New airline routes launched (01 July – 07 July 2014)

Avianca’s Bogota to London Heathrow

On 3 July, Avianca landed at London Heathrow from Bogota following a 13-year hiatus. The new service is operated by the Star Alliance member’s A330-200s.

  • Avianca resumed operations from Bogota (BOG) to London Heathrow (LHR) on 3 July, following a 13-year hiatus. The 8,473-kilometre sector to London’s busiest airport will be served four times weekly, utilising the Star Alliance member’s 252-seat A330-200s. There is no competition on the new airport pair. Furthermore, Avianca is already operating to Europe with twice-daily flights to Madrid and four weekly services to Barcelona. Commenting on the route launch, Rodrigo Llaguno, VP of Client Experience, Avianca, said: “This transatlantic flight is an opportunity for business travellers and tourists to get to know Avianca’s quality service. It’s a challenge we’ve been preparing for and we’ve provided new resources throughout the complete customer service cycle. We hope that travellers enjoy every single detail of our service as much as we’ve enjoyed implementing the required operational and service tasks.” See how London Heathrow Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.

Norwegian’s London Gatwick to Los Angeles

July 2 – Los Angeles: Norwegian’s new routes celebrations at London Gatwick were typically all-American – with cheerleaders on hand to get passengers in the mood. After the new route cake was cut by the aircraft’s crew, Claire and Stephanie enjoyed a piece, before flying off to L.A. on holiday.

July 3 – New York JFK: Save some for the passengers guys! Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos and London Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate get stuck into the new route cake, before Kjos has to do his best 787 impression on the ramp before the inaugural JFK service leaves. 

Fort Lauderdale cake

July 4 – Fort Lauderdale: The third and final cake baked by was for the Independence Day launch of services to the Florida hot-spot. The route will be flown twice-weekly.

  • Norwegian has started its long-haul operations from London Gatwick (LGW) this week with the launch of three new routes in the US – namely to Los Angeles (LAX), New York JFK (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL). The L.A. route started on 2 July, followed the next day by JFK, with the week finished off with the launch of Fort Lauderdale on 4 July. While JFK will be served thrice-weekly, Fort Lauderdale will be served twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), as will Los Angeles (Wednesdays and Sundays). All three of the routes are operated by the LCC’s 291-seat 787-8s and will face no direct competition, however there is plenty of service to New York and Los Angeles from London Heathrow in terms of indirect competition. On Los Angeles there are seven daily competing frequencies split between five incumbents — with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways both offering twice-daily operations, along with Air New Zealand, American Airlines and United Airlines providing daily services. On New York however, the indirect competition will be even more intense with over 200 existing weekly frequencies. Beginning with New York Newark, United currently offers five daily flights, BA flies 20 times weekly and Virgin Atlantic operates double-daily on the airport pair. To New York JFK there is even more capacity available, with BA (59 weekly flights), Virgin Atlantic (28), American and Delta Air Lines (21), as well as Kuwait Airways (3) providing the competition. Check out our comprehensive coverage of the New York JFK launch, as well as our 30-second interview with Stewart Wingate, London Gatwick CEO. In addition to these three new transatlantic services, the airline also began weekly (Saturdays) flights between another of its hubs — Madrid (MAD) — and Malta (MLA) on 5 July. The 1,666-kilometre sector, operated by the LCC’s 186-seat 737-800s will face competition from Ryanair (thrice-weekly) and Vueling (twice-weekly).

Norwegian’s three transatlantic routes from London Gatwick

Norwegian’s three new transatlantic routes

Norwegian’s three new transatlantic routes will face some pretty stiff competition, particularly in the London to New York market, which already has around 30 flights per day. But this won’t matter as long as they make money. In the second of a new feature, and thanks to our friends at Aviation Analytics, we invite our readers to examine each Norwegian London Gatwick – US route in more detail using the interactive route economic calculator. Each route can be selected from “Bookmarks” and using the sliders you can vary either average revenue or load factor to observe the break even position. So will Norwegian’s Bjorn (not ABBA’s) be singing ‘Money, Money, Money’?

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

Download all of this week’s new routes as a spreadsheet

Air Seychelles Chairman Joel Morgan takes responsibility away from the airline CEO, Manoj Papa, in cutting the new route cake on-board the carrier’s first flight to Paris CDG from Abu Dhabi. The services, which originate in Mahé on the Seychelles represents the return of the carrier to Europe since operations were suspended in 2011. Morgan says that direct flights to Europe are not on the cards for this year. “We are investing in the long-term…at the moment it is not profitable to have a direct flight to Paris…but our goal is to introduce a direct flight Mahé-Paris, however for now this is not possible.” 

  • Air Seychelles started twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) flights from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Paris CDG (CDG) on 2 July. Operated by the airline’s 254-seat A330s, the service originates in the Seychelles at Mahé (SEZ). Competition on the Abu Dhabi leg comes from Etihad Airways (twice-daily), however it should be remembered that in January 2012 Air Seychelles entered into a strategic partnership agreement with the national airline of the UAE, with Etihad acquiring a 40% stake in Air Seychelles and a five-year management contract. Joel Morgan, Air Seychelles Chairman said during a Paris press conference: “We are delighted to be back in France. Air Seychelles passengers can now choose to travel smoothly through Abu Dhabi while keeping the same plane and the same seat or a stopover in Abu Dhabi. Air Seychelles offers 18 connections between Paris and Mahé per week.” The additional connections are offered through a codeshare with Etihad Airways. The first inbound flight apparently had a load factor of around 60%. See how Paris CDG Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

Azran Osman-Rani the CEO of AirAsia X is flanked by Terracotta Warriors as he celebrates the launch of the airline’s new route to Xi’an, the fifth Chinese destination now served.  The carrier has already carried 2.7 million passengers between Kuala Lumpur and China since the airline first started serving China in February 2008, when service to Hangzhou was introduced.

  • AirAsia X has introduced its second new route this year. Following the launch of flights to Nagoya in March, the long-haul, low-cost carrier has added Xi’an (XIY) in China to its network from Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The 3,570-kilometre route will be served four times weekly with the airline’s 377-seat A330-300s and will face no direct competition. It is the airline’s fifth route to China as it already serves Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Shanghai Pudong. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, said: “I am pleased to announce that AirAsia X is the first airline that flies direct into Xi’an. Adding Xi’an into our ever growing network in China proves our commitment in our growth strategies in the Asia Pacific region and will further expand the airline’s reach in North Asia. The airline has in total carried 2.7 million passengers to date into/from China from Kuala Lumpur with an average passenger load of 82%. With Xi’an added on our network, we expect to see our total revenue increase to over 17% with more than one million guests flying into/from our China routes from Kuala Lumpur this year.”

Austrian Airlines expands its long-haul network

On 2 July, Austrian Airlines added five times weekly operations from Vienna to New York Newark. The new airport pair will be served by the Star Alliance member’s 767-300s.

  • Austrian Airlines expanded its long-haul network with the addition of two new routes during the course of last week from its Vienna (VIE) hub, both of which are operated by its 214-seat 767-300s. On 2 July, the flag carrier commenced five times weekly flights to New York Newark, NY (EWR). Next day, on 3 July, Austrian inaugurated weekly operations (Thursdays) on the 7,260-kilometre sector to Male (MLE). There is no competition on either of the two airport pairs. Austrian is already operating daily flights to New York JFK.

Etihad Airways adds Armenia to its global network

Etihad Airways’ new four times weekly service to Yerevan is planned to be operated by the airline’s 136-seat A320s, but they rolled out an A321 for the inaugural, which received the traditional water salute.

  • Etihad Airways started services from its Abu Dhabi (AUH) hub, the world’s 102nd busiest airport, to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan (EVN). Commenced on 2 July, the 1,989-kilometre sector will be flown four times weekly by the airline’s 136-seat A320s. The MEB3 carrier will face no direct competition on the city pair, and is also the first of the MEB3 to add Yerevan to its respective network, although Emirates’ LCC flydubai does operate there from Dubai (thrice-weekly). See how Yerevan Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world


Etihad Regional links Leipzig/Halle with Geneva

Holding the scissors on this ribbon-cut were: Christian Schneider COO Etihad Regional; and Markus Kopp, CEO Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding. The Leipzig to Geneva service becomes the regional German airport’s fourth destination offered by Etihad Regional.

  • Etihad Regional had added its fourth route from the German regional airport of Leipzig (LEJ), complementing its existing services to Amsterdam, Paris CDG and Zurich, this time to Geneva (GVA). Started on 1 July, the route will face no direct competition and will be operated five times weekly by Darwin Airline’s 51-seat Saab 2000s. For further information on this fast-growing regional carrier, check out our recent airline profile.

Utilising a mail delivery aircraft that would be otherwise sat around during the day, Europe Airpost is now linking Brest and Brive airports in France with Porto. Cutting the cake are: Philippe Guittet, Europe Airpost Director of Airport Relations and Álvaro Leite, Porto Airport Marketing Manager.

Did you know that Glasgow is half way to Halifax? Holding the flag of Nova Scotia and the new route cake are: Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director, Glasgow Airport; Jean-François Dominiak, CEO Europe Airpost; and Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown. The new route and celebrations didn’t end there…

…as they continued in Halifax Canada, which were marked by: Patrick Sullivan, Nova Scotia Tourism CEO; Cst. Reginald Hazle; Jean-Francois Dominiak, Europe Airport CEO; Joyce Carter HIAA President & CEO; Neville Gilfoy, President & Publisher, Progress Media Group and Honorary Consul for France in Canada; and Sgt Scott Hirtle.

  • Europe Airpost launched weekly flights (Fridays) from Brest (BES) to Porto (OPO) on 4 July, utilising a 133-seat 737-300 quick-change cargo aircraft which would otherwise be operating just at night. The aircraft flies into Porto from the French regional airport before on the same day flying out to another French regional airport, this time Brive (BVE), before returning to Porto and then back home to Brest. Neither of the services are flown in direct competition. The previous day, 3 July, Europe Airpost launched its first long-haul service, in fact its first service outside of Europe, which operated from Paris CDG (CDG) via Glasgow (GLA) and onto Halifax (YHZ) in Canada. Flown by one of the airline’s four 134-seat 737-700s, the first sector of the route will face direct competition from easyJet’s daily operation, but the remainder of the service, and indeed the Paris to Halifax sector, will face no competition. The weekly (Thursdays) Canadian seasonal service operates until 28 August. See how Glasgow and Porto airport’s FTWAs compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

Flybe starts routes five and six from London Southend

Could this be the next big thing at – NRBA – New Route Balloon Arches? In terms of FTWAs this would have scored 8.9 for the two new routes from London Southend to Antwerp and Caen which were both launched on 3 July. See how London Southend Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world

  • Flybe added its fifth and sixth routes from London Southend (SEN) this week, with the addition of new routes to Antwerp (ANR) and Caen (CFR) both of which will be targeting inbound traffic into London primarily. The service to the Belgian diamond city will be flown eight times weekly, while the Normandy-located city in France will be operated four times weekly. Both routes started on 3 July, both are flown by Stobart Air ATR 72s and neither has any direct competition. However, CityJet operates a 21 times weekly service to Antwerp from nearby London City, whereas there are no services to Caen anywhere else in the UK. See how London Southend Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

Follow me to the ribbon-cutting. Doing the honours at Amsterdam for the launch of the double-daily service from Madrid, operated by Iberia Express are: Katinka van Ekeren, Commercial Manager The Netherlands, British Airways; Fernando Curcio Ruigómez, Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Spain; Jasper Spruit, Director Aviation Marketing, Amsterdam Airport; and Paloma Utrera, Sales Representative, Iberia.

  • Iberia reintroduced operations on 1 July between Madrid (MAD) and Amsterdam (AMS) having pulled off the city pair in January 2013. This time around the double-daily service is operated by Iberia Express, the lower operating cost subsidiary of the mainline carrier, using its A320s. In terms of the incumbents on the route, KLM offers a five times daily operation, while Air Europa flies double-daily. From 1 September the airline anticipates increasing its operation to thrice-daily. See how Amsterdam Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world. - Madeira to Newcastle

What else would you bake for a new route to Funchal but Madeira cake of course. Hopefully some of the passengers on the first weekly flight by from Newcastle, which began on 4 July, managed to sample some of this famous cake before the inaugural flight crew ate it all.

  • now boasts 30 destinations from its Newcastle (NCL) base, courtesy of a new weekly service (Fridays) to Funchal (FNC) in Madeira, which started on 4 July. Operated by its 148-seat 737-300s, the 2,749-kilometre sector will face direct competition from Thomson Airways which also flies the airport pair weekly. The seasonal operation is scheduled to terminate on 31 October. Steve Heapy, CEO of said: “We hope the passengers on the inaugural flight enjoy their summer getaways to Madeira. The addition of this holiday hotspot from Newcastle further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing an unrivalled selection of great value flights and holidays for our loyal customers in the region!” Chris Sanders, Newcastle Airport Aviation Development Director, said: “The start of this new service to Madeira is great news for North East travellers who will enjoy even more choice from Newcastle Airport. Passengers wishing to escape the unpredictable British weather can enjoy the sunshine on this wonderful island and all it has to offer.”

Nok Air launched its first new route of the year on 1 July when it began flying between Bangkok Don Mueang Airport and Khon Kaen. The twice-daily service will compete directly with Thai AirAsia’s thrice-daily flights, and indirectly with Thai Airways’ five daily flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.

  • Nok Air, the Thai LCC, has launched its first new route of 2014 by linking its Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) base with Khon Kaen (KKC). The 370-kilometre route was introduced on 1 July and will be served twice-daily by the airline’s colourful 737-800s and will compete directly with Thai AirAsia’s thrice-daily flights. There is also indirect competition from Thai Airways which serves Khon Kaen with five daily flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. This summer Nok Air will serve 23 destinations from its home base, all of which are in Thailand with the exception of twice-daily flights to Yangon in Myanmar. The airline will celebrate its 10th anniversary later this month. See how Khon Kaen Airport’s fire truck water arch salute compares to others from around the world this week.

On the apron to celebrate with the inaugural flight’s crew on the new Pegasus Airlines service from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen was Hamburg Airport’s Traffic Development Manager, Robert Piltz. The route is the airline’s tenth destination (eighth year-round) in Germany.

  • Pegasus Airlines started operations to its eighth year-round German destination (current flights to Saarbruecken and Hannover are seasonal only) on 1 July, with Hamburg (HAM) becoming connected to its Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) hub. The four times weekly service, operated by a variety of equipment, will be flown in direct competition with germanwings (twice-weekly) and Turkish Airlines (weekly), but also in indirect competition with Turkish Airlines’ four times daily operation from Hamburg to Istanbul Atatürk. Pegasus’ Hamburg flights will join existing year-round German services to Cologne Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremburg, Stuttgart and Berlin Schönefeld. “We are delighted to have won Pegasus Airlines for Hamburg — a new airline that will be offering low-cost flights to Istanbul starting this summer,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport. “Our passengers heading for Turkey have an attractive selection of price categories to choose from. We are therefore confident that this additional service will be well received.” Also commenting was Pegasus CCO Guliz Ozturk: “Pegasus continues to expand its network in Germany, to which it first flew in 2006. We value Germany greatly as a destination given the huge potential for passengers between the two countries, and as it’s the country we fly to the most. We now connect Hamburg to 23 destinations within Turkey and 21 destinations beyond Turkey.” See how Hamburg Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

Qantas launches thrice-weekly Sydney to Hamilton Island run

Along with the slightly more glamourous looking cabin crew marking the start of Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island are: Glenn Bourke, CEO Hamilton Island Airport; Jason Costigan, Member for Whitsundays; Lyell Strambi, CEO Qantas Domestic; and Mark DeCocinis, COO One & Only Hayman Island.

  • Qantas began its second link to Hamilton Island (HTI) in Queensland on 2 July, joining its existing daily service from Cairns, this time adding thrice-weekly operations from Sydney (SYD). Operated by the airline’s 168-seat 737-800s, the operation will face direct competition from Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines (both daily).

Qatar Airways debuts at Dallas/Fort Worth

Qatar Airways started its tenth new destination in 2014 linking the two oneworld hubs of Doha and Dallas/Fort Worth on 1 July.

  • Qatar Airways started its tenth destination of 2014, commencing operations between Doha (DOH) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) on 1 July. The daily 777-200LR flight between two oneworld hubs will be the MEB3 airline’s seventh destination in the US – adding to Washington Dulles, Houston Intercontinental, New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare, and Philadelphia, and follows in quick succession the start of operations to Miami last month. The 12,762-kilometre sector will face no direct competition, however fellow MEB3 carrier Emirates already flies from Dallas/Fort Worth to its Dubai hub. “We are delighted to welcome Dallas/Fort Worth into our expanding global network,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. “We are particularly pleased to begin serving the home city of our oneworld alliance partner American Airlines. Together, we can provide North Texas and the surrounding region with unparalleled service and better connections to Doha and around the world.” Also commenting on the launch was Dallas/Fort Worth Airport CEO Sean Donohue: “Our partnership with Qatar Airways and today’s inaugural flight from Doha is exciting for the airport and the millions of passengers we serve. Dallas/Fort Worth customers now have nonstop access to a new destination in the Gulf Region.” See how Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

Ryanair expands with eight new European routes

One of Ryanair’s eight routes launched this week, the Wroclaw-Gdansk airport pair was celebrated with this fantastic cake on 1 July.

On 1 July, Krakow Airport celebrated the launch of Ryanair’s thrice-weekly operations to Gdansk with a ribbon cutting ceremony. On hand to cut the ribbon are: Klaudia Kalazna, Sales and Marketing Manager Poland Hungary and CEE, Ryanair; and Pawel Galiak, Aviation Services Manager, Krakow Airport.

The same day, Gdansk Airport welcomed Ryanair’s 737-800 from Krakow, a route that will be operated thrice-weekly.

Ryanair’s launch of twice-weekly services to Rennes in France was celebrated at Porto Airport with this cake, which was served to passengers on the inaugural flight

A couple of hours later, Ryanair’s 737-800 arrived at Rennes Airport.

On 2 July, Ryanair launched another service from Porto, this time to Limoges in France. Cutting the celebratory cake’s first slice at the Portuguese gateway is Álvaro Leite, Marketing Manager, Porto Airport.

  • Ryanair recently added eight new European routes to its offering, all of which are served by its 189-seat 737-800s. With the longest sector being the 2,359-kilometre sector from Brussels Charleroi (CRL) to Kos (KGS) and the shortest being inaugurated from Wroclaw (WRO) to Gdansk (GDN) at 383 kilometres, the ULCC will face competition on three of the new airport pairs from Vueling, Jetairfly, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and eurolot. See how Rennes and Gdansk airports’ fire truck water arches compare to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
01 Jul Brussels (BRU) Ibiza (IBZ) B738 (7) Vueling (4), Jetairfly (3), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (3)
02 Jul Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Kos (KGS) B738 (2)
Porto (OPO) Limoges (LIG)
06 Jul Bari (BRI) Kos (KGS) B738 (1)
01 Jul Krakow (KRK) Gdansk (GDN) B738 (3) eurolot (12)
Porto (OPO) Rennes (RNS) B738 (2)
Weeze (NRN) Perugia (PEG)
Wroclaw (WRO) Gdansk (GDN) B738 (3) eurolot (8)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 8 July 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Inaugural flights of SAS to Nice

On 1 July, Aalborg Airport celebrated the inaugural flights of SAS to Nice in France and Split in Croatia, both of which will be operated weekly by the carrier’s A320s.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Jul Aalborg (AAL) Nice (NCE) A320 (1)
Split (SPU)
2 Jul Bergen (BGO) Gazipasa (GZP) B737 (1)
3 Jul Billund (BLL) A320 (1)
2 Jul Nice (NCE)
Split (SPU)
Copenhagen (CPH) Bastia (BIA) A321 (1)
Faro (FAO) Norwegian (1)
1 Jul Naples (NAP)
Gothenburg (GOT) Athens (ATH) B738 (1)
2 Jul Palma de Mallorca (PMI) B737 (2) Norwegian (3), TUIfly Nordic (2)
1 Jul Pula (PUY) B738 (2)
3 Jul Kristiansand (KRS) Split (SPU) B737 (1)
1 Jul Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) Biarritz (BIQ) B737 (2)
Larnaca (LCA) EQV (2) Norwegian (3), TUIfly Nordic (2)
4 Jul Olbia (OLB) B738 (1) Norwegian (2)
2 Jul Venice (VCE) B737 (1) Norwegian (3)
Stavanger (SVG) Gazipasa (GZP)
1 Jul Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Sarajevo (SJJ) B737 (2) Norwegian (2)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 8 July 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

On 1 July, Aruba Airport welcomed the arrival of Southwest Airlines’ first international service with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The same day, Montego Bay Airport greeted another of Southwest Airlines’ international operations. The event was marked at the Jamaican gateway with a gift exchange by: Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment; and Kevin Krone, VP, Southwest. 

  • Southwest Airlines launched its first international services during the course of last week, following the merger with AirTran Airways. The LCC launched operations on seven routes from Atlanta, GA (ATL), Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) and Orlando, FL (MCO) to Aruba (AUA), Montego Bay (MBJ) and Nassau (NAS), all of which are operated by its 143-seat 737-700s. Southwest will face competition on three of the new airport pairs from Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways. Commenting on the route launches from Baltimore/Washington, Martin O’Malley, Maryland Governor, said: “Today, we celebrate an exciting new chapter in the long shared history between the State of Maryland and Southwest Airlines. For more than two decades, Southwest has provided convenient, affordable air service for millions of travellers at Baltimore/Washington. Thanks to the passage of the Transportation Investment Act and significant growth in international passenger traffic, that tradition of excellence will now include destinations beyond our borders.” See how Montego Bay Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Jul Atlanta, GA (ATL) Aruba (AUA) B737 (7) Delta Air Lines (8)
Montego Bay (MBJ) Delta Air Lines (29)
Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) Aruba (AUA)
Montego Bay (MBJ)
Nassau (NAS)
5 Jul Orlando, FL (MCO) Aruba (AUA) B737 (1)
1 Jul Montego Bay (MBJ) B737 (7) JetBlue Airways (7)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 8 July 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

On 1 July, Lisbon Airport celebrated TAP Portugal’s inaugural flight to Bogota with a cocktail party as well as a traditional-themed cake. Marking the achievement are: Luís Ribeiro Vaz, Member of the Board, ANA; Luís Gama Mór, VP, TAP; and João Cotrim Figueiredo, President, Portuguese Tourism Board.

As part of TAP Portugal’s expansion during the course of last week, Belgrade Airport welcomed the new route with a press briefing on the Portuguese flag carrier’s twice-weekly flights from Lisbon on 1 July. Marking the event are: David Jacinto, Head of Brazil and European Sales, TAP; Augusto Jose Pestana Saraiva Peixoto, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal in Serbia; Velimir Radosavljevic, CEO, Belgrade; Peter Szolnok, Sales Manager, TAP; and Anamarija Matic, PR Manager, Belgrade.

Furthermore, TAP Portugal’s inaugural flight from Tallinn to Lisbon was commemorated at the Estonian gateway with a special ceremony. Cutting the cake are: Jari Nuotio, Key Account Manager Finland & Baltics, TAP; and Erik Sakkov, Member Management Board, Tallinn Airport. 

Gothenburg Airport greeted on 2 July, TAP Portugal’s four weekly operations from Lisbon. Cutting the celebratory ribbon are: João Mantas, Station Manager, TAP; Christina Bjernudd, Key Account Manager, Swedavia; João Morais, Country Mangager Scandinavia, TAP; and Margareta Ekvall, Key Account Manager, TAP.

TAP Portugal at St Petersburg Airport

Celebrations continued on 1 July, this time at St Petersburg Airport, which welcomed TAP Portugal’s thrice-weekly flights from Lisbon with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

  • TAP Portugal expanded its Lisbon (LIS) offering with the addition of eight new routes during the course of last week. Surprisingly, only one of the new airport pairs faces any competition, namely the 1,114-kilometre sector to Nantes (NTE), which is served six times weekly using the Star Alliance member’s 49-seat ERJ 145s. In addition, the 7,529-kilometre sector to Bogota (BOG) in Colombia is classified as the longest route. Commenting on the route launch to St. Petersburg, Volker Wendefeuer, COO, NCG, said: “We spent a lot of time to make the launch of TAP Portugal regular flights possible. It is a long-expected event for us. By entering the St. Petersburg market, TAP gave all north-west region citizens an opportunity to get acquainted not only with Portugal, but also to use convenient connections as part of the airline’s flights to places including Madeira, Azores, and countries of South America, Africa, Cape Verde”. See how Belgrade, Gothenburg, St Petersburg and Tallinn airports’ FTWAs compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
01 Jul Lisbon (LIS) Asturias (OVD) EQV (6)
Belgrade (BEG) A319 (2)
Bogota (BOG) A332 (4)
02 Jul Gothenburg (GOT) EQV (4)
03 Jul Hannover (HAJ)
01 Jul Nantes (NTE) ER4 (6) France (3)
St Petersburg (LED) A320 (3)
04 Jul Tallinn (TLL) EQV (3)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 8 July 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Transaero Airlines’ 218-seat 767-300s

Operated by Transaero Airlines’ 218-seat 767-300s, the 7,372-kilometre sector between Moscow Vnukovo and Taipei Taoyuan is the airline’s only service to Taiwan.

Not a Mickey Mouse route launch! Slicing up a piece of new route cake were: Pilar Clemente, aviareps; Captain and cabin crew member of the first flight; Carlos Andrade, Marketing Manager Spain, aviareps; Vanessa Requena, Head of Airport Marketing and Real Time Management, Barcelona Airport; and Mareike Asmus, Airport Marketing Manager, Barcelona Airport.

Turkish delight, traditional music, giant boarding card and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen’s Commercial Aviation Director Asiyat Khasanova are the four critical elements in any route launch at the Turkish capital airport.

  • Turkish Airlines has added its third Russian destination from its secondary but fast-growing operation at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), with Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) becoming the latest pin in the network map. Started on 1 July, the four times weekly service joins Stavropol and Astrakhan in being served from Sabiha Gökçen. While the 737-800-operated route will face no direct competition, Aeroflot flies four times daily between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Istanbul Atatürk, while Pegasus Airlines flies thrice-weekly between Sabiha Gökçen and Moscow Domodedovo.

On 2 July, Sun Valley Airport welcomed United Airlines’ daily operations from Denver. The inaugural flight flew through a beautiful early dusk summer night, arriving at the airport at 20:40. 

  • United Airlines introduced its second route to Sun Valley, ID (SUN), with the addition of daily flights from Denver, CO (DEN) on 2 July. The 898-kilometre sector will be operated until 22 September, utilising United Express’ 64-seat CRJ 700s. There is no competition on United’s new airport pair. The Star Alliance member is also flying to Sun Valley with daily operations from San Francisco.

On 2 July, Tulsa Airport welcomed a new carrier, namely US Airways’ twice-daily operations from Charlotte Douglas. The arrival was celebrated with cookies and a ribbon cutting at the gate. 

  • US Airways expanded its domestic offering with two new services from Charlotte Douglas, NC (CLT), both of which are flown with twice-daily operations. With the longest sector being the 1,514-kilometre route to Oklahoma City, OK (OKC) operated by the airline’s 79-seat CRJ 900s, and the shortest being served by its 67-seat CRJ 700s to Tulsa, OK (TUL), the oneworld member will face no competition on either of the new airport pairs. See how Tulsa Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

Vanilla Air, the wholly-owned LCC subsidiary of All Nippon Airways, launched daily flights between Tokyo Narita and Amami Oshima on 1 July. In typical Japanese tradition mascots featured prominently to liven up the launch event, to an airport located in the Satsunan Islands south of mainland Japan.

  • Vanilla Air, the airline that evolved out of the original AirAsia Japan, has introduced a new destination to its Tokyo Narita (NRT) based network. On 1 July the All Nippon Airways subsidiary began daily flights on the 1,300-kilometre route to Amami Oshima (ASJ), using its 180-seat A320s. The airport is located on one of the Satsunan Islands to the south of the Japanese mainland. Although there is no direct competition, Japan Airlines offers daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Amami Oshima. The other routes served this summer by Vanilla Air from Tokyo Narita are Sapporo Chitose (six daily flights), Okinawa/Naha (thrice-daily flights), Seoul Incheon (twice-daily flights) and Taipei Taoyuan (twice-daily flights).

On 7 July, Denver Airport welcomed Volaris’ second route, this time from Guadalajara, with a special ceremony, including a ribbon cutting and cupcakes served to passengers on the inaugural flight. 

  • Volaris expanded its presence at Denver, CO (DEN) with the addition of a new route from Guadalajara (GDL) on 7 July. The 2,147-kilometre sector will be operated weekly (Mondays), utilising the carrier’s 174-seat A320s. There is no competition on this route. Volaris is also flying to Denver with thrice-weekly flights from Mexico City and will commence weekly operations from Chihuahua on 12 July. Commenting on the route launch, Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, said: “Volaris has shown commitment to the Denver market by increasing nonstop destinations since the airline began services in December 2012. Each new city added strengthens Mexico’s connectivity to Denver and the world, and opens up greater economic opportunities for both countries.”

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