New routes launched during the last week (Tuesday 18 May – Monday 24 May):

Route of the Week
Southwest’s Northwest Florida Beaches

Southwest's CEO Gary Kelly said a few words to mark the start of the airline’s services from the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The inaugural flight was given a fire truck salute, while the passengers joined in the party spirit.

  • Southwest was the second airline to begin serving the new Panama City airport Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP) on the day of its inauguration, 23 May. As detailed in’s analysis of the airport this week, the airline is new to serve the area and instantly launched routes from four of its bases; Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Houston Hobby (HOU), Nashville (BNA) and Orlando (MCO). Each of the routes are served twice-daily, using 737-700s.

Cake of the Week
Ryanair’s New Malta Base

Ryanair launched six services from its new Malta base this week. Passengers were treated to flowers and music (observant readers will recognise the hat-clad accordion player) to mark the occasion while a magnificent cake provided the main attraction. Luis Fernandez from Ryanair had the honour of cutting the cake.

  • Ryanair had a busy week, launching 14 new routes. Six of them were contributed by the launch of a base in Malta (MLA), which is analysed in this week’s issue of The service between Liverpool (LPL) and Szczecin (SZZ) in Poland is a relaunch, having previously been operated in the winter of 2008.
Ryanair launch Edinburgh and Lübeck service

Among Ryanair’s fourteen new route launches this week was the service between Edinburgh and Lübeck, the latter of which will have been served by the airline for a full decade come June 1.

Date Origin Destination WF*
20-May-10 Edinburgh (EDI) Lübeck (LBC) 3
19-May-10 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Ibiza (IBZ) 3
20-May-10 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Kos (KGS) 2
20-May-10 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Volos (VOL) 2
21-May-10 Liverpool (LPL) Szczecin (SZZ) 2
18-May-10 Malta (MLA) Seville (SVQ) 2
18-May-10 Malta (MLA) Valencia (VLC) 3
19-May-10 Malta (MLA) Bologna (BLQ) 4
19-May-10 Malta (MLA) Krakow (KRK) 2
21-May-10 Malta (MLA) Billund (BLL) 2
21-May-10 Malta (MLA) Marseille (MRS) 2
19-May-10 Oslo Rygge (RYG) Newcastle (NCL) 3
24-May-10 Pisa (PSA) Rhodes (RHO) 2
21-May-10 Reus (REU) Maastricht (MST) 3
*WF: Weekly Frequencies

The rest of this week’s new route launches

Gina Kelly, Aer Arann, (front) celebrates the relaunch of the airline’s service between Kerry and Manchester, along with Peter Moore, manager Kerry Airport; Liam Chute, vice-chairman, Kerry Airport; Paul Schutz, CEO, Aer Arann; and Basil Sheerin, Kerry Airport’s financial controller.

  • Aer Arann, the Irish regional carrier, relaunched a service to Manchester (MAN) from Kerry (KIR) on 20 May. The airline used to operate the route in the past, but suspended it in January 2009. The flights will operate four times weekly with ATR72s.

Great photos of the salute sent in by VR Santhosh, Manager-Airline Relations, Bengaluru International Airport.

  • AirAsia continued its Indian expansion on 20 May by launching daily flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Bangalore/Bengaluru (BLR) with its A320s. The service competes with Malaysia Airlines’ five flights a week, but no Indian carrier operates on the route.
  • airberlin on 18 May launched a seasonal, weekly service between Munich (MUC) and Constanta (CND). The route, which is the first scheduled service between Germany and the airport on the Romanian Black Sea Riviera since Condor suspended its Frankfurt service in 2006, will operate with a 737-700 until 21 September.
  • Armavia, the Armenian flag carrier, launched a weekly, seasonal service between its Yerevan (EVN) base and Rimini (RMI) on the Italian Adriatic coast. In spite of the route being 2,650 kilometres long, it will be served with the airline’s 50-seat CRJ200.
  • Atlasjet launched five weekly flights between Istanbul Atatürk (IST) and Tel Aviv (TLV) on 23 May. The flights, which will be operated with A320 aircraft, compete with Turkish Airlines’ entire 25 weekly flights, of which six a week are operated with wide-body A340-300s. Although no Israeli carrier operates on the route, El Al will code-share with Atlasjet.
  • Avianova, the fast-growing Russian low-cost carrier, launched its second base on 23 May, when it began operations from St Petersburg (LED) to Sochi (AER), the resort city by the Black Sea and the future site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Four weekly flights will be operated with the airline’s A320s, competing with Rossiya’s six flights a week and UTair’s also four weekly operations. Avianova already serves Sochi from its Moscow Sheremetyevo base.

B&H Airlines celebrated the launch of its new service between Sarajevo and Zagreb with a press conference in the VIP lounge at Zagreb Airport, while the first flight received a welcoming fire-truck salute.

  • B&H Airlines, the flag-carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this week launched new operations between Sarajevo (SJJ) and Zagreb (ZAG). The service was inaugurated on 20 May and flights will be operated six times weekly with ATR72 in competition with Croatia Airlines’ twice-daily Q400 services.
British Airways Route Launch from London City Airport

Luke Hayhoe, commercial manager, British Airways, and Tricia Handley, marketing and communications director, London City Airport, pose for a picture ahead of the launch of British Airways CityFlyer’s new routes between London City and both Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

  • British Airways CityFlyer launched two seasonal Spanish routes out of London City (LCY) on 21 May. Although the airport is known for its business orientation, the airline chooses to revert the summer trough by attempting to be the leisure choice for residents of central London. Both Palma de Mallorca (PMI) and Ibiza (IBZ) will be served three times weekly aboard E-190s until 12 September.
  • Carpatair has continued its Italian expansion outside of its base in Timisoara. On 24 May, the airline began serving Rome Fiumicino (FCO) twice-weekly from Craiova (CRA) in southern Romania, an airport where Carpatair is the only scheduled operator. The flights will be operated with 70-seat Fokker 70s.

All eyes were on China Eastern's new route from Ordos, the city of over 1.5 million in Inner Mongolia, and Hangzhou - one of three new services launched by the airline this week.

  • China Eastern launched a daily service between Ordos (DSN) in Inner Mongolia and Hangzhou (HGH) by the coast on 19 May using ERJ-145s.

The new China Southern service between Urumqi and Moscow received its fair share of media attention upon its launch last Tuesday - one of two new routes introduced by the airline.

  • China Southern introduced two new services this week, the first of which saw the launch of operations between Ürümqi (URC), in the northwest of China, and Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO), where the airline’s fellow SkyTeam member Aeroflot is based, on 18 May. The 3,750 kilometre route will be operated twice a week on 737-700s. The second of the airline’s new routes, launched on 20 May, sees Hualien (HUN) served once weekly from Guangzhou (CAN) using an A320.
  • Cimber Sterling launched three new routes in the last week, all aboard its 737-700s. From Copenhagen (CPH), the airline flies twice a week to Lisbon (LIS), competing with TAP’s 10 weekly flights, as of 20 May. From Aalborg (AAL), two routes were started to the Mediterranean, both operating on a weekly basis. Nice (NCE) was launched on 18 May and Chania (CHQ), on the Greek island of Crete, on 21 May.
Corsican Places has begins a new weekly flight service to Calvi

BAA Stansted’s Airline, Route and Marketing Manager Paul Haynes (left), with first checked-in passengers (and £300 voucher winners) Paul and Iris Cunnington, with Corsican Places’ Marketing Manager, David Williams and PR Executive Louise Thomas.

  • Tour Operator Corsican Places has begun a new weekly flight service to Calvi (CLY), North West Corsica operated Titan Airways making it the UK’s only direct charter into Calvi. On arrival at Calvi Airport the first flight was treated to a further reception was co-hosted by Corsican Places and a grateful Chamber of Commerce & Industry for Haute Corse.
  • Darwin Airlines, the Swiss regional airline based in Lugano, began operating a domestic Italian service on 24 May. The airline now flies 15 times a week between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Rimini (RMI) with its Saab 2000s. The route was last operated during the summer of 2008 by Air Alps.
  • Delta has moved its two routes from the closing Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN) to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), with the new airport having seen the first two flights on 23 May. Atlanta, GA (ATL) is served 60 times a week, while there are 21 weekly flights to Memphis, TN (MEM). Both routes are operated with CRJ200s. For more information about the new airport, see this week’s airport analysis).

easyJet celebrated the launch of its new operations between Liverpool and the Isle of Man by crowning the North West’s favourite Douglas – in honour of the island’s capital city. Graham Douglas from Liverpool gained the public vote following his inspired rendition of Rick Astley’s ‘80s pop classic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. He’s pictured with Neil Pakey, deputy CEO, Peel Airports (left), Ali Gayward, easyJet commercial manager (right), and three of the beaten finalists.

  • easyJet has launched five new routes in the last week, representing two distinctly different parts of the airline’s network. While four Mediterranean routes were launched from London Gatwick (LGW), Liverpool (LPL) saw the launch of six weekly 156-seat A319 services to Isle of Man (IOM) on 21 May. The service, which is the only jet aircraft operation to Isle of Man, competes with Flybe’s 26 weekly 78-seat Q400 services, which almost offer double the weekly capacity. Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, said: “By launching this route we’re making the Isle of Man more accessible for the huge numbers of North West business and leisure travellers that visit the island each year.” The Gatwick routes launched are to Antalya (AYT), the only non-island destination to be launched by the airline this week, and the three Greek island destinations Chania (CHQ), Kos (KGS) and Zakynthos (ZTH). All are operated with the airline’s 180-seat A320s, three times weekly, except to Zakynthos, which is served four times a week.
flydubai launched two Egyptian destinations from its Dubai base

Mohab Nasr, the Egyptian Consul General to Dubai and flydubai’s CCO Hamad Obaidalla were joined by cabin crew in celebrating the first flight to Luxor with the traditional Egyptian dessert Basbousa, which is made from durum wheat.

  • flydubai launched two Egyptian destinations from its Dubai (DXB) base. The low-cost carrier, which already served Alexandria’s Borg El Arab, launched flights to Luxor (LXR) on 19 May and Assiut (ATZ) on 24 May. Both routes are uncontested and will operate three times weekly with the airline’s 737-800s. Hamad Obaidalla, flydubai’s CCO, said: “Our flights to Alexandria have proved to be extremely popular and it is on the back of this success that we have launched our second Egyptian destination. Flights to our third destination in Egypt, Assuit, are just around the corner. I would like to thank the Egyptian authorities for their excellent support. We look forward to continuing this close relationship and providing affordable, high quality and low cost travel access for both UAE and Egyptian travellers.”
  • Hamburg International launched two Norwegian routes out of Cologne/Bonn (CGN) on 20 May. The flights to Bergen (BGO) and Kirkenes (KKN) will each operate once a week, both on Thursdays, with A319s. German holiday makers will be able to make use of this seasonal service to the Norwegian fjords until 2 September. East Midlands base

Announcing five more routes for the second aircraft at the launch of the East Midlands base last week: Steve Heapy, managing director, Holidays; East Midlands Airport commercial director, Stephen Turner; and Ian Doubtfire, managing director,

  • launched a base at East Midlands (EMA) in the last week, stationing the first of two 757s at the British airport. Six routes were launched and five more are to come with the second aircraft. All have a strong leisure orientation, serving sun destinations with low frequencies. The airline also launched two services from Leeds/Bradford (LBA).
Date Origin Destination WF* A/c
19-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Paphos (PFO) 2 B757
20-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Lanzarote (ACE) 1 B757
21-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Dalaman (DLM) 2 B757
21-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Tenerife Sur (TFS) 1 B757
22-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) 1 B757
24-May-10 East Midlands (EMA) Corfu (CFU) 1 B757
22-May-10 Leeds/Bradford (LBA) Bergerac (EGC) 2 B73G
23-May-10 Leeds/Bradford (LBA) Monastir (MIR) 1 B757
*WF: Weekly Frequencies’s new service between Leeds/Bradford and Bergerac was one of eight new routes from the airline this week. Emily James, Bergerac Airport;’s Lauren Godfrey and Rachel Farr; and Bergerac Airport’s Jean Pierre Belves, were joined by local delegates to celebrate the launch of the new route.

  • Lufthansa Italia launched its second ever seasonal route (after Olbia in Sardinia) on 22 May. The Italian Lufthansa subsidiary now flies five times weekly between its Milan Malpensa (MXP) hub and the Balearic island of Ibiza (IBZ) with its A319s. The service competes with easyJet’s daily flights and a weekly service on Neos. During the peak summer season, the route will also be operated by Alitalia.
  • Midwest launched a daily service between Kansas City, MO (MCI) and New Orleans, LA (MSY) on 20 May. The service, operating with 76-seat E-170s, was served by ExpressJet until 2008 and Midwest itself served the route in the past, suspending it in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Norwegian expanded at its second Oslo base by launching a weekly service from Oslo Rygge (RYG) to Dalaman (DLM) on 19 May.
  • Spanair, for the first time in ten years, again serves the UK. The Star Alliance member, which was analysed by a month ago, launched five flights a week to Edinburgh (EDI) out of its Barcelona (BCN) hub on 21 May.
  • Spirit Airlines added Detroit (DTW) to its list of airports it links with the New Jersey gambling resort Atlantic City (ACY) on 21 May. The daily A319 service will operate seasonally until 10 October. Along with AirTran, Spirit is the only airline to serve Atlantic City.
  • Swiss began serving Hamburg (HAM) from Basel (BSL), complementing the airline’s flights to the northern German city from Zurich (ZRH). The service will operate daily aboard Avro RJ100s and competes with easyJet’s also seven flights a week.
  • Transaero launched four new routes in the last week. On 19 May, the Russian airline launched two flights a week between its Moscow Domodedovo (DME) hub and Kostanay (KSN) in northern Kazakhstan. The route will be operated with 737-500s and is the only service from Moscow to the Kazakh airport. From St Petersburg (LED), the airline launched three domestic services to the Russian Far East, each operating once weekly with 767-300ER aircraft. On 21 May, it began its weekly flights to Vladivostok (VVO). Vladivostok Air competes on the route with two weekly flights. The following day saw the launch of flights to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS) on the island of Sakhalin in the Pacific Ocean. The route is uncontested and complements the airline’s existing service from Moscow Domodedovo. On 23 May, Transaero launched a service to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC) at the Bering Sea, a route of 6,650 kilometres.
  • Ukraine International, which was recently analysed by, began operating five weekly flights between Kiev Borispol (KBP) and Tel Aviv (TLV) on 18 May. The service, which is highly competitive, will be served with 737-500s. Other airlines on the route and their weekly frequencies are Donbassaero (9), El Al (7), Arkia Israeli Airlines (2) and Aerosvit (1).
  • United Airlines began serving Anchorage (ANC) from its Chicago O’Hare (ORD) hub on 22 May. The same route was only launched on 13 May by American Airlines and further competes with Alaska Airlines. United will begin flying to the Alaskan city once a week using 757-200s, increasing to eight times weekly during the summer peak period.
  • Virgin Atlantic on 24 May launched its first new route out of London Heathrow (LHR) since services to Mauritius began in October 2007. The airline has expanded its African network by beginning to serve Accra (ACC) in Ghana three times a week. The A340-300 route will be operated in competition with British Airways’ daily service and indirectly with Ghana International Airlines’ three weekly flights from London Gatwick. Steve Ridgway, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We are delighted that we are able to launch services to this fast growing and vibrant capital city with its historic links to Britain, thriving economy and growing oil and gas industry. Virgin Atlantic’s new services will bring much needed competition onto this route, breaking BA’s virtual monopoly. Nearly 200,000 people fly between London and Accra each year and our new services will give them more choice and better value for money.”

Wizz Air’s four new routes from its Sofia base were celebrated in style this week. Bulgarian Minister Alexandur Zvetkov and Wizz Air CEO Kristian Krustev were on ribbon-cutting duty, while the inaugural flight received a traditional fire-truck salute.

  • Wizz Air expanded its Sofia (SOF) base on 22 May, launching four new routes. The base is analysed in detail in this week’s airline analysis. Forlì (FRL) in Italy, Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Madrid (MAD) and Paris Beauvais (BVA) will all be served each three times weekly with the airline’s single fleet of A320s. The only route with direct competition is the Madrid service, which faces both Bulgaria Air’s daily and easyJet’s three weekly flights. The main airports in Frankfurt and Paris are also served from Sofia, by Lufthansa and Air France respectively, as well as both on Bulgaria Air.

Nadezhda Volobueva, the first passenger on Yakutia Airlines’ new route from Moscow Vnukovo to Anadyr, Russia’s easternmpost airport, was welcomed by Boris Lapardin, first deputy permanent representative of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic to the president of Russia; Sergey Kislyakov, deputy Governor of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug; Vassily Aleksandrov, director general JSC Airport Vnukovo; and Pavel Udod, first deputy director general Yakutia Airlines.

Celebrations were also due when the add-on to Pevek began. The first passenger - Ekaterina Raznatovskaya from Pevek - was greeted by none other than Igor Kravchuk, deputy director general JSC Vnukovo Handling, and Vassily Makarov, director general of Yakutia Airlines, (first picture) as well as’s assistant editor Andreas Akerman and Vnukovo’s deputy sales division head Leonid Shipil (second picture).

  • Yakutia Airlines has launched two new domestic long-haul routes, operating with its 192-seat 757-200s. A weekly non-stop flight launched on 19 May between Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and Anadyr (DYR) in the Russian Far East. Anadyr is the administrative centre of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and the easternmost Russian airport. The route is uncontested, although Transaero serves Anadyr from Moscow Domodedovo. On 24 May, a second weekly frequency was added, although operating as a stopping service. The stop adds another destination to Yakutia’s Vnukovo network; Pevek (PWE), a town of 6,000 inhabitants located in the same region as Anadyr.

· BH Airlines, the flag-carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this week launched new operations between Sarajevo (SJJ) and Zagreb (ZAG). The service was inaugurated on 20 May and flights will be operated six times weekly.


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