New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 23 January – Friday 29 January):

Route of the Week:
Spring Airlines’ Shanghai Pudong to Mianyang

The Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines emphasised its low fares, starting at RMB399, when it launched its new service from Shanghai Pudong to Mianyang this week. The airline’s VP Mr Wei is here seen pointing out the affordability, making anyone able to fly on Spring Airlines. Thanks to Mr Shen at Spring Airlines and anna.aero’s China correspondent Joanna Meili for obtaining the photos.
  • All-A320 operator Spring Airlines has launched two new routes from its Shanghai Pudong (PVG) hub. Mianyang (MIG), north of Chengdu, will be served four times weekly in competition with Shanghai Airlines’ daily service, while Zhuhai (ZUH) gets three weekly services, competing with China Southern’s 12 weekly flights and China Eastern’s daily service. Formed in 2005, Spring Airlines is the leading ‘low-cost’ airline in China operating a dozen aircraft across 20 routes.
Representatives of the Zhanjiang travel trade attended a meeting with Air China because of the airlines entry to the 7-million city from its Beijing hub.
January 29: Peizhi Liu, secretary of Air China, lead the very high profile celebrations for today’s new route launch from Beijing to Zhanjiang.
  • Image: Air ChinaAir China has launched a daily service from its Beijing (PEK) hub to Zhanjiang (ZHA) in southern China. This is the first link between the two cities and Air China’s first route to the coastal city of 7 million inhabitants. According to OAG, Zhanjiang’s other services comprise domestic flights to Changsha, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shantou and Shenzhen as well as flights to Hong Kong. The terminal building is designed to handle up to 1.3 million passengers per annum and the airport is run by the Guangdong Airport Management Corporation, which also operates Guangzhou and Shantou airports.
  • Cimber Sterling has launched a weekly 737-700 service operating on Saturdays from Billund (BLL) to Verona (VRN). Although the romantic Italian city and Lake Garda are famous and popular tourist destinations, the route targets Danish skiers travelling to the nearby Italian Alps, with Verona being located conveniently for ski resorts such as Madonna di Campiglio and Livigno. Verona joins Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino (both served by Ryanair) as destinations in Italy served non-stop from Denmark’s second busiest airport.
Image: Norwegian
Norwegian now serves Tenerife Sur from all three Scandinavian capitals, as a seasonal service was added from Copenhagen this week.
  • Norwegian has added a seasonal service to its Copenhagen (CPH) base. Tenerife Sur (TFS) will be served once-weekly until 31st March. The route is already operated by Cimber Sterling and Transavia.com with two weekly flights each. Norwegian began serving Tenerife in October 2007 (from Oslo) and also serves the airport weekly from Stockholm Arlanda.
Image: Eva Air
EVA Air subsidiary Uni Air has begun serving Wuhan from its Taipei base in a line of new cross-strait flights starting this week. The airline’s MD90 is here seen accepting its first passengers from Wuhan Tianhe Airport, as we can inform our non-Chinese readers that the text on the stairs says.
  • In time for the Chinese New Year, the Taiwanese carrier Uni Air – a subsidiary of EVA Air – this week has started three cross-strait services from Taipei (TPE) to the People’s Republic of China. Wuhan (WUH) and Chongqing (CKG) are served once-weekly each, while Nanjing (NKG) gets two weekly services. Taipei-Chongqing is an unserved route, but the other two face competition. Wuhan is already operated twice-weekly each by both China Southern and China Eastern, while the Nanjing service has competitors based at both ends of the route; China Eastern flies six times weekly, local competitor China Airlines’ subsidiary Mandarin Airlines operates twice-weekly and Shanghai Airlines once-weekly.
Image: Zest Air
  • Zest Air of the Philippines last week began a new daily domestic route from Manila (MNL) to Masbate (MBT), the ‘Rodeo Capital of the Philippines’. Flights depart Manila at 05:15 in the morning and are operated by the carrier’s MA60 turboprops.

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