New airline routes launched (29 August 2017 – 4 September 2017)


Aer Lingus’ Dublin to Miami

Aer Lingus Miami

Earlier this summer, Aer Lingus held a launch party in Dublin for its new route to Miami in which attendees had a chance to win prizes including a trip to the Floridian city. Seen presenting lucky winner Rowena Shanley with two return flights to Miami, seven nights accommodation, plus a $100 voucher for the Hard Rock Cafe were Seb Sarrasin, Trade Marketing and PR Manager, Greater Miami CVB, and Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales at Aer Lingus. The Irish flag carrier, which launched flights to Miami on 1 September, will operate the route three times weekly on its A330-200s.

  • Aer Lingus launched flights to its 11th North American destination from Dublin (DUB) on 1 September, with Miami (MIA) now being part of the Irish flag carrier’s network. The Magic City becomes the airline’s second route to Florida after Orlando. The 6,690-kilometre sector will be operated by Aer Lingus three times weekly (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) year-round on its fleet of A330-200s. “We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus’ new transatlantic service to Miami,” said Dublin Airport MD Vincent Harrison. “This new route offers further choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers,” he added. No competition is currently offered on the city pair. With this launch, Aer Lingus now operates 98 weekly flights from Dublin to North America. With Aer Lingus joining Miami’s airline line-up, it means that the airport has non-stop flights to 22 destinations in Europe this summer. See how Miami Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

SkyWork Airlines’ Basel to Vienna

On 4 September, SkyWork Airlines began a new five times weekly service between Basel and Vienna. Seen celebrating the new connection in the Austrian capital along with the inaugural flight crew are: Martin Inäbnit, CEO of SkyWork Airlines, Belina Neumann, Head of Aviation Marketing and Business Development, Vienna Airport; and Peter Reichert, Sales Manager at SkyWork Airlines. A cake was also baked to celebrate the new route.

  • SkyWork Airlines on 4 September began a five times weekly service between Basel (BSL) and Vienna (VIE). The carrier will operate the 676-kilometre route on its fleet of Saab 2000s of which it currently has three. “In addition to Berne, SkyWork Airlines now serves a second destination from Vienna. Thanks to its contemporary architecture and multifaceted culture, Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city, is especially popular for city breaks,” said Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Vienna Airport. “The additional destination confirms our good cooperation with the airline, and the importance of flight connections between Austria and Switzerland. On balance, Vienna Airport now offers five destinations and 152 weekly flight connections to Switzerland,” Jäger adds. When referring to OAG schedules, the city pairing of Basel and Vienna is already served, with Austrian Airlines connecting the two cities 12 times weekly on its Q400s. Along with Basel and Berne, Vienna also has regular connections to Altenrhein, Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland.  

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


The inaugural Belfast City–Newcastle flight was welcomed by: Laurie Scott, Director of Business Development, Visit Belfast; Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager, Belfast City Airport; and Andy Mathieson, Eastern Airways’ Commercial Manager, Northern Ireland. A Jetstream 41-inspired cake was also baked for the occasion.

  • Eastern Airways has doubled its network points available from Belfast City (BHD) this week adding a five times weekly operation to Newcastle (NCL), less than six months after the airline first entered the Northern Ireland market with its five times weekly service to the Isle Of Man. Eastern entered the market in March, re-establishing Northern Ireland’s only link to the island less than 48 hours after Citywing’s liquidation. Started on 1 September, the 29-seat Jetstream 41-operated service faces no direct competition on the 270-kilometre airport pair. Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: “Newcastle has always been a very popular destination for passengers and we’re delighted to once again be able to offer this route from Belfast City Airport. We have a strong track record of forming successful partnerships with our airlines, and we are thrilled that Eastern Airways has recognised the market potential through the introduction of this new route. We are confident of continuing to grow our UK and European route network further in the future. This is a hugely exciting period for Belfast City Airport, with the launch of our Newcastle route following a host of industry award successes. We were shortlisted for a World Routes Marketing Award for the second successive year.”  

Japan Airlines Chairman Masaru Onishi and Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi were on hand with the giant scissors to herald the start of the oneworld carrier’s new daily operation from Tokyo Narita to Australia’s second busiest airport. Qantas already operates the 8,172-kilometre airport pair, with it also operating a daily rotation.

  • Japan Airlines started its second route between Japan and Australia on 1 September, beginning daily flights from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Melbourne (MEL). The 787-8-operated service becomes the oneworld carrier’s second route between the countries, joining its existing daily operation to Sydney from its biggest international hub. With the addition of the Victorian state capital, Japan Airlines now flies to 31 overseas destinations from its fourth largest airport in terms of weekly seats. Qantas will provide direct competition on the airport pair, with its existing daily operation. See how Melbourne Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Jetstar Pacific Airlines Osaka Kansai

On hand at Osaka Kansai to celebrate the first Jetstar Pacific Airlines flight back to Hanoi was the airline’s CCO Nguyen Tuan Anh. The 3,227-kilometre, the route will be flown four times weekly in direct competition with Vietnam Airlines.

Jetstar Pacific Airlines

At Da Nang Airport a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open Jetstar Pacific Airlines’ new four times weekly link to Osaka Kansai. At the centre of the ribbon cutting line-up (wearing the orange hat) is Nguyen Quoc Phuong, General Director of Jetstar Pacific Airlines. The 3,381-kilometre connection will face no direct competition.

  • Jetstar Pacific Airlines touched down at Osaka Kansai (KIX) for the first time on 1 September, the day on which the airline began a four times weekly service from Da Nang (DAD). The following day a route from Hanoi (HAN), which will also operate four times weekly, was also inaugurated. Both 3,381- and 3,227-kilometre sectors will be flown on the airline’s fleet of A320s, with Hanoi services going head-to-head with Vietnam Airlines which already provides a daily service on its 787s according to OAG schedules. Nguyen Quoc Phuong, General Director of Jetstar Pacific Airlines, said at a press conference at the Da Nang launch that the airline has already sold 20,000 tickets for both routes. Osaka Kansai becomes the airline’s first destination in Japan, with its other international markets this summer being South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.  

LATAM Airlines Tucuman

Seen cutting the ribbon in Tucuman to officially open LATAM Airlines’ new three times weekly link from Lima are Sebastián Giobellina, Head of Tucuman Tourism Authority, and Walter Andres Jorge, Regional Manager of LATAM Airlines. The carrier will operate the 2,068-kilometre route three times weekly (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays).

  • LATAM Airlines on 1 September commenced a three times weekly (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays) service between Lima (LIM) and Tucuman (TUC) in Argentina. The airline will operate the 2,068-kilometre route on a mix of its A319s and A320s, with no other carrier at present operating the city pair. The next new route for LATAM Airlines from Tucuman will take place on 2 October, the day on which it will begin a three times weekly link to Santiago. See how Tucuman Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Loganair’s Commercial Director Kay Ryan and Manchester Airport’s Aviation Director Julian Carr welcome the inaugural flight to Glasgow from Manchester on 1 September. A bagpipe-adorned cake was crafted to help the first flight’s celebrations.

  • Loganair officially marked flying solo again by launching two new services on 1 September. Self-proclaimed Scotland’s airline, which terminated its franchise agreement with the Flybe last week launched up to six services a day using its Saab 340 fleet on the Manchester (MAN) to Glasgow (GLA) route. Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director said: “We’ve been operating this route between Glasgow and the Northwest for eight years so we’re acutely aware of the requirements for an enhanced schedule. A lot of passengers might not have been aware of the Loganair brand as we flew under our previous franchise partner’s colours but the quality of service was wholly down to the hard work of our team. It’ll be the same aircraft, pilots and crew which will be expanding the number of flights available to passengers.” Indeed Flybe will still operate the 312-kilometre pair 21 times weekly according to OAG schedules. In addition to the 28 times weekly Glasgow service, Loganair will continue to provide flights to Norwich (16 times weekly) from Manchester, which it also previously operated under the Flybe franchise. On the same day, Loganair also began twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays) on from Kirkwall (KOI) to Fair Isle (FIE) in Scotland. Operated by its Islander fleet, the 97-kilometre sector will face no direct competition.

A cake cutting ceremony was held at Oradea Airport on 1 September to celebrate the start of Ryanair’s new service from London Stansted. Seen conducting the cake cutting are Gheorghe Paşc, Director of Oradea Airport and Bauman Dieter-Gergo, Specialist at Bihor Destination Management Agency. Ryanair will operate the route three times weekly.

  • Ryanair commenced a new route between London Stansted (STN) and Oradea (OMR) on 1 September. The 1,648-kilometre route, the carrier’s third to Romania from the UK capital airport after Bucharest (twice-daily) and Timisoara (daily), will be flown three times weekly on its 737-800s, with no other airline offering direct competition. Stansted becomes Ryanair’s third route to Oradea after Milan Bergamo and Girona, while a fourth to Memmingen commenced on 5 September. A fifth route to Weeze in German is scheduled to begin 30 October. 

VietJetAir Yangon

At the launch of VietJetAir flights between Hanoi and Yangon, a gift exchange took place between U Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar and Nguyen Thanh Hung, Vice Chairman of VietjetAir. The carrier will operate the 1,122-kilometre sector daily on its A320s in direct competition with Vietnam Airlines.

  • VietJetAir launched its second route to Yangon (RGN) on 31 August in the form of a daily connection from Hanoi (HAN). The carrier already links to Myanmar’s largest metropolis from Ho Chi Minh City with five weekly flights. The 1,122-kilometre sector between Hanoi and Yangon, which VietJetAir will operate on its fleet of A320s, is already flown by Vietnam Airlines, with it also offering a daily service on the city pair. With this launch, VietJetAir now operates seven international routes from Hanoi, with Yangon joining Singapore, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi in Thailand, Taipei Taoyuan in Taiwan, plus Seoul Incheon and Busan in South Korea. In total VietJetAir is offering 52 weekly flights from Hanoi this summer on international routes, making up 18% of the carrier’s overall weekly flight offering from the Vietnamese airport.  

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