New airline routes launched (4 – 10 February 2014)

Emirates’ Dubai to Taipei Taoyuan

Cutting a ceremonial cake to mark the inaugural Emirates flight from Dubai to Taipei Taoyuan were (from left to right): Edwin Lau, Emirates VP Hong Kong & Taiwan; Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional SVP, Commercial Operations East; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates; Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Divisional SVP, Cargo and Yin Chen-Pong, Chairman of Taipei Taoyuan Airport.

  • Emirates has started services to its 121st non-stop destination this week, launching daily services from its Dubai (DXB) mega-hub to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) on 10 February. The 6,566-kilometre sector will be operated by the airline’s 400-seat 777-300s and will face no direct competition. Currently, Emirates is the only one of the MEB3 (Middle East Big 3) offering flights to Taipei. “Emirates and Taipei began their partnership in 2003 when Emirates Skycargo launched freighter services from Dubai. I am proud that we have been able to increase our commitment and begin daily, non-stop passenger services from today,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates.

NextJet’s Oslo Torp to Stockholm Arlanda

NextJet increases its presence in Scandinavia

Oslo Torp Airport celebrated with this fantastic cake the introduction of NextJet’s nine weekly flights to Stockholm Arlanda on 10 February.

NextJet increases its presence in Scandinavia

However, the celebrations started one day before on 9 February, when Stockholm Arlanda Airport marked NextJet’s new services to Pori and Kokkola in Finland, which will be operated utilising Saab 340s.

  • NextJet expanded its presence in Scandinavia with three new services from its Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) base, all of which are served by the carrier’s 32-seat Saab 340s. On 9 February, the airline launched 17 weekly flights from Sweden’s capital to Pori (POR) and Kokkola (KOK) in Finland, with the latter being served through five non-stop weekly flights as well as 12 weekly flights via Pori (POR). In addition, the Swedish regional operator inaugurated its first route to Norway on 10 February with the introduction of the 489-kilometre sector to Oslo Torp (TRF), which is operated nine times weekly. There is no direct competition on these airport pairs, but Norwegian (40) and SAS (73) provide indirect competition on the services to Oslo, by serving Oslo Gardermoen from Arlanda. NextJet is examined in more detail in this week’s airline profile.

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

Whitehorse Airport celebrated Air North’s launch of twice-weekly services to Yellowknife and Ottawa airports on 6 February. The celebration was marked by (left to right):  Sharon, Sales Manager, Air North; James, Passenger Service Agent; and the carrier’s crew.

Air North launches new domestic links to Yellowknife and Ottawa

Passengers disembarked Air North’s 737-500 at a frozen Yellowknife Airport. The flight continued then to Ottawa…

Later that day, Air North’s service arrived at Ottawa Airport and was celebrated by two members of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and by the Mayors of Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Ottawa (left to right): Mark Heyck, Mayor of Yellowknife; Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa; and Dan Curtis, Mayor of Whitehorse.

  • Air North, the Canadian carrier originating in the country’s north-western territory of Yukon, strengthened its domestic network with two new services from its Whitehorse (YXY) base on 6 February, both operated utilising the airline’s 122-seat 737-500s. With the shortest sector being the 1,107-kilometre service to Yellowknife (YZF), and the longest being inaugurated to Ottawa (YOW) at 4,152-kilometre via Yellowknife (YZF), both routes are operated twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. The airline’s new airport pairs will face no competition from other carriers.

  • Azul Airlines, the Brazilian domestic low-cost carrier, has added two further points to its domestic network. Campina Grande (CPV) and Petrolina (PNZ) are now both served from Belo Horizonte (CNF) utilising its 106-seat E190s. The service, which began on 6 February, operates as a triangle (CNF-CPV-PNZ-CNF) resulting in both destinations being served non-stop in one direction, with an intermediate stop in the other direction.

easyJet introduces Israeli link from Berlin

Along with the easyJet crew on the inaugural Berlin Schönefeld to Tel Aviv flight were: Holger Wieck, easyJet Ground Operations Manager Berlin (fourth from the left); Marjan Schöke, Director Airline Marketing (fifth from the left) Berlin Brandenburg Airport; Philip Lehmann, easyJet Cabin Services Country Manager Germany (seventh from the left).

  • easyJet has started its sixth connection to Tel Aviv (TLV), this time from Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), joining existing services from London Luton, Manchester, Basel, Rome Fiumicino and Geneva. Beginning on 4 February, the thrice-weekly, A320-operated service will face direct competition from El Al (six times weekly) and Israir Airlines (twice weekly). In addition, the LCC will face five times weekly competition from airberlin at Berlin Tegel, as well as twice-weekly operations from Lufthansa. The latest market trends between Europe and Israel are also analysed in this week’s newsletter too.

flydubai begins twice-weekly flights to Hofuf

flydubai’s twice-weekly service from Dubai gets the traditional ‘Arch of Triumph’ welcome from the Hofuf fire crews in Saudi Arabia.

  • flydubai launched services to Hofuf (HOF) on 6 February, becoming the LCC’s 11th destination in Saudi Arabia and the third it has added in the past 12 months, following the addition of Ha’il in February 2013 and Madinah in July 2013. The 737-800-operated, 581-kilometre sector from Dubai (DXB) will face no direct competition. The twice-weekly route is flown on Thursdays and Saturdays. See how this ‘Arch of Triumph’ compares to others around the world.


On 4 February, Georgian Airways, also known as Airzena, launched twice-weekly seasonal flights from Tbilisi to Adler/Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, a route that no other carrier operates.

  • Georgian Airways, also known as Airzena (the nation’s privately owned flag-carrier) expanded its seasonal offering with a new service from Tbilisi (TBS) to Adler/Sochi (AER) in Russia on 4 February. The 438-kilometre sector will be served twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) until 1 May, utilising the airline’s 50-seat CRJs. The carrier’s new service to the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics will face no competition from other carriers.

Germania, which is also profiled separately in this week’s newsletter, began its first route to Funchal in Madeira on 4 February, with the launch of weekly flights from Erfurt in Germany, adding to the airport’s busy departure board.

  • Germania commenced weekly services (Tuesdays) with its 737-700s from Erfurt (ERF) in Germany to Funchal (FNC) on the Portuguese island of Madeira on 4 February – its first scheduled operation to mid-Atlantic territory. There is no direct competition on the 3,030-kilometre route, but it will be joined on 25 February by a weekly Germania service to the island from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.

  • Malawi Airlines, which in the previous week launched its first operations with services to Blantyre and Harare, expanded its presence in Africa with four new international routes from its Lilongwe (LLW) hub, all of which are operated via Blantyre utilising Ethiopian Airlines’ 154-seat 737-800s and 69-seat Q400s. With the longest sector being the 1,463-kilometre service to Johannesburg (JNB), and the shortest being inaugurated to Tete (TET) in Mozambique at 237 kilometres, Malawi faces competition only on the new route to Johannesburg from South African Airways’ five weekly flights.
Launch date Origin Destination WF A/C Competition (WF)
17-Feb-14 Lilongwe (LLW) Johannesburg (JNB) via Blantyre 7 B738 South African Airways (5)
06-Feb-14 Tete (TET) via Blantyre 2 DH4
Beira (BEW) via Blantyre 3
Maputo (MPM) via Blantyre
Source: Innovata / Diio Mio for w/c 11 February 2014

Ryanair adds Rabat and Bordeaux to its London Stansted network, which now offers 106 destinations

Rather than get an FTWA picture or bake a cake for their new London Stansted service, the marketing team at Bordeaux distributed to incoming passengers a pre-stamped postcard ready for use, and sent one to the team too. Over at Stansted, Ryanair shows quite clearly that starting a new route is always a balancing act.

  • Ryanair has launched its 105th and 106th destinations from London Stansted (STN) this week, with the start of thrice-weekly operations to Rabat (RBA) in Morocco on 5 February, as well as thrice-weekly flights to Bordeaux (BOD) on 6 February. Both new services will be flown by the carrier’s 189-seat 737-800s. The ULCC will face no direct competition to Bordeaux from Stansted, but it will encounter indirect competition from British Airways (nine weekly) and easyJet from London Gatwick (five weekly), with the latter also offering thrice-weekly flights from London Luton. Not only is the Rabat service the only one available from London, but there are currently no services to the Moroccan destination from anywhere in the UK. It will join Ryanair’s existing Moroccan services to Marrakech (from Stansted and Luton), as well as Fez (from Stansted). Check out this week’s analysis of the Moroccan market and see how fast this dynamic market is growing.


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