New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 8 November – Friday 14 November):

Route of the week: Cebu Pacific’s Clark to Singapore

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Fom then….. to now…. Cebu Pacific is using the former Clark Air Force base as its fourth hub, with four new services launched this week to Singapore, Macau, Bangkok and Hong Kong – maintaining its reputation in Asia as one of the fastest growing airlines.
  • CebuCebu Pacific launched six new routes from the Philippines this week. Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (formerly Clark Air Force Base) became the airline’s fourth base after Manila, Cebu and Davao. Services to Bangkok (BKK), Hong Kong (HKG), Macau (MFM) and Singapore (SIN) began from Clark (CRK) this week. Singapore and Hong Kong will be served daily with Macau served four times weekly and Bangkok thrice weekly. Lance Y. Gokongwei, CEB president and CEO said, “The residents of Central and Northern Luzon can now fly directly to Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, and Singapore, without traveling all the way to Manila. More importantly, we are now making our trademark low fares available to even more people in the country.” Two further domestic routes also began this week with flights from Cebu (CEB) to Ozamis City (OZC) and Surigao (SUG). These two routes will be operated by one of the airline’s four ATR 72-500 aircraft.
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Staff at Singapore celebrate Cebu Pacific’s arrival after its maiden flight from Clark International Airport – the airline will now operate the route daily.

Cake of the week: Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne

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Air Asia X’s latest service between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne is a significant development for the long-haul budget carrier – Melbourne currently has a third of the market share of Malaysian visitors to Australia.
  • Hot on the heels of last week’s new route to Perth, AirAsia X started another new route this week from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Melbourne (MEL). Flights will be operated with A330s. Malaysia Airlines already operates the route twice daily. AirAsia X has recently unveiled plans to start serving London next March. Stansted is believed to be the preferred airport of choice. Competition will again come from Malaysia Airlines who operate twice daily to London Heathrow. Surprisingly, British Airways does not operate flights to Malaysia.
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The touchdown of Air Asia X at Perth last week and the latest maiden flight to Melbourne
now brings the total number of routes between Asia and Australia to three – Air Asia X also serves the Gold Coast.
  • Alaska Airlines partner Horizon Air has launched intra-Californian flights between Sacramento (SMF) and Santa Barbara (SBA). Earlier this year ExpressJet had been operated the route twice-daily before abandoning its own branded flights. Horizon will operate 12 flights per week using 70-seat CRJ-700 regional jets.
Route of the Week: Sacramento to Santa Barbara
Roger Dickinson – Sacramento County Supervisor, Dan Russo, Horizon Air’s Vice President, Marketing and Communications and Hardy Acree, Director of Airports, Sacramento County officially inaugurate the new service between Sacramento and Santa Barbara.
  • Ad: aegenAegean Airlines continues to encroach further onto troubled Olympic’s network by launching daily flights from Athens (ATH) to Paris CDG (CDG) this week using an A320. Apart from Olympic (which operates twice daily on days when the airline is not on strike), Air France operates three daily flights while easyJet has a daily flight from Athens to Paris Orly. In March Aegean will increase the service to double-daily. Last month the airline won the coveted Gold Award at the ERA’s Airline Of The Year 2008/09 ceremony held in Manchester. This week the airline also revealed its results for the first nine months of 2008 which showed that passenger numbers were up 13% to 4.6 million. Growth on international routes was 23%. Revenue was up 26% but profits were down 21%. During the summer the airline operated 23 domestic routes and 60 international routes (of which 43 were charter services).
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    Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Carolyn S. Motz and Allegiant Air Director of Sales John Fenyes announcing the new service.

    Allegiant Air has added another connection to Orlando Sanford (SFB) in Florida, this time from Hagerstown (HGR) in Maryland. Hagerstown Regional Airport thus gains its first scheduled services with Allegiant’s twice weekly (Monday and Friday) services. The runway at the airport was recently extended enabling Allegiant to operate its 150-seat MD80s.

  • Albania’s very own LCC, Belle Air, has begun operating between its home base in Tirana (TIA) and Zagreb (ZAG) in Croatia. Flights will operate thrice weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday using a 46-seat ATR 42-300. “It is highly significant that this new air connection comes after the two countries were proposed for full membership of NATO in the spring summit of the Northern Atlantic alliance. It is pleasing to see that after having a common agenda, Croatia and Albania now have a common and direct physical link with each other,” said Tirana International Airport’s CEO Mrs Andrea Gebbeken.
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The Croatian Ambassador to Albania – Darko Javorski, Andrea Gebbeken, CEO of Tirana International Airport and Arbi Xhelo the Accountable Manager of BelleAir, cut the ribbon at the gate to celebrate the first flight from Tirana to Zagreb on 12 November.
  • Logo: China SouthernChina Southern began a new route between Sanya (SYX) and Lanzhou (LHW) this week. The thrice-weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) service will be operated by a 737-800 configured with 163 seats, including eight in first class.
  • Norwegian picks up another couple of former Sterling routes at Copenhagen (CPH) this week. Malaga (AGP) will be served thrice weekly while Nice (NCE) will be served twice weekly. SAS subsidiary Spanair operates twice weekly to Malaga while SAS serves Nice daily.
  • Image: Norwegian AirlinesPorter Airlines continues to exploit its currently exclusive use of Toronto’s downtown Harbour Airport (YTZ) by launching new thrice-daily flights to Chicago Midway (MDW) using Q400s. From early January frequency increases to six daily flights on weekdays when the airline’s eighth 70-seat Q400 arrives. Competition between Toronto and Chicago is provided by Air Canada, American and United who all fly from Toronto Pearson to Chicago O’Hare.
  • Logo: LodzRyanair has contented itself with starting just the one new route this week. Twice weekly services began on Saturday between Edinburgh (EDI) and Lodz (LCJ). This is now the fourth route from Edinburgh to Poland with other destinations served being Krakow (easyJet), Poznan (Ryanair) and Wroclaw (Ryanair). Ryanair now serves seven destinations from Lodz. Apart from Edinburgh it also operates to Dublin, East Midlands, Liverpool, London Stansted, Shannon and Stockholm Skavsta. Ryanair accounts for over 85% of scheduled capacity at the airport this winter.
  • Image: Mumbai routeSaudi LCC Sama expands its international network still further by starting thrice weekly flights between its home base in Dammam (DMM) and Mumbai (BOM). Flights operate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Air India currently operates two weekly flights on the route and Saudi Arabian Airlines a single weekly flight.

From last week: Pacific Blue’s Brisbane to Port Moresby

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Tribal dancing marked Virgin Blue’s Pacific Blue launch, with a new Brisbane service to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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