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Record May Sees Glasgow Airport’s Passenger Numbers Soar

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lasgow Airport reported its busiest May on record after more than 910,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 10% on the same period last year.
International and domestic routes were up 16.5% and 2% respectively thanks to additional capacity from a number of airlines including Thomson and Thomas Cook.
There was strong demand for the airport’s growing list of European city destinations including Eurowings’ Dusseldorf route and Ryanair services to Brussels, Sofia and Valencia.
Ryanair’s recently launched Lisbon route performed particularly well as hundreds of Celtic fans made their way to the Portuguese capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s historic 1967 European Cup win.
May also saw the airport’s long-haul services up by 15% thanks to an increase in demand for North American flights including Florida and Emirates’ double daily service to Dubai, while easyJet’s Bristol services and Loganair’s Highland and Island routes helped boost domestic travel.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “May was an extremely successful month which saw the launch of Delta Air Line’s inaugural New York-JFK route and new service to Bergen and the Isle of Man.
“Strengthening our EU connectivity continues to be an area of focus, so Lufthansa’s recent decision to expand its current seasonal weekly service to four flights per week all year round was extremely welcome news.
“In addition to making it easier for tourists from one of our biggest international markets to visit Glasgow, the expansion of this route will play an important role in strengthening Scotland’s connectivity by providing passengers with access to major markets worldwide through Lufthansa’s Munich hub.
“As we look ahead this month the airport is gearing up for what is set to be our busiest June on record as the school term comes to an end and tens of thousands of families pass through our doors to head off on their holidays.”

 

 

Source:- Glasgow Airport

South African Airways Celebrates Youth Month with Youth Career Summit

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South African Airways (SAA) is showing its support for the youth of the country during Youth Month by hosting a Youth Careers Summit. The Summit will see over 800 participants from six high schools and five TVET college campuses converge to form part of the discussions on the country’s skills requirements and opportunities.
The Summit with the theme, Limitless Opportunities on the Ground and in the Sky, will showcase the wide variety of career options at SAA in disciplines such as engineering, flight operations, logistics, catering, aircraft maintenance, aviation medicine, and aviation law.
The aim of the event, which runs over four days, is to give young people an insider’s view of how an airline operates and to make them aware of the many career options available generally in aviation and specifically in the airline business. To demonstrate this, SAA in collaboration with its stakeholders and aviation partners such as Denel, Ekurhuleni Municipality, SA Civil Aviation Authority, SA Police Service, and the Tertiary Education Training Authority (TETA) will have on display various exhibitions during the career summit.
“We are excited about hosting these young people during Youth Month and we hope to offer them insight into a variety of career options available in the industry and trust that this information will be very useful to them as they decide on their future career paths. Often all it takes for the start of a great career is the seed of inspiration to be planted,” says SAA Acting CEO, Mr Musa Zwane.
Aviation is a multi-sector industry with various specialised disciplines and provides career opportunities for young people in many different fields. SAA has a proud young workforce, with 20% of its employees aged between 32 and 37, while almost 44% is younger than 40.
As a state-owned company whose mandate includes supporting the national developmental agenda, SAA contributes towards transforming the country by creating economic empowerment opportunities, as well as training and skills development for the youth.

“Our maintenance subsidiary, SAA Technical, has apprenticeship and internship programmes for qualifying youth, with 313 already undergoing training this year. A further intake of 56 apprentices will start training this month in six different fields, including aircraft mechanics, composite structure, avionics, and electroplating,” concludes Zwane.
SAA will consider reinstating some of the training initiatives for youth once the financial position of the company has been stabilised.

 

 

Source:- SAA

Tourism New Zealand appoints new General Manager Asia

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Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall announced the appointment of Gregg Wafelbakker to the role of General Manager Asia.

Gregg joins Tourism New Zealand from Westland Milk Products where he has been based in Shanghai as General Manager China and General Manager Marketing for the past three years. He will start the role on Monday 3 July.

Gregg has over 20 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry. He graduated from Massey University in 1994 and joined what was then the New Zealand Dairy Board. With Fonterra and legacy companies, he has held a variety of technical, sales and general management roles in New Zealand, USA, Singapore, Thailand and Germany.

Mr England-Hall said Gregg has a passion for emerging markets, especially in Asia, and is a strong advocate of understanding consumer needs.

Gregg Wafelbakker, General Manager Asia, Tourism New Zealand“Gregg’s expertise in marketing and experience of working in several parts of Asia for many years make him an excellent fit for the role, which manages New Zealand’s second biggest tourism market, China, along with major emerging markets India and Indonesia.

“Tourism New Zealand, especially the China and Asia teams, are delighted to welcome Gregg. We look forward to working with him.”