Route of the week:
Stockholm to Milan
|Swedish easyJet captain Pontus Holmquist was on the tarmac to mark easyJet’s first service from Stockholm Arlanda to Milan Malpensa on Monday. The new route will be in direct competition with Scandanavia’s SAS airlines.|
- It’s a big week for easyJet who have started operating their first ever route to Sweden. A daily flight connecting Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) with Milan Malpensa (MXP) began this week. The route is currently served just once a week by SAS who also operate services to Milan Linate on a daily basis. Alitalia does not serve Stockholm at all, not even from Rome.
Cake of the week:
jetBlue’s San Francisco to Long Beach
|jetBlue is America’s first and only airline to operate flights between San Francisco and Long Beach, as the carrier expands its intra-Californian network. Last week, jetBlue commenced services from Long Beach to Portland.|
- jetBlue has started double-daily intra-Californian flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Long Beach (LGB). The airline’s Embraer jets will operate the services, which will increase to thrice daily from 3 November. No other airline operates the route. Meanwhile jetBlue’s New York customers will be flying out of new facilities at JFK this week. A new Terminal 5 (T5) has been created incorporating the classic “TWA Terminal” designed in the 1960s by the legendary Eero Saarinen (designer of the St. Louis arch and the main terminal at Washington Dulles).
- Latvian flag-carrier airBaltic began direct flights from Riga (RIX) to Dubai (DXB) this week. Services operate twice-weekly on Monday and Friday using one of the airline’s 757-200s. Flight time is just over six hours. Minority shareholder SAS is apparently keen to sell its stake in the airline, which in the first nine months of 2008 saw passenger numbers increase 32% to 1.97 million. Despite this rapid growth, year-to-date load factor was down just one percentage point to 63%. Other new destinations starting this winter are Amsterdam (daily from 26 October) and Hannover (five times weekly from 15 December).
- Allegiant Air began operating five new routes this week, all of which connect with its fast-growing base at Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) in Arizona. Bismarck (BIS) in North Dakota, Great Falls (GTF) in Montana, Medford (MFR) in Oregon, Redmond (RDM) in Oregon and Springfield (SGF) in Missouri all get twice-weekly flights. Allegiant’s weekly departures at the airport will increase from 18 to 39 this winter and a third of 150-seat MD80s will now be based there.
- The Belgian arm of TUI, Jetairfly, has started two new routes from Brussels Charleroi (CRL) airport. Oujda (OUD) and Nador (NDR), both in Morocco, will be served twice weekly this winter. Oujda flights operate on Monday and Friday, while Nador flights operate on Thursday and Sunday. More new routes to Tenerife and Gran Canaria from Charleroi begin next week to coincide with the start of the winter season. Brussels Charleroi is currently witnessing traffic growth of around 20% thanks to Ryanair (which had five aircraft based at the airport this summer) and to a lesser extent Wizz Air (which serves five Central European destinations from the airport).
|Volaris, Mexico’s domestic carrier is responding well to market demand in the northern part of the country – Toluca to Chihuahua was one of two new routes inaugurated this week.|
- Mexican LCC Volaris launched two new routes this week. It now offers daily flights between its main base at Toluca (TLC) and Chihuahua (CUU). Local low-cost rival Interjet already operates the route twice-daily. Volaris has also started flights between Guadalajara (GDL) and San Jose Del Cabo (SJD), also known as Los Cabos. Flights will operate three times per week. This route is already served daily by both Mexicana and Interjet.
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