Cornwall continues Heathrow connection

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Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) has confirmed the continuation of its London Heathrow connection with flights operated by British Airways. The announcement follows the news earlier this year that Flybe would be scrapping its subsidised route from Cornwall to London Heathrow and instead flying to and from Gatwick.

CAN has worked hard to ensure it maintains non-stop access to Europe’s busiest hub with British Airways will operate a five-times-weekly service.

“Safeguarding our link to the UK’s leading gateway has been our top priority following the recent change to our current Heathrow operation under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement,” explained Amy Smith, Marketing and Business Performance Manager, Cornwall Airport Newquay. “British Airways has recognised the demand we continue to see for services to LHR and we’re absolutely ecstatic to confirm we can continue to offer this vital link. With such a major global carrier we will be able to offer our passengers one-stop access to the world, while worldwide investors and tourists will benefit from an easier connection to our stunning county,” added Smith.

Maintaining the Heathrow connection alongside the renewed Public Service Obligation (PSO) to London Gatwick will preserve the global access required by local businesses. “This really is a momentous time in the history of Cornwall Airport Newquay,” stated Smith. “To have British Airways’ acknowledgement of the importance of such a service leaves me in no doubt that this underserved market will continue to grow. Essentially our region is more accessible to the world than it ever has been before.”

Almost 30% of CAN’s passenger traffic in 2019 travelled to London Heathrow, with an average 84% load factor on each flight. Seeing the UK’s largest gateway remain on its route network this summer means Cornwall Airport Newquay will provide more hub connections than ever before, as British Airways joins SAS’ service to Copenhagen, and Flybe’s link to Amsterdam (launching S20).

Contour Airlines to establish base at Indianapolis Airport

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Contour Airlines, the US regional carrier, plans to establish an aircraft base at Indianapolis International Airport and launch three new domestic routes. The airline has also revealed plans to create up to 55 new jobs in central Indiana by the end of 2023. It plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents, mechanics and ground personnel to support operations.

“Contour’s investment is a win-win all the way around,” said Mario Rodriguez, Indianapolis Airport Authority executive director. “Travelers have been demanding drive-market destinations, and we’ve been working for years to bring these to Indy and expand both business and leisure nonstop connectivity regionally. Jobs, a new record-breaking number of nonstop flights, and further proof you can get there from here! That’s a win for everybody.”

To incentivise the regional carrier the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Contour Airlines up to $1.5 million in the form of a Minimum Revenue Guarantee, meaning the company only earns it if it does not meet its minimum revenue targets for the routes. Additionally, the IEDC offered the company up to $550,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The city of Indianapolis supports the project at the request of Develop Indy.

According to OAG Contour is one of the most punctual airlines in North America.  “Indiana is a natural fit for Contour Airline’s growth,” said Matt Chaifetz, CEO of Contour. “We look forward to employing Hoosiers and bringing Indy travelers nonstop service to key business and leisure markets.”

The airline’s new daily air service, which it plans to launch in June 2020, will connect Indiana to Nashville International Airport, St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. It will also bring the total connectivity available from the Indianapolis airport to 53 nonstop destinations, an all-time high.

“In Indianapolis, individuals can enjoy a rich quality of life in an accessible community without sacrificing connectivity to family and friends across the country,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Indy is proud to welcome Contour Airlines and its portfolio of premium regional flight options to the growing number of choices available in our market. Indianapolis International Airport’s continued growth helps to support the continued growth of our city.”

Known as the Crossroads of America, Indiana is within a one-day drive to 60% of the U.S. population and is home to more than 1,700 miles of interstate, three international ports, the second-largest FedEx hub in the world and the award-winning Indianapolis International Airport, which has been named the best airport in North America for the seventh consecutive year from Airports Council International. As part of Gov. Holcomb’s efforts to make Indiana a magnet for job creation, Indiana is committed to improving the state’s connectivity by attracting new nonstop and direct flights to and from Indiana’s airports.

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Trujet adds Bidar to its network

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Indian regional airline Trujet has announced it is adding Bidar – in the north-eastern state of Karnataka – as a new destination within its UDAN services.

The airline is adding this destination as part of its UDAN services, aiming to boost regional connectivity, in alignment with the country’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), and the new route will support the airline in its aims to improve socio-economic growth throughout all tiers of India, supporting business and leisure travel. The advancements in air connectivity are expected to benefit employment rates and to increase the economic development beyond First Tier cities across India.

“With this Trujet service travel time considerably came down. This service will help to the development of ‘Kalyana Karnataka’ in Bidar area,” said Mr Yeddyurappa. Chief Minister of Karnataka. The original 12-hour bus journey was reduced to only one hour and 40 minutes by air.

Bidar Airport has recently welcomed GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) as its new operator. Mr SGK Kishore, Executive Director – South, GMR Airports and CEO – GHIAL, said, “We are very pleased to partner with the Government of Karnataka to support efforts for all-round development of Bidar and nearby regions.”

It is hoped that connectivity to this destination will lead to a boost to its economy with the accessibility for tourists and locals.

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Budapest reconnects with Croatia

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Following a 13-year hiatus, Budapest Airport will once again be connected to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast thanks to a new seasonal Ryanair link serving Zadar Airport.

“Re-introducing Croatia to our destination network is fantastic news, especially for the tourism in both cities – more than half a million Hungarians visited the south eastern European country last year,” said Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport.

“The historic city of Zadar with its old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches and cosmopolitan cafes has been a growing attraction
for Hungarians for many years now and in return we have seen the number of Croatian visitors to our own beautiful city grow significantly,” he continued.

Bogáts also revealed that he expects Ryanair’s flight between the two popular tourist destinations to be in high demand throughout the summer.

The popular low-cost carrier will operate the new route from its Lauda base at Zadar from 2 July and will offer an additional 300,000 seats over the peak season. Ryanair is one of Budapest Airport’s fastest-growing airlines offering 58 destinations across its Hungarian network.

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Munich Airport introduces mobile payments

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Germany’s Munich Airport is set to become the first location in Europe to offer mobile, cashless payments thanks to a partnership with Wirecard, SES-imagotag and wirecube.

The new friction-less payment system is being rolled out a eurotrade retail unit (MyCorner shop) located after security in Terminal 2 . The ‘Smart Checkout – Tap, Pay & Enjoy’ mobile payment solution enables consumers to use their smartphones to pay for articles right at the store shelf by scanning an electronic price tag. This eliminates waiting times at the cash register. And in contrast to existing payment systems on the European market, customers don’t need to download an app.

“By simplifying and speeding up the checkout process, we can deliver an even better shopping experience for our 48 million passengers per year and keep pace with their ever-increasing expectations,” said Philipp Ahrens, Vice President Center Management at Munich Airport.

To shop and place articles in their shopping basket, customers simply hold their smartphone up to the SES-imagotag digital shelf labels. The product is captured via near-field communication (NFC) or a camera scan of the QR code. The phone then opens a wirecube mobile web app within seconds enabling customers to complete their purchase by scanning their credit card with their phone camera or entering the card details manually.

After the pilot phase, the payment system will be extended to other eurotrade retail locations, including 12 duty free shops and 14 other stores offering magazines and newspapers, travel needs and souvenirs.

“The new payment system gives our customers a self-checkout option for the first time,” said Sven Zahn, Managing Director. “This offers significant added value for travellers in a hurry. And as Munich Airport’s retail arm, we are expecting a boost in sales – especially for fast turnover goods that are purchased on the go.”

Costs to retailers for setting up the new payment system are quite limited if the electronic shelf labels from SES-imagotag are used. By expanding the functionality of the labels to include a payment system, they become an additional point of sale that is far more cost-effective than conventional cash systems, both in terms of initial investment and ongoing expenses


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Avalon Airport invests in self-service check-in solutions

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Avalon Airport has partnered with Elenium Automation to introduce self-service check-in kiosks and bag drop in an Australian first.

The low-cost airport in Melbourne currently serves flights for Jetstar, AirAsia and Citilink, and to meet growing passenger and airline demand, is investing in self-service and automation technology from Elenium Automation to replace manual check-in desks.

The new technology is set to drive greater efficiency, increase the terminal capacity potential as well as boost passenger experience.

“We are focused on automation and technical innovation to offer airlines and their passengers a fast, seamless and relaxed journey through the airport,” commented Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings, calling the partnership with Elenium “ideal… to help us realise this vision.”

Avalon Airport is the first in Australia to adopt Elenium’s full suite of automation technologies, including self-service check-in kiosks, bag drop technology, Common User Self Service (CUSS) platform and ‘Flight Deck’ software, which the company said will give the airport’s operational team an overview of events across the kiosk and bag drop portfolio.

“We were also the first international terminal in the country to install a CT Scanner,” Giddings continued. “It’s important to us that we continue using state of the art technologies in order to enhance our customer experience.”

Elenium’s solutions at Avalon will cover 16 common use, self-service kiosks to provide a fast, user-friendly check-in. The kiosks can be moved around the airport for use by different airlines as needed, and will also feature a retractable keyboard to allow the kiosks to be turned into an agent terminal.

The company will also deliver eight hybrid bag drops that can operate in either full self-service, or agent-assisted mode.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Avalon Airport and demonstrating that significant efficiency and passenger experience gains can be achieved in airports of all sizes,” said Elenium Automation CEO and Co-founder, Aaron Hornlimann, adding that the solutions are designed to be “accessible, user-friendly and easy to implement.”

Elenium suggests its self-service and automation technologies can reduce passenger congestion by up to 60%, while delivering an enhanced customer experience.

Last year, Avalon Airport became the first in Australia to be approved for permanent use of its CT Scanner in its international terminal. The past few months have marked a busy period for the airport as it welcomed its inaugural flight from Indonesian low-fare airline Citilink, and celebrated an award for Major Airport of the Year from the Australian Airports Association (AAA) 2019 National Airport Industry Awards.

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Pegasus Airlines aircraft in incident at Sabiha Gocken Airport

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An aircraft operated by Pegasus Airlines has skidded off the runway and broken into three pieces on landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport on 5 February.

The aircraft was carrying 177 people – 171 passengers and six crew, according to Governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya. There have been three fatalities reported and a number of people have been injured.

The airline confirmed the fatalities in a statement on 6 February, stating: “There have now been three fatalities, as confirmed by official sources. Pegasus Airlines shares in the profound sorrow of all the people affected by this tragic accident.”

The Governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya, tweeted: “As of 19:40, we sent 52 injured people from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to the surrounding hospitals by ambulance.”

Turkey’s transport minister has been quoted as suggesting the incident was a result of a “rough landing.”

It is thought the flight had just arrived from Izmir when the incident occurred. Images from the site show emergency response teams helping passengers from the aircraft.

Flights at Sabiha Gökçen Airport have been diverted, held or cancelled.

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Local businesses leaders support Southampton Airport growth

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Business leaders from Southampton in the UK are supporting calls to strengthen regional connectivity following a visit from the UK’s Aviation Minister to Southampton Airport.

The visit formed part of the Department for Transport’s Regional Air Connectivity Review, launched in January as part of measures to support regional connectivity across the UK.

“Strengthening regional connectivity is absolutely crucial to enabling growth, developing business links and bringing prosperity to our region,” said Neil Garwood, managing director of Southampton Airport.

“We are pleased that the government is recognising this and urge our local authorities to recognise this, too.”

Adding that the airport has a “vital role” to play in connectivity, he continued, “The city needs to make the right choices about investment, and smart, forward-looking decisions that will enable the region to grow and prosper in a balanced and sustainable way.”

Last year the airport submitted planning application to enable an extension of the runway, which would allow the airport to increase passenger numbers from two to three million per year, increase route choice and destinations. Garwood commented: “With the extension of our runway, the airport and the region will be able to harness the revolution in aviation that will bring cleaner, greener and quieter travel – benefiting regional airports to a far greater degree than the larger hub airports.”

“We want the city to grow, develop and prosper,” he said, warning however “there is an alternative future without the runway extension where we don’t see growth and the city becomes disconnected.”

“Now is the time for us all to come together and support each other to secure the investment and growth needed to provide a prosperous future for this fantastic city.  As we look ahead to our City of Culture bid, let’s ensure our city is well and truly open for business,” he continued.

Local businesses expressed support for the airport, including: Exxon Mobil Fawley; Associated British Ports, Carnival UK; Ordnance Survey; The Ageas Bowl (RB Sport & Leisure Holdings); Meachers Global; DP World Southampton; Solent Stevedores; Savills; Barker-Mill Estates.

Gary Whittle, Commercial Director of Meachers Global Logistics, an independent freight and transport logistics provider, said: “The connectivity Southampton Airport provides is vital for us to continue to attract and service customers throughout Europe and beyond.”

Whittle said flying from Southampton reduces time, money and emissions for the company over travelling to and from London airports, adding: “Moreover, the additional routes that will be made possible through the expansion of the airport will play an important role in our own future growth and success, and the success of many other businesses in the Solent region.”

Eastleigh MP, Paul Homes shared his support for the airport’s growth plans, calling regional connectivity a “vital lever to future prosperity”.

The airport is soon to gain a new regional connection from Eastern Airways which has announced a direct route connecting Southampton Airport with Teesside International Airport.