On 5 December Cologne Bonn Airport welcomed its 11,111,111 passenger of 2016, with this being the first year in which the German airport has broken the 11 million barrier. The passenger to be named the 11,111,111th from Cologne Bonn this year was Seymen Splinter from Hamburg, with him being welcomed by Michael Garvens, CEO, Cologne Bonn Airport and Michael Knitter, Member of the Executive Board, Eurowings.
On 26 November Tromsø Airport welcomed the arrival of Lufthansa’s new service from Frankfurt, with the inaugural flight being celebrated as it touched down in northern Norway. The 2,253-kilometre route will be served by the Star Alliance carrier weekly (Saturdays) on its 138-seat A319s according to OAG schedules.
On 2 December Icelandair announced its latest UK destination – Belfast City. The carrier will operate to Belfast three times weekly from Reykjavik/Keflavik, with flights beginning on 1 June. Q400s will be flown on the sector every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Celebrating the announcement at Belfast City with cake are: Ciaran Doherty, Head of Co-operative Marketing, Tourism Ireland; Ellie McGimpsey, Business Development Manager, Belfast City Airport; and Anne McMullan, Director of Marketing and Communications, Visit Belfast.
British Airways launched its second route to Cape Town on 24 November, a 9,632-kilometre connection from London Gatwick – it already serves the South African city from London Heathrow. To celebrate the new service, BA held a safari-themed promotion for the new route outside Farringdon Station in the UK capital. BA will operate the route three times weekly (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) on its 275-seat 777-200s.
On December 5, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and members of the Phoenix City Council rolled back temporary construction walls to officially open the first phase of the newly-modernised Terminal 3 at the city’s Sky Harbour Airport. To celebrate the milestone, the airport commissioned this cake that depicts the renovated terminal. Posing for the cake cutting ceremony are: Assistant Aviation Director, Chad Makovsky; Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board Member, Stephanie Fleischman Cherny; Vice Mayor, Kate Gallego; Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board Member, Byron Jones; Assistant Aviation Director, Deborah Ostreicher; Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton; Phoenix City Councilman, Michael Nowakowski; Director of Aviation Services, Jim Bennett; and Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board Member, Leezie Kim.