St. Petersburg celebrates Route of the Week accolade for the arrival of Qatar Airways, while Orlando Melbourne toasts Cake of the Week win

St. Petersburg Qatar Airways

St. Petersburg Airport has been given the Route of the Week accolade for its new connection from Doha which is flown by Qatar Airways, with the oneworld member launching flights from its hub to its latest Russian destination on 19 December. Seen celebrating with the award are St. Petersburg Airport’s aviation marketing team, made-up of: Vladislav Brechko; Olga Zubova; Ilona Son; airport CCO Evgeniy Ilyin; Anna Nikiforova; and Lubov Kurchak. The airline will operate flights from its Qatar hub to St. Petersburg on a daily basis on its fleet of A320s.

Orlando Melbourne Porter Airlines

Orlando Melbourne this week celebrated winning the Cake of the Week award, given for the fantastic bake which it presented at the inaugural Porter Airlines services from Ottawa and Windsor. Seen celebrating the with the award are the Porter Airlines crew which operated the latest flight on the route from Windsor. Along with these two routes, Porter Airlines also operates to the Floridian airport from Toronto City.

Icelandair Kansas City

On 9 January Icelandair announced that from 25 May 2018 it will serve Kansas City from Reykjavik/Keflavik, with the service becoming the US airport’s first-ever transatlantic route. The airline will operate a three times weekly service on the city pair, with flights from Iceland scheduled to depart on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Seen announcing the news at a press conference is Kansas City Mayor Sly James, watched on by Justin Meyer, Deputy Director of Aviation Marketing and Air Service Development, Kansas City Aviation Department, and Michael Raucheisen, Media & Public Relations North America, Icelandair. Along with Kansas City, Icelandair will also add Cleveland and Dallas/ Fort Worth to its US network in 2018. Flights to Kansas City will initially be seasonal, with the last service from Kansas City being on 1 October.

Allegiant Air Pittsburgh

Allegiant Air has confirmed that it will link Pittsburgh to Charleston in South Carolina and Sarasota in Florida. Announced on 9 January, Pittsburgh Airport welcomed the news of the additional routes by producing this fabulous suitcase-inspired cake. Flights to Charleston will begin on 4 April, while Sarasota services are poised to be inaugurated on 11 April. The service enhancement by Allegiant Air means that the carrier will fly to 11 cities from Pittsburgh in S18, an airport which Allegiant Air introduced to its network on 11 February 2015. Since its first flight from Pittsburgh up until 30 September 2017, Allegiant Air has flown 568,691 passengers from the airport according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Luxair Saarbrücken

Luxair commenced flights between Berlin Tegel and Saarbrücken on 1 January, taking on the route following the collapse of airberlin. The carrier will operate up to three daily flights between Mondays and Fridays on the 570-kilometre German domestic sector, with one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays. Among those promoting the new service at the German capital airport are: Tilen Trampuz, First Officer, Luxair; Domen Klemenc, Captain, Luxair; Jana Friedrich, Senior Manager Key Account & Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg; Martin Isler, EVP, Luxair; and Marc Berges, VP Marketing & Corporate Communication, Luxair. The carrier also links Tegel to Luxembourg.

Darwin Airport welcomed the start of SilkAir 737 MAX 8 services from Singapore on 7 January, with this being the first-ever scheduled service to Australia with the aircraft type from any airline. To toast the occasion, the airport greeted the arrival with a water arch salute, while a cake was also made to mark the achievement. Among those in attendance to greet the aircraft were: Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for Education; Chai Woo Foo, CEO SilkAir; Philip Goh, Regional VP of Southwest Pacific for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir; and Shivakumar Nair, Singapore to Australia Deputy High Commissioner.


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