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Awards WORLD ROUTES


Ioanna Papadopoulou Director, communications and marketing, Athens International Airport


Passenger numbers at Athens International Airport reached a record high in 2016 at 20.02 million, a rise of 10.7% year-on-year. The airport has recorded a similarly strong start this year, reporting a 9% increase in passenger numbers in May, making 2017 currently the fourth consecutive year for growth. The market is characterised by the dynamic expansion of the international route networks of home-based carriers, the successful performance of Greek and international carriers, the introduction of additional frequencies and new routes,


the increase in low-cost carriers and long-haul development. Athens has invested heavily in destination-marketing initiatives and synergies with airline and tourism stakeholders. With 12 new routes and almost 300 additional weekly flights, Athens is seeing the expansion of home-based carriers Aegean Airlines and Ryanair. It is also benefiting from the significant strengthening of connectivity through year-round, long-haul routes to New York with Emirates and Singapore through Scoot.


Christian Kaeser Head of aviation marketing and business development, Nuremberg Airport


Nuremberg Airport continues to grow its passenger numbers, with just under 3.5 million travelling in 2016, 3% up from the previous year. Total air capacity also grew strongly, rising by 9% at the airport in 2016. Following TUI Fly’s decision to withdraw its base at the airport, Kaeser was instrumental in attracting Ryanair and Germania, both of which have opened bases and are seeing continued growth. Germania began operations in winter 2016 and, by the end of April 2017, around 40,000 passengers had used the services with bookings rising steadily. The carrier recently announced its intention


to increase its weekly departures from 30 to 45, with an additional A321 operating from summer 2017. The 10th-largest airport in Germany by passenger numbers, recent route successes include a six-times weekly service to Lyon by French carrier HOP! and British Airways’ seasonal London Gatwick service, scheduled to start in November. The airport is highly regarded by business travellers, in 2016 Airport Nürnberg was honoured with its ninth successive Business Traveller award as the Best Airport in Germany for business travellers.


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tonnes, an 11.2% boost compared with the previous year. Furthermore, AENA’s two largest


airports, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat, rank fifth and sixth in the EU in terms of passengers. AENA, which is also the world’s


largest airport operator, owns a 51% stake in the concessionaire company of London Luton, so in total its airports processed 244.8 million passengers in 2016. International passengers, which


account for 72% of AENA’s operations, rose by 12%, while domestic numbers rose by 8%.


Business development director, Belfast International Airport


One of the co-hosts of Routes Europe 2017, Belfast International Airport has worked hard to promote both the city and the country and attract new air services.


In 2016 the airport handled more than 5.1 million passengers, the most important success the airport has celebrated. This has generated more than 800 new jobs and helped open new and important European routes in 2016. Established airlines added substantial


capacity, while the decision by Ryanair to set up a base further powered the growth.


Re-establishing


direct trans-Atlantic services after the decision by United Airlines to end its Belfast- Newark service was a hugely important step. The new Norwegian services to New


York and Boston were the culmination of lots of hard work, including working closely with government to find a replacement airline. The US is incredibly important from both tourism and trade perspectives.


routesonline.com ROUTES NEWS 2016 ISSUE 5 115


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