Ahead of the major Chinese New Year travel period, airlines in China have been active in the last week. But there is more. Which Italian airport got three new domestic routes? Which airline began serving a US airport marketing itself as a secondary airport for Canadians? And which two major port cities again have an air link?
AirAsia’s growth boosts Malaysia’s airports; Firefly gets 737s; still no US flights from Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s airports handled more than 50 million passengers in 2009 and continued to grow in 2010. Which new destinations have been added from Kuala Lumpur in 2010 and what’s new for 2011? Which country market has slipped two places in the rankings since 2008?
In the last week, 29 new routes saw the light of day. easyJet contributed with the most – five new routes – but the routes were spread globally with South America being the only continent not represented this week. Which flag carrier launched three new routes outside its home country? And which was the first foreign low-cost carrier to arrive at Tokyo Haneda?
Mohamed Sallauddin bin Hj. Mat Sah, general manager marketing, Malaysia Airports, talks to anna.aero in Kuala Lumpur
anna.aero’s Ryan Ghee talked to AirAsia last week – this week it’s the turn of Malaysia Airports for the 30 Second Interiew. In Kuala Lumpur the airport operator is building another low cost terminal to replace the temporary building opened in 2006. “We’re also open to the possibility of other airlines eventually operating from the facility” Ghee was surprised to learn.
AirAsia X confirms Paris for 2011; Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Tehran and Tokyo all added from Kuala Lumpur during 2010
AirAsia’s long-haul partner AirAsia X received a new A330 this week, and confirmed flights to Paris starting on Valentine’s Day. How extensive is its network and what competition does it face? How has the London service stimulated the UK market?
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.
A quiet time for new route launches as for western carriers the summer peak is well under way. But we still have new routes involving airports in Australia, Belarus, China, Colombia, Congo, El Salvador, India, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Thailand.
This week, UK regional airline flybe has launched the largest number of routes; 10 out of the week’s total 38. Chinese airlines are also prominently featured with rich illustrations from all Chinese launches. Read about all the routes, from airports ranging from Guam in the east to Wyoming in the west.
This week has seen the launch of over 100 new routes! The single airport to have experienced the most new routes is Keflavik Airport in Iceland, followed by Ireland’s Cork Airport. The week’s routes are between 60 of the world’s countries, giving our coverage a truly global spread. We have all the details and lots of great celebratory pictures.
Over 60 new routes this week with a strong bias towards European LCCs. Cimber Sterling, easyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair and Wizz Air all launched multiple routes. But AirAsia, Avianova, BA CityFlyer, Delta, Flydubai, Southwest, Spanair and Transaero among others all had reasons to celebrate this week.