Asia and Australia dominated the new routes launched in the last week. But we have full reports on routes launched in Europe and the Americas as well. Which national carrier entered a new country market? Which recent start-up carrier launched a new domestic route? And which airline took over two international routes just as they were abandoned by another airline – which also launched a new landmark route this week?
Ryanair’s new Vilnius routes will indirectly compete with Wizz Air on three routes, going head-to-head on Bergamo
Ryanair opened a base at Kaunas in Lithuania last year and the airport grew by a staggering 77%. Now Vilnius is to get five Ryanair routes from the beginning of May. But what competition will it face at the airport and which other carriers are serving which routes from the Lithuanian capital?
Big year for Estonia as it adopts Euro, Tallinn is European Capital of Culture 2011 and Ryanair opens 10 routes
So who knew that Estonia’s old currency was called the Kroon? How dominant is Estonian Air in Tallinn, how is its fleet growing and which other carriers are starting new routes in 2011? How many other airports does Estonia have?
Ahead of Christmas, we have seen 83 new routes launch! You might have thought that route launch celebrations would be more low-key as Christmas celebrations take over, but we dare almost say it has been the contrary. We have fantastic photos from route launches all across the world!
Download the spreadsheet with this week’s 250 new routes and see our fantastic photo coverage of launch celebrations all across the world. Ribbons have been cut in masses, lakes have been emptied for fire brigades to salute the arriving aircraft and the world’s master bakers have worked day and night to bake an amazing selection of cakes.
Wizz Air makes Vilnius base #14 with one A320 and eight routes; Ryanair in nearby Kaunas provides competition
Wizz Air is following in Ryanair’s footsteps and setting up a base in Lithuania. But what competition will it face next April when it launches its eight new routes? And which of these routes might provoke Ryanair into responding?
Ryanair may be cutting capacity at many airports this winter, but Tallinn will get seven new routes generating 21 weekly departures. What competition will Ryanair face on these routes and how does its presence compare with airBaltic and Estonian Air?
This week, the world’s 64 new routes have had a global spread, with every continent represented with multiple new routes. US airports have seen the most launches, but the week has also seen landmark events elsewhere, such as the opening of a brand-new airport in Tibet and the first international route in 18 years at a Brazilian airport. We have all the pictures and information.
A staggering 118 new routes in 46 of the world’s countries have been launched in the last week. We have all the information about them, along with pictures of the cakes and celebrations. Read about the routes launched to and from 26 European countries, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Japan, Kuwait, Morocco, Malaysia, Oman, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, Taiwan, UAE and the US.
Another quiet week on the new route front as several planned new routes fail to materialise. That leaves us this week with American Airlines, Cimber Sterling, Estonian Air Regional and Manx2.com. But who gets our Cake Of The Week award?
Italy and Greece have been the main beneficiaries of new route launches (from Air Italy, blu-express, easyJet and Wizz Air) this week as we head into the peak of the European summer season. Other interesting new routes are provided by Estonian Air, Tiger Airways and yet another new route from Turkish Airlines.