New airline routes launched (7 – 13 January 2014)

Citilink’s Jakarta Halim to Malang, Palembang,
Semarang and Yogyakarta

The first Citilink flight at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta was welcomed by Betawi dancers

The arrival of the first Citilink flight at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta was welcomed on Friday 10 January by Betawi dancers. Citilink will operate eight daily flights across four domestic destinations, and will be joined at the airport by other carriers in the coming months. (Picture: Jakarta Post)

  • Citilink has become the first airline to launch scheduled services at Jakarta Halim (HLP), an airport previously only used by the Indonesian military and a small number of charter airlines. On Friday 10 January a Citilink A320 touched down at the airport, beginning a process whereby a number of airlines plan to move flights from Jakarta’s congested Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Initially Citilink, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, will operate eight daily departures and arrivals at the airport, across four domestic routes, without facing any direct competition.
Launch date Origin Destination WF Aircraft Competition (WF)
10 January Jakarta Halim (HLP) Malang (MLG) 7 A320
10 January Jakarta Halim (HLP) Palembang (PLM) 14 A320
10 January Jakarta Halim (HLP) Semarang (SRG) 14 A320
10 January Jakarta Halim (HLP) Yogyakarta (JOG) 21 A320
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 14 January 2014

United Airlines’ Topeka to Chicago O’Hare

Topeka Airport began commercial services on 8 January with the launch of United Airlines’ flights to Chicago O’Hare. A fabulous cake was baked to commemorate the airline’s twice-daily services, which are operated by United Express’ ERJ 145s.

United Airlines celebrated the launch of daily flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis with a cake on 7 January. This is the airline’s seventh route to Indianapolis Airport.

  • United Airlines, which in the previous month commenced thrice-weekly seasonal flights from Denver to Fort Myers, expanded its domestic network with three new services, all of which were launched on 7 January. The carrier commenced its seventh route to Indianapolis, IN (IND) with the launch of the 3,129-kilometre sector from San Francisco, CA (SFO), which is served daily utilising its 120-seat A319s. In addition, the Star Alliance member inaugurated two new services from Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) to State College, PA (SCE) and Topeka, KS (FOE), both of which are served twice-daily by United Express’ 50-seat  ERJ 145s. No other carrier serves these three airport-pairs.

The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)

AIS Airlines’ first flight from Münster/Osnabrück to Zurich was celebrated by both airline and airport representatives on 13 January (left to right): Mila van Stormbroek (AIS Airlines); Detlef Döbberthin (Münster/Osnabrück Airport); Harry van Lieshout (AIS Airlines); Andrés Heinemann (Münster/Osnabrück Airport) and the pilots of AIS Airlines.

  • AIS Airlines, the Dutch regional carrier, inaugurated its second route from Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) in Germany on 13 January, joining its existing services to Stuttgart. The airline launched five weekly flights on the 523-kilometre sector to Zurich (ZRH), which will be operated by its 19-seat Jetstream 32s. No other carrier serves this airport-pair.

  • Atlasjet has begun flights to its only destination in Russia on 12 January. The airline will operate twice-weekly flights (Wednesdays and Sundays) from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Naberezhnye Chelny (NBC), the second largest city in Tartarstan, west Russia. Flown by the carrier’s 149-seat A320s it will face no direct competition.

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  • eurolot, the Polish regional operator, expanded its seasonal offering with a new service from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Salzburg (SZG) on 11 January. The 750-kilometre sector will be served weekly (Saturdays) until 22 March, utilising the airline’s 72-seat Q400s. The flights to the city of Mozart will face no competition from other carriers.

  • flynas, the Saudi Arabian LCC, has started flights between the country’s capital Riyadh (RUH) and the Kuwaiti capital, Kuwait City (KWI). The four times weekly operation becomes the airline’s fourth connection to Kuwait, joining existing flights from Jeddah (nine weekly flights), Taif (four) and Madinah (two). The A320-operated service will face significant competition from the incumbents; Saudi Arabian Airlines (10 weekly services), Kuwait Airways (seven) and Jazeera Airways (four). Check out our Leak of the Week story on flynas’ new long-haul adventure!

  • germanwings, has assumed flying responsibilities on 13 January for two more Lufthansa routes, namely its connections from Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Hamburg  (HAM) to London Heathrow (LHR). The former route will be flown with 20 weekly services, while the latter with 19; both are flown by the airline’s A319s. British Airways provides competition on both routes, flying from its main hub to Berlin 31 times weekly and to Hamburg 26 times weekly. The germanwings operations are replacing double-daily services on both routes which were previously operated by its mother airline, Lufthansa. The two new routes join the LCC’s existing services from Stuttgart (started February 2012) and Cologne Bonn (March 2012) to Heathrow, also transferred from Lufthansa.

Welcoming passengers at Chiang Mai Airport on Thai AirAsia's first flight from Hong Kong were: Wing Commander Lukchai Chaleoyprach, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Chiang Mai International Airport (third from right); Mrs. Pitsinee Tastniyom, Assistant Director of TAT Chiang Mai Office (centre); and Squadron Leader Monthanik Rakngam, Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Chiang Mai International Airport (third from left). The airline's daily flights will compete with Dragonair and Hong Kong Express Airways services, which also operate daily.

  • Thai AirAsia chose 7 January as the launch day for its third route to Hong Kong (HKG). On that day, daily flights began on the 1,635-kilometre route from Chiang Mai (CNX) using the airline’s A320s. Competition on the route comes from Dragonair and Hong Kong Express Airways, who both operate the route daily. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said: “This day marks another milestone for us as we were very determined to offer more connectivity from Thailand to our popular international destinations such as Hong Kong. Chiang Mai residents will now be able to conveniently access this exciting destination in just two and a half hours with our low fares”. Thai AirAsia also offers flights to Hong Kong from Bangkok Don Mueang (thrice-daily) and Phuket (daily). From Chiang Mai Thai AirAsia now offers 19 flights per day across six destinations, dominated by its 12 times daily flights to Bangkok Don Mueang.

  • UNI Air, the regional and domestic subsidiary of EVA Air, started thrice-weekly flights on 7 January between Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG). The airline will serve the 670-kilometre sector with 184-seat A321s from its parent company EVA Air, and will face direct competition from Shanghai Airlines (nine weekly flights) and TransAsia Airways (thrice-weekly flights). This is UNI Air’s second route to mainland China from Taipei Songshan, as it also serves Xiamen with thrice-weekly flights. In addition, from Taipei’s Taoyuan airport the airline serves a further 10 destinations in China, with a total of 24 weekly flights.

Vietnam Airlines launched four times weekly flights from Vinh City to Vientiane in Laos on 12 January. Mr. Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Executive Vice President, Vietnam Airlines was on hand to celebrate the event and was joined for what could be an record-breaking ribbon cutting ceremony, before posing with the flight crew for the first ATR 72 flight.

  • Vietnam Airlines now serves Vientiane (VTE) in Laos non-stop from three destinations in Vietnam. On 12 January, the airline began four times weekly flights on the 330-kilometre sector from Vinh City (VII) using ATR 72s. The airline already serves Vientiane from Hanoi (with daily flights) and from Ho Chi Minh City (also daily flights), though the latter operates via Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

  • Vueling began flights from Alicante  (ALC) to Oran (ORN), the second largest city in Algeria and located on the country’s north-western Mediterranean coast. Started on 7 January, the 295-kilometre sector becomes the LCC’s third Spain to Algeria city pair, joining its existing flights between Barcelona and Algiers and Oran which commenced in May last year. Flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) with the airline’s 180-seat A320s, the service will be in competition with Air Algerie, which flies the route daily.


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