That is a big team from Aeromexico…and every single one is taking some credit for the fact that the Mexican carrier won Route of the Week when it recently started flights from Mexico City to Amsterdam. Thanks to Andrea Curiel Campos, International Brand Coordinator at Aeromexico for arranging this great picture!!
On 9 June Condor announced its next transatlantic venture. From 3 May 2017, the carrier will launch a new connection between Frankfurt and New Orleans. The service will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) on the carrier’s 767-300 fleet. “We are ecstatic to welcome Condor, the first transatlantic flight from New Orleans in decades,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Travelling from Europe to New Orleans and likewise from New Orleans abroad will be much more convenient and efficient. This is a significant milestone as we look forward to welcoming the world for our tri-centennial in 2018.” Pictured at the announcement of the new route in New Orleans are: New Orleans Aviation Board Member, Gary Smith; New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer; Condor VP of North America and Caribbean Region, Titus Johnson; and New Orleans Aviation Board Airport Director, Iftikhar Ahmad.
Reno-Tahoe Airport recently celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ services to Oakland. Pictured cutting the cake are: Sparks Mayor, Geno Martini; John Parker, Senior Business Consultant for Southwest Airlines; Jennifer Cunningham, Interim CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority; Adam Decaire, MD Southwest Airlines; and Marily Mora, CEO of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.
On 25 May Larnaca Airport welcomed the arrival of Jet2.com’s new service from Edinburgh. Led by the Senior Manager of Operations for Larnaca Airport, Andys Frangos, Hermes Airports greeted the crew and inaugural passengers on the first flight with a great culinary surprise.
On 9 June St. Petersburg welcomed the arrival of its latest scheduled carrier when Croatia Airlines celebrated the start of services from Zagreb. Launched on 2 June, the city pair will be served twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays and it is the first time that the two cities have been linked. “The launch of the scheduled service to Croatia’s capital is a long awaited event for St. Petersburg Airport. Today, St. Petersburg is the only destination served by Croatia Airlines in Russia, and it’s an honour for Pulkovo to be a starting point for the carrier’s development in the Russian market,” said Evgeniy Ilyin, CCO of Northern Capital Gateway LLC, the operator of Pulkovo Airport. Flights will be operated by the airline’s fleet of A319s.
On 8 June Cairns Airport celebrated passing five million passengers for the first time in a 12-month period. The lucky five millionth passenger was Kathleen Dudley of Yungaburra, Queensland, who was travelling to Sydney to celebrate her mother’s 102nd birthday. “This is such an exciting milestone for Cairns Airport. We have had a fantastic year, with really strong international growth month after month and very sound domestic growth as well,” said Kevin Brown, CEO of Cairns Airport.
Tbilisi Airport, operated by TAV Georgia, welcomed the first flight from Tel Aviv performed by El Al on 7 June (although the flight left Israel on 6 June). The airline will operate direct flights between Tbilisi and Tel Aviv every Tuesday using B738/B739 aircraft.
On 6 June, Flybe’s third franchise partner Blue Islands took to the skies, joining Loganair and Stobart Air. Rob Veron (pictured), Blue Islands’ MD commented: “The first day of our franchise operation went extremely smoothly, despite the regular challenge of Channel Islands fog. By becoming Flybe’s third franchise partner, travel to and from Guernsey and Jersey will become even more convenient thanks to the quick and easy through-connectivity offered through Flybe’s extensive UK and European network, benefitting Channel Islanders and visitors alike.”
Belfast City Airport changed its name for the day on 12 June from George Best Airport to Kyle Lafferty Airport in a historic move ahead of Northern Ireland kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland in Nice that evening. Unfortunately the team lost 1-0 to their European rivals.