New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 29 November – Friday 5 December)

Route of the week:
Etihad from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo

Image: Etihad Abu-Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo launch
At the lavish Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo launch: Lorna Ann Dalziel, Regional General Manager Airport Operations (Europe & Americas), Olga Suknovalova, General Manager, Svetlana Yagodintseva, Senior Airport Duty Officer, Etihad (Russia), Nikos Seretis, Senior Manager (New Stations), Natalia Goryunova, General Manager & Geoff Rhodes, Project Manager (Russia).
  • Fast-growing Etihad has added not one, but two more destinations to its network this week. From the airport’s home base of Abu Dhabi (AUH) there are now five weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) operated by an A320 with 140 seats. According to the airline this becomes its eleventh destination in Europe following Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Minsk, Munich and Paris. The other new route started this week was to Almaty (ALA), the former capital of Kazakhstan. This route will be served four times weekly and becomes the airline’s 50th worldwide destination.

Cake of the week:
Pacific Blue from Brisbane to Honiara

Image: Official opening Pacific Blue’s new service to the Solomon Islands
At Brisbane International Airport, Mathias Friess, general manager, Virgin Blue Sales and Gert-Jan de Graaff general manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation at the official opening of Pacific Blue’s new service to the Solomon Islands. The twice-weekly service will operate using 737 aircraft.
  • Pacific Blue has begun twice weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) flights from Brisbane (BNE) to Honiara (HIR) in the Solomon Islands. According to OAG data the route is already served by SkyAirWorld and Solomon Airlines.
Image: AirAsia launch Kuala Lumpur to Tiruchirappalli service
Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner for India in Malaysia and Dato Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia Berhad lighting up the “Kutte Veleku” to signify prosperity and success. The inaugural flight to Trichy is AirAsia’s first service to India.
  • A major milestone was reached by Asia’s biggest LCC this week when AirAsia began its first route to India. Daily flights have been launched between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Tiruchirappalli (TRZ), also known as Trichy for short. Trichy is apparently well-known for its fusion architecture and monuments. AirAsia and AirAsia X hope to launch flights to a further eight Indian destinations in the next 18 months. Trichy’s only other international routes are to Colombo (with SriLankan Airlines) and Dubai (with Air India Express). International traffic at Trichy has increased 17.1% in the period April to September, well above the national average across all Indian airports of 9.5%.
  • Image: Launch of the inaugural Aer Lingus Flight from Cork Airport to Geneva
    At the launch of the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Cork to Geneva were: John Behan (co-pilot), Aoife Horgan (Cork Airport Marketing) and Captain John Ryan. Twice weekly flights are scheduled for this winter.

    Aer Lingus has started operating flights between Cork (ORK) and Geneva (GVA). The route will operate twice weekly (Tuesday and Saturday) during the winter season to attract potential skiers. Aer Lingus already operates daily to Geneva from Dublin. This winter Aer Lingus is operating 14 routes from Cork but appears to have dropped both Jersey and Prague at the end of the summer season. The airline has revealed plans to operate new services from Cork to Lisbon and Rennes next summer.

  • Logo: AeroMexicoAeromexico launched new non-stop services from Morelia (MLM) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) this week. Flights will operate thrice-weekly and use one of the airline’s 737s. Over the Christmas period the service will operate daily. The airline also started another new service to the US this week when twice-weekly (Thursday and Sunday) flights from Mexico City (MEX) to Salt Lake City (SLC) got under way. These frequencies will complement those of fellow SkyTeam member Delta which currently operates three weekly flights on the route.
Image: Air Alps Plane
Air Alps will fly the new route between Milan Malpensa and Trieste 16 times a week on 31-seat Dornier 328 turboprops.
  • Logo: Air Alps & Aeroporto Friuli-Venezia-GiuliaAir A!ps, a small regional airline based in Innsbruck, Austria but with its main operating hubs in Italy, has started flying between Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Trieste (TRS). There will be 16 weekly departures, three on each weekday and one on Sundays. The airline operates a fleet of seven Dornier 328 turboprops each with 31 seats and codeshares with Alitalia (whose website has to be used for on-line bookings) on all routes. Alitalia used to operate the route themselves until their major exodus from the airport during the summer. Trieste Airport, also known as Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (or Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) is located close to the Slovenian border and handled nearly 740,000 passengers in 2007. Up to the end of October traffic this year is up 8% driven by a 21% increase in international passengers.
  • Logo: Air AstanaAir Astana began flights this week between the modern capital Astana (TSE) and Urumqi (URC) in north-west China. Flights will operate twice weekly on Tuesday and Sunday using an A320. Urumqi becomes Air Astana’s second destination in China after Beijing which is served from Almaty. The airline also recently began flights between the old-capital Almaty (ALA) and Bishkek (FRU) in Kyrgyzstan. These flights operate four times weekly with a Fokker 50. In the first six months of 2008 the airline saw passenger numbers grow 16% to 1.3 million. The average load factor was 64% and the fleet grew to 21 aircraft with the addition of three A320s.
  • Air Busan, the low-cost airline in which Asiana has a major stake, began its second route this week from Busan (PUS) to Jeju (CJU). It will operate five daily return flights on the 50 minute, 300 kilometre sector. The airline started operating in early November with two ex-Asiana 737-500s providing nine daily round-trip flights between Busan and Seoul Gimpo airport. A third 737-500 has now been acquired to start this second route on which the airline will face direct competition from Korean Airlines and Jeju Air.
  • Logo: Air PacificAir Pacific, the national airline of Fiji, has started twice-weekly flights from Nadi (NAN) to the Gold Coast (OOL) in Australia. Flights are operated by a 737-800 equipped with 160 seats. The Gold Coast route becomes the airline’s fourth destination in Australia after Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Asiana has begun a new daily service between Seoul Gimpo (GMP) and Osaka Kansai (KIX). ANA will code-share on the flights operated by a 290-seat A330. Scheduled flight time is one hour and 40 minutes. Up until now the only international routes allowed from Seoul’s old ‘downtown’ airport have been to Tokyo Haneda and Shanghai Hongqiao airports. Asiana will continue to serve Kansai with three daily flights from Seoul’s Incheon airport. Not to be outdone local rival Korean Air is also starting daily flights on the same route.
  • Logo: Copa AirlinesPanama’s consistently profitable Copa Airlines was supposed to begin flights this week from its base at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (PTY) to Valencia (VLN) in Venezuela (and not the one in Spain!). However, attempts to book it on the airline’s website result in a “this route is subject to government approval” message, suggesting that services have not yet begun.
  • Logo: easyJet.comeasyJet continues to expand its presence in Italy by starting two new domestic flights. Both routes are from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and are operated double daily to Bari (BRI) and Palermo (PMO). Until the beginning of last month easyJet had operated all of its Rome flights to Ciampino, but in early November it moved its London Gatwick service to Fiumicino and began four daily flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino. This now brings to four the number of routes easyJet operates from Fiumicino.
  • Image: jetBlue adjetBlue has begun operating daily flights between San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic. One of the airline’s E190s will provide the capacity. Competition will be provided by LACSA who also operate daily.
  • Logo: Jet LiteIndia’s JetLite has added a new route to its network. Gorakhpur (GOP) will now be linked every weekday with Delhi (DEL) using a CRJ200. Gorakhpur’s only other scheduled service is currently a twice-weekly service to Allahabad (IXD) which is also served by JetLite.
  • Logo: jetStarJetstar inaugurated its third international route from Perth (PER) this week (after Jakarta and Denpasar) when daily flights to Singapore (SIN) began. The route is currently served by its parent Qantas, as well as by Singapore Airlines and its low-cost offshoot Tiger Airways. Also this week the airline began a new daily service from Darwin (DRW) to Denpasar Bali (DPS), which operates as a through flight from Brisbane. Garuda and AirNorth already operate scheduled services between Darwin and Denpasar.
  • Jetstar Pacific has begun domestic daily services between Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Hue (HUI). The route is already served thrice-daily by Vietnam Airlines.
  • Logo: Lan.comLAN Argentina has started a daily service between Buenos Aires (EZE) and Lima (LIM) using an A320. The route is already served by LAN Peru as well as Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, LACSA and TACA. In the first 10 months of 2008, LAN’s total passenger numbers (including subsidiaries such as LAN Argentina) increased by 19.1% to 10.8 million, of which around 60% are flown on domestic routes.
  • Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines has begun offering five weekly flights between Kaohsiung (KHH) in southern Taiwan and Seoul Incheon (ICN). The service will be flown by an Embraer E190. Mandarin’s parent company, China Airlines, already operates daily between Taipei and Seoul Incheon.
  • Image: Mexicana PlaneMexicana, fresh from a very recent corporate makeover, has started two new routes between Mexico and the US. Puerto Vallarta (PVR) gets a direct connection with San Francisco (SFO) which will operate four times weekly. There are also new daily flights between Mexico City (MEX) and Orlando (MCO) a route which is already served by local rival Aeromexco with nine weekly flights.
  • Meanwhile another airline associated with Virgin Blue, Polynesian Blue, has begun weekly flights from Brisbane (BNE) to Apia (APW) in Samoa.
  • Like easyJet, Ryanair has started a new Italian domestic route this week. It has begun operating 12 weekly flights from its Rome Ciampino (CIA) base to Trapani (TPS) in Sicily. There are two flights each day except on Monday and Thursday, when there is just one flight. Traffic at Trapani during the first 10 months of 2008 has grown by 8% thanks to a trebling of passengers on international routes.

From last week:

Image: Kenya Airways launch Antananarivo, Madagascar to Nairobi service
Kenya Airways recently began serving Antananarivo, Madagascar from its home base in Nairobi. Flights operate three times weekly using a 737.

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  1. Roberto says:

    I am expecting soon that long awaited route Lima-Singapore, and Lima-HKong.
    To do business in America we must go via USA and that is a waste of time.
    Not idea what those governments to both sides of the ocean are waiting for.

  2. Julian Gomez says:

    Any updates regarding Emirates, operating flights from DXB-EZE-DXB.
    Currently connection out of GRU-EZE is very inconvenient.
    Both govermnet have agreed to 14 weekly rotation on Dec 2007.
    Any news regarding this expected service timelime.

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