Glasgow and Shanghai airports sign partnership agreement

Glasgow Airport and Shanghai Airport Authority signed a partnership agreement on 17 May that will see the two cities work together to jointly petition China’s airlines to establish a direct air link in the future between the West of Scotland and Shanghai. Commercial Director Francois Bourienne (left), who today signed the MoU on behalf of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a tremendous honour to be in Shanghai today to sign this partnership agreement, which marks a significant milestone in the relationship between the cities of Glasgow and Shanghai.” Ruijun Jia, VP of Shanghai Airport Authority, said: “Our aim is to work collaboratively with the management of Glasgow Airport to exchange best practices in airport operations and to jointly implement initiatives to grow visitor numbers between Glasgow and Shanghai.”

Although the route officially launched on 14 May, three days later there was a inaugural celebration at Montgomery Airport, including this fabulous three-tiered cake, to welcome the start of non-stop flights with ViaAir from Orlando Sanford Airport. Flights operate on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and are flown by the regional carrier’s ERJ 145 fleet.

ViaAir Mobile Orlando Sanford

Along with adding flights between Montgomery and Orlando Sanford, ViaAir also commenced flights from the Florida airport to Mobile in Alabama, with the latter airport celebrating the new service with this fantastic Disney-inspired cake. The carrier will operate the 708-kilometre sector four times weekly using its ERJ 145s. According to the airport, this was its first route launch since 2013, with ViaAir being its first new airline since 2003.

KLM celebrated 30 years of service between Bristol Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, connecting Southwest England to the Dutch capital and onwards to the world. Passengers Martin Yondle and Becky Baumbach were among those departing Bristol who joined in the celebrations with cupcakes. The route was first launched on 16 May 1988 (operating under the Netherlines name between 1988-1991), with 34-seat Saab 340s. Increased demand on the sector saw the introduction of Fokker aircraft, with Bristol seeing its final Fokker-operated flight in March 2014. Today the service is flown 26 times weekly by KLM’s E175s and E190s.

City leaders and Frontier Airlines officials stood on the steps of San Antonio City Hall to announce service to multiple new markets from the Texan city’s airport – the largest air service announcement in its history. From August, the ULCC will add flights to Albuquerque, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Jacksonville, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Omaha and Tulsa, with eight of these destinations being previously unserved markets. “These new destinations will entice people who weren’t already travelling to consider summer travel plans, and offers yet more options for business travellers,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. “The greater San Antonio and Central Texas communities continue to respond well to our ‘Low Fares Done Right’ philosophy and we are proud to continue our commitment and bring even more low fares to San Antonio,” said Josh Flyr, VP Network Planning and Revenue, Frontier Airlines. This new announcement makes Frontier the largest carrier at San Antonio in terms of destinations served, having launched five routes last year, five last month and announcing nine more on 17 May.

Jet Airways has announced it will begin flying to Manchester from Mumbai on 5 November. The four times weekly service will be flown by the airline’s 254-seat A330-200 fleet. Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, said: “Securing a direct service to one of India’s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy. We have worked, along with a range of partners, to create a compelling case for why our city – and the wider North – is a great place to visit, invest in and do business with.” He is pictured here (right) with Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal, along with some of the airline’s crew, at the ceremony organised to celebrate the route announcement.

Wizz Air recently inaugurated a new route from Stockholm Skavsta to Szczecin in north-west Poland. The route, which started twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) on 14 May, is flown by the ULCC’s A320 fleet. Peter Steinmetz, MD of Stockholm Skavsta Airport said: “We have been able, with the active support of the Polish Embassy and the Polish Tourist Organisation in Stockholm, to show the potential of this route. Currently, many passengers travel through Berlin or use the car ferries from the south of Sweden; I expect quite a large number to take this direct flight instead. Szczecin will be our 14th route by Wizz Air from Stockholm Skavsta, showcasing the strong cooperation between the two companies.”

London Stansted Airport representatives, business leaders and local politicians have met to begin talks on creating a new partnership between the region and China to help secure a direct Chinese air link and foster new trade and investment opportunities in the East of England. Spearheading the East of England-China Forum were: Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader, Essex County Council; John Keddie, Chairman, Harlow Enterprise Zone; Ken O’Toole, CEO London Stansted Airport; and Rhys Whalley, Executive Director, Manchester-China Forum.

Miami Airport was recently named ‘Best Airport in North America’ for cargo logistics at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Shanghai. The awards, hosted and organised annually by industry publication Asia Cargo News, recognises leading cargo logistics service providers including air and shipping lines, air and sea ports, and other associated industry professionals. Miami’s Trade and Logistics Chief Emir Pineda (right) is seen here accepting the airport’s award.


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