New routes launched during the last week
(Tuesday 27 April – Monday 3 May):

Route of the Week:
Cebu Pacific’s Cebu to Pagadian

Cebu Pacific got a warm welcoming to Pagadian by local high school students who greeted disembarking passengers. A number of dignitaries cut the ribbon to celebrate reinstated air services to the Filipino airport.

  • Cebu Pacific began a new domestic route on 27 April. Cebu (CEB) is now connected with Pagadian (PAG) on the major island of Mindanao with four weekly ATR72 flights. This is the first scheduled service into Pagadian since Asian Spirit pulled out of the Manila route in 2008. “The flights of Cebu Pacific to Pagadian City will ultimately bring economic prosperity to the city and the province as a whole. Tourists and tourism investments will soon find its place in Pagadian because of the easy access by air, and most regional government agencies can now utilize direct flights to Cebu and Manila,” said Department of Tourism-Region 9 Regional Director James Elridge Adraincem.

Cake of the Week:
germanwings’ Hannover to Budapest

germanwings’ captain Nico Sander and his crew were welcomed from Hannover to Budapest Airport by Patrick Bohl (back), Head of Airline Strategy and Development, with a fantastic globe marzipan cake. The captain seems more than willing to grab a bite of the cake straight away.

Axel Schmidt, MD germanwings; Thomas Winkelmann, spokesman of germanwings' executive board; Cora-Jeanette Hermenau, secretary of state, Lower Saxony ministry of finance; and Raoul Hille, MD Hannover Airport, inaugurated germanwings’ new Hannover base and baptised the newly delivered ‘City of Hannover’ A319.

  • germanwings launched a weekly flight between Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Santorini (JTR) on 1 May. The airline also launched a new base at Hannover (HAJ), which is reported on in this week’s airline analysis, launching an entire 16 new routes.
Date Destination WF*
29-Apr-10 London Stansted(STN) 12
29-Apr-10 Stuttgart (STR) 12
29-Apr-10 Vienna (VIE) 12
29-Apr-10 Milan Malpensa (MXP) 6
29-Apr-10 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 4
29-Apr-10 Nice (NCE) 3
29-Apr-10 Split (SPU) 3
29-Apr-10 Zagreb (ZAG) 3
30-Apr-10 Barcelona (BCN) 4
30-Apr-10 Budapest (BUD) 4
30-Apr-10 Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) 4
30-Apr-10 Rome Fiumicino (FCO) 4
01-May-10 Bastia (BIA) 1
01-May-10 Heraklion (HER) 1
01-May-10 Zadar (ZAD) 1
02-May-10 Dubrovnik (DBV) 1
*WF: Weekly Frequencies
  • Air Canada Jazz launched daily services between the Labrador town Happy Valley-Goose Bay (YYR) and St John’s (YYT) on Newfoundland. 50-seat CRJ200s will operate the route, which are timed to connect to the greater network out of St John’s.

Cutting the fruit-lined cake for Air France’s first Abu Dhabi flight are Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airport’s Company (ADAC); Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE Minister of Foreign Trade; and Alain Azouaou, French Ambassador to the UAE.

  • Air France moved five of its 12 weekly Dubai flights to Abu Dhabi (AUH) on 3 May. The five weekly flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to the UAE capital will be operated with A330-200s and compete with Etihad’s 10 flights a week. Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airport’s Company (ADAC), commented: “Air France’s arrival in Abu Dhabi is an important event for ADAC and the emirate of Abu Dhabi as a whole. By attracting one of the world’s largest carriers to the UAE capital, we are directly responding to the growing demand for more direct flights to Paris, a leading European hub.”
  • Air Italy, which predominantly operates long-haul leisure services, launched two domestic routes on 3 May. It will now fly from Naples (NAP) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) 12 times a week and Palermo (PMO) daily. The Bergamo route is uncontested, while the Palermo service will face Alitalia’s 19 flights a week.
Aziz Bakar, Chairman of AirAsia

Aziz Bakar, Chairman of AirAsia, celebrated the launch of flights to Chennai in India with Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang.

  • Air Asia on 28 April launched its first Indian route from an airport other than Kuala Lumpur. Chennai (MAA) will be served daily from the Malaysian island of Penang (PEN) with the airline’s A320s, reinstating the link between the two airports after Malaysia Airlines dropped it in 2001, after having operated it for decades. Aziz Bakar, Chairman of AirAsia, said: “We are honoured to have the Chief Minister of Penang to receive our guests from Chennai on our inaugural flight today, which received an encouraging 90 percent load. With this new route connecting Malaysia’s most popular northern state and India’s fifth most populous city in India, we hope to bring in more Indian tourists to discover Penang, and the rest of Malaysia; in line with Tourism Malaysia’s target of 650,000 Indian tourists this year.”
  • airBaltic has continued its expansion of Finnish Fokker 50 routes by launching flights between Lappeenranta (LPP) and Kuopio (KUO), a distance of merely 220 kilometres, as well as from Riga (RIX) and Tampere (TMP) to Rovaniemi (RVN) in the northernmost part of the country. All flights launched on 3 May and will operate four times weekly.
airberlin launch in Düsseldorf

Another early morning airberlin launch in Düsseldorf: The first flight to take 113 eager passengers to Volos in Greece was seen off by airberlin’s Marko Rascan, Service Supervisor Ground Operations Düsseldorf, and Barbara Frerichs, Traffic Manager Düsseldorf (both far left), as well as Düsseldorf Intl. Director Aviation Marketing Ulrich Topp (far right) at 5.30 am last Sunday. The crew on the day were flight attendants Flavio Jorge Branco Geraldes, Lena Mersdorf and Sandra Hartmaring as well as First Officer Christina Pommeranz and Captain Andreas Schulze.

  • airberlin has launched nine new routes in the last week, four of which are weekly Saturday services to Heringsdorf (HDF) on the island of Usedom by the Baltic Sea, right by the border to Poland. The seasonal services are operated with Q400s from Dortmund (DTM), Düsseldorf (DUS), Nuremberg (NUE) and Stuttgart (STR) as of 1 May. Düsseldorf has also seen the launch of weekly A319 flights to Volos (VOL) in Greece on 2 May and twice-weekly 737 services to Bari (BRI) the day before, when the same destination also was launched with the same frequency from Berlin Tegel (TXL). The Berlin airport also saw the addition of four times weekly services to Gdansk (GDN) aboard Q400s and five weekly 737-700 flights to Graz (GRZ).
  • Allegiant Air has continued its expansion at Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR) by adding two routes on 30 April. Both Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) and Fort Wayne, IN (FWA) are now each served twice weekly with the airline’s MD80s. Tory Richardson, Fort Wayne’s executive director of airports, stated: “Myrtle Beach is constantly among the most requested destinations for the people of Fort Wayne, and to have nonstop service available is just great. The combination of great beach activities and world class golfing facilities available at the Grand Strand, will appeal to a wide spectrum of the residents of our region.”
  • American Airlines launched daily services from New York JFK (JFK) to oneworld partner Iberia’s hub in Madrid (MAD) aboard 182-seat 757-200s on 1 May. Competition is provided by Iberia itself, operating the route twice-daily, Delta’s daily flights and Air Europa’s six weekly services. Continental provides further competition with daily flights from Newark. American Airlines already serves Madrid from its hubs in Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth and flies to Barcelona from New York JFK. The new service makes the Spanish market American Airlines’ third biggest, behind only the UK and France, and “further demonstrates American’s commitment to the Spanish market, which American has been serving continuously for over 20 years” said Craig Kreeger, American’s SVP International.
  • Anadolujet took over two German routes from its parent Turkish Airlines on 30 April. The daily services from Ankara (ESB) to both Düsseldorf (DUS) and Frankfurt (FRA) will now be operated with the low-cost subsidiaries’ 737-800s.
  • Asiana Airlines launched three weekly flights from Seoul Incheon (ICN) to Huangshan (TXN) in eastern China. The A320 service, which launched on 1 May, is the Chinese airport’s only international service, although Seoul Incheon has been served by both Korean Air and China Eastern in the past, until both airlines suspended the route in October 2007.
  • bmibaby launched two weekly flights between Manchester (MAN) and Lourdes/Tarbes (LDE) in the Pyrenees, commonly known as a Catholic pilgrimage destination. The service, which began on 30 April, reinstates the link between the two airports that last was operated by Dan-Air in 1987. This is the second UK destination for Lourdes/Tarbes, already being served by Ryanair from London Stansted. Crawford Rix, MD bmibaby, said: “Over the summer months we expect to carry an additional 9000 passengers on the new route. We will now offer nineteen fantastic European destinations from Manchester.”
  • Cimber Sterling launched three weekly CRJ200 flights from Billund (BLL) to Prague (PRG) on 29 April. The route was last operated by Sterling Airlines’ larger 737s until October 2008. Cimber Sterling already serves Prague from its main base in Copenhagen.
  • Continental Airlines launched two new routes under its regional brand Continental Express, operated by ExpressJet Airlines’ 50-seat ERJ145s. On 2 May, Cleveland, OH (CLE) was connected with Green Bay, WI (GRB) 11 times a week and Norfolk, VA (ORF) twice-daily. Both routes are relaunches, having been operated until September 2008, when high fuel prices caused the airline to suspend the routes. “Continental is pleased to reestablish the links between our hub in Cleveland and the cities of Green Bay and Norfolk,” said Jim Ferea, Continental’s MD scheduling.
  • Delta launched daily flights between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Las Vegas (LAS) on 3 May, using 757s. The route, which is between two airports of which neither is a Delta base, is operated in competition with Spirit’s twice-daily and Southwest’s daily flights. The same day, Delta’s regional subsidiary Delta Connection launched twice-daily flights between Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) and Bismarck, ND (BIS), operated by SkyWest’s CRJ200s.
  • Dragonair, Cathay Pacific’s regional subsidiary, launched two weekly flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Okinawa (OKA) on 2 May. The A330-300 service competes with Hainan Airlines-owned Hong Kong Express’s eight weekly flights aboard 737-800s.

easyJet’s first Manchester flight was welcomed to Zurich with a cake from the famous ‘Confiserie Sprüngli’, which the cabin crew members Richard and Davey seemed absolutely delighted about. There was also an abundance of smiles when Captain Morris Turkington (left) received the cake from Rolf Hancock, Zurich Airport’s Manager Airline Affairs (right).

  • easyJet has expanded its Manchester (MAN) base by launching three new routes in the last week. Mahon (MAH) on the island of Menorca and Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) will be served three times weekly each as of 1 May and 30 April respectively, while five weekly flights to Zurich (ZRH) also were launched on 30 April, operating in competition with Swiss’s three daily flights. The last day of April also saw the launch of four weekly flights between Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Bordeaux (BOD).

On the arrival of Emirates’ first flight to Amsterdam, Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Europe & Russia; Maarten De Groof, CCO Schiphol Group; and Ali Thani Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands were greeted with flowers. As the ambassador cut the cake, the gentlemen were joined by Gilles Beschoor Plug, the Dutch Ambassador to the UAE, and Kees van Spronsen, the Dutch Consul General in Dubai.

  • Emirates on 1 May launched a daily route between its Dubai (DXB) hub and Amsterdam (AMS). The service, operated with 777s, marks the arrival of the first Gulf carrier passenger service to the Dutch city. Although Emirates has served the Netherlands with cargo services for 15 years, targeting the local flower industry and other freight, the passenger service is a historical event. Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman and CEO, said: “Amsterdam is already an important offline market for Emirates and we know there is significant passenger traffic heading from Amsterdam to Dubai and onto Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, Asia and the Far East.”
  • Estonian Air launched a weekly flight between Tallinn (TLL) and Nice (NCE) aboard 737-300s on 1 May. The service will operate seasonally until 31 July.
  • Frontier launched two routes out of Denver (DEN) on 3 May. Newport News, VA (PHF) will be served with four weekly flights, at first operating with A318s, but from 14 May with 136-seat A319s. A daily service also launched to Madison, WI (MSN) on E-190s.
  • Hong Kong Airlines launched flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Shantou (SWA) in southern mainland China on 30 April. The route of merely 320 kilometres will be operated on a daily basis with 737-800s and competes with China Southern’s also daily flights.

Jet2.com’s service from Manchester was welcomed to Funchal. Passengers were greeted with flowers and a traditional Madeira band.

  • Jet2.com launched four new routes in the past week, two of which are to Dubrovnik (DBV). On 29 April, Manchester (MAN) got two weekly connections with the Croatian airport, while Edinburgh (EDI) got a weekly service on 2 May. Out of Manchester, the airline also launched a weekly 757 service to Funchal (FNC) in Madeira on 3 May and a weekly 757 flight also began on 1 May from Newcastle (NCL) to Las Palmas (LPA).
  • Meridiana began flying weekly between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Skopje (SKP) on 1 May with MD82s. This is the first time the capital cities of Italy and Macedonia are linked since a troubled MAT Macedonian suspended the route in April last year.
  • Midwest launched six weekly services between its Kansas City, MO (MCI) base and Columbus, OH (CMH) on 3 May. The 99-seat E-190 service is a relaunch, as the airline previously operated the route until April 2008. Greg Aretakis, Midwest’s VP Revenue Production, said: “Kansas City remains an important part of our expanding network. We’re pleased to provide our loyal Kansas City customers even more opportunity to fly Midwest Airlines.”
  • Nas Air launched two routes to Khartoum (KRT) on 1 May. Both Jeddah (JED) and Riyadh (RUH) are now connected with the Sudanese capital four and three times a week respectively, as part of the Saudi LCC’s expansion, as covered in this week’s Take-Offs and Landings.

Bjørn Kjos cut the ribbon held by Finavia’s Director of Air Traffic Operations, Pertti Savisalo, and the Norwegian Ambassador to Finland, Leidulv Namtvedt, while passengers were treated with breakfast at the gate. (Photos: Pia Sundström/Finavia)

  • Norwegian launched five new routes in the last week, both to southern Europe and within northern Europe, all on its new 737-800s. On 2 and 3 May, the airline connected its Copenhagen (CPH) base with Dubrovnik (DBV) and Zagreb (ZAG) in Croatia, once and twice weekly respectively. The airline also linked its Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) base with London Gatwick (LGW) six times weekly on 29 April. This is the first link between the two airports since Sterling’s bankruptcy, although Ryanair connects Stockholm Skavsta daily with Gatwick. Other indirect competition comes from SAS’ 44 weekly and British Airways’ 39 weekly flights to London Heathrow, as well as Ryanair’s 19 flights a week between Skavsta and London Stansted. The same day, Norwegian launched services to Helsinki (HEL) from both Stockholm Arlanda and Oslo (OSL). The Oslo service operates 11 times weekly in competition with Finnair’s 23 and Blue1’s 18 weekly flights, while the Stockholm route starts as daily, but increases to 13 a week in August. This service competes with 51 weekly Finnair flights and 39 and 21 flights a week on Blue1 and SAS respectively. Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos commented: “It’s a milestone for Norwegian when we today launched our first direct flights to Finland. The Nordic region is a natural focus area for us. We see that there is an opening for a new player as today’s prices are too high. With our new routes, both business and leisure travellers will get value for their money.”

Peter Hill, Oman Air’s CEO, cut the cake for the airline’s new route to Ras Al Khaimah. For the inaugural flight, Oman Air chose to use an A330-200 rather than the ATR42s that are scheduled to fly the 325 kilometre route in the future. The airport’s CEO Roland Blaney took the opportunity to show off his airport from the visiting aircraft.

  • Oman Air launched four weekly flights between Muscat (MCT) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL). On 1 May, the first A330-200 took off on the route, again linking the two airports after Gulf Air pulled out in March 2007 as the sultanate of Oman left the multinational carrier. The airline’s CEO, Peter Hill, said: “This new destination will be a welcome addition to the ever expanding Oman Air network. Kuala Lumpur has been a much-anticipated destination and I’m positive it will be a real winner with our customers, especially from the region and the Sub Continent.” The airline also expanded regionally in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates. Complementing the airline’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi services, Oman Air launched daily ATR42 flights from Muscat to both Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) and Al Ain (AAN) on 2 and 3 May respectively.

The arrival of British Airways’ French premium airline OpenSkies to Washington is a big step for the airline, which now only operates one other route (to Newark) from its base at Paris Orly (Photo: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority).

  • OpenSkies, British Airways’ French-based premium subsidiary, has emerged from a difficult market situation by launching another route. On 3 May, the airline began flying to Washington Dulles (IAD) from its Paris Orly (ORY) base, becoming the airline’s second route after services to Newark. The five weekly flights are operated with the airline’s 757-200s, featuring either 84 or 64 seats.
  • Qantas began a weekly 737-800 service between Melbourne (MEL) and Karratha (KTA), a town in northwest Australia that relies greatly on mining and the natural gas industry. The uncontested route of 3,300 kilometres complements Qantas’ existing services to Perth and Brisbane.
  • On 27 April, Royal Air Maroc launched a twice-weekly service between Casablanca (CMN) and Warsaw (WAW). The route, operated by Atlas Blue’s 737-800s, is now the only link between Morocco and Poland, as LOT Polish recently dropped its Agadir service.

A new sight in Norrköping: Ryanair launched a route from Alicante to the Swedish airport, which is new to the airline. Passengers on the inaugural flight were treated with sweet sparkling wine, Mediterranean canapés and a red carpet to mark the occasion.

  • Ryanair has continued its rapid growth by launching a staggering 24 new routes in the past week. Notably, the airline has launched services from Alicante (ALC) to Norrköping (NRK), a new airport for Ryanair and interestingly located only 70 kilometres from the airline’s base at Stockholm Skavsta. Two Polish routes out of Milan Bergamo (BGY), to Poznan (POZ) and Wroclaw (WRO), are also started in competition with Wizz Air, the latter being a relaunch, having been operated until June 2007. The most routes are being launched at the airline’s new Faro (FAO) base, which was inaugurated at the end of March and is featured as this week’s airline analysis.
Date Origin Destination WF*
27-Apr-10 Faro (FAO) Maastricht (MST) 5
27-Apr-10 Faro (FAO) Memmingen (FMM) 3
28-Apr-10 Faro (FAO) Eindhoven (EIN) 5
28-Apr-10 Faro (FAO) Madrid (MAD) 4
28-Apr-10 Faro (FAO) Paris Beauvais (BVA) 4
01-May-10 Faro (FAO) Lübeck (LBC) 2
30-Apr-10 Pisa (PSA) Santander (SDR) 3
01-May-10 Pisa (PSA) Reus (REU) 3
01-May-10 Bristol (BRS) Bydgoszcz (BYD) 2
03-May-10 Bristol (BRS) Kaunas (KUN) 2
01-May-10 Girona (GRO) Lille (LIL) 3
03-May-10 Girona (GRO) Gdansk (GDN) 2
01-May-10 Milan Bergamo (BGY) Poznan (POZ) 3
01-May-10 Milan Bergamo (BGY) Marrakech (RAK) 2
03-May-10 Milan Bergamo (BGY) Tenerife Sur (TFS) 2
03-May-10 Milan Bergamo (BGY) Wroclaw (WRO) 2
01-May-10 Paris Beauvais (BVA) Zaragoza (ZAZ) 3
03-May-10 Paris Beauvais (BVA) Pau (PUF) 4
02-May-10 Alicante (ALC) Norrköping (NRK) 2
03-May-10 Alicante (ALC) Poznan (POZ) 2
03-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Fuerteventura (FUE) 2
03-May-10 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Pula (PUY) 2
03-May-10 Reus (REU) Milan Bergamo (BGY) 4
02-May-10 Turin (TRN) Ibiza (IBZ) 3
*WF: Weekly frequencies
  • The Russian airline S7 launched two new European routes during the last week, each served once weekly. As of 30 April, Novosibirsk (OVB) is linked to Prague (PRG) using A320s, while 1 May saw the first flight on the airline between Moscow Domodedovo (DME) and Alicante (ALC), which is served with A319s. Both routes are served seasonally until the end of September and October respectively. The Alicante route operates in competition with Transaero’s also seasonal, weekly service.

The inaugural Spanair flight from Barcelona to Tel Aviv took off with an enthusiastic crew; captain José María Menéndez, first officer Carlos López Masdeu, purser Marie Pålsson, stewardesses Michaela Krumpalova, Magda Sofía Vagueiro, Jana Rodríguezand steward Ivan Olasagasti. (Photos: Javier Ortega Figueiral)

  • Spanair, which recently was featured as an airline analysis in anna.aero, launched twice-weekly flights to Tel Aviv (TLV) from its Barcelona (BCN) hub on 2 May. The route, which becomes the airline’s second longest after Banjul, will be operated with A320s.
  • Spirit Airlines launched a daily A319 service on 1 May, offering 145 seats between Atlanta, GA (ATL) and Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), neither of which is a base airport for the airline. The route will operate seasonally until 10 November and are planned to return again next spring. The service competes with Delta’s five daily flights. “Spirit Airlines has grown to become our largest carrier at Myrtle Beach International Airport,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “Adding this direct, affordable air service to Atlanta, one of the largest U.S. metro markets, will help grow tourism in the Myrtle Beach area and will also benefit the entire region.”
  • SunExpress, analysed by anna.aero two months ago, began serving Vienna (VIE) from Izmir (ADB) on 1 May. The thrice-weekly 737-800 service complements the airline’s existing Vienna services from Antalya.

This great cake celebrated Transavia.com’s charter link between the Netherlands and Macedonia at the TAV-operated Alexander the Great airport in Skopje. The Dutch Ambassador to Macedonia, Simone Filippini, turned up in a Dutch-themed feather shawl.

  • Transavia.com launched a charter service between Amsterdam (AMS) and Skopje (SKP) on 29 April. At least 27 return flights will be operated during the summer season in cooperation with the tour operator Karatanova Tours.
  • The Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways resumed a domestic ATR72 service on 1 May. Kaohsiung (KHH) is now connected daily with Taipei Songshan (TSA), having been suspended in July 2008, until then operating with A321s. The airline’s service now competes with Mandarin Airlines’ three flights a week and indirectly also with China Airlines’ 13 weekly and EVA Air’s daily flights to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE).
  • Ukraine International, the subject of last week’s airline analysis, launched three routes in the last week; two international and one domestic. As of 27 April, the airline now flies six times a week with 737-500s between the country capital Kiev (KBP) and Donetsk (DOK) in the eastern part of the country, competing with Donbassaero’s 12 weekly flights. The mining city also received two weekly 737-400 flights to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on the following day. As of 30 April, the airline additionally launched three weekly flights from Kiev to Geneva (GVA) on 737-500s.

A press conference was held in Rome about the new United route from Chicago O’Hare. Speaking to the gathered media were John Aynes, United’s MD EMEA Airport Operations & Cargo; Thorsten Lettnin, United’s GM Sales Germany, Switzerland, Austria & Italy; and Sergio Berlenghi, Head of Planning & Airport Marketing Development at Aeroporti di Roma.

  • United Airlines launched a new seasonal route between its Chicago O’Hare (ORD) hub and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on 1 May. The daily flights, which will be operated with 767-300s until 27  September, complement the airline’s daily, year-round services from Washington Dulles (IAD). The new Chicago route faces competition as it operates against American Airlines’ daily services and Alitalia’s six flights a week. As a result, all three major alliances will be present on the route this summer. Greg Kaldahl, VP resource planning, commented: “Our new service to Rome from Chicago O’Hare adds even more convenience for customers looking to travel to Italy during the summer months. Along with our Washington service, customers will have additional options to consider when making their summer travel plans.”
  • The Russian airline Ural Airlines, based in Ekaterinburg (SVX), launched weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on 2 May, using A320s. This is the third Russian city to be connected with Rome this summer, with services already existing from Moscow (Sheremetyevo) and St Petersburg.
George Cooper, Wataniya Airways’ CEO

George Cooper, Wataniya Airways’ CEO; Mehmet Hilmi Dedeoğlu, Turkey’s Ambassador to Kuwait; and Abdulsalam Al Bahar, Chairman and MD gathered for the launch event for the premium airline’s first flight to Istanbul.

  • The Kuwaiti premium airline Wataniya Airways has launched its longest route so far by setting off for Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) from its Kuwait City (KWI) base. The three weekly flights will be operated with the airline’s 122-seat A320s.

WestJet’s arrival to Bermuda was greeted by officials adhering to the strict local dress code. Canadians will now have daily access to the British island in the Atlantic from Toronto on both Air Canada and WestJet.

  • WestJet launched four new routes in the last week, two of which took off from Edmonton (YEG) on 2 May. Both the domestic destination Kamloops (YKA) in British Columbia and San Francisco (SFO) are served each three times weekly with 737-800s. From Montreal (YUL), the airline began serving Punta Cana (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic once a week from 1 May and Toronto (YYZ) saw the addition of daily flights to a new destination for WestJet; Bermuda (BDA) in the Atlantic Ocean, which competes with Air Canada’s also daily flights. This makes WestJet the second Canadian carrier to serve the subtropical British overseas territory.

Previous weeks’ launch

As Spanair’s inaugural flight to Zagreb got the all-go just moments after European airspace began to reopen, the celebrations were caught by surprise. The official launch event instead took place on 28 April. Spanair’s VP Institutions Affairs Javier Ortega Figueiral was on site to cut the cake and the Croatian ambassador to Spain, Neven Pelicarić, spoke to the gathered press.


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