130-plus new routes, a new Japanese airport, flydubai launches & 25 new Ryanair routes

This Poll is now closed.
The Results are as follows:

Cake 5 – 28%
Ryanair (La Rochelle to Brussels Charleroi)

Cake 1 – 24%
Air Transat (Vancouver to Rome)

Cake 3 – 19%
airBaltic (Riga to Kaunas)

Cake 2 – 15%
Wataniya Airways (Kuwait to Damascus)

Cake 4 – 13%
flydubai (Dubai to Amman)

The recession was miles from our thoughts this week, 130+ new routes meant a lot of parties and a lot of great cakes – far too many for us to judge a winner so we need your help. So we’re asking you, our 30,000+ readers, to choose your own cake in what we understand to be the world’s first global cake competition. We’ll announce the winner of this important democratic poll next week. (You can only vote once – pass anna.aero on to a friend if you want multiple votes for your cake.)

This week’s anna.aero is dedicated to all the positive things that are taking place in the arena of airline network planning across the globe. We have a new airport opening in Japan plus the launch of what is likely to soon be a major player in the Middle East low-cost market, flydubai. Then we have a closer look at all the new routes that Delta/Northwest are launching this week, which make up some of the 130-plus new routes that we have identified as starting this week. Oh, and despite reporting its first ever annual loss this week Ryanair is starting the small matter of 25 new routes this week with a strong emphasis on those favourite summertime destinations, Italy and Spain.

What’s with the fourth of June?

The beginning of June seems to be a popular time for starting new routes (especially in the US, on Thursday 4 June in particular), almost rivalling the start of the traditional aviation ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ seasons at the end of March and October respectively. The new Japanese airport at Shizuoka also, coincidentally, opened on 4 June.It seems that airlines are increasingly taking notice of seasonality issues and more finely-tuning supply with demand. As a result, at least in the northern hemisphere, June seems to mark the start of the actual summer season when the weather improves significantly and people start taking holidays. Airlines starting at least three routes this week include Air Canada, Air France, airBaltic, clickair, Delta/Northwest, easyJet, Ryanair, Tarom, United, vivaaerobus and Wataniya Airways.


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