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New routes launched during the last week:
Saturday 20 September – Friday 26 September

Route of the week: Chennai to Ahmedabad

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Celebrating its break into the West Indian market, Mr M Thiagarajan, Managing Director of Paramount Airways saw in the maiden Chennai-Ahmedabad flight on wednesday.
  • Logo: Paramount-logoIndia’s Paramount Airways began its first route into Western India this week with daily flights between Chennai (MAA) and Ahmedabad (AMD). The airline will operate daily flights using Embraer E170 regional jets. The scheduled flight time on the 1,400 kilometre sector will be two hours and 15 minutes. Paramount will be competing against Spicejet, which also operates daily flights using 189-seat 737-800s.

Cake of the Week: Melbourne – Auckland

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“Put your glad rags on possums, we’re going to Melbourne!” As Dame Edna gives passengers a celebratory speech, Melbourne CEO Chris Woodruff said: “Melbourne is a hugely popular destination for Aucklanders for business and leisure, so it’s a great bonus for tourism in both directions”.
  • Logo: Pacific BluePacific Blue, part of the Virgin Blue family of airlines, has launched a new route from Melbourne (MEL) to Auckland (AKL). The route is already served by Air New Zealand (twice daily), Emirates (daily) and Qantas (twice daily). All three use aircraft with over 250 seats on this 2,600 kilometre flight. In 2007 passenger numbers on the route increased by 6.3% to 703,323. Virgin Blue’s Chief Executive Brett Godfrey commented, “Year round the Melbourne-Auckland route is a busy corridor in both directions certainly for business travellers as well as leisure travellers visiting Auckland or entering New Zealand through the Auckland gateway. Both cities have an exceptional calendar of major sporting, entertainment and cultural events so we’re looking forward to stimulating competition which will encourage more people to fly frequently in both directions.”
  • Logo: AirbluePakistan’s airblue began thrice-weekly flights between Lahore (LHE) and Muscat (MCT), using an Airbus A319 it acquired after the collapse of US LCC Skybus. It now operates a total of eight aircraft. Flights to Muscat operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Muscat becomes the airline’s third destination in the Middle East after Dubai (which it serves from Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar) and Abu Dhabi (served from Lahore).
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The Pakistani Ambassador to Oman and General Manager Marketing Air Blue receiving the first passengers..
  • Logo: AfriqiyahLibyan-based Afriqiyah Airways has started operating flights between Tripoli (TIP) and Dubai (DXB). Services will be provided four-times weekly using a recently acquired A319 configured in two classes with 124 seats in total. The route is already served by Emirates (four weekly flights) and Libyan Airlines (with two weekly flights).
  • Logo:Hong Kong ExpressHong Kong Express has started another new route this week from its Hong Kong (HKG) base to Manila (MNL). It will serve the route daily using 737-800s. The route is already served by Cathay Pacific (37 weekly departures), Cebu Pacific (27) and Philippine Airways (28 weekly flights).
  • Logo: NorwegianNorwegian re-started services between Oslo (OSL) and Ålesund (AES) a couple of weeks ago. The airline had previously operated the route between August 2003 and summer 2004. It has returned to the route four years on with three daily flights. SAS currently operates over 50 weekly departures on the route, making up well over half of the airport’s movements. In 2007 Ålesund handled 770,000 passengers, making it Norway’s eighth busiest airport. Apart from domestic routes, the airport also offers international connections to Copenhagen (with SAS), London Gatwick (with SAS) and Riga (with Air Baltic).

To see the latest information we have on routes that have recently been dropped or soon will be, check out our unique downloadable Route Recycle Bin spreadsheet. Since last week we have added a further 31 routes that airlines have decreed surplus to requirements since the start of the summer 2008 season. This brings the total number of services in our database to over 360. Airlines contributing to our updated list this week include Air Baltic, Air Berlin, bmibaby, Flybe, Iberia, JAT, LOT, Olympic, Spanair, Turkish Airlines, United, Vueling.


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