New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 20 June – Friday 26 June):

Route of the Week:
Kingfisher’s Bangalore to Dubai

Image: Kingfisher Bangalore to Dubai
Dubai became the fourth international destination in Kingfisher’s network this week, with the launch of daily services from Bangalore. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President-Global Sales, Kingfisher, said: “Thanks to our very competitive fares and Kingfisher Airlines’ vast and unparalleled domestic network in India, the initial response to the launch of these new flights has been extremely encouraging and we look forward to rapidly consolidating our market share on this new international route.”
  • Slightly later than originally planned Kingfisher has begun daily flights between Bangalore (BLR) and Dubai (DXB) using an A320. This will see the airline go up against Emirates which operates the route thrice-daily. It is the airline’s sixth international route following two to London, two to Colombo and one to Dhaka.
Kingfisher Airlines Limited receives the traditional water cannon salute at Dubai Airport.
Image: Rotw
Mr. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President-Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Limited hands over the first boarding pass to a guest in Dubai Airport.

Cake of the Week: Baked Alaska
Alaska Airlines’ Bellingham to Las Vegas

Cake of the Week: Alaska Bellingham to Las Vegas
Alaska Airlines new Bellingham-Las Vegas service: “We’re pleased to respond to customer demand for this popular destination,” said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines’ VP marketing.
  • Alaska Airlines is choosing to go head-to-head with Allegiant Air by starting a new route between Bellingham (BLI) and Las Vegas (LAS). Flights will initially operate thrice-weekly using a 737-800, but a fourth weekly frequency will be added from 3 August. “We’re pleased to respond to customer demand for this popular destination,” said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience. “Our nonstop Bellingham-Las Vegas service is a convenient alternative for travel from the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia.” Flight time for the new service is around two hours and 30 minutes.
Image: AeroSvit
AeroSvit’s new Kiev-Düsseldorf service is operated four-times weekly and will compete with Lufthansa.
  • AeroSvit of the Ukraine has begun four-times weekly flights between its home base in Kiev (KBP) and Dűsseldorf (DUS) using a 737-500. The 1,700 kilometre route is already served daily by Lufthansa. According to OAG data this brings to 28 the number of destinations served non-stop by AeroSvit from Kiev. Dűsseldorf becomes the airline’s second German destination after Hamburg. AeroSvit recently became the launch carrier for the new 70-seat Antonov AN-148 regional jet which strongly resembles in appearance an Avro RJ but with just two engines. It operates on the Kiev to Kharkov route. The airline has 10 aircraft of the type on order.
  • Air China has started three routes that used to be operated by East Star Airlines from Wuhan (WUH). Daily flights started this week to Guangzhou (CAN), Hangzhou (HGH) and Shenzhen (SZX). The Guangzhou and Shenzhen routes are already served by China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines while the Hangzhou route sees competition from China Southern, Shenzhen Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
Image: Air Europa
Air Europa offers the only non-stop service from Tenerife to a US city. Once-weekly flights to Miami depart on Saturdays. (Photography Courtesy of Miami-Dade Aviation Department)
  • Air Europa has initiated weekly transatlantic services from Tenerife Norte (TFN) to Miami (MIA). The airline will operate a 299-seat A330-200 every Saturday until the end of October. No other carrier provides non-stop services to the US from either of Tenerife’s airports.
Image: Air Italy
Air Italy has launched several new routes to Olbia this week, including a four-times weekly service from Turin (pictured). All of these new routes are operated using the airline’s 136-seat 737-300s. (Photo: Beppe Miglietti)
  • Air Italy has added several new routes to Olbia (OLB) in Sardinia. Flights from Naples (NAP) began earlier this month while daily flights from Bari (BRI) and Catania (CTA) begin today (Friday). Four-times weekly flights between Turin (TRN) and Olbia also began this week. Frequency on this route will increase to daily from the end of July. All of these routes are operated by the airline’s 136-seat 737-300s. During the peak summer period the airline will be serving Olbia from seven airports across Italy.
Image: Air Tran
AirTran celebrated three new routes this week. “AirTran Airways continues to bring low fares to overpriced and underserved markets across the country,” said John Kirby, senior director of strategic planning.
  • AirTran now operates a further three routes into Florida. New services began this week from Allentown (ABE) in Pennsylvania to both Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), as well as a new connection from Charleston (CRW) in West Virginia to Orlando (MCO). Allentown and Charleston are both new destinations for the airline. All three routes will be served with 717s and operated either three or four times per week. No other carrier operates any of these routes though Allegiant Air does connect Allentown with Orlando Sanford airport.
  • Italian LCC Blu-Express has started twice-weekly services from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Pantelleria (PNL), which like Lampedusa is a small island between Sicily and Tunisia. Frequencies increase to thrice-weekly from 27 July, but the seasonal route ends on 11 September. In 2007 the airport handled 165,826 passengers which represented a doubling of traffic in just five years.
  • BlueWings continues to add new routes with the introduction this week of services between Dűsseldorf (DUS) and Damascus (DAM) in Syria. Flights depart Tuesday’s at 12:35 and arrive in Damascus at 17:40. The return flight departs Damascus on Wednesday morning at 04:50 and arrives back in Germany at 08:05. According to OAG data the only other scheduled service between Damascus and Germany is a weekly flight to Frankfurt with Syrian Arab Airlines.
Image: Jazeera Airways
Jazeera Airways was planning to launch three new routes this week. Steven Greenway, chief commercial officer, said: “The launch of non-stop flights to Marsa Alam is a fantastic development, a significant step forward for our airline, bringing our total number of destinations served in Egypt to six.” Unfortunately two new routes to Mashhad in Iran (from Bahrain and Beirut) have been delayed due to the political situation in Iran.
  • Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has begun linking Kuwait (KWI) with Marsa Alam (RMF) in Egypt. It was also planning to add new connection to Mashhad (MHD) in Iran, from both Bahrain (BAH) and Beirut (BEY) but these have been put on hold for now due to the political situation in Iran. All routes will be operated just once or twice per week. It has recently been reported that the airline has appointed ex-Virgin Blue CCO Stefan Pichler as its new CEO.
  • China Southern has begun a twice-weekly direct international service between Guangzhou (CAN) and Cebu (CEB) in the Philippines using an A320. The airline already serves Manila thrice-weekly. China Southern has also begun daily flights between Changsha (CHA) and Urumqi (URC) via Xining (XNN).
  • clickair now connects Barcelona (BCN) with St Petersburg (LED). Until 13 September weekly (Sunday) flights complement existing thrice-weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo. According to OAG, Rossiya and Transaero already operate non-stop services between Spain and Russia’s second cities.
Image: Flybe
Flybe handed out special souvenir gingerbread biscuits to passengers on its inaugural London Gatwick-Düsseldorf service. Peter Dohr, Flybe’s Market Manager (Germany & Benelux), shows one of the biscuits given to each passenger.
  • Flybe has launched two very different types of route this week. It has started seasonal weekly (Saturday) flights between Jersey (JER) and Inverness (INV) using a Q400, which will operate until mid-September. The second new route is from London Gatwick (LGW) to Dűsseldorf (DUS) which will be operated thrice-daily using a based E195. According to the airline this makes Gatwick its 14th base. Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “Dűsseldorf has been a big success for Flybe out of Southampton, Manchester and Birmingham. We have big plans to grow further in Germany and this new route from Gatwick shows we mean business.” British Airways and Lufthansa both serve Dűsseldorf from London Heathrow while Lufthansa also operates from London City. airberlin flies from London Stansted to Dűsseldorf, but Luton does not currently have a direct service to Germany’s third busiest airport.
  • CSA Czech Airlines this week began flights from Prague (PRG) to Tashkent (TAS) in Uzbekistan. An A319 will depart the Czech capital at 22:35 on Wednesday and Sunday evening arriving almost six hours later in the Uzbek capital at 07:15. Return flights depart Tashkent at 10:05 on Thursdays and Mondays. Czech Airlines becomes the second EU-based carrier after airBaltic to serve Tashkent.
  • Delta increased its international network this week by starting daily services from New York JFK (JFK) to Port Au Prince (PAP) in Haiti using a 757. American Airlines already serves this route daily using a 767.
  • easyJet started two new routes this week. Basel (BSL) gets a new twice-weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) service to Bordeaux (BOD). This brings to 19 the number of destinations served by the airline this summer from its second Swiss base. Last summer the number was 20 but it has since dropped routes to Liverpool, London Stansted and London Luton while adding just London Gatwick and now Bordeaux. The second new route of the week is between Bilbao (BIO) and Ibiza (IBZ) which will operate five-times weekly. easyJet will be competing directly against Air Europa (two weekly flights) and Vueling (daily flights). The route is something of a curiosity as neither of the airports are easyJet bases. In fact the airline’s only other route to/from Bilbao is from London Stansted, a route it inherited from its acquisition of Go in 2002. easyJet did try serving Bilbao from both Bristol and London Gatwick in 2003/04 but neither route lasted more than a year. Ibiza will be served this summer by easyJet from 16 airports across its network (nine of them in the UK).
Image; Jetstar
Jetstar has begun two daily services between Wellington and Auckland, and will add another Auckland service and one daily Christchurch service from 24 June. Wellington Airport CEO Steven Fitzgerald said: “As a low fares airline we expect that its vigorous competition on the key trunk routes will ensure very attractive fares. Jetstar will provide very important stimulation of demand in a general economic downturn.”
  • Jetstar has added another domestic route in New Zealand by starting daily flights between Christchurch (CHC) and Wellington (WLG). Air New Zealand operates more than a dozen daily flights on the route while Virgin Blue has three daily flights.
  • Lufthansa has introduced a weekly flight from Dűsseldorf (DUS) to Inverness (INV) in Scotland. The CRJ700 service flown by Lufthansa Cityline will operate every Saturday until mid-September. This becomes Lufthansa’s eighth UK destination from Dűsseldorf after the obvious destinations (London Heathrow, London City, Manchester and Birmingham) and the not-so-obvious (Jersey, Newcastle and Newquay).
Image: Moron Airport
MIAT Mongolian Airlines has resumed regular domestic services between Ulaan Baatar and Moron (pictured) using a 737-800. We couldn’t reach any Morons for comment.
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines gets its first ever mention on this week as the airline has resumed regular domestic services between Ulaan Baatar (ULN) and Moron (MXV) using a 737-800. Flights will operate up to four-times weekly until 20 September. Twice-weekly domestic flights between Moron (MXV) and Khovd (HVD) will also operate during this period. Mongolia is located between Russia and China and is the world’s 19th largest country by area (about two and half times the size of France). However, with a total population of just 2.9 million people it has the lowest population density of any independent country on the planet. MIAT, which can trace its origins back over 50 years, currently has a fleet of just four aircraft – three 737-800s and an A310. The only destination it serves in Western Europe is Berlin, which has three weekly flights, though two of these are via Moscow. The Tuesday non-stop flight began last Tuesday.
Image: Pegasus Istanbul to Brussels
A close runner-up in our Cake of the Week award was this elaborately-decorated effort, complete with pictures, which celebrates the launch of daily Pegasus services between Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen and Brussels.
  • Fast-growing Turkish airline Pegasus has begun daily flights from its home base at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Brussels (BRU). This brings to 12 the number of international destinations served by Pegasus from the airport to nine different countries. Competition is provided by Turkish Airlines which serves Brussels with three daily flights from Istanbul Ataturk airport. Last year Pegasus handled 4.4 million passengers and hopes to increase that number by 25% in 2009.
  • Pluna of Uruguay has begun services between Montevideo (MVD) and Porto Alegre (POA) in Brazil using one of its brightly-coloured CRJ900s.
Image: Porter airlines
Porter Airlines now serves Thunder Bay (Ontario) – with three times weekly flights from Toronto City.
  • Porter Airlines has added Thunder Bay (YQT) in Ontario to its route network. Thrice-daily flights from Toronto City Airport (YTZ) began this week using a Q400. “We’re excited about offering Thunder Bay service right to downtown Toronto for the first time,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Our focus on service-oriented, stress-free flying is what Porter is known for and is something that Thunder Bay will welcome and appreciate.” Ed Schmidtke, manager, business development of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority, said: “Porter’s choice of Thunder Bay as its newest destination is an exciting boost for the region’s travellers, as well as our tourism and economic development growth plans. Toronto is the number one destination from Thunder Bay and this new connection to Toronto City Centre Airport makes the trip easier than ever.”
  • Transavia’s new Danish operation at Copenhagen (CPH) has started a new weekly (Tuesday) service to Alghero (AHO). The service will operate just seven times during the summer season ending on 4 August. No other carrier is operating this route. According to OAG data for July some 35 destinations are served by scheduled airlines from Alghero airport this summer, of which Ryanair is responsible for 27, Air One (Alitalia) four, Air Dolomiti two and Thomsonfly and Transavia one each.
  • Zambezi Airlines now flies from Livingstone (LVI) to Johannesburg (JNB). The service operates four times weekly using a 737. This is the airline’s third route to South Africa as services to Johannesburg from Lusaka and Ndola began on 2 June.

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  1. BZR-STN in 2008 was a great success
    This was only a temporary route last summer until LTN-BZR opened in October
    This route continues to flourish and will run all year.
    Languedoc is well served already fromSTN
    These flights were put on at short notice to satisfy a demand from the airline
    and I am sure both parties were happy with the response.
    Consequently to call it a withdrawn route is to say the least stretching a point


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