New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 1 November – Friday 7 November):

Route of the week: Delta’s Atlanta-Mumbai service

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Jason Philip (Commercial Manager – India, Delta), Frank Jahangir (VP Sales EMEA and India, Delta), and Ken Stewart (Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development). Stewart spoke about trade opportunities between India and Georgia at the launch of Delta’s new Atlanta-Mumbai service.
  • Delta has this week expanded its international network with two new routes from its home base in Atlanta (ATL). Kuwait (KWI) will be served non-stop four times weekly while Mumbai (BOM) will be served daily. Both routes will be served by 777-200s. Delta had served Mumbai from New York since November 2006 but has now terminated the route in favour of the Atlanta service. United currently serves Kuwait from Washington Dulles, while Kuwait Airways flies to New York JFK.

Kilt of the week: Ryanair’s Edinburgh-Billund service

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Ryanair has launched 20 new routes this week – eight of these are from Edinburgh, including Billund (pictured), which is served three times weekly.
  • You would think that after launching over 90 new routes last week Ryanair might be finished for a while but you would be wrong. This week, after reporting a 47% drop in profits, the airline still found time to start another 20 new routes. These were:
    From: To: Weekly Frequency
    Barcelona Girona Ibiza 3
    Birmingham Kaunas 2
    Edinburgh Berlin SXF 4
    Edinburgh Billund 3
    Edinburgh Bournemouth 13
    Edinburgh Bratislava 4
    Edinburgh Malaga 4
    Edinburgh Poznan 3
    Edinburgh Stockholm Skavsta 4
    Edinburgh Wroclaw 2
    Liverpool Paris BVA 7
    London Luton Biarritz 3
    Reus Santander 7
    Reus Santiago de Compostela 7
    Reus Seville 14
    Shannon Frankfurt Hahn 2
    Shannon Gdansk 2
    Shannon Katowice 2
    Shannon Lodz 2
    Shannon Newcastle 2
  • The Edinburgh and Reus routes were supposed to have started over a month ago but were delayed due to problems with aircraft deliveries. Five of the 20 new routes are being started with at least daily frequencies. Four of these are domestic routes (three in Spain and one in the UK) while the other is between Liverpool and Paris Beauvais. Two of these routes have been rescued from the ‘recycle bin’ as Ryanair previously operated both Shannon – Hahn (2000-2006) and Shannon – Lodz (2006-07).
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Ryanair’s five new services from Shannon this week include a twice-weekly service to Gdansk.
  • Logo: AirAsiaAirAsia is taking advantage of a more liberalised air services agreement between Malaysia and Singapore by starting daily flights from both Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH) to Singapore (SIN). Both routes are currently served by Malaysian Airlines and Silk Air. Before the end of November Tiger Airways will also start services on the Kuching route.
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  • Having celebrated its first birthday during the week AirAsia X has just received its first brand new A330 and started its third route to Perth (PER) in Australia. Its launch route was Gold Coast in Australia followed by Hangzhou in China (in February). The new Perth route will be served six times weekly and will compete directly with Malaysian Airlines.
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airberlin is starting several new routes this week, including four from Nuremberg
  • Logo: airberlinairberlin may be cutting capacity significantly this winter and dropping several routes but the airline is still starting several new routes this week. The highest profile new route is a twice-daily service between its home town airport at Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Paris Orly (ORY). It can do this as it has apparently given up its Munich to Paris Orly route thus freeing up slots at Orly. Air France and Lufthansa both operate to Paris CDG from Tegel while easyJet operates three daily flights from Berlin Schönefeld to Paris Orly. From Nuremberg (NUE) airberlin is starting four new routes this week. Services to Milan Bergamo are being shifted to Milan Malpensa (MXP) while there are further new connections to Bremen (BRE) twice-weekly, Paphos (PFO) weekly and Ponta Delgada (PDL) in the Azores, also weekly. There is also a new weekly route between Saarbrucken (SCN) and Zurich (ZRH).
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The Ohio State Buckeye’s two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin welcomes the first AirTran flight to Columbus, which was also greeted with a traditional water salute
  • Logo: Air TranThis week AirTran has added Columbus (CMH) in Ohio to the list of destinations it serves. Last year Skybus famously used it as the base for its bold, but ultimately doomed, low-cost adventure. AirTran has launched daily flights to Fort Myers (RSW) and Orlando (MCO) in Florida and double-daily flights to its home base at Atlanta (ATL). A combination of 717s and 737s will be used. Delta already serves Atlanta while Southwest serves Orlando. AirTran has no direct competition on the Fort Myers route. In September passenger numbers at Columbus were down 23% compared with 2007, while year-to-date figures were also down just over 7%.
  • Image: Allegiant AirAllegiant Air has begun operating two more routes this time from Blue Grass Airport which serves Lexington (LEX) in Kentucky. Orlando Sanford (SFB) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE), both in Florida, will, as is customary for the airline, be served just twice-weekly with 150-seat MD80s. In 2006 Blue Grass Airport handled just over one million passengers. It is served by all of the ‘big6′ US legacy airlines but Allegiant is the first low-cost airline to begin services at the airport. Located just four miles from downtown Lexington the airport was recently announced as the official airport for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held outside of Europe for the first time. Internationally known as the “Horse Capital of the World”, Lexington is home to almost 500 horse farms as well as several famous race tracks.
  • Image: illinoisAmerican Airlines ventures further into Brazil this week from its Miami (MIA) base. A new daily service to Recife (REC) operates via Salvador de Bahia (SSA) using a 767-300. There is also a new thrice weekly service to Belo Horizonte (CNF), also from Miami and also operated by a 767-300. Meanwhile partner American Eagle launched a new daily service from Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) to Bloomington-Normal (BMI) in Illinois. Flights are operated by an Embraer ERJ-145. DFW becomes the airport’s fifth scheduled destination after Atlanta (served by both AirTran and Delta), Chicago (American), Detroit (Northwest) and Orlando (AirTran). BMI is also known locally as Central Illinois Regional Airport or CIRA and a new airport terminal was opened in November 2001. As an added bonus car parking and WiFi access in the terminal are both free at the airport. In 2007 passenger numbers were up 2.4% to 532,075.
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November 1: Nanjing also saw the launch of historic weekend charter flights to Taipei as considerable further liberalisation between mainland China and Taiwan was announced this week.
  • China Eastern has added two new routes from Shantou (SWA) to Hangzhou (HGH) and Nanjing (NKG). Both routes operate thrice weekly using Embraer ERJ-145s and will face competition from Hainan Airlines. Located on China’s eastern coast between Shenzhen and Xiamen, Shantou has a population of around five million people. Around two million passengers use Shantou airport where China Southern is the dominant carrier. The airport’s only international route is to Bangkok with China Southern.
  • Image: easyJeteasyJet steps into not one, but two new airports this week. First off the airline makes its debut in Finland with the start of daily services to Helsinki (HEL) from London Gatwick (LGW). British Airways, Finnair and Blue1 all operate from Helsinki to London Heathrow. easyJet has also moved its double-daily London Gatwick to Rome services from Rome Ciampino to Rome Fiumicino (FCO). This is the first time that easyJet has used the bigger of the two airports serving Rome. It has also taken the opportunity to start a four-times daily (yes, daily) service between its base at Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). With 26 weekly departures the route instantly becomes one of easyJet’s top 20 busiest in terms of weekly frequency. According to OAG data for the week commencing 3 November easyJet’s Milan to Paris service now has the highest frequency (with 37 weekly departures) dethroning Liverpool to Belfast International (36 weekly departures) as the long-time leader of this statistic. Rounding out the top five are Paris Orly to Nice (34), London Stansted to Belfast (32) and Paris Orly to Toulouse (also 32 weekly departures). Significant competition on the Malpensa to Fiumicino route comes from Air One and Alitalia who both operate at least four daily flights.
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    jetBlue’s new route launches this week include a daily service from Richmond to Orlando.

    jetBlue inaugurated two more route to Florida this week. A new daily service from Richmond (RIC) in Virginia to Orlando (MCO) is operated by the airline’s E190s, while another daily service from White Plains (HPN) to Tampa (TPA) is served by the airline’s bigger A320s. From White Plains (also known as Westchester County Airport) jetBlue now serves a total of five destinations, all of them in Florida.

  • Following the sudden collapse of Copenhagen-based Sterling, regional rival Norwegian has been quick to announce several new routes from the airport. The first two from Aalborg (AAL) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Copenhagen (CPH) began this week using some of the MD80s the airline inherited when it acquired FlyNordic last year. Initially there will be 16 weekly departures to Aalborg and 24 to Stockholm. Additional routes will follow in the coming weeks.
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Grieving over the loss of Sterling: Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos at Aalborg Airport with airport director Søren Svendsen.
  • Logo: Pacific BluePacific Blue, Virgin Blue’s international partner based in Australia has begun connecting Brisbane (BNE) with Port Moresby (POM) in Papua New Guinea. Flights operate four times weekly and are operated as a code-share with Airlines PNG. Port Moresby is around three-hours north of Brisbane.
  • Logo: SouthwestSouthwest launched five new routes this week, two from its fast-growing new base at Denver and three from Fort Lauderdale. Denver (DEN) gets new thrice-daily service to Santa Ana (SNA) in California and twice-daily service to Tulsa (TUL) in Oklahoma. Fort Lauderdale (FLL) gets new daily flights from Albany (ALB), Kansas City (MCI) and Las Vegas (LAS). Southwest will be up against Frontier and United on the Denver to Santa Ana route and against United to Tulsa. Southwest now operates over 100 daily departures on 32 routes from Denver. From Fort Lauderdale the Albany and Kansas City routes are new but US Airways and Spirit will be watching developments on the Las Vegas route with interest.
  • Logo: TAMTAM launched direct links between Rio De Janeiro (GIG) and New York (JFK) this week with the start of flights that will operate four times weekly. A 767-300 will serve the route. TAM already serves New York twice daily from Sao Paulo so this will raise the number of weekly flight offered by the airline between New York and Brazil to 18. The airline recently started flights from Rio to Miami.
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Memmingen – a former airbase now known as Allgaeu Airport – serves a rich catchment between Stuttgart and Munich and was featured in the very first
  •, currently on the lookout for prospective partners/buyers after a deal with Eurowings/Germanwings fell through, has started a new route from Memmingen (FMM) to Brindisi (BDS). Flights operate every Saturday through the winter season before doubling in frequency next summer.
  • Canada’s other major airline, WestJet, launches six new routes this week, mainly offering Canadians the chance to head south and get some sun. Four of the routes are to Mexico with new connections between Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and Calgary (YYC), Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and Edmonton (YEG), Cancun (CUN) and Edmonton (YEG), and Mazatlan (MZT) and Vancouver (YVR). All of these routes will be served just once or twice per week. Also new is a four-times weekly service from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Barbados (BGI) as well as a new daily domestic route from Calgary (YYC) to Grand Prairie (YQU).

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. We currently have over 550 routes in our database which may be of interest to carriers.


  1. Air Alps Aviation announced thrice daily Trieste (TRS) – Milan (MXP) service with Do328 starting from 1 December filling the gap left after Alitalia withdrew from service at the beginning of W08/09 schedule. replies: Many thanks for that update. We will mention this route when it starts in December.

  2. Leon says:

    Jet Airways started 4 weekly flights Bangalore to Brussels on 31 October. The flight will operate daily mid December – mid January. The Bangalore route with an A330 will operate as a turnaround flight. It will join the daily BOM-BRU-EWR, DEL-BRU-JFK and MAA-BRU-YYZ flights in the successful ‘scissor’ hub at Brussels Airport. replies: The new Bangalore service from Jet Airways was one of the more than 200 routes listed in our downloadable spreadsheet last week.

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