellier Montpellier (MPL) 31.9
16-Feb SpiceJet Jaipur to Dubai Dubai (DXB) 27.9
13-Feb Spring Airlines Japan Tokyo Narita to Wuhan Wuhan (WUH) 26.8

SpiceJet Jaipur to Dubai 16 February

SpiceJet Jaipur to Dubai 16 February

All Dubai FTWAs have a cross in the middle…

Judge’s Comments: When you have an ‘X’ in the middle of your airport code – DXB – I guess you should craft an FTWA which has an ‘X’ in the middle too…makes perfect sense. We look forward to similar shaped FTWAs from Exeter (EXT) and St Maarten (SXM) forthwith…

Jonny: 7.0; Marc: 7.3; Paul: 7.1; Ralph: 6.5.

HOP! Lyon to Luxembourg 21 February

Hop route launch picture

“Blimey! That’s a weird one…” the words of one of’s judges when he saw this FTWA…

Judge’s Comments: There are so many colours going on in this FTWA – blues, oranges, yellows – that this arch definitely wins the ‘Rainbow Award’ for the most colours in a route launch picture. We also salute the photographer which clearly braved the elements to bring the world this unusual image. Bravo that person…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 7.2; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 5.8.


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