New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 9 May – Friday 15 May):

Routes of the week:
Air Arabia Maroc – Casablanca to Brussels Charleroi and Lyon

Image: Air Arabia Maroc crew with Marcel Buelens, CEO Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Air Arabia Maroc crew with Marcel Buelens, CEO Brussels South Charleroi Airport who also greets a clearly delighted Air Arabia Maroc guest with flowers.
  • Air Arabia Maroc started three more routes from Casablanca (CMN) this week. Brussels Charleroi (CRL) will be served four-times weekly while both Lyon (LYS) and Milan Bergamo (BGY) will be served thrice-weekly. All of these routes are already served by other carriers. MyAir operates to Bergamo, Jet4you and Jetairfly to Charleroi while easyJet, jet4you and Royal Air Maroc all serve Lyon already.
Image: airarabia at lyon
Air Arabia Maroc arrives at Lyon – sharing the Tarmac with its European friends from easyJet.

Cake of the week:
US Airways – Philadelphia to Birmingham

Image: US Airways new route from Philadelphia (PHL) to Birmingham (BHX)
Our Cake of the Week is missing a chunk, nothing to do with BHX’s “always hungry” Business Development Manager Marc Watkins (noooo chance of that). Paul Kehoe, Birmingham’s CEO, threw a proper route launch party befitting of this significant development attended by Stephen Raeder, US Airways MD Customer Service Shuttle/International.
  • US Airways continues to expand its intercontinental services with the launch this week of flights from Philadelphia (PHL) to Birmingham (BHX). A 757 will serve the route five-times weekly during the summer season. It becomes US Airway’s fifth UK destination after Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester.
  • Air Canada Jazz began daily non-stop flights between Calgary (YYC) and San Diego (SAN) this week using a 75-seat CRJ700. No other carrier was previously operating the route. This brings to nine the number of US destinations served by Air Canada from Calgary, joining Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. WestJet competes directly with Air Canada on the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark and Phoenix routes but additionally serves Orlando (weekly) and Palm Springs (daily).
Image: AirTran youtube video
Stan Gadek, President of Sun Country Airlines explains why he started flying from Minneapolis/St. Paul to the brand new Branson Airport (Missouri) on Monday (Apparently MSP is Branson’s second-highest visitation market with 572 passengers a day travelling to Branson).
  • Image: Branson Air ShowAirTran became the launch customer for Branson (BKG) airport in Missouri this week when it started daily flights to its hub in Atlanta (ATL) using its 117-seat 717-200s. It also began daily flights from Milwaukee (MKE) to Branson on the same day. Branson is the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States. Joining AirTran in celebrating the birth of the new US airport is Sun Country airlines which started thrice-weekly flights from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from just $29 one-way (not including taxes), and Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) from $69 one-way (not including taxes). The opening of the new airport was celebrated by a three-day air show which featured the USAF Thunderbirds, US Army Golden Knights and the Aeroshell Aerobatic team. Branson is also home to many live music venues and also the world’s largest Titanic museum.
Image: B&H Airlines launch new routes
Turkish Airlines, a 49% shareholder in B&H Airlines, provided a 737-400 called ‘Istanbul’ to launch the routes.
  • B&H Airlines of Bosnia & Herzegovina has added two new destinations from its Sarajevo (SJJ) base this week. Copenhagen (CPH) and Gothenburg (GOT) will both be served twice-weekly to complement the airline’s existing international routes to Frankfurt, Istanbul and Zurich as well as its domestic services to Banja Luka and Mostar. Since last December Turkish Airlines has owned a 49% stake in the airline and has provided a 737-400 to help launch these new routes. Last year Sarajevo airport handled just over half a million passengers.
  • Cebu Pacific has begun flying between Cagayan de Oro (CGY) and Davao (DVO) using an ATR 72-500. The flights, scheduled for just 50 minutes in each direction, will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Image: flyBe has brought scheduled flights back to Manston (MSE) airport in Kent
9th May: The long awaited return of scheduled passenger services to the small airport with the big runway. Flybe now joins Cargolux, Egyptair and MK Airlines as regular operators. Airport CEO Matt Clarke said “Flybe is an excellent airline with a great record of success particularly at regional airports.”
  • Flybe has brought scheduled flights back to Manston (MSE) airport in Kent. The airport (also known as Kent International Airport) was the base for Fokker 100 flying EUJet which flew domestically and internationally between September 2004 and July 2005. Since then the airport, now owned by Glasgow Prestwick owner Infratil, has been focussing on cargo and occasional charter flights. Flybe has started weekly (Saturday) services to Jersey (JER) using a Q400 until 19 September.
  • Germanwings has begun a very brief programme of flights from Cologne/Bonn (CGN) to Tarbes/Lourdes (LDE) in France. Flights depart Cologne/Bonn every four days on 14 May, 18 May, 22 May, 26 May, 30 May and 3 June. And that’s it. Scheduled traffic at Tarbes/Lourdes airport is dominated by Air France’s three daily flights to Paris Orly.
Image: Kingfisher Cake
Today’s story of a route launch, May 15, 2009, Zia International Airport, Dhaka. The cake cutting – left to right – Gireesh Bhaskar, Kingfisher’s Area Sales Manager-Bangladesh, Ahmed Yusufwalid, Managing Director Air Galaxy, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Honourable High Commissioner of India, Siva Ramachandran VP-Global Sales Kingfisher, and Air Marshal Jamaluddin Ahmed, Chairman Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
  • Image: Kingfisher CrewDespite curtailing its ambitious growth plans Kingfisher has still started its third international destination this week. After London and Colombo the airline now serves Dhaka (DAC) daily from Kolkata (CCU) using an ATR72. Kingfisher will thus become the sixth airline serving this market as Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh, GMG Airlines, Jet Airways and United Airways Bangladesh already operates at least daily services on this route.
Image: Air Marshal Jamaluddin Ahmed, Chairman Biman Bangladesh Airlines presented with a commemorative model aircraft. Mr Ramachandran also hands over the first boarding pass to a guest.
Left: Jamaluddin Ahmed, Chairman Biman Bangladesh Airlines is presented with a commemorative model aircraft. Right: Mr Ramachandran, VP-Global Sales Kingfisher, hands over the first boarding pass to a guest.
  • Russian airline S7 has added two new domestic destinations to its network from its base at Moscow Domodedovo (DME). Daily flights have been added to Surgut (SGC) and thrice-weekly flights to Yakutsk (YKS). Surgut will be served with an A319 with flights departing Moscow at 00:25, and departing Surgut at 06:50. Last year Surgut airport ranked 15th in Russia with just over one million passengers. Yakutsk airport ranked 26th in Russia last year with 544,827 passengers.
  • Hot on the heels of Virgin America’s recent appearance on the route, Southwest has begun flying between San Francisco (SFO) and Santa Ana (SNA). The airline will operate five daily flights and be competing against American, United as well as Virgin America. “Southwest Airlines is California’s number one air carrier so it only makes sense for us to serve the extremely popular route between San Francisco and Orange County,” said Southwest Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Distribution Kevin Krone.
  • Ural Airlines has begun daily flights from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Khanty-Mansiysk (HMA) using an A320.
  • After recently starting flights to Sydney (not the one in Australia), WestJet has now begun operating new routes to London (not the one in the UK). To complement its existing services to Calgary and Winnipeg the airline has started serving London (YXU) in Ontario from Halifax (YHZ) and Vancouver (YVR). Both routes will be served daily.
  • Wizz Air Ukraine now connects Kiev (KBP) to Antalya (AYT) in Turkey. Thrice-weekly flights began this week with frequency increasing to daily from mid-June. Antalya becomes a new destination for Wizz Air.
  • Logo: Zambezi AirlinesZambezi Airlines based in Lusaka (LUN) in Zambia has begun flights to Johannesburg (JNB). Flights operate daily using a 737 with frequency increasing to 12 per week from 3 July. Thrice-weekly flights from Ndola (NLA) to Johannesburg also began this week

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