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Castellon Airport celebrates its first Arch of Triumph success

Castellon Airport celebrates its first Arch of Triumph success-1

On 9 September, Ryanair linked Castellon with Sofia in Bulgaria and in the process the Spanish airport won its first award in its short history. Proud to have been delivered this first accolade are the Spanish airport’s firefighters: José Ramón García; Manuel Blanco; Roberto Carot; Santiago Ruiz; and David Ortega.

There have been 33 weeks of free competition in the 2016 Arch of Triumph (there was one public vote week in March of course). The average winning score achieved so far this year is 33.09. That figure is just 0.01 higher than the 2015 average of 33.08 (based on 40 weeks of competition). This week’s winner, Lviv Airport in the Ukraine, did nothing to help the 2016 average, as it posted a score of just 27.2 – the second lowest winning result of the year. Only Wuhan Airport’s in February was lower than this (26.8 scored in week six). By this time last year – in the week preceding World Routes, this year to be held in Chengdu in China and where anna.aero will again produce its show daily magazines ‒ our judges had received 211 FTWAs. This is significantly lower than the 265 we have received in 2016 – representing a 26% increase year-on-year. Keep Monitoring!!

Ukraine International Airlines Lviv to Vilnius 17 September

FTWA- Ukraine International Airlines Lviv to Vilnius 17 September

The perfect FTWA…10 seconds before this picture was taken…

Judge’s Comments: This FTWA could have been a serious challenger for the 2016 title if the photographer had been just a little bit quicker with his/her camera. In addition to missing the critical part of an FTWA…when the aircraft passes through the arch…he/she also felt it necessary to cut off the front of the Ukraine International Airlines aircraft as well…whether this was done in the photo-taking or photo-editing stage is unclear…so close…yet so far!!

Jonny: 7.0; Marc: 8.2; Paul: 9.0; Ralph: 3.0.

Air Algérie Algiers to Budapest 15 September

I recognise that apron says three of the anna.aero judges…it’s the start of running hell…

I recognise that apron says three of the anna.aero judges…it’s the start of running hell…

Judge’s Comments: Yes this is the apron from where around an hour of absolute pain and agony was meted out on the near-1,000 runners (including three of the anna.aero FTWA judges) in the Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run on 3 September. With temperatures on the airport’s 13R-31L runway registering at about 35C, the runners could have done with an FTWA to cool them down after enduring up to 60 minutes of running hell…still, we’ll be back next year…as BUD Runway Run 5.0 will be staged on 2 September 2017…

Jonny: 6.9; Marc: 6.7; Paul: 6.6; Ralph: 6.7.

Nordica Copenhagen to Groningen 19 September

FTWA- Nordica Copenhagen to Groningen 19 September

We can see tender #2…we can only presume there is a tender #1…

Judge’s Comments: You would think after nearly four years of FTWA competition, the world’s airports would realise that a well-formed FTWA, with both fire trucks on display, are the fundamentals of a great route launch image and a potential weekly winner in the Arch of Triumph. But to be fair, if all the FTWAs were perfect there would be no competition…and I’d have nothing to right about…

Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 4.1.


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