New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 5 April – Friday 11 April 2008)

New routes launched this week:

  • Image: DWF, GJT logosAmerican Airlines began operating three new routes from its Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) base this week. Partner American Eagle has started flying daily to Tampico (TAM) in Mexico and twice-daily to Grand Junction (GJT) in Colorado. Both routes will be flown by Embraer regional jets. American itself has begun four times weekly flights to San Salvador (SAL) in El Salvador using a 737-800.
  • British Airways having ‘lost’ its former London Gatwick (LGW) based franchise partner GB Airways to easyJet have started operating a number of the former ‘sunshine’ routes for themselves. However, one new addition is a thrice-weekly flight from Gatwick to Antalya (AYT) in Turkey.
  • Image: Cebu Pacific route to macau adPhlippine-based Cebu Pacific launched four new routes this week. From Manila (MNL) it began flying to Hanoi (HAN) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) while from Cebu (CEB) it started thrice-weekly flights to Bangkok (BKK) and twice-weekly flights to Macau (MFM).
  • easyJet began serving Porto (OPO) from its new Lyon (LYS) base this week bringing to nine the number of destinations currently served. The airline already serves Porto from Basel, Geneva and Paris CDG. Rival Ryanair serves Porto from an impressive 14 destinations across its European network.
  • Logo: Contact AirLufthansa began serving two more primarily leisure routes this week when it launched flights between Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Ibiza (IBZ) and between Stuttgart (STR) and Nice (NCE). The Ibiza route will be served by a 737 but the Nice route will be served by a 46-seat ATR42-500 operated by partner airline Contact Air.
  • Image: NWA PlaneFresh from finally launching London Heathrow services from Minneapolis/St.Paul (MSP), Northwest this week launched daily services between MSP and Paris CDG (CDG). An A330-300 will operate the route in a two-class configuration. As a result the “NW” code will now appear on 39 routes operated by Air France from CDG.
  • Ryanair could only muster the enthusiasm to start two new routes this week. Dublin (DUB) gets a new twice weekly service to Rodez (RDZ) in France, while Milan Bergamo (BGY) will be connected thrice weekly to Manchester (MAN). Rodez is already served from London Stansted while Ryanair already serves Liverpool, just 40 kilometres from Manchester.
  • Image: Sterling PlaneThe new-look Sterling began operating some more summer-only routes this week linking Copenhagen (CPH) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) with Naples (NAP), and connecting Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) with Burgas (BOJ). All three routes operate no more than twice weekly during the peak summer season.
  • Logo: CCI DordogneTransavia.com has added two new French destinations this week from its main Amsterdam (AMS) base. Both Bergerac (EGC) and Montpellier (MPL) will be served four-times weekly for the rest of the summer. Neither route is currently served by any other airline. Transavia.com becomes just the third scheduled airline to serve Bergerac. Flybe currently operates from three UK airports (Birmingham, Exeter and Southampton) with weekly services from Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford and London Gatwick due to re-start shortly. Ryanair flies from Brussels Charleroi, East Midlands, Liverpool and London Stansted. Montpellier has a range of domestic services operated by Air France as well as international flights to Madrid (with Iberia), Frankfurt Hahn and London Stansted (with Ryanair), London Gatwick (easyJet service starting soon) and Copenhagen (seasonal service operated by Sterling).
  • Image: Panama City Airport & Charlotte Douglas Airport logosUS Airways started two new services this week, both operated by Dayton, Ohio based partner PSA Airlines. From Charlotte (CLT) there will be a new thrice daily link to Okaloosa Regional Airport (VPS) near Valparaiso in Florida which serves the Fort Walton Beach area. The northwest Florida airport shares some of its facilities with Eglin Air Force Base and handles around 800,000 passengers per annum. The other new route, operated daily, links Charlotte (CLT) with Panama City Bay County International airport (PFN), also in Florida. For the last ten years PFN has handled between 330,000 and 390,000 passengers each year, primarily flying with Delta to their Atlanta hub. PSA operates some 50 Canadair regional jets on behalf of US Airways.
  • Logo: Virgin AmericaVirgin America’s latest join-the-dots route is to link Seattle (SEA) directly with Los Angeles (LAX) with three daily round-trips. Competition will be tough as Alaska Airlines, Delta and United between them currently serve the market with almost 20 daily departures.
  • Logo: Volareweb.comAs Alitalia lurches from one false dawn to another its low-cost subsidiary Volareweb.com has dropped all its remaining flights out of Milan Linate and is focussing on developing its Milan Malpensa (MXP) base. Having already dropped routes it started only last October to Helsinki, Maastricht, Manchester and Rotterdam, this week saw the start of new services to Athens (ATH), Brindisi (BDS), Lamezia Terme (SUF) and Warsaw (WAW). The Athens and Warsaw routes were previously flown by Alitalia while the two domestic routes were previously served by Volareweb from Milan Linate.

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