New routes launched during the last week
Saturday 4 October – Friday 10 October
Route of the week:
Allegiant’s Las Vegas to Bozeman, Montana
|The new scheduled flight between Las Vegas and Bozeman operates on Thursdays and Sundays. Allegiant already offers direct flights to Las Vegas from other Montana cities, including Billings, Great Falls and Missoula.
- Busy Allegiant Air began another route to Las Vegas (LAS) this week. Now the good folk of Bozeman (BZN), Montana can fly to Nevada twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday. In 2007 Bozeman, Montana’s second busiest airport, handled 670,872 passengers, up 5.9% on 2006. So far in 2008 traffic is up a further 6.4%. Apart from Allegiant’s new service, there are connections to major hubs in Denver and Chicago (provided by United), Minneapolis/St. Paul (provided by Northwest), Salt Lake City (operated by Delta) and Seattle (provided by Alaska Airlines).
Cake of the week:
Austrian Airlines – Vienna to Jeddah
||The latest services from Vienna to Riyadh and Jeddah are an important development for Austrian Airlines, who have reported above-average growth rates in the Middle East. Between January and July the company saw an increase of 4.9% in passenger volume in the short and medium-haul segment compared to the previous year.
- Austrian launched not one but two new routes to Saudi Arabia this week. From Vienna (VIE) passengers can now fly non-stop to Riyadh (RUH) three-times weekly and to Jeddah (JED) four-times weekly. Flights depart Vienna at 14:00 and arrive in Saudi Arabia around 20:15 local time. The return flights leave Saudi Arabia at between 01:00 and 02:00 allowing passengers to arrive in Vienna at 06:00. An A320 will operate the route. Austrian joins Air France, bmi, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines as the only European carriers to serve both Riyadh and Jeddah.
- Aer Arann has recently resumed services between Dublin (DUB) and Knock (NOC). The route operates under a Public Services Obligation (PSO) agreement and Aer Arann had been serving the 180-kilometre route up to the end of July. The Irish Department of Transport had originally awarded the route to Dublin-based Air France subsidiary CityJet. When CityJet was unable to source an aircraft to fulfil its obligations, it withdrew and Ryanair offered to take over the route. However, the government decided to return the contract back to Aer Arann who will operate daily flights using an ATR42.
- Swiss independent regional carrier Baboo (formerly Flybaboo) has started two new routes from its Geneva (GVA) home to Bordeaux (BOD) and Toulouse (TLS). Until the start of the winter season both routes will operate four times weekly but from the end of October frequency will increase to six flights per week. Both routes will be operated by the airline’s 74-seat Q400s. On the Bordeaux route the airline will face competition from easyJet (Air France has recently abandoned the route), while the Toulouse route will be uncontested.
- jetBlue has added Portland, Oregon (PDX) to the list of destinations served from its Long Beach (LGB) hub. Scheduled flight time on the route is around two hours and 20 minutes. This will be jetBlue’s 13th route from Long Beach and the second to Portland (after New York JFK). Initially the route will be served daily with E190s but a second daily flight will be added from early November.
|The Mexican budget airline is serving the domestic market well – Volaris began daily flights from its hub in Toluca to Oaxaca last week.
- Mexican LCC Volaris last week began daily flights between Toluca (TLC) near Mexico City and Oaxaca (OAX) using an A319. From Mexico City both Aeromexico and Mexican already offer regular flights to Oaxaca. On 16 October a Volaris flight will travel from Toluca to Guadalajara and during the flight a live concert will take place on-board featuring popular Mexican bands Zoé and Molotov. In a special promotion with Coca-Cola Zero the flight will take specially selected passengers to the MTV awards later that evening.
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