New airline routes launched (5 January 2016 – 11 January 2016)


fastjet’s Dar es Salaam to Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi. On arrival of fastjet’s inaugural service from Dar es Salaam, the High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania, John Michael Haule, lead a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially declare the route open. On hand to help him with the proceedings were fastjet’s East Africa airlines GM, Jimmy Kibati, and Director of fastjet Tanzania, Ami Mpungwe. After, a traditional cake cutting ceremomy also took place with Kibati, Mpungwe and Haule being joined by fastjet Managing Partner, Lawrence Masha, and GM Marketing and Business Development, Kenya Airports Authority, William Simbah.

  • fastjet on 11 January launched four services which included its first connection to Kenya, with the airline inaugurating a daily service to Nairobi (NBO) from both Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Kilimanjaro (JRO). “Today’s flights are an important milestone in fastjet’s development and mark a significant achievement for the company. We have been working towards the launch of these routes for some time and are excited to be bringing our proven low-cost model to a new destination,” said Ed Winter, CEO, fastjet. Kenya becomes the seventh country market for fastjet after Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Services on both routes will face direct competition, with Kenya Airways already operating 35 weekly flights between the Kenyan and Tanzanian capitals. “The fact is that competition is good for consumers. It brings choice and it brings air fares down,” says Jimmy Kibati, fastjet GM for East Africa. On the same day, the airline also launched a domestic link between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar (ZNZ), a route which is only 71 kilometres, making it the shortest A320 family operated service. The carrier also launched services to the latter from Johannesburg (JNB). All four routes launched will be operated by the carrier’s A319 fleet and all will face direct competition. See how Nairobi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
11 Jan Dar es Salaam (DAR) Nairobi (NBO) A319 (7) Kenya Airways (35)
Zanzibar (ZNZ) A319 (12) Coastal Aviation (63), ZanAir (60), Flightlink (35),
Precision Air (14), Tropical Air (2)
Johannesburg (JNB) A319 (7) Mango (2)
Nairobi (NBO) Kilimanjaro (JRO) Precision Air (18), Kenya Airways (10)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 12 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.

JetBlue Airways New York JFK to Daytona Beach

On 7 January, JetBlue Airways commenced services between New York JFK and Daytona Beach. The Floridian airport welcomed the arrival of the carrier’s first flight by officially declaring services open with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, while passengers received goodie bags and airline branded cupcakes. The airport also had a classic three-tier inauguration cake as well. The 1,436-kilometre sector will operate daily without any direct competition.

  • JetBlue Airways commenced services between New York JFK (JFK) and Daytona Beach (DAB) on 7 January. The 1,436-kilometre sector will operate daily according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, with the carrier using its A320s on the route. Commenting on the launch, Rick Karl, Daytona Beach Airport Director, said: “JetBlue Airways’ arrival in Dayton Beach is part of the overall renaissance that the greater Daytona Beach area and Volusia County is experiencing. Having the most convenient airport in the east central Florida region, Daytona Beach International Airport is well-suited for the partnership with JetBlue.” Also commenting on the launch, Scott Laurence, SVP of Network Planning at JetBlue Airways, added: “We launched our airline with its inaugural flight between New York JFK and Florida almost 16 years ago, and we are so pleased that all these years later we continue to offer even more new routes between these two popular regions.” Daytona Beach becomes destination number eight for the airline in Florida, with the carrier also serving Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers, all of which are served directly from New York JFK. The latest route to Daytona Beach will face no direct competition. See how Daytona Beach Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

 

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


  • Air India has started operations between Kochi (COK) and Dubai (DXB). On 11 January the Star Alliance carrier began daily flights on the 2,781-kilometre route between the two airports. Competition on the route is intense with six other carriers already serving the market: Emirates (19 weekly flights); Air India Express, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet all offering daily flights; and flydubai (four weekly flights). This new route appears to replace Air India’s Kochi to Sharjah service which ends on 10 January. Air India now serves Dubai from six Indian airports, the other being Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad and Kozhikide.

American Airlines launched a service between Cincinnati and New York LaGuardia on 5 January. The 940-kilometre sector, flown by American Eagle’s E170s, will operate 20 times weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Cincinnati Airport kick-started the launch of services by holding a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony before the inaugural departure.

  • American Airlines launched four services on 5 January, of which three connect New York LaGuardia (LGA) at a 20 times weekly frequency to Cincinnati (CVG), Indianapolis (IND) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). Commenting on the launch of flights by the oneworld member between Cincinnati and New York’s third biggest airport, after New York JFK and New York Newark, Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati Airport, said: “Our goal is to provide as many options and choices of carriers in all Cincinnati markets. We are especially pleased that American Airlines has decided to add New York LaGuardia to their Cincinnati network since it is a key business market for our passengers.” All four routes launched by American Airlines will face direct competition from Delta Air Lines according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, while two of the services will also see Southwest Airlines as an incumbent carrier. The average sector length of the routes is 1,128 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
5 Jan Cincinnati (CVG) New York LaGuardia (LGA) E170 (20) Delta Air Lines (34)
Indianapolis (IND) Delta Air Lines (28),
Southwest Airlines (13)
Minneapolis-St.Paul (MSP) Delta Air Lines (43)
Washington Reagan  (DCA) Atlanta (ATL) E175 (35) Delta Air Lines (86),
Southwest Airlines (39)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 12 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Passengers on the inaugural flynas flight from Dammam to Khartoum on 5 January were given flowers to mark the start of the LCC’s four times weekly service.

  • flynas, the Saudi Arabian LCC, has begun flights on its fourth route to Sudan on 5 January, namely a four times weekly operation from Dammam (DMM) to Khartoum (KRT). The 2,153-kilometre sector joins the airline’s existing flights from Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah to the Sudanese capital, and reinforces flynas’ operation at Dammam, which is its third largest in terms of weekly seats (behind Riyadh and Jeddah). Flown by the LCC’s A320 fleet, the route will face no direct competition.

On 5 January, Southwest Florida Airport advertised on social media the launch of Frontier Airlines’ new services to Detroit and Indianapolis, routes which will both face direct competition. Both of Frontier Airlines’ two new services will operate daily, with the carrier using its fleet of A319s on the sectors.

On 5 January, Southwest Florida Airport advertised on social media the launch of Frontier Airlines’ new services to Detroit and Indianapolis, routes which will both face direct competition. Both of Frontier Airlines’ two new services will operate daily, with the carrier using its fleet of A319s on the sectors.

  • Frontier Airlines on 5 January commenced four airport pairs on its US domestic network, with all of the new sectors originating from airports in Florida. Orlando (MCO) will be connected by the carrier to Kansas City (MCI) and Milwaukee (MKE), while Southwest Florida (RSW) will see the airline link the airport to Detroit (DTW) and Indianapolis (IND). The average sector length of the routes is 1,678 kilometres, with all four of them facing direct competition and each operated daily according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
5 Jan Orlando (MCO) Kansas City (MCI) A319 (7) Southwest Airlines (15)
Milwaukee (MKE) Southwest Airlines (27)
Southwest Florida (RSW) Detroit (DTW) Delta Air Lines (31), Spirit Airlines (21)
Indianapolis (IND) Southwest Airlines (21), Delta Air Lines (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 12 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Helping to cut the celebratory cake at Gold Coast Airport were: Mr Li Dianchun, Commercial Director, Hong Kong Airlines; Mayor Tom Tate – Mayor City of Gold Coast; Kate Jones, Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events; Chris Mills, CEO, Queensland Airports Limited; and Marion Charlton – CEO, Gold Coast Airport. The new thrice-weekly Hong Kong Airlines service operates via Cairns on the return leg. The airline’s A330-300s will operate the route.

Celebrations in Hong Kong. Before the inaugural departure on Hong Kong Airlines’ Hong Kong-Gold Coast-Cairns route, passengers were greeted with Australian-themed decorations and models carrying surfboards, emulating the liveliness and energetic vibe of the Gold Coast and Cairns.

  • Hong Kong Airlines has ventured into the Australian market with the introduction on 8 January of a new service which operates from Hong Kong (HKG) to Gold Coast (OOL), then to Cairns (CNS) and back to Hong Kong. The thrice-weekly service is operated by the airline’s A330-300s. Competition is provided by Cathay Pacific Airways which operates four times weekly on the Cairns route. Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton, said: “Over the last few years, the Gold Coast Airport has seen a steady increase in Chinese passenger numbers, and this trend is expected to continue into the future, as the Gold Coast continues to be internationally recognised as a premier travel destination. The commencement of these services is testament to the confidence the Chinese travel industry have in the Gold Coast as a destination able to deliver world-class experiences for their customers. We are hopeful that the success of these services will lead to a year-round service with Hong Kong Airlines into the Gold Coast.” See how Gold Coast Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

  • Pakistan International Airlines on 6 January launched a weekly (Wednesday) service between Lahore (LHE) and Dhaka (DAC) in Bangladesh. The 1,786-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s A320s. The airline last flew the route back in early 2014 with A310s. No other carrier currently serves the market. This is PIA’s second route between the two countries as it already connects Karachi with Dhaka on a twice-weekly basis.

Speaking at Little Rock Airport on 6 January, Airport Commission Chairman Virgil L. Miller, Jr. and Fredbird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, celebrate the inauguration of Southwest Airlines’ flights between the two cities. The 702-Kilometre sector will face direct competition from Alaska Airlines.

Speaking at Little Rock Airport on 6 January, Airport Commission Chairman, Virgil L. Miller, Jr. and Fredbird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, celebrate the inauguration of Southwest Airlines’ flights between the two cities of Little Rock and St. Louis. The 702-kilometre sector will face no direct competition.

On 6 January, Southwest Airlines commenced services on the 525-kilometre Californian route between Burbank and San Francisco, joining United Airlines which also serves the airport pair. Southwest will operate a thrice-daily service Sunday – Friday, while on a Saturday there will be a two flights.

On 6 January, Southwest Airlines commenced services on the 525-kilometre Californian route between Burbank and San Francisco, joining United Airlines which also serves the airport pair. Southwest will operate a thrice-daily service Sunday – Friday, while on a Saturday there will be a two flights.

  • Southwest Airlines commenced four services on 6 January. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 490 kilometres, with the shortest being the 261-kilometre link between Chicago Midway (MDW) and Indianapolis (IND), a route which the carrier will operate 13 times weekly without facing direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Of the four routes, two will face incumbent carriers, namely the 525-kilometre Californian city pair of Burbank (BUR) and San Francisco (SFO), which will see the airline compete with United Airlines. All four routes will be served by the LCCs 737-700s.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
6 Jan Boise (BOI) Sacramento (SMF) B73W (6) Alaska Airlines (7)
Burbank (BUR) San Francisco (SFO) B73W (20) United Airlines (36)
Chicago Midway (MDW) Indianapolis (IND) B73W (13)
Little Rock (LIT) St. Louis (STL)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 12 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.

In order to promote its new service from Baltimore/Washington to Orlando, Spirit Airlines held a “Spirit-aneous Giveaway”, which involved prospective passengers giving their name to the airline to be entered into a lucky dip, with a chance to win seats on the first flight to Orlando. The lucky winner also had to be at the airport ready in case they won the tickets. Ricky Smith, Baltimore/Washington Airport CEO, then conducted the draw to name the lucky passenger before boarding commenced.

In order to promote its new service from Baltimore/Washington to Orlando, Spirit Airlines held a “Spirit-aneous Giveaway”, which involved prospective passengers giving their name to the airline to be entered into a lucky dip, with a chance to win seats on the first flight to Orlando. The lucky winner also had to be at the airport ready in case they won the tickets. Ricky Smith, Baltimore/Washington Airport CEO, then conducted the draw to name the lucky passenger before boarding commenced.

  • Spirit Airlines commenced operations between Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Orlando (MCO) on 7 January. The airline will serve the 1,268-kilometre sector with a daily rotation with its fleet of A319s. The route will face direct competition from Southwest Airlines (65 weekly flights) and JetBlue Airways (daily flights). With the launch of Orlando services, Spirit Airlines now serves a total of 10 routes from Baltimore/Washington, with destinations 11 and 12, Boston and Detroit, planned to be launching on 21 April.

On 11 January, Sofia Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of Wizz Air to Bristol, a route which will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, with a traditional route launch cake that the 173 passengers could enjoy before boarding the first flight. The 2,185-kilometre route will face no direct competition.

  • Wizz Air on 11 January inaugurated services from Sofia (SOF) to Bristol (BRS), with the first flight carrying 173 passengers representing a load factor of 98%. The 2,185-kilometre link will be operated twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays utilising the carrier’s fleet of A320s. The city pair will face no incumbent carriers. Bristol becomes the second UK connection for the airline from Sofia, with Bristol joining services to London Luton. A third route to the UK, Birmingham, is planned to be launched by Wizz Air on 28 March. Commenting on the commencement of Bristol services, Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air said: “With this new route from Sofia to Bristol twice-weekly, we provide a perfect opportunity to visit this great city with a unique atmosphere for either a short weekend break or a longer stay. Likewise, passengers travelling from Bristol can enjoy the wonderful ski resorts located close to Sofia at Vitosha Mountain or the Borovets region in the province Sofia.” Mariana Kirilova, MD of Sofia Airport, added: “We completed a very successful year in which over four million passengers passed through Sofia Airport, with 2016 looking to be even more promising. The new route from Sofia to Bristol operated by Wizz Air will be the 50th in a constantly expanding network from the Bulgarian capital. Another four new destinations for Sofia will be added at the end March.” This winter Wizz Air will operate 72 weekly flights from Sofia across 23 destinations. That is an increase of 33% on last winter when the ULCC served just 17 destinations. Since then it has added new routes to Bari, Cologne Bonn, Geneva, Memmingen and Naples, as well as the new Bristol service.

 


Comments

  1. Your article, “Pakistan International Airlines on 6 January launched a weekly (Wednesday) service between Karachi (KHI) and Dhaka (DAC) in Bangladesh” got the city pairs mixed up, PIA is launching (or just launched) service between Lahore (LHE) and Dhaka (DAC), not KHI. KHI-DAC has been in operation since mid 1970s and has seen all types of a/c being used: 747, 777, A310, A320, B737.

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