New airline routes launched (19 August – 25 August 2014)

YANAIR’s Kiev Zhulyany to Tbilisi

On 19 August, Tbilisi Airport celebrated with a cake ceremony the arrival of YANAIR’s twice-weekly services from Kiev Zhulyany, which are operated on Tuesdays and Sundays using the airline’s Saab 340s. Cutting the cake are: Aleksey Tarasov, Commercial Director, YANAIR; Tea Zakaradze, Deputy General Manager, TAV Georgia; Akaki Barkaia, Ground Handling Manager, TAV Georgia.

  • YANAIR, the Ukraine regional airline that operates a fleet of two Saab 340s and a single A320, expanded its presence in the Georgian market with the addition of twice-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Sundays) from Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) to Tbilisi (TBS). The 1,462-kilometre sector was inaugurated on 19 August utilising the airline’s 33-seat Saab 340s. However, the route is already served by Air Caucasus’ four weekly operations. YANAIR is also serving the Georgian market with thrice-weekly flights from Kiev Zhulyany to Batumi. Commenting on the route launch, Mete Erkal, GM, TAV Georgia: “We are glad that YANAIR has performed its first flight from Kiev to Tbilisi and from Tbilisi to Kiev. From now on passengers of Tbilisi Airport will be able to land in both Boryspil and Zhuliany airports in Kiev. Entry of each new air company to Georgian aviation market is remarkable example of development of tourism and aviation sector in Georgia.”

Frontier Airlines’ Washington Dulles to Tampa

On 21 August, Tampa Airport welcomed Frontier Airlines’ first flight from Washington Dulles with these exceptional cakes as well as a prize wheel with trivia questions and giveaways for passengers. Marking the event are Tampa’s: Chris Minner, VP Marketing; Al Illustrato, VP Facilities and Administration; Kenneth Strickland, Manager Research and Evaluation; and John Tiliacos, VP Operations and Customer Service.

On 19 August, Washington Dulles Airport celebrated the arrival of Frontier Airlines with a special event in the terminal, including a Frontier-themed cake and cupcakes. The LCC commenced a total of five routes from the airport, to Atlanta, Charlotte Douglas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando and Tampa, utilising its A320s. Furthermore, to celebrate the achievement, Frontier organised a raffle for a year’s worth of free flights from Dulles.

  • Frontier Airlines, which in the previous week added its second route to Dallas/Fort Worth, continued to expand its domestic network with the addition of five new routes from Washington Dulles, VA (IAD), all of which are operated by the airline’s 168-seat A320s. Notably, the average weekly frequency across the 28 new routes is 4.4. With the longest route being the 1,461-kilometre sector to Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP), and the shortest being inaugurated to Charlotte Douglas, NC (CLT) at 517 kilometres, the LCC will face extensive competition on all new airport pairs from Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. In addition, starting from September, Frontier will commence an array of new routes from Washington Dulles, namely to Chicago O’Hare, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Memphis, St. Augustine and St. Louis. Commenting on the arrival of Frontier at Washington Dulles, Jack Potter, CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said: “The addition of Frontier to the Dulles family represents a significant, positive development for passengers interested in additional low cost, domestic travel options to and from the National Capital region. With the Washington area economy growing and the Metrorail Silver Line on the way, Dulles will continue to fill the expanding air travel needs for the region and these new options from Frontier will play an important role. We welcome Frontier aboard.” See how Washington Dulles Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
19 Aug Washington Dulles, VA (IAD) Atlanta, GA (ATL) A320 (4) Delta Air Lines (42), United Airlines (25)
20 Aug Charlotte Douglas, NC (CLT) US Airways (51), United Airlines (21)
19 Aug Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP) A320 (5) Delta Air Lines (19), United Airlines (12)
Orlando, FL (MCO) A320 (6) United Airlines (23)
21 Aug Tampa, FL (TPA) A320 (3) United Airlines (22)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for 26 August 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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

germanwings adds new Germany-UK service

germanwings had a free ‘pop up’ photo booth at check-in at London Stansted Airport on 22 August allowing passengers on the inaugural flight to Düsseldorf to have a snapshot of themselves going on their trip. Lufthansa’s in-house LCC now serves the Essex airport from four points in Germany, the others being Cologne Bonn, Hannover and Stuttgart.

  • germanwings continues its major expansion this summer with the introduction on 22 August of 12 times weekly flights between Düsseldorf (DUS) and London Stansted (STN). The 457-kilometre route will be flown by the airline’s CRJ 900s and will face competition from Etihad Regional’s 17 weekly flights. Etihad Regional replaced airberlin on the route in early June. Heinz Joachim Schöttes, SVP Corporate Communications for germanwings, said: “It’s great to be able to launch this new connection from Düsseldorf to London Stansted. Düsseldorf is an incredible mix of Rhineland charm, history, arts, and culture, and we’re pleased to be able to make this area more accessible for UK businesses and tourists.” Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, said: “Stansted is the UK’s leading airport for direct connections across Europe and this new route gives passengers even greater choice. Airline expansion to new markets is always an exciting development and I’m delighted to welcome to Stansted the first germanwings service between Düsseldorf and London, which I’m sure, will be very popular for both business and leisure travel.”

On 20 August, SAS celebrated the inaugural flight of its premium service from the Scandinavian oil hub of Stavanger to Houston Intercontinental. The route is being operated six times weekly (daily except Tuesdays), using a leased 44-seat 737-700 from PrivatAir. Seats are configured 2-2 throughout, with a seat pitch of 60-61 inches, while in-flight entertainment is provided via individual tablets pre-loaded with content.

  • SAS commenced premium services from Stavanger (SVG) in Norway to Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH) on 20 August. The 7,796-kilometre sector between the two major petroleum hubs will be operated six times weekly, using PrivatAir’s 44-seat 737-700. No other operator serves this airport pair. The Star Alliance member is also serving the US market with flights to New York Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco. Commenting on the route launch, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS, said: “The route we have established is a tailored product for a defined market with particular travel needs. The favourable timetable provides excellent connections throughout Scandinavia in both directions, while Houston is a hub for connections to the south and west such as Mexico, Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix with the Star Alliance.”

  • SATENA, the Colombian government-owned carrier, added two new domestic links to Tumaco (TCO) on 25 August, from Bogota (BOG) and Cali (CLO). Both routes are operated daily, utilising a mixed fleet of the airline’s 47-seat ATR 42-500s and 49-seat ERJ 145s. While the 605-kilometre route from Bogota will face no competition, the new airport pair from Cali, at 327 kilometres, is already served by Avianca with twice-daily flights.

Silver Airways adds 16th intra-Florida route

Jacksonville Airport celebrated with this fantastic cake the inaugural flight of Silver Airways’ 18 weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale on 19 August. The carrier’s 16th intra-Florida route will see a frequency increase to six times daily starting from 2 November.

  • Silver Airways commenced its 16th intra-Florida airport pair with the addition of 18 weekly services from Jacksonville, FL (JAX) to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) on 19 August. The 512-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s Saab 340s, and will see a frequency increase to six times daily starting from 2 November. In fact, this is the carrier’s second route from Jacksonville, the other being operated to Tampa with 15 weekly flights. Silver Airways will face direct competition on the new service from Southwest Airlines’ 16 weekly flights. Commenting on the new route launch, Steve Grossman, CEO, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, said: “We are excited about Silver Airways’ new service to Fort Lauderdale. Multiple flights per day between our two communities mean convenience for both business and leisure travellers. As Silver continues to build intra-state air services, we look forward to their growth in the Northeast Florida region.” See how Jacksonville Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

On 20 August, Boise Airport welcomed United Airlines’ seventh route, this time from Houston Intercontinental. A United platinum card frequent flier, Charles Wolfe, was given the honour of cutting the celebratory ribbon on Wednesday. Passengers on the inaugural flight were also treated with burrito bites upon arrival. 

On 19 August, Lafayette Airport welcomed United Airlines’ first flight from Denver. The 512-kilometre sector is operated daily using ExpressJet Airlines’ ERJ 145s. Addressing the media shortly after the flight’s landing is Paul Guilbeau, Airport Commissioner. On the way back to Denver, passengers were excited to receive a comfy travel blanket.

  • United Airlines expanded its US domestic offering during the course of last week with three new routes, all of which are operated daily. On 19 August, the carrier inaugurated its second route to Lafayette, LA (LFT), from Denver, CO (DEN), served by ExpressJet Airlines’ 50-seat ERJ 145s. On the same day, the Star Alliance member launched flights from Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH) to Williston, ND (ISN), using again ExpressJet Airlines’ 50-seat ERJ 145s. Furthermore, on 20 August, United continued expanding its presence at Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH), and this time adding services to Boise, ID (BOI). The Star Alliance member’s seventh route to Boise will be operated utilising SkyWest Airlines’ 64-seat CRJ 700s. There is no competition on any of United’s latest additions. Commenting on the new route to Williston, Steven Kjergaard, Airport Manager, said: “Adding an additional flight will help alleviate the strain and open up different markets to us such as the oil industry. It’ll also add the leisure markets for us in Mexico, South America and Central America.” See how Boise, Lafayette and Williston airports’ FTWAs compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.


  1. Chris says:

    Ah! So that is what United is doing with all of those blankets they no longer offer in flight!

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