New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 17 May – Friday 23 May 2008)

New routes launched during the last week:

  • Logo: Aer Arann & Brest AeroportAer Arann added another new link to France this week when services began from Cork (ORK) to Brest (BES). Brest becomes the airline’s fifth destination in France following Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lorient and Nantes. Flights operate twice-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday using one of the airline’s own ATR72s. Ireland becomes the second international destination available to passengers from Brest airport after the UK, which is served by Flybe and Ryanair. In 2007, passenger numbers at Brest airport increased by 3.8% to 831,430 ranking it 17th in France. Only just over 11% were travelling on LCCs with the majority of the airport’s traffic on domestic routes served by Air France.
  • Logo: Aer Lingus & Cork AirportAer Lingus also started a new route from Cork (ORK) this week. Jersey (JER) will be served twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday using one of the airline’s A320s. In 2007, Cork’s new terminal handled a record 3.2 million passengers, up 6% on the previous year. A total of 42 scheduled routes generating 2.8 million passengers were operated by 11 different airlines, including newcomers Air Southwest and SkyEurope.
  • Logo: Air AsiaAir Asia has taken a further step into the Chinese market by starting flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Haikou (HAK) on Hainan Island. Air Asia already flies to Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as Hong Kong. The new daily service to Haikou has a scheduled flight time of three hours and 20 minutes.
  • Image: AirTran LiveryAirTran increased its presence still further at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) with the launch of three more daily routes this week. Boston (BOS) will be served twice daily, while San Diego (SAN) and Las Vegas (LAS) will both be served daily. Also this week the airline began serving its 57th destination, Burlington (BTV) in Vermont, with thrice daily flights to Baltimore/Washington (BWI) using a 717. To celebrate the first win by AirTran sponsored Danica Patrick in the IndyCar World Series, the airline has painted an aircraft in a revised colour scheme. The last person AirTran painted on the side of its aircraft was Elton John.
  • Allegiant Air is now connecting Santa Barbara (SBA) with Las Vegas (LAS). Flights operate thrice weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Logo: CentralwingsCentralwings is still tweaking its latest summer schedule. Having recently axed half its network it has now started weekly (Tuesday) flights from Warsaw (WAW) to Haugesund (HAU) via Gdansk (GDN). Haugesund’s international services are currently limited to Copenhagen (with Wideroe) and London Stansted (with Ryanair). In 2007, Haugesund handled 515,000 passengers, up 4.9% on the previous year.
  • Logo: Croatia AirlinesCroatia Airlines began a new route this week from its base in Zagreb (ZAG) to Dűsseldorf (DUS) in Germany. Flights will operate thrice weekly using one of the airline’s A319s. This becomes the airline’s third German destination after Frankfurt and Munich where it ‘competes’ with Star Alliance colleague Lufthansa.
  • Logo: easyJet & Newcastle AirporteasyJet added yet another route from its largest base at London Gatwick (LGW) this week. The daily service to Nantes (NTE) is one the airline has inherited from its acquisition of GB Airways and is the airline’s second route from the airport after recently starting flights from Geneva. Meanwhile, Murcia (MJV) gets its third easyJet route with a new thrice-weekly Newcastle (NCL) service following in the footsteps of London Gatwick and Bristol which have both been served since 2005. easyJet now offers flights to 17 destinations from its Newcastle base.
  • Frontier launches another new route from Denver (DEN) to Gallatin Field Airport serving Bozeman (BZN) in Montana. There are three daily flights of which two are operated by Lynx Aviation with its Q400s and one is operated by Republic with an Embraer E170. Bozeman joins Billings as the airline’s second destination in Montana. The Republic operated flight will be phased out during the next month as Frontier has ended its relationship with the airline. In 2007, Bozeman handled 670,874 passengers, an increase of 5.9% on 2006. Delta Connection, Northwest and United Express each had around a 30% share of the traffic. United already operates to Denver from Bozeman.
  • Logo: Iceland ExpressIceland Express has added its first route to Poland with the start of twice-weekly flights from Reykjavik (KEF) to Warsaw (WAW). At over four hours this becomes the airline’s longest scheduled service operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Logo: Jet2.comJet2.com has begun two new routes from its Leeds/Bradford (LBA) base this week. There is a weekly service to Heraklion (HER) in Crete and a thrice-weekly service to Avignon (AVG) in France. In addition the airline has started twice-weekly flights from Edinburgh (EDI) to La Rochelle (LRH) which will operate until the end of September.
  • Image: jetBlueA busy week for jetBlue in California. Plans to start Los Angeles services to its east coast bases at Boston and New York have been shelved, at least for now, but five new routes have started this week. Long Beach (LGB) is now connected to San Jose (SJC) thrice daily and twice daily to Seattle (SEA); Burbank (BUR) has a new daily flight to Las Vegas (LAS) and twice daily service to Washington National (IAD), and finally San Diego (SAN) gets a daily service to Seattle (SEA).
  • Logo: LoganairLoganair, soon to be operating as a franchise carrier for Flybe, began two new routes from Dundee (DND) this week. Birmingham (BHX) will be served thrice daily on weekdays and Belfast City (BHD) will be served daily except for Saturday. Both of these routes were operated last year by Flywhoosh before the airline collapsed. In 2007, Dundee’s airport traffic grew by 27% to 65,419 passengers.
  • Logo: MonarchMonarch began a new route from Manchester (MAN) to Larnaca (LCA) this week. Flights operate four times weekly. Larnaca becomes the airline’s 12th scheduled destination from Manchester. The Cypriot city is already served by the airline from London Luton and London Gatwick airports.
  • Logo: SkyEuropeSkyEurope has expanded its Prague (PRG) base by adding a new route to Malaga (AGP). Flights operate twice-weekly on Wednesday and Sunday. The airline already serves Malaga weekly from Bratislava.
  • Spirit Airlines has expanded its Fort Lauderdale (FLL) base still further with the addition of daily flights to Columbia (CAE) in South Carolina. The airport handled 1.235 million passengers in 2007, which was 4.3% down on the previous year.
  • Logo: SterlingSterling has added two new weekly connections to its Copenhagen (CPH) base. Trieste (TRS) in Italy (but also very close to Slovenia) and Varna (VAR) in Bulgaria will both be served each Saturday during the summer season. Both destinations are new to Sterling’s scheduled network.
  • Logo: Westjet & Toronto AirportThis week is a big week for WestJet in Toronto (YYZ). To celebrate the capital of Quebec’s 400th anniversary Quebec City (YQB) becomes the airline’s 27th Canadian destination with a new daily service which will increase to twice daily in mid-November. New daily seasonal services to Abbotsford (YXX), Regina (YQR) and Saskatoon (YXE) were also launched this week from Canada’s busiest airport. Two more new seasonal services from Ottawa (YOW) to Edmonton (YEG) and Halifax (YHZ) were started at the end of April. Again, both of these services operate daily.
  • Zoom UK began serving Fort Lauderdale (FLL) from its London Gatwick (LGW) base this week. Flights operate twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday on a 767 and go via Bermuda.

Comments

  1. Roland says:

    You are missing the launch Athens – Tirana this week on Monday May 19 by Aegean Airlines. Greece’s fastest growing airline is now operating 6 times weekly with an RJ between the two capitals.

    anna.aero replies: Thanks Roland. We had noted that route but according to the Aegean Airlines website story of 6 February the route was due to start on 2 May 2008. During the first three months of 2008 Aegean’s total traffic was up 10% with international traffic up 35%.

  2. Great update. I think that you’ve missed two other launches:
    Aeroflot-Don (D9, ROV) initiated weekly ROV-PRG link on May 20;
    Wind Rose Aviation (7W, KBP) started twice weekly seasonal service between Simferopol (SIP) and Hannover (HAJ) on May 23. They are also to open two other seasonal routes from Simferopol to: Cologne (CGN) in early June (6.06), and Nuremburg (NUE) late in the month (6.20).

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