New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 25 July – Friday 31 July):

Route of the week:
Tiger Airways’ Adelaide to Sydney

Image: Tiger Airways
A Tiger (and Shelley Roberts, Tiger Airways’ managing director) is unleashed on Adelaide airport at the launch of daily services to Sydney. The Glenelg Tigers Football Club squad (based in Adelaide) are also announced as the carrier’s sponsors.
  • Tiger Airways enhances its Australian domestic network with the addition of a new daily service between Adelaide (ADL) and Sydney (SYD). This becomes the airline’s second route to Sydney following the launch of services from Melbourne earlier in the month. The Adelaide – Sydney route is the eighth busiest in Australia with some 1.5 million annual passenger trips. Qantas and Virgin Blue already both operate multiple daily non-stop flights between the two cities. Tiger Airways has become the latest airline to volunteer to be filmed for the sake of entertainment. “Air Ways”, a fly-on-the-wall factual programme, is shown on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in Australia on Seven.
  • easyJet has introduced two new seasonal routes from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to the Greek airports of Heraklion (HER) and Rhodes (RHO). Heraklion will get four weekly flights and Rhodes three. In 2008 Heraklion handled some 5.43 million passengers and Rhodes 3.57 million. This becomes the airline’s fourth route to Heraklion (after London Gatwick, Manchester and Berlin) and second route to Rhodes (after London Gatwick).
  • Turkish Airlines now flies to Lviv (LWO) in Ukraine, its 118th destination. Flights depart Istanbul (IST) on Monday, Thursday and Sunday using a 737-800. Lviv becomes the airline’s sixth destination in the Ukraine after Kiev, Odessa, Simferopol, Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk. Flight time is around two hours.
  • Air Italy has added three further low-frequency domestic routes for the summer season. From Verona (VRN) the airline will fly twice-weekly to both Brindisi (BDS) and Reggio di Calabria (REG). It will also fly twice-weekly between Genoa (GOA) and Olbia (OLB). All routes will be operated by 136-seat 737-300s.
Image: Blu Expresss
Showing solidarity: Elia Pistola, ADR’s director (aviation & security) and Franco Pecci, Blue Panorama Airlines & blu-express President, celebrate blu-express’ extension of services to Mykonos and Palma de Mallorca from its Rome Fiumicino hub.
  • Staying in Italy blu-express based at Rome Fiumicino (FCO) has added two seasonal routes to the Mediterranean by starting flights to Mykonos (JMK) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI). Both destinations will be served with between three and four weekly flights between now and the beginning of September.
Image: Estonian Air
  • Estonian Air this week began connecting Tallinn (TLL) with St Petersburg (LED). The flight will be operated Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using a 33-seat Saab 340 operated by Estonian Air Regional. St Petersburg becomes the airline’s second Russian destination as it already serves Moscow Sheremetyevo with four weekly flights. In June the airline reported a record 51.5% share of scheduled traffic at Tallinn airport. Although scheduled passenger numbers for Estonian Air were down 20.4%, the airport’s total traffic was down 27.2%.
  • Wizz Air has added three further destinations from its expanding Prague (PRG) base. Barcelona (BCN) will be served thrice-weekly in competition with Czech Airlines, SmartWings and Vueling. Bourgas (BOJ) in Bulgaria and Thessaloniki (SKG) in Greece will both be served just weekly (Saturday) until the middle of September.

Photos just in:

Image: Lufthansa
Last year Lufthansa added Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Luanda (the capital of Angola) to its African network. This month, Lufthansa began serving Libreville (LBV) in Gabon, with five-weekly flights from Frankfurt via Accra. “We are continuing to pursue our strategy of integrating all the key growth markets in Africa into our network,” said Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, executive VP, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines.

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