New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 7 February – Friday 13 February):

Route and cake of the week: Aeromexico’s Chihuahua to Albuquerque

Cake of the Week: Chihuahua
In a world of animal lovers any airport called Chihuahua has its success sealed. It also makes history in taking’s Cake and Route of the week.
  • Aeromexico has begun thrice-weekly flights between Chihuahua (CUU) and Albuquerque (ABQ) in New Mexico. Service operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using a 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 regional jet. Chihuahua airport already has international links to Dallas/Fort Worth (twice daily with American) and Houston (daily with Continental). However, for Albuquerque this is the airport’s first scheduled international service.
  • Alaska Airlines now connects Portland (PDX) in Oregon with Long Beach (LGB) in California. Flights operate twice daily using 737s. “The addition of Portland-Long Beach gives our customers another convenient alternative for travelling between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California,” said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience. Alaska Airlines will be competing head-to-head with jetBlue which operates the route twice daily using a 100-seat Embraer E190. In January passengers on Alaska Airlines flights were down 9.7% to 1.133 million while on partner Horizon Air they were down 14.5% to 501,000.
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Athens Airways gets off to good start with God’s blessing with its second route to Kavala.
  • Athens Airways, a new Greek regional airline, began operations recently with a single ERJ 145. Its first route was from Athens (ATH) to Alexandroupolis (AXD) which it serves twice-daily. Its second route to Kavala (KVA) began this week and will be served daily. The fleet should grow quite quickly to four ERJs, all of which used to be operated by Flybe.
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  • Blue1 of Finland has launched two new domestic routes this week from its base at Helsinki (HEL). It has started thrice-weekly flights to Ivalo (IVL) and to Kuusamo (KAO). Both routes are already served twice-daily by Finnair. In 2008 Ivalo handled 137,653 passengers (down 5.6%) while Kuusamo handled 102,930 (down 4.8%).
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Lucky Danes get free drinks to celebrate Cimber Sterling’s re-start of two more former Sterling services.
  • Cimber Sterling has taken up two more of Sterling’s former routes from Copenhagen (CPH). Flights to Malaga (AGP) and Nice (NCE) began this week, initially twice-weekly. Frequency will increase to four-times weekly (for Nice) and thrice-weekly (for Malaga) from the end of March. Malaga is already served by Norwegian, Spanair and Transavia while Nice is served by Norwegian, SAS and Transavia. Norwegian and Transavia jumped into these markets when Sterling collapsed but it now appears there is more capacity and more carriers on the route than ever before.
  • easyJet now flies to two more destinations from its Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) base. This week it began double-daily flights to Barcelona (BCN) and daily flights to Bastia (BIA) on the island of Corsica. Air France (eight) and Vueling (five) already offer multiple daily flights between CDG and Barcelona. easyJet also already serves Barcelona daily from Paris Orly. Air France serves Bastia thrice-daily from Paris Orly but not at all from Paris CDG. Bastia was first served by easyJet last May when weekly flights from London Gatwick began, followed by twice-weekly flights from Lyon which began in December. Three additional new seasonal routes to Bastia will follow during the summer season from Bristol, Geneva and Manchester.
Leeds, and the other end of’s new route.
  • Just in time for Valentine’s day began its first weekly (Friday) flight from Leeds/Bradford (LBA) to Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) in Egypt. The airline also serves the Egyptian destination weekly from Manchester.
Image: Mexicana
  • Fresh from launching flights to London Gatwick last month Mexicana has now added a new non-stop flight from Mexico City (MEX) to Madrid (MAD). Service will be daily using an A330-200. Iberia already operates 11 weekly flights between the two cities while AeroMexico also offers daily flights.
Image: Sir Richard Branson
Knight of the Realm, Sir Richard Branson.
  • Image: Virgin AmericaVirgin America has arrived in Boston (BOS) to start “another revolution”. Non-stop flights to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) began this week and become the airline’s 11th and 12th routes. Los Angeles will be served thrice daily and San Francisco twice-daily. Non-stop competition comes from just American and United on both routes. In the third quarter of 2008 the airline achieved an 81.4% load factor. It now operates a fleet of 28 A320 “family” aircraft comprising 10 A319s and 18 A320s.

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