New airline routes launched (14 June 2016 – 20 June 2016)

JetBlue Airways’ Buffalo to Los Angeles

Buffalo celebrated the arrival of JetBlue Airways’ inaugural service from Los Angeles on 17 June, a route which launched the day previous. Seen celebrating the arrival is Pascal Cohen, Senior Marketing Manager & Aviation Business Development, Buffalo Niagara International Airport and John Checketts, Network Planning Director, JetBlue Airways. Being welcomed off the first flight from LA is Hollywood actor William Fichtner.

JetBlue Airways links Buffalo to LA

Celebrations were also had on the first departure to Los Angeles on 16 June, with passengers being offered Buffalo wings to enjoy before departure. The 3,560-kilometre sector will be served daily on the carrier’s A320s.

  • JetBlue Airways commenced service on two transcontinental US routes on 16 June, starting with flights between Buffalo (BUF) and Los Angeles (LAX). Commenting on the launch, John Checketts, Network Planning Director, JetBlue Airways, said: “The opportunity for this route continued to get stronger and stronger and we’re very excited to finally have it in play.” The second route launched was between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and San Diego (SAN). Both 3,560- and 3,642-kilometre sectors will be served daily on the carrier’s A320 fleet facing no direct competition.

Elite Airways’ Long Island MacArthur to Orlando Melbourne

Leading the inaugural celebrations at Orlando Melbourne of Elite Airways’ new service to Long Island MacArthur were: David Dow, EVP Elite Airways; the Honourable Kathy Meehan, Mayor of Melbourne and Vice Chair Melbourne Airport Authority; and Jack Ryals, Chairman Melbourne Airport Authority. Passengers on the first flight also enjoyed the celebrations with fresh orange juice and Statue of Liberty crowns.

  • Elite Airways commenced service on four routes this week, with three connecting to Long Island MacArthur (ISP), its first operations from the New York area airport. “This is a significant time in the history of Long Island MacArthur Airport. The inaugural flight for Elite Airways marks the beginning of a new opportunity for Long Island travellers, who won’t have to contend with the congestion and hassle of flying from other airports,” said Long Island MacArthur Airport Supervisor Angie Carpenter. None of the airline’s four new routes will face competition, with all of them operating at a twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays) frequency.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
17 June Long Island MacArthur (ISP) Portland (PWM) CRJ2 (2)
Portland (PWM) Bar Harbor (BHB)
19 June Long Island MacArthur (ISP) Orlando Melbourne (MLB)
Myrtle Beach (MYR)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 21 June 2016.

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

adira airways passengers disembark inaugural service munich and olsztyn mazury

Passengers disembark the inaugural service between Munich and Olsztyn-Mazury. The 855-kilometre link between the Bavarian gateway and Polish airport will be flown thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) on a mixture of the airline’s CRJ fleet.

  • Adria Airways commenced service on two routes this week, starting on 17 June with an 855-kilometre connection between Munich (MUC) and Olsztyn-Mazury (SZY). Operated thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) the airport pair will be flown on a mixture of the Star Alliance member’s CRJ fleet. A second route was launched two days later on 19 June between Pristina (PRN) and London Luton (LTN). The 1,905-kilometre link will be flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on the carrier’s A319 fleet. Neither route will face direct competition. Luton becomes the second London airport which Adria Airways serves, as it also flies to London Gatwick from Ljubljana with a seasonal summer service. Olsztyn-Mazury becomes the fourth destination for the carrier in Poland, as it also operates to Lodz, Rzeszow and Warsaw Chopin.

Cutting the route launch cake, which features a Zilant, a symbol of Kazan since 1730, were Alexandra Ulm from Fraport and Konstantin Pilipenko, Manager Germany for Aeroflot, with the first flight Captain offering an extra hand. The route will be flown twice-weekly.

  • Aeroflot has begun twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) services from Kazan (KZN) to Frankfurt (FRA), joining the SkyTeam carrier’s existing services to Moscow Vnukovo, St. Petersburg and Simferopol from the Russian airport. Started on 17 June, the 2,760-kilometre sector will be flown by the airline’s A320 fleet, and will face no direct competition. It is the only service between Kazan and Germany, The Russian flag-carrier already serves Frankfurt with four daily flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo.

Air Canada launches three international connections

Cutting the cake in Lyon, marking the start of Air Canada’s new five times weekly service to Montreal, are David Gégot, Director Air Canada for France and Philippe Bernand CEO Aéroports de Lyon.

A cake cutting was also held in Montreal to celebrate the start of Lyon services. The 5,861-kilometre sector will be flown five times weekly in direct competition with Air Transat’s four times weekly service.

  • Air Canada commenced service on three new services during the past week, starting on 16 June with a connection between Montreal (YUL) and Lyon (LYS). The 5,861-kilometre sector will be served by the Star Alliance member five times weekly on its 767-300s facing stiff competition from Air Transat’s four times weekly operation. The second route launched this week was from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Seoul Incheon (ICN). The 10,612-kilometre Pacific route will be flown on the airline’s 787-9 fleet, and will compete with Korean Air which serves the city pair daily. The final route launch by Air Canada this week was from Calgary (YYC) to San Francisco (SFO). The 1,637-kilometre transborder city pair will be served daily on its CRJ 700s, and will face competition from United Airlines and WestJet, which combined already offer 21 weekly services.

Air Canada Rouge launches its third Eastern European route

Air Canada Rouge commenced services between Toronto Pearson and Warsaw Chopin on 14 June, with the Polish airport heralding the start of flights with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Taking charge of proceedings were: Vijay Bathija, VP Commercial, Air Canada Leisure Group; His Excellency Stephen de Boer, Ambassador of Canada to Poland; and Grzegorz Michorek, Commercial Bureau Deputy Director, Warsaw Chopin Airport. The 6,931-kilometre route will be served thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) facing direct competition from fellow Star Alliance partner LOT Polish Airlines.

  • Air Canada Rouge commenced service to its third destination in Eastern Europe on 14 June after Budapest and Prague, launching flights on the 6,931-kilometre link between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Warsaw Chopin (WAW). Flown by the carrier’s 767-300s, services on the city pair will operate thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). Stephen de Boer, Ambassador of Canada to Poland, said of the launch: “I am delighted to see Air Canada Rouge establishing this new connection between Warsaw and Toronto, bringing Canada and Poland even closer. Canada and Poland enjoy comprehensive economic bilateral relations and based on historical shared values this new connection will help continue to deepen the people-to-people linkages.” The city pair is already served by fellow Star Alliance member LOT Polish Airlines, which offers a nine times weekly service (double-daily on Fridays and Sundays) according to OAG Schedules Analyser data on its 787-8 fleet. Air Canada Rouge also has a strong presence in Western Europe, with it serving Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, Glasgow, Lisbon, London Gatwick, Manchester, Nice, Rome Fiumicino and Venice Marco Polo.

Air Serbia commenced service from Belgrade to Ohrid on 15 June. Seen speaking at the inaugural ceremony are: Michael Youlten, Air Serbia GM for Services; Zoran Krstevski, GM TAV Macedonia; and Nikola Bakraceski, Major of Ohrid Municipality. The Macedonian airport also celebrated with a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Conducting proceedings are: Alper Ersoy, Deputy GM TAV Macedonia; Youlten; Vera Jovanovska Tipko, Macedonian Ambassador in Serbia; Bakraceski; Ana Petkovic, Serbian Ambassador in Macedonia; and Krstevski along with the airline crew.

Celebrations were held at Hamburg Airport to welcome the arrival of Air Serbia’s new service from Belgrade on 15 June. Seen celebrating in the German city by posing with the cake are: Robert Piltz, Director Traffic Development, Hamburg Airport; Joergen Kearsley, GM Aviation Marketing, Hamburg Airport; and Djordje Vukotic, Head of Global Sales, Air Serbia, as well as the flight crew.

Cutting the ribbon in St. Petersburg to initiate the start of Air Serbia’s new 1,791-kilometre route to Belgrade are St. Petersburg Airport CCO Evgeny Ilyin and CEO of Air Serbia Dane Kondić. The route will face no direct competition.

  • Air Serbia commenced service on a trio of routes from Belgrade (BEG) this week, starting with two routes on 15 June to Hamburg (HAM) and Ohrid (OHD). Flights on the 1,228-kilometre link to Hamburg will be flown four times weekly utilising the carrier’s CRJ 900 fleet, although the first flight was operated by one of the airline’s A319s. “We are delighted to welcome Air Serbia as a new airline to Hamburg Airport. Belgrade is a destination that has not been on offer as a direct route from Hamburg for a long time,” commented Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. The short 402-kilometre sector to Ohrid will be flown thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) by the airline’s ATR 72s. A third route was launched on 18 June from the Serbian capital, a 1,791-kilometre link to St. Petersburg (LED). Operated on a mixture of the airline’s short-haul Airbus fleet, services to the Russian city will be flown thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). “Air Serbia is delighted to commence flights to St. Petersburg, a well-positioned gateway to North Europe and the vast country of Russia. With multiple weekly flight options, convenient arrival and departure times, and easy connections over Belgrade to the Balkans and Southern Europe, we expect the St Petersburg route to be a hit with business and leisure travellers who have expressed strong travel demand to the city,” noted Dane Kondić, CEO of Air Serbia. None of the airline’s three new routes will face direct competition.

Vancouver celebrated the start of flights to Rome Fiumicino with this fantastic cake depicting the Colosseum in the Italian city. Services between the two cities will operate weekly (Fridays) on the carrier’s A330-200 fleet. Seen cutting the ribbon in Vancouver are: Dr. Marco Schiavoni, Economic and Commercial Attaché, Consul General of Italy; Rod Ramage, Air Transat Regional Manager; Dr. Massimiliano Iacchini, Consul General of Italy; and Steve Hankinson, VP Operations and Maintenance, Vancouver Airport Authority, along with the airline’s crew.

zagreb cake for air transats new service from toronto pearson

A cake was also had in Zagreb to welcome the arrival of Air Transat’s new service from Toronto Pearson. The 7,070-kilometre sector will also operate weekly (Tuesdays) on the carrier’s A330-200s facing no incumbents.

  • Air Transat commenced service on two transatlantic services this week, starting on 14 June with a connection between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Zagreb (ZAG). The 7,070-kilometre sector will be served weekly (Tuesdays) facing no direct competition. A second route was launched by the Canadian carrier on 17 June between Vancouver (YVR) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The 8,996-kilometre city pair will also be flown weekly (Fridays), again facing no incumbent. “Thanks to Air Transat, Vancouver has a direct link to one of the world’s most renowned and ancient connecting hubs – Rome,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “This service opens up exciting new opportunities to explore an amazing country, known for its rich culture and stunning attractions.” Both of Air Transat’s new transatlantic services will both be flown by the carrier’s A330-200 fleet. The latest launches mean that Air Transat offers 17 transatlantic routes from Pearson, and six from Vancouver. While Zagreb is a new destination for Air Transat, the airline already serves Fiumicino from Pearson.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Stewart Airport on 16 June to inaugurate the start of Allegiant Air services to Myrtle Beach, as well as two route launch cakes. The 967-kilometre sector will be flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) facing no direct competition.

  • Allegiant Air commenced service between Myrtle Beach (MYR) and Stewart (SWF) on 16 June. The 967-kilometre airport pair will be flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on the airline’s MD-80 fleet according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Although no direct competition is offered on the airport pair, with Stewart being 102 kilometres away from Manhattan, indirect competition is offered from New York’s Newark and LaGuardia airports. United Airlines operates 15 weekly flights to Myrtle Beach from Newark, while American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines offers combined 20 weekly flights from LaGuardia. Myrtle Beach becomes the second Allegiant Air destination from Stewart, with the carrier already serving St. Pete-Clearwater from the New York airport.

British Airways links two London airports to Berlin

New connection from the heart of London: British Airways (BA) is now offering 16 weekly flights from London City to Berlin Tegel. From left: Linda Broecker, Airport Service Coordinator, BA; two BA crew members; Ilka Hartmann, British Chamber of Commerce in Germany; Katja Selle, Regional Commercial Manager Central and East Europe, BA; Jana Friedrich, Aviation Marketing, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg; Elke Spiegel, Head of Sales Continent Europe, London City Airport; two BA crew members; and Emmanuel Brousse, Outstations Delivery Manager, London City Airport.

  • British Airways started two new connections to Berlin Tegel (TXL) on 19 June, one from London Stansted (STN) and one from London City (LCY). While both routes will use London City-based aircraft, the kit is stationed at London Stansted over the weekend, undertaking flights to Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca. While both routes therefore utilise the airline’s E190 fleet and face no direct competition, the former is operated just weekly (Sundays), while the latter is operated 16 times weekly. The airline also flies 46 times weekly from its main London Heathrow hub to the German capital.

Bulgaria Air begins Budapest

Seen welcoming the crew of Bulgaria Air’s inaugural flight from Sofia on 20 June with a celebratory cake is Balázs Bogáts Head of Airline Development Budapest Airport. Services on the 620-kilometre sector will operate four times weekly.

  • Bulgaria Air commenced service on the European capital connection between Sofia (SOF) and Budapest (BUD) on 20 June. The 620-kilometre sector will be served four times weekly. Commenting at the launch, Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport said: “The indirect passenger numbers from 2015 indicate high demand for Bulgaria Air’s service. It’s a great pleasure to welcome the airport’s new airline partner, and in giving our travellers optimum choice, we look forward to further development with the carrier.” The route will face no direct competition and will be flown on a mixture of the airline’s Airbus and Embraer short-haul fleet according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Cork celebrated in traditional style the start of CityJet’s new services to Nantes and La Rochelle. Flights to Nantes will be flown weekly (Sundays) while La Rochelle will see twice-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Saturdays). Seen celebrating the start of services from the Irish airport are members of the Roarty Family, Tara, Tiernan and Fiachhra, along with CityJet crew member Joe Marney, and Daragh Hanratty Head of Aviation Marketing Cork Airport.

  • CityJet commenced service on two new seasonal routes from Cork (ORK) this week, starting on 18 June with a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service to La Rochelle (LRH). The second connection was inaugurated on 19 June, a weekly (Sundays) operation to Nantes (NTE). Both 822- and 718-kilometre sectors will be flown on the carrier’s RJ85s. These latest launches mean that in total CityJet offers service to three destinations from Cork, with the airline also serving London City, a route which will end on 26 June. Flights to La Rochelle will operate until 27 August, while Nantes services will finish on 28 August. Neither French routes will face direct competition. These latest launches mean that Cork is now connected to five airports in France, with Ireland’s second city also seeing service to Bordeaux, Paris CDG and Rennes according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Cork becomes the second route for CityJet from Nantes, with the carrier also offering regular service to London City, with the airline also linking Avignon, Paris Orly and Toulon Hyères in France to the UK capital airport.

Czech Airlines commences Beirut and Malta

Malta celebrated with this cake the start of Czech Airlines’ weekly (Saturdays) service from Prague on 18 June. From 28 June services will increase to twice-weekly, with a Tuesday flight being added. The route will compete with Air Malta’s twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

  • Czech Airlines commenced two routes from Prague (PRG) this week, starting on 18 June with weekly (Saturdays) service to Malta (MLA). The 1,584-kilometre link will see service increased to twice-weekly from 28 June, when a Tuesday flight will be added. The route will compete with Air Malta’s twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The second route launched by Czech Airlines this week was to Beirut (BEY) on 20 June. Flights on the 2,503-kilometre route from the Czech Republic capital will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) facing no direct competition. Both services will be flown on the SkyTeam member’s A319 fleet.

Fiji Airways makes San Francisco its third US service-1

To celebrate the launch of flights on 16 June to San Francisco, Nadi International Airport built a mini replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lining up for a commemorative picture are Andre Viljoen, MD and CEO of Fiji Airways (centre) with some of the cabin crew and Premium Service Team members at Nadi International Airport. The airline already serves Honolulu and Los Angeles in the US.

Touchdown in San Francisco! Fiji Airways’ inaugural service arrives on a sunny day in California. Passengers on the first return flight pose with the flight crew in the terminal. Both flights operated with a load factor of 90%.

  • Fiji Airways on 16 June began its third non-stop service to the US with the introduction of seasonal, twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) flight from Nadi (NAN) to San Francisco (SFO). The 8,790-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier and will be flown by the airline’s A330-200s. The service will operate until mid-August and then again in December 2016 and January 2017. Andre Viljoen, CEO, Fiji Airways, said; “This new service is in line with our network expansion targets and gives us further reach into North America. The seasonal flying takes into account common vacation trends out of the United States. Along with the Fijian community, the Samoan and Tongan communities living in San Francisco are also big winners with this direct service. It will offer them a convenient one-stop flight back to their homeland to see family and friends.” Fiji Airways already serves Los Angeles and Honolulu in the US. According to the airline the inaugural flights in both directions operated with a load factor of 90%.

garuda indonesia medan to singapore 14 June ribbon cutting ceremony

Celebrating the start of Garuda Indonesia’s service from Medan to Singapore on 14 June with a ribbon cutting ceremony are: Wong Woon Liong, Senior Advisor, Changi Airport Group; M. Arif Wibowo, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia; Arief Yahya, Indonesian Minister of Tourism; and Indonesian Ambassador for Singapore H.E. Ngurah Swanjaya.

  • Garuda Indonesia on 14 June reinstated non-stop flights from Medan (KLO) in Indonesia to Singapore (SIN). The 621-kilometre route, which was last served by the airline over a decade ago, will be flown by the SkyTeam carrier’s 737-800s. Competition comes from SilkAir (twice-daily flights) and Jetstar Asia (daily flights). Singapore becomes Garuda’s first international destination from Medan, joining seven domestic towns and cities. M. Arif Wibowo, President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, stated: “We believe this new service will stimulate growth of business and trade in the region, more so as Medan is strategically located as the gateway to Sumatera and the rest of Indonesia’s western regions. The new service will offer passengers a wider choice of destinations as well as greater flexibility and convenience when travelling between Singapore and cities in Sumatera, such as Palembang, Banda Aceh, Sabang, Lheuksmawe, Gunung Sitoli, and Pinangsori.”

germania crew were welcomed by munster osnabruck airport route to adana

Captain Mustafa Deniz (centre), Germania Sales Manager Turkey, Ismail Polat (second from the right) and the entire flight and cabin crew were welcomed by Andrés Heinemann, VP Marketing and Communication of Münster/Osnabrück Airport, (fourth from right) and Detlef Döbberthin, the airport’s Manager Aviation Marketing (third from left). The route to Adana will be flown weekly.

on the apron for germania flight from friedrichshafen airport to reykjavik keflavik 18 June

On the apron for the first flight from Friedrichshafen Airport to Reykjavik/Keflavik on 18 June were: Henning Burgdorfer, Cabin Crew; Katrin Forderer, Cabin Crew; Stephanie Spiegel, Cabin Crew; Hanno Knors, First Officer; Andreas Hornkamp, Captain; and Andreas Humer-Hager, VP Marketing & Communication, Friedrichshafen Airport.

  • Germania started its 13th route from Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) on 14 June to Adana (ADA) in Turkey. With this new flight Germania now has 19 weekly departures out of the German airport. With the introduction of Adana, this is the fourth Turkish destination served from Münster/Osnabrück. The Adana flight operates weekly (Tuesdays) and is flown by 149-seat 737-700s. Three days later, the airline started a route from Bremen (BRE) to the same Turkish city, again served weekly (Fridays), but this time flown by its A321 fleet. Completing a trio of new routes opened-up in the last seven days was the 2,651-kilometre sector from Friedrichshafen (FMO) to Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF). Weekly services (Saturdays) began on 18 June, and were again operated by the airline’s 737-700 fleet. All three routes will face no direct competition.

HK Express initiates service to Ishigaki-1

Toasting the start of HK Express’ new service to Ishigaki while attending ITE 2016 in Hong Kong are: Mr. Hiroshi Yamada, Executive Director of Japan National Tourism Organization; Mr. Saisho Kiyotaka, Director of Okinawa Prefectural Government; Mr. Andrew Cowen, Director and CEO of HK Express; and Mr. Takamine Yoshiharu, Chairman of Yaeyama Visitors Bureau.

  • HK Express continues to grow its presence in Japan. On 16 June the LCC began thrice-weekly flights on the 1,078-kilometre route from Hong Kong (HKG) to Ishigaki (ISG), located on one of the Yaeyama Islands, which are part of the Okinawa Prefecture. No other carrier serves this route which will be flown thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) by the airline’s A320s. According to Andrew Cowen, Director and CEO of HK Express: “The interest and enthusiasm in Japan is just incredible, and we’re so pleased to be able to make this exquisite corner of the world more accessible than ever before. We have more Japanese routes debuting in July, including Takamatsu and Kagoshima, which our Guests are incredibly excited about. Pre-ticket sales have been selling fast, and to keep up with demand we even added extra routes during the summer.”

The crew of Iberia Express’ first flight from Madrid were welcomed by representatives of Krakow Airport – and indeed proud Poles: Artur Staniszewski, Acting Aviation Services Manager and Monika Pabisek, Acting Spokesperson. The service, which started on 20 June, will be operated twice-weekly.

Iberia Express enters eight new markets

Cakes and flowers were offered to passengers on the inaugural Iberia Express service from Madrid to Malta. The Iberia in-house LCC will face competition from its airline peers Ryanair and Norwegian on the sector.

  • Iberia Express has used the last week to commence eight new services from its Madrid (MAD) base. The longest sector distance of the eight routes was the city pair from Madrid to Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF), at 2,889 kilometres, while the shortest was the 1,315-kilometre link from the Spanish capital to Cork (ORK). The average sector length of the eight new services is 2,200 kilometres. The most competitive of the five routes where there is direct rivalry for the incoming carrier is on the sector to Bucharest, where the four incumbent airlines offer 25 weekly services between them.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
15 Jun Madrid (MAD) Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) A32S (2) Norwegian (3)
16 Jun Malta (MLA) A32S (3) Ryanair (4), Norwegian (1)
18 Jun Cork (ORK) A32S (2)
Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) Icelandair (1)
19 Jun Gothenburg (GOT)
20 Jun Krakow (KRK) Ryanair (4)
Santorini (JTR) A320 (2)
Bucharest (OTP) TAROM (9), Ryanair (7), Wizz Air (6), Blue Air (3)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 21 June 2016.

Tunisair launched service to Montreal on 16 June, with the Canadian airport welcoming its latest carrier with a traditional route launch cake. Although the first flight was flown on a Thursday, the twice-weekly service will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

  • Tunisair commenced service between Tunis (TUN) and Montreal (YUL) on 16 June. Although the 3,993-kilometre route was launched on a Thursday, the twice-weekly operation will regularly be flown on Wednesdays and Sundays according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Operated on the carrier’s 266-seat A330-200s, the city pair will face no direct competition. Montreal becomes the carrier’s only destination in North America. Looking at the airline’s schedules data, its other A330-200 routes are Algiers, Paris Orly, Jeddah and Madinah.

Exchanging gifts after the ceremonial ribbon cutting on the apron were Turkish Airlines VP for Sales in Central Europe Fatih Cigal and Košice Airport CEO Michael Tmej. The route to the Slovakian airport, which started on 16 June, will be flown thrice-weekly.

  • Turkish Airlines has added two more routes to its network this week. The first, to Košice (KSC), was launched on 16 June from the Star Alliance carrier’s main hub at Istanbul Atatürk (IST). Flown thrice-weekly, the 1,040-kilometre sector, its only service to Slovakia, is scheduled to be operated by the airline’s 737-800s, although the inaugural flight was performed using one of its A319s. Commencing on 20 June, the carrier added its third route to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), this time from Konya (KYA). The thrice-weekly operation adds to the airline’s existing services to the Swedish capital city from Atatürk and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, and will be joined by flights from Ankara on 21 June. The Konya route will be flown by the airline’s A320 fleet, while both services will face no direct competition.

Celebrations were held at Los Angeles to celebrate the start of Virgin America’s new service from the Californian city to Kahului, with passengers on the first flight given goodies. The 3,993-kilometre sector will be served daily by the carrier on its A320 fleet.

virgin america celebrations on arrival in kahului

Celebrations were also had on arrival in Kahului as passengers were greeted in the traditional Hawaiian style of bring offered a flower necklace. Seen receiving her natural jewellery is Ellen Pompeo, best known for playing Meredith Grey in the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Virgin America commenced service on its second route to Hawaii from Los Angeles (LAX) on 14 June. After Honolulu, the carrier now serves Kahului (OGG) with daily A320 service from the Californian hub. “Since we launched service to Hawaii last year, the response from our passengers has been overwhelming and we’re thrilled to add yet another route and give flyers the ability to travel from Los Angeles to Maui in style,” said John MacLeod, SVP of Sales and Planning, Virgin America. The airline becomes the fifth carrier to serve the 3,993-kilometre city pair, with American Airlines (28 times weekly), United Airlines (17), Delta Air Lines (14) and Hawaiian Airlines (14) also connecting the two airports according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Overall Virgin America now serves 14 airports non-stop from Los Angeles, with Cancún being the only international destination offered. Los Angeles becomes the second Virgin America connection from Kahului, with the airline also offering service from San Francisco to the Hawaiian airport.

Volaris starts first US route from Monterrey

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Chicago O’Hare to celebrate the launch of Volaris’ first US service from Monterrey on Friday 17 June. The twice-weekly, A320 service is the eighth route operated by the LCC between Mexico and Chicago, serving O’Hare from three airports and Midway from five. Only Guadalajara is connected to both Chicago airports.

  • Volaris expanded its presence in the US with the introduction on 17 June of a new, twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) between Monterrey (MTY) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The 2,118-kilometre route is already operated by United Airlines with twice-daily flights. Volaris’s 174-seat A320s will be used on the route, its first international service from Monterrey. A second international service to Dallas/Fort Worth is set to launch in early July.


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