After last week’s 200-plus new routes, there are still an impressive 60-odd new routes starting in the coming week. The highlights include:
- Air Berlin is launching a new domestic route from its dba-inherited Munich (MUC) base to Saarbrucken (SCN). This 355 kilometre sector will be served twice-daily on weekdays and once on weekend days. A new double-daily service from Munich to London Stansted (STN) begins on 5 November. These flights will compete directly with easyJet, which also operates twice-daily on the same route. This will be Air Berlin’s eighth route linking Stansted directly to a German airport. This week also sees Faro (FAO) get weekly direct services from Munich and Düsseldorf (DUS).
- AirTran launches daily flights between West Palm Beach (PBI) and Newburgh (SWF) airport in New York (also known as Stewart International Airport). Only last week, JetBlue also started direct services on this route.
- Walmart executives can now get to Raleigh-Durham (RDU) non-stop with the launch of American Eagle flights from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Bentonville. Flights operate daily except Saturday. The airline is also launching flights this week between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Flint, Michigan (FNT). Both routes will be performed with Embraer regional jets.
- Delta, through its subsidiary Comair, launches four-times daily service between Boston (BOS) and Philadelphia (PHL) from 5 November. The route is currently served by AirTran (with 21 flights per week) and US Airways (with just the 97 weekly flights!). Comair will operate 50-seat CRJ200s on the route.
- easyJet launches just four new routes this week across its network. Bulgaria gets its first easyJet service with the start of thrice-weekly services to Sofia (SOF) from London Gatwick (LGW). London Luton (LTN) gets a daily service to Hamburg (HAM), which becomes the airline’s third German route from the airport after Dortmund and Bremen. There is a new daily connection between two non-bases, Nice (NCE) and Brussels (BRU), which means that easyJet now serves the Belgian capital from three airports, the others being Geneva and Basel. Finally, Milan Malpensa (MXP) is linked to Marrakech (RAK) with three flights per week.
- Mexico’s Interjet begins twice-daily flights between Toluca (TLC) and Merida (MID) this week.
- Just 28 new routes from Ryanair this week. 12 of these routes are from its new base at Bristol (BRS), which anna.aero will look at in more detail in the coming weeks, while another eight are related to expansion from its Shannon (SNN) base. First ever flights to Nice (NCE) and Prague (PRG) begin this week from Dublin (DUB). There are three new routes from Barcelona Girona (GRO), including a domestic route to Granada (GRX) and East Midlands (EMA) gets two new routes to Tenerife Sur (TFS) and Poznan (POZ). Finally, London Luton (LTN) gets a three times weekly service to Kerry (KIR).
- Southwest launches another five routes from its recently created Denver (DEN) hub. A total of 12 new daily flights will operate – four to Seattle (SEA), three to Albuquerque (ABQ), two each to Amarillo (AMA) and Oklahoma City (OKC) and a single daily flight to Austin, Texas (AUS). The biggest route launch though has to be its new eight-per-day flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX). Here, Southwest will be competing head-to-head with United, American, Delta, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines.