Routes Asia host Okinawa overjoyed with Route of the Week victory while Brazil’s Belo Horizonte is beaming with Cake of the Week title

Okinawa, the host of this year’s Routes Asia which is taking place this month, this week celebrated winning the Route of the Week award. The prize was given to the Japanese airport for welcoming Tigerair Taiwan’s new service from Kaohsiung. Celebrating with the award are the airport’s: Shinki Nakamine, Taiwan Market Coordinator; Sen Tamaki, Overseas Marketing Section Manager; Chikako Tomiyama, Taiwan Market, Team leader.

Belo Horizonte Airport this week celebrated winning the Cake of the Week award, given to the airport for the splendid cake it baked for Azul Airlines’ inaugural flight to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport in Argentina, the airline’s sole international route from Belo Horizonte. Seen celebrating the Cake of the Week title are the Brazilian airport’s airline marketing and air service development team: Bruno Firmino, Data Scientist; Guilherme Brito, Key Account Manager; and Dany Oliveira, Head of Airline Marketing and Air Service Development.

United Airlines announced this week that it is to begin flights between Chicago O’Hare and Rochester. Seen welcoming the news at Rochester Airport are: Dr. John Wald, Mayo Clinic, Medical Director of Public Affairs; Ardell Brede, Mayor, City of Rochester; Steve Ross, MD Sales Midwest and Canada, United Airlines; and John Reed, Executive Director, Rochester Airport. To celebrate the news, Rochester baked a splendid cake, while cupcakes were also on offer. Beginning 8 June, United will operate three daily flights from O’Hare.

HK Express seven million passengers

On 3 March HK Express celebrated the milestone of carrying seven million passenger. The lucky recipient to receive the title of being the airline’s seven-millionth guest was Yam Hiu Lan, who was greeted on her return to Hong Kong from Chiang Rai where she was presented with a return flight ticket to any destination in the HK Express network. “We are delighted to have served seven million guests with our commitment to value, reliability and service,” said Luke Lovegrove, Commercial Director of HK Express. “We have a lot of momentum behind us thanks to our loyal guests, and we continue to grow at an accelerated pace this year.”

Singapore Airlines Vistara

Singapore Airlines and regional subsidiary SilkAir have signed an agreement to codeshare on Indian domestic flights operated by Vistara, with effect from 14 March. The codeshare signing took place at a small ceremony to mark the Indian airline’s first codeshare partnership. Present at the event were: Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara; Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara; and Leonard Louis Arul, VP – Partnerships & International Relations, Singapore Airlines. As a result of the agreement, four new destinations will be added to the Singapore Airlines Group’s India network, namely Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati and Port Blair.  “We are delighted to establish our first codeshare partnership with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. As we continuously work towards eventually becoming a globally renowned airline, codeshare partnerships will play a very important role in helping us get closer to realizing that aspiration,” said Teik Yeoh at the signing ceremony.

Dubai Al Maktoum Airport on 8 March welcomed its first A380 passenger service, operated by Korean Air. The first in a series of charter flights from Seoul Incheon, operating for Dubai cruises, was welcomed to the airport with a water arch salute.

Budapest Airport has been awarded the Skytrax title for “Best Airport in Eastern European 2017” for the fourth time in a row – the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport has kept its top position for four consecutive years. Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport (left) and his team accept Budapest’s fourth Skytrax award for “Best Airport in Eastern Europe 2016’. “I am both very delighted and proud of holding the prestigious Skytrax award in my hands for the fourth time – this is the recognition of the commitment of hundreds and thousands of people working at Budapest Airport,” said Lammers.


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