New routes launched during the last week
(Tuesday 31 August – Monday 6 September):

Route of the Week:
Tomsk Avia’s Tomsk to Omsk via Novosibirsk

As Tomsk Avia was welcomed to Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo Airport, the largest city and the air service gateway of the region, a press conference was held by Viktor Tolokonsky, governor of Novosibirsk region; Vladimir Ivankov, chairman of the inter-regional association Siberian Agreement; Vladimir Gorodetsky, mayor of Novosibirsk; Alexander Borisov, head of the Federal Air Transport Agency for West Siberia; Nikolai Varganov, director of Tomsk Avia; Alexander Borodin, general director Tolmachevo Airport; Evgeniy Yankilevich, general director Tomsk airport; and Mikhail Berman, general director Omsk airport.

  • Tomsk Avia, the small Siberian airline, on 1 September launched a regional service from its base in Tomsk (TOF) to Novosibirsk (OVB), a distance of 225 kilometres, then continuing further 600 kilometres to Omsk (OMS). Both routes, which will be operated three times a week with 48-seat Antonov 24 turboprops, are uncontested.

Cake of the Week:
easyJet’s London Gatwick to Gothenburg

Göteborg & Co’s Lennart Johansson, Gothenburg Landvetter Airport’s director aviation business, Brett Weihart, and easyJet’s PR representative for Sweden, Mikael Bohman, cut the delicious cake, which depicts Britain in incredible detail. Captain John, first officer Robin and cabin crew Alison, Gemma, Alan and José-Luis were welcomed to the airport with a gift. For’s first-hand experience of this route launch, see  this week’s route analysis  

At Gatwick, the ABBA tribute band Abalicious performed for passengers and enthusiastic easyJet crew members in the North Terminal. For more pictures, see’s on-site coverage of this route launch in  this week’s route analysis  

  • easyJet launched its first flight to Sweden’s second city Gothenburg (GOT) on 6 September, when it began flying on a daily basis from its London Gatwick (LGW) base. The last time the two airports were connected was in 2003 when City Airline dropped the route, having picked it up after British Airways that pulled out of the Gothenburg market after 9/11. BA is due to return in late November, providing indirect competition with twice-daily flights from London Heathrow. The same route is operated by SAS 13 times a week and Ryanair also flies between Gothenburg City and London Stansted. For a full on-site report from the launch celebrations at both ends of the new route, see this week’s route analysis.

The rest of the last week’s new routes

Aeroflot has increased its domestic network by adding flights to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, which the airline has not served since 1996.

  • Aeroflot on 1 September resumed services to Kazan (KZN), Russia’s sixth largest city. The airline, which served the airport until 1996 from Moscow Domodedovo, now operates daily flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO). The airline has scheduled its 116-seat A319s on the 750-kilometre route, but claims to also operate A320s to the Tatarstan capital. Direct competition comes from the low-cost carrier Avianova, which flies three times a week. At Moscow Domodedovo, indirect competition comes from Kazan-based Tatarstan Airlines’ 26, S7’s 20 and Transaero’s two weekly flights. From Moscow Vnukovo, UTair provides 14 flights a week.

Ribbons cut at both ends: In Manila, Cebu Pacific’s CEA Garry Kingshott, civil aviation undersecretary Glicerio Sicat and civil aeronautics board member Maria Moro cut the ribbon, while in Beijing, the honour was Cebu Pacific’s VP Marketing & Distribution Candice Iyog; Beijing Aviation Ground Services Company deputy GM ST Tan; the Philippines’ ambassador to China Francisco Benedicto; Beijing Airport’s COO Kong Yue; and Cebu Pacific’s VP Flight Operations Victor Custodio.

  • Cebu Pacific launched its third destination in mainland China on 5 September as the airline began serving Beijing (PEK) from its Manila (MNL) base. The Chinese capital, which follows Shanghai and Guangzhou, will be served three times a week with 156-seat A319s. Flights are operated overnight and thereby increase the airline’s aircraft utilisation. Competition comes from Philippine Airlines’ five weekly flights and Air China’s three flights a week.

Capital city to capital city: China Southern now links Beijing with Tashkent twice a week with A330-200s.

  • China Southern resumed services to Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent (TAS) on 2 September. The airline has previously served the city from Ürümqi, but suspended the flights in April this year and now relaunches the destination from Beijing (PEK). Flights operate twice a week with 226-seat A330-200s, competing with Uzbekistan Airways’ also twice-weekly service.
Delta’s first flight to Monrovia arrived in the Liberian capital

As Delta’s first flight to Monrovia arrived in the Liberian capital, VIP guests were welcomed by none other than the country’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself. Among the first passengers was the famous American businessman Robert L. Johnson, who has significant investments in Liberia.

  • Delta Air Lines continued its West African network expansion as it on 4 September launched a weekly extension to Monrovia (ROB) in Liberia to its three weekly flights between Atlanta (ATL) and Ghana’s capital Accra (ACC). For the other two weekly flights to Accra, the aircraft continue to Abuja in Nigeria. This is the first time the US and Liberia are linked with air services since 2001. The last time a US carrier flew to Liberia was in 1986, when Pan Am suspended its Monrovia services from JFK. The new route operates with 767-300ERs. Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s SVP EMEA, commented: “As the No. 1 U.S. carrier serving Africa, Delta remains committed to expanding our presence into fast-growing African markets. Our new service between our Atlanta hub and Monrovia will provide convenient connections between Liberia and cities across the United States.”
Depicted are Saed Al Awadi, CEO Dubai Export Development Corporation; Amgd Awad Alkarim Idriss, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce; Muhammed Riza, Emirates’ Manager Commercial Business Development for Africa; Tidiane Senghor, Director General of Air Transport of Senegal; Nigel Page, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Africa & the America

A large delegation of VIPs departed on Emirates first flight to Senegal. Depicted are Saed Al Awadi, CEO Dubai Export Development Corporation; Amgd Awad Alkarim Idriss, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce; Muhammed Riza, Emirates’ Manager Commercial Business Development for Africa; Tidiane Senghor, Director General of Air Transport of Senegal; Nigel Page, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Africa & the Americas; Essa Abdulla Albasha Alnoaimi, Director of African Affairs Dept, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ibrahima Diong, DG International Cooperation of the Senegal Government; Mohammadou Doudou, Ambassador of Senegal to Saudi Arabia; Abdourahmanne Diop, Ambassor of Senegal to the UAE; and Moustapha Yacine Gueye.

  • Emirates continued expanding in Africa, as it launched five weekly flights from Dubai (DXB) to Dakar (DKR) on 1 September. The Senegalese capital – the airline’s 105th destination – will be served with 267-seat A340-300s. Nigel Page, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Africa & the Americas, said: “Our new Dakar service is a further demonstration of Emirates’ commitment to investing in and supporting the development of its pan-African footprint.” Karim Wade, Senegal’s Senior Minister of Air Transport, also commented: “I am proud that Senegal continues to forge new links with the United Arab Emirates. Just as our countries share an ‘open skies’ agreement, so we also share a strong tradition of hospitality and Senegal looks forward to extending a warm welcome to Emirates and all its customers.”
Manston Airport’s CEO Charles Buchanan

Manston Airport’s CEO Charles Buchanan sees demand growing for Manchester from both the business and leisure markets, and comments: “It takes over four hours to drive to Manchester, and if you take the train, you’ve got to go via London which can take in excess of 5 hours. So it’s a no-brainer - flying from Manston is miles better.”

  • flybe launched its second route to Manston (MSE) in the southeast English county of Kent, on 6 September. After the airline’s launch of Edinburgh flights in late May, the airline now flies six times a week, daily except Saturdays, from Manchester (MAN), using Q400 aircraft.
  • Garuda Indonesia resumed services between Jakarta (CGK) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) on 31 August. The airline used to operate the route until April 2009, but has kept serving the Japanese capital from Bali, from where it also operates to Osaka Kansai and Nagoya. The new service operates daily with A330-200s in competition with JAL’s also daily flights. From 7 January, ANA will also resume its services on the route and compete with daily flights.

One of the longest ribbons we have seen: Helvetic’s Bari services were launched at a press conference held by Ignazio Strano, Swiss’ head of alliances and external relations, Bruno Jans, CEO Helvetic Airways, and Andrea Baroni, Zürich Airport’s head of operations.

  • Helvetic added to its Italian network when it on 6 September launched daily flights between Zurich (ZRH) and Bari (BRI). The year-round service will be served with the airline’s Fokker 100s. The airline already serves Brindisi, also in southeast Italy’s Puglia region. The new route competes with airberlin’s three flights a week.

jetBlue’s first flight from Boston to Phoenix was waved off from Beantown by a big delegation of airport and airline workers.

  • jetBlue resumed flights between Boston, MA (BOS) and Phoenix, AZ (PHX) when it launched daily A320 flights between the two airports on 2 September. The airline last operated the route between May 2006 and June 2007. Phoenix now becomes jetBlue’s 38th destination from its growing Boston base. Competition on the route comes from US Airways’ 21 weekly flights and six flights a week on Southwest.
  • LAN Airlines for the first time began serving Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on 2 September. Flights operate from its main base at Santiago de Chile (SCL) three times a week via Madrid (MAD), which the airline already serves daily from Santiago en-route to Frankfurt. After Madrid and Frankfurt, Paris becomes LAN’s third European destination. For anyone speculating whether the new, merged LAN and TAM will choose Star Alliance or oneworld, the new route does not provide much of a clue, as Paris CDG rather is a SkyTeam stronghold.

On arrival at King Fahd Airport in Dammam, a delegation of senior Oman Air executives led by Abdulaziz bin Saud Alraisi, chief officer management affairs, cut the celebratory cake and commented: “Oman Air is very pleased to commence this new route. Dammam is Oman Air’s 39th international destination and the third in Saudi Arabia after Jeddah and Riyadh.”

  • Oman Air continued its expansion out of Muscat (MCT) in the last week. On 1 September, the airline launched daily services to Dammam (DMM), the Saudi port city. The 915-kilometre route will be served using 114-seat 737-700s. The following day, the airline launched three weekly services to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu (KTM), which will be operated with 154-seat 737-800s. Neither of the two new routes is contested, but Gulf Air used to operate both routes in 2006-2007, when Royal Jordanian also flew between Muscat and Dammam.
  • Pegasus Airlines on 1 September launched two city destinations out of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). The airline now serves Kharkiv (HRK), the second-largest city in the Ukraine, and Lebanon’s capital city Beirut (BEY), each with daily flights. From Istanbul Atatürk, both Turkish Airlines and Middle East Airlines provide indirect competition on the Beirut route, flying 14 and 12 times a week respectively, while the Kharkiv route is uncontested. To Kharkiv, also known as Kharkov, the airline uses 189-seat 737-800 aircraft, while 170-seat 737-400s are scheduled to operate to Beirut.
  • Uruguay’s national carrier Pluna on 1 September launched a route entirely outside its home country. The all-CRJ operator now makes use of Uruguay’s open skies agreements and flies its CRJ900s three times a week between the capitals of Chile and Paraguay, Santiago (SCL) and Asuncion (ASU). Flights compete with TAM Airlines’ Paraguayan subsidiary (previously known as TAM Mercosur), which also flies three times a week.

The first flight from Barcelona was welcomed to Brussels Charleroi by the airport’s marketing team Mélissa Milioto, Ingrid Tahon and David Gering. The plane carried 181 passengers, all eager to indulge in Belgian chocolates.

  • Ryanair launched an entire 21 new routes in the last week, of which all but one were connected with the opening of its Barcelona (BCN) base. The exception is the Italian domestic route between Rome Ciampino (CIA) and Brindisi (BDS) in Puglia in the southeast of the country. Of the 20 new Barcelona routes, half are domestic Spanish services and it is notable that only one route, to Edinburgh (EDI), is to the UK, showing Ryanair’s reluctance to compete with the incumbents in that particular country market.
Date Origin Destination WF* Competition (WF*)
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Dublin (DUB) 7 Aer Lingus (14)
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Ibiza (IBZ) 7 Vueling (53), Spanair (22), Air Europa (13)
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Milan Bergamo (BGY) 7 MXP: easyJet (20), Lufthansa Italia (16), Vueling (14); LIN: Alitalia (6)
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 14 Spanair (44), Air Europa (40), Vueling (33), airberlin (15)
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Paris Beauvais (BVA) 7 CDG: Air France (48), easyJet (20); ORY: Vueling (56), Air France (18)
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Santiago de Compostela (SDQ) 11
01-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Valencia (VLC) 7 Iberia (16), Spanair (9)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Brussels Charleroi (CRL) 7 BRU: Brussels Airlines (27), Vueling (17)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Cagliari (CAG) 3
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Lanzarote (ACE) 3 Air Europa (7), Spanair (4)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Malaga (AGP) 14 Vueling (33), Spanair (23)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Oslo Rygge (RYG) 3 OSL: Norwegian (7), SAS (5)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Rome Ciampino (CIA) 7 FCO: Vueling (35), Alitalia (28)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Santander (SDR) 7 Iberia (19)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Seville (SVQ) 14 Vueling (31), Spanair (17)
02-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Venice Treviso (TSF) 6 VCE: Vueling (21), Spanair (12)
03-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Dusseldorf Weeze (NRN) 4 DUS: Lufthansa (14), airberlin (14)
03-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Gran Canaria (LPA) 2 Vueling (7), Spanair (7), Air Europa (7)
05-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Tenerife Sur (TFS) 2 Vueling (3), Air Europa (3), Spanair (2)
06-Sep-10 Barcelona (BCN) Edinburgh (EDI) 3 Spanair (5), Vueling (3)
01-Sep-10 Rome Ciampino (CIA) Brindisi (BDS) 6 FCO: Alitalia (41), Blu-express (6)
*WF: Weekly Frequencies
  • Skymark launched two new routes on 1 September. From Kobe (UKB) the 737-800 operating low-cost carrier now flies three times a day to Kagoshima (KOJ) in the south of Japan and with one of the weekly frequencies, it continues from there to Amami (ASJ) on the largest of the Amami islands in southernmost Japan. The latter route faces competition from JAL’s twice-daily operations, also with 737-800s.
  • Turkish Airlines resumed a domestic route out of its Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub on 1 September when it again launched flights to Denizli (DNZ), an expanding city in the southwest of the country. The airline had served the airport until the end of June and the hiatus thus only lasted for two months. Flights operate twice a day with 155-seat 737-800s.
  • The Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris, the subject of this week’s airline analysis, on 1 September began flying between its Mexico City (MEX) base and Mexicali (MXL) at the border to the US state of California, a route that until recently was flown by MexicanaClick. The daily 2,175-kilometre flights will operate with 174-seat A320s, from 11 October receiving competition from AeroMéxico.

Other celebrations in the last week

The Russian low-cost carrier Avianova celebrated its first year of successful operations with this gorgeous cake, depicting a special edition four-engine A320. The airline’s CEO Andrew Pyne, whom met with in Moscow in May, said: “The growth we experienced is a testament to our hardworking employees and their dedication to making Avianova the number one domestic airline in Russia. Russian consumers have responded really well to our ultra-low fares and in doing so have promoted the airline to become the 4th largest in the domestic Russian market remarkably quickly.”

chairman of the Russia-Hong Kong Business Association

Cathay Pacific celebrated its Moscow route, which began on 13 July, with a gala ceremony in Hong Kong. The airline’s CEO Tony Tyler is seen toasting with Sir Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Ivan Polyakov, chairman of the Russia-Hong Kong Business Association.


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