Kutaisi is the LCC airport for the whole of Georgia. By S20, Wizz Air alone will have 41 routes from it. 80% of passengers using Kutaisi come from Tbilisi, so Ryanair’s coming entry into Kutaisi and Tbilisi is interesting. Despite Kutaisi’s strong growth, gaps remain.
In the 12 months to August 2019, 25 million flew from the Eastern USA to the Caribbean, with six million million indirect. The top-20 unserved routes were mainly across San Juan, Punta Cana and Montego Bay; these saw almost 600,000 passengers. Could Cleveland – Montego Bay be a new route?
95% of VivaAerobus’ capacity is dedicated to the domestic market, which is in stark contrast to its Mexican competitors’ network strategies. VivaAerobus has grown strongly since 2015. And with 66 aircraft on order – including 40 A321neos – this ‘super low-cost’ will be even more super.
In this week’s network planning community newsletter: Africa World Airlines announces a codeshare with Brussels Airlines; Air Transat brings A321LR to Gatwick; KLM celebrates 100 years; Uzbekistan Airways connects Munich with Tashkent; Birmingham Airport adds Austrian Airlines; Melbourne Airport announces new Asiana and Jetstar routes; Air Astana launches A321LR operations to Moscow; Cabo Verde Airlines announces two African destinations and Thai Air Asia X announces a Tbilisi route…
Airline Route News
11 Oct 2019
IndiGo adds Sharjah from Amritsar
11 Oct 2019
Pan Pacific Airlines launches Seoul route from Clark
10 Oct 2019
Interjet launches flights to Ecuador
8 Oct 2019
Frontier Airlines adds Atlanta from Tampa
4 Oct 2019
Air Albania introduces Italian connections
4 Oct 2019
Virgin Atlantic takes off to Tel Aviv
2 Oct 2019
FlyBosnia connects Sarajevo with London Luton
1 Oct 2019
Wizz Air roams into Russia from Luton
12 Sep 2019
Air Chathams lands in Norfolk Island from Auckland
In S19 alone, Tampa International Airport has added 22 routes, operated by nine airlines. We look at the airport’s increasing presence on the international stage, and top unserved markets.
Aer Lingus has increased capacity to North America by almost 80% in five years, with nearly double the number of destinations. While its average local fare is USD$664 one-way, San Francisco and Toronto stand out for the opposite reason.
China is the number-one country to Thailand for tourists, with China-Bangkok seats up by 14 million since 2010. 69 routes operate between the two on an airport-level basis, involving 44 airports and 28 airlines. Bangkok-Guangzhou has 30 return-trips a day across nine airlines. Thai LCCs now dominate the airline rankings.
LAM Mozambique Airlines is to begin service from Maputo to Lisbon, supplementing TAP Air Portugal’s three-weekly service. 99,000 passengers flew Mozambique – Portugal in the past year, not a large volume. At the same time, the pro rata airfare to Lisbon is not high. It seems like a politically motivated decision.
High costs, 42,000 staff, loss-making and heavily subsidised. It’s a wonder Saudia’s first foreign CEO wanted the top job. Saudia has grown very strongly in the past few years from the country’s Vision 2030. VFR markets remain crucial for Saudia, and always will. With Jeddah’s new terminal and coming A321LR/XLRs, what is the role of Saudia?
IndiGo has begun a daily service from Kolkata to Hanoi, marking the first route an LCC has operated between India and Vietnam. The choice of Kolkata was from its geographic closeness to Southeast Asia while enabling connections from across India. Complementing Hanoi is Kolkata-Ho Chi Minh City, which starts on the 18th of this month.
Tulcea County Council announces the launch of a tender for Tulcea Airport as it seeks to connect the region’s only gateway to Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Frankfurt and Paris. The deadline for submitting offers is 15 November 2019 at 12:00 RO local time.
Slovenia’s Adria has ceased to exist – and, along with it, nearly 60% of Ljubljana’s capacity. Adria actively pursued wet leases and foreign bases, which in 2015 saw Ljubljana have just 55% of its capacity. In 2019, it operated 17 routes from Ljubljana, with 9 presently unserved by others. After Brussels Airlines and the Lufthansa Group announced it’ll serve four routes within two days, who will be next?
Yesterday, American announced it’ll restart a daily Boston-London/Heathrow. This follows Delta’s Boston-Gatwick announcement in August. London-Boston has seen strong traffic growth following fare declines from Norwegian. With market share reductions and JetBlue coming, London-Boston is a melting pot of intrigue.
In 2018, the top-20 unserved routes between Australia-Southeast Asia saw 777,000 passengers. To/from Vietnam, almost six in ten travelling indirectly. With its coming A321XLRs, will VietJet Air start Brisbane-Ho Chi Minh City, a strong-growing market with 51,000 passengers and above-average fare/mile?