New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 18 July – Friday 24 July):

Route of the week:
Icelandair’s Reykjavik to Seattle/Tacoma

Image: Icelandair Route Launch
Icelandair arrives in Seattle to the traditional welcome. The four-times weekly service, operated by a 757-200, is also positioned as being fed by Icelandair’s Heathrow services to Reykjavik. (We’d like to thank our colleagues on the leading Icelandic daily Morgunbladid for this photo.)
  • Icelandair proves itself willing to take a risk by launching a new service from Reykjavik (KEF) to Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) this week. Flights will operate four-times weekly using a 757. This becomes the airline’s fifth US destination this summer after Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York JFK and Orlando Sanford. It also served Halifax and Toronto in Canada
Image: Icelandair Route Launch

Cake of the week:
Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul to Toronto

Image: Turkish Airlines route launch
Image: Turkish Airlines route launch
Turkish Airlines shows its generosity in a recession with not one, but two cakes at this ceremony for its maiden flight from Istanbul to Toronto where Turkish transportation minister Binali Yildirim joined delegates.
  • Toronto (YYZ) is Turkish Airlines 117th destination, with three-weekly flights launched from Istanbul (IST) 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.
  • Air Italy has begun two further seasonal domestic routes. Verona Brescia (VBS) and Olbia (OLB) will be connected four times weekly as will Verona (VRN) and Lamezia Terme (SUF). Both routes will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until the beginning of September.
Image: Firefly Singapore
Cebu Pacific, Tiger Airlines and new customers this month, firefly make up the trio of operators now serving Changi’s Budget Terminal. As you’d expect, there are no traditional airport facilities here such as travellators, escalators or aerobridges, but the terminal does own its own website: (Photos: Azuan Zahdi)
  • firefly has added another connection from Malaysia to Singapore (SIN) with the launch of four-times weekly services from Kuantan (KUA). The first service from Singapore began to Subang on 3rd July, with a big welcome party at Changi’s Budget terminal. Traveller/airline enthusiast Azuan Zahdi has blogged his first-hand experience of the terminal and the launch event in detail. To see the picture story, visit:
Image: Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA)
Two-daily flights now serve Komatsu’s Air Base (from Shizuoka).
  • Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA), a new Japanese carrier based at the new Shizuoka (FSZ) airport began operations this week with daily flights to Kagoshima (KOJ) and Kumamoto (KMJ), and double-daily flights to Komatsu (KMQ). The airline is using Embraer E170s.

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  1. Cristi says:

    Wizzair – 2xw Bucharest Baneasa – Napoli
    Wizzair – 2xw Bucharest Baneasa – Forli
    Wizzair – 2xw Bucharest Baneasa – Catania

    BlueAir – increse flight frequencies for Bucharest Baneasa flights to Napoli from 3 to 5 a week.

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