Global new routes round-up
(Sunday 9 December – Saturday 15 December)

This week’s route highlights are:

  • Logo: AerLingus.comAer Lingus starts operations from its new base at Belfast International (BFS) next week. The first three routes to be served with an A320 will be Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN) and Geneva (GVA). Amsterdam will be served double-daily, Barcelona five times per week and Geneva twice per week. All three routes are already operated by easyJet and also competes on the Barcelona route. Given that the airline is used to competing against Ryanair from its main base at Dublin, this may seem like a nice change.
  • Image: AnchorageAlaska Airlines launches a new daily seasonal service between Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and Honolulu (HNL) on 9 December. The six hour-20 minute journey will be operated by the airline’s fleet of 737-800s, which are configured with 16 First class seats and 141 Coach seats. The sector length is 2,783 miles, making it the second longest for the airline from Anchorage, after Chicago O’Hare (2,841 miles). According to Alaska Airlines the 737-800s have a range of some 3,400 miles (5,450km). Nearly 30 destinations are served non-stop by Alaska Airlines and its partners from Anchorage, the nearest of which is Kenai, just 59 miles (95km) away.
  • Logo: AllegiantAllegiant Air adds five new services to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) in Florida. The latest airports to get connections to Florida are Tri-Cities (TRI), Chattanooga (CHA), Peoria (PIA), Fort Wayne (FWA) and Chicago-Rockford (RFD). All routes will be served with either two or three weekly flights.
  • Logo: American AirlinesAmerican Airlines add two more routes from its Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) hub next week as services to Panama City (PTY) and Providenciales (PLS) in the Turks & Caicos islands begin. The airline is also adding daily flights from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO) in Costa Rica and Santo Domingo (SDO) in the Dominican Republic. A new daily service between Miami (MIA) and Phoenix (PHX) completes a busy week. All of the new routes will be operated by 737-800s.
  • Logo: American EagleAmerican Eagle is adding seven routes to its already extensive US domestic network. There will be new daily flights starting next week between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Gulfport-Biloxi (GPT), Miami (MIA) and Sarasota (SRQ), Miami (MIA) and Savannah (SAV), Milwaukee (MKE) and Marquette (MQT), Pittsburgh (PIT) and New York JFK (JFK), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Santa Fe (SAF), and Los Angeles (LAX) and Sante Fe (SAF). A mix of Embraer regional jets and ATR72s will be used on these routes.
  • Logo: CEBU PacificCebu Pacific goes head-to-head with Mandarin Airlines with the launch of direct services between Cebu (CEB) and Taipei (TPE). Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using an A319.
  • Delta Airlines ventures into Central American territories with new services from New York JFK (JFK) to Panama City (PTY) four times a week and to Guatemala City (GUA) three times a week. Meanwhile, Delta launches two new daily routes to Santa Fe (SAF) in New Mexico from Los Angeles (LAX) and Salt Lake City (SLC). Services will be provided by Delta partner, ExpressJet operating Embraer 145s.
  • Logo: EasyJeteasyJet is increasing its offer to ski enthusiasts with four new routes starting next week. Innsbruck (INN), the Austrian ski gateway, is a new destination for the airline as it launches routes from Bristol (BRS) three times weekly and London Gatwick (LGW) six times weekly. Bournemouth (BOH) will be linked with Grenoble (GNB) three times per week and Birmingham (BHX) finally gets its first easyJet route with a daily service to Geneva (GVA), a route once operated by BA franchise carrier Maersk Air.
  • Logo: FlybeFlybe is adding a weekly (Saturday) service between Newquay (NQY) and Geneva (GVA). The airline already serves the Swiss ski gateway from Exeter, Norwich and Southampton. Other destinations served by Flybe, which may interest skiers, include Berne (Switzerland), Chambery (France) and Salzburg (Austria).
  • Logo: Frontier AirlinesFrontier Airlines launches five new routes between five US airports and Mexico, all starting next Saturday 15 December. Albuquerque (ABX), Sacramento (SMF) and San Jose (SJC) will all be linked to Puerto Vallarta (PVT) with three or four weekly flights. Milwaukee (MKE) will be connected to Cancun (CUN) with three weekly flights. San Diego (SAN) gets a weekly (Saturday) service to Mazatlan (MZT). Routes will be served with a mixture of the airline’s own A319s and E170s, operated by Republic Airways.
  • offers two more routes for British ski-lovers Logo: Jet2.comby inaugurating new routes to Chambery (CMF) from Belfast International (BFS) and Edinburgh (EDI). Services from Belfast will be weekly and twice weekly from Edinburgh.
  • Logo: Jet4YouJet4you, the Moroccan LCC associated with TUI, will be launching its services to Italy when flights between Casablanca (CMN) and Milan Malpensa (MXP) begin. The service will run five times per week using a 737-400.
  • Logo: JetblueJetBlue launches two daily routes next week. A new daily service will operate between Boston (BOS) and Santiago (STI) in the Dominican Republic, initially as a ‘holiday shuttle’ subject to receipt of government operating authority. A new route will also be operating between Burbank (BUR) and Salt Lake City (SLC), making it the airline’s fourth route between Salt Lake City and California. Other current routes to California fly to San Francisco, San Diego and Long Beach. It will be only the second route for JetBlue from Burbank.
  • Map: KD AviaKD Avia adds another spoke from its Kaliningrad (KGD) hub next week when it begins flying to Tel Aviv (TLV) three times per week. Flights operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. KD Avia launched its hub concept at Khrabrovo Airport on 15 June this year. At the end of August, it had already transported 150,000 passengers – a 60% increase in its passenger numbers over the previous year.
  • Logo: KingfisherKingfisher ventures into new territory with the start of new routes from Delhi (DEL) to Agra (AGR) and from Agra (AGR) to Jaipur (JAI). Both routes will be served daily using ATR72s.
  • Logo: myairMyAir, the Italian LCC that operates a mix of A320s and CRJ900s, continues to develop its presence at Bari (BRI) airport. Two new routes begin on Saturday 15 December to Amsterdam (AMS) and Brussels (BRU). Both routes will be operated just twice weekly with the airline’s CRJ900s. The airline already operates to Milan Bergamo, Bucharest, Genoa, Milan Malpensa and Paris CDG from Bari. On the Milan Bergamo route the airline is about to get some competition from Ryanair (see below).
  • Logo: Qatar Airways new route to IndiaQatar Airways launches its eighth route to India on 12 December with services between Doha (DOH) to Ahmedabad (AMD). Neither of Qatar’s regional rivals, Emirates and Etihad currently serve Ahmedabad. Flights will be operated daily with an A320.
  • Logo: New routes at Orio Al Serio International AirportAnother week and another batch of new route launches from Ryanair – totalling seven. Four of the new routes are from its main Italian base at Orio Al Serio International Airport, also known as Milan Bergamo (BGY). There are two domestic routes to Bari (BRI) and Cagliari (CAG) as well as international routes to Porto (OPO) and Tampere (TMP). Cork (ORK) gets two new routes to the UK with daily service to Glasgow Prestwick (PIK), and East Midlands (EMA) being served four times weekly. Finally there is something of a rarity-route between two non-base airports, Venice Treviso (TSF) and Malta (MLA), will operate thrice weekly.
  • Logo: Spirit AirlinesSpirit Airlines has revealed a new Ultra Low Cost Carrier Brand that celebrates the colours of the Caribbean and Latin American regions. It is also starting a new daily service from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Freeport, Grand Bahama (FPO). The first on one of the airline’s A319s is on 13 December.
  • Logo: ThompsonFlyThomsonfly adds a new ski destination from its Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA) base. Flights to Geneva (GVA) will operate five times per week.
  • Logo: WestJetWestjet launches four new routes next week from its Toronto (YYZ) base. Los Angeles (LAX) gets a daily service while Montego Bay (MBJ) in Jamaica will be served twice weekly. Competition on the LA route will be provided by Air Canada (four flights daily) and American Airlines (daily). Two new destinations in the Dominican Republic will also be served. Puerto Plata (POP) and Punta Cana (PUJ) will both be served twice weekly. Toronto is Westjet’s second largest base after its Calgary home base.
  • Image:, a UK airline best known for its charter operations, launches a scheduled service between London Gatwick (LGW) and Knock (NOC) in Ireland. The route will operate six days per week using a 737-800. In 2005, both Ryanair and easyJet started operating the route but by the end of 2006, the airlines had abandoned it, though Ryanair still serves Knock from London Luton. Parent company XL is the current shirt sponsor of English premiership football team West Ham, but don’t hold that against them.


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