New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August):

Route of the Week:’s Isle of Man to Newcastle

Image: Route of the Weeek
This is not the Newcastle United team but airport staff dressed in home colours, to celebrate keeping its key island air link alive. Manx2 has replaced Eastern Airways with a limited service to the Isle of Man. Manx2 chairman, Noel Hayes said: “We can only commit to running services until after the new year holiday period. However we will use the coming weeks to consult with all stakeholders, putting together a plan for the long-term sustainable development of this route.”
  • has stepped in to replace Eastern Airways on the Isle Of Man (IOM) to Newcastle (NCL) route. has started flying four times weekly using one of its assorted 19-seat turboprops. Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are very pleased that Manx2 have stepped in to keep this vital route open. Linke between the Isle Of Man and North East England are essential for many businesses in our region. It is especially important during a period of recession that we look to retain and enhance the region’s connectivity to destinations such as this, in order to ensure that the North East is in a position to emerge strongly from the current downturn. We will be working closely with Manx2 to ensure this route is a long-term success.”

Cake of the Week:
Los Angeles to Roswell

Cake of the Week
American Airlines gets an official welcome in Roswell (New Mexico). The town’s Mayor, Sam D. LaGrone and American Eagle’s sales director, Brian Coutts release balloons to symbolise the important connection with Los Angeles.
  •  American Airlines has started two new domestic routes this week thanks to its partner American Eagle Airlines. From Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) there is a new double-daily service to Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) in Kansas operated with 50-seat ERJ-145s. At present only Great Lakes Airlines operates scheduled services from Manhattan to Denver, Dodge City, Great Bend and Kansas City using 19-seat Beech 1900s. The second new route this week is from Los Angeles (LAX) to Roswell (ROW) in New Mexico. It will be operated four times weekly using 44-seat ERJ-140s. Roswell’s only other scheduled service is to Dallas / Fort Worth also operated (thrice daily) by American Airlines. Of course, it is also rumoured to have occasional non-scheduled flights to unknown parts of the solar system …
  • Cimber Sterling adds another sunshine destination to its growing Copenhagen (CPH) network. Gran Canaria (LPA) will be served twice-weekly (Wednesday and Friday) using a 737-700.
Image: Estonian Air
  • Estonian Air Regional has begun four times weekly services from Tartu (TAY) in Estonia to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) using Saab 340s. Flights will operate on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. “The Monday and Friday flights offer great opportunity to get to Tartu, both from Europe and from Swedish domestic flights. Sunday flights provide convenient connections from Tartu via Stockholm to for instance Milan, Vienna, Frankfurt, Oslo and Berlin,” says Rauno Parras, Estonian Air’s acting Vice President Commercial. “The flight on Thursday connects in Stockholm with many European destinations for both departing and arriving passengers,” Parras added. The only other scheduled service from Tartu is to Riga with airBaltic which began at the beginning of last month. Between the two carriers there are now scheduled flights every day of the week a Tartu Airport except Wednesday.


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