New airline routes launched (2 – 8 April 2013)

Thai Smile’s New Delhi to Phuket

Vice Governor of Pukhet, Sommai Prijasilpa welcomed the passengers arriving in Phuket

Vice Governor of Pukhet, Sommai Prijasilpa (pictured in the middle) welcomed the passengers arriving in Phuket on Thai Smile’s maiden service from Delhi.

Smiley welcome awaited passengers on Thai Smile’s inaugural service from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur

A smiley welcome awaited passengers on Thai Smile’s inaugural service from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur.

  • Thai Smile commenced services on three international routes from Phuket (HKT). On 2 April, the airline inaugurated four-weekly services to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and twice-weekly to Delhi (DEL), while on the following day, twice-weekly flights to Mumbai (BOM) also commenced. While there is no competition on the Indian routes, Thai Smile faces AirAsia (28 weekly frequencies), Malaysia Airlines (19) and Qatar Airways (7) in the market from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur.

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

  • Aegean Airlines, which launched three new routes in the preceding week, grew its summer 2013 offering further on 3 April, when it launched two routes to Kiev Zhulyany (IEV), one of the two airports serving the Ukrainian capital. Twice-weekly frequencies are now offered by the carrier from both Athens(ATH) and Larnaca (LCA) and operated using A319 and A320 equipment respectively. On the route from Greece, Aegean Airlines faces direct competition from the Ukrainian Khors Air (thrice-weekly flights). Moreover, Ukraine International Airlines provides indirect competition on both routes, as it operates four-weekly flights to Athens and thrice-weekly to Larnaca from Kiev Borispol airport.

  • Air Busan expanded its offering in the Chinese market, as it launched services on the 1,800-kilometre route from Southern Korean Busan (PUS) to Xi’an (XIY) on 3 April. Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi in Northwest China, has thus become Air Busan’s fourth destination in the Middle Kingdom, the other three being Qingdao (7 weekly flights), Weihai (4) and Shijiazhuang (3). Flights on the newly launched route are carried out with four-weekly frequencies and operated using A321s.

  • Air China launched flights on its fifth route to Changchun (CGQ) on 2 April and now flies to the capital of the north-eastern Chinese Jilin province from Hangzhou (HGH) in Eastern China. This stopping service operates via Yantai (YNT) with four-weekly frequencies using A319s. Competition on the route comes from China Southern Airlines’ (twice-daily) and Xiamen Airlines’ (daily) direct services from Hangzhou to Changchun, while Sichuan Airlines operates daily flights via Tianjin. In addition to Hangzhou, Air China links Changchun with Beijing (42 weekly frequencies), Chengdu (daily) and Wuhan (thrice-weekly via Yantai).

  • Air Macau launched services on the 15th route from its Macau (MFM) base to Quanzhou/Jinjiang (JJN), the dual use military and public airport in Fujian province, on 2 April. Thrice-weekly frequencies are offered on the 600-kilometre route using A319s. Air Macau faces competition from Xiamen Airlines’ daily services.

The joys of Larnaca were reflected on the cake served by Riga Airport to celebrate the launch of airBaltic’s services to Cyprus.

  • airBaltic resumed services on the 2,600-kilometre route from its Riga(RIX) base to Larnaca (LCA) on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on 6 April. The airline, which last offered services on the route six years ago, now operates weekly frequencies from the Latvian capital to Larnaca using 737-700s.

Surrounded by airline and airport employees, MVP Gold, Scott, cut the ceremonial ribbon to launch Alaska Airlines' new Seattle to Salt Lake City service. Scott was given the honor of cutting the ribbon as the highest mileage customer on the flight.

Phil, an MVP Gold and almost Million Miler with Alaska Airlines, cut the ribbon.

Phil, an MVP Gold and almost Million Miler with Alaska Airlines, cut the ribbon on the first flight from Salt Lake City to Seattle.

  • Alaska Airlines inaugurated flights on the 1,100-kilometre route from Seattle, WA (SEA) to Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), on 4 April. Twice-daily, 737-800-operated frequencies are offered on the route in competition with Delta (41 weekly flights) and Southwest Airlines (14). Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ VP Planning and Revenue Management commented on the new route: “Our customers have lobbied us to serve this popular route for more than a decade. Conveniently timed services provide leisure travellers access to excellent outdoor recreational options, as well as easy connections on our partner Delta.”

With a little help from a young passenger, American Airlines' inaugural service from Raleigh/Durham, NC, to Los Angeles, CA, was dispatched.

Assisted by Jeff Fegan, DFW Airport’s CEO, Harold Forsyth, the Peruvian Ambassador to the US, cut the inaugural ribbon to mark the return of American Airlines on the route from Dallas/Fort Worth to Lima.

  • American Airlines launched two domestic routes last week, one each from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and New York JFK, NY (JFK), as well as expanded its offering to the Caribbean from the Miami, FL (MIA) hub. From Miami, the airline now offers low-frequency flights to both Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) in Guadeloupe and Fort-de-France (FDF) in Martinique. In addition, the airline also returned on the 5,400-kilometre route from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) to Lima (LIM) on 1 April. The carrier, which last served this route in February 2006, also offers twice-daily schedule to the Peruvian capital from Miami. Chuck Schubert, American’s VP Network Planning, said: “Peru’s economy continues to expand and we’ve seen increased travel demand to that market, as well as throughout Latin America. This route plays a vital role in our international network strategy by offering seamless, one-stop connections to major domestic and international destinations through Dallas/Fort Worth – including customers traveling between Latin America and Asia.”
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
01-Apr-13 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) Lima (LIM) 7 B757
02-Apr-13 Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) 7 B738 Delta (7)
New York JFK, NY (JFK) Houston Bush, TX (IAH) 7 B738
06-Apr-13 Miami, FL (MIA) Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) 1 B738
Fort-de-France (FDF) 1 B738
Source: Innovata w/c 15 March 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • Bangkok Airways returned to Krabi (KBV) on 4 April with services from Bangkok (BKK), which it last operated in June 2008. Twice-daily flights are operated on this 650-kilometre route connecting the Thai capital and the southern Thai tourist destination. Competition in the market from Bangkok to Krabi comes from Thai Airways’ thrice-daily flights.

bmi Regional grows in Bristol

Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director, and Ian Woodley, Chairman of bmi regional, shook hands in celebration of the airline’s new route to Frankfurt. The airline also serves Hamburg and Aberdeen from the airport, each with 11 weekly flights.

  • bmi regional continued its expansion from Bristol (BRS) on 7 April, as it inaugurated six weekly service to Frankfurt (FRA). The airline, which already offers services from Bristol to Hamburg, operates the Frankfurt schedule using ERJ135s. 
Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director, said: “Frankfurt is an interesting destination for leisure visitors, but the big win is for businesses across the South West and South Wales who now have a direct link to one of Europe’s leading commercial centres.”

  • Citilink increased its presence in the domestic market from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta (CGK) last week with the launch of four new routes. In addition, on 5 April, the carrier inaugurated services on the 1,000-kilometre route from Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi, to Ambon (AMQ), the capital of the Maluku province in eastern Indonesia. All new routes are operated with mixed narrow-body equipment.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* Competition
03-Apr-13 Jakarta (CGK) Bengkulu (BKS) 7 Lion Air (21)
Sriwijaya Air (14)
03-Apr-13 Jambi (DJB) 7 Lion Air (35)
Garuda Indonesia (21)
Sriwijaya Air (14)
05-Apr-13 Semarang (SRG) 7 Garuda Indonesia (63)
Lion Air (56)
Sriwijaya Air (21)
Indonesia AirAsia (14)
05-Apr-13 Tanjung Pandan (TJQ) 7 Sriwijaya Air (28)
05-Apr-13 Makassar (UPG) Ambon (AMQ) 7 Lion Air (14)
Garuda Indonesia (7)
Sriwijaya Air (7)
Source: Innovata w/c 15 April 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • Delta Air Lines launched its third service to Bermuda (BDA) last week, and now operates a daily schedule to the North Atlantic destination from New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA), in addition to the existing flights from Boston, MA (daily) and Atlanta, GA (six-weekly). Also on 8 April, the airline added two domestic destinations to its Los Angeles, CA (LAX) offering, reinstating the thrice-daily service to Seattle, WA (SEA), which it last operated in September 2008, and launching daily flights to Nashville, TN (BNA). 737-800s are deployed to serve both Bermuda and Nashville, while services to Seattle are provided using CRJ900s. Delta faces stiff competition on both routes from California.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
08-Apr-13 New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA) Bermuda (BDA) 7 B738
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Seattle, WA (SEA) 21 CRJ900 Alaska Airlines (82)
Virgin America (25)
United (14)
Nashville, TN (BNA) 7 B738 American Airlines (14)
Southwest Airlines (13)
Source: Innovata w/c 15 March 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • easyJet, which in the previous week inaugurated nine new routes including one from Basel(BSL) to Catania, added twice-weekly services to Antalya (AYT) from the EuroAirport on 2 April. On the same day, the carrier inaugurated services from its Lisbon(LIS) base to Valencia(VLC) and now offers thrice-weekly departures on the 750-kilometre route in competition with 13 weekly frequencies operated by TAP.

  • EVA Air, the second-largest Taiwanese carrier, added Okayama (OKJ) as the eighth destination it serves in Japan from its Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) base, on 3 April. Twice-weekly departures are offered on the 1,600-kilometre route using MD-90s.

  • FlyGeorgia expanded its international reach last week, as it commenced operations on the 1,500-kilometre route from its Tbilisi(TBS) base to Kiev Boryspil (KBP) on 7 April. Four-weekly departures are now offered on the route by the Georgian carrier in direct competition with Ukraine International Airlines’ twice-daily flights. Additionally, Georgian Airlines offers four-weekly flights to Kiev Zhulyany. Before its demise, AeroSvit operated in the market from Tbilisi to Kiev Boryspil and UTair then tried to enter the market in early March, but consequently withdrew the service after less than a month.

  • Frontier Airlines increased its offering to Trenton, NJ (TTN) on Monday 8 April, and now operates a total of ten routes to the airport, which it markets as a convenient alternative to reach both Philadelphia and New York. According to a recent press release by the airline, due to runway improvement works, it will suspend all of its Trenton operations for a period of two months beginning 9 September. Mercer County Executive, Brian Hughes, commented: “These are necessary safety upgrades as required by the FAA, and our partners at Frontier were aware of those requirements when they began to service our region. While suspending service is our least favoured option, this short-term disruption will produce long-term gains.”
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c
08-Apr-13 Columbus, OH (CMH) Trenton, NJ (TTN) 3 A319
Atlanta, GA (ATL) 4
Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) 6
Raleigh Durham, NC (RDU) 6
Source: Innovata w/c 15 March 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • germanwings, which increased its presence in Hamburg(HAM) in the previous week, added two further low-frequency seasonal routes to its offering from the northern German airport. Beginning on 6 April, the carrier inaugurated weekly flights to both Split (SPU) and Catania (CTA). Frequencies on the Croatian route will be increased to thrice-weekly on 1 May. In addition, on the same day the carrier commenced twice-weekly services on the 1,100-kilometre route from Düsseldorf(DUS) to Split.

  • Jeju Air, which already serves Chinese Qingdao with daily flights from Seoul Incheon (ICN), added a second destination from the South Korean capital to China on 8 April. The carrier now offers twice-weekly frequencies on the 1,600-kilometre route to Quanzhou/Jinjiang (JJN), which is operated using 737-700s. The schedule is set to terminate in mid-June.

  • Juneyao Airlines expanded its offering to Thailand last week with the addition of twice-weekly services on the 2,700-kilometre route from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Chiang Mai (CNX) on 3 April. The carrier, which in the preceding week had launched a host of domestic routes in China, now competes on this new international service with China Eastern Airlines’ service of matching frequency.

Charles Buchanan, Manston Airport’s CEO; and Henri Hourcade, AF-KLM’s GM UK and Ireland, jointly celebrated the airline’s arrival in Manston. Buchanan then said: ““The start of the KLM service marks the next exciting chapter in the airport’s history. For the first time it connects Kent residents and businesses with the world through a global hub thanks to a national flag carrier airline.”

Upon the airline’s maiden arrival in Fukuoka, cabin and ground crew members of KLM posed for a commemorative picture with Miffy mascots.

Upon the airline’s maiden arrival in Fukuoka, cabin and ground crew members of KLM posed for a commemorative picture with Miffy mascots. Fukuoka is KLM’s third destination in Japan.

  • KLM increased its international offering from its Amsterdam(AMS) hub as it added three new routes. On 1 April, the carrier launched twice-daily flights on the 260-kilometre route to Manston (MSE), the shortest of the carrier’s 14 routes to the UK. On 2 April, KLM commenced thrice-weekly services to Fukuoka (FUK), making it its third destination in Japan, where the carrier already operates 11 weekly schedule to Tokyo Narita, and daily to Osaka Kansai. On 3 April, the Dutch airline started operating its seventh route to Norway, and now offers twice-daily services to Ålesund (AES). Short-haul Fokkers operate the two European routes, while 777-200ERs are deployed on the new long-haul service.

  • LIAT commenced operations on the 600-kilometre route from Dominica (DOM) to San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico on 4 April, increasing its offering from the Lesser Antilles island to a total of five destinations. Dash 8s are deployed to operate this daily schedule.

  • Lufthansa inaugurated services on the 900-kilometre route from its Düsseldorf(DUS) hub to Glasgow(GLA) in Scotland on 8 April. The carrier, which already serves London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle from the German airport, now offers six-weekly flights on the route to Scotland, which it operates using CRJ900s. Frequencies on the route will increase to daily between 27 June and 4 September.

  • Mandala Airlines grew its offering from the Indonesian capital Jakarta (CGK) with two new routes, one domestic and one international, on 8 April. Daily services to Denpasar (DPS) in southern Bali are now offered, as well as flights of the same frequency on the 880-kilometre route to Singapore (SIN). Competition on both routes is significant: six airlines operate in the market from Jakarta to Denpasar, providing a combined total of more than 250 weekly flights; nine operators offer services in the market from Jakarta to Singapore, bringing the weekly total above 200 frequencies.

Cutting the inaugural cake for Norwegian’s arrival in Liverpool were Matt Thomas, the airport’s CEO; Daniel Kirchhoff, Norwegian’s Communication Officer; and Jan Mølby, former Danish international and Liverpool FC midfielder.

The traditional water arch, a cocktail of Spanish wine and shopping discounts awaited passengers travelling on Norwegian’s inaugural flight to Madrid. A special cake with Norwegian’s aircraft was then served. Performing the cake-cutting ceremony were the captain on the maiden flight and Madrid Airport’s new Director, Elena Mayoral.

Launch date Origin Destination WF* Competition
04-Apr-13 Aalborg (AAL) Alicante (ALC) 2
03-Apr-13 Billund (BLL) 2
05-Apr-13 Copenhagen (CPH) Liverpool (LPL) 3
05-Apr-13 Madrid (MAD) 4 Iberia (7)
SAS (2)
02-Apr-13 Harstad/Narvik (EVE) Alicante (ALC) 1
06-Apr-13 London Gatwick (LGW) 1 easyJet (24)
British Airways (17)
Monarch Airlines (6)
Thomson Airways (2)
04-Apr-13 Barcelona (BCN) 3 easyJet (42)
British Airways (21)
Vueling (14)
Monarch Airlines (9)
06-Apr-13 Dubrovnik (DBV) 1 British Airways (7)
06-Apr-13 Faro (FAO) 1 easyJet (25)
British Airways (8)
Monarch Airlines (5)
Thomson Airways (1)
08-Apr-13 Gran Canaria (LPA) 2 easyJet (4)
Thomson Airways (3)
Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
08-Apr-13 Malaga (AGP) 3 easyJet (34)
British Airways (27)
Monarch (5)
Thomson Airways (2)
05-Apr-13 Nice (NCE) 4 easyJet (28)
British Airways (20)
06-Apr-13 Split (SPU) 1
03-Apr-13 Tromso (TOS) 2
07-Apr-13 Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Paris Orly (ORY) 6
02-Apr-13 Oslo (OSL) Aalborg (AAL) 6
03-Apr-13 Umea (UME) Alicante (ALC) 1
05-Apr-13 Trondheim (TRD) Harstad/Narvik (EVE) 2 North Flying (1)
02-Apr-13 Kraków (KRK) 2
Source: Innovata w/c 15 April 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • Pegasus Airlines inaugurated services on two domestic routes from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) last week. On 2 April, the carrier commenced flights to Muş (MSR) in eastern Turkey, while on 8 April services to Amasya (MZH) in the Turkish north started. Both routes are operated with thrice-weekly frequencies using the airline’s fleet of 737-800s.

Two based aircraft and three new routes to begin with: Kraków Airport celebrated the launch of Ryanair’s base. Cutting the ribbon (and the cake!) were Jan Pamuła, the airport’s CEO; and Katarzyna Gaborec, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Executive for Central and Eastern Europe.

Jonathan Brisy, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Manager Belgium and France, helped kick off the summer season at Brussels Charleroi by inaugurating the first flight to Clermont-Ferrand.

Jonathan Brisy, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Manager Belgium and France, helped kick off the summer season at Brussels Charleroi by inaugurating the first flight to Clermont-Ferrand. While the airline launched seven routes last week, only two were genuinely new (the other one being Zakinthos).

Welcoming Málaga as Ryanair’s latest destination from Knock, Joe Gilmore, Ireland West Airport’s MD, said: “We are delighted to welcome a new service to Malaga with Ryanair as we expand our range of scheduled services to now include the popular Costa Del Sol. Last year over 100,000 passengers flew on Ryanairs services to Spain and Portugal.”

  • Ryanair, the #1 airline for new route launches this summer, started a staggering 45 new services in the course of last week. Highlights include the carrier’s first Greek base in Chania (CHQ), which saw the launch of three new destinations last week, as well as a second (after Wrocław) Polish base in Kraków (KRK). Notably, the carrier faces competition only on one route – from Turin (TRN) to Barcelona (BCN) – on which it competes with the Spanish LCC Vueling.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* Competition
02-Apr-13 Alicante (ALC) Nuremberg (NUE) 3
03-Apr-13 Angelholm (AGH) 2
02-Apr-13 Bremen (BRE) Reus (REU) 2
02-Apr-13 Rome Ciampino (CIA) 2
02-Apr-13 Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) 2
03-Apr-13 Zakinthos (ZTH) 1
02-Apr-13 Cagliari (CAG) Kaunas (KUN) 2
03-Apr-13 Nuremberg (NUE) 2
04-Apr-13 Chania (CHQ) Marseille (MRS) 1
03-Apr-13 Bremen (BRE) 1
04-Apr-13 Eindhoven (EIN) 1
02-Apr-13 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Corfu (CFU) 1
02-Apr-13 Edinburgh (EDI) Corfu (CFU) 1
02-Apr-13 Cagliari (CAG) 2
03-Apr-13 Bologna (BLQ) 2
03-Apr-13 Eindhoven (EIN) Agadir (AGA) 1
06-Apr-13 Bordeaux (BOD) 2
02-Apr-13 Faro (FAO) Leipzig (LEJ) 2
02-Apr-13 Fez (FEZ) Barcelona (BCN) 3
05-Apr-13 Eindhoven (EIN) 2
02-Apr-13 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Tangier (TNG) 2
02-Apr-13 Rijeka (RJK) 2
02-Apr-13 Girona (GRO) Oslo Torp (TRF) 2
02-Apr-13 Tampere (TMP) 2
02-Apr-13 Hamburg Luebeck (LBC) 3
03-Apr-13 Lappeenranta (LPP) 2
03-Apr-13 Kraków (KRK) Kos (KGS) 1
02-Apr-13 Gothenburg City (GSE) 3
03-Apr-13 Dortmund (DTM) 4
02-Apr-13 London Stansted (STN) Dole (DLE) 2
02-Apr-13 Malaga (AGP) Nuremberg (NUE) 3
04-Apr-13 Knock (NOC) 1
02-Apr-13 Manchester (MAN) Krakow (KRK) 3
02-Apr-13 Milan Bergamo (BGY) Kalamata (KLX) 2
02-Apr-13 Pisa (PSA) Nuremberg (NUE) 3
02-Apr-13 Porto (OPO) Nuremberg (NUE) 2
02-Apr-13 Hamburg Luebeck (LBC) 3
02-Apr-13 Turin (TRN) Barcelona (BCN) 3 Vueling (3)
02-Apr-13 Pisa (PSA) Warsaw (WAW) 2
02-Apr-13 Bari (BRI) 2
02-Apr-13 Weeze (NRN) Oslo Rygge (RYG) 3
02-Apr-13 Paphos (PFO) 1
02-Apr-13 Bergerac (EGC) 2
02-Apr-13 Zadar (ZAD) Dublin (DUB) 2
03-Apr-13 Paris Beauvais (BVA) 2
Source: Innovata w/c 15 April 2013.    *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

Celebrating S7’s launch of the second route to Kazakhstan were the airline’s GM Novosibirsk and Central Asia, Yevgeniy Chernyshov; and the airport’s marketing team headed by Gregory Pomerantsev, Commercial Director (first right).

  • S7 Airlines, which already serves Almaty with thrice-weekly frequencies from Novosibirsk (OVB), added a second route from Russia’s third most populous city to Kazakhstan last week. On 5 April, the carrier inaugurated weekly flights to Shimkent (CIT), Kazakhstan’s third-largest city located in the south of the country. Services on the 1,700-kilometre route are operated using A320s.

SAS lands in San Francisco

Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS, posed for a commemorative picture with crew operating the airline’s maiden service to San Francisco…

SAS arrival

...where the airline’s arrival was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.

  • SAS celebrated the start of the summer season with the launch of three new routes. On 4 and 5 April respectively, the airline added twice-weekly services each from Helsinki (HEL) to both Prague (PRG) and Paris CDG (CDG). Flights are operated using 717s from the airline’s subsidiary, Blue1. Finnair competes in both markets, as it offers twice-daily flights to Prague and 35 weekly to the Paris airport. In addition, Norwegian provides low-frequency weekly flights on the route to the Czech capital. However, last week’s highlight for SAS was the inauguration of non-stop services from its Copenhagen (CPH) hub to San Francisco, CA (SFO). Six weekly flights are offered on the 8,800-kilometre route and the route is operated using A340-300s. The carrier already serves three destinations in the US – New York Newark (10 weekly), Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles (each daily).

  • Sichuan Airlines, which in the previous week inaugurated nine new routes, added yet another new destination to its offering on 6 April. The carrier now operates twice-weekly services on the 2,400-kilometre international route from Nanning (NNG) in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi, to Singapore (SIN) and is the sole carrier operating in this market. Singapore is Sichuan Airlines’ third international destination from Nanning, as it also offers twice-weekly flights to both Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. A320s are deployed on the new service.

  • SkyWork Airlines inaugurated flights on its fifth route to Italy on 6 April, and now offers a weekly schedule from its Bern (BRN) hub to Naples (NAP). The airline, which already serves Rome Fiumicino (3 weekly flights), Catania (2), Elba and Olbia (1 each), deploys Q400s to operate the route to Naples.

  • Spirit Airlines increased the number of destinations it serves from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) to 21, as it launched two new routes on 4 April. The low-cost carrier now offers daily flights to both Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) and Philadelphia, PA (PHL). Spirit Airlines faces competition in both new markets, as it will compete with Delta Air Lines (46 weekly frequencies), American Airlines (39) and Sun Country Airlines (7) on the route to Minneapolis/St Paul, as well as with American (39) and US Airways (39) on the route to Philadelphia.

  • SunExpress inaugurated two routes from Izmir (ADB) in the western extremity of Anatolia in the anticipation of increased summer demand. On 3 and 4 April respectively, the carrier inaugurated weekly services to both Strasbourg (SXB) and Bremen (BRE). While the French route is new in the airline’s network, SunExpress previously operated service from Izmir to Bremen, the last time being in summer 2011.

Vanessa Regan, Tiger Airways Australia’s Head of Communication; Janice Antonson, North Queensland Airports’ GM Aeronautical Development and Marketing; Rob Giason, CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland; and Jeff Gillies, Director Tropics and Great Barrier Reef, Destinations, Tourism and Events Queensland.

  • Tiger Airways Australia continues its growth Queensland with the addition of four weekly flights from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) on 4 April. The service, frequencies of which will be increased to daily in June, faces competition from Jetstar Airways (29 weekly frequencies), Virgin Australia (21) and Qantas (18). Vanessa Regan, the airline’s Head of Communications, commented: “Early sales on our new route have been pleasing and we expect the momentum to continue now that the route is operating. As an airline that evolves based on customer demand, we’re confident our new services between Sydney and Cairns will prove successful.”

  • increased its offering from Rotterdam (RTM) to a total of 13 destinations, as it added three new routes in the course of last week. On 2 April, the carrier commenced operations to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), while a day later services to both Budapest (BUD) and Valencia (VLC) were added. Flights on the 1,200-kilometre route to the Hungarian capital are offered with four-weekly frequencies, while the other two destinations are operated thrice-weekly each.

  • Tunisair commenced flights on two regional routes to Libya from Sfax (SFA), a Mediterranean port city located south of Tunis, on 2 April. The Tunisian operator now offers thrice-weekly schedule to Tripoli (TIP) and twice-weekly to Benghazi (BEN), the country’s largest and second-largest cities respectively. While both routes are operated using 737-600s, Tunisair faces competition only on the route to the Libyan capital, which is already served by both Libyan Airlines (daily) and Syphax Airlines (thrice-weekly). Tunisair last operated the route from Sfax to Tripoli in 2001.

  • Turkish Airlines inaugurated flights on the 1,400-kilometre route connecting its Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub and Aqaba (AQJ) situated in Jordan at the north-eastern tip of the Red Sea, on 3 April. Thrice-weekly flights are operated on the route using 737-700s. Turkish Airlines already serves the Jordanian capital with 16 weekly frequencies.

  • Ukraine International Airlines, which last week inaugurated services to Tel Aviv (TLV) from both Odessa and Donetsk, added yet another service to the Israeli city on 2 April. Weekly services are now offered on the route from Dnepropetrovsk (DNK), located southeast of Kiev on the Dnieper River, and operated using 737-500s. Frequencies will be increased to twice-weekly between 12 June and 3 September, to benefit from the higher summer season demand.

  • UTair commenced services on the 2,100-kilometre route from Tyumen (TJM), the oldest Russian settlement in Siberia and currently the administrative centre of the Tyumen Oblast located 1,700-kilometres east of Moscow, to Mineralnye Vody (MRV), the gateway to the mineral waters of the Caucasus. Beginning on 5 April, the carrier offers weekly frequencies on the route, all of which it operates using 737-500s.

  • Vietnam Airlines inaugurated flights on the 7,700-kilometre route from Cam Ranh (CXR) to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) on 5 April, making it the third Vietnamese city linked to the Russian airport. Weekly frequencies are offered from Cam Ranh, which serves the city of Nha Trang on the south-eastern Vietnamese coast, and the route is operated using 777-200s. The airline plans to introduce a second weekly flight in early October 2013.

  • Virgin America launched its operation in New York Newark, NY (EWR) on 2 April, with the start of services from both Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and San Francisco, CA (SFO). Thrice-daily frequencies are now offered on each route in competition with United Airlines (79 and 88 weekly flights respectively). In addition, American Airlines serves the market from Los Angeles to Newark, also with thrice-weekly frequencies. Virgin America already connects the two Californian airports and New York, using JFK.

Sporting a bespoke Virgin Atlantic Harris Tweed kilt, Richard Branson flashed a cheeky message to the competition upon arrival in Edinburgh.

  • VivaAerobus commenced operations on two domestic routes from Toluca (TLC), the capital of the state of Mexico, on 8 April. Thrice-weekly flights to Tampico (TAM) and twice-weekly to Villahermosa (VSA) are the airline’s first destinations from the airport. 737-300s are deployed to operate the service.

  • Xiamen Airlines, which launched new route to Kuala Lumpur in the previous week, continued to expand its international reach last week with the launch of two routes. On 2 April, the airline commenced thrice-weekly services on the route from Dalian (DLC) to Singapore (SIN) via Xiamen (XMN). Hainan Airlines provides indirect competition in the market from Dalian to Singapore, which it serves twice-weekly via Hefei. On 3 April, Xiamen Airlines inaugurated daily flights from Quanzhou/Jinjiang (JJN) to Hong Kong (HKG). Competition on this route comes from Shenzhen Airlines, which offers thrice-daily frequencies in the market.


  1. Michael says:

    Delta LA-Seattle – thrice weekly or thrice-daily? The text and table differ.
    Also, why is Ryanair’s Frankfurt-Corfu listed separately from the other new flights from Frankfurt/Hahn?
    Keep up the good work!

  2. dwight says:

    3xdaily LAX-SEA Delta..

  3. Alex says:

    11xWeekly British Airways Trondheim-Harstad/Narvik?

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