New airline routes launched (29 January – 4 February 2013)

SAS’ Copenhagen to Newcastle

SAS launches two seasonal routes in Finland; resumes services from Copenhaged to Newcastle

Celebratory Viking hat cake was presented in Newcastle for the arrival of SAS’ new service from Copenhagen. Christian Wild, the airline’s Key Account Manager; and Chris Sanders, the airport’s Aviation Development Director, performed the cake-cutting ceremony.

  • SAS inaugurated three new routes in the first week of February, one domestic in Finland and two international, one each from Helsinki (HEL) and Copenhagen (CPH). Notably, the carrier returned on the 900-kilometre route from the Danish capital to Newcastle (NCL), which it last served in August 2006. The service was then picked up by Cimber Sterling in April 2007 and then lost last February as a result of the carrier’s demise
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c
02-Feb-13 Turku (TKU) Kittila (KTT) 1 S2000
03-Feb-13 Helsinki (HEL) Ostersund (OSD) 2 B717
04-Feb-13 Copenhagen (CPH) Newcastle (NCL) 5 CRJ200
Source: Innovata w/c 11 February 2013.
*WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

Frontier’s Trenton to Tampa

Tampa Airport welcomed the new thrice-weekly Frontier service from Trenton, NJ, with this epic cake showcasing how close Florida really is to New Jersey. Cake-cutting was then performed by Chris Magulski, Frontier’s GM Corporate Sales; and Kari Goetz, Tampa Airport’s Director Marketing.

A multitude of colourful cookies and the traditional water cannon salute awaited Frontier upon arrival in Fort Myers.

  • Frontier expanded it offering from Trenton, NJ (TTN) last week, as it launched three new routes to Florida, as well as a further service to New Orleans, LA (MSY). Frontier’s first route from Trenton, which is conveniently located for both Philadelphia and the New York area, was launched in mid-November 2012, and further launches have already been announced, with Atlanta, Chicago-Midway, Columbus, Detroit, and Raleigh/Durham all scheduled for an April start.
Launch date Origin Destination WF*
31-Jan-13 Trenton, NJ (TTN) Tampa, FL (TPA) 3
01-Feb-13 New Orleans, LA (MSY) 2
02-Feb-13 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) 3
02-Feb-13 Fort Myers, FL (RSW) 2
Source: Innovata w/c 11 February 2013.
*WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)

  • Air Côte d’Ivoire, the recently-launched national carrier of Côte d’Ivoire, added its seventh non-stop destination from Abidjan (ABJ) on 1 February and now serves Ouagadougou (OUA) in Burkina Faso with thrice-weekly frequencies. Competition on the route comes from Air Burkina, which operates five-weekly flights on the route. Further two destinations, Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo, and Yaoundé in Cameroon, were also added to the airline’s fast growing network, and are now served with stopping services.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
01-Feb-13 Abidjan(ABJ) Pointe NoirePNR)
(via LBV)
2 A319
Ouagadougou(OUA) 3 EQV Air Burkina (5)
(via DLA)
3 A319
Source: Innovata w/c 11 February 2013
*WF: Weekly frequencies at launch.

Martina Di Spirito, Alitalia' Support Business Analyst; Justyna Kochanska, Alitalia's Station Manager Ground Operations; Prague Airport's Stanislav Zeman, Director Aivation Business, Marketing and Product Development; Zuzana Kostalova, Alitalia's Sales Manager; and Iveta Strazimiri, Alitalia's Inhouse Sales; performed the ribbon- and cake-cutting ceremonies in Prague to celebrate the airline’s return on the route from Rome Fiumicino.

  • Alitalia resumed flights on 29 January on the route from its Rome Fiumicino (FCO) hub to Prague (PRG), which it last served in January 2004. Twice-weekly departures are offered on the inter-capital route, both will be operated using A320 family aircraft. Three other airlines already operate in the market from Rome to Prague: Czech Airlines (8 weekly frequencies), SmartWings (5) and WizzAir (3).

A weekend getaway to Las Vegas was the prize in the fancy dress contest organised by Allegiant Air and a local radio station to celebrate the airline’s new service from Reno. Instant win formula was applied as the launch fell on a Friday.

  • Allegiant Air added Reno, NV (RNO) to its offering from Las Vegas, NV (LAS) on 1 February, making it the 44th destination it serves from the city. Twice-weekly frequencies are offered on the intra-state route using MD80s. Competition comes from Southwest’s 42 weekly flights. 

  • Cambodia Angkor Air started flying on the 500-kilometre route from Phnom Penh (PNH) in Cambodia, to the Thai capital of Bangkok (BKK) on 1 February. The daily schedule competes against the existing services from both Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways, which operate respectively 28 and 14 weekly departures on the route. The route operates using A321s leased from its shareholder, Vietnam Airlines. Since the beginning of 2013, Cambodia Angkor Air has already launched services from Phnom Penh to Hanoi, as well as increased frequencies on two routes to Siem Reap. 

  • China Eastern Airlines inaugurated services from its Shanghai Pudong (PVG) hub to Sendai (SDJ) in the Japanese Miyagi Prefecture, making it the 17th destination it serves in the country. Four-weekly flights are operated on the 1,900- kilometre route using A320s.

Celebrating the arrival of China Southern in Cairns were the airport’s CEO, Kevin Brown; Mayor of Cairns, Bob Manning; Gavin King, Queensland’s Assistant Minister for Tourism; Frank Gyzemyter, China Southern’s Commercial Manager; and TTNQ's Rob.

  • China Southern Airlines commenced services on the route from its Guangzhou (CAN) hub, to Cairns (CNS) in the far north of the Australian state of Queensland. Thrice-weekly departures are offered on the route and will be operated via Brisbane on the outbound leg. A330-200s are deployed to operate the 5,700-kilometre route. China Southern offers flights to six points in Australia, up from only two in 2009, and continues to develop what is called the “Canton Route” to Europe.

  • Far Eastern Air Transport expanded its offering from Taiwanese Makung (MZG) on 29 January, as it launched flights to Qingdao (TAO) in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. Single weekly frequencies are offered on the 1,400-kilometre route and operated using MD80s.

Commemorative pictures of airline and airport staff and the operating crew were taken to mark Mihin Lanka’s maiden arrival in Delhi.

  • Mihin Lanka, the subsidiary of Sri Lankan, expanded its offering from Colombo (CMB) with three Indian destinations last week. On 1 February, the airline commenced services to both Delhi (DEL), and Varanasi (VNS) in the northern province of Uttar Pradesh, which are now offered respectively with five and twice-weekly frequencies. In addition, the airline inaugurated services on the 2,000-kilometre route from the Sri Lankan capital to Gaya (GAY) in eastern India, and now offers twice-weekly frequencies in the market. While all three routes are operated using A320-family aircraft, Mihin Lanka faces competition on only one of them, as its parent company Sri Lankan already operates daily flights from Colombo to Delhi.

  • Pegasus Airlines inaugurated services on the 850-kilometre route from its Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) hub, to Belgrade (BEG) in Serbia on 1 February. The airline, which already flies five weekly to Pristina in Kosovo and four-weekly to Skopje in Macedonia, continues its expansion in south-eastern Europe with four-weekly frequencies to the Serbian capital. All flights are operated using the airline’s 737-800.

  • Skymark Airlines inaugurated daily services on the 1,400-kilometre domestic route from Sapporo (CTS) to Fukuoka (FUK), on 1 February. Flights from Japan’s fourth-largest city, host of the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws millions from all around the world, is now linked to the southern Japanese Fukuoka using a 737-800. Competition on the route comes from JAL and ANA, which operate respectively twice- and single-weekly services. 

  • SpiceJet commenced operations on its 43rd domestic route from the Indian capital on 4 February, and now offers daily flights from Delhi (DEL) to Allahabad (IXD) in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. All services are operated using Dash 8s.

  • Sun Country Airlines added yet another seasonal route from Lansing, MI (LAN) on 1 February, and now offers weekly services to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico. The 737-800-operated flights will be discontinued in early April.

  • Turkish Airlines inaugurated flights from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Libreville (LBV) in Gabon, and to Colombo (CMB) in Sri Lanka, respectively on 31 January and 1 February. Both routes are extensions of existing services – thrice-weekly frequencies to Libreville operate via Douala on the outbound leg, whereas Malé serves as an intermediate point for the five-weekly Colombo service. 737-900s are deployed on the Gabon routing, while A330-200s operate the Sri Lankan service.

  • UTair launched two domestic routes from its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base on 4 February, and now offers flights to a total of 47 destinations across the Russian Federation from the Moscow airport. Five-weekly flights to Chelyabinsk (CEK), located just to the east of the Ural Mountains, are now operated using 737-900s, while daily 737-500 flights depart for Ekaterinburg (SVX) on a daily basis. RedWings provides competition on both routes, as it serves each with five-weekly frequencies. In addition, Transaero and Gazpromavia serve the market from Moscow Vnukovo to Ekaterinburg respectively with four- and single-weekly frequencies.

Official ceremony in Mexico City accompanied the launch of the new Volaris service to Mérida in the Yucatán Penninsula on 1 February.

  • Volaris continues the expansion of its domestic network with the launch of services on the 1,000-kilometre route from Mexico City (MEX) to Mérida (MID) in the Yucatán Peninsula. Daily flights now connect the Mexican capital and the ASUR-operated airport, facing competition from AeroMéxico’s 48 and Interjet’s 38 weekly frequencies. Enrique Beltranena, Volaris’ CEO, said: “In 2013, we want to strengthen our presence in the south-east of the country, helping our passengers to reduce travel times in tune with their wishes.” Volaris already announced the launch of services from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Chiapas later this month.


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