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New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 3 May – Friday 9 May 2008)

New routes launched during the last week:

  • Aer Arann, with franchise partner Nex Aviation, ventures all the way to Malaga (AGP) and Faro (FAO) from Galway (GWY) and Waterford (WAT) using BAe 146-200s. Both flights operate twice weekly and start at Galway with a brief stop at Waterford.
  • Image: Air Berlin AdAir Berlin through its partnership with LGW (the catchily named Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter) has begun weekend flights from Dortmund (DTM) and Hannover (HAJ) to Westerland (GWT) on the island of Sylt. Flights operate Saturdays and Sundays using a Dornier 228. Air Berlin already operates to Sylt from Berlin Tegel, Dűsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart. Lufthansa and TUIfly also operate seasonal domestic routes to the island. Passenger numbers at the airport have doubled in the last two years from around 60,000 in 2005 to 130,000 in 2007.
  • Image: Air Tran PlaneAirTran ramped up its presence in Milwaukee (MKE) this week with the launch of five new routes. Washington Reagan National (DGA), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA) will be served daily while Los Angeles (LAX) will be served twice daily and New York LaGuardia (LGA) gets three daily services. In 2007 Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport handled 7.7 million passengers, up 5.7% on the previous year. AirTran’s share of passenger traffic was just 6.3%, well behind Midwest with 54% and Northwest with 13.2%. AirTran also launched a new daily service between Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Los Angeles (LAX) which will compete directly with United Airlines who offer two daily flights.
  • Image: British Airways LogoBritish Airways added three more destinations to its growing London City (LCY) base this week. It joins KLM and VLM by serving Amsterdam (AMS) but its new, almost daily, routes to Barcelona (BCN) and Warsaw (WAW) face no direct competition. The Warsaw route is particularly interesting as recent developments in the UK to Poland market have been driven by LCCs. All routes will be served with Avro RJs.
  • Image: Cirrus AirlinesCirrus Airlines, a Lufthansa ‘partner’ airline, began flying between Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Geneva (GVA) this week. Flights are double-daily during the week with an additional flight on Sundays. A 30-seat Dornier 328 is operated on the service. In recent years both EAE and TUIfly.com have tried (and failed) to operate this route successfully.
  • Croatia Airlines has started a new weekly (Tuesday) service between Pula (PUY) and London Gatwick (LGW). An A320 is operated on the route. The airline also operates weekly scheduled services to Amsterdam from Pula.
  • Image: Lyon AdeasyJet is focusing on France this week with three new routes. From its new Lyon (LYS) base it is starting three times weekly flights to Marrakech (RAK). This is now the airline’s seventh route to the Moroccan city, joining Basel, Geneva, London Gatwick, Madrid, Milan Malpensa and Paris CDG. easyJet will be up against Atlas Blue, which operates the route six times weekly. Meanwhile, easyJet picks up a couple of former GB Airways routes from London Gatwick (LGW) to Ajaccio (AJA) and Bastia (BIA) on the island of Corsica. Both destinations are new for easyJet, though the airline did try to start serving Ajaccio from Paris back in the summer of 2006. This was abandoned after a dispute about the route having PSO (Public Service Obligation) status, even though traffic between the two cities is around 450,000 annual passengers.
  • Image: Flybe at InvernessFlybe unleashes a bunch of new routes this week, primarily focusing on enhancing its Exeter (EXT) base and establishing a major presence at Inverness (INV). From Exeter there are new services to Brussels (BRU), Dubrovnik (DBV) and Inverness (INV). Brussels is served six times weekly, while Dubrovnik is only operated on Sundays. The Inverness service stops at Aberdeen on the outward journey. The other new Inverness routes are to Manchester (MAN) and Southampton (SOU). Southampton will be served daily and Manchester twice-daily. On flights to Manchester the airline will compete head-to-head with Eastern Airways. Finally, Flybe adds two more seasonal connections to Jersey (JER) from Aberdeen (ABZ) and Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA). Flights will operate weekly and twice-weekly respectively until the end of September.
  • Logo: Germanwings.comGermanwings has added two new spokes from its main base/hub at Cologne/Bonn (CGN) this week. Cluj Napoca (CLJ) and Marseille (MRS) are both being served thrice weekly for the rest of the summer. Marseille joins Bordeaux, Nice and Toulouse as the airline’s fourth destination in France.
  • Logo: Jet2.comJet2.com launched two more ‘sun’ routes this week from its Leeds/Bradford (LBA) base. Olbia (OLB) in Sardinia will be served weekly with a 737, while Paphos (PFO) in Cyprus will be served twice weekly with a 757.
  • Logo: LufthansaLufthansa has enhanced its connections to India this week by starting a new non-stop service between Munich (MUC) and Mumbai (BOM). Flights will be operated three times weekly using a three-class 221-seat A340-300. Lufthansa already serves Delhi daily from Munich and serves Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai directly from Frankfurt.
  • Norwegian joins the growing number of LCCs now serving Malta (MLA). A new twice-weekly service from Oslo (OSL) began this week. Norwegian joins clickair, easyJet, germanwings, Ryanair, Volareweb and Vueling, which all currently serve the Mediterranean island.
  • Image: SkyEurope PlaneSkyEurope continues to develop its Prague (PRG) base which it created two years ago. This week it began four new routes to Alicante (ALC), Pisa (PSA), Sofia (SOF) and Trieste (TRS). All routes will be served just twice weekly except Sofia which gets four weekly flights. On the Sofia route it competes against Bulgaria Air and Czech Airlines but has a monopoly on the other three routes. Another new route launched this week sees Vienna (VIE) connected to Alicante (ALC) twice weekly.
  • Logo: Spirit AirlinesSpirit Airlines began serving Cartagena (CTG) in Colombia this week from its base at Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Flights operate daily on one of the airline’s A319s. This is the airline’s first route to Colombia, though it already serves Lima in Peru. Spirit Airlines is the first US carrier (and only third in total) to operate scheduled services to the airport. The only existing link to the US is operated by Avianca to Miami, while Copa operates the only other international flight to Panama City.
  • Image: Swiss services to Shanghai adAfter a five-year hiatus Swiss re-started services to Shanghai (PVG) from Zurich (ZRH) this week using an A340. The airline already flies daily to Hong Kong. Swiss’s other routes to the Far East include Bangkok, Delhi, Mumbai and Tokyo Narita. In the first three months of 2008 Swiss carried 718,000 passengers on intercontinental services, up 12% on the previous year. Load factor was down slightly at 81%.
  • Logo: Gulfport-Biloxi International AirportUS Airways has started a new thrice daily service between Charlotte (CLT) and Gulfport-Biloxi (GPT) in Mississippi using CRJ200s. This route becomes the ninth scheduled destination available from GPT. AirTran and Delta both serve Atlanta, American connects to Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth, Continental serves its Houston hub and Northwest serves Memphis. AirTran flies to Fort Lauderdale and Tampa in Florida, while Allegiant Air operates to Orlando Sanford.
  • Zoom began flying to Italy this week with the start of flights from Montreal (YUL) and Toronto (YYZ) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO). A 767-300 is operated on both routes.

Comments

  1. John Bohent says:

    When will we get a regular service , not winter charter, to Plovdiv from LGW?

  2. keithmoses says:

    keep up the good work
    good read

  3. Also last week:
    Croatia Airlines (OU, ZAG) started two seasonal, weekly, routes from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Split (SPU, and Dubrovnik (DBV);
    Fly LAL (TE, VNO) initiated Vilnius (VNO) to Tbilisi (TBS) route with two weekly 737 flights;
    Orenburg Airlines (R2, REN) started twice weekly Orenburg (REN) -Cologne (CGN) route;
    Thompsonfly restarted weekly Luton (LTN) to Pula (PUY) seasonal service;
    Air Berlin (AB, TXL) reopened seasonal routes from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Varna (VAR) – three times pere week (from 5.03), and to Split (SPU), weekly, from 5.07; as well as from Cologne (CGN) to Varna (VAR) twice per week.

  4. To John Bohent:
    It is not “inside-trading-type” comment, just a pure guess. My feeling is that Plovdiv is a very strong possibility for Ryanair, if it decides to initiate service between U.K. and Bulgaria. Plovdiv (PDV) has operational airport (about 100,000 charter pax per year), it is the second largest city in Bulgaria (alone about half milion inhabitants), with several medium sized cities within one to two hours drive (all of them serve as a substantial source of Bulgarian workers to other EU countries, and this is primary LCC market in former Eastern Europe), it is only about 90 minutes from Sofia, plus – Plovdiv itself and surrounding areas are of potential tourist interest. Again, it is my assessment only. If it materializes however, it will be most likely STN not LGW serving LON.
    Also, another potential LCC point in Bulgaria is Gorna Oryakhovitsa (GOZ). It can serve several cities (including Veliko Turnovo, Russe, Gabrovo, Razgrad, even Pleven), airports is there and only needs upgrade.

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