New routes launched during the last week
- SAS began twice-weekly flights from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Tromso (TOS) in northern Norway last Monday. At present flights are only planned until mid-August.
- Air Arabia has started operating to its second destination in Iran. From its Sharjah (SHJ) base the airline is flying four times weekly to Shiraz (SYZ) using an A320. The Iranian capital Tehran is already served by Air Arabia with three weekly flights. Air Arabia is the second LCC to serve the city as Jazeera Airways currently operates twice weekly from Kuwait.
- Air One finally began its ground-breaking transatlantic services from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Boston (BOS) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Flights will operate five times weekly to Boston (as a codeshare with US Airways) and six times weekly to Chicago (as a codeshare with United) using an A330-200. The other transatlantic services available from MXP are to Atlanta (Delta), Newark (Continental), New York JFK (Alitalia, American and Delta) and Philadelphia (US Airways).
- clickair launched a genuinely new route (as opposed to an Iberia hand-me-down) this week when it started thrice-weekly services from Vigo (VGO) to London Gatwick (LGW). In 2007 Vigo handled 1.4 million passengers (+18.3%) which included clickair passengers flying to Barcelona. In the first four months of 2008 traffic at the airport has increased 6.5%. The only other international scheduled service from Vigo is with Air France to Paris CDG.
- Corsairfly began operating a seasonal service between Paris Orly (ORY) and Halifax (YHZ) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Flights operate every Wednesday from 25 June to 28 August.
- easyJet added two further routes from its Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) base when seasonal ‘summer sun’ flights to Ibiza (IBZ) and Heraklion (HER) commenced this week. Ibiza will be served thrice weekly and Heraklion twice weekly until the end of September. This becomes easyJet’s third route to Crete after recently starting London Gatwick and Manchester services it inherited from its acquisition of GB Airways.
- Norwegian found time to start three new low-frequency seasonal services this week. Sarajevo (SJJ) will be served twice weekly from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) by Swedish-based subsidiary FlyNordic and weekly from Oslo Rygge (RYG). Norwegian thus becomes the first low-cost airline to serve the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Last year Sarajevo airport handled just over half a million passengers. Split (SPU) was added as a new destination from the airline’s Polish base in Warsaw (WAW). Flights will be weekly.
- Swiss has started a weekly (Sunday) service from Zurich (ZRH) to Gran Canaria (LPA) airport using an A320.
- Zoom UK began non-stop services from London Gatwick (LGW) to San Diego (SAN) last Friday. Flights operate twice weekly and are the only non-stop scheduled transatlantic services to San Diego this summer.