If I ran an airport dubbed the second-worst in the world, I’d be miffed to know part of the reason was that some bolshie French air traffic controllers had downed tools and played havoc with flights all over Europe.
The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, meaning the land of the long white cloud. For the British & Irish Lions though, it could be a cloud of a different colour. Big, menacing and all black.
The service onboard Finnair was just about as friendly as anything I’d ever experienced, the food & wines good and the transit airport one of the cleanest and most efficient you will encounter.
Ask any Irish person (and many overseas visitors) what names resonate when they hear the words ‘Slane Castle’, and a who’s who of the rock and roll world trips off the tongue. Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and many others have played the magnificent amphitheatre nestled by
“You just think lovely wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.”
“We sell stuff. It’s the best stuff in the world. We’ve got all the best stuff. And all the best prices. All the other shops they tried to match us. Failed terribly. Nordstrom’s? Total losers.”
Can you imagine Heathrow Airport going to tender, picking its two front-runners, then say, the Office of Fair Trading stepping in to do the final judging?
In a world turned ugly and feral, the beauty of cultures and human communication are more important than ever.
Messrs Geoghegan and Spillane displayed a level of service every bit as slick as Irish scrum-half Conor Murray, hand-delivering their prizes to Diana in Auckland last week.
Whether it be the most dazzling Christmas installations in the airport world, a cultural showpiece or an exuberant celebration of Chinese New Year, Hong Kong feels like an airport with a heartbeat, a crossroads of humanity, culture, technology and aviation.
Contained within a tunnel-like effect, this art exhibition depicting many of Guangzhou’s most revered buildings and cultural attractions is as dazzling a ‘walk to gate’ as you will find anywhere in the airport world.
Take my word for it, HNA will become a global powerhouse of our industry.
Gamsahamnida (‘Thank you’) Korea. I learn so much from your country, your culture, your people and your duty free industry each time I come here. Annyeongi kyeseyo (‘Farewell’).