Route of the week: Amman – Kiev
|Handshakes all round – Mr. Hussein Dabbas, Royal Jordanian Vice President of Marketing initiates the celebration of the inaugural flight at Amman airport.|
- Royal Jordanian has started twice weekly services from Amman (AMM) to Kiev (KBP) in Ukraine. One of the airline’s Embraer 195s will fly the route, which will operate out of Amman on Wednesday and Sunday and return from Kiev on Thursday and Monday. Flights last around three and a half hours. The last new route Royal Jordanian launched was to Hong Kong back in January.
Other new routes launched during the last week:
- airblue of Pakistan has acquired an ex-Skybus Airbus A319 and has started double-daily flights between Islamabad (ISB) and Lahore (LHE). Both destinations are currently served by the airline from its base in Karachi. National carrier Pakistan International Airlines currently operates 51 weekly departures on the route.
|Allegiant flies to 55 destinations throughout the US, focusing on smaller airports not served by larger airlines.|
- Allegiant Air has started operations from Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton (ATW) Wisconsin. It has begun serving Las Vegas (LAS) twice weekly, having previously flown from nearby Green Bay airport in Wisconsin. Green Bay and Appleton are just 40 kilometres apart. Appleton is a classic small US airport where several major airlines use their feeder carriers to operate 50-seat aircraft to serve their nearby hubs. Delta flies to Atlanta and Cincinnati, Midwest flies to Milwaukee, Northwest to Detroit and Minneapolis and United to Chicago O’Hare. Appleton is the fourth largest airport in Wisconsin and served 572,000 passengers in 2006.
- Copa began its fourth route to Brazil this week. Flights from Panama City (PTY) to Belo Horizonte (CNF) began on 21 August. The route will operate five times weekly. Confins International Airport at Belo Horizonte handled 4.34 million passengers in 2007, ranking it seventh in Brazil. Its only international route is to Lisbon (which started in February), which is served five times weekly by TAP Portugal. To keep aircraft utilization high, Copa’s flights from Panama depart at 18:48 and arrive the following morning in Belo Horizonte at 03:32. Flights depart CNF at 04:28 arriving back in Panama at 09:11. Copa will operate next generation 737s on the route.
- Delta was due to start non-stop flights from New York JFK (JFK) to Bogota (BOG) in Colombia this week. However, according to the airline’s booking tool, it seems that the launch date has been pushed back until 18 December. Although this still appears to be ‘subject to government approval’. A 757 is expected to operate the route. Delta already serves Bogota daily from Atlanta. Avianca operates 12 weekly departures between Bogota and JFK.
- germanwings has become the second LCC (after Norwegian) to serve Sarajevo (SJJ) in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Twice-weekly flights from Cologne/Bonn (CGN) began on 16 August. The route was originally scheduled to start last summer but regulatory issues prevented it. At the start of the winter season Germanwings will also add flights from its second largest base at Stuttgart. In 2007 Sarajevo International Airport handled just over half a million passengers.
|Northwest flight 3170 (operated by Mesaba Airlines) sets off for its maiden flight at the Columbia Regional Airport. The new service will fly thrice-daily to Columbia (MO) on weekdays and twice daily on weekends.|
- Northwest, through its partner Mesaba Airlines, has started thrice-daily flights from Columbia (COU) in Missouri to its base at Memphis (MEM). Flights will be operated by a 34-seat Saab 340 and are being provided as part of the national Essential Air Services (EAS) programme. There are currently no scheduled services at Columbia airport, proving that it’s not all doom and gloom at smaller US airports.