New airline routes launched (16 – 22 July 2013)
tigerair Philippines' Kalibo to Singapore
- tigerair Philippines, previously known as SEAIR, started flying on the 2,300-kilometre route from Kalibo (KLO) to Singapore (SIN) on 18 July. The airline, which already serves Singapore from Clark with daily frequencies, added thrice-weekly frequencies from Kalibo to its offering. An additional weekly flight will be added to the schedule from 16 August. A320s are deployed to operate the route.
Monarch Airlines' Leeds/Bradford to Bodrum
- Monarch Airlines commenced operations on the 2,900-kilometre route from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Bodrum (BJV) in southwestern Turkey on 22 July. The airline, which now offers flights to Bodrum from a total of five UK airports, offers twice-weekly services on the newly launched route, which it operates using A320s. Jet2.com provides competition in the market with flights of the same frequency.
The rest of this week's new routes (A – Z by airline)
- Asia Atlantic Airlines launched operations in Japan on 19 July with the launch of services from Bangkok (BKK) to Tokyo Narita (NRT). Daily flights are operated on the 4,700-kilometre route using 767s. Direct competition in the market to Tokyo comes from Thai Airways (21 weekly frequencies), All Nippon Airways (14), Japan Airlines (14), Delta Air Lines (7) and United Airlines (7). Further 21 weekly frequencies are offered by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Thai Airways (7 each) to Tokyo Haneda.
- Asiana Airlines launched services on the 5,200-kilometre route from its Seoul Incheon (ICN) hub to Jakarta (CGK) on 19 July. Daily flights are carried out on the route, which was last operated by the carrier in August 2005. Indonesia and Korea had recently renewed the bilateral air service agreement that increased air slots between both destinations from 10 to 23 flights per week. Cheol Woo Park, the airline’s GM Indonesia, commented: “In the future, Asiana would connect more places both in Indonesia and Korea in order to boost business and tourism between the two countries. Flights to our second Indonesia destination, Denpasar in Bali, will commence on 25 July.” A330-300s are deployed to serve Jakarta and Asiana Airlines faces competition from Garuda Indonesia and Korean Air, both of which operate a daily schedule to the Indonesian capital.
- Avianca inaugurated services on the 1,800-kilometre route from its Bogota (BOG) hub to San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico, a route it previously served until 2001. Beginning on 17 July, the airline offers thrice-weekly flights to the Caribbean island, which it operates using A319s. San Juan Airport is featured in this week's anna.aero airport analysis.
- China Airlines commenced operations on its fourth route to Hong Kong (HKG) on 18 July. The airline, which already serves Hong Kong from Taipei Taoyuan (83 weekly frequencies), Kaohsiung (28) and Jakarta (11), now also offers a thrice-weekly schedule from Tainan (TNN) in south-western Taiwan. The 620-kilometre route is served with the airline's 737-800s. This is the first international service from Tainan by any airline.
- China Southern Airlines launched twice-weekly services on its third route to the Thai resort of Phuket (HKT) on 20 July. The carrier, which already offers thrice-weekly flights to Phuket from Guangzhou and weekly from Guiyang, chose Shenzhen (SZX) for the third link. A320s are used to operate this seasonal service, which is scheduled to terminate on 28 August.
- Iberia increased its offering to the Canary Islands from mainland Spain last week, as it launched operations on the 1,900-kilometre route from Asturias (OVD) in northern Spain to Gran Canaria (LPA). Beginning on 19 July, the airline offers four weekly frequencies, which will be reduced to weekly from 1 September. CRJ900s are deployed to operate the service, which competes with AirEuropa’s weekly schedule. Iberia’s new route is operated by Air Nostrum, which also flies for the airline on routes to Lanzarote and Tenerife Norte from Asturias.
- Interjet expanded its offering from Mexico City (MEX) last week with the launch of two new destinations on 16 July. The airline, which started three new routes in the preceding week, now also serves Reynosa (REX) and Minatitlan (MTT) with six and five weekly frequencies respectively. Aeromexico provides competition on both routes, which it operates with 32 and 19 weekly flights respectively. Daily flights to Reynosa are additionally offered by VivaAerobus. Interjet deploys A320s on both new routes.
- Lufthansa increased its seasonal offering from Düsseldorf (DUS) last week with the launch of services on the 1,300-kilometre route to Menorca (MAH) on 20 July. Twice-weekly, A320-operated services face competition from TUIfly’s twice- and airberlin’s single-weekly frequencies. Lufthansa plans to terminate operations on the route on 31 August. In addition, on the same day the airline commenced operations from Düsseldorf to Jerez (XRY) in south-western Spain. Thrice-weekly A320-operated flights are offered until 2 September. Competition on the route comes from airberlin, Condor and TUIfly, which each offer twice-weekly flights.
- Mokulele Airlines commenced operations on the 150-kilometre route from Kona, HI (KOA) on the Big Island of Hawaii, to Kapalua, HI (JHM) on the northwest coast of Maui. Twice-daily flights are offered on the route and operated using nine-seat Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Mokulele Airlines already serves another destination in Maui from Kona, Kahalui, with 107 weekly flights.
- Philippine Airlines commenced operations on the 1,300-kilometre route from its Manila (MNL) hub to Guangzhou (CAN), which it last operated in 1984. Beginning on 16 July, the Philippine carrier offers four weekly flights to the Chinese city, which it operates using A320s. China Southern Airlines’ twice-daily and Cebu Pacific Air's thrice-weekly services provide direct competition in this market.
- Transaero Airlines commenced operations on its latest international route from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) airport on 16 July, when it launched services to Yerevan (EVN) in Armenia. Daily flights are offered on the 1,800-kilometre route, which is operated using 737-800s. Yerevan Airport, which lost its based carrier Armavia earlier this year, is featured in this week's anna.aero airport analysis.
- Volotea commenced operations on the 1,200-kilometre route from its Venice (VCE) base to Skiathos (JSI) in the northwest Aegean Sea on 21 July. The route is served twice-weekly using its 717s until 7 September.