New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 24 May – Friday 30 May 2008)

New routes launched during the last week:

  • Logo: Aeroflot Russian AirlinesAeroflot has re-started services from Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) to Bratislava (BTS). The route was served by the airline until 2004 when its fleet of IL-62s and TU-134s were banned from EU airports on environmental grounds. Slovakia joined the EU in May 2004. Now the route will be served by a TU-154M.
  • Logo: Fly MontereyAllegiant Air began flying between Monterey (MRY) in California and Las Vegas (LAS) this week. Monterey thus becomes the airline’s seventh airport in California. Flights operate thrice-weekly on one of the airline’s many 150-seat MD80s.
  • Bahrain Air began serving India for the first time this week with the commencement of flights to Kochi (COK) from Bahrain (BAH). There are three weekly flights using one of the airline’s A320s competing against daily offerings from both Gulf Air and Jet Airways.
  • Image: bmibaby.combmibaby began two new routes this week. Barcelona (BCN) can now be reached non-stop from Cardiff (CWL) three times weekly, while Birmingham (BHX) gets a new thrice-weekly connection to Warsaw (WAW), which will compete head-to-head with Norwegian, which started the route last April. Warsaw is already served by bmibaby from Cardiff and East Midlands, while Barcelona is already served from Birmingham and will be re-launched from Manchester in September.
  • Fresh from launching a new route to Dűsseldorf last week, Croatia Airlines has now also begun serving Copenhagen (CPH) from its Zagreb (ZAG) base with three weekly flights.
  • Logo: Czech AirlinesCSA Czech Airlines has begun a new service between Prague (PRG) and Heraklion (HER). Flights will operate twice weekly on Monday and Friday until 10 October. The scheduled flight time is two hours and 45 minutes.
  • Logo: BabooSwiss regional Flybaboo, which recently rebranded as baboo, has begun two new routes from its Geneva (GVA) base. Using its recently received Embraer 190s the airline has started serving Kiev (KBP) and St. Petersburg (LED) with three weekly flights, operating on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The only other services from Geneva to Russia are currently operated by Swiss and Aeroflot to Moscow.
  • Logo: flybe.comFlybe launched a whole raft of new direct weekly seasonal routes this week. These comprised Saturday only flights between Jersey (JER) and Nice (NCE), Jersey (JER) and Newquay (NQY), Newquay (NQY) and the Isle Of Man (IOM), Newcastle (NCL) and Rennes (RNS), and Glasgow (GLA) and La Rochelle (LRH). Flights on most of these routes operate until the end of September.
  • Logo: Flyglobespan.comFlyGlobespan began two new transatlantic services this week linking Toronto Hamilton (YHM) with Bristol (BRS) and Dublin (DUB). Both routes will operate weekly until the end of October. The airline has also started flying to Dubrovnik (DBV) for the first time with the start of weekly services from Edinburgh (EDI).
  • Logo: Jet2.comJet2.com added three new seasonal routes to its network this week, including a new destination. For the first time the airline is now serving Jersey (JER) from its Leeds/Bradford (LBA) base with three weekly flights, as well as adding La Rochelle (LRH) which it already serves from Edinburgh. Finally there is a new twice-weekly route from Edinburgh (EDI) to Toulouse (TLS). This brings to six the number of destinations Jet2.com serves from Edinburgh this summer after Avignon, La Rochelle, Murcia, Pisa and Prague.
  • Logo: Ryanair & daa logoRyanair focused its attention this week on Ireland. It began operating four new routes including two from its home base at Dublin (DUB) to Brest (BES) and Tours (TUF) in France. For both of these French airports it is their second Ryanair route after London and both these new routes will be operated twice weekly. The new route between Cork (ORK) and Carcassonne (CCF) becomes the seventh Ryanair route at both airports. Finally, Shannon (SNN) gets a twice weekly service to Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) which becomes Ryanair’s sixth route to the German capital’s ‘low-cost’ airport. Ryanair began serving SXF from London Stansted in May 2003 and has since connected the airport to its other bases at Dublin, Frankfurt Hahn, Stockholm Skavsta and East Midlands.
  • Logo: SterlingSterling has added another seasonal route from its Gothenburg (GOT) base. Until 24 September there will be weekly (Wednesday) flights to Bourgas (BOJ) in Bulgaria. Bourgas is already served by the airline from its Copenhagen and Stockholm bases.
  • Logo: Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines has started a new twice-weekly service between Ankara (ESB) and Tehran (IKA). The flight departs Ankara on Saturdays and Wednesdays and operates during the night. Tehran return flights are on Sundays and Thursdays. The airline hopes to add further links between Turkey and Iran, including routes between Mashad and Istanbul, and Shiraz and Istanbul.
  • Vueling began serving Ibiza (IBZ) from its base in Seville (SVQ) this week. This becomes the airline’s 10th route from its newest base and operates four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) until 21 September.

Comments

  1. My notes indicate several other routes opened, or reopened for the season, between May 24 and 30. Namely:
    Malev (MA, BUD) restarted (May 26) seasonal now Budapest-Toronto (YYZ) routes, with five weekly flights at the season’s peak;
    Smartwings (QS, PRG): restarted seasonal service from to Prague (PRG) to Malaga (AGP) with three flights, and to Palma, four times weekly;
    Centralwings (C0, WAW) put on sale its “mixed-charters” seasonal routes from Warsaw (WAW) to: Rhodes (RHO, twice weekly), Faro (FAO) and Catania (CTA), both weekly;
    Thompsonfly (BY), initiated Doncaster (DSA) to Pula (PUY) weekly route on 5.27;
    Aeroflot-Don (D9, ROV) started seasonal, weekly, Rostov (ROV) to Simferopol (SIP) connection, also on May 27th.

  2. Pete says:

    Even with the downturn in the aviation industry, mainline carriers are still adding some routes, but this site seems to only have news about second tier/discount carriers. How come? For example, in the past week Delta announced new services to Guyana and Colombia from JFK.

    anna.aero replies: We report when airlines actually start flying routes not when they announce them. The Guyana service will be covered in this week´s new routes (started 1 June) while the Bogota route starts 19 August and will be covered then. If you look through our archives you will find plenty of new routes started by major airlines, but the reality is that most new routes are being generated by second tier/discount carriers.

  3. Rob Jones says:

    Thomsonfly (TOM) are also re-starting their London Luton (LTN) Dubrovnik (DBV) service, it will operate 3 times weekly on Tues, Fri and Sun from 01 July.

    Also of notable interest is that Wizzair (W6) are looking to start a direct daily service from London Luton to Kiev (Ukraine) the service will begin in September subject to regulatory approval. This will be in direct competition with British Airways from London Heathrow and Ukraine International Airlines from London Gatwick.

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