Global new routes round-up
(Sunday 2 December – Saturday 8 December)

This week’s route highlights are:

  • Logo: Birmingham airportbmibaby launches a new route from Birmingham (BHX) to Madrid (MAD). The route will operate four times per week for the rest of the winter season. Up until earlier this year when it was absorbed by Flybe BA Connect operated the route and consistently carried around 40,000 passengers annually on the route.
  • Logo: DragonairDragonair, which recently became an affiliate member of the oneworld alliance, will start linking Hong Kong (HKG) with Kathmandu (KTM) from 2nd December. Flights will operate four times per week on one of the airline’s A320s which is configured with 158 seats. The flight distance of nearly 3000 kilometres means that the outbound flight will take five and a half hours according to the airline’s schedule.
  • Logo: East Midlands AirporteasyJet re-launched a route between East Midlands (EMA) and Barcelona (BCN). The route was inherited by easyJet when it acquired Go in 2002 but was dropped in June 2004 having been operated daily. After three and a half years the route returns with four flights per week. Ryanair, which also has a base at East Midlands operates daily flights to Barcelona Girona.
  • Logo: Houston airport systemEmirates launches its longest route yet next week when services begin from Dubai (DXB) to Houston (IAH). The 13,000 kilometre flights will operate three times per week initially increasing to daily by next February. The outbound flight is scheduled to take just over 17 hours while the return journey will take just over 15 hours. A 777-200LR will operate the route. In 2006 IAH served over 42 million passengers with Continental the leading airline.
  • Logo: Hong Kong AirlinesHong Kong Airlines will start services from Hong Kong (HKG) to Hefei (HFE), the capital of Anhui Province in China starting 2nd December. Flights will operate twice per week.
  • Logo: JetstarJetstar launches double-daily flights from Sydney (SYD) to Brisbane (BNE) from 4th December. The route is the second busiest in the domestic market with nearly 4 million passengers in 2006, and was previously operated by just Qantas and Virgin Blue.
  • Logo: KLMAfter an absence of over five years KLM will once again serve Muscat (MCT) from Amsterdam (AMS). The route will operate via Kuwait and will be served five times per week with an A330-200.
  • Logo: TromsoNorwegian begins direct services from Tromso (TOS) to London Stansted (STN) next week. Previously passengers could fly via Oslo but now there will be two direct services per week to the self-proclaimed ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Tromso becomes the fourth Norwegian destination to be served directly from London Stansted this winter after Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Stavanger and Kristiansand have had direct connections in the past to Stansted and Oslo Rygge will be added in 2008.
  • Ryanair starts operations with its second aircraft in Alicante (ALC) next week. New destinations served will be Bournemouth (BOH), Gothenburg (GSE) and Paris Beauvais (BVA) which will all be served three times weekly, and Billund (BLL), East Midlands (EMA) and Milan Bergamo (BGY) which will all be served four times weekly. This brings to 18 the number of destinations currently served by Ryanair from Alicante.
  • Logo: skybusSkybus, the new US LCC operating A319s from Columbus, Ohio (CMH) is starting four new routes to Chattanooga (CHA), Milwaukee (MKE), Gulfport-Biloxi (GPT) and Punta Gorda (PGD) in Florida. All routes operate daily with Punta Gorda operated twice daily. This takes to 15 the number of destinations served by Skybus from Columbus.
  • Image: VuelingVueling continues the development of its new Seville (SVQ) base by adding flights to Brussels (BRU) and Milan Malpensa (MXP). Both routes will be operated four times weekly. This will bring to nine the number of routes served by Vueling from Seville. Last week we incorrectly reported that services had begun between Seville and Lisbon. This route, though previously announced, appears to have been shelved, at least for the winter season. Brussels Airlines already operates between Seville and Brussels while Ryanair is an indirect competitor on the Milan route as it operates daily flights to Milan Bergamo. Vueling now serves Brussels from five Spanish airports – Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Seville and Valencia. Milan Malpensa is also now served from five destinations, four in Spain and Paris CDG.


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