New airline routes launched (25 October 2016 – 31 October 2016)

Singapore Airlines’ Singapore – Manchester – Houston Intercontinental route

Singapore Airlines redirects Houston service via Manchester

Singapore Airlines cabin crew flank the airline’s VP for Europe, Subhas Menon; Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad; Ken O’Toole CEO, Manchester Airport; and Sheldon Hee, GM UK & Ireland, Singapore Airlines at the launch on 30 October of direct flights to Houston and Singapore from Manchester Airport. Previously the Star Alliance carrier served Manchester via Munich.

  • Singapore Airlines has changed the way its serves the Houston Intercontinental (IAH) market. It used to serve the Texas city via Moscow Domodedovo, but from the start of the W16/17 season on 30 October it now routes the service via Manchester (MAN) instead. The UK city was previously served by the Star Alliance carrier via Munich. The new five times weekly service is operated using 777-300s. Speaking in Manchester UK Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad, said: “It is a pleasure to be in Manchester to mark the inaugural flight between Singapore, Manchester and Houston. Every year nearly 100,000 people fly from the North West to Texas or Singapore – for holiday or for business. Now they can fly directly. Leading academic institutions such as the University of Manchester have also added their welcome and highlighted how this will help strengthen research partnerships in Texas whilst businesses across the North West will now have direct access to the economic engine that is Singapore.” Subhas Menon, VP Europe for Singapore Airlines, added: “Our new non-stop routes to Houston and Singapore from Manchester are the first outside of London to offer travellers more convenient travel to Texas. We are committed to this region and want to continue to develop Singapore Airlines relationship with the people and businesses of the North West. With our partnership with Flybe, these routes are also open to travellers from 11 cities across the UK including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness”. Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “This new service to Houston with Singapore Airlines will open up a whole new part of America to business and leisure passengers across the North. At a time when capacity in the South is constrained, we are adding more passengers and routes than ever before. Houston and Singapore, along with a wealth of other recent new routes, can only be found at Manchester in the UK outside of London. This underpins the role we play in the North as the global entry point of the Northern Powerhouse and as economic provider and job creator for the region. Furthermore, at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ties with Europe, this new east and west route connecting America to Manchester and on to Asia, clearly highlights the role we play with connecting the North to international markets, unlocking trade, tourist and economic opportunities. We look forward to working closely with Singapore Airlines to ensure the success of the route and their continued growth from Manchester Airport.” Vote for either of Manchester’s cakes in this week’s competition.

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

Air Namibia launches fourth route to South Africa

Air Namibia launched flights to Durban from Windhoek via Gaborone on 30 October, with the route being celebrated at a gala evening in the South African city. Seen promoting the new route are: Terence Delomoney GM Durban Airport; Sihle Zikalala, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; Wimpie van Vuuren, Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing, Air Namibia; and Hamish Erskine, CEO, Dube TradePort.

  • Air Namibia launched its fourth route to South Africa on 30 October, a 1,580-kilometre link between Windhoek (WDH) and Durban (DUR), a connection which will operate via Gaborone in Botswana. The airline will operate the city pairing four times weekly on its ERJ 135s. No other carrier links the two cities. For Air Namibia, this becomes its fourth route to South Africa. It already links Windhoek to Cape Town and Johannesburg, while the latter airport is also connected to the Namibian coastal city of Walvis Bay when referring to OAG schedules. Vote for Durban Airport’s FTWA in this week’s competition.

Alitalia nets Tenerife North onto its network

Beep! Beep! For any of you lucky enough to have been to Rome, or indeed Italy, you will know that Italians love their scooters. No surprises then that Tenerife North Airport decided to use this as the central part of its launch cake for the start of Alitalia’s services this week.

Back again! Atlasglobal has returned to London Stansted this week, with its daily service from Istanbul Atatürk. The new route cake (plus baklava and Turkish delight) is being cut by Chris Wiggan, Head of External Affairs, London Stansted Airport; Zehra Basaran, North Cyprus Representative; and Mustafa Ebgu, UK Manager Atlasglobal.

  • Atlasglobal has returned to London Stansted (STN) this week, having moved its daily service from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to London Luton in May 2014. Resumed on 30 October, the 2,478-kilometre sector faces no direct competition and is operated by the airline’s A320 fleet. Mustafa Ebgü, UK Manager for the airline said: “We are delighted to be operating from London Stansted. This was a strategic decision taken to offer our customers even more convenience and comfort, and the feedback from both passengers and agents has been very positive.” Vote for London Stansted’s cake in this week’s competition.

Austrian Airlines returns to Caribbean after six-year hiatus

Austrian Airlines officially opened its new service to Havana from Vienna with a ribbon cutting ceremony on 25 October. The 8,753-kilometre link will face no direct competition and will be flown weekly (Tuesdays) on the Star Alliance member’s 767-300s.

  • Austrian Airlines launched its latest long-haul venture from Vienna (VIE) on 25 October, an 8,753-kilometre link to Havana (HAV). The Austrian-Cuban city pairing will be flown weekly (Tuesdays) on the Star Alliance member’s 767-300 fleet. “We have continuously expanded our offering to long-haul tourist destinations since 2013, with flights now being operated to Colombo and Mauritius. Starting today, we will also serve Havana, and thus a Caribbean destination for the first time in six years”, explained Andreas Otto, CCO of Austrian Airlines at the launch. Austrian last served the Caribbean on 30 March 2010, the day it ended its weekly service to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Havana becomes the airline’s sixth transatlantic destination and 13th long-haul route overall. The airline also serves Chicago O’Hare, Miami, New York (JFK and Newark) and Toronto Pearson on the other side of the Atlantic.

SUN-AIR starts two UK routes from Bremen

An iconic London taxi was on hand at Bremen Airport on Monday 31 October to help celebrate the launch of British Airways’ two new routes, operated by SUN-AIR, to London City and Manchester in the UK. Neither route is currently served. The Danish regional carrier, a franchise partner of British Airways, already serves both these UK airports from its Billund base.

  • British Airways has started two new routes, operated by franchise partner SUN-AIR, from Bremen (BRE). On 31 October the Danish carrier began 10 times weekly flights on the 616-kilometre route to London City (LCY) and 11 times weekly flights on the 735-kilometre route to Manchester (MAN). Neither route is currently served by any other carrier, though Ryanair has in the past connected Bremen with Manchester. Both routes will be operated by a 32-seater Dornier 328 aircraft with full in-flight service that includes a meal and Dornier wines, ice cream dessert and daily newspapers. SUN-AIR already serves both of these UK destinations on behalf of British Airways from its home base in Billund, Denmark. Vote for Bremen Airport’s cake in this week’s competition.

Cambodia Angkor Air resumes Hanoi service from Siem Reap

A banner on the apron welcomes passengers flying on Cambodia Angkor Air’s resumed service between Siem Reap and Hanoi in Vietnam. The airline previously served the route until August 2014.

  • Cambodia Angkor Air has resumed flying on the 893-kilometre link between Siem Reap (REP) and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam. The route will be flown five times weekly using the airline’s A320s. Vietnam Airlines already serves the market with 25 weekly flights. According to OAG data, Cambodia Angkor Air had previously flown the route between 24 December 2012 and 17 August 2014 using its larger A321s. This has raised to 10 the number of destinations served non-stop by the airline from Siem Reap, including two in Cambodia, four in China and Bangkok in Thailand. Hanoi becomes the airline’s third route to Vietnam after Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Although no cake was on offer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, an ice sculpture had been commissioned for its Tokyo Haneda connection. On 29 October Delta Air Lines moved its daily link to the Japanese capital from Tokyo’s Narita to Haneda Airport. A small presentation highlighting the closer link to Tokyo centre was made before boarding for Haneda commenced. Seen taking part in the presentation are Brian Ryks, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director/CEO, and Amy Klobuchar, US Senator representing Minnesota.

  • Delta Air Lines launched a connection between Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) on 29 October, with the 9,600-kilometre link replacing the airline’s existing 9,550-kilometre sector to Tokyo Narita from the US city, an airport pairing which ended the day before according to OAG schedules. This means that for people travelling to Tokyo, the journey to the city centre will be around one hour less than the commute from Narita. The daily 777-200 service remains the only connection between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Tokyo. Despite the loss, Delta still operates 12 routes from Narita, including Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Portland and Seattle-Tacoma in the US. For Haneda, this becomes its second Delta route, with this launch complementing the airline’s existing Los Angeles link.

Flybe blossoms on Leeds Bradford to Newquay link

Blooming marvellous. A plant exchange took place on 28 October to celebrate the start of Flybe’s new route between Leeds Bradford and Newquay. Kayley Worsley from Leeds Bradford Airport, Nigel Eaton from RHS Harlow Carr and Judith Donovan from Eden Project and Destination Dales brought some Yorkshire Roses to Cornwall on the inaugural flight…

Flybe blossoms on Leeds Bradford to Newquay link

…where Donovan swapped plants with Gordon Seabright of the Eden Project, who reciprocated with a ‘China Clay’ Camellia, on the apron in Newquay. On hand to mark the start of the service and the plant exchange were: Kayley Worsley, Leeds Bradford Airport; Nigel Eaton, RHS Harlow Carr; Judith Donovan, Eden Project and Destination Dales; Gordon Seabright, Eden Project; Paul Willoughby Flybe; Al Titterington, Newquay Airport; and Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council.

Flybe blossoms on Leeds Bradford to Newquay link

On 30 October, Flybe started four times weekly services from Doncaster Sheffield to Düsseldorf. The inaugural crew holds some German chocolate in their hands ‒ one of the symbols of Düsseldorf ‒ The Cartwheeler. Presenting the sweet treat to the crew is Dirk Jördens, Manager Airline Marketing from the German airport. Photo: Andreas Wiese.

Flybe blossoms on Leeds Bradford to Newquay link

Flybe celebrated its two year anniversary of offering services to and from London City Airport by launching a new 17 times weekly route to Düsseldorf on 31 October. Of the four services launched by the airline this week, this is the only one to face direct competition – from British Airways.

  • Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, began operating four new routes this week including a thrice-weekly service between Leeds Bradford (LBA) and Newquay Airport (NQY), a service that has been made possible under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. The new route was marked by a plant exchange – the first time’s data elves can ever remember this happening at a route launch. Al Titterington, MD Newquay Airport, said: “Today’s plant exchange has been such a great way to mark the start of this new route between two of the UK’s major tourism regions. The new connection between Cornwall and the Leeds City region will not only help to support tourism in both areas but also offer a fantastic connection for business travellers, university students and those travelling to see family and friends – cutting down journey times considerably.”
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
28 Oct Leeds Bradford (LBA) Newquay (NQY) Q400 (3)
30 Oct Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Dublin (DUB) E195 (6)
Düsseldorf (DUS) E195 (4)
31 Oct London City (LCY) Q400 (17) British Airways (17)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 1 November 2016.


  • FlyOne, a privately owned LCC from Moldova, launched flights between its Chisinau (KIV) base and Venice Marco Polo (VCE) on 31 October, the airline’s third Italian destination after Parma and Verona. The 1,281-kilometre link will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) on the airline’s A320s. According to ch-aviation, FlyOne currently has three of the type in its fleet. The link to Venice will face direct competition from Air Moldova’s thrice-weekly link according to OAG schedules. With this launch, it brings to six the number of routes FlyOne operates (based on w/c 1 November). Along with the Italian connections, it also links Chisinau to Barcelona, Dublin and Moscow Domodedovo. Looking further into FlyOne’s short history – having launched in June – it has operated flights to Antalya, Heraklion, Lisbon, London Stansted, Rhodes, St. Petersburg and Voronezh in S16. According to OAG schedules, flights to St. Petersburg and Lisbon will return in December for a short New Year stint before regular schedules commence for S17, with flights to Voronezh also returning for the New Year break. Looking ahead to S17, the airline will add five new routes to its Chisinau network, namely Birmingham, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino, Valencia and Moscow Sheremetyevo.

Frontier Airlines has new route frenzy

On 31 October Frontier Airlines commenced a new connection between Cincinnati and Tampa, a route which will be flown four times weekly. To celebrate, the latter airport commissioned this enormous cake in the form of the Great American Ball Park, home of the first professional baseball team in the world. Posing with the calorific wonder are Tampa Airport’s Marketing Team. Talking of baseball, congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on their historic World Series victory yesterday beating the Cleveland Indians 4-3. They last won the ultimate prize in baseball in 1908.

  • Frontier Airlines commenced seven new routes between 30 and 31 October, including two new international links from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico. Both of these routes will face direct competition. The remaining five routes launched by the carrier this week are US domestic services, all involving airports in Florida, with only the link between Trenton (TTN) and Punta Gorda (PGD) facing an incumbent. The five US domestic routes have an average sector length of 1,743 kilometres and an average weekly frequency of 4.2. Vote for Tampa Airport’s cake in this week’s competition.
Launch date From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
30 Oct Chicago O’Hare (ORD) San Jose del Cabo (SJD) A320 (3) American Airlines (5), United Airlines (2)
Colorado Springs (COS) Orlando (MCO) A320 (7)
Orlando (MCO) Des Moines (DSM) A319 (3)
Philadelphia (PHL) Punta Gorda (PGD)
Trenton (TTN) A319 (4) Allegiant Air (2)
31 Oct Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Puerto Vallarta (PVR) A320 (4) United Airlines (5), American Airlines (2),
Alaska Airlines (1)
Cincinnati (CVG) Tampa (TPA) Delta Air Lines (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 1 November 2016. WF = weekly frequency.

Jeju Air makes its way to Macau

Jeju Air becomes fifth carrier to connect Seoul Incheon with Macau.

  • Jeju Air is clearly not afraid of competition as it has just become the fifth airline to operate non-stop flights between Seoul Incheon (ICN) and Macau (MFM). The LCC started its new, daily service on 30 October and will use its 737-800s to fly the 2,102-kilometre route. Competition comes in the shape of Air Macau (14 weekly flights), Air Seoul and Jin Air (both operating daily flights), as well as t’way air’s five weekly flights. This winter Jeju Air will serve 23 destinations from Seoul Incheon. The airline’s fleet currently comprises 25 737-800s. In the last 12 months seven aircraft have joined the fleet, all of which are former Ryanair aircraft.

KLM adds to Asian, African and European networks

KLM commenced flights to its latest European destination on 30 October – Dublin. The SkyTeam member will operate the 748-kilometre route twice-daily on its E190 fleet. From next year, the airline has already announced that the connection will be flown up to four times daily. Amongst the line-up at Dublin is Vincent Harrison, MD Dublin Airport (second from left).

Passengers disembark KLM’s inaugural flight from Amsterdam in Windhoek on 30 October, a route which operates via the carrier’s existing Luanda service. Once all passengers were off the flight, it was then time for a VIP line-up photo to be taken. KLM will operate to the Namibian capital thrice-weekly.

  • KLM inaugurated three routes from its Amsterdam (AMS) hub this week, one each to Asia, Africa and Europe. On 30 October it commenced flights to Dublin (DUB) and Windhoek (WDH), with the latter operating via the carrier’s existing Luanda service. The following day the airline added a connection to Colombo (CMB). The only route of KLM’s that was inaugurated this week that will face direct competition is the 748-kilometre link to the Irish capital. KLM previously had a code share agreement with Aer Lingus between Amsterdam and Dublin, however the Irish flag carrier still continues to operate the city pairing 31 times weekly according to OAG schedules, while Ryanair – which launched flights on the then monopoly route last October – offers a four times daily service. Neither the 8,374-kilometre link to Windhoek nor the 8,364-kilometre sector to Colombo face incumbents. Flights to Dublin will be flown on KLM’s E190 fleet twice-daily, while Windhoek rotations will be carried out on A330-200s thrice-weekly. Colombo, which will be served by the carrier’s new 787-9s, will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). Flights to Dublin from next year will increase to four times daily.

Malindo Air starts second route to Thailand

  • Malindo Air has added a second destination in Thailand to its network from Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The airline now serves Chiang Mai (CNX) with daily flights, using its 162-seat 737-800s, complementing the carrier’s existing services to Bangkok. The 1,806-kilometre route is already flown twice-daily by AirAsia. Malindo Air flight OD 530 departs every day from KLIA at 10:35 arriving at Chiang Mai at 12:20 local time. Chiang Mai is one hour behind Kuala Lumpur time. The return flight departs Chiang Mai at 13:40 and arrives back in Malaysia at 17:25. CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy, said: “Today marks another milestone for Malindo Air as we offer connectivity from Malaysia to Chiang Mai, a popular international holiday destination in Thailand. We are continuously looking to expand our reach to provide customers across the growing Malindo Air network with more travel options. Travellers from Malaysia will now be able to access this exciting destination conveniently in just two hours and 45 minutes with our impressive low fares.” A third Malindo Air route to Thailand (this time to Phuket) is set to launch on 10 November. According to OAG data for the first week in November, AirAsia is the leading carrier in the Malaysia-Thailand market with some 42% of seat capacity, well ahead of Malaysia Airlines (20%), Thai AirAsia (14%), Thai Airways (9%) and Malindo Air (9%).

Nesma Airlines begins domestic routes from Hail

Nesma Airlines, which operates out of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, began two new domestic routes in the latter this week – from Hail to Qaisumah and Tabuk ‒ both of which will be flown by the carrier’s ATR 72 fleet.

  • Nesma Airlines, a regional carrier with bases in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, operating A320s and ATR 72s, began two new domestic routes in the latter on 27 October, both from Hail (HAS), in the north-west of the country. At 408 kilometres, the sector to Qaisumah (AQI) is slightly shorter than the 509-kilometre city pair to Tabuk (TUU). Both services will be flown daily by the airline’s ATR 72 fleet, and neither will face any direct competition.

Norwegian says its Vegas or bust from Gatwick

Norwegian commenced a new service to Las Vegas from London Gatwick on 31 October. It becomes the LCC’s seventh US route, with flights also operating from Gatwick to New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

  • Norwegian, Europe’s third largest low-cost airline, commenced a new service to ‘Sin City’ from London Gatwick (LGW) on 31 October. Twice-weekly flights will depart Gatwick on Mondays and Thursdays, and will be operated by the airline’s 787-9s. Las Vegas (LAS) is Norwegian’s third long-haul route to launch from the London airport this year, alongside Oakland and Boston. Guy Stephenson, Gatwick CCO, said: “Las Vegas has long been a popular destination with Gatwick’s passengers. This, the newest long-haul service from Gatwick, will increase the choice of flights available to those travelling to one of the US’ most exciting cities. Norwegian’s route joins more than 50 other long-haul services from the airport, including most recently new routes to China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, South Africa, as well as the US.” Virgin Atlantic Airways also flies the airport pair, offering a six times weekly service. On 30 October, the LCC improved its UK offer still further when it began a twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays) service between Gran Canaria (LPA) and Manchester (MAN). The 737-800-operated, 3,024-kilometre sector will face direct competition from the likes of Thomas Cook Airlines (five times weekly), (thrice-weekly), easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair and Thomson Airways (all twice-weekly).

Ryanair inaugurates 42 airport connections

On 31 October Ryanair added Marrakech to its Liverpool network. Flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), the 2,451-kilometre link becomes the airline’s 26th route from the UK airport according to OAG schedules, and the carrier’s first link to Africa from Liverpool. Seen celebrating the route launch with the inaugural crew is Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development, Liverpool Airport.

On 30 October Ryanair launched two new Italian routes to Nuremberg – Rome Ciampino and Milan/Bergamo. Both will be flown daily. Seen celebrating the launch at the German airport are: Jan C. Bruns, VP Operations, Nuremberg Airport; Dr. Günther Kreuzer, Italian Honorary Consul; Dr. Michael Hupe, MD Nuremberg Airport; and Christian Kaeser, Head of Aviation Marketing and Business Development, Nuremberg Airport, together with members of the Italian community “Il Salotto” in Nuremberg. After the official photos, Kaeser managed to snap the moment with a selfie along with the some of the VIPs.

Seen watching over the cake cutting, commissioned to celebrate Ryanair’s new route to Krakow, in Bournemouth on 31 October is the UK airport’s MD Paul Knight. The 1,527-kilometre link to Krakow will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) facing no direct competition.

Ryanair inaugurates 42 airport connections

Malta welcomed the arrival of Ryanair’s new link from Vilnius on 30 October, a route announcement that was live from back in March at CONNECT that took place in the Lithuanian capital. The route between Vilnius and Malta will be flown weekly (Sundays).

Ostrava Airport welcomed the arrival of Ryanair’s new connection from Milan/Bergamo on 30 October. To celebrate, the Czech Republic airport handed out champagne to passengers on the first flight. The 769-kilometre airport pairing will be flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays).

Celebrations were had in Vilnius on 30 October to celebrate the launch of Ryanair’s new daily service to Oslo Gardermoen – a new airport addition to the Ryanair network this week. The Lithuania-Norway capital connection will operate daily and is one of 19 new Ryanair routes launched this week that will face direct competition.

Ryanair inaugurates 42 airport connections

Along with adding Oslo Gardermoen to its network this week, Ryanair also expanded operations from its Torp operation in the Norwegian capital with new links to Gdansk, Krakow, Manchester, Milan/Bergamo and Tenerife South on 30 October. Warsaw Modlin was added to the schedule a day later.

Leeds Bradford celebrated the start of Ryanair flights to Warsaw Modlin and Gran Canaria on 30 October. The 1,487-kilometre sector to the Polish capital will be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays), while Gran Canaria services will also operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays).

On 31 October Gran Canaria celebrated with a cake the start of flights with Ryanair from Glasgow. The 3,227-kilometre airport pair will be flown weekly (Mondays) on the carrier’s 737-800s.

  • Ryanair this week added 43 new routes, including the addition of Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) to its route map with connections to London Stansted (STN) and Vilnius (VNO). The average weekly frequency of Ryanair’s new routes is 5.1. Of these 43 connections, three will be served with at least a twice-daily service, namely: Milan Malpensa (MXP) – Brussels (BRU); Gardermoen – Stansted; and Malpensa – Catania (CTA), with the latter seeing the most rotations with 25. Commenting on Bournemouth’s new connection to Krakow, the UK airport’s MD, Paul Knight, said: “I am delighted to see Ryanair launch a new route to Poland. Ryanair has been closely linked with the airport for more than 20 years now and we look forward to welcoming passengers on these new flights to Krakow.  I am confident that this addition to Ryanair’s route network will be a great success and hope this will lead to more destinations in the future.” The average sector length of the airline’s new airport pairs is 1,618 kilometres. Vote for either Bournemouth, Gran Canaria, Malta or Oslo Gardermoen’s cake in this week’s competition. Vote for either of Ostrava, Oslo Gardermoen, Gran Canaria or Nis’ FTWAs in this week’s competition.
Launch date From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
30 Oct Belfast International (BFS) Krakow (KRK) B738 (3) easyJet (3)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Gran Canaria (LPA) Condor (2), Norwegian (2)
Lanzarote (ACE) B738 (2)
Edinburgh (EDI) Warsaw Modlin (WMI) B738 (3)
Glasgow (GLA) Alicante (ALC) easyJet (6), (6),
Thomson Airways (2)
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) B738 (2)
Malaga (AGP) B738 (4) easyJet (6), (2),
Thomson Airways (1)
Leeds Bradford (LBA) Gran Canaria (LPA) B738 (2) (2)
London Stansted (STN) Luxembourg (LUX) B738 (7)
Malta (MLA) Brussels (BRU) Air Malta (8)
Vilnius (VNO) B738 (1)
Manchester (MAN) Hamburg (HAM) B738 (7) Eurowings (11), easyJet (6)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Brussels (BRU) B738 (14) Brussels Airlines (14), easyJet (13)
Gran Canaria (LPA) B738 (1) Vueling (1)
Milan/Bergamo (BGY) Hamburg (HAM) B738 (7)
Nuremberg (NUE)
Ostrava (OSR) B738 (2)
Prague (PRG) B738 (7) Wizz Air (5)
Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) London Stansted (STN) B738 (21)
Oslo Torp (TRF) Gdansk (GDN) B738 (5) Wizz Air (6)
Krakow (KRK) B738 (7)
Manchester (MAN) B738 (4)
Milan/Bergamo (BGY) B738 (2)
Tenerife South (TFS)
Prague (PRG) Rome Ciampino (CIA) B738 (7) Wizz Air (3)
Rome Ciampino (CIA) Nuremberg (NUE)
Sofia (SOF)
Sofia (SOF) Brussels Charleroi (CRL) B738 (4) Wizz Air (4)
Vilnius (VNO) Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) B738 (7) SAS (4), Norwegian (3)
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) Leeds Bradford (LBA) B738 (2)
Weeze (NRN) Nis (INI)
31 Oct Belfast International (BFS) Lanzarote (ACE) easyJet (2), (2),
Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
Tenerife South (TFS) (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
Bournemouth (BOH) Krakow (KRK) B738 (2)
Glasgow (GLA) Gran Canaria (LPA) B738 (1) (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), Thomson Airways (2)
Hamburg (HAM) Dublin (DUB) B738 (5)
Liverpool (LPL) Marrakech (RAK) B738 (2) Aer Lingus (4)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Catania (CTA) B738 (25)
Oslo Torp (TRF) Warsaw Modlin (WMI) B738 (5) easyJet (25)
Valencia (VLC) Lanzarote (ACE) B738 (2)
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) Valencia (VLC)
Birmingham (BHX) B738 (3)
Alicante (ALC) London Gatwick (LGW) B738 (6) easyJet (15), Monarch Airlines (9),
British Airways (5), Norwegian (3),
Thomson Airways (2)
Source:’s New Route database and OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 1 November 2016. WF = Weekly Frequency.

Scoot decides on Dalian as next Chinese destination

  • Scoot has made Dalian (DLC) its latest destination in China with the introduction on 30 October of twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Sundays) flights from Singapore (SIN) via Qingdao. The 4,546-kilometre route will be flown by the airline’s 787-9 fleet. Scoot’s CCO, Leslie Thng, said: “Scoot has been growing rapidly in China; Dalian is our seventh Chinese city since we inaugurated services to our first China point of Tianjin four years ago in August 2012. Since the integration with our sister airline Tigerair that began earlier this May, we have built closer commercial and operational ties and look forward to growing our combined presence in China.” Scoot already serves six other destinations in China; Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shenyang and Tianjin. Scoot’s fleet now comprises six 787-8s and six 787-9s.

SilkAir’s new service to Laos, which launched on 31 October, operates a triangle routing from Singapore to Vientiane, on to Luang Prabang and back to Singapore. The A320-flown service operates thrice-weekly and faces competition from Lao Airlines.

  • SilkAir has added Laos to its regional route network with the launch on 31 October of a thrice-weekly (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) service from Singapore (SIN) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) via Vientiane (VTE). From Luang Prabang the aircraft returns straight back to Singapore. Competition is provided by Lao Airlines which also serves the same routes thrice-weekly. The regional wing of Singapore Airlines will use its A320s to serve the market. SilkAir’s CEO, Leslie Thng, noted: “Southeast Asia has always been an important market for us and with the start of flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang, we will offer travellers connectivity to every country in Southeast Asia. We believe that this new service has great potential, as more travellers turn their interest to Southeast Asia and destinations such as Laos. This new service will also allow Laotians increased connectivity to the rest of the world via Singapore.” Vote for either Luang Prabang or Vientiane’s FTWA in this week’s competition.

Silver Airways adds Fort Lauderdale – Holguin connection

  • Silver Airways commenced its fourth route to Cuba on 27 October, a 705-kilometre link between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Holguin (HOG). Since the approval for scheduled flights between the US and Cuba was granted back in August, Silver Airways has launched flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Camaguey and Cienfuegos. Along with these three services, flights to Holguin will be flown on the airline’s Saab 340s facing no direct competition. On 3 November, the carrier will add a fifth route to the Caribbean island from Fort Lauderdale, a four times weekly link to Santiago de Cuba. The airline’s link to Holguin will be flown thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), although on the week of its inauguration the route was flown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Flights will increase to daily towards the end of this year when referring to OAG schedules.

SpiceJet starts new routes to Jodhpur and Dubai

  • SpiceJet has added a new destination to its Indian domestic network. On 30 October the airline began daily flights to Jodhpur (JDH) from Delhi (DEL) using its 737-700s. The new 475-kilometre route is already served by Jet Airways (nine times weekly) and Air India (with daily flights). Also on 30 October SpiceJet launched its 10th route to Dubai (DXB), this time from Mangalore (IXE). The 2,459-kilometre route is already flown daily by Jet Airways. SpiceJet’s daily service will be flown using its 737-800s. Mangalore joins Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Delhi, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Madurai, Mumbai and Pune in having direct services to Dubai offered by the LCC. Vote for Dubai Airport’s FTWA in this week’s competition.

SriLankan Airlines returns to Muscat (again)

To celebrate the return of SriLankan Airlines to Oman on 30 October Muscat Airport arranged a gift exchange and a cake. The route was previously served by SriLankan’s in-house LCC Mihin Lanka until the airline was disbanded at the end of the summer season. The new service will face competition from Oman Air’s twice-daily service.

  • SriLankan Airlines has resumed service (not for the first time) between Colombo (CMB) and Muscat (MCT) in Oman. On 30 October, the oneworld member began a five times weekly service using a mix of its A320s and A321s. Flights will depart Colombo at 18:45 arriving in Muscat at 21:20, depart Muscat at 22:30 and arrive back in Colombo at 04:20. According to OAG data the airline last served the route in October 2015 having previously resumed the route in March 2011 after a two-year hiatus. Competition on the route is provided by Oman Air’s twice-daily service. Until the start of the winter season the route was also served by Mihin Lanka, the low-cost subsidiary of SriLankan. However, Mihin Lanka ceased operations on 29 October. Aiman bin Ahmed Al-Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports Management Company, said: “The number of Sri Lankan residents in Oman has increased over the past few years. This has led to a steady growth in airline traffic between Muscat Airport and Bandaranaike Airport in Colombo. Additionally, Sri Lanka is also becoming a prime destination for tourists from Oman and the GCC. Therefore, working with its executive partners and competent authorities, OAMC considered it a priority to attract SriLankan Airlines to operate their direct flights to and from Muscat Airport. We were very proud to welcome the first direct flight of SriLankan Airlines yesterday, October 30, at 21:20.” Vote for Muscat’s cake in this week’s competition.

Thai Lion Air ventures into Vietnam

  • Thai Lion Air on 28 October added a new daily service between Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). This is the airline’s first route to Vietnam which is already served by Thai AirAsia with three daily flights and by Nok Air with double-daily flights. Flights on the 740-kilometre sector depart Thailand at 05:10 arriving in Ho Chi Minh City at 07:00. Flights depart Vietnam at 07:55 returning to Bangkok at 09:50. This winter Thai Lion Air is operating 14 routes from Bangkok’s second airport, nine of which are to other destinations in Thailand. Ho Chi Minh City joins Guangzhou (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Singapore and Yangon (Myanmar) on the airline’s international network.

Turkish Airlines says hello to the Seychelles

The sky looks a bit grey in the Seychelles for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of Turkish Airlines’s first service on 31 October. The route will be served thrice-weekly by the Star Alliance carrier using its A330-series of aircraft.

  • Turkish Airlines has launched its first new route from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) since the beginning of September (when it launched Cluj-Napoca in Romania), with the addition of Mahé (SEZ) in the Seychelles to its network. The Star Alliance carrier’s first flight on the 5,752-kilometre route was on 31 October. The route will be flown thrice-weekly by a mix of the airline’s A330-series aircraft and faces no direct competition. Normally flights are scheduled to arrive in the Seychelles at 05:45 but the inaugural flight was greeted by a water arch salute and local interest at the more media-friendly time of 09:55. Turkish Airlines already serves another leisure destination off the coast of East Africa, namely Mauritius. Vote for Mahé’s cake in this week’s competition. Vote for Mahé’s FTWA in this week’s competition.

Ukraine International Airlines expands German and Turkish links

On 30 October Ukraine International Airlines commenced flights from Kiev Boryspil to Düsseldorf, a route the airline will operate five times weekly. Seen celebrating the first flight at the German airport along with the crew (including the first officer giving his approval to the new route from the cockpit with a thumbs-up), are: Adin Mujic, Sales Manager, Ukraine International Airlines; Adelheid Ludwig, Country Manager Germany, Ukraine International Airlines; and Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport. Photo credit: Andreas Wiese.

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Ankara Airport celebrated the arrival of Ukraine International Airlines on 30 October with cake. The 1,146-kilometre sector from the Ukrainian capital will be flown daily on a mixture of the carrier’s 737 and E190 fleets. The city pair will face no direct competition.

  • Ukraine International Airlines launched two routes from Kiev Boryspil (KBP) on 30 October, a 1,688-kilometre link to Düsseldorf (DUS) and a 1,146-kilometre sector to Ankara (ESB). Flights to the German city will be flown five times weekly on the airline’s 737-800s, while the Turkish capital will be served daily on a mixture of the carrier’s 737 and E190 fleets. Commenting on the launch of flights between the capitals of Ukraine and Turkey, Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey, Andrii Sybiha, stated: “We are happy to have flights that connect Kiev and Ankara, the capital cities of the two countries. Launching these direct flights during this positive period of Turkey and Ukraine relations, in terms of social and economic conditions, is a constructive step for both nations.” Neither of the two routes launched by Ukraine International this week will face direct competition. Düsseldorf becomes the fourth German destination for Ukraine International from Boryspil, with the airline also connecting to Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt and Munich. Ankara becomes the third route for the airline to Turkey, with it already flying from Boryspil and Lviv to Istanbul Atatürk. Vote for Ankara’s cake in this week’s competition.

UTair has added services to Munich (hence the gingerbread man) and Samara to its St. Petersburg portfolio. The introduction of new flights will allow an 81% increase of the company’s flying programme from the Russian airport this coming winter season when compared with the same period last year ‒ up from 42 flights each week to 76.

  • UTair launched new flights from St. Petersburg (LED) this week, with the Russian carrier commencing services from Pulkovo to Munich (MUC) and Samara (KUF). The airline will also start another new domestic sector to Mineralnye Vody next week. Flights from Pulkovo to Germany’s Bavarian capital started on 30 October, and the city pair will be served thrice-weekly. Munich will be the first scheduled foreign flight from the airport in the airline’s winter schedule. From 31 October, the carrier also began a four times weekly operation to Samara. Both flights will utilise the airline’s 737-500 fleet. “UTair is one of the five leading airlines in Pulkovo in terms of passenger traffic,” remarks Evgeny Ilyin, Commercial Director of Northern Capital Gateway, Pulkovo Airport’s management company. “The carrier serviced 335,500 people during the first three quarters of 2016, [28% more than for the same period in the previous year]. We are continuously developing air services from St. Petersburg and are delighted that our long-standing partner UTair is expanding its flight range from Pulkovo in the coming season by offering direct flights to a total of seven cities.”

VietJetAir had a double celebration at Hanoi Airport on 30 October. On that day the LCC launched daily flights to Taipei in Taiwan, while domestic flights to Hue will resume on 1 November. With 17 people involved that may be the most people we’ve ever seen in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a route launch.

  • VietJetAir celebrated the start of the winter season by launching its second route to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE). The Vietnamese LCC already serves the Taiwanese capital from Ho Chi Minh City (since December 2014) and has now added daily flights from Hanoi (HAN) using its A320s. The first flight took place on Sunday 30 October. Competition will be tough on the 1,630-kilometre new route as it is already being flown by Vietnam Airlines (10 weekly flights), China Airlines and EVA Air, each with daily flights. With another new service to Busan in South Korea beginning in mid-December, VietJetAir will be flying to 16 destinations non-stop from Hanoi this winter. According to OAG data, VietJetAir now has around 6% of seat capacity on international flights to and from Vietnam in W16/17, still well behind Vietnam Airlines with 33%. However, VietJetAir’s share of the domestic market is now 36% compared with Vietnam Airlines’s 46% and Jetstar Pacific Airlines’s share of 17%.

Wizz Air welcomes eight new connections

On 31 October Wizz Air commenced flights between the capitals of Lithuania and Iceland, a link from Vilnius to Reykjavik/Keflavik. Cutting the ribbon in the Lithuanian capital is Jūratė Baltrušaitytė, CCO of Lithuanian Airports. The 2,826-kilometre capital connection will be flown by Wizz Air twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

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On 30 October Fuerteventura joined Wizz Air’s route map as the ULCC commenced flights to the Canary Islands airport from Budapest. Flights on the 3,544-kilometre connection will be flown weekly (Sundays).

Wizz Air welcomes eight new connections

Along with Fuerteventura, another new airport addition to Wizz Air’s network this week is Satu Mare in Romania. Wizz Air will link the airport with London Luton twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

Launch date From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
30 Oct Budapest (BUD) Fuerteventura (FUE) A320 (1)
Kaunas (KUN) Stavanger (SVG) A320 (2)
31 Oct Katowice (KTW) Tenerife South (TFS)
Kaunas (KUN) Bergen (BGO)
Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) Hannover (HAJ)
London Luton (LTN) Satu Mare (SUJ)
Tuzla (TZL) Billund (BLL)
Vilnius (VNO) Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 1 November 2016. WF = weekly frequency.


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