New routes launched during the last week:
- Air Baltic completed its recent phase of route expansion this week by adding Aalesund (AES) in Norway to its network. Twice weekly flights from Riga (RIX) began on 20 April and operate on Thursday and Sunday using one of the airline’s 737s. The only other scheduled non-stop services currently offered from AES are with SAS to Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen in Norway, Copenhagen and a twice weekly service to London Gatwick. Aalesund was the 9th busiest airport in Norway last year with almost 730,000 passengers, of which less than 10% were on international flights.
- American Airlines inaugurated another new transatlantic service this week with the start of a daily service between New York JFK (JFK) and Barcelona (BCN). Flights will be operated daily by a 767-300. Continental currently flies daily from Newark and Delta already flies from JFK. Iberia, which is now only the fourth biggest carrier at Barcelona, will code-share with fellow oneworld partner American on the new route.
- Austrian Airlines using its Austrian Arrows subsidiary (formerly Tyrolean Airways) began a new route from Vienna (VIE) to Baia Mare (BAY) in Romania this week. Flights operate thrice weekly using a CRJ200. With around 150,000 inhabitants, Baia Mare is the capital of the Maramures region, and lies close to the Carpathians on the River Sasar. The only other scheduled service at the airport is provided by Tarom who fly five times weekly to Bucharest. It is Austrian’s 6th destination in Romania and 48th in Central Europe. Plans revealed last year to serve Wroclaw and Mostar from Vienna appear to have been shelved, at least for now.
- Fresh from its recent corporate makeover CSA Czech Airlines launched two new routes this week from its Prague (PRG) base to Tbilisi (TBS) in Georgia and Rostov on Don (ROV) in Russia. Both routes will be served by the airline’s Airbus fleet, with Tbilisi receiving three weekly flights and Rostov on Don just a single weekly service. The airline also recently launched a nine times weekly service from Prague (PRG) to Strasbourg (SXB) using ATR42s.
- easyJet win the “Ryanair Award” this week by launching five new routes across its network. Geneva (GVA) gets two new routes to Naples (NAP) and Asturias (OVD). Scotland sees Edinburgh (EDI) finally get connected to Nice (NCE) while Glasgow gets a new Faro (FAO) service. To round things off Bristol (BRS) gets a seasonal connection to Biarritz (BIQ). All of these routes will be served either three of four times per week. For Naples this becomes their sixth easyJet route while for Asturias it is their third (after London Stansted and Madrid). easyJet only began serving Biarritz in February (from Paris CDG) and this is now the second of four routes it will start this year at the airport (Lyon and London Gatwick services are starting soon).
- Transaero launched a new twice-weekly service between St Petersburg (LED) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) this week using a 767-300. Flights depart LED on Mondays and Thursdays returning on Tuesdays and Fridays. Economy return fares are available for €740 (plus taxes) while Business class return fares begin from €3,140.
- Transavia.com began a new route this week from Paris Orly (ORY) to Funchal (FNC) on the island of Madeira. Flights will operate weekly rising to twice weekly during the mid-June to mid-September peak season. This summer Transavia.com will be operating to almost 20 destinations from Paris Orly with Marrakech, Porto and Rotterdam served twice daily and Djerba and Girona daily.
- Volareweb is increasingly “doing a Click Air” by taking over routes from its parent company. This week it inherited two new routes at Milan Malpensa (MXP) from Alitalia. Malta (MLA) and Valencia (VLC) will both be served four times weekly and brings to 16 the number of destinations being served by Volareweb from MXP. The Valencia route is particularly competitive with fellow LCCs Click Air and Vueling both operating daily services. On flights to Malta Volareweb faces direct competition from Air Malta who operate five weekly flights.