Global new routes round-up
(25 November – 1 December)

This week’s route highlights are:

  • Image: Air Asia take-offAir Asia launches itself into a new country market next week by starting flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to the Laos capital of Vientiane (VTE) served by Wattay International Airport. The 1,700 kilometre, two and a half hour sector will be operated three times weekly. Vientiane (also known as Viang Chan or Wiang Chan), has an estimated population of 450,000 and is the administrative, commercial and cultural capital of Laos. In 2006 Vientiane handled around 450,000 passengers of whom around two-thirds were on international flights.
  • Logo: Air Canada JazzAir Canada’s Jazz subsidiary begins daily flights between Vancouver (YVR) and Yellowknife (YZF) on 1 December using a 50-seat CRJ. In 2005 Yellowknife airport handled just over 300,000 passengers. It is located in the Northern Territories and is the busiest airport in Northern Canada. The 1,570 kilometre sector has a scheduled flight time of two and a half hours.
  • Image: Click Air onlineClick Air commences two new routes from Bilbao (BIO) next week. Daily services to Paris (CDG) begin on 1 December and Barcelona (BCN) will be served four times daily with the airline’s A320s. Click Air replaces Iberia on the route and faces stiff competition from Spanair and Vueling who operate three flights per day and two flights per day respectively.
  • Logo: Frontier AirlinesFrontier ventures into new territory next week when it starts its first flights to San Jose (SJO) in Costa Rica. Services will be operated four times weekly from the airline’s Denver (DEN) base using an A319. At nearly 4,000 kilometres this will be the airline’s longest sector yet. There is some scope for confusion amongst passengers as the airline also flies to San Jose (SJC) in California.
  • Logo: InterSkyIntersky launches a new weekly (Saturday) service from its main base at Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Rotterdam (RTM) beginning on 1 December using a 50-seat Q300.
  • Logo: Oman AirOman Air launches flights to two major destinations from its base in Muscat (MCT) this coming week. London Gatwick services finally get under way and will be operated daily with an A330 while Bangkok (BKK) will be served five times each week.
  • Image: New route to StockholmQatar Airways inaugurates services from Doha (DOH) to Stockholm (ARN) next week. An Airbus A319 will operate four times per week and brings to 80 the number of destinations served by the fast-growing airline. Qatar becomes the first of the ‘Big 3’ Middle Eastern carriers to serve a Scandinavian destination though SAS recently started flying from Copenhagen to Dubai with three flights per week.
  • Logo: Swiss International Air LinesSwiss Air Lines heads east with a new daily service from Zurich (ZRH) to Delhi (DEL). Passengers will be accommodated on one of the airline’s A330s. Delhi will be the second destination in India to be served by Swiss after Mumbai.
  • Logo: TAMTAM is expected to finally start daily services between Sao Paulo (GRU) and Frankfurt (FRA) next week using an A340-500.
  • Logo: MelbourneTiger Airways’ invasion of Australia continues with four more new routes from Melbourne (MEL) starting next week. Perth (PER), Darwin (DRW) and Launceston (LST) in Tasmania are all being started as daily services while Sunshine Coast (MCY) will be served three times weekly.
  • Logo: vueling.comVueling opens its latest base in Seville (SVQ) with the start of daily flights to Bilbao (BIO), four-times weekly services to Amsterdam (AMS) and three-times weekly flights to Lisbon (LIS) and Venice (VCE).


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