New airline routes launched (16 May 2017 – 22 May 2017)

British Airways’ return to Birmingham and Bristol

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO is pictured with the crew of the inaugural British Airways flight to Florence, which included: Captain Richard Humphreys; First Officer Claudia Zonneyville; and Cabin Crew Rina Ottsman and Michael Fish. The route launch cake featured the airline’s four new destinations from the UK regional airport – Florence, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.

British Airways’ tailfin also returned to Bristol this weekend, with the launch of the same four routes from the airport in the UK’s Southwest. Along with the first flight crew were Luke Hayhoe, GM Customer and Commercial, BA CityFyer and Pete Downes, Head of Aviation Development, Bristol Airport.

  • British Airways flight BA 7025 departed Birmingham (BHX) on the inaugural service to Florence (FLR) on 20 May, but it also marked a significant return to regional flying for the airline. It was the first of four new regional routes launched from the Midlands, as well as from Bristol (BRS) in the UK’s Southwest, this weekend and the first time BA’s colours have been seen at either airport for years. The airline last flew from both airports in 2007 when its regional airline business BA Connect was sold to Flybe. Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO said: “Today is a momentous day for Birmingham Airport. To see the British Airways tailfin on the ground after ten years is great news for the region and adds to the other IAG carriers already here. The introduction of four routes for the summer season ensures passengers have more choice on popular routes from the airport and additionally have the chance to visit the beautiful city of Florence, which was previously unserved.” Alex Cruz, BA CEO and chairman said: “We continue our regional growth following the successful launch of services from Stansted last year. Now we are flying from Birmingham once again we are excited about the future opportunities.” In addition to these eight services, the oneworld carrier also started nine more from London City (LCY), Dublin (DUB), London Stansted (STN) and Manchester (MAN) over the last seven days. Jonathan Ford,’s Assistant Editor, went to Bristol to witness the start of BA’s operations – read his report here
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
18-May London City (LCY) Manchester (MAN) E190 (1)  
Manchester (MAN) Ibiza (IBZ) E190 (3) (8), Ryanair (7), Thomson Airways (5), Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
19-May Dublin (DUB) E190 (1) Ryanair (3), Thomson Airways (1)
Manchester (MAN) Malaga (AGP) Monarch Airlines (12), Ryanair (11), (10), easyJet (7), Norwegian (4), Thomson Airways (4)
Mykonos (JMK) easyJet (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
20-May Birmingham (BHX) Florence (FLR) E170 (1)  
Ibiza (IBZ) E190 (1) (5), Thomson Airways (5), Monarch Airlines (2), Ryanair (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
Malaga (AGP) Monarch Airlines (12), Ryanair (10), (6), Thomson Airways (4), Vueling (3), Norwegian (3)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Thomson Airways (11), Monarch Airlines (8), Ryanair (7), (7), Thomas Cook Airlines (6)
Bristol (BRS) Florence (FLR) E170 (1)  
Ibiza (IBZ) E190 (1) Thomson Airways (4), easyJet (3), Ryanair (3), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
Malaga (AGP) easyJet (14), Ryanair (8), Thomson Airways (2)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) easyJet (16), Ryanair (9), Thomson Airways (4), Thomas Cook Airlines (3)
Manchester (MAN) Alicante (ALC) (14), Ryanair (14), Monarch Airlines (12), easyJet (8), Thomson Airways (4), Vueling (3), Norwegian (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
Nice (NCE) (7)
21-May London Stansted (STN) Geneva (GVA) E170 (1)  
Manchester (MAN) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) E190 (1) (14), Ryanair (14), Thomson Airways (12), Monarch Airlines (10), easyJet (6), Thomas Cook Airlines (6)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 23 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Germania’s Rostock to Zurich

Germania opened a base in Palma de Mallorca this week, and used the opportunity to start three new routes – Dortmund, Maastricht and Strasbourg. “Palma de Mallorca is Germania’s largest departure airport. With 73 flights per week, our aircraft take off and land here more frequently than at any other airport in our network,” says Claus Altenburg (centre, holding FCN), Germania’s Director Sales Development Routes and Systems.

Those carrying out the ribbon cutting to mark the start of Germania’s Rostock to Zurich operation were: Claus Altenburg, Director Sales Development Routes and Systems, Germania; Sylvia Bretschneider, President of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; Dörthe Hausmann, MD Rostock Airport; Roland Methling, Mayor of Hansestadt Rostock; along with the Germania crew.

  • Germania launched the first connection between Zurich (ZRH) and Rostock (RLG) on 19 May. Operated twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays), the German airline will serve the unique 764-kilometre city pair on its fleet of 737-700s. On 26 May, the Hanseatic city will also boast a direct link to Vienna thanks to Germania. Dörthe Hausmann, MD Rostock Airport said: “We have established successful links with South Germany over the last few years. The connections to Linz and Basel set up over the last few years have also been promising. With these newly established connections to Vienna and Zurich, considerably more tourists from Switzerland and Austria can bring their financial strength to our region.” Claus Altenburg, Germania’s Director Sales Development Routes and Systems added: “We are glad to be a partner of the regions and we are also pleased to strengthen their collaboration. These city links will complement our range of leisure flight connections from Rostock Airport for passengers living in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Meanwhile, Vienna and Zurich are great cities to which we are delighted to offer connections.” In addition to this service the airline has opened a base in Palma de Mallorca (PMI), adding three new routes to three different countries – namely Dortmund (DTM; Germany), Maastricht (MST; Netherlands) and Strasbourg (SXB; France). Throughout the summer season, daily flights to Friedrichshafen, Münster/Osnabrück, Dresden, Bremen and Nuremberg will be available from the base. Erfurt and Rostock will also be connected with the island several times per week. Flights to Cuxhaven/Nordholz will also be offered in autumn from Palma de Mallorca. New services were also launched from Hamburg (HAM) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), the airline’s ninth and 14th largest bases in terms of weekly seats, to Menorca (MAH) and Kos (KGS) respectively.  
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
19-May Rostock (RLG) Zurich (ZRH) B73W (2)  
20-May Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Kos (KGS) B73W (1)  
Dortmund (DTM) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) B73W (3) Eurowings (13), Ryanair (3)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Maastricht (MST) B73W (2)  
21-May Hamburg (HAM) Menorca (MAH) A319 (1)  
22-May Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Strasbourg (SXB) B73W (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 23 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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

Aegean Airlines Athens Hannover

On 20 May Aegean Airlines commenced flights between Athens and Hannover, with the latter airport celebrating the arrival of its latest Star Alliance member with a photo shoot on the apron. Seen posing with the first flight crew are Roger Niermann, Head of Sales at Hannover Airport and Silke Bergemann, Senior Key Account Manager Germany from Aegean Airlines. The Greek carrier will operate the 1,954-kilometre sector twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) on A320s.

  • Aegean Airlines launched flights on its latest route to Germany on 20 May, beginning a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service between Athens (ATH) and Hannover (HAJ). The Star Alliance member will operate the 1,954-kilometre sector on its fleet of A320s, with no other carrier operating the city pairing. With this launch, Aegean Airlines now serves eight destinations in Germany from Athens on 35 weekly flights including Berlin Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Kassel-Calden, with the latter being operated by the airline for the documenta 14 art exhibition. The Greek carrier will stop flights to Kassel-Calden on 23 June.  

Denver Air Canada Vancouver

On 18 May Air Canada begun twice-daily flights between Vancouver and Denver. To celebrate, the Colorado airport baked a maple leaf-themed cake. Seen celebrating the new route in Denver are: Kim Day, CEO Denver Airport; Maxime Therien, Consul and Trade Commissioner at Consulate General of Canada in Denver; and Vincent Gauthier-Doré, Director Business Development – US, Air Canada. The route between the two cities is already served by United Airlines.

  • Air Canada has expanded its presence at Denver (DEN) by beginning twice-daily flights from Vancouver (YVR). The carrier already serves the Colorado city from Montreal and Toronto Pearson. “Air Canada has been a valued airline partner at Denver since 1995, and is our longest-tenured foreign flag carrier,” said Kim Day, CEO of Denver Airport at the Vancouver launch. “These new flights between Denver and Vancouver will provide more options for travelers to explore two of the most dynamic cities in North America.” Air Canada will operate the 1,788-kilometre route, which launched on 18 May, twice-daily on its fleet of CRJ 700s according to OAG schedules. The Canadian flag carrier joins fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines on the route, with the latter already offering 20 weekly flights. By launching flights to Denver, Air Canada now links Vancouver to 15 airports in the US on 220 weekly flights. 

AIrAsia X Indonesia starts Bali to Mumbai route

Mumbai Airport welcomed AirAsia X Indonesia’s first service from Denpasar via Kuala Lumpur on 19 May. The carrier will operate the route daily using its 377-seat A330-300s.

  • AirAsia X Indonesia on 19 May introduced daily flights from Denpasar (DPS) on the Indonesian island of Bali to Mumbai (BOM) in India via Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in Malaysia. The 3,621-kilometre sector between Malaysia and India is already served by Malaysia Airlines (double-daily flights) and Malindo Air (eight weekly flights). AirAsia X Indonesia will operate the route using its 377-seat A330-300s of which it currently has two. AirAsia X Indonesia CEO, Captain Sulistyo Nugroho Hanung said, “AirAsia X Indonesia is pleased to offer guests this new daily flight between Mumbai and Bali, Indonesia. We are so delighted to offer free seats on this route and hope that many will take advantage of this opportunity to travel to our beautiful island destination. We see this route as promising, as it opens connectivity for India’s population of one billion people to their dream holiday destination.” 

airberlin Hub Manager Ibrahim Gülcan (left) and Andreas Ley, Senior Consultant, Airline Marketing Berlin Brandenburg (right), together with the airline’s cabin crew on 16 May in Berlin Tegel, mark the start of services to the movie capital of the world Los Angeles. The beginning of S17 saw the connection between Tegel and New York JFK reinforced and Miami is also now offered five times a week from the German capital’s main airport.

  • airberlin launched a new long-haul service from Berlin Tegel (TXL) on flight AB 7022 to Los Angeles (LAX). From 16 May, the airline now offers three connections per week on its A330-200 fleet between the capital of Germany and the second largest city in the US. “This new long-haul flight from Berlin Tegel to Los Angeles is the next step in airberlin’s new strategic policy. Both locations are of great importance to the international film industry. It therefore makes sense to link the two metropolises,” said airberlin CEO Thomas Winkelmann. “We are happy about this long-haul connection to Los Angeles, the city of film,” said Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg CEO. “It provides business travellers as well as tourists with a direct connection to the west coast of the US. It will also strengthen our region by providing it with additional visitors.” An additional inaugural flight will follow on 29 May as airberlin launches services from Tegel to San Francisco. With its current summer schedule, airberlin offers a total of 33 weekly non-stop services to five destinations in the US out of Berlin Tegel: Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK and San Francisco.

Allegiant Air Austin Indianapolis

Seen cutting the ribbon in Austin, opening Allegiant Air’s new service to Indianapolis, are: Lee Lancaster, Director, Business Development, South Terminal; Sarah Beaver, Operations Director, South Terminal; Leroy Hargrove, Supervisor, Airport Operations, Austin Airport; Jamy Kazanoff, Assistant Director, Austin Airport; Tina Cannon, Senior Director of Local Government Relations, Austin Chamber of Commerce; and Tom Noonan, President and CEO, Visit Austin.

Belleville Airport celebrated the start of Allegiant Air flights to Fort Lauderdale on 17 May by holding a beach-themed party in the terminal, which even included a tiki bar. The carrier will offer twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) flights on the 1,654-kilometre sector, with the route scheduled to operate on A320s.

  • Allegiant Air has begun flights on three unique routes this week, starting on 17 May with flights between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Belleville (BLV) in Illinois. The 1,654-kilometre route will be served by the carrier twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays). On 19 May, a second route to Fort Lauderdale was also launched, with Allegiant Air connecting the Floridian airport with Louisville (SDF) in Kentucky. The 1,422-kilometre city pairing will also be served twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). The third and final route to launch this week was a 1,479-kilometre sector between Austin (AUS) and Indianapolis (IND). “Now the race fans of the Indy 500 can easily come to our Grand Prix at the Circuit of America or see a concert there and enjoy the live music capital of the world,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director of Austin Airport. “We welcome Allegiant Air’s growth at Austin’s Airport.” Also operating twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), the city pairing between the racing centres of the US is scheduled to operate on Allegiant Air’s fleet of MD-83s. Both routes involving Fort Lauderdale will be operated on the carrier’s fleet of A320s according to OAG schedules. 

Cebu Pacific Air launches Cebu to Cotabato route

Celebrating the start of non-stop flights from Cebu to Cotabato on 16 May are: Cebu Pacific Assistant Station Manager Mary Jed Barbaso; the first passenger; and GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation Terminal Operations Manager Angie Orito. The ATR 72 flown service will operate four times weekly.

  • Cebu Pacific Air started its second new domestic route from Cebu (CEB) this week with the launch on 16 May of a four times weekly service to Cotabato (CBO). The 351-kilometre route will be flown by CebGo using its ATR 72s. No other carrier connects these two airports. Cotabato is located on the province of Maguindanao. The airport’s only other scheduled services are to the capital, Manila, which are offered by both Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Cotabato City is home of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, also known as the Grand Mosque of Cotabato, which is the largest mosque in the Philippines. Completed in 2011 the facility can accommodate 15,000 people and was funded by the Sultan of Brunei. See how Cebu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Croatia Airlines Zagreb Helsinki Stockholm Oslo Bucharest

Seen cutting the cake in Zagreb, officially opening Croatia Airlines’ new route to Stockholm Arlanda are: Lars Schmidt, the Ambassador of Sweden in the Republic of Croatia; David Gabelica, Member of the Management Board, Zagreb Airport; and Krešimir Vlašić, ‎Quality, Safety and Security Manager at Croatia Airlines. The airline has also begun flights from the Croatian capital to Bucharest, Helsinki and Oslo Gardermoen this week.

Croatia Airlines Bucharest

Seen cutting the cake in Bucharest, baked to welcome the arrival of the Romanian airport’s latest carrier is Kresimir Kucko, President and CEO of Croatia Airlines. The 795-kilometre link from Zagreb will be flown on Q400s.

Croatia Airlines Oslo

A cake was also made at Oslo Gardermoen to welcome the arrival of Croatia Airlines’ new service from Zagreb. The Croatia to Norway capital connection will be flown by the Star Alliance member three times weekly. 

Croatia Airlines Stockholm Arlanda

A ribbon cutting and cake were the highlights of celebrations at Stockholm Arlanda on 19 May. The 1,553-kilometre sector from Zagreb will be served by Croatia Airlines three times weekly on CRJ 1000s.

  • Croatia Airlines has this week begun four new capital connections from Zagreb (ZAG), with the carrier now linking the capital of Croatia to Bucharest (OTP), Helsinki (HEL), Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). ”In general, the interest for Mediterranean countries has increased heavily among Swedish travellers. Zagreb is also a completely new direct route from Stockholm Arlanda and it is also one of the top unserved destinations. We welcome Croatian Airlines’ expansion at Stockholm Arlanda, giving Swedes more opportunity to experience Croatia,” said Elizabeth Axtelius, Aviation Business Director at Swedavia of the new link between Sweden and Croatia. Along with Arlanda, none of the other three capital connections launched by Croatia Airlines will face direct competition. While the three new routes to Scandinavia will operate on 100-seat CRJ 1000s leased from Air Nostrum, Bucharest services will be flown on the airline’s own Q400s. All four routes will be flown three times weekly, while the average sector length is 1,427 kilometres. See how Oslo Gardermoen Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
19-May Zagreb (ZAG) Bucharest (OTP) Q400 (3)  
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) CRK (3)  
21-May Helsinki (HEL)  
Oslo Gardermoen (OSL)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 23 May 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

Ethiopian Airlines Chengdu

Ethiopian Airlines held a cake cutting ceremony to officially open the airline’s new route between Addis Ababa and Chengdu. Although the official flight took place on 22 May, the regular three times weekly service on the 7,125-kilometre city pair will start from 2 June. The Star Alliance member will operate the route on its 270-seat 787-8s.

  • Ethiopian Airlines introduced Chengdu (CTU) to its network on 22 May, meaning that the Star Alliance member now serves four destinations in China from Addis Ababa (ADD), with Chengdu joining Beijing, Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou. Ethiopian Airlines’ flights were originally planned to operate three times weekly from the date of inauguration, however the airline’s next flight on the 7,125-kilometre sector will be on 2 June. From the latter date a regular three times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) service will operate. Facing no direct competition, Ethiopian Airlines will serve the city pair on its 787-8s, with the carrier now reporting to have 17 of the type in its fleet, with a further two still to be delivered. With launching flights to Chengdu, Ethiopian Airlines now serves 13 airports in Asia on 100 weekly flights, including Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul Incheon, Singapore and Tokyo Narita according to OAG schedules.   

Cake and a ribbon cutting, two of the key ingredients needed to celebrate a route launch. Cleveland Airport chose to go with a Safari-themed cake to toast the start of flights to San Diego, with the Californian city being home to one of the most famous zoos in the world, housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Seen cutting the ribbon in Cleveland are Richard Oliver, Corporate Communications, Frontier Airlines and Robert Kennedy, Cleveland Airport Director. Both were then joined by Frontier Airlines staff and Todd Payne, Chief of Marketing and Air Service Development, Cleveland Airport, for a cake cutting photo. Frontier Airlines will serve the route four times weekly.

Frontier Airlines Cincinnati San Diego

A ribbon cutting was also conducted at Cincinnati Airport to officially open Frontier Airlines’ new service to San Diego. The carrier will operate the 2,993-kilometre route three times weekly on its fleet of A320s.

  • Frontier Airlines this week introduced two new unique routes to San Diego (SAN), with the carrier launching flights to the Californian city from Cincinnati (CVG) and Cleveland (CLE). “The growth of Frontier at Cincinnati over the last four years has been incredible,” said Candace McGraw, CEO Cincinnati Airport. “The airline now offers 17 non-stop year-round and/or seasonal destinations on 93 flights a week. Frontier also becomes the airport’s fourth largest carrier in terms of daily flights and second largest carrier in terms of seats offered. This success would not have been possible without the support of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community.” Frontier will operate the 2,993-kilometre link between Cincinnati and San Diego, which launched 21 May, three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). Flights on the 3,254-kilometre city pairing of Cleveland and San Diego, which began 22 May, will be flown four times weekly, with both routes being served by the carrier’s fleet of A320s. Finally this week, Frontier has also started a connection between Cleveland and Houston Intercontinental (IAH). Also launched 22 May, the 1,754-kilometre route, which will also be flown on A320s, will go head-to-head with United Airlines, with the Star Alliance member already providing 33 weekly flights on the sector according to OAG schedules.   

Nordica Tallinn Hamburg

  • Nordica has expanded its network by introducing flights between its base in Tallinn (TLL) and Hamburg (HAM). The carrier, which launched the route on 16 May, will offer three weekly flights (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) on the 1,109-kilometre connection between Germany’s second largest city and the Estonian capital. The route, which will not face direct competition, will be served by CRJ 900s operated by LOT Polish Airlines. With this launch, Nordica now serves three airports in Germany, with it also linking Tallinn to Munich (twice-daily) and Berlin Tegel (twice-weekly), with the latter only being summer seasonal. Earlier this week the airline launched flights to St. Petersburg in Russia.

Good Flight! Pegasus Airlines has commenced its only service to Saarbrücken on 22 May, with a twice-weekly route from Antalya. The Turkish airport is the LCC’s third largest base in terms of weekly seats.

  • Pegasus Airlines has added Saarbrücken (SCN) to its network this week, beginning a twice-weekly operation from Antalya (AYT) on 22 May. The seasonal flight, which will operate until October, initially begins with a Monday rotation, with a sector on Fridays to be added in early June. The airline operates to 20 airports from Antalya, with Saarbrücken becoming the seventh in Germany, according to this week’s OAG schedules. Flown by its 189-seat 737-800s, the route faces direct competition from SunExpress, which offers the city pair three times weekly.

SalamAir and Muscat Airport officials gathered on 16 May to welcome the start of the carrier’s three times weekly flights from the Omani capital to Pakistan’s 12th largest city of Sialkot. The LCC will launch additional routes to Multan and Karachi in the coming weeks.

  • SalamAir has entered the Pakistani market this week, beginning a three times weekly operation from Muscat (MCT) to Sialkot (SKT) on 16 May. This will be the first stage of the airline’s development in the market, as it will introduce services to Multan and Karachi in the coming weeks. The LCC will face competition from incumbents Pakistan International Airlines (twice-weekly) and Shaheen Air International (weekly) on the city pair. The 1,860-kilometre sector will be flown by SalamAir’s growing A320 fleet. Sialkot becomes SalamAir’s fourth destination, with it already serving Dubai Al Maktoum, Jeddah and Salalah from Muscat.  

Milan Bergamo welcomed the arrival of Ukraine International Airlines’ new daily service from Kiev Boryspil on 16 May. Among the celebrations was a champagne reception, while a presentation of the airport’s growth was given by Giacomo Cattaneo, Commercial Aviation Director, Milan Bergamo Airport. The airline also serves the Italian airport from Chernivtsi, a summer seasonal route that launched 28 April.

  • Ukraine International Airlines has launched its second route to Milan Bergamo (BGY) this week, starting a daily service to the Italian airport from Kiev Boryspil (KBP). Launched 16 May, the 1,651-kilometre route will be served daily on a mixture of the carrier’s 737-800s and E190s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The link from the Ukrainian capital will not face any direct competition. The airline started serving Milan Bergamo on 28 April, the day on which it inaugurated a twice-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) summer seasonal service from Chernivtsi. Milan Bergamo is the second airport in Milan to be served by Ukraine International Airlines, as it already offers daily flights from Boryspil to Milan Malpensa. See how Milan Bergamo Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

This crafted three-tier cake was baked to welcome passengers on Volotea’s first service between Montpellier and Bastia. Passengers and crew were also given hats and cookies to mark the occasion.

  • Volotea expanded its presence in Montpellier (MPL) on 20 May, with the addition of a weekly (Saturdays) rotation to Bastia (BIA). The 463-kilometre sector, which will be flown by a variety of the airline’s equipment, joins the carrier’s five other domestic services from Montpellier – namely to Nantes, Strasbourg, Lille, Brest and Ajaccio. No other airline flies on this sector. 

On 19 May Wizz Air stationed a second A320 at its base in Belgrade, allowing the carrier to this week open new routes to Friedrichshafen, Hannover, Malta and Nuremberg. Seen highlighting the new routes in the Serbian capital are Miodrag Mirkovic, Commercial and Marketing Director, Belgrade Airport and Sorina Ratz, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air. The airport also baked a cake for the occasion which highlights the new routes and the basing of the second aircraft. In total Wizz Air now serves 15 routes from Belgrade on 38 weekly flights.

Wizz Air Liverpool Lublin

Seen cutting the ribbon in Liverpool to officially open Wizz Air’s new service from Lublin is Liam Rogers, Air Service Development Student, Liverpool Airport, flanked by Paul Winfield, Aviation Director, Liverpool Airport, and the inaugural crew.  With this launch, Wizz Air now operates seven routes into Liverpool on 18 weekly flights.

Wizz Air Friedrichshafen Belgrade

Friedrichshafen Airport celebrated with a cake the start of Wizz Air flights from Belgrade on 19 May, the airline’s third route to the airport after Skopje and Tuzla. Seen posing for the celebratory photo of the airport’s apron, along with the crew are the airport’s MD Claus-Dieter Wehr and Head of Marketing & Communications Andreas Humer-Hager.

Wizz Air Sofia Frankfurt

Wizz Air celebrated the start of flights to Frankfurt on 22 May, with the crew highlighting the new service at the Bulgarian airport. The 1,295-kilometre route will be served daily, with the carrier going head-to-head with Lufthansa and Bulgaria Air which already operate the sector. Flights to Frankfurt from Budapest will begin in December.

Wizz Air Frankfurt

The first Wizz Air flight to Frankfurt was also celebrated at the German end of the route, with the crew being joined on the apron by Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air (second-left). The German airport had also baked two cakes to welcome its newest airline which will operate the route from Sofia on its A321s.

Wizz Air Osijek

Along with Frankfurt, another new route on Wizz Air’s network this week was Osijek, with the Croatian airport having baked a cake to welcome its newest airline. Among those celebrating the route with the cabin crew on the inaugural flight from Basel were Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air and Domagoj Marinić, Director of Osijek Airport. Wizz Air will operate the 893-kilometre link from the Swiss city twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

Wizz Air Hannover Belgrade

Hannover Airport welcomed the arrival of Wizz Air’s first flight from Belgrade on 20 May. The 1,149-kilometre route will be served by the airline twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays). With this launch, Wizz Air now operates five routes to Hannover, with Belgrade joining Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev Zhulyany and Skopje.

Wizz Air Olsztyn-Mazury

Wizz Air opened a new route between Oslo Torp and Olsztyn-Mazury on 20 May. Seen posing with the crew on the apron at the Polish airport is Marcin Kuchciński, Chairman of the Olsztyn Civic Platform. Flights on the 912-kilometre sector will be flown by the ULCC twice-weekly. The airline also links Olsztyn-Mazury with London Luton.

  • Wizz Air has been busy promoting the eight new routes it opened this week across Europe, with the services including two new airports to the airline’s network – Frankfurt (FRA) and Osijek (OSI). Commenting on the launch of flights to Frankfurt, Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: “We are thrilled to be starting operations from Frankfurt Airport, the 11th airport that Wizz Air serves in Germany. Wizz Air will connect Frankfurt to Sofia with a daily service and the carrier will shortly launch a second route to another dynamic Central European capital, Budapest [begins December].” By launching flights to Osijek, Wizz Air now serves two airports in Croatia, with its new route between Basel and Osijek complementing the carrier’s existing seasonal services to Split from London Luton and Warsaw Chopin. Apart from the airline’s new service between Sofia and Frankfurt, the remaining sectors launched by Wizz Air this week will operate twice-weekly. The average sector length of Wizz Air’s eight new routes is 1,119 kilometres. See how Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen and Osijek airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.  
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
19-May Basel (BSL) Osijek (OSI) A320 (2)  
Belgrade (BEG) Friedrichshafen (FDH)  
Nuremberg (NUE)  
20-May Hannover (HAJ)  
Oslo Torp (TRF) Olsztyn-Mazury (SZY)  
21-May Belgrade (BEG) Malta (MLA) Air Serbia (1)
Lublin (LUZ) Liverpool (LPL)  
22-May Sofia (SOF) Frankfurt (FRA) A321 (7) Lufthansa (14), Bulgaria Air (5)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 23 May 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.


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