commences 23 new routes from its UK bases

It was a cake-tastic week for, with some fabulous baking from its UK bases – like this one from East Midlands heralding the start of the LCC’s flights to Split, which launched on 30 April – as well as some from its Spanish operations.

In Girona, this spectacular cake was created to mark the start of not one, but four new routes from the airline’s UK bases – those being Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh and Leeds Bradford. All will be flown twice-weekly and all will face competition from Ryanair.

Further down the Spanish coast, the celebrations continued in Almeria, and again with a new route cake as the centrepiece. However, this time it was baked for three new services, from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester.

Using a heavily-biased towards London theme, a cake was also prepared at Reus for the start of’s services from its latest UK bases in Birmingham and London Stansted. In the middle of this picture cutting the cake was Reus Airport Director Vincent Pallarés.

Alongside some members of the first flight’s crew in Menorca were: Tomás Melgar, Menorca Airport Director; Maite Salord, President of the Consell Insular de Menorca; Aura Canet, Destination Manager, Jet2holidays; Richard Herrero, Station Manager Aviapartner, Menorca Airport; and Jayla Ogayon, Station Manager, Menorca Airport. The cake was shaped like typical “Menorquinas” shoes.

  • has started 23 new routes from six of its UK bases over the past week – 13 to Spain, five to Greece, three to Croatia and two to Italy. The average sector length of the 23 routes is 1,832 kilometres, with the shortest airport pair being the 1,196-kilometre service from London Stansted (STN) to Reus (REU), while the longest is the 2,844-kilometre route from Birmingham (BHX) to Heraklion (HER). The average weekly frequency of the 23 routes is just below 1.8, with 13 of the new sectors being operated twice-weekly. Only three of the airport pairs will not see any direct competition for the LCC, with the most competitive route being the Stansted to Ibiza route, offering 23 weekly competing frequencies from the three incumbents Ryanair (13), easyJet (seven) and Thomson Airways (three).
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
27-Apr Birmingham (BHX) Ibiza (IBZ) B738 (4) Thomson Airways (3), Monarch Airlines (2), Ryanair (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
Rhodes (RHO) B738 (2) Thomson Airways (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
Edinburgh (EDI) Almeria (LEI) B733 (1)  
London Stansted (STN) Rhodes (RHO) B738 (1) Ryanair (2), Thomson Airways (2)
28-Apr Birmingham (BHX) Girona (GRO) B738 (2) Ryanair (3)
East Midlands (EMA) B733 (2) Ryanair (2)
Edinburgh (EDI) Ryanair (2)
Leeds Bradford (LBA) B73S (2) Ryanair (2)
London Stansted (STN) Ibiza (IBZ) B738 (3) Ryanair (13), easyJet (7), Thomson Airways (3)
Reus (REU) B738 (2) Ryanair (3)
29-Apr Birmingham (BHX) Menorca (MAH) B738 (1) Monarch Airlines (3), Thomson Airways (3), Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
Reus (REU) Ryanair (2) Thomson Airways (2)
Edinburgh (EDI) Naples (NAP) B733 (1) easyJet (2)
Leeds Bradford (LBA) Monarch Airlines (2)
London Stansted (STN) Dubrovnik (DBV) B738 (2) easyJet (4)
Menorca (MAH) Thomson Airways (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
Manchester (MAN) Almeria (LEI) Monarch Airlines (3), Thomas Cook Airlines (3), Thomson Airways (2)
30-Apr Birmingham (BHX) Heraklion (HER) Monarch Airlines (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1), Thomson Airways (1)
East Midlands (EMA) Split (SPU) B733 (1)  
Leeds Bradford (LBA) Almeria (LEI) B738 (2)  
London Stansted (STN) Heraklion (HER) Thomson Airways (1)
Pula (PUY) Ryanair (2)
01-May Kos (KGS) B738 (1) Thomson Airways (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 2 May 2017.


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