New airline routes launched (11 – 17 December 2012)
ANA Tokyo Haneda to Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport
(NEW AIRPORT!!! Shared with Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni)
- ANA inaugurated flights on the domestic route from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Iwakuni (IWK) in Yamaguchi, becoming the first airline to offer commercial services to this US Marine Corps naval base in 48 years. Four daily flights are offered on the route and operated with 737-800s.
Wizz Air’s Budapest to Kiev Zhulyany
- Wizz Air added five new routes to its schedule last week. On 14 December, the airline commenced flights from Budapest (BUD) to both Geneva (GVA) and Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) offering three flights a week on each route, with the latter being operated by Wizz Air Ukraine. Commenting on these new developments, Kam Jandu, Budapest Airport’s Director Aviation, said: “Kiev is a very important route for the business and leisure community alike and will no doubt be a success. Geneva presents many year round opportunities for travellers and we are delighted with the increased options Wizz Air provides.” Competition in these markets comes from AeroSvit’s six weekly frequencies to Kiev Boryspil and easyJet’s nine weekly flights to Budapest. Following the launch of London Luton flights earlier this year, the carrier also continues its expansion from Debrecen (DEB), the second-largest Hungarian city located in the east of the country, where on 15 and 16 December respectively, the carrier inaugurated twice-weekly services both to Eindhoven (EIN) and Milan Malpensa (MXP). Additionally, on 15 December, Wizz Air added thrice-weekly frequencies to Basel (BSL) to its Belgrade (BEG) network of eight existing destinations.
The rest of this week’s new routes
- AeroMexico inaugurated services on the 8,900-kilometre route from Mexico City (MEX) to London Heathrow (LHR) on 14 December. Thrice-weekly flights are offered on the route and operated using a 767. British Airways provides competition on the route – also with thrice-weekly frequencies. Andrés Conesa, AeroMexico Group’s Director General, said of the new launch: “It is a great achievement, but also great responsibility for us, given the new route’s importance to the Mexican economy.”
- On 11 December, AirAsia launched thrice-weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and the south-western Chinese city Nanning (NNG), which became the airline’s seventh route to China (and fifth from the Malaysian capital). AirAsia operates the route with 180-seat A320-200 aircraft, and is the first airline to offer direct flights between these two cities.
- AirAsia Philippines continued its international expansion from its main base in Clark (CRK) near Manila. Following flights to Hong Kong as well as the Route-of-the-Week-winning Macao service launched earlier this year, the airline commenced daily frequencies to Singapore (SIN) and four-weekly to Taipei (TPE), on 15 and 16 December respectively. While there is no competition on the route to Taipei, the market from Clark to Singapore is already served by South East Asian Airlines (10 weekly frequencies), Cebu Pacific (7), and AirPhil Express (3).
- Alitalia, which commenced services to Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, continues to expand its international network, as it launched twice-weekly flights from its Rome Fumicino (FCO) base to the Armenian capital of Yerevan (EVN) on 11 December. Flights on the 2,700-kilometre route are operated using A320s.
- Allegiant Air launched three new routes on 15 December. The US carrier now flies to Montrose, CO (MTJ), one of the primary gateways for the popular ski resort of Telluride, from both Oakland, CA (OAK), and Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA). Telluride Tourism Board President, Michael Martelon, said: “There has never been a more affordable or more accessible way for people in Phoenix and the Bay Area to discover what makes Telluride one of the world’s premier winter vacation destinations.” In addition, Allegiant Air inaugurated services from the Phoenix airport to St Cloud, MN (STC). All new routes are offered with twice-weekly frequencies and operated using MD80s.
- Blue Islands inaugurated services on the 730-kilometre route form Jersey (JER) in the British Channel Islands, to Chambéry (CMF) in the French Rhône-Alpes region, making it easy for the islanders to get to the slopes this winter. Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ MD, said: “This direct Saturday service not only caters for one of the busiest resort days, but perfectly complements our already popular Switzerland services to Zurich and Geneva.” The weekly ATR42-operated service is offered until 13 April 2013.
- Delta inaugurated services on winter sun routes from New York JFK, NY (JFK) and LaGuardia, NY (LGA) on 15 December. Notably, the twice-daily service to Sarasota, FL (SRQ) was previously offered via either Atlanta or Detroit. Joe Esposito, Delta’s MD Domestic Network Planning, said: “With the new service, our customers will enjoy convenient access to their preferred airport, while flying to and from New York. And thanks to our new domestic hub at LaGuardia, Delta customers flying to LaGuardia can take advantage of convenient one-stop service to destinations throughout the north-eastern US and beyond.”
|New York JFK, NY (JFK)||Fort Myers, FL (RSW)||7||MD88||JetBlue (21)|
|St. Maarten (SXM)||1||B757||JetBlue (8)
American Airways (7)
|New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA)||Sarasota, FL (SRQ)||14||MD88||JetBlue (7)|
|Source: Innovata w/c 7 January 2013.
*WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.
- easyJet added three new routes to its network last week. On 13 December, the airline commenced four weekly flights from its northern English base at Newcastle (NCL) airport to Amsterdam (AMS) in competition with KLM’s 28 weekly flights to its Dutch hub. On 14 December the airline further expanded its network from London Southend (SEN) airport by launching a thrice-weekly service to the popular ski and city destination Geneva (GVA) and now offers 14 destinations in total from its newest London’s airport. On the following day easyJet launched another ski destination Turin (TRN) from its largest base at London Gatwick (LGW) airport. The twice-weekly service now competes with British Airways’ 10 weekly departures; Thomas Cook provides additional capacity, as it serves the market from London Gatwick to Turin with a weekly frequency.
- Flybe commenced services from East Midlands (EMA), where it considerably expanded its presence following bmibaby’s demise earlier this year, to the south-eastern French destination of Chambery (CMF) on 15 December. The weekly service is geared at ski enthusiasts and offered with Dash 8 Q400s until 6 April 2013. Competition on the route comes from Jet2.com, operated with the same weekly frequency.
- Garuda Indonesia connected Balikpapan (BPN) on the eastern coast of East Kalimantan province, and Tarakan (TRK) in northern Borneo, on 12 December. Daily flights are offered in competition with Lion Air (56 weekly frequencies), Sriwijaya Air (21) and Batavia Air (7). Services on the route are provided using CRJ1000 in 96-seat configuration, including 12 business seats.
- GOL launched daily services on two routes each to and from Santo Domingo (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic, and now uses the Caribbean airport as a connector between São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Rio de Janeiro (GIG) in Brazil, and Miami, FL (MIA) and Orlando, FL (MCO) in the US. All four routes are operated with the airline’s fleet of 737-800s.
- Indonesia AirAsia expanded domestic services with the launch direct flights to Makassar (UPG) in eastern Indonesia, from both Jakarta (CGK) and Balikpapan (BPN). Starting 17 December, the airline offers 14 weekly frequencies on each route to this largest city on the Sulawesi Island. The carrier faces substantial competition from numerous of Indonesian airlines already operating on both routes:
|Balikpapan (BPN)||Makassar (UPG)||Lion Air (21)
Garuda Indonesia (11)
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (7)
|Jakarta (CGK)||Lion Air (119)
Garuda Indonesia (63)
Wings Air (48)
Sriwijaya Air (28)
Batavia Air (21)
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (14)
Citilink Indonesia (7)
|Source: Innovata w/c 7 January 2013|
- Jet2.com expanded its seasonal offering on 15 December with weekly services from East Midlands (EMA) to Geneva (GVA), and from Leeds/Bradford (LBA) to Grenoble (GNB). In addition, the airline inaugurated twice-weekly flights to Grenoble from Manchester (MAN) on 16 December. Flights on all three routes are operated using 737-family aircraft until mid-April 2013. Competition on both routes to Grenoble comes from Monarch’s thrice-weekly flights (which also launched last week), as well as from Thomas Cook’s weekly departures on the route from Manchester.
- Jetstar returned on the 8,900-kilometre route from Melbourne (MEL) to Honolulu, HI (HNL) on 14 December, following a spike in Hawaii’s appeal as a holiday destination for Australians. The airline, which previously operated the route from December 2006 to October 2007, initially offers twice-weekly A330-200-operated flights to the Hawaiian destination, but plans to add a third weekly frequency in March.
- Lufthansa started flying from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Innsbruck (INN) on 15 December. Thrice-weekly services will be operated using A320-family aircraft in two-class configuration until the end of March 2013. Competition of the 600-kilometre trans-border route comes from airberlin, which also offers three weekly departures. Reinhold Falch, Innsbruck Airport’s Director, said: “For winter 2012/13, we anticipate the busiest season ever, as services from 15 scheduled and 17 charter operators are now on offer. Lufthansa’s new route is initially scheduled until the end of March, but we hope for it to be extended beyond that point.”
- Malaysia Airlines increased its international offering from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) for a second week running, as it launched flights to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) on 11 December. Kota Kinabalu, which last week saw the launch of services to Perth, is now linked to the Chinese city with twice-weekly flights, all of which will be operated using 737-800.
- Monarch Airlines increased its seasonal winter offering from a range of airports in central and northern England, as it launched six new routes to Germany, including two to Friedrichshafen (FDH), of which London Gatwick (LGW) was officially inaugurated a week before (read anna.aero’s full route launch report and see the Zeppelin-themed Cake of the Week). Across the Alps, the airline now serves the south-eastern French Alpine gateway of Grenoble (GNB), which anna.aero analysed this week, with flights from Birmingham (BHX), Leeds/Bradford (LBA), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN).
|14-Dec-12||Leeds/Bradford (LBA)||Munich (MUC)||2|
|London Gatwick (LGW)||Friedrichshafen (FDH)||4|
|15-Dec-12||Grenoble (GNB)||2||easyJet (4), Thomas Cook (2)|
|15-Dec-12||Birmingham (BHX)||Grenoble (GNB)||3||easyJet (1), Thomas Cook (1)|
|Leeds/Bradford (LBA)||3||Jet2.com (1)|
|Manchester (MAN)||Friedrichshafen (FDH)||2|
|Grenoble (GNB)||3||Jet2.com (2), Thomas Cook (1)|
|Source: Innovata w/c 7 January 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.|
- Pegasus inaugurated operations in the southern Turkish airport of Alanya Gazipaşa (GZP), as it commenced four-weekly services to its Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) base on 17 December. The airline, which now serves 22 domestic destinations from the Istanbul airport, will operate the 600-kilomtere route using its fleet of 737-800s.
- Ryanair increased its offering from Maastricht (MST) last week and now flights to eight destinations from the Dutch airport, which is also the airline’s first base in the country. The pan-European ultra-low cost carrier also launched services to the newly opened Lublin (LUZ) is eastern Poland, becoming the first airline to use the new facility (as in the case of another Polish airport launched this year, Warsaw Modlin, Ryanair outpaced competition – Wizz Air inaugurated its Lublin operation a day later).
|12-Dec-12||Maastricht (MST)||Dublin (DUB)||3|
|12-Dec-12||London Stansted (STN)||6|
|12-Dec-12||Carcassonne (CCF)||Paris Beauvais (BVA)||3|
|14-Dec-12||Maastricht (MST)||Venice Treviso (TSF)||2|
|17-Dec-12||London Stansted (STN)||Lublin (LUZ)||3||Wizz Air – LTN (3)|
|Source: Innovata w/c 7 January 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.|
- SAS expanded in Finland on 12 December, as it launched flights from its Copenhagen (CPH) hub to Ivalo (IVL) in the north of the country. Twice-weekly flights will be operated on the route by the airline’s subsidiary, Blue1, using 717s.
- SpiceJet commenced flights on the domestic Indian route from Delhi (DEL) to Udaipur (UDR) in Rajasthan in the north-west of the country. Daily flights are now operated between the two cities in competition with Jet Airways’ twice-daily and Air India’s daily departures. The latter only started operating the route in November, following the withdrawal of Kingfisher from the market earlier in the year.
- Spring Airlines inaugurated services on four routes to China from its base in Hong Kong (HKG). Wang Zenghua, Chairman of the airline, commented: “We are committed to providing business and leisure travellers in Hong Kong with greater choice, whether it is getting to that important business meeting, a family holiday or a weekend getaway with friends.” The airline, which was founded in 2005 by Spring Travel, now operates more than 60 routes in China and the region and boasts a fleet of 33 A320s.
|Chongqing (CKG)||3||A320||Air China (7), Dragonair (7), Hong Kong Airlines (5)|
|Hangzhou (HGH)||7||A320||Dragonair (28), China Eastern (7), Hong Kong Airlines (7)|
|Nanjing (NKG)||4||A320||Dragonair (14), China Eastern (7), Hong Kong Airlines (7)|
|Xiamen (XMN)||7||A320||Dragonair (28), Xiamen Airlines (14)|
|Source: Innovata w/c 7 January 2013.
*WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.
- Tiger Airways Australia commenced flights on two domestic routes to Mackay (MKY) on the eastern Australian coast last weekend, and links the city to both Melbourne (MEL) and Sydney (SYD). Four- and five weekly A320-operated flights respectively are offered on the routes. Competition comes from Virgin Australia’s six-weekly departures in the market from Sydney.
- Turkish Airlines inaugurated flights on two routes from its Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub last week. On 13 December, the airline launched Sebha (SEB) as its fourth destination in Libya, which was followed two days later by services to Ouagadougou (OUA) in Burkina Faso, which will be offered via Niamey (NIM) in Niger. While both destinations are served with thrice-weekly frequencies, A320s are deployed on the route to Libya, while 737-900s operate to Burkina Faso. In addition, on 11 December, Turkish Airlines extended its existing route from Istanbul to São Paulo Guarulhos (GUR), with flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE). These 777-300ER-operated services are now offered with four weekly frequencies in competition with TAM (14 weekly flights), LAN (14), Mercosur (14), GOL (13), Aerolineas Argentinas (7) and Qatar Airways (7).
- UTair inaugurated services on the 270-kilometre route across the Black Sea from Adler/Sochi (AER) to Trabzon (TZX) in Turkey on 17 December. The Russian carrier now offers twice-weekly frequencies on the route, both of which are operated using 737-500. On the same day, UTair also commenced domestic flights from Arkhangelsk (ARH) to Naryan-Mar (NNM), located north of the Arctic Circle. 48-seater Antonov 24s operate the route with thrice-weekly frequencies. Competition comes from Nordavia’s 13 weekly departures.
- VietJet Air inaugurated services on the domestic route from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Phu Quoc (PQC), serving Vietnam’s largest island in the Gulf of Thailand. The carrier will operate twice-daily frequencies on the route using A320s. Competition on the route comes from Vietnam Airline’s 42 and Air Mekong’s 12 weekly flights.
- WestJet further expanded its winter offering to sun-starved Canadians, as it launched two new seasonal routes from Montreal (YUL). On 14 December, the airline started services to Providenciales (PLS) in the Turks and Caicos Islands, while on 17 December, flights to St. Maarten (SXM) in the Dutch Antilles commenced. Both routes are offered on a weekly basis and operated with 737-700s until late April 2013. Air Canada provides competition on the route to Turks and Caicos, as it operates also weekly services.
- XL Airways expanded its winter offering from France to the French overseas outposts in both the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. On 13 December, the carrier launched flights on the 8,800-kilometre route from Marseille (MRS) in southern France, to St. Denis de la Reunión (RUN) in the Indian Ocean. Weekly A330-200-operated services compete with Air Austral’s twice-weekly frequencies. On 17 December, the airline also commenced serving Fort-de-France (FDF) on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, also a French overseas department. Thrice-weekly flights from Paris CDG (CDG) are operated using A330-300 in competition with Air France’s weekly departures.