New airline routes launched (25 July 2017 – 31 July 2017)


Beijing Capital Airlines’ Hangzhou to Lisbon via Beijing

There was impressive celebrations at Lisbon Airport on 26 July to mark the start of non-stop flights to China with Beijing Capital Airlines. The three times weekly A330-200-operated flight serves Beijing, but also offers a same-aircraft through flight to Hangzhou. There was a cake, speeches, dragons. a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a welcome arch for passengers to walk through before boarding the return flight to Beijing.

Macau Airport welcomed Beijing Capital Airlines’ inaugural service from Beijing on 25 July. The celebrations featured a ribbon cutting ceremony inside the terminal and a welcome banner on the apron. The route, which will be flown four times weekly, will face competition from Air Macau’s existing three times daily service.

  • Beijing Capital Airlines has expanded its international network with the addition of new services to Lisbon (LIS) and Macau (MFM). On 25 July the carrier began four times weekly flights on the 2,012-kilometre route from Beijing (PEK) to Macau using its A319s. The route is already flown three times daily by Air Macau. On the same day the airline began three times weekly flights from Hangzhou (HGH) to Lisbon via Beijing utilising its A330-200s. The 9,653-kilometre connection between the capitals of China and Portugal faces no direct competition and is the first direct service between the two countries. It is also the longest sector operated by the airline. Beijing Capital Airlines already serves Madrid (from Chengdu) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (from Qingdao) in Europe.  

Interjet’s Mexico City and Cancún to Toronto Pearson

Route launch celebrations in Toronto for the arrival of Interjet services from Cancún and Mexico City included a cake and a ribbon cutting between Lauren Yaksich, Director, Global Hub Development, Long Range Airport Planning and Investment, Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Andres Martinez Reynoso, Marketing & PR Director at Interjet.

  • Interjet has added Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to its international network. On 28 July the Mexican carrier began service from both Cancún (CUN) and Mexico City (MEX). Both routes will be flown four times weekly by the airline’s A320 fleet. Lauren Yaksich, Director, Global Hub Development, Long Range Airport Planning and Investment, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said: “We are pleased to be welcoming Interjet to the Toronto Pearson family of carriers and know that the addition of their service will add great value for our passengers. The two routes, Mexico City and Cancún, will provide our passengers with a new option for travel to Mexico, be it for work or vacation.” The 2,602-kilometre route from Cancún is already served by four other carriers; WestJet (nine weekly flights), Air Canada and Sunwing Airlines (both with daily flights) and Air Transat (with five weekly flights). The 3,244-kilometre service from the Mexican capital is currently served by both Aeromexico and Air Canada with twice-daily flights. Interjet recently commenced services to Montreal from the same two Mexican airports. With these latest services the Mexican carrier now accounts for around 7% of the Canada-Mexico market, behind Aeromexico (29%), Air Canada (24%), WestJet (14%), Air Transat (13%) and Sunwing Airlines (12%). See how Toronto Pearson Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

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


Cebu Pacific Air links Cebu to Masbate

Passengers on the inaugural flight with Cebu Pacific Air from Masbate to Cebu were welcomed with this banner at Cebu Airport. This brings to 22 the number of domestic routes served by the carrier from the latter airport.

  • Cebu Pacific Air has launched its latest domestic route from Cebu (CEB). On 26 July the carrier began a three times weekly service on the 232-kilometre link to Masbate (MBT). Operated by CebGo using its ATR 72-500s, flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cebu Pacific now serves 22 domestic destinations from Cebu which range in sector length from 105 to 467 kilometres. This is now the carrier’s second route to Masbate as it already offers daily flights from Manila. See how Cebu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Norwegian Paris CDG

Norwegian, along with Paris CDG, celebrated the start of the carrier’s new weekly (Mondays) service between the French capital airport and Orlando on 31 July. The route opening ends a five-year hiatus of services on the airport pair that was last flown by Air France in 2012. The SkyTeam carrier flew the route for just one-year looking at OAG schedules. 

Norwegian Paris CDG Orlando

In preparation for the return of direct flights from the French capital, Orlando Airport introduced a special marshalling training programme to prepare the ground staff welcoming the inaugural flight on 31 July. The route from Paris CDG to Orlando will be flown by Norwegian weekly (Mondays) and ends a five-year hiatus of services on the route which was last flown in 2012 by Air France, a route that the French carrier operated three times weekly on 777-200s.

  • Norwegian has restored direct flights between Paris CDG (CDG) and Orlando (MCO), ending a five-year hiatus of services on the city pair. Last flown by Air France three times weekly in September 2012 on 777-200s, Norwegian will operate the 7,234-kilometre sector weekly (Mondays) on its 787-8s. Launched on 31 July, Norwegian now serves four transatlantic routes from CDG, with it already operating to Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and New York JFK. For Orlando, this also becomes its fourth transatlantic service from the carrier which already connects to the Floridian airport from London Gatwick, Copenhagen and Oslo Gardermoen. According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Air France between January and September 2012 carried 68,586 passengers between CDG and Orlando, while last year an estimated 46,000 passengers travelled indirectly between the two cities according to OAG Traffic Analyser data, with the top three connecting airports being Atlanta (19% of transfer traffic), New York JFK (14%) and New York Newark (7.1%). 

Pegas Fly commenced a three times weekly operation between Moscow Zhukovsky and Baku on 27 July, with the Russian airport celebrating the new route in the best possible way, with cake! Seen cutting the calorific wonder are Evgeny Solodilin, Deputy General Director at Moscow Zhukovsky Airport, and Alexander Sukhorukov, PR Director of Pegas Fly. The 1,889-kilometre route will be flown on 737-800s, of which the carrier currently has two.

  • Pegas Fly, previously known as the carrier Ikar, has begun flights between Moscow Zhukovsky (ZIA) and Baku (GYD). Launched 27 July, the airline will operate the 1,889-kilometre sector between the Russian and Azerbaijani capitals three times weekly (Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays) according to the carrier’s online booking engine, with the route to be flown on its fleet of 737-800s, of which it currently has two. The airline also has six 767-300s in its fleet. Although this new route faces no direct competition, the two capital cities are already connected by another four airlines. Azerbaijan Airlines already operates to both Moscow Vnukovo (15 times weekly) and Moscow Domodedovo (twice-daily) from Baku, while Aeroflot links Moscow Sheremetyevo to the Azerbaijan capital (twice-daily). UTair also links Vnukovo to Baku (daily), while S7 Airlines operates the city pair from Domodedovo (five times weekly). Along with this route, Pegas Fly also operates a weekly scheduled charter service between Zhukovsky and Xi’an in China which began on 13 July. See how Moscow Zhukovsky Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

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