A Street Festival Like None

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By A Correspondent

It was a street festival like none, not on any street but on the tarmac of Canada’s busiest international airport. There was no need for an airline ticket to experience airport culture at this family-friendly event.

This was the 3rd Annual Street Festival, a community event, at Toronto Pearson Airport on September 14 which had its largest crowd in attendance. To make it all happen, over 200 volunteers were at hand to talk and explain what happens behind the scenes at the airport. There was something for everybody - airport equipment up close to see, kids zone for play and food to eat.

For the first time ever, an airline’s band was on hand specially flown in to participate in the Street Festival.

It was KLM’s Night Flight to RIO, based in Amsterdam, a band made up of the 14 professional musicians, all KLM employees from various departments.  The crowds danced to the R&B, Motown and Rock & Roll beats played. They justified their claim that ‘Everything is possible and nothing is too crazy for this enchanting party band that makes a real party of any action’.

Two free tickets to anywhere in Europe were raffled by KLM, which also brought before retirement its MD-11 Boeing named Amy Johnson, which had its inaugural flight in March 1993.

OpenJaw, The Travel Industry’s Biggest Mouthpiece, reports:

Landing from Amsterdam only a short time before the start of the event, the crew was on hand to mingle with the crowd, pose for photos and answer questions. When asked if photo ops were part of his typical routine, Captain Jaap Korteweg replied, “No, but when I came off the plane I felt like a celebrity!”

Over 6000 people came through the gates to take part in the festival.

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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