New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 11 July – Friday 17 July):

Route of the week:
AirAsia Indonesia’s Bali to Perth

Image: Air Asia
AirAsia expects popular demand on the Bali-Perth service to continue and will add a second daily service on the route from 19th August. Pictured right: Andi Ahmad Bastari, (Consulate Republic of Indonesia); David Crawford, (chairman Westralia Airports Corporation); Kathleen Tan, (regional head of AirAsia) and Widi Nugroho, (Air Asia’s marketing & distribution director).
  • AirAsia Indonesia now flies to Australia. This week daily flights began from Bali (DPS) to Perth (PER) in Western Australia using an A320. Perth is also served by AirAsia X from Kuala Lumpur but this route is served by the larger A330.

Cake of the week:
easyJet’s Lyon to Ibiza, Olbia and Pisa

Image: easyJet
Image: easyJet
Sweet 16: The number of easyJet routes now serving Lyon after the launch of new routes to Ibiza, Olbia and Pisa this week. Also pictured, François Bacchetta, regional general manager, (France & Southern Europe) celebrates the 1st anniversary (in April) of easyJet’s Lyon base. (Copyright: JF Marin / Aéroports de Lyon)
  • easyJet launched seven new routes this week, six of which involved French airports. The other route was a new thrice-weekly service from Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) to Dubrovnik (DBV). From Lyon (LYS) the airline has started three seasonal routes to Ibiza (IBZ), Olbia (OLB) and Pisa (PSA). These will only operate (two or three times weekly) until the end of August. This summer easyJet will serve 17 destinations from Lyon with further new routes to Brussels, Edinburgh and Nantes starting later this year. From Paris Orly (ORY) easyJet has started two new routes this week to Dubrovnik (DBV) and Faro (FAO). Again both routes will operate only until the end of August. Finally, from Paris CDG (CDG) there is a new daily service to Ajaccio (AJA) but even this will only operate until mid-September. easyJet first tried to serve Ajaccio from Paris back in the summer of 2006 but ran into PSO issues and had to cancel the service four months before its planned start date.
Image: Volaris
Gradually moving its operations to the US, this week Mexican airline Volaris starts daily flights from Oakland, California to Guadalajara and Toluca.
  • Volaris began operations from Oakland (OAK) in California this week with the introduction of low-cost daily flights to both Guadalajara (GDL) and Toluca (TLC). The airline recently began service from Los Angeles to Mexico.
Image: Wizz Air
(Photos: Lenka Pekarkova)
  • Wizz Air is growing its Prague (PRG) base substantially. This week saw the launch of five new routes for the airline to Liverpool (LPL), Madrid (MAD), Malmo (MMX), Naples (NAP) and Oslo Torp (TRF). This brings to 11 the number of destinations served by Wizz Air from the Czech airport with several more being added before the end of the year. See this week’s airline analysis  for more about this operation.
  • Lufthansa has added Libreville (LBV) in Gabon to its global network with the start this week of five-weekly flights from Frankfurt (FRA) via Accra. “With the latest addition of Libreville, Lufthansa now offers customers flights to 16 destinations across Africa,” says Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, Executive VP, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. “We are thus continuing to pursue our strategy of integrating all the key growth markets in Africa into our network.” Last year Lufthansa added Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Luanda (the capital of Angola) to its African network.
  • Turkish Airlines now serves Toronto (YYZ) non-stop from Istanbul (IST). The Canadian city became the airline’s 117th destination this week when thrice-weekly flights were launched using a mix of A330s and A340s. The route becomes the only scheduled service between Istanbul and Canada and follows the implementation of a revised air services agreement between Canada and Turkey earlier this year.
  • Armenian flag-carrier Armavia has introduced weekly (Wednesday) flights from Yerevan (EVN) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) using an A319.
  • Romanian LCC Blue Air has started flights from its seventh Romanian airport in Suceava (SCV). A domestic route to Cluj Napoca (CLJ) will be served six times weekly while Venice (VCE) and Vienna (VIE) will both be served thrice-weekly. Suceava’s only other scheduled flights according to OAG are to Bucharest Otopeni (with Tarom) and to Sibiu (with Carpatair). This is the first time that Blue Air has served the Austrian capital from any of its bases across Romania. Venice Marco Polo is also a new airport for the airline as previously its routes to the city (from Arad and Bucharest Baneasa) used Venice Treviso instead.
  • China Eastern has begun connecting Kunming (KMG) with Kathmandu (KTM) in Nepal. Flights will operate thrice weekly using a 737. According to OAG other scheduled flights between China and Nepal include China Southern to Guangzhou (twice-weekly) and Air China to Lhasa (four per week).
Image: FireFly
1 July: Eddy Leong, (Firefly’s managing director) and Lee Seow Hiang, (CEO Changi Airport Group) welcome Firefly’s first service to Changi in the airport’s Budget Terminal. This week, Ipoh and Kuala Terengganu grow the number of services from Singapore to four. Melaka will follow on 1 September.
  • Malaysian “community airline” firefly is adding two more routes to Singapore (SIN) from Ipoh (IPH) and Kuala Terengganu (TGG). Flights will be operated four and three times weekly respectively using ATR 72s.
Image: FlyDubai
Aleppo is flydubai’s fifth daily service and second route to Syria. H.E. Majd Eldine Nashed, (General Consul of the Syrian Arab Republic in Dubai & Northern Emirates) and Ghaith Al Ghaith, (flydubai’s CEO) dip into a pile of Syrian sweets meant for passengers on the first flight.
  • flydubai continues to ramp up its low-cost network from Dubai (DXB). This week saw the launch of daily flights to Aleppo (ALP) in Syria, the airline’s fifth route. No other airline operates this route. However, plans to start three Indian routes to Chandigarh, Coimbatore and Luckow have been delayed for unspecified reasons.
  • Italian newcomer, Levriero Fly, which began operations last week, has added a twice-weekly service from Trapani (TPS) to Bari (BRI) using a Jetstream 32. Flights operate every Tuesday and Saturday.
Image: Jersey
In Jersey, Senator Paul Routier, (assistant minister for economic development) presents a bottle of bubbly to arriving passenger Ida Butler (81) on the inaugural flight from Oxford. Ida worked at the former RAF Kidlington (Oxford) base back in the 1940s.
  • Jersey (JER) this week welcomed its first flight from Oxford (OXF). The summer charter service is operated by CI Travel Group and will run on Saturdays until 12 September using an AirSouthwest Dash 8-300. According to the Group’s Managing Director, Robert Mackenzie, interest in the summer service is exceptionally high with the first flight on Saturday at full capacity. He said: “We are delighted with the results so far and look forward to further developing the route in the years ahead.”
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  • Air Arabia Maroc has added three further routes from its Casablanca (CMN) base. In addition to the six routes it started during May it has now added Barcelona (BCN), a domestic route to Tangier (TNG), and this week thrice-weekly flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW). Istanbul SAW is also served by Sharjah-based Air Arabia.
  • Ryanair’s focus this week has been on Spain with the launch of five new routes from Madrid (MAD). Domestic routes to Almeria (LEI) and Granada (GRX) were started while Bologna (BLQ), London Gatwick (LGW) and Malta (MLA) are also new. For once Ryanair faces some serious competition on its new routes with Iberia already operating on four of these routes, while on London Gatwick passengers have a choice of Air Comet, Air Europa, British Airways and easyJet. Ryanair now serves 24 destinations non-stop from its Madrid base with an average of around 10 weekly flights on each route.
  • Wind Jet has started a weekly service from Forli (FRL) to Zakinthos (ZTH) in Greece. The Thursday flight operates until 3 September.

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