Route of the week:
|Marking the birth of a brand new route and a brand new airline – Jin Air started Seoul Gimpo to Jeju services on the 17th July.|
- Korean Airlines’ new low-cost subsidiary Jin Air began flying this week between Seoul Gimpo (GMP) and Jeju (CJU). A 189-seat 737-800 will operate four round trips per day. Frequency will increase in October when a second route to Busan is scheduled to launch.
New routes launched during the last week:
- In conjunction with SkyTeam partner Air France, Delta Air Lines began transatlantic flights between New York JFK (JFK) and Lyon (LYS) this week. The route will be operated five times weekly with 180-seat 757-200 and will become Lyon’s first non-stop transatlantic service. Lyon is the second busiest French regional airport after Nice, with 7.32 million passengers in 2007.
- Air New Zealand has started a non-stop service between Auckland (AKL) and Beijing (PEK). Twice-weekly flights began on Friday, using a 777-200. Flights take up to 14 hours. The airline already serves Shanghai five times weekly and Hong Kong nine times weekly. New Zealand is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for the Chinese with visitor numbers expected to double by 2012.
- Alaska Airlines started daily flights this week between Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) and Kahului (OGG) in Hawaii. One of the airline’s 737-800s will operate the route, which is already served daily by both Northwest and Hawaiian Airlines.
- Cebu Pacific began thrice-weekly flights from Manila (MNL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) in Malaysia this week, using a 150-seat A319. This is the airline’s 16th international destination and second in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur. From the beginning of August frequencies are reduced to just two flights per week, on Monday and Friday. Last year Cebu Pacific’s international passenger numbers jumped 140% from 429,000 to 1.03 million and now represent around 20% of the airline’s total passenger traffic.
- easyJet started thrice weekly seasonal services between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Ibiza (IBZ). Services end on 31 August. Vueling already operates daily flights between the two airports until 21 September, while Iberia flies from Ibiza to Paris Orly.
- SkyEurope recently began new non-stop services from Kosice (KSC) to Manchester (MAN) and Split (SPU). Manchester will be served thrice weekly until 29 September, while Split will be served weekly until 21 September. This brings the number of direct routes served by SkyEurope from Slovakia’s second biggest airport to six. The airline’s young fleet of 737-700s will serve both routes.