New routes launched during the last week (Saturday 3 October – Friday 9 October):
Route of the Week: Eastern Airways’ Aberdeen to Bergen
The traditional welcome in Bergen: The incoming flight brought Newcastle mayor Mike Cookson bearing a small tree for Bergen mayor Gunnar Bakke – just a token of Cookson’s appreciation for the big tree Bergen has been sending to Newcastle every Christmas for the last 60 years. The carrier is also adding further Norwegian routes from Newcastle with a Sunday service to Stavanger from Newcastle from 11 October. It has also just increased its Aberdeen-Stavanger service to three-times daily (Monday-Thursday).
UK regional carrier Eastern Airways has introduced two new non-stop services to Bergen (BGO) in Norway. Services have been started from both Aberdeen (ABZ) and Newcastle (NCL) using a Jetstream 41. There will be six flights per week from Aberdeen and five per week from Newcastle. Graeme Ross, Eastern Airways’ Scotland director, said: “The announcement of two new direct services to Bergen from Aberdeen and Newcastle demonstrates our commitment to developing routes between the UK and Norway. These new routes will provide businesses, particularly supply chain companies in the oil and gas industries and subsea sector with vital city links and a connection to this very important export market. Bergen is a key base for the global energy industry and these new services are in direct response to demand from the business community. Our services also provide a convenient link for leisure passengers taking short breaks in Norway, north east Scotland and north east England.” Competition on the Aberdeen route will be provided by Widerøe.
The Newcastle-Bergen send off: Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Mike Cookson (centre), Eastern Airways’ Rob Thomson (right) and Cllr Bill Shepherd, Newcastle City Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Housing (left).
Cake of the Week: Porter Airlines’ Halifax to St John’s (Newfoundland)
Porter Airlines now flies to St. John’s as part of its expanded service in Atlantic Canada and there’s plenty of cake to go around for these (clearly) hungry officials: Keith Collins, CEO (St. John’s Airport Authority); Robert Deluce, president & CEO, (Porter Airlines); Bill Mahoney, chairman (St. John’s Airport Authority); John Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor, (Newfoundland and Labrador); Dennis O’Keefe, Mayor of St. John’s and Ross Wiseman, minister of business (Newfoundland and Labrador).
Tom Ruth, president and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority and Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines see off passengers at Halifax.
Porter Airlines is expanding its Canadian domestic network with the introduction of new non-stop flights between Halifax (YHZ) and St John’s (YYT). There will be four daily flights each weekday plus two on Saturday and three on Sunday. “We’re excited to welcome Porter Airlines to St. John’s,” said Keith Collins, president and CEO of St. John’s International Airport Authority. “We are confident that the local market will recognize and respond favourably to the high level of customer service on which Porter’s reputation has been built. In addition to increasing passenger choice at our airport, these new daily flights to Halifax and on to Ottawa and Toronto will enhance the accessibility of our city and our province.” These are the airline’s first services to St John’s and will see the airline going head-to-head with Air Canada (28 weekly flights) and WestJet (14 weekly flights).
AirTran launched four new routes this week, all of which will see the airline taking on an existing carrier. From Baltimore/Washington (BWI) it has started double-daily flights to Indianapolis (IND) and five-times weekly flights to New Orleans (MSY). On both of these routes it will be competing against Southwest. From Milwaukee (MKE) it is starting daily flights to Indianapolis (IND) and Pittsburgh(PIT). On these routes it will compete directly with Midwest which operates up to four daily flights on each route.
Spoilt for choice: School children are shown around the shining airport which, in addition to the new Bahrain Air service, also has new links from Gulf Air and Iraqi Airways! (see pictures link)
Bahrain Air is taking advantage of the new air services agreement between Bahrain and Iraq by starting a new five-times weekly service from Bahrain (BAH) to Najaf (NJF).
Delta has taken over from fellow SkyTeam member Air France on the Philadelphia (PHL) to Paris CDG (CDG) route. Delta will operate five weekly flights using a 757-200 in competition with US Airways which provides a daily service.
Oman Air, fresh from launching direct services to Frankfurt and Munich last week, began flights to Paris CDG (CDG) this week from Muscat (MCT). Flights will operate four-times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using an A330. No other carrier connects the two airports with non-stop flights.
US Airways has started non-stop flights between Philadelphia (PHL) and Barbados (BGI). An A319 will operate four weekly flights until 19 December when the service increases to daily. US Airways already serves Barbados from Charlotte while only last week JetBlue began serving the Caribbean island from New York JFK (in competition with American Airlines).
Windrose Aviation launched thrice-weekly flights between Kiev (KBP) and Kaliningrad (KGD) this week. The Ukrainian airline will operate an Embraer 195 on the route every Monday, Thursday and Friday. The route was previously operated by KD Avia until its recent demise. Founded in 2003 Windrose Aviation began scheduled services last year starting with flights from Kiev to Moscow Domodedovo. The airline’s fleet consists of two MD-80s and two E195s. According to the airline’s on-line booking tool it operates from 10 airports including Ashgabad, Lviv, Monastir, Tashkent and Tbilisi.