New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 23 May – Friday 29 May):

Route of the week:
US Airways’ Oslo-Philadelphia

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The new Oslo-Philadelphia link by US Airways. Celebrations apparently eclipsed those for Norway’s Eurovision Song Contest win earlier this month.
  • Having launched new transatlantic flights to Birmingham last week US Airways now adds a new route from Philadelphia (PHL) to Oslo (OSL). The route will be operated daily until 30 September using a 757. US Airways already serves destinations in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland from its Philadelphia hub.

Cake of the week:
Allegiant Air’s Wichita-Los Angeles

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The LAX-Wichita Allegiant Air inaugural event. Wichita Mayor, Carl Brewer, spoke to the passengers and hands out souvenir beach bags to a full outgoing flight. KFDI radio did a two-hour live remote, and held a paper airplane throwing contest for a chance to win two round-trip tickets.
  • Allegiant Air has added five more routes to its newest base at Los Angeles (LAX). Twice-weekly services began this week from Des Moines (DSM) in Iowa, Fargo (FAR) in North Dakota, McAllen (MFE) in Texas, Sioux Falls (FSD) in South Dakota and Wichita (ICT) in Kansas. All of these airports have existing Allegiant Air services to one or more of its previous bases. Another route was started this week connecting Columbia (CAE) in South Carolina with Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Allegiant already serves Orlando Sanford from Columbia.
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  • airberlin this week began two new routes to Rimini (RMI) in Italy. Weekly (Saturday) flights from Karlsruhe/Baden (FKB) and Nuremberg (NUE) will be operated with a Q400 until 26 September. Last year airberlin served Rimini from Amsterdam and Berlin Tegel, but both of these services appear to have been dropped. In the summer of 2007 Rimini was served by the airline from Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Dűsseldorf, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden and Munich. In 2008 Rimini airport handled some 430,000 passengers, down 13% on the previous year. Over 90% of the airport’s traffic is on international flights.
Image: B&H
Düsseldorf International welcomes a new airline. Bosnia-Herzegovinian B&H Airlines has started an air connection between Sarajevo and Düsseldorf, with twice-weekly flights. Pictured are B&H Crew: Steward Marko Bjelobrk, Stewardess Aldijana Halilovic, Captain Zdravko Ilic and Captain Suad Nijemcevic with Düsseldorf’s airline marketing manager, Dirk Jördens.
  • B&H Airlines has started flying between Sarajevo (SJJ) and Dűsseldorf (DUS) this week. Flights are scheduled to operate twice weekly (Tuesday and Saturday) on the airline’s recently acquired 737-400.
  • Image: Carapatair

    Carpatair has added a fourth Ukrainian destination to its network. From this week the airline serves Chernovtsy/Chernivtsi (CWC) in West Ukraine from its Timisoara (TSR) base. Flights depart Timisoara on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Chernovtsy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Carpatair becomes the only airline to offer international flights from Chernovtsy airport. Chernovtsy, sometimes known as Little Vienna, lies close to the Moldovan border and has a population of around one quarter of a million people. This year Carpatair celebrates its 10th anniversary. It operates a fleet of three Fokker 100s and 14 Saab 2000s and carried an estimated 620,000 passengers last year.

  • Cimber Sterling now flies from Copenhagen (CPH) to Bourgas (BOJ) in Bulgaria. Flights are weekly (Sunday) for the rest of the summer season, but with an additional Thursday flight during July.
  • easyJet is continuing to add routes between the UK and Corsica. Last Sunday weekly flights between Bristol (BRS) and Bastia (BIA) started as did weekly flights from Manchester (MAN) to Bastia (BIA). The Bristol route will be operated by an A319 while the Manchester route will use an A320 inherited from the airline’s acquisition of GB Airways last year.
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Jet2.com continues its focus on growing leisure routes. This week, the low-cost carrier has started serving Newquay cornwall airport, with thrice weekly services to its Leeds/Bradford base and twice weekly flights to Belfast.
  • Jet2.com has started four more low-frequency leisure routes. From this week it now connects Belfast (BFS) to Jersey (JER), Belfast (BFS) and Leeds/Bradford (LBA) to Newquay (NQY) and Leeds/Bradford (LBA) to the Greek island of Rhodes (RHO). The three new domestic routes are served twice-weekly while Rhodes route is served just weekly. All routes are seasonal and operate only until various dates in September.
  • Norwegian now operates a second route to Belgrade (BEG). To complement its existing Oslo service started flights this week from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). Initially these flights are just weekly (Saturday), but an additional Tuesday service will operate from 23 June until 11 August.
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Southwest’s second non-stop destination from MSP – thrice-daily flights to Denver (where else could this picture be taken?). Thanks for the image Erica.
  • Southwest has launched its second non-stop destination from its newest base at Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP). Having started Chicago Midway flights back in March the airline is now adding thrice-daily flights to Denver (DEN). Competition will be quite intense as Frontier, Northwest/Delta, and United each operates at least five daily flights between the two cities that are just over 1,000 kilometres apart.
  • Having discontinued its Alicante service from its new Danish base Transavia.com has found itself able to start a new twice-weekly service between Copenhagen (CPH) and Athens (ATH). Competition for customers on the route this summer will come from Cimber Sterling with three weekly flights and SAS who operate a daily service.
Image: TuiFly
OK, don’t write in, we know this is an old picture, we couldn’t get a new one, we just wanted to illustrate that TUI has been a long-term Rijeka loyalist.
  • TUIfly.com (part of which used to operate as hlx.com) has begun weekly (Saturday) flights for the summer season from Memmingen (FMM) to Rijeka (RJK) in Croatia. The scheduled flight time is just 65 minutes. This summer TUIfly.com will also serve Rijeka from Cologne/Bonn, Hannover, Leipzig and Stuttgart making it the biggest scheduled airline at the airport.
  • Wind Jet continues its expansion at Forli (FRL) airport near Bologna with the introduction of weekly flights to the tiny island of Lampedusa (LMP), which is located between Sicily and Tunisia. Flights operate until 4 October using an A319.

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