Condor this week celebrated winning the anna.aero Route of the Week award, given to the carrier for its route opening between Frankfurt and Pittsburgh, the latter airport’s only wide-body transatlantic service. Seen heralding the German carrier’s win are Jens Boyd, Director Long-Haul & Revenue Management, Thomas Cook Group Airlines; and Henning Lindemann, Head of Flight Planning, Thomas Cook Group Airlines.
On 28 June it was announced that Hannover will host Routes Europe 2019, following in the footsteps of next year’s host Bilbao. Seen at the conference announcement in Germany are: Stefan Schostok, Lord Mayor; Steven Small, Brand Director, Routes UBM; Dr. Raoul Hille, Director, Hannover Airport; and Olaf Lies, Secretary of State. The conference will be hosted between 8-10 April 2019 at the Hannover Congress Centrum. Hannover handled 5.5 million passengers last year and it is one of only three German airports that operates 24 hours a day. Recent new routes include Norwegian’s Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca services, Wizz Air’s flights to Budapest and Belgrade, and Aegean Airlines from Athens.
Southwest Airlines this week celebrated its 25-year anniversary of flights from Columbus. The celebration was also for the Southwest team at the airport which had been voted by the carrier as its Station of the Year 2016. In 1992 Southwest entered the Columbus market with seven daily flights to two destinations – Chicago-Midway and St. Louis. Today it offers up to 38 daily flights to 18 destinations. Among the celebrations for the anniversary was a water arch salute, along with treats for Southwest’s staff, presentation of a commemorative plaque, digital messaging throughout the terminal, live music and refreshments. At the gate there were also games where the Southwest team gave away 25 $100 vouchers to lucky passengers.
Toulouse Airport stakeholders on 28 June laid the foundation stone for the expansion of the airport’s expanded terminal building. Initial works began in Q1 2017. To the north, an extension of the airport’s Hall D will accommodate all security checkpoints. It will provide access to a large shopping and dining area, which will give Toulouse airport an offer comparable to its European competitors. In the south, the construction of an extension to Hall A has been launched. This extension will be dedicated to low-cost and regional companies. Seen laying the first stone with fellow stakeholders is Anne-Marie Idrac, Chair of the Toulouse Airport Supervisory Board.