New airline routes launched (4 – 10 June 2013)

Air North’s Whitehorse to Kelowna

During the launch celebrations in Kelowna, Air North’s CEO, Joseph Sparling, received a commemorative gift from members of the Westbank First Nation. Kelowna Airport’s Director, Sam Samaddar, commented: “A direct flight makes it so much easier for commerce, tourism, and everything, to take place and it will benefit the entire region. It’s a perfect connection.”

  • Air North, the Canadian carrier originating in the country’s north-western territory  of Yukon, commenced operations on the route from Whitehorse (YXY) to Kelowna (YLW) on 6 June. Weekly services are operated via Vancouver (YVR), while a second weekly frequency operates to Vancouver via Whitehorse. 737 narrowbodies are deployed to operate the service. Debra Ryan, Manager of Strategic Planning and Alliances for Air North, commented: “It’s been twelve years since we’ve added a new route. We did a big customer survey and they told us that of the top destinations that they wanted Air North to look at, Kelowna was consistently in the top four.”

airBaltic’s Riga to Rijeka

Special cake featuring the image of the Morčić

Special cake featuring the image of the Morčić – the symbol of wealth and welfare in Rijeka – was baked to celebrate the opening of airBaltic’s flight from Riga. The airport’s Director Aviation Services, Arturs Kokars; and airBaltic’s VP Communications, Janis Vanags, helped dispatch the maiden service.

  • airBaltic increased its seasonal offering from its home base of Riga (RIX) in Latvia, with the launch of services to the popular Croatian destination and the country’s third-largest city, Rijeka (RJK), on 6 June. Twice-weekly flights are operated on the 1,500-kilometre route until 26 September using 737-300s.

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

A celebratory cake and cupcakes welcomed Aegean Airlines' arrival from Athens in Lyon last week.

  • Aegean Airlines commenced operations on three new routes last week, expanding its summer offering in Milan Malpensa (MXP), Brussels (BRU) and Lyon (LYS). All three destinations saw the arrival of low-frequency A320-operated services, which will be offered until September. Jetairfly provides competition on one of the routes (to the Belgian capital), while Aegean Airlines is the sole operator in the remaining city pairs.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
04-Jun-13 Thessaloniki (SKG) Milan Malpensa (MXP) 2 A320
05-Jun-13 Rhodes (RHO) Brussels (BRU) 1 A320 Jetairfly (5)
06-Jun-13 Athens (ATH) Lyon (LYS) 2 A320
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013.   *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • Aeromexico commenced services on the 3,000-kilometre route from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Huatulco (HUX), an important tourist resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Beginning 7 June, the airline offers single weekly frequencies on the route, which it operates using 737-800s until 6 September.

  • Aigle Azur, the French leisure airline, commenced services on the 700-kilometre domestic route from Paris Orly (ORY) to Nice (NCE) on 7 June. The route, which mark’s the airline’s entry into the French domestic market, is operated with single weekly frequencies until 10 July and twice-weekly thereafter. 200-seat A321s are deployed to operate the newly launched service, which sees competition from Air France’s 140, and easyJet’s 40, weekly flights.

  • Air Canada continued to increase its long-haul offering from Toronto (YYZ) last week, as it inaugurated services on the 8,200-kilometre route to Istanbul Atatürk (IST) on 4 June. Thrice-weekly frequencies are operated between the two cities using 767-300s. Turkish Airlines provides competition in the market, offering five weekly departures from its Istanbul hub to Toronto.

  • Air Corsica, the regional French carrier specialising in flights connecting the Mediterranean island of the same name and mainland France, further improved Corsica’s connectivity last week with the launch of seasonal services from Figari (FSC) to Nantes (NTE) on 7 June. Single weekly A320-operated flights are offered on a seasonal basis in competition with HOP!’s twice-weekly departures.

Celebrating the arrival of Air Onix in Tbilisi were the airline’s Konstantin Grebenec, Financial Director; Iana Kuznecova, Sales Manager; Akaki Barkaia, TAV Georgia’s Ground Handling Manager; and Amiran Abesadze, representative of Air Onix in Georgia.

  • Air Onix commenced services on the 1,000-kilometre route connecting its home airport of Simferopol (SIP) and the Georgian capital, Tbilisi (TBS). Beginning on 4 June, the Ukrainian carrier offers a twice-weekly schedule on the route, which it operates using 737-500s in a two-class configuration. TAV Georgia’s, Mete Erkal, commented: “I hope that the Simferopol service will attract intensive attention from Georgian and Ukrainian passengers.”

AirTran Airways launches its third route to San Jose del Cabo

AirTran Airways’ inaugural service to San Jose del Cabo received a water cannon salute before departure from Austin, TX.

  • AirTran Airways added its third service to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) in Mexican Baja California, when it launched thrice-weekly flights from Austin, TX (AUS) on 4 June. The carrier, which already flies to the Mexican destination from Santa Ana, CA (twice-daily) and Denver, CO (twice-weekly), serves the newly launched service from Texas using 737-700s. Competition on the route comes from United Airlines, which launched its weekly service on 8 June.

  • Alaska Airlines added two routes to its offering in the course of last week. On 7 June, the carrier inaugurated flights on the 4,300-kilometre route from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Lihue, HI (LIH), which it serves using winglet-equipped 737-800s. San Diego is the fourth US city in Alaska Airlines’ network to enjoy services to the Hawaiian destination after Seattle (7 weekly frequencies), San Jose (4) and Oakland (3). In addition, on 8 June, the carrier began seasonal services on the route from Portland, OR (PDX) to Fairbanks, AK (FAI), which it operates using 737 family aircraft until 2 September. Both routes are offered with daily frequencies. 

Allegiant Air’s inaugural flight from Bellingham, WA, was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute

Reno in Nevada, welcomed Allegiant Air’s inaugural flight from Bellingham, WA, with a traditional water arch.

  • Allegiant Air grew its domestic offering in the course of last week with the addition of five new routes on 6 and 7 June, including its 44th destination from Orlando Sanford, FL (SFB). All newly launched services are offered with twice-weekly frequencies and all but one operated using MD80s. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock (LIT), which handled around 2.3 million passengers in 2012, is a new destination for the carrier.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c
06-Jun-13 St Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (PIE) Asheville, NC (AVL) 2 MD80
Bellingham, WA (BLI) Reno, NV (RNO) 2
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) Greensboro, NC (GSO) 2
Orlando Sanford, FL (SFB) Little Rock, AR (LIT) 2
07-Jun-13 Oakland, CA (OAK) Provo, UT (PVU) 2
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • Camair-Co increased its regional coverage from its base in Douala (DLA) in Cameroon on 4 June with the launch of services to the Ivoirian city of Abidjan (ABJ). Thrice-weekly flights are now offered on the 1,500-kilometre route and operated using 737 family aircraft. Competition comes from four-weekly services operated by Air Cote d’Ivoire.

  • Carpatair, which last week bade farewell to the last Saab 2000 in its fleet as it gears up to restructure its route strategy, commenced operations on the 1,300-kilometre route from Bacau (BCM) in north-eastern Romania to Milan Bergamo (BGY). Beginning on 9 June, Carpatair offers thrice-weekly services on the route, which it initially operates using Fokker 100s, but plans to upgrade to 737-300s in the future.

Welcoming Delta Air Lines back in Burlington, VT, were Tom Torti, president and CEO of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Sharon Bushor, Burlington City Council; Guy Rouelle, aeronautics administrator with Vermont’s Agency of Transportation; and Burlington Mayor, Miro Weinberger. Delta previously operated the route to Atlanta until October 2009.

  • Delta Air Lines launched a total of twelve routes in the course of last week, becoming the carrier with the most new services launched in this period. Los Angeles, CA (LAX) saw the most new destinations being added to the US major’s offering, including four-daily services on the 180-kilometre intrastate route to San Jose, CA (SJC). New York JFK, NY (JFK) was the only airport to welcome the launch of two Canadian destinations by Delta last week, as the carrier commenced twice-daily services to Quebec City (YQB) and daily to Vancouver (YVR). All new routes are operated with at least daily frequencies, except for the six weekly New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA) to Des Moines, IA (DSM) service, as well as single weekly flights from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR).
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
06-Jun-13 Atlanta, GA (ATL) Burlington, VT (BTV) 7 M88
10-Jun-13 Green Bay, WI (GRB) 7 CR7
08-Jun-13 Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Puerto Vallarta (PVR) 1 A320 Alaska Airlines (7)
United Airlines (1)
10-Jun-13 Boston, MA (BOS) 7 B757 American Airlines (28)
JetBlue Airways (21)
Virgin America (21)
United Airlines (14)
10-Jun-13 San Jose, CA (SJC) 28 CR7 Southwest Airlines (66)
American Airlines (41)
Virgin America (26)
Alaska Airlines (20)
United Airlines (13)
10-Jun-13 Spokane, WA (GEG) 7 CR9
10-Jun-13 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) Dickinson, ND (DIK) 14 CRJ
08-Jun-13 New York JFK, NY (JFK) Quebec City (YQB) 14 CRJ
10-Jun-13 Vancouver (YVR) 7 B738 Cathay Pacific (7)
10-Jun-13 New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA) Des Moines, IA (DSM) 6 CR7
10-Jun-13 Seattle, WA (SEA) Anchorage, AK (ANC) 7 B757 Alaska Airlines (131)
United Airlines (14)
JetBlue Airways (7)
10-Jun-13 Las Vegas, NV (LAS) 7 B738 Alaska Airlines (63)
Southwest Airlines (35)
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013.   *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • EVA Air, which last week inaugurated its first Inner Mongolian destination becoming the only Taiwanese carrier to offer flights to the Chinese province, further expanded its presence in the region with the addition of services from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) to Hailar (HLD) on 4 June. Flights on the 2,700-kilometre route are offered with twice-weekly frequencies using A321s. In addition, on 10 June, the carrier introduced five-weekly MD90-operated services on the route from Kaohsiung (KHH) to Seoul Incheon (ICN), which replace the charter service previously operated by EVA Air’s sister airline, UNI Air. Mandarin Airlines’ five-weekly departures provide competition in the market to Seoul Incheon.

  • Finnair started operations in Israel last week, as it launched twice-weekly services from its Helsinki (HEL) hub to Tel Aviv (TLV) on 7 June. Flights on the 3,200-kilometre route are operated using A320s.

FlyGeorgia launches its second destination in the European Union

In Tbilisi, celebrating FlyGeorgia’s second destinations in the EU, Brussels, were Shiin Thomas, the airline’s Commercial and Ground Operations Director; Akaki Barkaia , TAV Georgia’s Ground Handling Manager; Aleksandre Gachechiladze; GCAA’s Chief of Air Transportation Department; Tea Zakaradze, TAV Georgia’s HR and Administration Manager; Guram Jalaghonia, Director of Georgian Civil Aviation Agency; Bijan Mougouee, Fly Georgia’s CEO; and Yavuz Aytis, TAV Georgia’s Assistant Manager Terminal Operations.

Yuri Yeghoyan, FlyGeorgia’s Station Manager Jan Van de Reyd, Brussels Airport’s Manager Aviation Marketing welcomed the crew arriving on FlyGeorgia’s inaugural service with traditional Belgian chocolates.

  • FlyGeorgia added Brussels (BRU) as the second destination in the European Union it offers from its Tbilisi (TBS) base, on 5 June. The airline, which already flies twice-weekly to Düsseldorf, now offers services of the same frequency to the Belgian capital. Services on the 3,200-kilometre route are operated using 114-seat A319s.  

  • HOP! expanded its offering from the north-western French town of Quimper (UIP), to which it already flies with 24 weekly frequencies from Paris Orly. Beginning on 8 June, Figari (FSC) in Corsica became the airline’s second destination offered from the airport, which it now offers with weekly flights until 14 September. CRJ700s are deployed on the 1,300-kilometre route.

Indonesia AirAsia returns on the route from Jakarta to Medan

This lucky passenger on Indonesia AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Jakarta to Medan received tickets for two free flights on the route.

  • Indonesia AirAsia inaugurated services on the 1,400-kilometre domestic route from Jakarta (CGK) to Medan (MES), Indonesia’s fourth-largest airport located in Northern Sumatra. Beginning on 7 June, the carrier offers 17 weekly departures on the route, facing competition from Lion Air (133 weekly flights), Garuda Indonesia (63), Citilink (21), Mandala Airlines (14) and Sriwijaya Airlines (14). Indonesia AirAsia previously operated in this market prior to October 2010, but subsequently withdrew its services. 

  • Jetstar Japan commenced operations on the 340-kilometre route from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) base to Nagoya Chubu (NGO) on 6 June. The service is operated with daily flights using A320s. Jetstar Japan is the only low-cost carrier to operate the route and competes with JAL’s thrice-daily and ANA’s twice-daily frequencies.

  • Meridiana commenced seasonal services on the route from Olbia (OLB) in Sardinia to Nice (NCE) on 7 June, which it last operated in the summer of 2011. Thrice-weekly frequencies are offered initially, but the airline plans to add a fourth weekly flight in July and a fifth in August, before going back to the initial schedule until the service terminates on 13 September. Air Corsica operates the route on behalf of Meridiana using ATR72-500s.

Cutting the cake for Norwegian’s inaugural flight from Bilbao to Oslo were the captain operating the maiden service and the airport’s Director, Jesús Garay. The new service is the first connection from Bilbao to the Nordic countries since 2009, when SAS dropped flights to Oslo.

  • Norwegian commenced operations on the 2,100-kilometre route from its Oslo (OSL) base to Bilbao (BIO) in northern Spain, making it its eighth destination in the southern European country. Beginning on 5 June, the carrier offers twice-weekly departures on the route, which it operates using 737-800s until 28 September.

  • Orenair, the Russian carrier acquired by Aeroflot in 2010, increased its offering from Adler/Sochi (AER) last week with the launch of seven new destinations. Six domestic services were launched in the course of last week, including thrice-weekly flights to Ufa (UFA) and Chelyabinsk (CEK). In addition, the airline inaugurated weekly flights on the 3,000-kilometre route to Almaty (ALA), the former capital of Kazakhstan, on 4 June, making it the only international destination it serves from Adler/Sochi.  
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c
04-Jun-13 Adler/Sochi (AER) Almaty (ALA) 1 B738
04- Jun-13 Ufa (UFA) 3
05-Jun-13 Kemerovo (KEJ) 1
07-Jun-13 Perm (PEE) 2
09-Jun-13 Barnaul (BAX) 1
10-Jun-13 Chelyabinsk (CEK) 3
10-Jun-13 Tomsk (TOF) 1
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequenices at launch

  • RusLine expanded its seasonal summer offering with two new routes from Chelyabinsk (CEK), located on the east side of the Ural foothills. Commencing 9 June, the airline flies to Mineralnye Vody (MRV), the country’s gateway to Caucasian mineral waters. In addition, on the same day, it inaugurated services to Novosibirsk (OVD), the third most populous city in Russia. Both services are operated on a weekly basis using 50-seat CRJ-200s. Competition on the route to Novosibirsk is provided by Ak Bars Aero, which already serves the market with thrice-weekly frequencies.

Traditional celebratory cake was prepared to welcome newly launched Ryanair’s London Stansted to Ostrava service

Ryanair’s first flight from Malaga was welcomed in Münster/Osnabrück by the airport’s Marketing Director, Andrés Heinemann; CEO, Gerd Stöwer; and Jana Skornica from Ryanair´s marketing department.

  • Ryanair inaugurated three new routes last week. On 4 June the airline added two brand new destinations to its network. One of them is Ostrava (OSR), the third-largest city in the Czech Republic, which is now connected with London Stansted (STN) with thrice-weekly flights. The airline already operates from both London Stansted and Milan Bergamo to the second-largest Czech city, Brno; however, it avoids the capital Prague, last served by the airline in October 2010. Another new point on the airline’s destination map is Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) airport, located in Western Germany. Starting from 4 and 5 June respectively, the carrier operates thrice-weekly services to Malaga (AGP) and Girona (GRO). The latter is currently scheduled to operate until the end of October.

  • SkyWork Airlines, the largest operator at Bern (BRN) airport, expanded its network with its fourth route to Croatia, launched on 8 June. The airline, which already serves Rijeka, Split and Zagreb from its Swiss base, now also offers a weekly service to Zadar (ZAD), which is operated until 19 October.

  • SmartWings, the low-cost subsidiary of the Czech Republic based tour operator, Travel Service, inaugurated a weekly service from Prague (PRG) to Dubrovnik (DBV) on 4 June. Flights to the popular Croatian summer destination are operated until 24 September, using 189-seat 737-800s.

Official event in Quito preceded the launch of TAME’s new service to Buenos Aires. Speaking during the event was Patricio Cattán, the airline’s Director Sales, who said: “With strong ties between Ecuador and Argentina, we expect load factors to surpass 80% on this new daily service.”

  • TAME inaugurated services on the 4,400-kilometre route from Quito (UIO) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 7 June, making the Argentine capital its fourth international destination following Bogota, Caracas and Lima. A daily schedule is operated on the new route using A319s in competition with LAN Airlines’ five weekly departures. The Ecuadorian airline is planning to further grow its international offering from Quito with the addition of A330-operated services to New York in August.

  • Transaero, launched flights to Adler/Sochi (AER), a popular Russian resort and host city of the next Winter Olympic games, from its secondary base in St Petersburg (LED). Commencing 8 June, the airline serves the route with weekly frequencies using 112-seat 737-500 equipment until mid-September. Transaero faces substantial competition, provided by Rossiya Airlines (13 weekly flights), DonAvia (7) and UTair (7), all serving the city-pair on a year-round basis.

  • TransAsia Airways inaugurated low-frequency services on the 1,700-kilometre route from Hualien (HUN) on the eastern Taiwanese coast to Tianjin (TSN) in northern China. Beginning on 6 June, the carrier operates a weekly schedule on the route using A320s. Tianjin is the airline’s second destination in China following Hangzhou, which is also offered with weekly frequencies.

Performing the ribbon-cutting ceremony upon the maiden arrival of Turkish Airlines in Marseilles were officials from the airline and the airport.

  • Turkish Airlines, which last week added Salzburg to its offering from Istanbul Atatürk (IST), continued the expansion of its global hub with the addition of two more European routes. Consequently, Marseille (MRS) became the carrier’s sixth destination in France, and Constanta (CND) the airline’s second destination in Romania. In addition the carrier added weekly flights between Hamburg (HAM) and Istanbul’s secondary airport.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
04-Jun-13 Istanbul Atatürk (IST) Marseille (MRS) 4 B738 Air France (2)
07-Jun-13 Constanta (CND) 3 A319
04-Jun-13 Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) Hamburg (HAM) 1 A320
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

  • Ukraine International Airlines resumed services on the 1,400-kilometre route from Kiev Borispol (KBP) to Pula (PUY) in Croatia. Beginning on 8 June, the Ukrainian operator offers twice-weekly flights on the route using 737 family aircraft.

United Airlines adds nine routes; launches Shannon from Chicago O’Hare and Tokyo Narita from Denver

Shannon became United Airlines’ 170th destination from Chicago O’Hare last week. Cutting the ribbon prior to the inaugural flight were the captain, Doug Eads; Aidan Cronin, Irish Consul General in Chicago; Bill Byrne, United Airline’s MD; Jacqui Key, the airline’s MD Customer Service; CDA Commissioner, Rosemarie Andolino and Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s newly appointed Head of North America.

United Airlines adds nine routes; launches Shannon from Chicago O’Hare and Tokyo Narita from Denver

United Airlines’ HQ, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago was represented within the cake creation for the airline’s inaugural flight from Chicago O’Hare to Shannon. Posing for a commemorative picture are Isabel Harrison, Mary Kennedy and Declan Power, Aviation Development, Shannon Airport, whose affinity for spectacular bakes was behind the airport’s Cake Prize win two weeks ago.

  • United Airlines increased its route offering last week with the launch of nine new routes. Austin, TX (AUS), Cleveland, OH (CLE), Houston, TX (IAH) and Washington Dulles, DC (IAD) each saw one new route commence in the course of last week. Two routes were inaugurated in Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD), including seasonal transatlantic services to Shannon (SNN) in Ireland, while as many as three new routes were inaugurated in Denver, CO (DEN), including daily services to Tokyo Narita (NRT). 
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
08-Jun-13 Austin, TX (AUS) San Jose Del Cabo (SJD) 1 A320 AirTran Airways (3) launches 4Jun
06-Jun-13 Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Fairbanks, AK (FAI) 7 B738
06-Jun-13 Shannon (SNN) 5 B752
06-Jun-13 Cleveland, OH (CLE) Portland, OR (PDX) 7 B73G
05-Jun-13 Denver, CO (DEN) Dickinson, ND (DIK) 14 ER4 Great Lakes Airlines (14)
06-Jun-13 St George, UT (SGU) 7 CRJ200
07-Jun-13 Ft McMurray (YYM) 7 CRJ700
10-Jun-13 Tokyo Narita (NRT) 7 B788
06-Jun-13 Houston, TX (IAH) Rapid City, SD (RAP) 7 ER4
08-Jun-13 Washington Dulles, DC (IAD) Vancouver (YVR) 2 B738
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013.  *WF: Weekly frequencies at launch.

  • US Airways added one each domestic and international routes to its network in the course of last week. On 4 June, the carrier commenced daily services on the 3,100-kilometre domestic route from Philadelphia, PA (PHL) to Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), which it operates as sole carrier using A320s. On 8 June, US Airways entered the growing market from the US to Brazil with the launch of its first service to São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU). The US carrier operates daily flights from its Charlotte, NC (CLT) hub, using 767-200s.

  • UTair expanded its domestic offering from Surgut (SGC) in Russia’s oil-rich region of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Three new destinations were launched last week, bringing the total number of domestic routes the carrier offers in Surgut to 23. All newly launched routes are operated using regional Bombardier jets.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
04-Jun-13 Surgut (SGC) Bugulma (UUA) 2 CRJ Ak Bars Aero (2)
06-Jun-13 Volgograd (VOG) 1 RusLine (2)
07-Jun-13 Cheboksary (CSY) 1
Source: Innovata w/c 17 June 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

Virgin America launches flights from San Francisco to Anchorage

San Francisco gone wild: Virgin America celebrated its inaugural service to Anchorage with a gate event at the departure airport.

  • Virgin America commenced services on the 3,200-kilometre route from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Anchorage, AK (ANC) on 6 June. The route, which is Virgin America’s only service to Alaska, is offered with six weekly frequencies on a seasonal basis, and scheduled to terminate on 4 September. United Airlines provides competition operating a twice-weekly schedule on the route.

  • VivaAerobus expanded its offering from Cancun (CUN) in Mexico with the launch of services on the domestic routes to Oaxaca (OAX) and Tampico (TAM) on 6 and 7 June respectively. Twice-weekly flights are offered on both of the newly launched routes and operated using 737-300s.

Ålesund Airport’s CEO, Tor Hånde; Giske Mayor, Knut Støbakk; and leader of Røros Flyservice at Vigra, Espen Molvær

Ålesund Airport’s CEO, Tor Hånde; Giske Mayor, Knut Støbakk; and leader of Røros Flyservice at Vigra, Espen Molvær, welcomed Wizz Air’s inaugural service from Vilnius. During the launch event, Tor Hånde, commented: “This new route has been very promising from the very announcement: several thousands of tickets have been sold so far and flights are fully booked for the first few days.”

The arrival of the first Bucharest-based Wizz Air aircraft in Girona

The arrival of the first Bucharest-based Wizz Air aircraft in Girona was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute…

The arrival of the first Bucharest-based Wizz Air aircraft in Perugia

…and once again in Perugia on the following day.

  • Wizz Air added two destinations to the network it offers from its base in Bucharest (OTP), and beginning on 4 and 5 June respectively, it now operates services to Girona (GRO) in Spain and Perugia (PEG) in Italy. Moreover, Wizz Air added Aalesund (AES) as the sixth Norwegian destination it offers from its base in Vilnius (VNO) on 6 June. All newly launched services are operated just twice-weekly using A320s.

  • WOW air, the low-cost Icelandic operator, increased the island’s connectivity in the high summer season with the launch of two routes from its Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) base to mainland Europe last week. On 5 June, operations to Amsterdam (AMS) commenced, followed by the addition of services to Barcelona (BCN) two days later. Flights to both destinations are offered with twice-weekly frequencies and operated using the airline’s fleet of four A320s. WOW air faces competition from Icelandair on both routes (12 and one weekly flights respectively), as well as from Vueling’s weekly service to Barcelona.

  • Yakutia Airlines commenced services on the first Chinese route it offers from Krasnodar (KRR), located north-east of the Black Sea, on 5 June. The carrier, which already serves eight international destinations from the Russian city, now operates single weekly frequencies to Beijing (PEK) using 757s. Also weekly flights are offered on the route from Krasnodar to Paphos (PFO), which launched on 6 June. 737-800s are deployed on this route, on which Yakutia Airlines competes with Ural Airlines’ service of the same frequency.


  1. Parker West says:

    I’m confused you list Delta adding 4 flights per day (28 Weekly) to San Diego, 180 km away. In the chart you list no new LAX-SAN flights but 4 new daily flights (28 weekly) to San Jose, CA. Easy mistake too many “San” in city names within California. My guess is that the correct answer would be San Diego which is 180 km away from LAX, with Sky West handling the flights by code share. The Allegiant addition of a OAK-PVU flight is important for the area, this is the only flight in competition with the Delta hub to the north. Maybe Provo with a fast growing metro population a whisker under 600,000 can break the SLC monopoly becoming the 2nd airport with commercial service beyond the very local area. Rumor is Spirit is looking at PVU-LAX, and PVU-LAS. In an area with two 30,000+ (students) universities, having a situation similar to Orlando’s Sanford airport might be a big seller.

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