If you are planning to travel to Barcelona (great choice!), finding a good place to stay is as important as visiting all its main monuments and unravelling its hidden secrets. So, in order to help you, we have devoted this post to the best packs and offers in Barcelona with HCC Hotels. Why this specific chain? Well, especially because of its exceptional locations, both in the city centre and in the most touristic places of Catalonia, such as Berguedá or Amposta, and its wide and diverse offer, affordable for all types of budgets. In this sense, we would like to present you its great selection of:
-Romantic suites. Whether you are thinking about spending your honeymoon in an amazing city or you just want to surprise your beloved one, HCC Hotels provides you with a great range of dreamy, exclusive rooms that will make you wish your holiday never comes to an end.

-Family rooms. If you are searching for a more familiar, laid-back style instead, this chain also has ordinary accommodations for you to discover this wonderful city with your family and/or friends without having to worry about expensive hotel bills.

Moreover, you won’t be able to complain about the staff or the equipment, as all HCC hotels only hire the best professionals and have the most complete conveniences in order to be one step ahead of your needs and requirements. Also, you will be offered the possibility of tasting some of the finest Mediterranean dishes thanks to a daily menu prepared with the best, freshest products. In short, you have no excuses not to enjoy your holiday both in and outside the HCC hotel of your choice: we are most certain that you won’t regret it.

Moreover, you won’t be able to complain about the staff or the equipment, as all HCC hotels only hire the best professionals and have the most complete conveniences in order to be one step ahead of your needs and requirements. Also, you will be offered the possibility of tasting some of the finest Mediterranean dishes thanks to a daily menu prepared with the best, freshest products. In short, you have no excuses not to enjoy your holiday both in and outside the HCC hotel of your choice: we are most certain that you won’t regret it.

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The headline acts are today revealed for Paisley’s annual Spree festival – including a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie-rockers Idlewild and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The nine-day event – run by Renfrewshire Council – will see a varied bill of music, comedy and more in various venues around Paisley between 9 and 17 October.

And the musical centrepiece sees Idlewild – one of the Spree’s biggest acts yet – joined by the RSNO for a unique performance in the stunning setting of Paisley Abbey on Friday 16 October.

Much of the action will again take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square, with highlights including the reformed Khartoum Heroes (Saturday 17 Oct) – who count King Creosote and broadcaster Vic Galloway among their ranks.

Also announced today is a Scottish Album of the Year Showcase (Spiegeltent, Thursday 15 Oct) headlined by award winner Kathryn Joseph, backed up by fellow nominees Happy Meals and PAWS.


There will be a special edition of the Tae Sup Wi’ a Fifer club night featuring James Yorkston and Karine Polwart in the Spiegeltent on Friday 9 Oct, while previous SAY award winners Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells play Paisley Arts Centre on Sunday 11 October.

The Spiegeltent will also host acts including Scottish singers Barbara Dickson (Sunday 11 Oct),James Grant (Wed 14 Oct) and Horse McDonald (Fri 16 Oct).

Tickets go on sale for all of the above through from 9am on Thursday 23 July.

The Spree will also once again see editions of The Danny Kyle Open Stage made famous by Celtic Connections each evening in The Spiegeltent at 5pm, offering the best unsigned talent a platform.

And taking place alongside The Spree will be the return of the popular ModStuff event, run by LNP Promotions and celebrating all things Mod-related (various venues, Fri and Sat 9/10 Oct).

One music show has already been announced – Capercaillie frontwoman Karen Matheson will be joined by Irish singer-songwriter Cara Dillon in Paisley Abbey on Thursday 15 October.

There will also be a programme of comedy shows – some of the acts are still to be announced but they will include Scottish funnyman Des McLean (Paisley Arts Centre, Sat 10 Oct).

And The Spree bill also contains a number of film and theatre events, plus a programme of still-to-be-announced children’s shows, timed to coincide with the October school holidays.

As well as teaming up with Idlewild, the RSNO will also be in Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 13 October for the RSNO Paisley Takeover concert – the culmination of a 12-week programme allowing 60 local young people the chance to work with the orchestra to plan and perform a classical gig.

The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council, and council leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Spree is now in its fourth year and has fast established itself as a key date on Scotland’s festival calendar.

“Hosting events like this is really helping put Paisley on the map as a cultural destination and we will be looking to grow the Spree even more in the years ahead as we move towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“In particular, the collaborations between contemporary rock bands and the RSNO in the unique venue that is Paisley Abbey have now become the signature shows of the festival and have received a great reception in previous years – we are looking forward to another great performance this year.”

Acts who have teamed up with the RSNO in the Abbey in previous years include Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, King Creosote, Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad.

For more information on The Spree and to buy tickets from Thursday, see


ORGANISERS of the Paisley 10K Race and Fun Run have paid tribute to the thousands of people who take part in the event to raise money for charities and good causes.

And Renfrewshire Leisure are offering prizes for those who tell them the best reasons for running in the event, sponsored by Hillington Park, on Sunday, August 30.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said:

“We should really applaud the many people who are running in the Paisley 10k and Fun Run to raise money for charity. I’m sure lots of money will be raised on the day and the runners will have put a lot of effort and training into taking part in the event.

“We want to hear about these good people, so we can highlight and pay tribute to their efforts.

“We’ve also got a £50 sports equipment voucher and two free Thermal Experience sessions at the luxurious EVE Spa, at The Lagoon Leisure Centre for those who send us the best reasons for taking part.”

Joyce added: “As well as people who are fundraising during the Paisley 10k, we want to hear from runners who have maybe achieved a personal goal by getting fit enough to take part.
“We should be celebrating everyone’s achievements.”

People who have a special reason for running in the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run can tell their story by emailing or logging on to the Renfrewshire Leisure Facebook page.

DENNIS the Menace got up to mall sorts of mischief at intu Braehead.

The comic rascal was playing pranks and causing chaos everywhere he went as he launched a Big Beano Takeover of the shopping centre.
From Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 9, Dennis and his Menace Squad will be involved in a host of free kids activities, give-a-ways and competitions in what they’ve dubbed The Classroom of Chaos.

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Dennis the Menace with l-r Gareth Chalmers , Daughter Emma 7 , Mother Stephenie , 5 month Spencer

Youngsters will be taking their seats behind their desks in the mall’s central atrium where they can become Little Menaces by taking part in games, arts and crafts and lots of other prankster activities.

And there’s a special treat for fans of the Beano comic when one of the mag’s top cartoonists and writers hosts a cartoon illustration workshop in the Classroom of Chaos on Saturday, August 8, at 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Kev Sutherland will show youngsters how to draw their favourite Beano characters like Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and Gnasher. Log on to to book a place at this fun and educational session.

Dennis is also giving out prizes for the best Little Menace photographs posted on the intu Braehead Facebook Page with youngsters pulling their best Dennis the Menace face.
The #My Menace contest has a first prize of the winner and a friend appearing in a special edition of The Beano published nationwide and the runner-up prize is a signed 2016 Beano annual handed over before it goes on sale.

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Dennis goes walk-a-bout in Braehead

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said:

“We warned all our staff to be on the lookout for Dennis the Menace as we’d heard he’d get up to all sorts of mischief. And that’s exactly what he did, despite all our efforts to make sure he behaved himself.

“It’s going to be a real fun time during the Beano Takeover at intu Braehead and we’re well prepared for all sorts of pranks.”


Dennis family: Dennis the Menace with l-r Gareth Chalmers; daughter Emma, aged 7; mum Stephenie with 5-month-old son Spencer, from Erskine, Renfrewshire.

Dennis security pic: Dennis The Menace being frogged-marched out of the centre by security staff,  l-r Thomas McEwan and Gareth Gillies.

Dennis trio: Dennis The Menace with Cameron Keay, aged 8; Eva Williamson, aged 7 and Melissa Keay, aged 6, from Paisley

Dennis walk: Dennis The Menace goes walkabout in the intu Braehead shopping mall.

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Last year saw an amazing success for the first ‘Walk of Hope’ event and for everyone who took part.  Not only did we raise over £9,000 but we received Scotland wide media attention.

Families came together and took on their own personal challenge and certainly made a difference to families affected with Huntington’s disease.

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This year we would like to make a BIGGER impact and get more people joining together, not only supporting the walk but enjoying the social space, quality family time, freedom and outdoors.

We would like to welcome more fundraisers to plan a sponsored walk anytime in August. Your support will help raise awareness and funds for a variety of support services helping people living with Huntington’s disease throughout Scotland.

Summer is a lovely time of the year to get outdoors with family, friends, work colleagues or just you in your own space.

You can choose from a walk through a forest or country park.  Or, go all out and walk the West Highland Way or climb a Munroe?  Scotland is blessed with hundreds of footpaths and cycle tracks; you could do a cycle along the coast!  The choice is all yours!

So, whether you raise £50, £500 or £1,000 every penny and pound will be put to good use and this is the difference your support will make…

£3 pays for a 5 minute call that can change a life, £16 provides One to One counselling to a young person affected by HD, £6 buys a handbook for carers, giving them the advice they need, £30 pays for a home visit to someone affected by HD and £465 pays for a young person affected by HD attend residential summer camp.

Once you have decided on your walk, please contact Linda on 0141 848 0308 or email to receive your fundraising pack.


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Starting your own business can be great, it gives you the opportunity to be your own boss, and make a name for yourself. However becoming completely reliant on yourself can be a very scary thought, and does put a lot of people off from starting there own business with an idea that could be potentially revolutionary! All you need is to make sure you lay the right foundations, and the rest will fall into place; so in other words: ‘Do your research!’

Researching your idea is the best way for you to discover weather it will be successful. This is best way for you to minimise future potential risks, as you will have time to adapt and change, and in theory be ready for whatever anyone will throw at you!

Below is an infographic that explains exactly where the best place is to start your own business (a great starting point for you within your research) – take a look and see if you’re getting it right!

Best Places To Start A Business

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What is a credit union?

This is a question we get asked quite a lot, so hopefully this blog post will explain things a little better for you. A credit union is a financial institution similar to a bank or building society except it is owned and operated by its members. Members have a say in how the credit union operates and contribute to all aspects of decision making through the board members. We care about you and our community as a whole; credit unions are for the people. The main difference between a bank and credit union is that banks have shareholders; banks focus on making money for their shareholders. Credit unions are not for profit and are run by members, so any decisions that are made have the members at the centre of the decision.

Why the credit union is for you…

Our Credit union is open to everyone who lives, works and studies in Renfrewshire, we offer many products and services to our members. We are there for you through all occasions whether it be a family holiday, new car, wedding, home improvements and even unexpected bills. There is something here for everyone at Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union. Looking to carry out home improvements we can give you a loan of up to £10,000 with an APR of just 6.7%, can you get that from the bank? We didn’t think so…

Our aim at the credit union is to –

  • Encourage members to save regularly
  • To provide low cost loans to members
  • To encourage careful money management among members
  • To develop a sense of co – operation and community

We also offer loans that are ethical alternatives to payday lenders, we offer fast cash and salary stretcher loans for times of need as we know life doesn’t always run smoothly.

Other products and services we offer at Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union –

  • Savings
  • Loan Products – Fast Cash/ Salary Stretcher/ Diamond Deal
  • Foreign currency exchange (We promise to beat or match any other high street offers so our members receive the best rate.)
  • Payroll deduction
  • Junior savers/cash cubs/ Isave


Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union has 10 fantastic members of staff who constantly strive to deliver the very best service to our members. Each member of staff has a specific role in the day to day running of the Credit Union. We also have an amazing group of volunteers that give up their time to come in and be part of the credit union, we must be pretty cool to work for as one of our volunteers has been here for ten years. Volunteering can also lead to employment opportunities as many of our full time staff members were volunteers before they were offered paid employment.

As well as being situated on the Paisley high street we are very much in touch with all the cyber bots out there. We have recently refurbished the website in order to make it more accessible to new and existing members this can be accessed on all electronic devices. This means that on the move you can sign up online, apply for a loan and you can even take a selfie outside our building if you want and post it on our Facebook!

To join and become a member of Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union all you need is to live, work or study in Renfrewshire. You can join online through our website or you can come in and visit us at –

41 High Street



We hope to meet you soon and have a chat with you about how we can help you and your situation whatever that may be.


The Experience

A recently-opened indoor electric go-kart arena and themed entertainment events venue has raced to the top by winning a coveted visitor attraction accolade after only seven months.
Visit Scotland has handed a Five Star Activity Centre Award to The Experience at Hillington Park, Renfrewshire.

Annique Armstrong, Regional Director of Visit Scotland, said: “It is rare for a business of just seven months to achieve this.
“The five star award is real testament to the team’s hard work and dedication over just a few months to reach this standard.”

The Academy restaurant, which is part of The Experience, has also been awarded a Visit Scotland Taste Our Best Award for offering a comprehensive menu of high quality, local produce.
As well as being Scotland’s only go-kart arena of its kind, The Experience also offers activities for youngsters including laser games, slot car racing, play rooms along with conference and meeting facilities.

The awards were given to The Experience after Visit Scotland conducted two mystery visits to grade the attraction on their national quality standards.
Annique added: “We are delighted to award The Experience with five stars. The Experience offers visitors a great day out in Renfrewshire, with a variety of fun things to do for the family.

“The business has succeeded in its primary focus, which is to provide the largest number and widest range of job opportunities to young people.

“It has reached this by providing a plethora of activities for visitors including go-karting, laser experience, slot car racing and a delicious restaurant, alongside a training kitchen, flexible event space and a stage for the performing arts.

“A high level of customer experience has been consistent across the entire operation which has heavily contributed to this business receiving five stars.

“The Experience is a great example of how a business can achieve high standards very quickly – well done to all involved.”

Lynsey McLean, general manager of The Experience said: “We are very proud to have achieved these two Visit Scotland awards after such a short time.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of all our crew here. I’m a great believer that if the staff enjoy being at their work that will reflect on the service we give our visitors when they come through the door.

“As well as the Five Star Award being very unusual for a venue that has been opened for such a short time, there also can’t be many social enterprises like ourselves who have been awarded Five Stars by Visit Scotland.”



Pic stars 1: Star attraction – some of the crew from The Experience who have won a Visit Scotland Five Star Award, from left, Gerry Brown; Lynsey McLean; mascot Volta; Declan Gallacher and Danielle Parnis.

Pic stars 2: Star turn – some of the crew from The Experience who have won a Visit Scotland Five Star Award, from left, Gerry Brown; Lynsey McLean; Nathan Cowan; Danielle Parnis and Declan Gallacher with mascot, Volta.

Pic stars 3: Shining Stars  – some of the crew from The Experience who have won a Visit Scotland Five Star Award, front row from left, Gerry Brown; Lynsey McLean; mascot Volta; Danielle Parnis and Declan Gallacher.

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SCOTS football legend Tony Fitzpatrick launched one of the country’s biggest youth football tournaments yesterday and revealed that when he was a teenager playing in a similar competition, he was told by a coach:

“Your too wee, son. You’ll never make it as a footballer.”
Tony was at the King George V Parks, in Renfrew yesterday to give his backing for two youth football tournaments being hosted by Renfrewshire Leisure next month that will be played on their pitches in Paisley and Renfrew.

And he told how as a 13-year-old, playing for Possil YM in a youth tournament organised by Aston Villa, he was devastated by that damning verdict on his chances of realising his dream of being a professional footballer.

But Tony proved that coach wrong, as only four years later Alex Ferguson made him captain of St Mirren.
He went on to have an illustrious career, winning the Scottish Cup for The Buddies, signing for Bristol City, captaining the Scotland under-21 side and winning a Scottish League Cap against Italy. He also became a respected coach and then manager of St Mirren.

The youth football tournament that Tony is supporting kicks off with a seven, five and four-a-side tournament for youngsters aged between six and 11 years of age, being held on August 1 and 2, at St James Park and Ferguslie Sports Complex, in Paisley. Around 1200 players are expected to take part.

And the second, held on August 7, 8 and 9, is the Glasgow City Cup 11-a-side tournament for players aged between 12 and 19, which will see as many as 1500 players on the pitches at Renfrew’s King George V Parks.

Tony recalled: “Youth football tournaments are fantastic, but I was shattered when I came home from Birmingham after that competition at Aston Villa and I’d been told I’d never make it as a pro footballer because I was to wee and thin.

“I’d been recommended to Villa by their Scottish scout at the time, Joe Hill and they were having a look at me and some other Possil YM players during the tournament.

“I was devastated to be told I wouldn’t make it because I’d always dreamed of being a professional footballer. It took me quite some time to get over that, but it brought out the mental toughness in me you need to make it as a footballer.

“And despite what that Villa coach thought about my size, I think I’ve had not a bad career as a footballer since then!”

Tony has some good advice for the youngsters taking part in the football tournaments.

“These games are a great chance for young players to show what they can do,” he said “There will be scores of football scouts from all over the country coming to see the games.

“And don’t get hung up about your size. You don’t need to be a giant to make it in football. Just look at Lionel Messi and David Silva – these guys are all well under six feet tall.

“And in any case, a well-struck ball can travel much quicker than any player I’ve ever come up against.”

One of the tournaments organisers, Mitch Agnew said: “These are two of the biggest youth football tournaments in the country and it’s great pre-season preparation for everyone taking part.

“Most of the games will be on grass parks and that’s also a bonus for the players. Renfrewshire Leisure has been superb in helping us organise this tournament.”

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We’ve got some great facilities for football and the parks are looking great just now.

“The tournaments will be a fantastic opportunity for these young footballers to show what they can do.”


tony 1 – Football legend Tony Fitzpatrick having a ball with players from Gleniffer Thistle youth teams, from left Scott Russell, 16, from Renfrew; Jay Keenan, 12, from Paisley; Max Brown, 11, from Paisley and Michael McGowan, 17, from Renfrew.
Tony 2 – Tony Fitzpatrick with players from Gleniffer Thistle youth teams, from left Scott Russell, 16, from Renfrew; Max Brown, 11, from Paisley; Jay Keenan, 12, from Paisley; and Michael McGowan, 17, from Renfrew.

tony 3 – Football legend Tony Fitzpatrick having a ball with players from Gleniffer Thistle youth teams, from left Scott Russell, 16, from Renfrew; Jay Keenan, 12, from Paisley; Max Brown, 11, from Paisley and Michael McGowan, 17, from Renfrew.

Tony 4 – Tony Fitzpatrick with players from Gleniffer Thistle youth teams, from left Scott Russell, 16, from Renfrew; Max Brown, 11, from Paisley; Jay Keenan, 12, from Paisley; and Michael McGowan, 17, from Renfrew.

Tony 5 – Tony Fitzpatrick with players from Gleniffer Thistle youth teams, from left Scott Russell, 16, from Renfrew; Max Brown, 11, from Paisley; Jay Keenan, 12, from Paisley; and Michael McGowan, 17, from Renfrew.

Tony 6 – Tony Fitzpatrick, centre left, is joined by chairman of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Jim Harte and players from Gleniffer Thistle youth teams, Scott Russell, 16, from Renfrew; Jay Keenan, 12, from Paisley; Max Brown, 11, from Paisley and Michael McGowan, 17, from Renfrew


Establishing a set of eco-friendly criteria is becoming more of an important consideration for businesses across the country. This is a benefit in terms of the environment, and it is also a way of generating more business. Consumers are looking to use companies that are more eco-aware, so spending money on eco-friendly features can actually generate greater profits. As a country, Scotland needs to focus more on being eco-friendly, even down to a local level in Paisley.


Eco-friendly benefits


Being more environmentally friendly can be of benefit to many areas of a business. It enables you to make energy savings, which can reduce the impact you have on the environment, as well as helping to lower your bills. Cutting down the amount of energy you use as a business could be as simple as having a policy of switching off appliances when they’re not in use. You could also look to install renewable sources of energy, such as wind turbines and solar panels.


Often, smaller businesses see being environmentally friendly as an expensive exercise and can discount it before they’ve even researched it thoroughly. However, many businesses that have an eco-friendly policy are actually performing well financially – sometimes even better than those businesses that have chosen to ignore environmental criteria. A business that is more environmentally aware can often attract more customers than companies that are not. This can then increase sales and overall profits.


One of the global businesses that is very much aware of environmental issues and puts them into practice is M1 Group. Beirut-based M1 Group has a key objective of sustainability and generates high levels of energy efficiency in its buildings. It uses state-of-the-art technology that achieves energy savings and features sustainable elements.


An eco-friendly Scotland


Turning your business into a more environmentally friendly company would be beneficial for the whole of Scotland. By causing less damage to the environment, even on a personal and local level, it would create a more pleasant environment for everybody to enjoy.


The Scottish Government wants to develop more sustainable ways of working for businesses of all sizes. They have a vision of a vibrant and low-carbon economy, which would see Scotland at the centre of green businesses.


As part of this environmental policy, the Government wants to support local businesses in their quest to develop more eco-friendly practices. This includes the financial support to allow them to put their own sustainable policies into operation. If you’re a business in Scotland that is looking for financial assistance to help grow your company in any way, then there are a range of options available to you. This includes Regional Selective Assistance, which provides funds for companies in certain areas of Scotland where the project creates or maintains jobs.


Generating more eco-friendly businesses across Scotland, and in Paisley itself, would benefit the whole local and regional economy. It would attract more customers to Scottish-based businesses, enabling companies to expand, generate jobs and boost profits and wages.

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Here at ECF Paisley (, we are continually working on ways in which we can serve the community that we are part of. Being based in Paisley Town Centre on Gordon Street, we felt the need put on an event that celebrates Paisley and encourages community.

The TAG Street Party is one of the ways that we love to do this. It includes a BBQ Cafe, a Kids Creative Centre (open 12pm – 2pm), Bouncy Castles and Inflatables, lots of Games, Facepainting, Balloon Modeling and Psalm Reading. The best part: Everything is Free.

Why not put the date in your diary, bring the family along and be part of something positive in Paisley.

Date: Saturday 8th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: County Square, Paisley


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Wizz Air today (Saturday 13 June) launched a brand new direct flight between Glasgow and the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

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It is the first time Budapest has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport and from today, the airline will operate a year round, twice weekly service.

Budapest, which is one of the largest cities in Central Europe, straddles the Danube River and is renowned for its architecture, rich history and culture. Wizz Air chose to add direct flights between the two cities following a poll carried out in the Hungarian media, with the majority of participants placing Glasgow at the top of their wish list.

Wizz Air first moved to Glasgow Airport in March 2013 and the addition of Budapest brings the total number of destinations it serves from Glasgow to six. It currently operates services to the Polish cities of Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice and Gdansk. From 16 September it will also operate a twice weekly service to Lublin in eastern Poland.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “This is fantastic new route for the airport, and it’s sure to be incredibly popular – both with our domestic customers, and with Hungarians who are eager to visit Scotland.  It is important for Glasgow to have regular, direct links with European markets, and this route further strengthens our connectivity, with the potential to generate significant inbound tourism for Glasgow.

“We are looking forward to working with Wizz Air to ensure the success of this exciting new route.”