New airline routes launched (13 May – 19 May 2014)

Fly Romania’s Bucharest to Verona

Fly Romania’s arrival in Genoa from Bucharest on 17 May was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting attended by Stefano Bernini, Deputy Mayor of Genoa (left with sash) and a representative of the airline.

Launch date From To WF (Aircraft) Competition (WF)
15 May Bucharest (OTP) Verona (VRN) 3 (MD83) Wizz Air (2)
15 May Timisoara (TSR) Verona (VRN) 3 (MD83)
16 May Bucharest (OTP) Tulcea (TCE) 3 (MD83)
16 May Tulcea (TCE) Milan Bergamo (BGY) 2 (MD83)
17 May Bucharest (OTP) Genoa (GOA) 3 (MD83)
Source:’s New Route Database, Fly Romania website.


Icelandair’s Reykjavik/Keflavik to Vancouver

Vancouver Airport celebrated the arrival of Icelandair’s new twice-weekly service with a volcano-shaped cake. Vancouver becomes the airline’s fourth Canadian destination after Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto. Cutting the celebratory ribbon in Vancouver on 13 May were (left to right): Rick Antonson, President and CEO, Tourism Vancouver; Heather Ireland, Consul General of Iceland in Vancouver; Melissa Andretta, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Icelandair; Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority; Thordur Aegir Oskarsson, Icelandic Ambassador in Canada; Greg Gilks, Assistant Deputy Minister for Transportation Policy & Programs, Ministry of Transportation.

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Cutting the celebratory ribbon marking the launch of Allegiant Air’s twice-weekly flights to Phoenix-Mesa Airport in Arizona.

In Colorado Springs, Gayle Divine and Steve Kearney from the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance were on hand to cut the celebratory ribbon marking the launch of Allegiant Air’s twice-weekly flights to Phoenix-Mesa Airport in Arizona.

  • Allegiant Air has added four more domestic routes to its network including two from its Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA) base. One of the other new services is the airline’s first route to West Palm Beach, FL (PBI), served from Asheville, NC (AV), twice-weekly with the airline’s A320s. Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President and COO, said: “We are thrilled to expand our low-cost, convenient travel service to Palm Beach. The Asheville community has embraced our service to four other sunny destinations, and we are confident that they will appreciate our new low-cost flights to Palm Beach.” See how Asheville Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.
Launch date From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Competition (WF)
15 May Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA) Colorado Springs, CO (COS) 2 (MD-80) 874 km
15 May Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA) Stockton, CA (SCK) 2 (MD-80) 1,006 km
15 May St.Pete-Clearwater, FL (PIE) Cincinnati, OH (CVG) 2 (MD-80) 1,247 km
15 May West Palm Beach, FL (PBI) Asheville, NC (AVL) 2 (A320) 998 km
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 20 May 2014.

Clare Dudley MD of Ponders Travel, was on-hand on 17 May at Cambridge Airport for the launch of flights to Verona with Etihad Regional. Also in the photo is the airport’s Business Development Manager, Jeremy Moore. Full ramp at Cambridge: “The terminal is simply heaving on a Saturday afternoon with CityJet, Blue Islands and Etihad Regional all turning around at the same time. All full flights as well – it’s like Heathrow for us, on a Saturday in the summer!” says Cambridge Airport’s Head of Business and Route Development David Surley.

Surf’s up! Promoting Flybe’s new route from London Southend to Newquay this week, potential passengers at Liverpool Street railway station (which is the airport’s downtown station) were asked to test their surfing skills ready for the start of thrice-weekly operations on 17 May.

Bordeaux Airport’s commercial team know how to celebrate a new route – this time Flybe’s new four times weekly service from Birmingham (left to right): Myriam San José; Céline Pukraj; Emilie Espinosa; Nathalie Poursillie; Catherine Caraglio; France Danmaille; Jean-Luc Poiroux; Delphine Rivière; Leslie Gabrion (mostly hidden); Sophie Vergnères; and Karine Capy.

  • Flybe has had a busy week, starting five routes, including four from its growing again Birmingham (BHX) base, which will take the carrier’s network offering there up to 26 routes. Additionally, Flybe will ramp-up its domestic presence at Newquay (NQY) which from this week will see it fly to four domestic points – namely London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), London Southend (SEN) and Birmingham.
Launch date Origin Destination

Aircraft (WF)

14 May Birmingham (BHX) Bordeaux (BOD)

EQV (4)

Monarch Airlines (1)
13 May Palma de Mallorca (PMI)

E175 (4)

Monarch Airlines (8), Ryanair (5), Thomas Cook
Airlines (5), Thomson Airways (4), TUIfly (1)
13 May Toulouse (TLS)

EQV (6)

16 May Newquay (NQY) Birmingham (BHX)

DH4 (7)

17 May London Southend (SEN)

DH4 (3)

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 20 May 2014.          WF = Weekly frequencies.

Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight from Denver

Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight from Denver was greeted in Bakersfield with a traditional water arch salute. The airline’s thrice-weekly service will compete with United Airlines’ twice-daily flights. Frontier joins United and US Airways as the only airlines operating scheduled services at the Californian airport.

  • Frontier Airlines, which last week announced 14 new routes from Washington Dulles, has added another spoke from its main hub at Denver, CO (DEN). On 16 May it began thrice-weekly flights on the 1,360-kilometre route to Bakersfield, CA (BFL) using its A319s. The route is already served by United Airlines who fly twice-daily using 50-seat CRJs operated by SkyWest Airlines. Frontier becomes only the third scheduled carrier at the Californian airport (known locally as Meadows Field Airport) which is dominated by United Airlines with 53 weekly departures spread across four routes. In addition, US Airways operates 23 weekly flights to its Phoenix hub. Announcing the route back in February, Richard Strickland, Director of Airports for Kern County, said: “The new air service offered by Frontier Airlines is a fantastic opportunity for the residents of Kern County to fly from Meadows Field to Denver. We are very excited that our hard work to attract new service has produced this ultra-low fare option for our travelling public to embrace.” See how this Bakersfield Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.

Jet Airways’ inaugural flight from Mumbai to Paris CDG on 14 May was celebrated at Terminal 2 with a pooja and lighting a ceremonial lamp featuring (from left to right): Mr. Yeshwant Pawar, GM Sales, South Asia, Air France-KLM-Delta; Mr. Gaurang Shetty, Senior VP Commercial, Jet Airways; Mr. Jean-Raphael Peytregnet, Consul General for France in Mumbai; and Mrs. Kamal Sengupta, Director Sales, South Asia, Air France-KLM-Delta. Cutting the ribbon for the first flight of 9W 124 was Jean-Raphael Peytregnet, Consul General for France. Paris joins Brussels and London Heathrow as Jet Airways only non-stop flights to Europe from Mumbai.

  • Jet Airways has introduced daily flights to Paris CDG (CDG) from its main base at Mumbai (BOM). The 7,000-kilometre route was launched on 14 May, initially operating four times weekly, though this will increase to daily from 26 June. Paris joins Brussels and London Heathrow as the only European destinations served by Jet Airways. The airline will utilise its A330-200s on the route, on which it will face competition from Air France, who also operate daily flights between the two airports. However, Jet Airways recently announced that it had expanded its code-share partnership with Air France, thus offering enhanced connectivity between Europe and India via Paris. As per the expanded code-share, both carriers will place their marketing codes on each other’s flights on the Mumbai-Paris trunk route. This will offer guests a choice of dual frequency as an additional schedule option, providing a morning and evening departure and arrival at both destinations. In addition to the code-share on the trunk route, the expanded arrangement will offer guests connectivity via Air France’s hub in Paris to over 23 major cities across Europe, including points across Scandinavia and the Czech Republic. Domestic connectivity within France would also be enhanced to include cities like Nice, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse. Gaurang Shetty, Senior Vice President Commercial, Jet Airways, said: “With the new direct flight and our recently expanded code-share partnership, Jet Airways will now be able to offer its guests unmatched connectivity and seamless travel from India to Europe via Paris. Our code-share agreement with Air France is another distinctive travel solution, as it will offer guests access to over 23 major cities across Europe. This is important, as Europe has been a popular destination both in terms of tourism and business for the Indian market.” See how this airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world. starts its 40th destination from it Yorkshire hub

Leeds Bradford Airport’s Aviation Development and Marketing Director Tony Hallwood is not a Hellas Verona FC fan (besides they play in blue and yellow), he is simply cheering for another new route to the Italian city from

  • has begun another new route from Leeds Bradford (LBA), its 40th from the Yorkshire airport and its fifth into Italy, a weekly (Wednesdays) service to Verona (VRN). Started on 14 May and operated by the LCC’s 148-seat 737-300s, the 1,300-kilometre sector will face no direct competition. The seasonal service is currently planned to operate until 1 October. A weekly service from Edinburgh (EDI) to Verona started the same day, for the same period, using the same aircraft type and also without competition. However, the Scottish service is 235 kilometres longer. This is the first time that has served Verona.

Qantas’ regional general manager Queensland Peter Collyns embraces Hervey the Whale

Qantas’ regional general manager Queensland Peter Collyns embraces Hervey the Whale at Hervey Bay at the start of the airline’s new twice-weekly service from Sydney.

  • Qantas began twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) operations between Sydney (SYD) and Hervey Bay (HVB) in Queensland, Australia on 17 May. Flown by the carrier’s 110-seat 717s, the 970-kilometre sector will face daily competition from Virgin Australia Airlines’ existing operation. Speaking at the launch, Qantas’ regional general manager Peter Collyns said the priority at this early stage was filling the 10,000 extra seats the flights would add to the Fraser Coast to Sydney route each year. “With every market we go into, at first we want to make sure the market is sustainable and for the long-term,” he said. “So our first intention is to fill the flights on weekends and wherever the opportunity is we’ll look to grow that as well. We hope the success of the weekend flights will lead to further opportunities to expand”.

Qatar Airways has launched services to its seventh destination in Saudi Arabia on 15 May – Hofuf. The airline become the first MEB3 to take the plunge at the Saudia Arabian airport.

  • Qatar Airways has become only the fourth serving scheduled airline at Hofuf (HOF) (following flydubai, Air Arabia and Saudi Arabian Airlines), and the first of the MEB3 to link the Saudi Arabian airport to its respective global network. Four times weekly flights from Doha (DOH) began on 15 May and will face no direct competition. Services will be operated by the oneworld airline’s A320/A321 fleet and Hofuf is Qatar Airways’ seventh destination in Saudi Arabia, joining Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, Taif and Gassim. See how this airport’s FTWA compares to those sent in this week from around the world.

Ruili Airlines launched operation on 18 May 2014, with a flight from Kunming Airport to Mangshi Airport. There was a flashmob to celebrate the inaugural flights at the opening ceremony, while cabin crew posed for photos in front of one of the airline’s 737-700s. The route is already served by five other airlines.

  • Ruili Airlines, the latest Chinese airline to launch services, began operations on 18 May with its first route from Kunming (KMG) to Mangshi (LUX). The 450-kilometre route will be served twice-daily by the airline’s 737-800, and will face intense competition from China Eastern Airlines (52 weekly departures), Lucky Air (31), Beijing Capital Airlines (seven), Sichuan Airlines (seven) and Kunming Airlines (seven). Ruili Airlines is 100% owned by Yunnan Jingcheng Group and last August it ordered 18 Boeing 737 series aircraft, of which three have been delivered so far, two -700s and one -800.

Tigerair Singapore celebrated the launch of its new thrice-weekly service from Changi Airport Singapore to Xi’an in China with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Brandishing the scissors were Mr Ho Yuen Sang, MD and COO, Tigerair and Mr Lim Ching Kiat, SVP Market Development, Changi Airport Group. The two then exchanged gifts. Xi’an becomes the ninth destination served by Tigerair Singapore in China.

  • Tigerair Singapore has added a further Chinese destination to its Singapore (SIN) network. On 15 May the LCC began operating thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays) flights on the 3,690-kilometre route to Xi’an (XIY) using its A320s. No other carrier serves this airport pair. Home to the world-famous terracotta warrior army, Xi’an is the ninth Chinese destination under Tigerair Singapore’s steadily expanding regional network. Ho Yuen Sang, MD and COO of Tigerair, commented: “Xi’an is a destination we’ve been looking forward to add to our network and we are delighted to be launching this new route. Increasingly popular with travellers for its more than 3,000 years of historical heritage, the central-northwestern Chinese City is also an important cultural, industrial and educational hub for that region. There is certainly no better time to introduce this route to our regional network.”

Wizz Air’s “ambassadors” were on hand last week to welcome passengers on the airline’s new services from Sofia to Malmö (from 16 May) and Tel Aviv (from 14 May). Passengers waiting to collect their bags were also able to share in the celebrations by joining some Bulgarian dancers. This summer, Wizz Air will have four A320s based in Sofia, operating 65 weekly departures across a network of 17 routes.

  • Wizz Air, which this week celebrated the 10th anniversary of its first flight, added two more routes from its Bulgarian base in Sofia (SOF). On 14 May, it began thrice-weekly flights on the 1,560-kilometre route to Tel Aviv (TLV) in Israel, followed on 16 May by twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights on the 1,600-kilometre route to Malmö (MMX) in Sweden. Competition is only provided on the Tel Aviv route which is already served by El Al (thrice-weekly) and Bulgaria Air (twice-weekly). Wizz Air’s Sofia base opened in July 2008 and this summer there will be four A320s based at the airport operating 65 weekly departures to a total of 17 destinations. This summer Wizz Air will serve Malmö from nine of its airports in Central and Eastern Europe, while Tel Aviv will be served from eight airports. All of the Tel Aviv routes have been started in the last two years.

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  1. MB says:

    I really don’t like the sliding images on these pages now. Very distracting. Any possibility of switching to fading images?

  2. MB says:

    I see images have switched from sliding to fading. Much better. Was getting dizzy at times with all the slides. Thanks. 🙂

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