New routes launched during the last week (Saturday 20 December – Friday 9 January)

Route of the week: Kingfisher’s Mumbai to London Heathrow

Image: Kingfisher route launch for Mumbai to London Heathrow
Mr Rajesh Verma, executive vice-president (Kingfisher) hands over the boarding pass to the first passenger on the Mumbai-London inaugural flight. Competition for the route is fiercer, with daily non-stop flights competing with four other carriers. The service follows the Bangalore-London launch last November.
  • Logo: Fly KingfisherIndia’s Kingfisher launched its second international route this week. It is now connecting Mumbai (BOM) with London Heathrow (LHR) on a daily basis using a new A330-200. Kingfisher becomes the fifth airline to operate the route. Air India and Virgin Atlantic already operate daily flights while British Airways and Jet Airways operate double-daily services. In 2007 just over one million passengers flew between the two airports, making it one of just 17 destinations from Heathrow that generated more than one million passengers in 2007. New York JFK was the busiest route with 2.84 million passengers.

Hat of the week: JetBlue’s Washington Dulles to Cancun

Image: JetBlue wave off the first flight from Washington Dulles to Cancun
Mexican wave: Jetblue staff wave off the first flight from Washington Dulles to Cancun – the Saturday service uses 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft on the route.
  • Logo: jetBlueJetBlue has begun weekly (Saturday) flights from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Cancun (CUN) in Mexico and San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico. These are the airline’s first international routes from the capital and bring to 10 the number of destinations served from the airport. In 2008 the airline transported around 21.5 million passengers across its entire network, up 2% on 2007.
Image: First passenger checks in for AerArann’s Blackpool to Dublin service
The first passenger checks in for AerArann’s Blackpool to Dublin service – with five scheduled services now departing each week using ATR 72-500 Turboprops.
  • Proving that some routes have a future even after Ryanair has added them to our Route Recycle Bin AerArann has started operating between Dublin (DUB) and Blackpool (BLK) this week. While Ryanair’s daily service provided 1,323 weekly one-way seats, AerArann is providing just 258 with its service which operates five times weekly (daily except Tuesday and Wednesday). With the cessation of Ryanair’s other route to Girona, Blackpool’s only other non-stop scheduled services this winter are to Geneva and Tenerife (both weekly with Jet2.com) and the Isle Of Man (thrice daily with Manx2.com with onward connections to Belfast).
Image: Air Azul plane on runway
  • Logo: AirAzulAir Azul is a new small regional US airline and not to be confused with David Neeleman’s new Brazilian start-up. Just after Christmas it began limited scheduled services from Somerset’s
  • Kentucky Lake Cumberland Regional Airport (SME) to Nashville (BNA) in Tennessee using a 19-seat Metro. Initially the route will be operated Friday through Monday but frequencies are likely to increase subject to US DOT approval.
  • Logo Fort McMurray TourismAir Canada has begun daily services between Vancouver (YVR) and Fort McMurray (YMM). Flights are operated by Jazz using 50-seat CRJs. Air Canada already operates from Fort McMurray to Calgary (five daily flights), Edmonton (six daily flights) and Toronto (twice daily). WestJet currently provides competition on both the Calgary and Edmonton routes and will commence services to Toronto and Vancouver in May. Fort McMurray is known as the energy capital of Alberta and has grown rapidly thanks to the exploitation of the nearby Athabasca Oil Sands. The airport handles over 550,000 passengers in 2007 and has plans to develop a second runway.
Image: Air South West’s launch first ski flight
Heather Sturt of Newquay Cornwall Airport with Air South West’s first ski flight to Grenoble. The UK-based airline will offer direct flights from Plymouth and Newquay on Saturdays until March 28th.
  • Logo: air southwestAir Southwest has started a weekly service linking its two ‘home’ airports of Plymouth (PLH) and Newquay (NQY) with the French ski resort of Grenoble (GNB). Flights operate from Plymouth to Grenoble via Newquay every Saturday on a Q300 until 28 March. One-way fares start from just £39 including taxes.
  • Logo: Baltimore/Washington airportAirTran has started weekend only flights from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico. It is the airline’s 19th non-stop destination from BWI. After operating over the Christmas and New Year period the operation takes a break until the end of February when the route resumes.
  • Logo: Lyon AirportBritish Airways CityFlyer has begun weekend only flights from London City (LCY) to Lyon (LYS) aimed at the winter ski market. Saturday flights operate early in the morning while Sunday flights operate in the early evening. One of the airline’s Avro RJ 100s operates the service. British Airways now operates to around a dozen destinations from the airport. See this week’s airline analysis for more information.
Image: Delta cut the ribbon to mark the launch of new Bonaire service
Passengers can escape the winter with a new non-stop service between JFK and the island of Bonaire – Delta already serves Atlanta-Bonaire.
  • Logo: DeltaDelta has recently started three new routes to Latin America and the Caribbean. There is a now a weekly (Saturday) service from Nashville (BNA) to Cancun (CUN) as well as a weekly link between New York JFK (JFK) and the island of Bonaire (BON). Bonaire is an island off the coast of Venezuela which is known as an excellent destination for those who like snorkelling and scuba diving. Delta has also added a daily service from Atlanta (ATL) to Santiago de los Caballeros (STI) in Purto Rico. According to Delta Santiago is one of the main cultural and educational centres of the Dominican Republic, as well as a thriving industrial zone for rum, textile and leather goods manufacturing. It is located in the Cibao Valley, the wealthiest region per capita in the country.
  • Logo: helvetic.comSwiss niche carrier Helvetic has re-launched scheduled services from Zurich (ZRH) to the Macedonian cities of Ohrid (OHD) and Skopje (SKP). Both destinations will be served for the rest of the winter season with either one or two weekly flights operated by a Fokker 100. Helvetic had wound down its scheduled services to focus on charter flights but it is now re-starting a limited programme of scheduled services to niche destinations.
Image: Mihin Lanka’s CEO, Lal Galgaswatte and special guest Sarath Kumara Gunarathne
Low-cost Mihin Lanka has been able to fight off bankruptcy, showing great optimism at the start of the year. The Colombo-Dubai service began on New Years Day, using 737-800 single class configuration aircraft. Mihin Lanka’s CEO, Lal Galgaswatte and special guest Sarath Kumara Gunarathne were a part of the ceremony.
  • Government owned Sri Lankan carrier Mihin Lanka has resumed operations with a single 186-seat 737-800. The airline’s first route is from Colombo (CMB) to Dubai (DXB) which it operates six times weekly (daily except Saturday), where it faces competition from Emirates (10 weekly flights) and SriLankan (daily flights).
  • Northwest (or should that be Delta now) has inaugurated a daily service between its Memphis (MEM) hub and Salt Lake City (SLC) in Utah. The service is operated by Compass Airlines using an Embraer E175. In the first 11 months of 2008 traffic at Memphis International Airport was down 3.2% to 9.72 million passengers. Traffic in November was down a more significant 13.2%. In the first 10 months of 2008 traffic at Salt Lake City International Airport was down 4.6% to 17.70 million passengers. In October traffic was down 11.3%
  • Last year’s “New Routes Champion” Ryanair appears determined to hang on to the title this year as well as it has launched over 20 routes in the last three weeks. Some 13 of these are weekly (Saturday) routes to ski destinations which can be summarised in the table below.
From: Cuneo (CUF) Grenoble (GNB) Turin (TRN)
Birmingham Yes Yes  
Bournemouth     Yes
Bristol   Yes  
Dublin Yes    
East Midlands     Yes
Edinburgh   Yes Yes
Glasgow Prestwick     Yes
Kerry   Yes  
Liverpool     Yes
London Stansted Yes    
Shannon     Yes
Image: Ryanair over Turin
Ryanair over Turin – a beneficiary of six new Saturday ski services. (If you have great eyesight and like the 1969 movie “The Italian Job” you’ll recognise the Lingotto – the former FIAT factory where the roof-top race track sequence took place.)

There are further weekly routes from Gothenburg Save (GSE) and Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) to Klagenfurt (KLU), and from London Stansted (STN) to Lourdes/Tarbes (LDE). There are also new thrice-weekly services between Alicante (ALC) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) and Krakow (KRK), Edinburgh (EDI) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI), and London Stansted (STN) and Basel (BSL). The Stansted to Basel route used to be operated by easyJet but they have chosen to drop their daily Luton and Stansted services in favour of a double-daily service from London Gatwick which started at the end of October. Finally, Ryanair has started another route from easyJet’s biggest base at London Gatwick (LGW) to Dűsseldorf Weeze (NRN). Flights operate daily.

  • Transavia.com has added two further ski routes to its winter network. Rotterdam (RTM) gets a new twice-weekly connection to Friedrichshafen (FDH) in southern Germany while Brussels (BRU) is linked to Salzburg (SZG), also twice-weekly.
  • United has introduced a weekly (Saturday) service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico. The three hour flight is operated by an A320. The route is already flown by Alaska Airlines (11 times weekly), Delta (five times weekly) and Mexicana (daily).
Image: Winnipeg to Puerto Vallarta route lauch for Westjet’s new service between Canada and Mexico
Winnipeg to Puerto Vallarta is one of two new non-stop services offered by Westjet between Canada and Mexico. Weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta commenced on Thursday (yesterday), while the Winnipeg to Mazatlan service began on Monday.
  • WestJet has started weekly flights from the Canadian capital Ottawa (YOW) to Nassau (NAS) in the Bahamas and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) in Florida. It has also started seasonal weekly fights from Winnipeg (YWG) to Mazatlan (MZT) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico.
Image: Lviv Airport
How you wish your local airport looked like this! To prepare Lviv airport (and Wizz Air base) for the Euro 2012 finals, $200 million is needed, with $70 million provided by the state.
  • Logo: WizzAirWizz Air starts the new year with six international routes all involving the Ukraine. From Kiev (KBP) the airline has started serving Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Dortmund (DTM), Katowice (KTW), Oslo Torp (TRF). Cologne/Bonn and Oslo are each served thrice weekly, Dortmund four times and Oslo just twice. Meanwhile, Wizz Air is also starting international services from Lviv (LWO) to Dortmund (DTM) and London Luton (LTN). Dortmund will be served thrice weekly and Luton four times weekly. With the addition of these two international routes from Lviv Wizz Air is now the leading airline at the airport with around 38% of scheduled seat capacity followed by Ukraine International Airlines with 24%
  • Yamal Airlines has launched weekly flights from Tyumen (TJM) to Prague (PRG) using a 737-500.

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