New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 9 August – Friday 15 August 2008)

Route of the week:  Singapore – Pekanbaru

Image: Air Asia
Air Asia Indonesia has launched a thrice-weekly service between Singapore and Pekanbaru, the capital city of the Riau Province in Indonesia. Lim Kim Choon, Director General and CEO, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), said: “Last year, some 1.96 million visitor arrivals came from Indonesia, which accounted for nearly 20% of the total visitors to Singapore. Total passenger movements by air between Indonesia and Singapore reached 3.86 million in 2007, registering a 6.5% year-on-year growth over 2006.”
  • Logo: Air AsiaAir Asia began only its fourth route from Singapore (SIN) this week. From 14 August the airline has begun flying thrice weekly to Pekanbaru (PKU) in Indonesia, just 300 kilometres away. The scheduled flight time is just 45 minutes and will compete directly with thrice-weekly services offered by Garuda. Air Asia already serves Pekanbaru from Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
  • Logo: AirTran and Richmond International AirportAirTran launched flights from Richmond (RIC) in Virginia to New York LaGuardia (LGA) last week. Service will be double-daily and complement the airline’s existing Richmond services to Atlanta and Orlando. Boeing 717s will operate the flights. Delta with 18 weekly departures and US Airways with 44 weekly departures already have a major presence on the route.
  • Logo: TAMTAM has started operating regular scheduled services between Sao Paulo (GRU) and Bariloche (BRC) in Argentina. Exploratory services had started back in July but the airline has now confirmed that flights will operate on a year-round basis. An A320 will operate the route twice weekly. No other airline operates this route. Last week the airline started a new daily route between Brasilia (BSB) and Buenos Aires (EZE). Amazingly no other carrier connects the two capitals of Brazil and Argentina.

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