New routes launched during the last week (Saturday 16 May – Friday 22 May):

Route of the Week:
Germanwings’ Cologne/Bonn – Kiev

Image: Germanwings Cologne/Bonn to Kiev
Eager to offer assistance to the mother and baby about to board, the Germanwings crew celebrate the launch of thrice-weekly services from Cologne/Bonn to Kiev.
  • Germanwings has added Kiev (KBP) to its network. Thrice-weekly flights from Cologne/Bonn (CGN) began this week using an A319. Germanwings thus becomes only the second LCC after Wizz Air to operate flights to the Ukrainian capital. Wizz Air has had a base at the airport since last July and now operates nine routes from the airport including a thrice-weekly service to Cologne/Bonn.
  • Air Arabia Maroc started its sixth (and final for now) new route this week when it began serving Paris CDG (CDG) from its Casablanca (CMN) hub. The previous five routes all operate either three or four times per week, but Paris will be served daily with flights departing Casablanca at 10:55 and Paris at 16:40. Direct competition is provided by Air France (four daily flights) and easyJet (daily flights) while indirect competition comes from jet4you (daily flights) and Royal Air Maroc (five daily flights) who both operate to Paris Orly airport.
  • In another case of airberlin competing directly with Lufthansa Jersey (JER) is the latest destination to be served non-stop by both airlines from Dűsseldorf (DUS). airberlin’s new weekly (Saturday) service is operated by one of its new Q400s. According to the airline’s booking tool flights departing Germany on 11 July and returning from Jersey on 18 July are already sold out. The seasonal route ends on 12 September.
Image: Airtran route launch
The new AirTran service just about to leave the gate for Milwaukee yesterday. (Photo: Jeff Lea, PR Manager, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport).
  • AirTran has been busy building up it presence at Milwaukee (MKE) airport. It recently launched thrice-daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and re-started daily seasonal non-stop flights to Boston (BOS), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). This week it began new daily non-stop flights to Denver (DEN) and St. Louis (STL). Both of these new routes are keenly contested with Frontier, Midwest and United all offering at least double-daily flights to/from Denver and American offering three daily flights to St Louis. In 2008 just under eight million people passed through General Mitchell International Airport, as the airport in Milwaukee is more commonly known. In March 2009 AirTran handled 19.8% of Milwaukee’s passengers, second only to Midwest (with 35.1%) and ahead of Northwest (with 16.0%).
  • Allegiant Air added Billings (BIL) in Montana to its growing network of destinations from its newest base in Los Angeles (LAX). “We’re pleased to bring yet another affordable and convenient way for the Billings community to go on vacation to a sunny destination,” Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. “This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only non-stop, all jet service between Billings and Los Angeles.” Flights will operate just twice-weekly. Allegiant already serves Las Vegas and Phoenix/Mesa from Billings. In 2008 Billings airport handled 870,000 passengers, virtually unchanged from the year before.
  • B&H Airlines was supposed to have started a number of new non-stop flights from Sarajevo (SJJ) this week. However services to Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Dűsseldorf (DUS) appear to have been pushed back to 9 June and 26 May respectively leaving just Stockholm (ARN) and Vienna (VIE) as routes that started this week (probably). The only route on which the airline will face direct competition is Vienna, which is served twice daily by Austrian. Stockholm and Dűsseldorf will be served by the airline’s newly acquired 737-400 while Berlin and Vienna services will be operated by the airline’s ATR 72.
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  • bmibaby, bmi’s own LCC, has started two new routes to Mahon (MAH) on the island of Menorca. Twice-weekly services have begun from Cardiff (CWL) and thrice-weekly flights from East Midlands (EMA). Last year Mahon/Menorca handled 2.6 million passengers, down 6% on 2007. This week also saw the re-launch of bmibaby services between Birmingham (BHX) and Newquay (NQY). The airline last served this route during the summer of 2005. This year there will be four weekly flights until 20 September.
  • Cimber Sterling began three more new routes from Copenhagen (CPH) this week. Using its former Sterling 737s the airline has started twice-weekly flights to Chania (CHQ) in Crete, Montpellier (MPL) in France, and Split (SPU) in Croatia. Competition on these routes this summer will come from Norwegian (Split) and Transavia.com (Chania, Montpellier).
  • easyJet now links its popular Bristol (BRS) base with Corfu (CFU), and Newcastle (NCL) with Malta (MLA). Both routes will be served twice-weekly during the summer season. Both Corfu and Malta are served by the airline from London Gatwick and Manchester. In 2007 Corfu/Kerkyra airport handled just over two million passengers of which some 85% were on international flights. Some 770,000 passengers were on flights to and from the UK with London Gatwick accounting for 225,000 of them.
  • Finnair has resumed flights between Helsinki (HEL) and Bergen (BGO). The service operates five-times weekly using an Embraer E190 until the end of September. “The main reason for the opening of a new summer route to Bergen is high tourism demand from Asia, particularly from Japan, directed at Norway’s renowned fjord area. There is also interest in the new route from America and the southern European countries”, says Finnair’s Vice President Route Strategy and Traffic Planning Petteri Kostermaa. Finnair saw passenger numbers fall by 7.3% in April, but the business-orientated domestic market fell by 16.7%, not helped by the re-timing of Easter.
Image: Germania route launch
  • Germania is gradually re-launching scheduled services. Its fleet of Fokker 100s are now being sold and the airline is using 737s. This week saw the start of two new routes to Bari (BRI) from Dűsseldorf (DUS) and Basel (BSL). Both routes will operate twice-weekly on Monday and Thursday. According to the airline’s on-line booking tool it is taking bookings for nine routes including five from Dűsseldorf. Apart from Bari, it is also operating flights to Pristina, Skopje, Tbilisi and Verona.
Image: Jet2 route launch
The first passengers to check in for the Rhodes and Heraklion launch earlier this week from Manchester Airport won free flights to a Jet2.com destination of their choice.
  • Jet2.com started an impressive 11 new routes this week. From its home base at Leeds/Bradford (LBA) it has started flying to Dalaman (DLM) in Turkey and Larnaca (LCA) in Cyprus. From its Scottish base in Edinburgh (EDI) it has started new routes to Ibiza (IBZ), Menorca (MAH), Olbia (OLB) and Venice (VCE) while Ibiza also gets linked to Newcastle (NCL). Finally, from Manchester (MAN) there are new services to Dalaman (DLM), Heraklion (HER), Rhodes (RHO) and Tel Aviv (TLV). All of these routes will be served just once or twice per week using the airline’s mix of 737s and 757s.
Image: jet2 Tel Aviv
Jet2.com launched 11 new routes this week, including Manchester-Tel Aviv. The weekly service provides an important gateway for the north of England’s Jewish community. The airline is so confident that the route will be popular that it will increase to twice-weekly from October.
  • JetBlue has started daily flights to Montego Bay (MBJ) in Jamaica from its home base at New York JFK (JFK). Air Jamaica already operates daily flights on the route while American Airlines has four weekly flights. According to the Airports Authority of Jamaica Sangster International Airport at Montego Bay handled 3.39 million passengers in 2006.
Image: Orenair route launch
Oren Air launched flights from Orenburg to Dűsseldorf. The crew is joined by Prof. Dr. Emund Krieger, Head of Marketing and Strategy (far left) and Lutz Honerla, Head of Aviation Marketing (far right).
  • Logo: OrenairOren Air launched flights from Orenburg (REN) to Dűsseldorf (DUS) this week. A 737-500 will initially operate weekly flights every Saturday and will be complemented by Friday flights from 3 July. Services end 19 September. Orenburg is around 1500 kilometres east of Moscow close to the Kazakhstan border. Last year the airport ranked 35th in Russia with 363,000 passengers. Oren Air handled 1,146,379 passengers making it the 12th biggest Russian airline by passenger numbers.
  • Transavia.com started two more routes from Copenhagen (CPH) this week. Montpellier (MPL) will be served twice-weekly while Pisa (PSA) will be served thrice-weekly. This brings to 12 the number of destinations served by Transavia.com from Copenhagen this summer. Apart from seasonal ski routes such as Innsbruck and Salzburg which are not continued during the summer the airline appears to have terminated its Alicante service. Competition on this route was provided by Cimber Sterling, Norwegian and SAS. Is this the first sign of some route rationalisation among all the new LCC services that started up in the wake of Sterling’s demise?
  • TUIfly.com started weekly flights from Memmingen (FMM) to Calvi (CLY) in Corsica this week. It also served the airport twice-weekly from Cologne/Bonn. TUIfly now serves 17 destinations from the airport that Ryanair likes to call Munich West.
  • Having launched new transatlantic flights to Birmingham last week US Airways now adds a new route from Philadelphia (PHL) to Oslo (OSL). The route will be operated daily until 30 September using a 757. US Airways already serves destinations in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland from its Philadelphia hub. Seasonal flights to Stockholm resume next week.

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