New airline routes launched (10 June – 16 June 2014)
WestJet’s St. John’s to Dublin
- WestJet, which posted a 6.3% increase in passengers last year, commenced its first ever flight to Europe with the addition of two new routes to Dublin (DUB) on 15 June, both of which are to be operated daily until 4 October, utilising its 136-seat 737-700s. The service originates in Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and operates via St. John’s (YYT). While the flights from St. John’s will face no competition, the sector from Toronto Pearson is highly contested by Aer Lingus (7), Air Canada (6) and Air Transat (3).
Wizz Air’s Sibiu to London Luton
- Wizz Air, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month, added eight new European links to its offering during the course of last week, half of which were launched from its Bucharest (OTP) base. With the longest sector being the 2,715-kilometre service from Bucharest (OTP) to Malaga (AGP) launched on 15 June, and the shortest being inaugurated on 13 June from Sofia (SOF) to Malta (MLA) at 1,078 kilometres, the low-cost carrier will face competition on two of the newly launched operations from Blue Air and Air Malta. Commenting on the route launch to Alicante, Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest, said: “The new Wizz Air service to Alicante fills a real customer demand and whilst the south-east region of Spain has always been well travelled destination for Northern Europe, given a lack of flight connections in the past, it is not a traditional holiday market for Hungary, so we’re excited to see how it performs. With Madrid and Barcelona already available with Wizz Air all year round we are sure that Alicante will be a hit this season with tourists.” Furthermore, Ioan Cindrea, President of Sibiu County Council, pointed out with regards to the route launch to London Luton: “I congratulate all those who contributed to open this route, thus materializing the desire of Sibiu community. This route is a new beginning that comes after the modernization of the airport. We are now witnessing the inauguration of the first destination, London, with Wizz Air, an important step for advancing new economic and tourism connections from Sibiu to Great Britain. More developments, allowing us to travel to other destinations in Europe should follow.” See how Sibiu Airport’s water arch salute compares to those sent in this week from around the world.
|Bucharest (OTP)||Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)||
|Malaga (AGP)||Blue Air (4)|
|Malta (MLA)||Air Malta (1)|
|Budapest (BUD)||Alicante (ALC)||
|Sibiu (SBZ)||London Luton (LTN)||
|Sofia (SOF)||Malta (MLA)||
|Vilnius (VNO)||Corfu (CFU)||
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 17 June 2014.|
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- Aegean Airlines expanded its seasonal offering with the addition of four new routes during the course of last week. With the longest sector being the 2,560-kilometre route from Athens (ATH) to Birmingham (BHX), and the shortest being inaugurated from Athens (ATH) but this time to Izmir (ADB) in Turkey at 285 kilometres, the Star Alliance member will face competition on four of the new airport pairs. See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
|12 June||Athens (ATH)||Amman (AMM)||2||A320|
|10 June||Birmingham (BHX)|
|13 June||Kalamata (KLX)||Paris CDG (CDG)||1||A319|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 17 June 2014.|
- Air China has launched two new international services from the world’s second busiest airport, Beijing (PEK). On 10 June the Chinese flag-carrier began a four times weekly service on the 11,140-kilometre route to Washington Dulles, VA (IAD) using its 777-300s. The route is already served daily by Star Alliance partner United Airlines. The following day Air China initiated four times weekly flights to Jeju (CJU) in South Korea using 737-800s. The 1,140-kilometre route will see frequency increase to daily from 9 July. Competition on this route is provided by Korean Air (daily flights) and China Eastern Airlines (twice-weekly flights). See how Washington Dulles Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.
- Air Lituanica, the relatively new flag carrier of Lithuania, expanded its presence in Scandinavia, with the addition of two new routes from its Vilnius (VNO) base, both of which are operated by its 77-seat E175s. On 15 June, the carrier launched twice-weekly flights (Wednesdays and Sundays) to Gothenburg (GOT) in Sweden that will be operated until 27 August. One day later, on 16 June, the flag carrier inaugurated the 1,033-kilometre sector to Billund (BLL) in Denmark with thrice-weekly operations until 28 August. There is no competition on any of the two new airport pairs. Commenting on the route launches, Eitvydas Bajarūnas, Lithuanian Ambassador in Sweden, said: “We can often hear people say in our society “Scandinavian style”, “Scandinavian business culture”, etc. testifying to a very good taste, ethics and honesty. Scandinavians are the largest investors in our country; therefore there is no wonder that we draw experience from them and follow their good examples. To ensure a fair, targeted and promising communication with these countries, it is very important to ensure good connections between the countries.”
- Air One has commenced three new services this week. On 13 June it began twice-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Fridays) from Palermo (PMO) to Munich (MUC) with 180-seat A320s. Lufthansa also offers the city pair four times weekly. Starting on 14 June, and planned to operate until 28 September, the carrier began thrice-weekly services from Venice Marco Polo (VCE) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO), again flown by the airline’s A320s. Aeroflot also flies the 2,100-kilometre route double-daily. Finally, launched on 15 June, the airline linked Catania (CTA) with Krasnodar (KRR) in Russia, offering flights every 10 or 11 days (alternating each week). The 2,190-kilometre sector, again flown by A320s, will face no direct competition and will operate until 9 October.
- AirAsia India has begun operations. On Thursday 12 June AirAsia’s latest joint venture airline began daily flights from Bangalore (BLR) to Goa (GOI). Competition on the 480-kilometre route comes from Go Air (daily flights), Jet Airways (daily flights), SpiceJet (six weekly flights), IndiGo (six weekly flights) and Air India (four weekly flights). AirAsia India is profiled in more detail in this week’s airline analysis. See how Bangalore Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.
- Alaska Airlines added six domestic routes, of which five were launched from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), to its offering during the course of last week. With the longest sector being the 3,357-kilometre service from Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) launched on 12 June, and the shortest being inaugurated on 16 June from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) to Boise, ID (BOI) at 468 kilometres, the carrier will face extensive competition on five of the new services from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Alaska Airlines is analysed in more detail in this week’s anna.aero airline analysis.
|Launch date||Origin||Destination||WF||A/C||Competition (WF)|
|11 June||Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)||Los Angeles, CA (LAX)||7||EQV||Delta Air Lines (49), American Airlines (28),
Southwest Airlines (20), United Airlines (14)
|16 June||Boise, ID (BOI)||DH4||Delta Air Lines (34)|
|Las Vegas, NV (LAS)||14||Delta Air Lines (41), Southwest Airlines (34)|
|10 June||San Diego, CA (SAN)||EQV||Delta Air Lines (35)|
|13 June||San Jose, CA (SJC)||7||B739||Delta Air Lines (34)|
|12 June||Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA)||New Orleans, LA (MSY)||B738|
- American Airlines expanded its long-haul network from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) on 11 June with the addition of two new routes, both of which are served daily. With the longest sector being the 13,053-kilometre sector to Hong Kong (HKG) operated by its 310-seat 777-300s, and the shortest being inaugurated to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) at 11,830 kilometres utilising its 247-seat 777-200s, the oneworld member will face no competition on either of the new airport pairs. Commenting on the route launches, Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, said: “I want to commend our great partners at American Airlines for launching these routes, and we pledge to do everything we can to support the success of these vital connections. We’re confident that with our business friendly economic climate in Texas and our rich western history, there will be a lot for us to offer to our visitors from Shanghai and Hong Kong.” See how Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s FTWA compares to the other airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.
- Blue Air, the Romanian low-cost carrier, commenced its third route to Germany with the addition of thrice-weekly operations from Bucharest (OTP) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) on 16 June. The 1,579-kilometre sector will be operated utilising the airline’s 162-seat 737-400s and will face no competition from other operators. The Romanian LCC is also serving the German market with thrice-weekly flights to Stuttgart from both Bucharest and Sibiu. Furthermore, Blue Air previously operated this airport pair between 2007 and 2009. See how Cologne Bonn Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
- Dobrolet, Aeroflot’s start-up LCC off-shoot, began operations on 10 June with its new 189-seat 737-800s. Initially linking Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) and Simferopol (SIP) four times daily, the carrier is planned to start flights to St Petersburg and Samara in August. Its parent company provides the only competition on the route, with 70 weekly flights on the 1,239-kilometre sector.
- Estonian Air expanded its summer seasonal offering with the launch of a new route from its Tallinn (TLL) base to Berlin Tegel (TXL) on 16 June. The 1,046-kilometre sector to the primary international gateway of Berlin will be served thrice-weekly until 30 August, utilising the carrier’s 88-seat CRJ 900s. Estonian Air will face no competition on its only service to Germany.
- Frontier Airlines, which turned 20 this February, expanded its presence in the US domestic market with the addition of 18 new routes, all of which are operated by its 138-seat A319s and 168-seat A320s. Notably, the average weekly frequency across the 18 new airport pairs is slightly over 3.4. With the longest sector being the 3,252-kilometre sector from Cleveland, OH (CLE) to Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA), and the shortest being inaugurated from Cleveland, OH (CLE) to Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) at 669 kilometres, the 10th largest US carrier (according to Innovata schedule data for week commencing 18 February 2014), will face competition on 11 of the newly launched routes. See how Cleveland Airport’s FTWA compares to other airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition. In addition, Cleveland Airport is examined in more detail in this week’s anna.aero airport profile.
|Launch date||Origin||Destination||WF||A/C||Competition (WF)|
|13 June||Chicago Midway, IL (MDW)||Harrisburg, PA (MDT)||4||A319|
|15 June||Knoxville, TN (TYS)||3|
|13 June||Cleveland, OH (CLE)||Atlanta, GA (ATL)||5||A320||Delta Air Lines (46)|
|14 June||Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)||3||United Airlines (7)|
|13 June||Fort Myers, FL (RSW)||United Airlines (7)|
|Orlando, FL (MCO)||6||United Airlines (14)|
|Phoenix, AZ (PHX)||3|
|15 June||Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)||Delta Air Lines (7)|
|Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA)|
|Tampa, FL (TPA)||United Airlines (7)|
|12 June||Denver, CO (DEN)||Idaho Falls, ID (IDA)||A319||United Airlines (21)|
|13 June||Missoula, MT (MSO)||4||United Airlines (35)|
|12 June||Sioux City, IA (SUX)||3|
|15 June||St. Louis, MO (STL)||Portland, OR (PDX)||A320|
|16 June||San Francisco, CA (SFO)||United Airlines (6)|
|13 June||Trenton, NJ (TTN)||A319|
|Trenton, NJ (TTN)||Milwaukee, WI (MKE)|
|14 June||Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP)||4|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 17 June 2014.|
- Germania has started flights from Erfurt (ERF) to Rhodes (RHO) this week, with twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) services beginning on 14 June. A variety of equipment will fly the 2,121-kilometre sector, and it will become the carrier’s ninth route from the German regional airport. The second new route will be operated between Düsseldorf (DUS) and Beirut (BEY), its sixth city pair from the German hub. Launched on 12 June, and expected to operate until 21 September, the airline will utilise its 148-seat 737-700s on the 3,022-kilometre route twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). Both routes will encounter no direct competition. See how this FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.
- Gulf Air linked Athens (ATH) to Bahrain (BAH) on 16 June, with the new route becoming the third launched so far in 2014, following Sialkot and Tehran earlier in the year, as the Greek capital becomes the airline’s sixth European destination — joining Paris CDG, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Larnaca and London Heathrow. Operated four times weekly by the carrier’s 136-seat A320s, the route will encounter no direct competition. See how this FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.
- Hawaiian Airlines increased its seasonal offering with the launch of a new summer route from Kona, HI (KOA) to Oakland, CA (OAK) on 13 June. The 3,830-kilometre sector will be served four times weekly until 15 August, utilising the carrier’s 259-seat 767-300s. Competition on Hawaiian’s new airport pair is provided by Alaska Airlines, which operates four weekly flights. Starting 15 Jun, Hawaiian will commence a new service from Oakland and Lihue, which will be operated thrice-weekly. Commenting on the route launch, Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland, said: “The additional flights to Kona and Lihue come just in time for the peak summer travel season and they combine Hawaiian Airlines award winning onboard service with the convenience and reliability of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. Travellers will experience our shared commitment to customer service excellence with the Aloha Spirit on these flights from Oakland.”
- Meridiana launched five new routes this week, with a total of eight airports witnessing new flights from the airline. The longest of the five city pairs was the weekly operation between Cagliari (CAG) and London Gatwick (LGW), at 1,506 kilometres, while the shortest was the 710-kilometre sector between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Menorca (MAH). See how the FTWA at Brussels compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.
|12 June||Cagliari (CAG)||London Gatwick (LGW)||EQV (1)|
|13 June||Olbia (OLB)||Brussels (BRU)||Jetairfly (1), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (1)|
|Rome Fiumicino (FCO)||Santorini (JTR)||A320 (1)||Vueling (3), easyJet (2), Blue Panorama
|14 June||Heraklion (HER)||easyJet (2), Vueling (1)|
|15 June||Menorca (MAH)||easyJet (3), Vueling (2)|
|Source: anna.aero New Route Database. Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 17 June 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies|
- Pegasus Airlines continues to build up its hub operation from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), with the start of thrice-weekly services to Bahrain (BAH). The route becomes the airline’s seventh service to the Middle East, joining the likes of Beirut, Doha, Dubai, Tehran, Kuwait City and Tel Aviv. Commenced on 12 June, the 189-seat, 737-800-operated flights face no direct competition. However, Gulf Air (seven times weekly) and Turkish Airlines (daily) operate on the city pair, but from Istanbul Atatürk. Mohammed Khalil, VP of Commercial and Marketing at Bahrain Airport Company, commented on the new route: “We are happy to welcome Pegasus’ first flight into Bahrain International Airport. We are confident that it will help spur tourism and bolster business activities between the two countries. The new route reiterates BAC’s commitment to further expand BIA’s network and provide passengers with connectivity options and ease of access to the rest of the world.”
- Qatar Airways commenced its sixth US destination on 10 June, with Miami (MIA) joining the airline’s existing services to New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental, Washington Dulles and Philadelphia from its Doha (DOH) hub. In starting the four times weekly, 777-200LR-operated sector, it becomes the first of the MEB3 airlines (the airline grouping which includes Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways) to offer the Florida airport — despite anna.aero’s assertions that Emirates would be the first MEB3 to serve Miami. On this basis, there is currently no direct or indirect competition on the route offering. See how this FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.
- SCAT Airlines, the Kazakhstan carrier, has begun flights from Ust-Kamenogorsk (UKK) to Novosibirsk (OVB) on 11 June – its first route to the Russian city. The twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) CRJ 200-operated service will face direct competition on the airport pair from IrAero Airlines, which flies the route on a weekly basis.
- SilkAir has added Mandalay (MDL) in Myanmar to its network from Singapore (SIN). On 10 June the Singapore Airlines subsidiary launched thrice-weekly flights on the 2,430-kilometre route, which it operates via Yangon on the outbound service. The airline’s A320s will operate the flights, which face no direct competition. The second largest city in Myanmar, Mandalay is the centre of culture and religion in the country. The city is home to the magnificent royal palace as well as many other attractions built during the Konbuang Dynasty. Bagan, long considered one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, is also accessible through Mandalay.
- TAROM, the flag carrier of Romania, introduced its seventh route from Iasi (IAS), with the addition of new services to Milan/Bergamo (BGY) on 13 June. The 1,382-kilometre sector to the fourth busiest airport in Italy will be operated weekly (Fridays), utilising the SkyTeam member’s 124-seat 737-300s. There is no direct competition on TAROM’s new airport pair. See how Iasi and Milan/Bergamo airports’ FTWAs compare to other airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.
- Turkish Airlines has started its sixth destination in France on 12 June, making Bordeaux (BOD) its latest addition to its burgeoning Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub. The 2,435-kilometre sector will be flown by a variety of equipment on a four times weekly basis and will face no direct competition.