The environment of the Wanda Metropolitano has been recognized as the best public work of 2019 by the College of Engineers of Roads, Canals and Ports of Madrid in the XII edition of its Annual Awards. The award decision, made public this afternoon, considers, from this project, that it results “an urban opportunity that has allowed increasing the provision of green spaces and infrastructure of the District of San Blas-Canillejas, integrating the new Atlético stadium into an accessible environment. The project has allowed an increase in terms of environmental sustainability in the area. “In addition, the rehabilitation of the Beti Jai Fronton, the Mersey Bridge project (United Kingdom) and the EMT induction charging system have also been awarded. The prizes will be delivered the day after tomorrow, February 7, in a gala to be held in the Crystal Gallery of the Palacio de Cibeles. “These prestigious awards recognize great projects and the work of the engineers of Caminos de Madrid that with their innovative solutions improve the quality of life of Madrid,” they describe. The Wanda, the best stadium in the worldThe reasons why the Wanda Metropolitano environment has received this award is because it is “an area of action that covers an area of more than 1,200,000 square meters in which different landscapes and environments have been created.” In 2018, the Atlético stadium, opened in 2017, has already received the first prize of the ‘World Football Summit ‘congress that recognized him as the best in the world.
Virgin Blue CEO John Borghetti plans to change the fortunes of the company’s loss making, long-haul offshoot V Australia by bringing it back under the direct control of the main airline group. Under the changes, Virgin Blue and V Australia will fall under a single brand which is expected to be announced shortly. The integration of the two airlines is said to be part of Virgin’s strategy to take on Qantas in the business travel market and reposition the company away from its budget carrier roots. Borghetti also outlined plans to increase his senior executive team from six to eight in a memo to staff yesterday.Virgin’s commercial chief Liz Savage will take on the combined roles of network and revenue management across the entire group. Next month her team will complete a review of Virgin’s entire international and domestic networks. As reported earlier this week, Borghetti has poached two of his former colleagues at Qantas, Will Owens and Jane McKeon. Qantas’ former head of government and international relations, Jane McKeon will be in control of government relations, while QF’s former head of pricing, Will Owens, will be head of yield management with Virgin. Keith Neate will stay on as chief financial officer and Richard Tanner will retain his position as human resources chief.Former Creative Holidays MD Justin Montgomery has also joined the Virgin Group as the head of sales (excluding Virgin Atlantic). Andrew David will be in charge of Group executive operations and V Australia’s general manager, Scott Swift will report directly to David. In a statement, Virgin Blue said that its new group executive for product and guest services, Martin Daley, will give customers “a seat at the table” among Virgin Blue’s executive ranks.Virgin Blue is expected to have a strong presence at the upcoming NTIA Awards next week, with John Borghetti also expected to be in attendance. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F