Vancouver Airport this week accepted its Route of the Week award, given to the Canadian airport in recognition of Xiamen Airlines’ inaugural service from Xiamen. Vancouver becomes the Chinese airline’s first destination in North America. Seen celebrating with the award are the airport’s: Nathanial Wong, Aviation Marketing Analyst; Kyle Galbraith, Manager, Air Service Development; Andrea Cheung, Communications Assistant; Terry Chou, Communications Specialist, Graphic Design; Jenny Bola, Administrative Coordinator; Alana Lawrence, Manager, Communications; Robyn McVicker, Director, Marketing and Communications; Erik Favrholdt, Co-op Student, Marketing and Communications; Carl Jones, Director, Air Service Development; Chris Devauld, Senior Communications Specialist; Jennifer Hsu, Manager of Marketing, Asia; Jenny Duncan, Manager, Community Relations; Sophie Wang, Aviation Marketing Analyst; Jody Armstrong, Communications Specialist; Darren Hailes, Senior Communications Specialist; Chris Richards, Communications Specialist, Social Media; and Trevor Campbell, Manager, Marketing.
Hamilton Airport celebrated with their anna.aero Cake of the Week award this week, given to the Canadian facility in recognition of the fantastic culinary delight presented at the launch of NewLeaf’s new service to Winnipeg, which was also the new ULCC’s first ever commercial flight. Celebrating with the award are the airport’s: Cole Horncastle, Interim Controller; Cathie Puckering, VP Finance & Corporate Services; Abu Sanneh, Coordinator Airport Operations; Cayla Awalt, Marketing and Communications Intern; Bob Burlakoff, Manager, Facilities; Shelley Ross, Accounting Analyst; and Jeff Caswell, Coordinator Airport Operations.
Ryanair on 28 July announced a new winter service from Liverpool to Marrakech. The twice-weekly route will begin on 31 October. It will be the carrier’s second new route for W16/17 from its Liverpool base, with it adding a connection to Sofia on 9 September. Liverpool Airport’s Robin Tudor said: “We are delighted to welcome this further expansion of Ryanair’s network at Liverpool Airport with more flights on some of our key routes, and the addition of another new destination.”
On 27 July Eastar Jet became the fifth carrier to join LCC alliance U-FLY. Launched in 2009, Eastar Jet has grown rapidly over the past decade, now covering a route map of 24 international and domestic destinations — all of them will be added to the U-FLY Alliance network. The airline is on track to fly more than 5 million passengers this year. “As the first LCC alliance in the world, we’re proud to see the U-FLY Alliance taking off so quickly,” said Jimmy Ma, Board Chairman and Director of U-FLY Alliance. Eastar Jet joins fellow alliance members HK Express, Lucky Air, Urumqi Air and West Air. Ding Yong Zheng, Board Director of U-FLY Alliance; Andrew Cowen, CEO of U-FLY Alliance; Jimmy Ma, Board Chairman & Director of U-FLY Alliance; JungShik Kim, CEO of Eastar Jet; and Steven Greenway, Deputy CEO of U-FLY Alliance, unveiled a celebratory fare offer for passengers across the carriers as a result of welcoming its latest member.
On 1 August British Airways commenced 787-8 operations to Baltimore/Washington. “BWI Marshall is a world-class airport and Maryland’s international gateway for business,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K Rutherford. “This upgrade from British Airways is an important addition for one of the strongest economic engines driving our State.” The airline previously used a 767-300 on its daily service from London Heathrow.
This week Turin Airport informed anna.aero that it had broken its monthly passenger record for July. The airport witnessed 364,501 passengers last month, breaking the previous record of 350,572 passengers set in the same month of last year. That means the airport welcomed a 4.0% growth in traffic for the month of July. This also means that Turin has witnessed a 31-month period of consistent growth. Year to date, passenger growth for the first seven months of 2016 is up 7.1% versus the same period of 2015, with international scheduled passengers registering the highest increase, up nearly 12%.