This week is probably the quietest of the year for starting new routes as demand is traditionally at its lowest in most markets. However, a few airlines have still found reasons to start flights this week:
- Blue Wings of Germany has launched its second scheduled service from Düsseldorf (DUS) to St. Petersburg (LED). A route to Moscow from Düsseldorf began last month. Flights to St. Petersburg operate three times per week on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
- Pacific Airlines, Vietnam’s leading LCC, launches a new route from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Vinh (VII) using 737-400s. Flight numbers BL520/BL521 operate daily and the scheduled flying time is one hour 45 minutes.
- Royal Jordanian has started operating from its home in Amman (AMM) to Hong Kong (HKG) for the first time. Flights operate three times each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. An A310 has been selected for the route which goes via Bangkok.
- Sterling has rather belatedly added a couple of direct routes to Chambery (CMF) in France from Billund (BLL) and Gothenburg (GOT). Both services operate weekly on Saturday and will appeal to ski enthusiasts.
- United through its partnership with Colgan Air operating as United Express begins two new routes from Washington Dulles (IAD) this week. Using 34-seat Saab 340s the airline is launching thrice daily services to the West Virginian towns of Clarksburg (CKB) and Morgantown (MGW). Clarksburg is marketed locally as North Central West Virginia Airport, although it was also known as Harrison-Marion Regional Airport.