New airline routes launched (1 November 2016 – 7 November 2016)

Norwegian’s Oslo Gardermoen to Las Vegas

Norwegian hopes that its new route from Oslo Gardermoen to Las Vegas, a weekly service which started on 1 November, will not be a gamble, and that its success will not be determined by the roll of a dice or the spin of a roulette wheel.

  • Norwegian, the pan-European LCC, launched 10 new routes from seven different bases over the course of the last week. The average sector length of the new city pairs was 2,876 kilometres, with the shortest being the Madrid (MAD) to Marrakech (RAK) route at 1,064 kilometres, and the longest being the 8,240-kilometre transatlantic rotation between Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) and Las Vegas (LAS). Seven of the ten routes will see Norwegian experience head-to-head competition, with the fiercest being on the Manchester (MAN) to Tenerife South (TFS) route, where the seven incumbent carriers offer a combined 43 weekly frequencies. The average weekly frequency of the routes is 2.1.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Nov London Gatwick (LGW) Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) B738 (3) WOW air (11), easyJet (7), Icelandair (7), Thomson Airways (2)
Madrid (MAD) Marrakech (RAK) Iberia (9), Ryanair (9)
Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) B738 (2)
Manchester (MAN) Tenerife South (TFS) Thomson Airways (9), Monarch Airlines (8), easyJet (7), Ryanair (7), Thomas Cook Airlines (7), (3), Vueling (2)
Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) Las Vegas (LAS) B788 (1)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Tenerife South (TFS) B738 (2) Vueling (1)
2 Nov Barcelona (BCN) Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) WOW air (2), Vueling (1)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Gran Canaria (LPA) Vueling (1)
Malaga (AGP) Alitalia (7), Ryanair (5), Vueling (5)
Stavanger (SVG) Prague (PRG)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 November.

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

Dancers, speeches, ribbon- and cake cutting – the perfect route launch recipe for Condor’s Frankfurt to Fort-de-France route. Performing the latter were: Jens Boyd, Director Long Haul & Revenue Management, Condor; Pascal Reine Adelaide, Europachef Martinique; Winfried Hartmann, SVP Sales & Customer Relations Frankfurt Airport; Tsegai Misgana Flight Attendant, Condor; and Sophie Laszlo, Consul of France in Frankfurt. Images: Chris Christes.

Down in Munich it was a similar affair for the start of Condor’s route to San Jose in Costa Rica. Although here they also waved flags from the cockpit windows!

  • Condor, the German leisure airline, began two new long-haul services in the last seven days. First up on 6 November, was the weekly (Sundays) rotation to Fort-de-France (FDF) in Martinique from Frankfurt (FRA) – the airline’s biggest base in terms of weekly seats. The next day, the airline began another weekly (Mondays) service, this time from its second largest hub, flying from Munich (MUC) to San Jose (SJO) in Costa Rica. Both routes will face no direct competition and are operated by the airline’s 767-300 equipment.

Eastar Jet starts first service to Vietnam

  • Eastar Jet appears not be afraid of competition as it has become the seventh carrier to operate daily flights between Seoul Incheon (ICN) and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam. The airport pair is already flown twice-daily by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, and daily by Jeju Air, Jin Air and VietJetAir. Eastar Jet started operations on the 2,683-kilometre route on 1 November using its fleet of 13 737-800s. It has acquired four of the type during 2016 all of which were formerly operated by airberlin. In addition its fleet comprises three 737-700s. This brings to 12 the number of destinations served by the LCC from Seoul Incheon. According to OAG data, Eastar Jet is the seventh busiest carrier at the airport, operating 100 weekly departures giving it just under 3% of the airport’s seat capacity, well behind Korean Air (29%) and Asiana Airlines (21%).

easyJet debuts a new route dozen

Helping to commemorate the maiden easyJet flight to La Palma on 1 November from Berlin Schönefeld are: Carl Sange, easyJet Captain; Michael Subrt, easyJet Senior First Officer; Rebekka Hinze, easyJet Marketing; Jana Friedrich, Berlin Schönefeld Airport Aviation Marketing; Noemi Garcia, easyJet Cabin Crew; Sonia Cremende, easyJet Cabin Crew; Mike Hildemann, easyJet Cabin Crew; and Kai-Uwe Erdmann, easyJet Purser. The LCC now flies to 38 destinations this winter from the German airport.

easyJet debuts a new route dozen

easyJet commenced its ninth route from Vienna on 2 November, a thrice-weekly service to Lyon. Rolling out the banner were: Carolin Drott, Senior Manager Europe, Vienna Airport; Nikolaus Gretzmacher, Head of Operations, Vienna Airport; easyJet Crew; Russ Smith, Ground Operations Manager Germany & Austria easyJet; and Belina Neumann, VP Aviation Marketing & Business Development, Vienna Airport.

easyJet debuts a new route dozen

Yves-Daniel Viredaz, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Geneva Airport and Silvia Herrero, Marketing Manager Switzerland & Germany, easyjet cut one of the three cakes which heralded the start the LCC’s two new services this week from the Swiss airport, to Fuerteventura and Krakow.

easyJet debuts a new route dozen

London Southend waved the Gran Canaria flag to note the commencement of its latest route from based carrier easyJet, the twice-weekly, 2,950-kilometre sector to the Canary Island on 6 November.

easyJet started two new services from Newcastle this week, to Gran Canaria (weekly) and Berlin Schönefeld (thrice-weekly). To mark the occasion, a local couple from Durham, Val and Tony McFarlane, welcomed the first Berlin to Newcastle flight, which was operated by their son Marc, who is based in Berlin as easyJet cabin crew manager and who they rarely get to see. Needless to say, Marc didn’t expect that welcome!

  • easyJet launched a dozen routes over the past seven days, four of which face direct competition. As a result of this growth, the UK LCC will now fly from Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) to 38 destinations this winter. “Thanks to the expansion of our fleet in Berlin, we will be offering four new destinations once our winter flight plan begins. By stationing our 11th aircraft at Schönefeld, we can extend our programme here in the capital,” says Thomas Haagensen, CEO of easyJet Deutschland. Overall, easyJet will grow by 15% at Schönefeld during the first half of 2017 compared with the previous year, corresponding to 360,000 additional passengers. “We welcome easyJet’s continued engagement at Schönefeld. The four new European destinations will make an important contribution to our attractive winter flight plan from Berlin,” says Dr. Karsten Mühlenfeld, Chairman of the Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg. On 2 November, easyJet also inaugurated a service connecting Lyon (LYS) and Vienna (VIE), increasing the European cities it serves from the Austrian capital to nine. “easyJet is setting tremendous growth impulses at Vienna, showing the highest passenger growth in 2015. That is why it was given our ‘Best Performing Airline’ award,” says Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Vienna Airport. “With the new connection to Lyon, it is increasing its weekly frequencies from Vienna to 45 flights. We also expect further growth impetus from easyJet at Vienna in the future,” he adds. In addition to Lyon, easyJet already connects Vienna to Amsterdam, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Naples and Berlin Schönefeld.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Nov Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) La Palma (SPC) A320 (2)
Marseille (MRS) A32S (3)
Geneva (GVA) Fuerteventura (FUE) A320 (2)
Krakow (KRK) A32S (2)
Manchester (MAN) A320 (3) Ryanair (4), Krakow (2)
Newcastle (NCL) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) A32S (3)
Gran Canaria (LPA) A320 (1) (2), Thomson Airways (2)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) Krakow (KRK) A319 (3)
2 Nov Lyon (LYS) Vienna (VIE) A319 (3) Austrian Airlines (12)
Manchester (MAN) Gran Canaria (LPA) A320 (2) Thomson Airways (4), (3), Thomas Cook Airlines (3), Monarch Airlines (2), Norwegian (2), Ryanair (2)
Naples (NAP) Krakow (KRK) A32S (2)
6 Nov London Southend (SEN) Gran Canaria (LPA) A320 (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 November.

Ethiopian Airlines enters Comoros

Ethiopian Airlines celebrated with cake the start of flights to Moroni on 2 November. The 1,412-kilometre link will be operated by extending the morning rotation on three of the airline’s existing twice-daily Dar es Salaam rotations (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

  • Ethiopian Airlines commenced flights to Comoros on 2 November, an island some 300 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, level with the Tanzania-Mozambique boarder. The airline will operate between Addis Ababa (ADD) and Moroni (HAH) thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), with current schedules showing that the route will be an extension of its morning flight on its current Dar es Salaam route on the days stated, with the 737-800 being the aircraft of choice for the Star Alliance member. It should be noted that Ethiopian Airlines flies between Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam twice-daily, and the airline does not have local traffic rights on the Dar es Salaam – Moroni sector. No other carrier currently links the Ethiopian capital to Moroni.

EVA Air expands in US with sixth destination

EVA Air now serves six US cities non-stop from Taipei. On 2 November Chicago O’Hare joined Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. The route will be served four times weekly with the carrier’s 777-300ERs and faces no direct competition.

  • EVA Air has made Chicago O’Hare (ORD) its eighth destination in North America with the launch on 2 November of four times weekly flights from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE). The 11,977-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier and will be flown by the carrier’s new 333-seat 777-300ERs. EVA Air now serves six destinations in the US from Taipei, while China Airlines serves four. Only one US carrier serves Taiwan. United Airlines offers daily flights from San Francisco. As a result, EVA Air has a 63% share of the Taiwan-US market as measured by weekly seat capacity with China Airlines on 29% and United on 8%. Derek Chen, President of EVA Air, said: “We have steadily developed, expanded and upgraded our global network and Chicago is an important link. EVA Air earned a Five-Star airline quality rating by SKYTRAX and was voted eighth among the world’s best international airlines by Travel + Leisure. After we launch service to Chicago and add flights on other North America routes, EVA Air will be offering 80 flights a week to Asia by the end of this year.” EVA Air infused tastes of its newest gateway into its first Chicago-Taipei flight by serving all passengers a classic salty caramel mix of the city’s famous Garrett Popcorn.

Elliot Renton, CFO, London Luton Airport, Sabrina Gaillac, Marketing & Communications Manager, Fly KISS and Bruno Léchevin, CEO of ENHANCE AERO Group got all-lippy at London Luton when the fledgling French regional airline began flights from three French cities on 7 November. The aircraft’s crew also joined in on the fun.

  • Fly KISS commenced several multiple sector domestic and international routes on 7 November, with more to follow next week. The first flight operated by the new French regional airline from London Luton (LTN) was to Clermont-Ferrand (CFE). Fly KISS will also operate from Luton to the French city of Brest (BES) and onwards to Strasbourg (SXB), and is the fifth new airline to announce services from the London airport in 2016. Flights are flown under the IATA code H1, and are operated by Fly Kiss’ fleet of ERJ 145, 49-seat aircraft. Simon Harley, Head of Business Development at Luton, said: “Fly KISS joins us at a time of exciting growth and we are delighted to have them on board. Giving passengers an even greater choice of destinations is an important part of our redevelopment and these new routes are a great addition to Luton’s current network.”
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
7  Nov Brest (BES) London Luton (LTN) E145 (3)
Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) Brest (BES) (via SXB & LIL) E145 (5)
Strasbourg (SXB) E145 (3)
London Luton (LTN) Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) E145 (4)
Strasbourg (SXB) Brest (BES) E145 (3)
London Luton (LTN) (via BES)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 November.

Flybe makes Cardiff-London City permanent

Although it was launched some weeks back, during a period of major roadworks, Flybe has decided to make its 233-kilometre domestic sector from Cardiff to London City a permanent addition to its flying programme from the Welsh capital from 1 November, and celebrated with this great-looking cake.

  • Flybe has decided to make its 233-kilometre domestic sector from Cardiff (CWL) to London City (LCY) a permanent fixture in its flying programme from the Welsh capital from 1 November. This followed a successful six-month temporary service to assist travellers affected by the Severn Tunnel closure, which is on the railway that links the two UK capitals. Flown on a 12 times weekly basis, the city pair is presently operated by a CityJet RJ85 on behalf of Flybe, and faces no direct competition.

On the tarmac at Camaguey Airport on 3 November is JetBlue Airways’ inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale. Waiting to check-in are passengers on the first return service. JetBlue will face direct competition on the 566-kilometre sector from Silver Airways’ thrice-weekly operation. This means that this is the first route between the US and Cuba that will be served by more than one carrier.

  • JetBlue Airways commenced its second route to Cuba on 3 November, a 566-kilometre link between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Camaguey (CMW), a connection already served by Silver Airways thrice-weekly. This means that this becomes the first route between the US and Cuba that will operated by more than one carrier. JetBlue itself will offer the airport pairing daily on its A320s. The airline became the first carrier to offer flights between the US and Cuba back in August when it linked Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. It is planning to offer four routes to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale by the end of 2016, with routes to Havana and Holguin expected to launch before December.

Amongst the VIP line-up in Miami to celebrate KLM’s new thrice-weekly route from Amsterdam are Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the US (centre) and Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli to his left, along with KLM and Miami Airport representatives. Also in the line-up is Marcel Lekkerkerk, Director Aviation Marketing – Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and North America, Amsterdam Airport (second from right). The Florida airport also celebrated with KLM-branded cupcakes.

  • KLM on 1 November launched flights to its eighth US destination, Miami (MIA). The SkyTeam member will operate flights to the Floridian city from Amsterdam (AMS) thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) on its A330-200s. The seasonal route is a return to Miami for KLM, with it having last served the airport in 2011. Five years ago the airline operated four weekly flights on its MD-11s. “We welcome KLM and its award-winning service back to Miami,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González. “Its thrice-weekly flights to Amsterdam will provide more options for travellers between our two busy markets, and further expand our growing network throughout Europe.” The 7,438-kilometre link will face no direct competition. KLM also serves Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental, Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco and Washington Dulles in the US.

Looking more like a ribbon-untying than a ribbon-cutting, the Mahan Air captain flying the inaugural service from Mashhad to Delhi did the honours in the Indian capital. The A300-600-operated route will be flown weekly.

  • Mahan Air began its second service into India’s capital city of Delhi (DEL) on 4 November, adding to its existing thrice-weekly route from Tehran, when it launched services from Iran’s second most-populous city of Mashhad (MHD). Located in the north-east of the county, the 1,846-kilometre sector leaves the Iranian city on a weekly basis (Fridays), with the route flown by the carrier’s A300-600 fleet. No other airline currently offers the same city pair.

Peach Aviation of Japan launches first Chinese routes

  • Peach Aviation, the Japanese LCC, has launched its first routes to China. The carrier, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in March 2017, has introduced five times weekly flight from Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) on 1 November and from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Shanghai on 2 November. Both routes will be operated by the airline’s A320s. Both of the new routes will be keenly contested. The 1,305-kilometre route from Osaka is already flown by China Eastern Airlines (28 weekly flights), Air China (21), All Nippon Airways (14), Japan Airlines (14), Juneyao Airlines (14), Spring Airlines (11), China Southern Airlines (seven) and Shanghai Airlines (seven). Meanwhile the 1,735-kilometre connection from Tokyo Haneda is currently served by China Eastern Airlines (14 weekly flights), All Nippon Airways (14), Japan Airlines (seven), Spring Airlines (four), Shanghai Airlines (three) and Juneyao Airlines (three). Shanghai becomes Peach’s sixth international destination, following Busan and Seoul in South Korea, Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Peach’s new routes rank it 14th among 23 airlines operating between Japan and China. Its 1% share of seat capacity is a long way off the current market leaders; China Eastern Airlines (23%), All Nippon Airways (18%), Air China (15%) and Japan Airlines (10%).

Celebrating the start of People’s Viennaline’s Altenrhein – Friedrichshafen – Cologne Bonn route at the latter airport on 2 November are: Claus-Dieter Wehr, CEO Friedrichshafen Airport, Markus Kopf, Owner of People’s Viennaline, Daniel Steffen, CEO of People’s Air Group and Jan Möller, Head of Business Development of Cologne Bonn Airport. Cologne Bonn also had a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony. The airline will operate the airport trio link twice-daily on weekdays. The final images show the view the cockpit crew had when they landed the inaugural flight into Cologne Bonn, and then the all-important service baptism.

Cutting the cake in Friedrichshafen on 2 November are: Mayor of the city of Friedrichshafen, Andreas Brand; People’s Viennaline Captain, Christian Hagen; CEO of People’s Air Group, Daniel Steffen; Friedrichshafen Airport MD, Claus-Dieter Wehr; and Friedrichshafen Airport VP Marketing & Communication, Andreas Humer-Hager. The new venture was also celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

People's Viennaline launches Altenrhein – Friedrichshafen – Cologne Bonn

The airline’s new route was also advertised at Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland. The airline also links the Swiss airport to Vienna with 23 weekly flights according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

  • People’s Viennaline launched flights on the airport trio of Altenrhein (ACH) – Friedrichshafen (FDH) – Cologne Bonn (CGN) on 2 November. The short hop between Altenrhein and Friedrichshafen, a 19-kilometre sector, makes it one of the shortest commercial international flights in the world. The connection between Friedrichshafen and Cologne Bonn is a bit longer, a 393-kilometre pairing. Commenting at the launch in Cologne Bonn, Michael Garvens, Chairman of the Management Board, Cologne Bonn Airport said: “We are pleased to welcome People’s Viennaline to our airport. With important economic and leisure appeal, directly linking North Rhine-Westphalia to the Lake Constance region is a real win for both business travellers and winter sports fans alike.” No other carrier currently operates this airport trio, with People’s Viennaline offering twice-daily weekday flights on the route. Although the inaugural day’s flights were operated on the airline’s sole E170, the routing will be regularly be flown on the carrier’s only ERJ 145. According to OAG Schedules Analyser data, People’s Viennaline also links Altenrhein to Vienna with 23 weekly flights.

Pobeda pushes into Georgia from Rostov-on-Don

Tbilisi Airport, operated by TAV Airports, welcomed the first direct flight from Rostov-on-Don in Russia performed by Pobeda on 1 November. The flights will be operated thrice-weekly by the Russian LCC’s ubiquitous 737-800s. Alongside Aeroflot, S7 Airlines and Ural Airlines, Pobeda is the fourth Russian airline operating to Tbilisi.

  • Pobeda, the Aeroflot in-house LCC, launched four new routes from two bases over the last seven days. The average sector length of the new routes was 1,592 kilometres, with the shortest being the Rostov-on-Don (ROV) to Tbilisi (TBS) service at 740 kilometres, and the longest being the 2,084-kilometre link between St. Petersburg (LED) and Vladikavkaz (OGZ). The average weekly frequency of the routes is two.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Nov Rostov-on-Don (ROV) Tbilisi (TBS) B738 (3)
St. Petersburg (LED) Vladikavkaz (OGZ) B738 (2)
Volgograd (VOG) Saratov Airlines (3)
3 Nov Nalchik (NAL) B738 (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 November.

Ryanair launches a mammoth 38 new routes this week

Bratislava Airport Aviation Director Stanislav Bujnovsky, Ryanair’s Olga Pawlonka, Isreali Ambassador Zvi Aviner Vapni and Bratislava Airport CEO Ivan Trhlik are present at the cake cutting of Ryanair‘s Bratislava – Eilat Ovda route on 2 November.

Ryanair launches a mammoth 38 new routes this week

Hola Espana! Ryanair has added three new Spanish destinations to its flight plan from Berlin Schönefeld, including its thrice-weekly service to Seville which started this week. Getting in the mood with flamenco dancers are: Johannes Mohrmann, Senior Manager Key Account and Business Development, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (middle) and Markus Leopold, Marketing & Sales Executive DACH & Hungary, Ryanair (far right), with the Flamenco dance company with Laura la Risa.

Ryanair launches a mammoth 38 new routes this week

Magnificent Seven. Seville was one of seven Spanish airports which received new services from Ryanair over the last seven days. Launched on 1 November, Seville is now connected thrice-weekly to Berlin Schönefeld.

  • Ryanair, Europe’s biggest airline, launched 38 new routes from multiple bases during the past week, starting 23 routes on 1 November, five on 2 November, six on 3 November and four on 4 November. The average city pair length of the new sectors was 1,700 kilometres, with the shortest being the Hamburg (HAM) to Brussels (BRU) service at 480 kilometres, and the longest being the 3,988-kilometre route between Oslo Torp (TRF) and Gran Canaria (LPA). Only 13 of the 38 routes will see the ULCC encounter head-to-head competition, with the fiercest in terms of competing weekly frequencies being on the Madrid (MAD) to Toulouse (TLS) sector, where Iberia offers 32 weekly frequencies. The average weekly frequency of Ryanair 38 new routes is 3.9, with eight flown at least daily.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Nov Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Seville (SVQ) B738 (3)
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Toulouse (TLS) B738 (7)
Dublin (DUB) Sofia (SOF) B738 (3)
Fez (FEZ) Toulouse (TLS) B738 (2) Air Arabia Maroc (1)
Glasgow (GLA) Lanzarote (ACE) Thomas Cook Airlines (4), (3), Thomson Airways (1)
Hamburg (HAM) Brussels (BRU) B738 (14) Brussels Airlines (18)
Gran Canaria (LPA) B738 (3) Condor (4), airberlin (2), Norwegian (2)
London Stansted (STN) Hamburg (HAM) B738 (14)
Olsztyn Mazury (SZY) B738 (3)
Toulouse (TLS) B738 (7)
Madrid (MAD) B738 (14) Iberia (32)
Malta (MLA) Nuremburg (NUE) B738 (2)
Manchester (MAN) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) B738 (7) easyJet (10)
Milan/Bergamo (BGY) Gdansk (GDN) B738 (3) Wizz Air (2)
Nis (INI) B738 (2)
Timisoara (TSR) B738 (5) Wizz Air (5)
Nuremberg (NUE) Budapest (BUD) B738 (7)
Manchester (MAN)
Porto (OPO) Luxembourg (LUX) B738 (5) Luxair (6), easyJet (4), TAP Portugal (4)
Tenerife South (TFS) Newcastle (NCL) B738 (2) (3), Thomas Cook Airlines (3), Thomson Airways (3), easyJet (2)
Vilnius (VNO) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) B738 (3)
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) Newcastle (NCL) B738 (2)
Wroclaw (WRO) Madrid (MAD)
2 Nov Lanzarote (ACE) Newcastle (NCL) (3), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), Thomson Airways (1)
Malta (MLA) Valencia (VLC)
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) Belfast International (BFS)
Porto (OPO)
Toulouse (TLS)
3 Nov Bratislava (BTS) Eilat Ovda (VDA)
Malta (MLA) Toulouse (TLS)
Oslo Torp (TRF) Gran Canaria (LPA) Norwegian (2)
Poznan (POZ) Alicante (ALC) B738 (1)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Lanzarote (ACE) Vueling (1)
Valencia (VLC) Craiova (CRA) B738 (2)
4 Nov Bratislava (BTS) Nis (INI)
Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Tangier (TNG)
Leeds Bradford (LBA) Bratislavia (BTS)
Vilnius (VNO)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 November.

SpiceJet starts fourth new route from Kolkata since October

  • SpiceJet has added another non-stop destination from its sixth biggest base at Kolkata (CCU). On 1 November the carrier began daily flights on the 771-kilometre route to Visakhapatnam (VTZ) using its Q400s. The route is already operated non-stop on a daily basis by IndiGo with its A320s. This raises to 14 the number of destinations served non-stop by SpiceJet from Kolkata, four of which have started since the beginning of October. Of these routes, 13 are domestic with Bangkok being the airline’s only international connection. SpiceJet now accounts for around 11% of seat capacity at the airport, about the same as both Air India and Jet Airways. However, IndiGo is the dominant carrier in Kolkata with 47% of scheduled seat capacity.

TAAG Angola arrives in Mozambique

  • TAAG Angola launched flights between Luanda (LAD) and Maputo (MPM) on 2 November. The 2,786-kilometre Angola-Mozambique capital connection will be operated by the airline’s 737-700s twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays), and will not face direct competition when referring to OAG schedules. According to data, the inaugural flight touched down in Maputo 10 minutes behind its scheduled arrival time of 14:00, despite having departed Luanda 40 minutes after its planned 09:50 departure slot.

Humberside Airport greeted the first day’s passengers on Thomson Airways’ Tenerife South service with a truly Spanish warm welcome, with flamenco dancers and sangria offered at check-in. The airline also began three more flights from three other UK airports this week.

  • Thomson Airways has commenced four new routes recently, including a new service to Tenerife South (TFS) from Humberside (HUY) in the UK on 7 November. This service to the Canary Island sees a weekly flight (Mondays) during the winter season. Deborah Zost, Humberside’s MD, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer local holidaymakers a winter weekly service to Tenerife from Humberside Airport. By expanding its flying programme from Humberside, Thomson has clearly demonstrated its confidence in the airport, offering a greater choice of flights and holidays from our region.” Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson, said: “Adding more capacity from Humberside Airport with the introduction of new flights to Tenerife demonstrates our commitment to the airport and the surrounding area.” In terms of Thomson’s improved long-haul offer from the UK this week, the leisure airline becomes just the second operator to Colombo (CMB), alongside SriLankan Airlines, and the only carrier with a direct flight to Phuket (HKT).
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
3 Nov Glasgow (GLA) Sal (SID) B75W (1)
Manchester (MAN) Phuket (HKT) B788 (<1)
7 Nov Humberside (HUY) Tenerife South (TFS) B738 (1)
London Gatwick (LGW) Colombo (CMB) B788 (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 November.

UVT Aero links Kazan to Zhukovsky

Moscow’s newest airport – Zhukovsky – welcomed its third scheduled airline on 1 November, when UVT Aero started domestic flights from Kazan. Helping themselves to a piece of route launch cake were: Tomas Vaisvila, CEO Ramport, Zhukovsky Airport and Petr Trubaev, General Director, UVT Aero.

  • UVT Aero, the Russian regional airline, has become the third scheduled airline to begin operations in to Moscow Zhukovsky (ZIA), joining existing partners Belavia and Ural Airlines. Starting on 1 November, the carrier began daily domestic operations, using its 50-seat CRJ 200s (of which it currently has six), from Kazan (KZN). The 701-kilometre city pair will face no direct competition.

A bonus point to the baker of this anatomically correct Vueling A320-themed cake. The baked beauty was crafted for the IAG-owned LCC’s new international flight from Gran Canaria to Nantes on 5 November.

Vueling, the IAG-owned LCC, began two new routes on 5 November, both operated by the airline’s A320 fleet. The first sector was a domestic one, operated between Alicante (ALC) and Tenerife North (TFN). The second route was international, flying between Gran Canaria (LPA) and Nantes (NTE). While the latter city pair faces no direct competition, the former will see Vueling face three incumbents.


  1. Paul Le Blond says:

    In the story about Flybe’s route between Cardiff and London City, you say that the Severn Tunnel is a motorway. It is actually a rail tunnel, the road crossings being by the two Severn bridges.

  2. Siobhean says:

    Interesting to see that the Norwegian cabin crew operating the OSL LAS flight all seem to be Thai – are all of their longhaul flights crewed by Thai crew?

  3. Kelvin Lawrence says:

    The airport code for Poznan is POZ isn’t it? You listed it as PZN in the Ryan Air section. BTW I find your web site extremely useful and informative.

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