Belfast City Airport has announced a £15 million (€16.9 million) infrastructure investment that will include a major upgrade of its departure lounge, incorporating its retail, food and beverage offering. The investment also includes an upgrade of the airport’s central security area and hold baggage screening facilities, as well as the purchase of a new fleet of airport fire appliances. Seen unveiling the new investment are: Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland; Brian Ambrose, CEO of Belfast City Airport; and Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council. “In keeping with our overall mission of delivering an airport experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations, Belfast City Airport is fully committed to continually improving the overall journey for our passengers,” comments Ambrose. “The investment in our infrastructure is another major reinforcement of our commitment. The strategic designs help future-proof the airport and we look forward to continuing what has been a successful period across many areas of our business.”
AirAsia this week celebrated its launch of flights between Kuala Lumpur and Davao, a route which began on 21 December. Among those at the ceremony to promote the new service included: Honourable Sara Duterte-Carpio, Mayor of Davao City; Eden Josephine David, Tourism Assistant Secretary; Aireen Omar, AirAsia Deputy Group CEO – Digital, Transformation, Corporate Services; and Riad Asmat, AirAsia Malaysia CEO. The carrier operates the 2,692-kilometre route four times weekly on using its A320s, with the route facing no direct competition.
Xiamen Airlines and Singapore Airport signed a second Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to grow network connectivity and passenger traffic between Singapore and China on 7 February. Seen signing and shaking hands on the agreement are Zheng Congming, Director, Passenger Marketing & Sales Committee, Xiamen Airlines and Lim Ching Kiat, MD Air Hub Development, Changi Airport Group (the latter having met with anna.aero when it was on-board Norwegian’s inaugural flight to the Asian hub from London Gatwick). Under the MOU, the airport will be working with Xiamen Airlines to increase the frequency of existing services, explore opportunities to establish new city links, and conduct joint campaigns to grow the passenger traffic between the two countries. Xiamen Airlines currently links Singapore non-stop with Xiamen and Fuzhou when referencing OAG schedules.