Route of the week: Brisbane to Bali
|Virgin Blue’s executive, Richard Tanner officially marked the launch of three new services between Australia and Bali – it’s the first time the carrier has added Asia to its route network.Non-stop flights will operate from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.|
- Pacific Blue began its first flights to Asia this week with the launch of operations to Denpasar Bali (DPS) in Indonesia. Non-stop flights from Adelaide (ADL), Brisbane (BNE) and Perth (PER) all began this week. Adelaide will be served twice-weekly, Brisbane five-times weekly and Perth four-times weekly. Adelaide and Brisbane are not currently served but on the Perth route the airline will face competition from Garuda and Qantas. Talking of which …
Cake of the week: Cimber Air’s Billund to London Gatwick
|Billund Airport CEO, Jorgen Krab Jorgensen was among those celebrating Cimber Air’s maiden flight to London Gatwick. Scheduled flights now operate every day except Saturday. Cimber Air now flies to 18 European airports from its Billund hub.|
- Cimber Air of Denmark has started flying between Billund (BLL) and London Gatwick (LGW). This is a route that was operated until recently by now-defunct Sterling. Cimber Air will operate daily (except Saturday) using a 50-seat CRJ200. Other routes between Billund and the UK are provided by Ryanair (to Birmingham, Edinburgh and London Stansted) and British Airways partner Sun-Air to Manchester.
|At the launch of Shenzhen Airlines’ welcome ceremony: Minister Counsellor (Economic & Commercial), Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Singapore, Mr Li Ming Lin, Senior Director (Air Hub Development Group), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Mr Yam Kum Weng and Shenzhen Airlines’ marketing manager, Mr Zhu Yixin.|
- Shenzhen Airlines has started operating from Nanning (NNG) to Singapore (SIN). Flights will operate twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday. Shenzhen Airlines is the fifth airline to start flights from Singapore this year after AirAsia, AirAsia Indonesia, Best Air and TNT Airways, bringing to 82 the number of scheduled airlines operating at the airport.
Assiut, the largest town in Upper Egypt and Luxor are newly served by Bahrain air, with a service to Khartoum following next month.
Bahrain Air, fresh from starting services to Kuwait City last week, this week began flights to Assiut (ATZ) and Luxor (LXR) in Egypt. Assiut is served weekly and Luxor twice-weekly. Both routes depart from Bahrain (BAH) late at night and return to base early the following morning. This winter the airline will serve 14 destinations from its home base, with Khartoum flights starting in mid-December.
- Kenya Airways recently began serving Antananarivo (TNR) in Madagascar from its home base in Nairobi (NBO). Flights will operate three times weekly using a 737.
- Qantas began non-stop flights between Australia and South America for the first time this week. Sydney (SYD) and Buenos Aires (EZE) are now connected thrice-weekly by a 747-400 flight. “Argentina is a popular destination for Australian travellers and we are seeing continued passenger growth between Australia and South America,” Qantas Group General Manager Sales and Distribution, Mr Rob Gurney said. “These new services will enable us to grow business and leisure travel to and from Argentina andstrengthen tourism and trade links. They will also offer passengers connections to other destinations in South America, including Brazil.” Between 1998 and 2002 Qantas offered flights to Buenos Aires, but via an intermediate stop in Auckland. Since then it has had a codeshare agreement with fellow oneworld partner LAN to serve South America but via the airline’s base in Santiago, Chile.
Low-cost Mexican carrier Volaris’ new services this week will depart from both Tijuana and its hub airport, Toluca, to Mazatlan – which could revive the recent dip in passenger traffic seen at the airport.
Mexican LCC Volaris began flights this week to Mazatlan (MZT) from both Tijuana (TIJ) and its home base in Toluca (TLC). OMA owned Mazatlan airport saw domestic traffic down 21.4% in October with year-to-date domestic traffic down 1.8% to 369,000. International traffic at the airport is down 11.1% on a year-to-date basis to 328,000.
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