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New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 4 July – Friday 10 July)

Route of the week:
Vivaaerobus’ Las Vegas to Monterrey

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Viva Las Vegas! The Mexican low-cost carrier will cross the border twice-weekly.
  • vivaaerobus has returned to the US. Having axed its three routes to Austin, Texas the airline is now trying its luck with Las Vegas (LAS) flights from Monterrey (MTY). Service is provided on Tuesday and Sunday using a 737.
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Cake of the week:
Iberia’s Madrid to Zagreb

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From Zagreb and through Iberia’s Madrid hub, passengers can now connect to 37 destinations in Spain, 17 in Latin America, five in the USA and nine in Africa. Cutting the cake: Ivana Akmadzic, station manager (Zagreb) and Silvia Cairo, Iberia’s senior VP, (international sales).
  • Iberia has commenced seasonal flights from Madrid (MAD) to Zagreb (ZAG) in Croatia. Flights operate on Saturday and Sunday until 20 September using an A319. The only other non-stop service between Zagreb and Spain is operated by Croatia Airlines who serve Barcelona thrice-weekly.

Cake of the week runners up: airBaltic’s Riga to Turku

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airBaltic flight crew and Riga reps launch Turku services. Riga now offers direct flights to five destinations in Finland. Others: Helsinki (airBaltic & Finnair), Tampere (airBaltic & Ryanair), Kuopio (airBaltic) and Oulu (airBaltic).
  • airBaltic just keeps on adding routes from Riga (RIX). This week saw the launch of four-times weekly flights to Turku (TKU) in Finland using a Fokker 50. Flights depart Riga on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 19:05 in the evening and depart from Turku the following day at 08:35. Last year Turku airport processed 318,000 passengers. This becomes the airport’s fifth scheduled destination this summer after Copenhagen (SAS), Gdansk (Wizz Air), Helsinki (Finnair) and Stockholm Arlanda (Blue1).
Image: Jazeera Airways route launch cake
  • Jazeera Airways has begun a new non-stop service between Kuwait (KWI) and Isfahan (IFN). The launch brings the carrier’s total number of destinations in Iran to four. Jazeera Airways CEO, Stefan Pichler, said: “Iran has proven to be a very important market for us, and we have witnessed significant uptake and continually increasing passenger numbers to all of our Iran destinations – including Tehran; Shiraz and Mashhad.” The airline currently operates a fleet of ten Airbus A320s.
Image: Ken Dodd
Officials are ‘tickled pink’ as Ken Dodd (pictured with Louise Bradford, Eastern Airways cabin attendant and Neil Pakey, deputy Chief executive, Peel Airports) launches new Liverpool services – to Aberdeen and Southampton.
  • Image: Eastern adUK regional Eastern Airways has added Liverpool (LPL) to its network. New thrice-daily flights operate to Aberdeen (ABZ) and Southampton (SOU) using a Jetstream 41. One-way fares start from £69 plus a £6 handling fee for all credit card bookings. All Eastern Airways passengers benefit from fast lane security access at Aberdeen, Southampton and Liverpool, which means that they can check in up to 30 minutes before the flight leaves.
  • Air Canada has started a weekly service between Montreal (YUL) to Fort de France (FDF) in Martinique. Initially the service will be seasonal, operating every Saturday until 29 August. “We look forward to offering the only non-stop service between Montréal and Martinique, a Caribbean island with French flair,” says Marcel Forget, Air Canada’s Vice President, Network Planning. “We expect this new service to appeal to Quebecers seeking a wide range of cultural and sporting activities as well as to residents of Martinique interested in Québec’s cultural and educational offerings.” An A319 will operate the route.
  • Air Moldova has started operations between Chisinau (KIV) and Varna (VAR) in Bulgaria. The weekly service operates every Saturday
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  • Air New Zealand has started a new service between Westport (WSZ) and Christchurch (CHC). The route will be operated by Air New Zealand subsidiary Eagle Air and utilise a Beechcraft 1900. Flights will operated twice on Mondays (morning and evening) and twice on Friday (morning and evening). Eagle Air General Manager Grant Kerr said “We have been evaluating the potential for a direct service between Westport and Christchurch for some time, in response to direct approaches from a number of customers keen to make it a reality.” Mr Kerr said Air New Zealand has been in discussions with energy producer, Solid Energy for nearly four years about potentially operating a service between Christchurch and Westport. Solid Energy’s Stockton Opencast Mine, just north of Westport employs about 700 people. A number of company staff from Christchurch regularly travel to the mine, along with other contractors and consultants. “Solid Energy has committed to supporting the new service and this has certainly given us the confidence to launch,” Mr Kerr said. Currently, customers wanting to fly to Westport from Christchurch either have to fly into Westport via Wellington, or fly to Hokitika and drive to Westport. Mr Kerr said the new service would be trialled for six months, with community support ultimately determining its long-term viability. “We are confident at this stage that we have the customer support to sustain this service, but are looking to the local community to throw its support behind the initiative and make it a commercial success.” Mr Kerr said the service was good news for the region. “The people of Westport will be well serviced and have choice in the way they travel with our new service and the Greymouth-Westport-Christchurch passenger service which has recently been launched by Coastair.”
  • airberlin this week began its first ever scheduled flights to Israel. Twice-weekly flights from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Tel Aviv (TLV) will be flown with an A319. Flights depart Tel Aviv at a less-than-friendly 04:50 in the morning.
  • Bahrain Air has added Mumbai (BOM) to its Bahrain (BAH) based network. According to the airline’s website flights will operate daily departing Bahrain at 23:00 and arriving in Mumbai at 04:40 the following morning. Flights depart from Mumbai at 05:30 arriving back in Bahrain at 06:50. The airline will be competing directly with Gulf Air (two daily flights) and Jet Airways (daily flights).
  • China Southern was expected to start operating thrice-weekly flights from Guangzhou (CAN) to Dhaka (DAC) this week using an A320.
  • clickair has introduced a weekly service from Barcelona (BCN) to Tenerife Sur (TFS) which puts it in direct competition with Air Europa, Iberia and Spanair, all of whom operate the route thrice-weekly.
  • easyJet has added three new destinations from its ancestral home at London Luton (LTN). Flights to Mahon (MAH) in Menorca, Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Montpellier (MPL) all began this week. It seems the network planners at HQ had their European A-Zs stuck open on the letter ‘M’. Malpensa and Montpellier are not served by anyone else from the airport but both Monarch and Thomsonfly operate scheduled services from Luton to Mahon. A fourth new route started this week between Geneva (GVA) and Dubrovnik (DBV) in Croatia. This route will be served twice-weekly. In June easyJet’s passenger numbers were up just 0.8% over the previous year at 4.15 million. Load factor was down slightly from 86.9% to 86.3%.
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Following a two-year absence, Pakistan International Airlines has resumed flights to Frankfurt. Two weekly flights will serve Islamabad (Sunday) and Lahore (Friday). The photo (above) was taken when Pakistan used to serve the airport with a 747. The new route will operate using an A310.
  • Following a two-year absence, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has resumed flights to Frankfurt. Two weekly flights will serve Islamabad (ISB) (Sundays) and Lahore (LHE) (Fridays) on an A310. According to Frankfurt, the route will carry up to 220 passengers and 10 metric tons of cargo per flight.
  • Flybaboo, operating these days as baboo, has started a weekly service from Geneva (GVA) to Larnaca (LCA) in Cyprus. The service operates every Monday for the rest of the summer season using one of the airline’s Embraer E190s. No other carrier operates this route.
  • Logo: Levriero FlyA new airline, Levriero Fly, has started offering what it calls ‘Low cost executive flights’ from Trapani (TPS) in Sicily. Its first two routes are to Lampedusa (LMP) and Naples (NAP), with both routes operated four-times weekly using a Jetstream 32. A third route to Bari begins next week.
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Jakarta-Jeddah is Lion Air’s first long-haul flight, but its fourth international service after Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The route will compete directly with Garuda Indonesia. (Photo: DN Yusuf)
  • Indonesia’s Lion Air has apparently delayed once more the introduction of daily flights from Jakarta (CGK) to Jeddah (JED). The airline which is best known for its growing fleet of 737-900s is operating this new route with a leased 747-400. According to OAG data Garuda serves this market with 11 weekly flights while Saudi Arabian has two weekly flights.
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  • LOT has begun thrice-weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) flights from Krakow (KRK) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) using one of the airline’s 70-seat Embraer E170s. Up until the end of last September the route had been served with LOT’s now defunct in-house low-cost carrier, Centralwings, who started the route back in April 2005.
  • Making its third appearance in as many weeks MIAT Mongolian has this week started twice-weekly flights from Ulaan Baatar (ULN) to Osaka Kansai (KIX) in Japan. Tuesday and Friday flights will be operated until 28 August using a 737-800.
  • Montenegro Airlines has begun daily service between Tivat (TIV) and Pristina (PRN) in Kosovo until 13 September. This becomes the airline’s 13th non-stop destination from the airport. The airline recently took delivery of its second Embraer E195, which complement the existing fleet of Fokker 100s. In the last few weeks the airline has also added Copenhagen (CPH), Düsseldorf (DUS) to its Tivat network.
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(Left) In Polish folk costume, Ryanair welcomes passengers in Gdansk after the maiden flight from Alicante. (Right) This baptism is for Brussels Charleroi – Ancona services.
  • After Ryanair has launched 34 new routes across Europe this week. These are summarised below:
    Route WF Route WF
    Alicante (ALC) – Aarhus (AAR) 2 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) – Cagliari (CAG) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Bologna (BLQ) 3 Milan Bergamo (BGY) – Figari (FSC) 3
    Alicante (ALC) – Fez (FEZ) 2 Milan Bergamo (BGY) – Malaga (AGP) 3
    Alicante (ALC) – Gdansk (GDN) 2 Milan Bergamo (BGY) – Nantes (NTE) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Hamburg Lübeck (LBC) 3 Milan Bergamo (BGY) – Tangier (TNG) 3
    Alicante (ALC) – Haugesund (HAU) 2 Pescara (PSR) – Cagliari (CAG) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Lille (LIL) 3 Seville (SVQ) – Fez (FEZ) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Marrakech (RAK) 2 Seville (SVQ) – Marrakech (RAK) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Memmingen (FMM) 3 Weeze (NRN) – Almeria (LEI) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Santander (SDR) 4 Weeze (NRN) – Beziers (BZR) 2
    Alicante (ALC) – Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) 3 Weeze (NRN) – Bratislava (BTS) 3
    Bristol (BRS) – Barcelona Reus (REU) 3 Weeze (NRN) – Ibiza (IBZ) 3
    Bristol (BRS) – Malta (MLA) 2 Weeze (NRN) – Krakow (KRK) 3
    Bristol (BRS) – Trieste (TRS) 2 Weeze (NRN) – Lamezia Terme (SUF) 2
    Brussels Charleroi (CRL) – Ancona (AOI) 2 Weeze (NRN) – Turin (TRN) 2
    Brussels Charleroi (CRL) – Figari (FSC) 3 Weeze (NRN) – Valladolid (VLL) 2
    Edinburgh (EDI) – Haugesund (HAU) 2 Weeze (NRN) – Zadar (ZAD) 2
    Source: Ryanair website and booking tool WF: Weekly frequency

    These 34 routes involve airports in 13 countries. The most popular countries for new routes are Spain (20), Germany (12) and Italy (12) followed by France and Morocco with five each. As last week, there are no new routes to or from Ireland and just four involving the UK. The average weekly frequency of these new routes is just 2.4. The 11 new routes at Alicante (ALC) brings to 45 the number of routes served by Ryanair from the airport, while the nine new routes at Weeze raises that airport’s route network to 44.

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  • Ural Airlines has begun serving Baku (GYD) in Azerbaijan from Moscow Domodedovo (DME). Flights operate twice-weekly using an A320. Competition on the route will be provided by Azerbaijan Airlines and S7.
  • In the week when Vueling and clickair officially become one airline, Vueling has moved four of its Paris routes from Charles de Gaulle to Paris Orly (ORY). The routes affected are to Barcelona (BCN), Ibiza (IBZ), Malaga (AGP) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO).

From last week:

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Alaska station manager Don Davies (without the themed shirt) opens Alaska Airlines’ new service from Portland to Maui.

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