Delhi shows off its certificate for its second win of 2016
False alarm – and there are (thankfully) plenty of these in this part of the business. There is still another week left in the 2016 Arch of Triumph competition, despite what we said last week (blame it on the Jamaican Rum in the Stollen I have been eating recently). Will any of the 60 routes we envisage starting over the festive season have what it takes to sweep Lisbon Airport from the top spot – a position the Portuguese airport has kept warm for nearly seven months now. In order to topple the Arch of Triumph 2016 winner-elect, the remaining airports with a new route to start in the next 10 days or so will need to score a 9.8 from each of the four anna.aero judges to secure victory. In doing so, it would not only become the #1 airport in 2016, but also the highest scoring FTWA in the four-year history of the competition. Keep Monitoring (for one more week)!!
|25-May||United Airlines Washington Dulles to Lisbon||Lisbon (LIS)||39.0|
|16-Dec||Blue Air Cluj-Napoca to Birmingham||Birmingham (BHX)||38.1|
|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|
|23-Jun||American Airlines Los Angeles to Auckland||Auckland (AKL)||37.1|
|02-Feb||AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur to Delhi||Delhi (DEL)||37.0|
|11-Mar||Wizz Air Budapest to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden||Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB)||36.9|
|01-Aug||Atlasglobal Istanbul Atatürk to Cluj-Napoca||Cluj-Napoca (CLJ)||36.9|
|03-Aug||Emirates Dubai to Hanoi||Hanoi (HAN)||36.8|
|14-Apr||bmi regional Munich to Southampton||Munich (MUC)||36.8|
Blue Air Cluj-Napoca to Birmingham 16 December
Judge’s comments: When you look at the FTWA above, its not hard to see why Birmingham is the current reigning champion of the Arch of Triumph competition, winning last year with a score of 37.9. The airport also won last week’s battle, but with a score of just 33.2, allowing it to claim the lowly position of 22nd in the 2016 competition – up until this week, its only win so far this year. With this FTWA scoring 38.1 it has bettered its winning result of last year…but it only claims second spot in this year’s competition…so close…
Jonny: 9.5; Marc: 9.5; Paul: 10; Ralph: 9.1.
Air Canada Rouge Toronto Pearson to Palm Springs 14 December
Judge’s comments: Way back in January (the 14th to be exact) Palm Springs made its first ever entry into the Arch of Triumph competition. Its score of 12.7 was the lowest of 2016 so far…and remained so until April when its poor score was matched by St. Augustine in Florida. It wasn’t until 3 May, when both US airports breathed a sigh of relief, and they were replaced as the lowest scoring airport by Rio de Janeiro Galeao, which scored just 8.8. Needless to say the firefighters in Palm Springs have done a bit better this time around…
Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 6.1; Ralph: 5.8.
Jin Air Seoul Incheon to Cairns 14 December
Judge’s comments: Cairns is a major city on the east coast of Far North Queensland in Australia. The city is the fifth most populous in Queensland and 14th overall in Australia, and was founded in 1876 and named after William Wellington Cairns, Governor of Queensland from 1875-1877. It also widely-recognised as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef…one of the seven natural wonders of the world…which in turn were named after this style of FTWA…
Jonny: 1.5; Marc: 3.1; Paul: 3.0; Ralph: 2.8.
Emirates Dubai to Fort Lauderdale 15 December
Judge’s comments: While the debate still rages on the access to US points being given to the MEB3 carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – their value to destinations like Fort Lauderdale is undeniable, as it should be considered highly unlikely that any of the USB3 – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines or United Airlines – were queuing up to start a link to a global hub like Dubai from the Floridian city. It also gives the US airport the opportunity to produce this fine FTWA…
Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 7.9; Paul: 6.1; Ralph: 6.5.
LATAM Airlines Lima to Barcelona 15 December
Judge’s comments: While Barcelona may be home to the world’s best and most famous football team, the Spanish city is unlikely to become the world’s best and most famous creator of FTWAs with a performance like that above. The FTWA looks shaky at the back, lacking energy in the middle and toothless up front…and don’t even mention the keeper when he comes out for crosses…
Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 5.7; Paul: 6.7; Ralph: 5.1.
Thomas Cook Airlines London Gatwick to Cape Town 15 December
Judge’s comments: “Unfortunately due to Western Cape water restrictions there were no water cannons, but rather a dry salute with the fire engines flickering their lights as the plane arrived,” says Sherryn Schooling, spokesperson for Cape Town Airport. We don’t mind the fact there is nothing really to judge…as we admire the effort that has still been made here in South Africa…and you get points even for that in this competition…
Jonny: 2.0; Marc: 2.2; Paul: 9.9; Ralph: 1.0.