Antalya Airport will host the 17th CONNECT Route Development Forum in 2020, scheduled to take place from 19-21 February. Among those at the signing ceremony were: Gudrun Teloeken, GM of Fraport TAV Antalya Airport (fourth left); Karin Butot, CEO at The Airport Agency, organiser of CONNECT (centre) and Deniz Varol, GM of Fraport TAV Antalya Airport (fourth right). “Combining such a successful event with a rich and diverse region will enhance the reputation of this already highly regarded destination,” commented Varol. “We are proud to be hosting CONNECT 2020 in Antalya, an exciting holiday destination at the crossroads of ancient and modern cultures,” added Teloeken. “Antalya has proved to be an ever-growing tourism destination, ranking 11th within the most visited cities worldwide, and we are thrilled to announce that our delegates will experience the tourism capital of Turkey as part of CONNECT 2020,” said Butot. Antalya Airport is operated and managed by a joint venture between Fraport AG and TAV Airports. In 2018 it had record passenger traffic of more than 32 million and hosting CONNECT is a strategic part of plans to continue growth within the region.
Loganair has announced that it will be launching flights from three Scottish destinations to London Southend. Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, and Jonathan Hinkles, MD, Loganair, were on hand at the London airport to celebrate the news. Flights to Aberdeen and Glasgow will operate 17 times weekly with three daily services on weekdays, and twice-daily operations on Sundays. These routes will commence on 12 and 28 May respectively. Flights to Stornoway will operate six times per week via Glasgow, although passengers for Stornoway will not need to change aircraft.
The official launch date for Carlisle Airport’s first commercial air service in 25 years has been announced as 4 July, after a number of previous delays. Services to Belfast City, Dublin and London Southend will be operated by Loganair Saab 340s, with the airline’s Commercial Director Kay Ryan pictured here. Flights to Belfast City and Dublin will operate five times weekly, while London Southend will be served four times weekly. Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “There is significant demand from both business and leisure passengers in Northern Ireland for an affordable air link to the Lake District and southern Scotland, and we are therefore delighted to welcome both a new route and a new airline. The route will connect the local market with major businesses in Cumbria and provide a gateway to the stunning Lake District. The Loganair service will accommodate affordable and convenient access to the region whilst being of strategic importance to Belfast City Airport where developing our route network remains a primary aim.”