New airline routes launched (30 October – 5 November 2012)

New routes: 30 October - 5 November 2012

JetBlue’s New York JFK to Cartagena

JetBlue’s inaugural flight from New York JFK to Cartagena in Colombia was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute. The crew then proudly displayed Colombian flag.

  • JetBlue, which already serves the Colombian capital of Bogotá with services from Orlando, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL, added thrice-weekly flights from New York JFK, NY (JFK) to Cartagena (CTG) on 2 November. Flights to the large Caribbean beach resort city, which to-date did not have a direct link to New York, will be operated by JetBlue with the airline’s fleet of A320s.

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A traditional water cannon salute awaited Aeroflot’s new service from Moscow Sheremetyevo in Tenerife Sur.

A traditional water cannon salute awaited Aeroflot’s new service from Moscow Sheremetyevo in Tenerife Sur.

  • Aeroflot, which last week added six new routes from its Moscow Sheremetevo (SVO) base, continued to expand its network from the Russian airport with services to Tenerife South (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands, which commenced on 30 October. The 5,300-kilometre routing across Europe is offered with twice-weekly frequencies and will be operated using Ilyushin Il-96-300 aircraft with capacity for 282 passengers. There is no direct competition on the route, although Transaero and VIM Airlines compete indirectly serving Tenerife South from Moscow Domodedovo, each with weekly flights.

Celebrating the return of Aeromexico’s link between Mexico City and Dallas/Fort Worth were the Mexican airline’s Monica Malanco, Corporate Account Manager; Jaime Bernal, International Airport Services Director; Jenny Jenks, Market Manager SAT; and Jose Luis Velazquez, International Maintenance Director. Meanwhile, passengers in the Texan airport’s terminal were treated to performances by a Mariachi band and Mexican food.

  • Aeromexico resumed flight on the route from Mexico City (MEX) to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) on 5 November. The 1,500-kilometre trans-border route was previously operated by the Mexican carrier with varying frequencies until it was eventually dropped in January 2006. The relaunched operation involves twice-daily services, and sees MD80s being replaced with E-190s. Competition on the route comes from American Airlines, which operates 42 weekly flights between the Texan city and the Mexican capital.

  • Air Arabia continued expanding its network to CIS countries from its Sharjah (SHJ) base in the United Arab Emirates, launching three new routes; two to Russia and one to Kazakhstan. On 31 October, the low-cost airline began serving Kazakhstan’s capital Astana (TSE), followed by flights to Rostov-on-Don (ROV) in southern Russia on 2 November. On 3 November, flights followed to Kazan (KZN) by the river Volga. Each of the three routes is operated twice a week with the airline’s A320 aircraft. Although none of the routes face direct competition, flydubai indirectly competes at nearby Dubai International Airport on the Kazan route with four weekly operations.

  • Air Botswana, which launched a number of international routes from Gaborone in the previous week, further expanded its regional network during the last days on October. On 30 October, the airline commenced thrice-weekly services on the route from Botswana’s fifth-largest city, Maun (MUB), to Victoria Falls (VFA) in Zimbabwe. On the following day, four-weekly flights were launched on the route from Gaborone (GBE) to Lanseria (HLE), the South African airport located between Johannesburg and Pretoria. While both routes will be served with ATR 72s, only one will see competition; Air Namibia already operates four-weekly services from Maun to Victoria Falls.

  • Ak Bars Aero expanded its domestic network with two new routes, on 30 and 31 October respectively. The Russian airline, which uses a fleet of eight 50-seater CRJ200s for its scheduled operations, commenced flights from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Kirov (KVX), a major road and rail transportation hub located west of the Urals along the Trans-Siberian Railway. On the following day, Ak Bars Aero also launched services from Nizhny Novgorod (GOJ), only 380 kilometres east from Moscow, to the primary gateway to the Russian Caucasus, Mineralnye Vody (MRV). Both routes are operated with weekly frequencies.

Teresita Campos, Horizon Passenger Service Agent, celebrated the launch of Alaska Airlines’ new link from Portland to Lihue on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Passengers were treated to tropical fruit and steel drum music. Posing by the instrument were the airline’s Jeri Parrish, PDX Station Supervisor; Don Davies, PDX General Manager; Liz Skayhan, PDX Inflight Manager; steel drum player Terry Baber; Campos; and Donna Westerlund, Alaska Airlines’ PDX Station Supervisor.

  • Alaska Airlines continued expanding its network to Hawaii on 5 November when the airline connected Portland, OR (PDX) with Lihue, HI (LIH) on the island of Kauai. The route, which is Alaska Airlines’ fourth from Portland to airports in the state of Hawaii, is now operated four times a week with the airline’s 157-seat 737-800 aircraft, complementing its services to Maui, Honolulu and Kona. Alaska Airlines already serves Lihue from Seattle, San Jose and Oakland.

  • Allegiant Air launched four new routes in the last week, each operating twice-weekly with the airline’s MD80 aircraft. Notably, all destinations are new to Allegiant’s network or have seen the airline return. Harrisburg, PA (MDT) got new services from two Florida airports; Orlando Sanford, FL (SFB) on 31 October and St Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (PIE) on 2 November. The Sanford route faces indirect competition at Orlando International from Frontier’s four weekly flights. On 1 November, Allegiant resumed the route from Orlando Sanford to Lansing, MI (LAN), capital of the state of Michigan, which it previously operated between 2005 and 2008. The same day, Allegiant also connected its Phoenix/Mesa, AZ (AZA) with Rochester, MN (RST), a distance of just over 2,000 kilometres.

  • British Airways inaugurated operations on the route from its London Heathrow (LHR) hub to the Liberian capital of Monrovia (ROB), as it extended its service to Freetown (FNA) in Sierra Leone on 5 November. Thrice-weekly flights are operated on the West African route using 767-300ER. Although there is no direct competition on the route, British Airways will compete indirectly from Europe with Brussels Airlines’ thrice-weekly (one non-stop and twice-weekly via Abidjan) and Air France’s twice-weekly (via Conakry) services.

The cake welcoming China Eastern as the first airline from Mainland China to Cairns in North Queensland was cut by Ma Xulun, the airline’s CEO & Vice Chairman, and Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier of Queensland. This was followed by a dance performance by Pamagirri Dancers from Rainforestation.

As the China Eastern A330 landed in Cairns, it marked the first non-stop link between Mainland China and the North Queensland airport, further boosting the fast-growing China-Australia market.

  • China Eastern Airlines launched its third route to Australia on 30 October when the airline connected its Shanghai Pudong (PVG) hub with Cairns (CNS) in northern Queensland. The airline, which already serves Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, now flies the new route three times weekly with 264-seat A330-200 aircraft. This is notably the first route between Mainland China and Cairns. Cairns Airport’s CEO, Kevin Brown, commented: “Our aim is to make this a year round service to provide even greater benefit to the region. We will continue to work closely with China Eastern and other key partners including the Queensland Government, Tourism Queensland, Tourism Australia, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Cairns Regional Council and Advance Cairns, to make that happen.” Rob Giason, Tourism Tropical North Queensland’s CEO, added: “The arrival of Flight CZ 335 marked a symbolic part of the region’s journey to attract 200,000 Chinese visitors by 2015.” For video coverage from the launch event, see Cairns Airport’s YouTube video.

The Cape of Good Hope cake celebrating Condor’s new route to Cape Town was cut by Ralf Teckentrup, CEO Condor; Stefan Schulte, CEO Fraport; and Martin Kohlhaussen, South African honorary consul. As music and dance was performed for passengers by the band African All Stars, the gentlemen also cut the ribbon to open the route previously operated by Lufthansa.

  • Condor, the German leisure carrier in Thomas Cook Group, embarked on long-haul expansion in the last week. Four new routes were launched; to Asia, Middle East, Africa and Caribbean destinations. The airline became the second European carrier to serve Cambodia after Air France’s Phnom Penh route when it launched weekly flights from Frankfurt (FRA) to Siem Reap (REP) on 2 November. The route is operated via Phuket in Thailand on the return sector, using 270-seat 767-300ER aircraft. The following day, Condor launched another long-haul route from Frankfurt as the airline began serving Cape Town (CPT) in South Africa. The twice-weekly operations, also with 767-300ER aircraft, are a response to Lufthansa dropping its route between the two airports earlier this year and instead moving its Cape Town services to Munich. Deidre Davids, Communications Manager at Cape Town International Airport, commented: “This is the first international airline to join the Cape Town International Airport family for this year following Air France and Edelweiss Air who launched direct flights to Cape Town at the end of 2011.” The same date, Condor also expanded in Düsseldorf (DUS), launching two weekly operations to Dubai (DXB) in competition with Emirates’ twice-daily flights. Condor, which uses 265-seat 757-300s on the route, last operated the route two years ago during the winter 2010/11 season. This is the airline’s second route to Dubai after its services from Frankfurt. On 2 November, Condor also launched its second route to Varadero (VRA) in Cuba after its flights from Frankfurt, when the airline launched weekly flights from Austria’s capital Vienna (VIE) with 767-300ER aircraft.

  • Corsair, the second-largest French carrier after Air France, resumed non-stop services on the transatlantic route from Paris Orly (ORY) to Cancún (CUN) on the north-eastern coast of the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula. Twice a week, 747-400-operated flights are offered by the airline, which previously served the Mexican resort between November 2006 and May 2010, both non-stop and via either Havana in Cuba or Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

Kolkata Airport’s director, B. P. Sharma, welcomed Dragonair’s GM South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Tom Wright, who arrived on the inaugural flight from Hong Kong. Wright was then joined for a conference by Rakesh Raicar, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager South Asia; and Yasser Ahmad, Sales Manager East India.

  • Dragonair inaugurated services to its second Indian destination from Hong Kong (HKG) on 2 November. The Cathay Pacific subsidiary, which already serves Bangalore with daily flights, now also offers four-weekly departures to the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, Kolkata (CCU). Speaking during the launch, Dragonair’s Tom Wright, GM South Asia, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are quite confident of the market in India. Sticking to the traffic rights, we will look forward to increase frequency. We will also modify the aircraft to increase capacity.” All flights will be operated with the airline’s fleet of A320s.

Basel EuroAirport’s Business Development Manager, Ingrid Sturzenegger, prepared a sweet send-off for the crew on easyJet’s inaugural flight to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.

Basel EuroAirport’s Business Development Manager, Ingrid Sturzenegger, prepared a sweet send-off for the crew on easyJet’s inaugural flight to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.

  • easyJet added two routes to its network last week. On 31 October, the airline expanded offering from its Basel (BSL) base with twice-weekly flights to Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia. On the following day, easyJet launched also twice-weekly services from Manchester (MAN) to Tel Aviv (TLV), turning the northern English city into the fourth (after Basel, Geneva and London Luton) airport across its European network to have a direct link to the Israeli airport.’s twice-weekly departures, launched in spring 2009, provide competition on the Manchester to Tel Aviv route.

Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' SVP Commercial Operations, Far East & Australia, who arrived to Adelaide on the airline's inaugural flight to sign a joint marketing agreement with the local government and Tourism Australia

Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' SVP Commercial Operations, Far East & Australia, who arrived to Adelaide on the airline's inaugural flight to sign a joint marketing agreement with the local government and Tourism Australia, commented: "South Australia has never had this level of connectivity, and the early booking profiles demonstrate Emirates' power in unlocking previously untapped markets."

  • Emirates began serving its fifth destination in Australia on 1 November when the Dubai (DXB) based airline became the first ‘MEB3’ carrier to serve Adelaide (ADL) in South Australia. Flights are initially operated four times a week with the airline’s 777-300ER aircraft, but frequencies are set to increase to daily in February next year. Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Far East & Australasia, commented: “In comparison to Australia’s other capital cities, Adelaide is underserved by international carriers, relative to its population size. When our service goes daily from 1st February, it will mean nearly 5,000 additional international seats per week on the route, representing a 30 per cent increase for the market, which will boost jobs and investment in South Australia’s AUS$ 5.3 billion tourism sector, and with trade benefiting from the 14 tonnes of commercial cargo space on each flight.” The only other foreign airlines serving Adelaide are Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

  • Ethiopian Airlines expanded its South-East Asian presence with services to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The airline now connects Addis Ababa (ADD) with the Malaysian capital with three weekly frequencies as an extension of its existing service to Bangkok (BKK) in Thailand. During the launch, Esayas Woldemariam, SVP Global Sales for the Star Alliance airline, quite unexpectedly announced the strengthening of ties with the soon-to-be oneworld member Malaysia Airlines: “Together with Malaysia Airlines, we are working on code share and pro-rate agreements, which in due course should bring about significant benefits to both parties.” Ethiopian Airlines operates the new route with 767-300ER aircraft.

Celebrating Etihad’s arrival in Gujarat were Ramendra Kumar Singh, Islamabad’s Airport Director; Ali Mohamed Ali Rashed, GM Airport Operations; and Neerja Bhatia, Etihad’s GM India (centre), together with the Etihad crew and local travel community.

Celebrating Etihad’s arrival in Gujarat were Ramendra Kumar Singh, Islamabad’s Airport Director; Ali Mohamed Ali Rashed, GM Airport Operations; and Neerja Bhatia, Etihad’s GM India (centre), together with the Etihad crew and local travel community.

  • Etihad inaugurated flights on the 1,800-kilometre route from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Ahmedabad (AMD) in the western Indian state of Gujarat on 2 November. Daily services will be operated using A320s. This makes Etihad the third and final of the ‘MEB3’ airlines to serve Ahmedabad. The Indian city is also served from the UAE by Air Arabia and flydubai. Etihad’s CEO, James Hogan, said: “Etihad Airways is committed to serving the Indian market and people, whether in India or the diaspora.” The newly launched route brings Etihad’s presence in the Indian subcontinent up to a total of nine destinations, all of which are served with at least six weekly frequencies. 

A whole different animal: Frontier’s SVP Commercial, Daniel Shurz, commented: “We are excited to bring our famously low fares to Minot, Frontier’s second destination in North Dakota.” Photo credit goes to Andy Solsvig!

  • Frontier inaugurated services on the route from Denver, CO (DEN) to Minot, ND (MOT), which are offered with four weekly frequencies from 5 November. Commenting on the launch, Minot Airport’s MD, Andy Solsvig, said: “Having Frontier Airlines announce they’re coming to Minot is a whole different animal and we’re excited about having an affordable airline enter this rapidly growing market.” In recent years, Minot has benefited from major investments in oil drilling, which increased its profile and, in June 2010, attracted first scheduled service to Denver from United Airlines. The carrier, which gradually developed the market, now offers 25 weekly competing services on the route. For its part, Frontier will operate its new route with E-190s.

Matthias Köhn, Erfurt/Weimar Airport’s CEO, welcomed the crew operating Germania’s inaugural flight to Tenerife Sur.

  • Germania inaugurated services to two destinations in the Spanish Canary Islands from Erfurt/Weimar (ERF). The airline, which focuses on carrying leisure and ethnic traffic, now serves both Tenerife South (TFS) and Gran Canaria (LPA) with weekly frequencies. Previously, both destinations were served by airberlin; however, the airline pulled its Spanish routes from Erfurt/Weimar in May 2011 as part of the airline’s network reorganisation. Both services, which launched on 3 and 4 November respectively, will be operated with the airline’s fleet of 737-700s.

A festive island-style send-off was prepared for passengers departing on the inaugural Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to Sapporo Chitose. Mike McCartney, Hawai’i Tourism Authority’s CEO, underlined: “Today’s launch of Hawaiian Airlines' new Sapporo route is great news for Hawai'i’s tourism economy and will generate an estimated $61 million in visitor spending and $6.7 million in state tax revenue.”

  • Hawaiian Airlines introduced a new route to Japan on 1 November, and now serves Sapporo Chitose (CTS) from its Honolulu, HI (HNL) base. Thrice-weekly flights are offered on the 6,000-kilometre route across the Pacific; all will be operated with 767-300ER. Sapporo Chitose, which is the Hawaiian carrier’s fourth Japanese destination, last week saw the launch of services from Bangkok by Thai Airways.

Jetstar Asia’s CEO, Baranthan Pasupathi, together with Douglas Foo, CEO of Sakae Holdings, broke the barrel of sake, safe-guarding the success of Jetstar’s new route from Singapore to Osaka Kansai. Passengers on the inaugural flight were handed out themed goodie bags.

  • Jetstar inaugurated new route from Jetstar Asia’s Singapore (SIN) base to that of its recently launched sister company Jetstar Japan, Osaka Kansai (KIX), from where passengers can continue onto domestic flights to four destinations within Japan (including Okinawa, which only launched last week). Thrice-weekly A330-operated departures are offered to begin with, although this number will increase to four in mid-December. Jetstar will face competition from Singapore Airlines’ 11 weekly flights on the route.

  • Korongo Airlines, the Brussels Airlines-backed Congolese airline launched earlier this year, added a new domestic destination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 31 October. Twice a week, the airline’s flights between Lubumbashi (FBM) and Kinshasa (FIH) now stop en-route in Mbuji-Mayi (MJM), creating two domestic routes to the country’s third-largest city that is a diamond mining centre. Flights are operated with 737-300 aircraft.

Celebrating LOT Polish Airlines' evening arrival to Stuttgart were the airport's Thomas Helten, Head of Traffic Development; LOT Polish Airlines' Malgorzata Forsch, Sales and Marketing Manager; Jörg Im Wolde, Stuttgart Airport's Head of Marketing; Liliana Rink, LOT Polish Airlines' Area Sales Manager; and Dirk Steffensen, also LOT Polish Airlines' Director Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

  • Lufthansa expanded its presence at two German airports, Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Düsseldorf (DUS) in the first days of November. All of the five new routes will be served with low frequencies and operated with the airline’s fleet of A320s. airberlin competes on three routes, although also with low frequency. Notably, Düsseldorf saw the launch of services to Tel Aviv (TLV), which Lufthansa serves also from Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin Tegel.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* Competition
03-Nov-12 Berlin Tegel (TXL) Funchal (FNC) 1 airberlin (1)
Marrakech (RAK) 1
01-Nov-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Tel Aviv (TLV) 2 airberlin (2)
03-Nov-12 Funchal (FNC) 1 airberlin (2)
Marrakech (RAK) 1
Source: Innovata for w/c 5 November    *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch

  • Monarch started its second route from East Midlands (EMA) to the Canary Islands on 30 October, following flights to Lanzarote, which only launched a day earlier. The leisure carrier now also offers twice-weekly flights to Tenerife South (TFS), which will be operated with A320s. Competition on the route comes from Ryanair and Thomson Airways, which serve the route with each thrice-weekly flights, as well as from twice-weekly frequencies from both and Thomas Cook.

  • NextJet, the Swedish regional airline that won last week’s Cake of the Week award, expanded its presence in Karlstad (KSD) in west-central Sweden on 5 November. The airline, which already serves the city from Stockholm Arlanda, now also flies to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen (CPH) where connections are offered on SAS. Flights are operated five times weekly with Saab 340 aircraft. The route was previously operated by now-defunct Skyways.

Colourful cupcakes were offered to passengers travelling on Norwegian’s first flight from Gothenburg to Alicante. The ribbon for the new route was cut by the young passenger Alma Nyström-Larsson, who was assisted by Johan Zimmergren, Swedavia’s Route Development & Key Account Manager, and Norwegian’s captain Peter.

In Umeå in northern Sweden, passengers on Norwegian’s first flight to Gran Canaria celebrated the launch with Swedish pear cider and sweets.

  • Norwegian continued growing its network in the last week with the new Gran Canaria (LPA) base contributing with eight of the airline’s 14 new services. Five of the routes from the Canary Island are to Norwegian regional airports, while regional airports in Sweden, Denmark and Finland got one route each. In the case of Billund (BLL) in Denmark, the route is relaunched since Norwegian operated the route in 2010. It was also operated by Cimber Sterling prior to the airline’s demise.
Date Origin Destination WF Competition (WF)
30-Oct-12 Gothenburg (GOT) Alicante (ALC) 2
31-Oct-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Ålesund (AES) 1
03-Nov-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Bodø (BOO) 1
02-Nov-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Haugesund (HAU) 1
31-Oct-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Harstad/Narvik (EVE) 1
31-Oct-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Oulu (OUL) 1
01-Nov-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Tromsø (TOS) 1
01-Nov-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Umeå (UME) 1
03-Nov-12 Gran Canaria (LPA) Billund (BLL) 1 Primera Air (2)
31-Oct-12 Oslo Rygge (RYG) Alicante (ALC) 2 Ryanair (4)
31-Oct-12 Oslo Rygge (RYG) Malaga (AGP) 2 Ryanair (3)
30-Oct-12 Oslo Torp (TRF) Tenerife Sur (TFS) 1
01-Nov-12 Oslo Torp (TRF) London Gatwick (LGW) 4
01-Nov-12 Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Manchester (MAN) 4 SAS (11)
Source: new route database, Innovata data for w/c 5 November 2012

OLT Express Germany further increases its presence in Hamburg

Manfred Jung, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden Airport’s CEO; and his counterpart at OLT Express Germany, Joachim Klein helped launch the airline’s new route from the airport in south-west Germany to Hamburg in the north of the country.

Upon arrival in Hamburg, the crew was treated to a celebratory cake by the airport’s Manager Traffic Development, Robert Piltz.

  • OLT Express Germany, which already flies to Hamburg (HAM) in northern Germany from Dresden and Saarbrücken, has added services to the hanseatic city from Karlsruhe/Baden Baden (FKB). Joachim Klein, the airline’s CEO, said: “We are highly satisfied with our two existing routes to Hamburg, and confident about our youngest route’s future. Although we announced the route only two months ago, which considerably limited our downtime, forward bookings proved promising so far.” The new route will be operated with Fokker 100s with 12 weekly frequencies.

Celebrating the arrival of Qatar Airways in Maputo were Cristiano dos Santos, Consul General of the Republic of Mozambique to UAE responsible for Qatar; Manuela Goldman, Qatar Airways’ Commercial Manager Mozambique; Salem Abdullah Sultan Al-Jaber, Qatari Ambassador to South Africa with responsibility for Mozambique; Rashid Mordiffi, Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager Africa; Paulo Zucula, Mozambique’s Minister of Transportation and Communication; Afonso Sande Cuinhane, Mozambique CAA’s CEO; and Manuel Veterano, Mozambique Airports Authority’s CEO.

  • Qatar Airways launched thrice-weekly flights to Maputo (MPM) in Mozambique as an extension to its service from Doha (DOH) to Johannesburg (JNB). Flights on the 6,600-kilometre route will be operated with 777-300ERs. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker pointed out: “With the discovery of large reserves of natural gas, Mozambique is today emerging to be one of the fastest growing economies in the region.” Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager Africa, Rashid Mordiffi, who led the delegation on the inaugural flight, added: “Launching these new flights to Maputo shows our confidence and commitment to this vibrant economy. Being an important port in Mozambique, Maputo is a vital economic supply corridor to neighbouring landlocked countries in Southern Africa and strategically well positioned.”

Ryanair continues its Warsaw Modlin offensive with three more UK routes

Speaking of the launch of Ryanair’s new service to Warsaw Modlin, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director, Shaun Browne, underlined: “Warsaw is the 13th capital city in Europe served direct from Bristol Airport. Ryanair’s new service provides an important link between the South West and Poland, which will be popular with leisure and business travellers as well as providing a convenient connection with home for the substantial Polish community in this region.”

  • Ryanair further increased its presence at the new Warsaw Modlin (WMI) airport with three UK destinations on 30 October, after it launched flights on four routes only a week before. Flights from Bristol (BRS), East Midlands (EMA) and Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) will each depart with thrice-weekly frequencies using the airline’s 189-seat 737-800s. The Scottish service is yet another route to Warsaw Modlin on which the Irish carrier goes head-on against Wizz Air, which serves Prestwick with twice-weekly schedule from Modlin.

Cutting the inaugural cake in Novosibirsk during the launch of S7’s new service to Kulob in Tajikistan were Natalya Balay, Deputy Head Aviation Marketing Department, Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport; Igor Mukhachev, S7’s Representative Novosibirsk; Gregory Pomerantsev, Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport’s Commercial Director; and Olesya Verba, Manager Aviation Marketing Department, Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport.

After the boarding pass cake celebrating S7’s new route from Novosibirsk to Fergana in Uzbekistan was cut, the lucky passenger that had the same seat number as selected to appear on the cake – 7A – was called forward to receive gifts from Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport.

  • S7, which last week launched services to Hong Kong, has now also added flights from its main hub in Novosibirsk (OVB) in Siberia to Kulob (TJU), making it the third destination that it serves in Tajikistan after Dushanbe and Khudzhand. In addition, also on 3 November, S7 launched a new route from Novosibirsk to Fergana (FEG) in southern Uzbekistan. This is also the airline’s third route to the country from Novosibirsk after its existing flights to Tashkent and Namangan. Weekly flights are offered on both routes, all of which will be operated with A320 aircraft.

  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines launched four routes to Spain in the last week. Only one of the routes, from Trondheim (TRD) to Malaga (AGP), does not face competition.
Date Origin Destination WF A/c Competition (WF)
30-Oct-12 Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Gran Canaria (LPA) 2 B738 TUIfly Nordic (6), Norwegian (4), Primera Air (1)
03-Nov-12 Copenhagen (CPH) Alicante (ALC) 1 MD81 Norwegian (6)
03-Nov-12 Gothenburg (GOT) Malaga (AGP) 1 B738 Norwegian (2)
03-Nov-12 Trondheim (TRD) Malaga (AGP) 1 B73G
Source: new route database, Innovata data for w/c 5 November 2012

  • Saudia expanded its network last week with two services, one short-haul and one long-haul. On 1 November, the airline, which has recently returned to its historic name, commenced services on the 1,600-kilometre route from Medina (MED) to Dubai (DXB), where its thrice-weekly, A320-operated service faces competition from the 11 weekly frequencies offered by Emirates. On 3 November, Saudia grew its presence in Mainland China, where it previously served Guangzhou (CAN) with thrice-weekly flights from Riyadh. Now, the carrier added second route to the Pearl River Delta city from Jeddah (JED), which it offers weekly with 777-200 aircraft.

  • South African Airways expanded its network with services to Harare (HRE), the capital of Zimbabwe, on 2 November. The airline, which already serves Harare with 29 flights a week from Johannesburg, now also offers three flights a week from Durban (DUR) on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. Flights are operated from Durban’s new King Shaka International Airport, which only opened in 2010, by SA Express using 50-seat CRJ200 aircraft.

Tiger Airways Australia adds two routes to its Melbourne network

Lara Giddings, Premier of Tasmania (pictured right), welcomed the return of services from Tiger Airways to Hobart: “These additional services will help us take advantage of Tasmania’s growing reputation as a must-see tourist destination, with Hobart recently named in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2013.” The airline last served Hobart in July 2011.

  • Tiger Airways Australia increased its presence in Melbourne (MEL) with twice-daily services each to Adelaide (ADL) in South Australia and the Tasman city of Hobart (HBA). Both services will be operated using the airline’s fleet of A320s, as the airline brings the number of routes offered from Melbourne to seven. Competition on the new routes comes from Qantas (which offers 71 and 21 weekly flights respectively), Virgin Australia (64 and 37), and Jetstar (18 and 38).

  • Transaero inaugurated services on the route from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Málaga (AGP) on the Spanish Costa del Sol on 31 October, making the popular resort city the fifth destination the Russian airline serves in Spain. The fast-growing airline, which operates the route with thrice-weekly frequencies using 737-300s, will compete indirectly against Aeroflot’s five weekly departures from another Moscow airport, Sheremetyevo, which launched in April 2007.

Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Sarasota, FL (SRQ) 7 B738
Jackson, MS (JAN) 7 ERJ145
Denver, CO (DEN) Williston, ND (ISN) 21 ERJ145 Great Lakes Airlines (13)
Laramie, WY (LAR) 14 EMB120
Washington Dulles, VA (IAD) Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) 7 B738
Source: Innovata for w/c 5 November
*WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch

  • Ural Airlines started flying on the route from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) in the Caucasus on 30 October. Twice-weekly services on the 1,300-kilometre routing are operated with the airline’s fleet of A320s. Already serving the route are S7 (14 weekly flights), Transaero (12) and RusLine (1).

  • UTair inaugurated services from Surgut (SGC) in Siberia, often described as the oil capital of Russia, to Krasnojarsk (KJA), Siberia’s most beautiful city according to the poet Anton Chekhov. Weekly services on the 2,200-kilometre route are operated by UTair with ATR 42s via Igarka (IAA), a riverine port located at Yenisei, 160 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Notably, services to Igarka are heavily weather-dependent; the airport’s location on an island means that access is reliant on either ice crossing or ferry service. Competition on the route comes from Yakutia Airlines, which serves Krasnojarsk and Surgut via Tomsk. From Surgut, UTair currently offers a total of 18 domestic destinations, four of which are served with intermediate stops.

  • Uzbekistan Airways inaugurated operations on the 900-kilometre route from its Tashkent (TAS) base to Islamabad (ISB) on 31 October, making the Pakistani capital the second destination after Lahore that it serves in the country. Twice-weekly flights are operated on the route using A320s.

  • Vladivostok Air inaugurated services on its second route to Blagoveshchensk (BQS), which located in the far-eastern Russian Amur Region near the Chinese border. Beginning 3 November, weekly departures are offered from the carrier’s Vladivostok (VVO) base, in addition to the four weekly frequencies the airline already offers from Moscow Sheremetyevo. Services on the 900-kilometre route are operated using Tu204-300 equipment, with capacity for eight passengers in business and 134 in economy class.

  • Vueling launched services on its second route to Copenhagen (CPH) on 31 October. The airline, which already serves the Danish capital with 12 weekly flights from Barcelona, now also offers twice-weekly Copenhagen-bound departures from Málaga (AGP), which is located on the Spanish Costa del Sol. Josep Piqué, Vueling’s President, underlined that: “Málaga is extremely important for us, as it concentrates traffic from the north to the south, from cold to heat.”

The ribbon for the new WestJet service from Calgary to Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast was cut by Rodrigo Esponda, Canadian Director, Mexican Tourism Board; Fernando Moran, Minister of Tourism, State of Colima; Fernando Villar, Consul of Mexico; Chris Avery, WestJet’s VP and GM WestJet Vacations; and Stephanie Dancause, Manager Air Service Development, Calgary Airport Authority. A mariachi band also entertained at the Canadian airport, not the least to the delight of WestJetter Trevor.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream: Passengers departing on WestJet’s inaugural service from Kelowna to Los Angeles were treated to ice cream cones with sprinkles in anticipation of the sunny California weather.

  • WestJet, which last week added three seasonal services to its network from Toronto Pearson, continued to launch routes geared at sun-starved Canadians this week. On 2 November, the airline commenced services from Calgary (YYC) to Manzanillo (ZLO) on the central Pacific coast of Mexico. On the following day, Thunder Bay (YQT) was linked with Cancún (CUN) in the north-east of the Yucatán Peninsula. In addition, also on 3 November, WestJet inaugurated services from Kelowna (YLW) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX). All three routes are offered with weekly frequencies and operated with 737-700; all will terminate in late April.

The arrival of Wizz Air’s inaugural flight from the airline’s youngest base in Skopje was welcomed in Basel by the airport’s Operations Manager, Pierre Schloesslin.

  • Wizz Air continued last week’s expansion in both Ljubljana (LJU) and Skopje (SKP) on 30 October. The carrier now offers thrice-weekly services from the Slovenian capital to its de facto base at London Luton (LTN). Wizz Air’s youngest base, which only officially launched last week, is in its turn now connected with twice-weekly flights to Basel (BSL) on the borders between Switzerland, France and Germany.

  • Wizz Air Ukraine added services from two Ukrainian airports to Milan Bergamo (BGY), the northern Italian airport popular with many low-cost airlines. Thrice-weekly flights are now offered from both Lviv (LWO) and Kiev Zhulyany (IEV). Speaking of the new route from Lviv in western Ukraine, Akos Bus, Wizz Air Ukraine’s General Director, said: “This is the third route carried out by our company from Lviv. Previously launched flights to Venice Treviso and Dortmund proved their popularity with affordable prices and high service quality. We have high hopes that the pattern will repeat itself this time, too.” 

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  1. Sergey says:

    It looks like you missed UtAir’s Ukraine flight ODS-TBS, which is already being operated on Sundays. The service started November 4.

  2. Dwight says:

    The DFW to MEX will not only be a boon for Aeromexico/DL partnership but a boon for the Midwest US.

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