New routes launched during the last week
(29 September – 05 October 2007)

  • Logo: OttawaContinental Express launched two new routes from their Cleveland (CLE) hub this week. The Canadian capital of Ottawa (YOW) becomes the airlines fourth Canadian destination with the start of double-daily ERJ135 services. Another new route to Oklahoma City was started the same day with larger ERJ145 aircraft. Cleveland is probably best known as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Image: Air Arabia.comAir Arabia started flying from Sharjah to its eighth destination in India this week when twice-weekly services to Coimbatore began on Monday. Another new route to India (to Bangalore) begins in a couple of week’s time.
  • Image: ClickairClick Air, the Spanish LCC with close links to Iberia, has this week celebrated its first anniversary by starting two more domestic routes from Barcelona (BCN) to Ibiza (IBZ) and Minorca (MAH). Each route will be served three times daily with Click Air’s 180-seat A320s. Until now the routes were served by Iberia with smaller aircraft but higher frequency. Local rival Vueling operates both these routes but only during the summer season. Click Air recently won the award for “Best Newcomer” at the World Low Cost Airline Congress held in London.
  • Logo: easyJeteasyJet launched a total of five new routes this week which included two new destination. Gdansk (GDN) and Bari (BRI) welcomed their first easyJet services from London Gatwick (LGW) and Milan Malpensa (MXP) respectively. Both services operate daily. Two more routes to Poland were also started with Krakow (KRK) getting a daily service from London Gatwick and Warsaw getting a thrice-weekly Bristol (BRS) service. Finally Lisbon (LIS) gets a daily Gatwick service to complement the existing London Luton service. easyJet now has 42 routes on sale from London Gatwick making it the airline’s biggest base.
  • Image: Sao PauloEmirates has launched its first direct services to South America with a six-times weekly flight to Sao Paulo (GRU) in Brazil. It now claims to be the first airline ever to operate non-stop services from a single airport to all major continents.
  • Image: Wizz AirFour new east-west routes were inaugurated by Wizz Air this week. Bucharest Baneasa (BBU) saw new links to Liverpool (LPL) and Valencia (VLC) get under way while Katowice is now linked with Brussels Charleroi (CRL) and Poznan (POZ) with Dortmund (DTM).
  • Logo: Airpost WeezeIt wouldn’t be a normal week unless Ryanair was starting a few new routes and this week sees the start of a major network development push as the airline launches 70 new routes during October. This week an additional aircraft is based at Düsseldorf Weeze (NRN) which will be used to begin a new daily service to Milan Bergamo (BGY) and new lower-frequency routes to Malaga (AGP), Valencia (VLC) and Seville (SVQ) in Spain and Trapani (TPS) in Sicily, Italy. This raises to 15 the number of destinations served by Ryanair from the airport with three more routes due to start next week.
  • Image: Blue AirLondon Stansted (STN), the largest airport for LCCs in Europe, welcomed a new carrier this week. Romanian LCC Blue Air began services from Bucharest (BBU) and will operate three times per week on this three-and-a-half-hour flight to Romania’s capital. Headline fares of €0 don’t include the approximately €50 in “taxes” that need to be paid on each sector. Scheduled traffic between the UK and Bucharest increased by 25% in 2006 from 149,084 to 186,200. easyJet will soon start flying to Bucharest from London Gatwick and while Wizz Air has been serving Bucharest from London Luton airport since mid-January.
  • Image: Blue AirThis week marks a major point in Frontier Airlines’ development at Denver airport (DEN) as multiple-daily services began to Wichita (IST), Sioux City (SUX) and Rapid City (RAP). For the moment these route are being served by E170 jets but will ultimately be operated by Q400 turboprops operated by Lynx Aviation a fully-owned subsidiary of Frontier.


Comments are closed