Edinburgh Airport celebrated its busiest June on record this week following the news that passenger numbers exceeded 1.4 million last month. This comes as the Scottish capital welcomed two new transatlantic services this summer, including American Airlines’ service to Philadelphia (pictured), and a Delta Airlines route to Boston. Speaking of the news was Gordon Dewar, CEO Edinburgh Airport: “The summer months are always our busiest as families head off on holiday and people have that long waited break in the sun, and yet again we’ve experienced a record month which signals a strong start to the summer season. Our continued efforts to deliver greater route choice and capacity are delivering positive results and increasing Scotland’s connectivity to the world is something we’re always working on”. In total, 13 new routes have been launched in 2019 so far from Edinburgh, including new carriers such as start-up Great Dane Airlines’ flight to Aalborg (pictured).
Air Belgium this week announced the return of scheduled services to Guadeloupe and Martinique from December 2019, having since September 2018 refocused on becoming an ACMI provider, with the carrier’s A340-300 fleet being wet leased to cover capacity shortages for the likes of British Airways amidst the Boeing 787’s RR Trent 1000 engine issues.
At this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering awards dinner, Bombardier Belfast won the prestigious MacRobert award for its advanced composite wing for the Airbus A220. Presenting the award to the Bombardier team was HRH The Princess Royal and Academy President, Professor Dame Ann Dowling (far left). Michael Ryan CBE, COO Aerostructures at Bombardier Aviation said of the award: “Bombardier Belfast is thrilled to win the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2019 MacRobert Award. It’s a fantastic recognition of our highly-skilled workforce, who have created a unique, cutting-edge technology to produce composite wings in Belfast which fly on commercial aircraft around the world…we’ve been developing our advanced composite expertise in Belfast for half a century and it’s an immense honour to receive the gold medal in the MacRobert Award’s 50th year”. This comes amidst an uncertain future for the Northern Ireland division of Bombardier Aviation, with the company having sold the A220 programme to Airbus and looking to divest its aerostructures business.
Ethiopian Airlines celebrated a one year anniversary for the resumption of flights to Asmara after 20 years, following the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea. A cake cutting ceremony took place to mark the occasion and had senior representatives present from both parties. Amongst those present was Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
Flybe is set to axe 23 routes and close two bases amidst financial difficult. Commenting on this was Flybe’s ex-boss Christine Oumeires-Widener who said ‘our fleet reduction has always been core to improving our profitability. We are committed to assisting all our affected employees across the impacted Flybe bases. We remain fully committed to Exeter, Cardiff and Doncaster airports and will continue to offer a comprehensive choice of regional and European destinations operated by our 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.’