New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 10 May – Friday 16 May 2008)

New routes launched during the last week:

  • Logo: Aegean AirlinesAegean Airlines ventured boldly into the UK market this week with the commencement of double daily flights from Athens (ATH) to London Stansted (STN) using an A321. The UK to Athens market grew by 2.7% last year to 1.07 million passengers with nearly 70% of them travelling with either British Airways or Olympic to/from London Heathrow. easyJet flies twice daily from London Gatwick and daily from London Luton while Olympic also serves Manchester.
  • Image: Aer Arann adds Bordeaux to networkAer Arann added Bordeaux (BOD) to its network this week. Flights operate from Galway (GWY) and Waterford (WAT) on Mondays and Fridays with Galway passengers stopping off in Waterford en-route. Nex Aviation provides the franchise service using a BAe 146-200 and will operate the route until 15 September. International passenger numbers at Bordeaux have grown almost 5% in the first quarter of 2008.
  • Air Asia has finally made it into Hong Kong (HKG) with the start of daily flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Competition is provided by Cathay Pacific (three daily flights), Malaysia Airlines (two daily flights) and Hong Kong Express (daily flights).
  • Air Canada has added another transborder route to its network this week by linking Calgary (YYC) with Chicago O’Hare (ORD). A 93-seat Embraer 190 will operate the route which will face intense competition from United Airlines which operates four daily flights on the route. Calgary’s is Canada fourth busiest airport with over 12.2 million passengers in 2007 (up 8.5%).
  • Logo: Air MaltaAir Malta recently began twice weekly (Wednesday and Sunday) services from Malta (MLA) to Leipzig Halle (LEJ). This becomes the airline’s sixth destination in Germany. Traffic on Air Malta’s other German routes this winter has shown impressive growth with passenger numbers up 70% to Munich, 30% to Frankfurt and 20% to Berlin. Demand on Dűsseldorf and Hamburg flights was also up. Traffic at Leipzig Halle in the first quarter of 2008 was down 5.8% to 467,247.
  • Image: Frontier AirlinesDespite now operating under Chapter 11, Frontier Airlines has launched a new service from its Denver (DEN) base to Jackson Hole (JAC) in Wyoming. The 406 mile route will be flown three times daily by subsidiary airline Lynx Aviation with a Q400. A second new route to Fargo (FAR) in North Dakota also started this week, also using Q400s and served twice-daily. Four other new routes from Denver (DEN) to Aspen (ASE), Colorado Springs (COS), Durango (DRO) and Grand Junction (GJT) have also recently been started, all operated by Lynx Aviation Q400s. The recent termination of Frontier’s code-sharing arrangement with Republic Airways will result in several destinations disappearing from Frontier’s network. These include Sioux City (from 12 May), Jacksonville (from 31 May) and Little Rock, Memphis and Tulsa (all from 1 June). A new route to Missoula in Montana, scheduled to start on 16 May will not now be added.
  • Germanwings began operating a new weekly service between Dresden (DRS) and Corfu (CFU) this week. A 142-seat A319 will operate the route. This is an unusual route for Germanwings as Dresden is not a base. Dresden is served from both Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart and this new international route is operated as a “W”.
  • Image: Ryanair Bristol AirportRyanair has added two more destinations from its Bristol (BRS) base this week. Thrice weekly flights to Bergerac (EGC) and Pau (PUF) began on 16 May. Bergerac is now served from five Ryanair bases and Pau from three. Ryanair now operates almost 90 departures per week to 18 destinations from Bristol compared with easyJet who operate over 270 weekly departures to 33 points in the UK and continental Europe with several more seasonal destinations due to re-start during the peak summer period.
  • Image: Southwest PlaneIn a significant schedule adjustment Southwest has dropped 57 daily roundtrip flights across its network and replaced them with 40 new roundtrip flights in what the airline calls “key growth markets”. This includes a total of 11 new routes. Six of the new routes are from its rapidly expanding Denver (DEN) base which is analyzed in more detail in this week’s update on Southwest’s Denver base. The other five routes are all new daily services and link Austin (AUS) with Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Oakland (OAK), Nashville (BNA) and Norfolk (ORF), Jacksonville (JAX) and Las Vegas (LAX), and finally Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Manchester (MHT) in New Hampshire (as opposed to the one in the UK where this week’s UEFA Cup Final took place). The only one of these five routes on which Southwest will face direct competition is on the Austin to Fort Lauderdale route which jetBlue started operating at the beginning of the month.
  • Logo: SterlingSterling began a new weekly service from Billund (BLL) to Olbia (OLB) this week. Flights operate each Tuesday until 19 August. Olbia becomes the airline’s ninth non-stop destination from Billund having recently begun twice-weekly Prague flights and swopped its Rome service from Ciampino to Fiumicino. Oslo and London Gatwick are the only routes operated at least daily by Sterling from the Danish airport.
  • Image: Wizzair Poznan RouteWizz Air has decided to redirect its Poznan (POZ) to Stockholm flights from Skavsta to Vasteras (VST). The thrice-weekly service is the airline’s first route to Vasteras and will become only the second scheduled route at the airport after Ryanair’s London Stansted service. The airport is located over 100 kilometres west of Stockholm. Wizz Air has also added two new destinations to its Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) network. New thrice-weekly routes to Milan Bergamo (BGY) and Valencia (VLC) bring the total number of destinations served by Wizz Air at the airport up to eight. Carpatair, Germanwings, Lufthansa, Malev and Tarom also operate scheduled services to the Transylvanian airport which saw passenger numbers jump 60% in 2007 to 390,000. The airport expects traffic to more than double to 800,000 passengers in 2008.

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  1. Wizzair also restarted its seasonal Budapest -Girona route this week.

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