New airline routes launched (2 May 2017 – 8 May 2017)

Air China’s Shanghai Pudong to Barcelona

Air China launches Shanghai to Barcelona route

Preparing to cut the cake celebrating the launch of Air China’s new three times weekly non-stop service from Shanghai Pudong to Barcelona are: Oscar Oliver, Commercial Director Aeroports de Catalunya; Sonia Corrochano, Airport Director, Barcelona Airport; Enric Millo, Delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia; Lin Yu Tang, Deputy Ambassador to China in Barcelona; Wang Lei, Deputy Commercial Director for Europe, Air China; and Francisco Javier Rodríguez Mañas, Deputy Director for Strategy and Tourism Services at Tourspain.

  • Air China on 5 May began non-stop service between Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Barcelona (BCN). The 9,860-kilometre route will be served three times weekly by the Star Alliance member’s 254-seat A330-200s. The date also marked the third anniversary of the airline’s first service from Beijing to Barcelona which operates via Vienna. Only four European airports are served non-stop by Air China from both Beijing and Shanghai; Frankfurt, Milan Malpensa, Munich and Paris CDG. Apart from Barcelona it also serves Madrid from Beijing. On all routes between China and Europe Air China is the market leader currently accounting for 22.3% of seat capacity, followed by Lufthansa (10.4%) and China Eastern Airlines (8.6%). According to OAG data 28 airlines currently offer non-stop flights between China and Europe. A decade ago the figure was 20 with Air China still having just under 23% of the market. See how Barcelona Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Condor’s Frankfurt to New Orleans

Martin Laubenthal, Director Traffic Development Munich Airport (centre) helps send off Condor’s new twice-weekly Las Vegas service (with some help from the airline’s staff and crew and the obligatory Vegas show girl) which started on 3 May. 

Unsurprisingly there were also celebrations to herald the start of Condor’s New Orleans service from Frankfurt, which included two fabulous cakes, one at either end of the 8,077-kilometre sector.

  • Condor added New Orleans (MSY) to its North American offer from its biggest base at Frankfurt (FRA). The airline also commenced a Munich (MUC) to Las Vegas (LAS) sector on the same day – 3 May. Both routes are to be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) by its 767-300 fleet. Neither route will face any direct competition. Also launched from Munich by the German leisure airline on 7 May were weekly (Sundays) rotations to two new Greek destinations, Mykonos (JMK) and Zakinthos (ZTH). While both city pairs will be operated by wet-leased 737 equipment, only the route to the former will encounter incumbent airlines, as Eurowings also offers a weekly service to the Island of the Wind. This summer Condor will be operating to 10 US cities from Frankfurt and two from Munich with a total of 38 weekly departures. As a result the carriers has around 6% of the German-US market this summer based on weekly seat capacity, behind Lufthansa (47%), United Airlines (17%), airberlin (15%) and Delta Air Lines (8%).

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

Catching a wave at Cork Airport on 6 May, getting his surfing practice in so that he can enjoy the best of Cornwall’s world-famous waves this summer is the Irish airport’s Head of Aviation Marketing Daragh Hanratty. Aer Lingus will operate the route to Cornwall Airport Newquay twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) throughout the summer.

Cornwall Airport Newquay Cork Aer Lingus

Before the route between Cork and Cornwall Airport Newquay officially launched, a lunch took place at the River Lee Hotel in Cork where guests from the local press, businesses and travel operators met with representatives from both airports. Seen here at the lunch are: Deidre O’Mahony of Heffernans Travel; Amy Smith, Marketing and Communications Manager, Cornwall Airport Newquay; and Helena Crowley of Bernard Hayes Travel. 

  • Aer Lingus added its latest route from Ireland to the UK on 6 May, a 288-kilometre link between Cork (ORK) and Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY). The route will be flown by the carrier twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) on its 72-seat ATR 72-600s. No other airline operates the airport pairing. Aer Lingus started serving the Cornish airport on 1 May 2015 with flights from Dublin. In total Aer Lingus now operates 19 routes from Cork this summer on 143 weekly flights, with nine of those routes being to airports in the UK, including Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton, along with its new Cornish service. The seasonal service to Cornwall Airport Newquay will operate until 23 September according to OAG schedules. 

Geneva Airport welcomed the arrival of its latest airline with the classic route launch celebrations of a cake and a ribbon cutting. Seen conducting the cutting of the cake are: Irīna Piļipenko, Area Sales Manager, airBaltic; Corine Moinat, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Geneva Airport; and André Schneider, CEO, Geneva Airport. Pilipenko and Moinat also had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new airBaltic service from Riga. An official group photo was then taken on the apron, with Pilipenko, Moinat and Schneider being joined at the aircraft by Manuel Schärrer, Sales Manager Switzerland, airBaltic, and the inaugural flight crew.

airBaltic Aberdeen Riga

Aberdeen welcomed the return of airBaltic on 2 May, with it having last served the UK airport in September 2014. Seen welcoming the carrier back to Aberdeen after a three-year hiatus are: Carol Benzie, MD Aberdeen Airport; Baiba Braze, Latvian Ambassador to the UK; and George Adam, Lord Provost Aberdeen. A stunning route launch cake was also baked.

Riga Stavanger airBaltic

Riga Airport celebrated with this cake the start of airBaltic’s new route to Stavanger. The 1,101-kilometre sector will be flown on the airline’s Q400s three times weekly. The airline already serves Oslo Gardermoen in Norway from Riga.

Riga airBaltic Geneva

Riga Airport also baked a cake to celebrate the start of airBaltic flights to Geneva. The 1,703-kilometre sector will be flown three times weekly, with Geneva becoming the carrier’s second destination in Switzerland after Zurich.

  • airBaltic this week expanded its presence in the UK, Switzerland and Norway by launching flights to Aberdeen (ABZ), Geneva (GVA) and Stavanger (SVG) from Riga (RIX). The airline already serves London Gatwick in the UK, Zurich in Switzerland and Oslo Gardermoen in Norway from its Latvian hub. Flights to Aberdeen and Stavanger began on 2 May, with Geneva services beginning two days later. The 1,571-kilometre route to Aberdeen marks the end of a three-year hiatus for airBaltic on the route from Riga, with it having last served the city pair in September 2014. Carol Benzie, MD Aberdeen Airport, said of the airline’s return: ‘It is fantastic to welcome airBaltic back to Aberdeen today with the launch of this Riga route. The route will provide Aberdeen holidaymakers with easy access to a number of increasingly popular destinations in the Baltic States, such as Tallinn in Estonia, along with Palanga and Vilnius in Lithuania which was one of the most requested destinations in a leisure survey we undertook with our local community last year.” Along with Aberdeen, the 1,703-kilometre link to Geneva and 1,101-kilometre sector to Stavanger will be flown three times weekly. While Aberdeen and Geneva will be served on a mixture of the carrier’s 737-300s and 737-500s, flights to Stavanger will operate on Q400s according to OAG schedules. Neither of the three routes launched by airBaltic this week will face direct competition. airBaltic’s next route launch from Riga will take place on 11 May, the day on which it will begin flights to Catania in Sicily. See how Geneva Airport’s FTWA and Stavanger Airport’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.

American Airlines commenced two transatlantic flights from Dallas/Fort Worth on 5 May – Amsterdam and Rome Fiumicino. To celebrate, both routes were kick-started with a joint ribbon cutting ceremony which was carried out by various delegates from the carrier and the airport. The route to Rome was then blessed by Dallas Bishop Edward Burns. Both flown daily, flights to Rome will be operated on the oneworld member’s fleet of 777-200s, while Amsterdam services will be served on the carrier’s 767-300s.

Seen cutting the ribbon in Barcelona to officially open American Airlines’ new service from Chicago O’Hare are: Sol de la Macorra, American Airlines GM, Madrid Station; Oscar Oliver, Commercial Director Aeroports de Catalunya; and Vanessa Requena, Head of the Cabinet, Barcelona Airport Director. Flights on the 7,089-kilometre sector will be flown daily on the oneworld member’s 787-8s. In total American now operates five routes into Barcelona, with it also linking the Spanish city to Charlotte, Miami, New York JFK and Philadelphia.

  • American Airlines this week commenced three new transatlantic links from two hubs – Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The former is now connected to Barcelona (BCN), while the carrier’s Texas hub is linked to Amsterdam (AMS) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). All launched on 5 May, and flown at a daily frequency, none of the oneword member’s routes started this week will face direct competition. Commenting on the new flights from Dallas/Fort Worth, John Ackerman, EVP of Global Strategy and Development for the airport, said: “We’re thrilled our customers will now have non-stop access to two of the most iconic destinations in Europe. These routes answer the demand from a large number of local customers and provide a fantastic opportunity for customers who start their travel in the western US. European customers can connect on American at Dallas/Fort Worth to more than 160 domestic destinations, as well as dozens of important business and leisure markets throughout Canada, Central and South America.” Flights on the 7,895-kilometre link to Amsterdam will operate on the airline’s 767-300s, while the 9,009-kilometre sector to Fiumicino will be flown on its 777-200s. The 7,089-kilometre airport pairing of O’Hare and Barcelona will be served by the oneworld member’s 787-8s. With these three launches, American now offers 52 routes between the US and Europe on over 450 weekly flights this summer, with the busiest routes being from JFK and O’Hare to London Heathrow (both flown four times daily). See how Amsterdam Airport’s FTWA and Barcelona Airport’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.

In Northern Ireland, bmi regional passengers arriving on the first inbound flight and the connecting outbound flight between Derry and London Stansted were treated to cake and coffee to celebrate the launch.

An hour or so later in London, Martin Jones from London Stansted Airport, Clive Coleman from Regional & City Airports and Ian Woodley from bmi regional posed in front of the inaugural aircraft at the other end of the PSO route from Derry which will be operated 13 times weekly.

Frank Mertens, Head of Marketing, bmi regional; Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO; and Susie Green, Planning and Business Development Manager for bmi regional wave the flags marking the start of the UK regional carrier’s new Birmingham routes to Gothenburg (the airline’s fourth destination in Sweden) and Nuremberg (seventh destination in Germany).

Over in Gothenburg, the airport’s marketing department is running the risk of alienating half of the city of Birmingham (and perhaps half of the potential passengers), with no Aston Villa FC (the city’s ‘other’ football team) badge on the cake baked to celebrate bmi regional’s new service from the UK city. The more observant of you will also notice the Birmingham City FC badge is for the club’s ladies team as opposed to the one which secured its Championship survival on the last day of the season earlier this week.

  • bmi regional commenced its new PSO service between Derry (LDY) and London Stansted (STN) on 2 MayThe service is the latest in a host of new routes for the UK regional airline and will offer twice-daily ERJ-145 rotations every day except Saturdays (when there will be one daily flight). Jochen Schnadt, bmi regional CCO, commented, “The launch of this important new route, bmi regional’s first to/from Northern Ireland, connects business and leisure travellers from the capital and East Anglia to the North West region of Ireland. Given Derry’s recent and sustained period of economic growth, significant investment in new jobs and the various future growth projects, we are positive that the enhanced double-daily connectivity bmi regional’s new service offers will generate additional activity in the market. It has become one of our fastest selling route launches and we are very pleased with customer acceptance of our latest service. Andrew Cowan, London Stansted CEO, said: “We’re delighted to welcome bmi regional to London Stansted for the first time and we look forward to working with them to support the vital and popular link to the City of Derry. It will act as an important gateway to London and the East of England, as well as providing easy access and excellent flight schedules for both business and leisure passengers wishing to visit the city and the beautiful scenery of northwest Northern Ireland.” bmi regional also used the last seven days to add to its network from Birmingham (BHX), this time adding six times weekly services to Gothenburg (GOT) and Nuremberg (NUE). The two Birmingham sectors both began on 8 May, while all three will be flown by the UK regional airline’s 50-seat ERJ-145s and none of them will face any direct competition. Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO said: “We are delighted that bmi regional has launched services to Nuremberg and Gothenburg, two unserved destinations from Birmingham. These new additions mean that bmi regional now serves three routes, as it started flights to Graz earlier in the year. So passengers now have even more choice to fly to Germany, Sweden and Austria from their local airport”. See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA and Derry Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Cobalt Athens Paphos

To promote the start of flights between Athens and Paphos, Cobalt brought in comedian and radio DJ Louis Patsalides to help spread the message of the connection between the two cities with a promo show in the Greek capital. Cobalt has brought the two cities back together after Ryanair ended the route on 25 March. Cobalt will offer three weekly flights on the 843-kilometre link between the two airports on its A319s.

  • Cobalt has started its second route from Athens (ATH), beginning a three times weekly service to Paphos (PFO), complementing the carrier’s existing service between Larnaca and the Greek capital. Launched 2 May, the 843-kilometre sector will be served by the carrier on its fleet of A319s according to OAG schedules, with it being the only airline offering direct flights between the two airports. The route from Athens to Paphos was last served by Ryanair which ended its six times weekly service on 25 March. With this launch, it means that Cobalt is now serving both commercial airports on the Greek side of Cyprus. In total the airline now has six aircraft in its fleet made-up of two A319s and four A320s, with the aircraft serving 15 routes from Cyprus (14 from Larnaca and one from Paphos). Looking at the airline’s booking engine on its website, the next routes that the carrier will launch from Laranca will be to Moscow Sheremetyevo and St. Petersburg in Russia, and Tehran in Iran.  

Fleet-of-foot Eastern Airways was quick to react to the demise of Citywing, the previous incumbent on the Isle of Man to Glasgow service. Celebrating the re-start of the city pair were: Michael Booth, First Officer Eastern Airways; Leona Ray, Cabin Crew Eastern Airways; Andy Coulthard, Captain Eastern Airways; Mathew Herzberg, Head of Commercial Eastern Airways; and Paul White, Business Development Manager Glasgow Airport.

  • Eastern Airways proved just how dynamic it was this week, jumping swiftly onto the now-vacant Isle of Man (IOM) to Glasgow (GLA) city pair, which became available as a result of the demise of former operator Citywing last month. The UK regional airline launched a five times weekly service on 2 May, operated by its 29-seat Jetstream 41 fleet. Paul White, Glasgow Airport’s Business Development Manager, said: “The Isle of Man has always been a popular destination and we are delighted that Eastern Airways acted so swiftly to reinstate such an important business and tourism link. Bookings are already proving strong, which isn’t surprising considering the strong links between the Scottish and Manx economies. We are looking forward to working closely with Eastern Airways to ensure its success at Glasgow Airport.” Mathew Herzberg, Head of Commercial for Eastern Airways, said: “We are pleased to back in Glasgow to re-establish this vital route directly linking Scotland with the Isle of Man again.  This week’s launch also coincides with the Celtic Media Festival, which is hosted on the Isle of Man this year.  Flights over the TT period are busy with some already full, but there are still some seats available for motorsport and TT enthusiasts who haven’t yet confirmed their travel plans.” There is no direct competition on the route.

Eurowings now flies from Berlin Tegel to the Greek island of Mykonos – known as the Island of the Wind – in the Aegean Sea. Flights depart every Friday and the route is served by an A319. Mykonos is the second new destination in Eurowings’ S17 flight plan from the German capital, adding to Faro which began on 9 April.

Hannover and Olbia were connected by Eurowings from 3 May, with a weekly (Wednesdays) A319 service. The airline also launched flights from Vienna to another Italian destination, this time Brindisi, and with a three times weekly operation.

  • Eurowings has launched 17 new routes from seven of its German and Austrian bases over the last week, with the biggest expansion being at Vienna (VIE), which witnessed the start of five new routes. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 1,380 kilometres, with the shortest airport pair being the 454-kilometre hop from Vienna to Zadar (ZAD) in Croatia, while the longest is the 2,520-kilometre route from Stuttgart (STR) to Larnaca (LCA). The average weekly frequency of the 17 new routes is just 1.7. Only three of the 17 airport pairs will be flown more than twice-weekly frequency, the three times weekly operation from Munich (MUC) to Pula (PUY) and Zadar, as well as the similarly frequency being offered from Vienna to Brindisi (BDS). Only four of the 17 routes will see any direct competition for Germany’s third biggest airline (in terms of ASKs and when combined with germanwings operations). 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-May Düsseldorf (DUS) Chania (CHQ) A32S (2) Condor (1)
Munich (MUC) Pula (PUY) A320 (3)  
Vienna (VIE) Brindisi (BDS)  
Mytilene (MJT) A320 (1)  
Samos (SMI) A320 (2)  
03-May Hannover (HAJ) Olbia (OLB) A319 (1)  
Munich (MUC) Zadar (ZAD) A320 (3)  
Vienna (VIE) Ibiza (IBZ) A320 (2) NIKI (2)
Zadar (ZAD)  
04-May Munich (MUC) Ibiza (IBZ) A320 (1) NIKI (5), Condor (1), TUIfly (1)
05-May Berlin Tegel (TXL) Mykonos (JMK) A319 (1)  
06-May Cologne Bonn (CGN) Zakinthos (ZTH)  
Düsseldorf (DUS) Pula (PUY) A32S (2)  
Hannover (HAJ) Chania (CHQ) A319 (1)  
Stuttgart (STR) A320 (1) Condor (1)
Larnaca (LCA)  
07-May Osijek (OSI) A319 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 9 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

On 2 May, Flybe started a three times weekly connection from Guernsey to Cardiff. The ATR 72-flown, summer seasonal sector will be operated until 30 September.

Budapest Airport’s Airline Development Manager, Máté Ritter presents a traditional cake, welcoming the inaugural London Southend service on 4 May. Celebrating the Hungarian gateway’s fifth direct connection to the UK capital, the new service further consolidates the UK’s position as one of the largest country markets served from Budapest.

  • Flybe launched Budapest’s (BUD) fifth direct connection to the UK capital London on 4 May, when the airline made its inaugural three times weekly flight from London Southend (SEN). The Hungarian airport is expecting a 14% year-on-year increase in UK passenger traffic, and will serve up to 1.5 million round-trip passengers to and from the UK capital this year. Flybe’s link joins existing services with other carriers to London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted – making the London market by far the largest city pair served from Budapest. This week, the UK airline also launched flights from the London airport to Prague (PRG) and Venice Marco Polo (VCE). Additionally, Flybe began a three times weekly domestic service between Guernsey (GCI) and Cardiff (CWL) which is operated on the airline’s behalf by Blue Islands. See how Budapest Airport’s FTWA and Cardiff Airport’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-May Guernsey (GCI) Cardiff (CWL) ATR7 (3)  
04-May London Southend (SEN) Budapest (BUD) E175 (3)  
07-May Venice Marco Polo (VCE) E175 (2)  
08-May Prague (PRG) E175 (5)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 9 May 2017. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Germania began its first ever route to Athens on 4 May, with a twice-weekly service from Bremen. The airline will add a service to the Greek capital city from Nuremberg later in the summer.

Alexandra Ringel, Senior Manager Traffic Development & Sales and Lara Münch, Manager Traffic Development & Sales, both from the Aviation Marketing Department at Hamburg Airport have been busy in the kitchen cooking up the route launch cake to send off Germania’s Almeria service on 5 May.

On hand to celebrate on the same day (5 May), and flying to the same Spanish destination (Almeria), but this time from Southern Germany, was Sonja Schmaderer, Manager Tourism Marketing and Traffic Development from Stuttgart Airport, along with Germania’s inaugural flight crew. A spectacular Spanish-themed cake was also baked for the occasion.

Along with other VIPs welcoming the start of Germania’s weekly service from Fuerteventura to Toulouse on 7 May were: Luis López Chapí, Fuerteventura Airport Director; Marcial Morales, President of Fuerteventura’s Cabildo; and Blas Acosta, Tourism Counsellor Fuerteventura.

  • Germania has launched eight new routes from six German and one Spanish airport over the last seven days. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 2,129 kilometres, with the shortest airport pair being the 1,616-kilometre operation from Stuttgart (STR) to Almeria (LEI) in Spain, while the longest is the 3,240-kilometre route from Düsseldorf (DUS) to La Palma (SPC). The average weekly frequency of the eight new routes is just 1.4. Only one of the eight airport pairs will be flown more than twice-weekly frequency, the three times weekly operation between Nuremberg (NUE) and Faro (FAO). Only two of the eight routes will see any direct competition for Germany’s 15th biggest airline (in terms of weekly seats). See how Athens Airport’s FTWA and Fuerteventura’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-May Düsseldorf (DUS) La Palma (SPC) B73W (1) NIKI (1)
Nuremberg (NUE) Samos (SMI) A319 (1)  
04-May Bremen (BRE) Athens (ATH) A319 (2)  
Nuremberg (NUE) Faro (FAO) A319 (3)  
05-May Hamburg (HAM) Almeria (LEI) A319 (1)  
Stuttgart (STR) B73W (1)  
07-May Fuerteventura (FUE) Toulouse (TLS) A319 (1) TUI Airlines Belgium (1)
08-May Dresden (DRS) Dalaman (DLM) B73W (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 9 May 2017. WF = Weekly frequencies.

IndiGo Doha

A cake cutting ceremony was held at Doha Airport on 5 May to celebrate the arrival of IndiGo flights from Delhi and Mumbai. Both routes will be flown by the LCC daily on its fleet of A320s, with both already being served by other carriers.

  • IndiGo has launched flights to only its seventh international destination. India’s leading domestic airline, with around 40% of the market, still has a very modest international network. However, on Friday 5 May the LCC began a daily service to Doha (DOH) from both Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM) using its A320s. Competition on the 2,548-kilometre route from Delhi is provided by Qatar Airways (14 weekly flights) and Jet Airways (10), while on the 2,290-kilometre sector from Mumbai Jet Airways and Qatar Airways (both with daily flights) and Air India Express (four times weekly flights) offer an alternative option to passengers. IndiGo’s other international destinations are Bangkok (from Kolkata), Dubai (from nine Indian airports), Kathmandu (from Delhi), Muscat (from four Indian airports), Sharjah (from Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram) and Singapore (from Chennai). This summer IndiGo will be serving 34 destinations non-stop from Delhi and 29 from Mumbai. See how Doha Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Mighty horns of cake plenty!! Paul White, Glasgow Airport’s Business Development Manager and Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director aren’t wearing hi-viz jackets on the apron, but at least they have protective head gear on as they celebrate the start of Scotland’s airline’s new route from Glasgow to Bergen.

  • Loganair operated its first service between Glasgow (GLA) and the Norwegian city of Bergen (BGO) on 5 May. Operating a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) summer service until 28 August, the regional carrier, known as Scotland’s airline, will connect the two cities for the first time. The route will be operated by a 50-seat Saab 2000. Paul White, Glasgow Airport’s Business Development Manager, said: “This is fantastic news from Loganair which is one of our longest serving airline partners. We are continually working to expand our route network and this is the first time Glasgow will have had a direct, scheduled service to Norway’s second city. I have no doubt Bergen will prove to be a huge draw for leisure travellers and we’re looking forward to working closely with Loganair to ensure the success of the route.” Loganair MD Jonathan Hinkles said: “It’s fantastic to be able to launch a new route from our main hub airport, connecting the West of Scotland with Norway’s second largest city. By offering the twice-weekly connection, customers can visit for a long-weekend or an extended stay of one week or 10 days.” There is no competition on this city pair. 

The cake marking the start of Onur Air’s Istanbul Atatürk to Moscow Zhukovsky service was cut by: Head of the Aerodrome Operations, Moscow Zhukovsky, Pavel Vlasov; CEO, Onur Air, Teoman Tosun; Head of International Sales Channels, Onur Air, Elmira Tulunay; and CEO Ramport Aero – the company operating Zhukovsky – Tomas Vaisvila.

Carol Benzie, MD of Aberdeen Airport, along with the inaugural flight crew, sent-off the Scottish airport’s latest Ryanair route addition to Faro with a bit of flag-waving. The route is the third to be launched at Aberdeen this year and joins the already operating holiday routes to Malaga and Alicante; both of which took flight for the first time earlier this year.

  • Ryanair has launched 15 new routes from three airports this week. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 1,481 kilometres, with the shortest airport pair being the 518-kilometre domestic hop from Valencia (VLC) to Santander (SDR) in Spain, while the longest is the 2,005-kilometre route from Naples (NAP) to Lisbon (LIS). The average weekly frequency of the 15 new routes is 2.4. 10 of the airport pairs, or 67%, will be flown with a twice-weekly frequency. Only four routes will see any direct competition for Europe’s biggest airline (in terms of passengers carried). 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-May Faro (FAO) Aberdeen (ABZ) B738 (2)  
Naples (NAP) Copenhagen (CPH) B738 (3) SAS (1)
East Midlands (EMA) (1), Thomson Airways (1)
Valencia (VLA) B738 (2)  
Valencia (VLC) Hamburg (HAM) B738 (3)  
Marrakech (RAK) B738 (2)  
Santander (SDR) B738 (3) Volotea (2)
03-May Naples (NAP) Lisbon (LIS)  
Seville (SVQ) B738 (2)  
Toulouse (TLS) Volotea (2)
Valencia (VLC) Krakow (KRK)  
Marseille (MRS)  
04-May Naples (NAP) Kaunus (KUN)  
05-May Bremen (BRE)  
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 9 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Thomas Cook Airlines launched four new routes from Birmingham Airport this week, to Comiso and Naples in Italy, Mytilene in Greece and Malta. Louise Arscott, Regional Manager, Thomas Cook Airlines and William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport had the cake baked and the flags flying with the airline’s crew members.

  • Thomas Cook Airlines launched nine routes this week, including four from Birmingham (BHX). William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: “We are delighted that Thomas Cook has launched these new flights from Birmingham Airport. The airline is not only offering more capacity on popular leisure routes, but also introducing a brand new destination from Birmingham to Comiso which means passengers can now visit the beautiful island of Sicily from the Midlands. Thomas Cook is an established airline that offers something for all passengers, from flight-only to all-inclusive holidays and we welcome its decision to expand from Birmingham.” Aviation Director for Thomas Cook, James Burrows, said: “This is a really exciting year for us at Birmingham, with some great new routes for both independent travellers and package holiday customers. Together with Birmingham Airport, we’re going to more and more great holiday destinations to give our customers the choice they deserve for their hard-earned holidays.” The leisure airline also operated its first weekly flight (Sundays) to Corfu (CFU) from London Luton (LTN) on 7 May, the arrival of the 14th airline at the London airport and the 14th new route so far this year. See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-May Birmingham (BHX) Naples (NAP) A320 (1) Thomson Airways (2)
Newcastle (NCL) Paphos (PFO) A32S (1) (2), Thomson Airways (2)
03-May Birmingham (BHX) Comiso (CIY) A320 (1)  
04-May Malta (MLA) Ryanair (3), Air Malta (1),Thomson Airways (1)
Manchester (MAN) Mykonos (JMK) A321 (2) easyJet (2)
05-May Split (SPU) easyJet (2), (2), Thomson Airways (1)
06-May Birmingham (BHX) Mytilene (MJT) A320 (1)  
Bristol (BRS) Almeria (LEI) A321 (1)  
07-May London Luton (LTN) Corfu (CFU) easyJet (4), Thomson Airways (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 9 May 2017. WF = Weekly frequencies.

  • US-Bangla Airlines has made Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) its latest international destination. On 3 May the carrier launched a four times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) service on the 1,566-kilometre sector from Dhaka (DAC) using its 737-800s. Competition is provided by four other carriers; Thai Airways (twice-daily flights), Bangkok Airways and Biman Bangladesh Airlines (both with daily flights), and Regent Airways which offers twice-weekly flights. US-Bangla Airlines’ other international destinations are Kathmandu (Nepal), Kolkata (India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Muscat (Oman) and Singapore.

WestJet Nashville

Nashville Airport celebrated with this cake the start of WestJet flights from Calgary on 4 May. The 2,733-kilometre sector will be flown by the carrier twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on its 737-700s according to OAG schedules. No other carrier connects the US and Canadian cities.

  • WestJet commenced its latest transborder route on 4 May, a 2,733-kilometre connection between Calgary (YYC) and Nashville (BNA). The city pairing will be flown by WestJet twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on its 168-seat 737-700s according to OAG schedules. No other airline currently offers flights between the two cities. With this launch, WestJet now offers 39 routes between Canada and the US on 334 weekly flights. Calgary becomes the second destination in Canada to be served from Nashville, with WestJet already operating a daily service between Toronto Pearson and the Tennessee airport. 


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