New routes launched during the last week
(30 August – 5 September 2008)

Image: Kingfisher launches its first international route
Kingfisher has launched a daily service between Bangalore and London Heathrow. Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and CEO, Kingfisher Airlines, said: “At a time when many airlines are rolling back on their network, I feel that the carefully selected routes that Kingfisher Airlines will serve have great growth potential. International traffic demand in and out of India remains robust and the unique ties between Britain and India generate attractive additional opportunities.”
  • Logo: Air AsiaAir Asia has begun serving Guilin (KWL) in China from its base at Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The four hour flight will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Guilin is the capital of Guangxi Province in southern China. Guilin’s international services currently include Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau and Seoul. This is the airport’s first route to Malaysia. In 2007 passenger numbers at Guilin airport increased by 16.7% to 4.67 million ranking it the 22nd busiest airport in China.
  • Image: Clickair clickinvasion advertisement for Bilbao - Paris routeFrom 1 September clickair has moved its Bilbao (BIO) service to Paris from CDG to Paris Orly (ORY). Flights remain daily. Air France continues to operate from Bilbao to Paris CDG with five daily flights using 70 seat aircraft whereas clickair operates 180-seat A320s. Maybe somewhat surprisingly there are no other French airports served from Bilbao.
  • Logo: Finnair GroupFinnair has started serving only its third destination in neighbouring Russia with the launch of thrice weekly flights from Helsinki (HEL) to Yekaterinburg (SVX) in the Urals. The roughly three hour flight departs Finland at just before midnight on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and arrives back in Helsinki at 07:00 the following morning. An A319 will be used on the route. Finnair already serves Moscow and St Petersburg.
  • Image: Berlin Airports advertisment for Berlin-Tengel to Beijing routeHainan Airlines has begun non-stop flights from Beijing (PEK) to Berlin Tegel (TXL). An A330-200 will operate the route four times weekly. The airline will be hoping for better luck than Air Berlin whose routes between Germany (Dűsseldorf) and China (Beijing and Shanghai) will end shortly after only being launched in May of this year. Berlin joins Brussels (five times weekly) and Budapest (six times weekly) as European destinations served by Hainan Airlines from Beijing. Maybe they will move on to the letter “c” next…
  • Image: LAN planeLAN has begun flying to Canada for the first time by operating flights from Santiago (SCL) in Chile to Toronto (YYZ) via New York JFK. A 767-300 will fly the route five times weekly. Air Canada already operates a daily service on the route. Fares for the return flight between New York JFK and Toronto can be purchased for as little as US$54 plus taxes. Wonder how many folk in New York will be tempted by that offer as an alternative to travelling with American or Delta.
  • Image: NWA logoNorthwest Airlines (NWA) resumed daily flights between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Taipei (TPE) this week. The route was dropped in 2004 after the SARS outbreak but has now been re-instated. The airline will operate a 757 on the route. According to scheduled data from OAG Max Online, Northwest joins ANA, JAL, China Airlines, EVA Airlines and Cathay Pacific in connecting these two major Asian cities.
  • Logo: S7 AirlinesFast-growing Russian carrier S7 Airlines has started flying between Moscow Domodedovo (DME) and Yekaterinburg (SVX). An A319 will operate the route on a daily basis. “Until recently Ekaterinburg was the only Russian city with a population of more than 1 million people from where S7 Airlines flights were not operated. The new route is certain to be popular. Besides the flights to Moscow and Sochi (which started in August), S7 Airlines is considering the possibility of operating regular flights from Ekaterinburg to Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg,” said Anton Eremin, Deputy CEO of S7 Airlines.
  • Image: Sama new route advertsSaudi Arabian LCC Sama has begun two new international routes this week. From its home base at Dammam (DMM) it has started twice-weekly (Tuesday and Friday) flights to Beirut (BEY) in the Lebanon. It has also begun serving Assiut (ATZ) in Egypt from Riyadh (RUH) three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Both routes will be operated by the airline’s 737s. The airline has recently signed commercial agreements with Bahrain Air and Safi Airways to increase the range of international destinations available to its customers.
  • Logo: SouthwestSouthwest has added two more destinations to its rapidly growing presence at Denver (DEN). San Francisco (SFO) and Omaha (OMA) in Nebraska will each be served with three daily flights. Omaha and San Francisco are both already served from Denver by both Frontier and United. United offers 68 weekly departures to SFO and 42 to OMA, while Frontier offers 41 and 27 on the same routes.


  1. reham says:

    very useful info, especially that we at IAB as an egyption aviation services companies are interested to know more about airlines expanding their reach and implementing new routes specially those planning to operate to egypt.

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