New airline routes launched (20 June 2017 – 26 June 2017)


Condor’s Frankfurt to Pittsburgh

Now boarding, for the first time since since 2004, a direct service from Germany to Pittsburgh, operated by Condor from Frankfurt. Undertaking the cake-cutting in Germany were: Condor Flight Attendant Helena Kling; Commercial Counselor for the Department of Commerce Cindy Biggs; Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis; MD Operations at Fraport Anke Giesen; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; and Director Long-Haul & Revenue Management Thomas Cook Airlines Jens Boyd.

“Non-stop service to Germany has been a top goal for the airport for several years and has been something the business community in Pittsburgh has been seeking for more than a decade,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis on the launch of Condor’s new flight from Frankfurt. “This flight will strengthen Pittsburgh International Airport’s business and leisure travel connections.” Seen cutting the cake in Pittsburgh are: Cassotis; Philipp Heinbockel, Director of Flight Operations and 767 Captain, Condor; and Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive.

To mark the official launch of the Condor service from Munich to Seattle-Tacoma, the crew and passengers were presented with commemorative gingerbread hearts.

  • Condor expanded its long-haul network with the addition of twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) flights from Munich (MUC) to Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) on 21 June. In addition to Munich, Seattle will add new non-stop services to Mexico City, Cologne Bonn and London Gatwick later this year. International passenger traffic at the US airport is up 12% so far in 2017. Two days later the airline began another transatlantic route, this time linking Frankfurt (FRA) and Pittsburgh (PIT). It will be the first time Pittsburgh and Germany have been connected with non-stop service since 2004. Again flown twice-weekly, services will operate on Mondays and Fridays to the Pennsylvanian city. The German carrier will operate both new US services with its 767-300s, and neither route faces any direct competition. See how Pittsburgh and Seattle-Tacoma airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Air Canada’s Vancouver to Boston

Seen posing with the Fenway Park-inspired cake at the launch of Air Canada flights to Boston in Vancouver on 23 June were: Persephone Warren, a time traveller from Boston; Dayna Miller, Director of Sales, Tourism Vancouver; Bonnie Walker, Director of Sales, Western Canada, Air Canada; Anne Murray, VP of Marketing and Communications, Vancouver Airport; Steve Hankinson, VP of Operations and Maintenance, Vancouver Airport; Henry Han, Executive Director, International Markets, Government of British Columbia; Shawna Lang, Director Market Development, Tourism Whistler; and Jasper James Warren IV, emcee of the launch party and time traveller. Air Canada will serve the city pair daily.

Air Canada Montreal Tel Aviv

Seen cutting the cake in Montreal, officially opening Air Canada’s new service between the Canadian city and Tel Aviv, is the Israeli city’s Mayor Ron Huldai. The route will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on A330-300s.

  • Air Canada has expanded its network this week by introducing a new transborder service between Vancouver (YVR) and Boston (BOS), along with a long-haul connection from Montreal (YUL) to Tel Aviv (TLV). The latter was the first to be inaugurated, with the 8,797-kilometre route being launched on 22 June. It will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on the airline’s fleet of A330-300s according to OAG schedules. Flights on the 4,033-kilometre link between Vancouver and Boston commenced the following day, with it scheduled to operate daily on A319s. “We are excited that Air Canada is now offering non-stop service to one of our most underserved markets,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport. “Air Canada’s new daily flight from Vancouver to Boston will connect travellers from British Columbia to the vital Northeastern business hub and a region rich in history and culture.” Adding to Richmond’s words, Benjamin Smith, President – Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, said: “We are delighted to launch the only non-stop flights from Vancouver to Boston. The addition of these convenient non-stop flights further helps to strengthen our Vancouver transpacific hub by linking Greater Boston, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the US to our extensive network at Vancouver which offers convenient connections throughout British Columbia. Additionally, our Boston-Vancouver flights connect easily to and from our daily Sydney and Brisbane flights with competitive elapsed travel times.” While the link on the new transborder connection faces no direct competition, the route from Montreal to Tel Aviv will go head-to-head with Air Transat, which started serving the sector on 18 June.  

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


Air Malta Tunis

Seen cutting the cake that was made to celebrate Air Malta’s new link to Tunis are: H.E. Dr Mark Anthony Pace, Ambassador of Malta to Tunisia; Mounir Arous, GM ATACS, Air Malta’s Representative in Tunisia; David Galea, Manager North Africa, Air Malta; Air Malta Captain, Lawrence Mifsud Bonnici; Mahmoud Said, General Director, Tunisair Handling; and Paul Sies, CCO Air Malta. The carrier will operate the link between Malta and Tunis three times weekly.

  • Air Malta has returned to Tunis (TUN) after an eight-year hiatus by adding three weekly flights to the Tunisian airport from Malta (MLA). Launched 26 June, the carrier will operate the short 396-kilometre link between the Mediterranean island and the North African airport on its fleet of A320s. Paul Sies, CCO of Air Malta, said of the route:“The launch of this flight initiates Air Malta’s position as a carrier connecting the island to important regions in Europe and North Africa, besides the many connections it already offers across the Mediterranean and beyond. We are very excited to be one of the first European airlines to resume regular services to Tunis.” The route between Malta and Tunis is already served by Tunisair Express which also offers three weekly flights.  

Avianca Brazil Miami

Among those cutting the ribbon in Miami to officially open Avianca Brazil’s new daily service from Sao Paulo Guarulhos were: GMCVB EVP Rolando Aedo (second from left); and Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff, Joseph Napoli (centre). The Star Alliance member will operate the 6,568-kilometre route on its A330-200s.

  • Avianca Brazil has become the third airline to link Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Miami (MIA), with the Star Alliance member joining American Airlines (19 weekly flights) and LATAM Airlines (twice-daily) on the 6,568-kilometre sector by commencing daily flights. Inaugurated on 23 June, the carrier will link the two cities with its fleet of 238-seat A330-200s according to OAG schedules. “I commend the Miami Airport team for continually attracting new international air service to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez. “It is especially encouraging to see increased service from our top international market of Brazil, which had a downturn in travel last year,” Gimenez added. Miami currently serves an average of 71 weekly non-stop flights to eight cities in Brazil, which is the most of any US airport according to Miami. Avianca Brazil becomes the third airline serving Brazil from Miami, the airport’s top international market, which in 2015 saw more than 2.1 million passengers. See how Miami and Sao Paulo Guarulhos airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Batik Air launches Denpasar to Perth route.

Perth Airport became the first in Australian to welcome Batik Air services on 21 June, the day the carrier began its first service from Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali. Taking part in the cake cutting ceremony in Perth were: Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO, Malindo Air; Poerwoko Soeparyono, GM Service, Batik Air; and Steven Holden, CCO, Perth Airport. The route is already served by three other carriers, namely: Garuda Indonesia; Indonesia AirAsia; and Jetstar Airways. 

  • Batik Air has joined three other carriers in offering non-stop service between Denpasar (DPS), on the Indonesian island of Bali, and Perth (PER) in Western Australia. The 2,580-kilometre route, which launched on 21 June, will be flown twice-daily. Perth Airport’s press release indicates that the flights will be operated using the airline’s 737-900s. However, flightradar24.com shows that initially the airline will be using its A320s on the route. Kevin Brown, CEO of Perth Airport, said: “We are thrilled to be the first airport to welcome Batik Air to Australia, and delighted to offer Western Australians more choice when visiting the popular holiday destination of Bali. We know Western Australians will take advantage of a new full-service airline, and embrace Batik Air’s great fares and exceptional service. In addition, we’re glad to be making a positive contribution to Western Australia’s tourism industry. The number of Indonesian visitors to Perth increased by just under 18% for the year ending April 2017, and it’s important that we continue to facilitate growth through greater flight options.” The route is already by Indonesia AirAsia (three daily flights), Jetstar Airways (three daily) and Garuda Indonesia (daily). Analysis of OAG data shows that the leading carriers linking Australia and Indonesia, based on weekly seat capacity, are currently Jetstar Airways (37.4%), Garuda Indonesia (21.8%) and Indonesia AirAsia (11.8%). 

flydubai is again allowing secondary European markets to be connected to Dubai, with the start of three times weekly services to Batumi in Georgia. The TAV-operated airport had clearly been busy at the bakers before the arrival of the inaugural flight on 22 June. The launch of flights to Batumi and Tivat means flydubai now serves 18 destinations in the region.

  • flydubai has started two new routes to the south-eastern edge of Europe this week, with services beginning to Batumi (BUS) and Tivat (TIV) from its Dubai (DXB) hub. Launched on 22 June, the three times weekly operation to the Georgian airport becomes the LCC’s 17th destination in the region. Started the next day was the twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) sector, and also the airline’s 18th to Central and Eastern Europe, to the coastal town in south-west Montenegro. Both services are summer seasonal until the end of September, face no direct competition and are flown by flydubai’s 737-800 fleet. 

A celebratory event took place in Bahrain with the Georgian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman, George Janjgava, joining Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs officials, Bahrain Airport officials and members of Gulf Air’s executive management team….oh yes…and some photo-bombing passengers from the first flight.

Gulf Air’s three times weekly flights between Bahrain and Tbilisi began on 23 June, but already due to high passenger demand, two additional flights will operate over and above the original schedule. Inaugural flight celebrations were held in the Georgian capital to herald the new service.

  • Gulf Air celebrated the launch of its three times weekly service to the Georgian capital Tbilisi (TBS) on 23 June. The route is its eighth into Europe, joining Athens, Frankfurt, Istanbul Atatürk, Larnaca, London Heathrow, Moscow Domodedovo and Paris CDG. Commenting on the launch Gulf Air CEO, Maher Salman Al Musallam, said: “I am delighted Gulf Air is directly connecting Bahrain and Georgia – and witnessing such high demand as we commence operations is a positive indication of what is to come. I look forward to seeing passengers from across the GCC and MENA region fly with us, enjoying the Gulf Air product and service offering en-route to experiencing the diverse appeal of this destination.” Flights from the airline’s Bahrain (BAH) hub are operated by its A320 fleet and faces no direct competition. See how Tbilisi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

On 22 June Mahan Air commenced a twice-weekly operation from its Tehran Imam Khomeini hub to Barcelona. Along with a ribbon- and a cake-cutting there was a traditional gift exchange and VIP speeches at the launch event.

  • Mahan Air launched its first route to Spain (its eighth European destination) on 22 June, with the start of twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) services from Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA) to Barcelona (BCN). “Mahan Air has been steadily growing its presence and services to Europe during the past fifteen years and it is proud to have spread its wings to beautiful Barcelona” said Mahan Air’s VP of Flight Operations, Captain Pahlevani. “The two countries of Iran and Spain are extremely attractive for tourists from each side and the new non-stop service will facilitate both tourism and business between the two friendly countries.” The flights will be performed by the airline’s two-class A340-300s and -600s, and offer passengers seamless connections to the airline’s Middle East and Far East destinations via its Imam Khomeini hub. With no incumbents on the sector, the number of weekly frequencies is also planned to increase in the near future. 

Customers on Monarch Airlines’ Birmingham to Valencia flight were treated to a glass of bubbly and slice of Paella-themed cake to celebrate the inaugural flight. Monarch Airlines’ CCO Ian Chambers was joined by David Winstanley, Birmingham Airport’s COO on the apron with customers excited to head to the Spanish city. The airline also launched services to Split, Naples and Rhodes from the UK airport this week.

  • Monarch Airlines this week celebrated the launch of four new routes from Birmingham (BHX). The airline will now fly to Valencia (VLC), Split (SPU), Naples (NAP) and Rhodes (RHO), becoming the only carrier to fly to the Spanish and Croatian destinations from UK airport. Sectors to Naples and Rhodes will face direct competition from Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines, while Jet2.com also links the UK’s second city to the Greek island. Flights to Valencia commenced on 22 June, and will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays). Weekly services to Rhodes (Wednesdays) launched on 21 June, and on 23 June the LCC started twice-weekly operations to Naples (Mondays and Fridays). The new destination of Split departed for the first time on 25 June, and will be flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Sundays). David Winstanley, COO of Birmingham Airport, said: “Monarch offers a fantastic selection of popular European routes to our passengers. It’s great to see them expanding this choice further for our summer holidaymakers. Valencia, Split, Naples and Rhodes are all steeped in history, as well as being popular coastal destinations with fabulous ports and beaches. We are confident these will be very successful routes.” Ian Chambers, CCO at Monarch Airlines said: “We are delighted to add even more flights and holidays to four new destinations to our Birmingham programme for summer 2017. These new routes join Porto and Stockholm which we launched earlier in the year.”  A staunch A320/A321 operator (which will fly these new services), Monarch has just welcomed a 737-800 to its fleet at Birmingham, with its first flight scheduled to take place on 29 June to Rome Fiumicino. While it is at the UK airport it will also be used for flight crew training purposes ahead of the delivery of the first 737 Max 8 arriving in April 2018. See how Valencia Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world


Look it’s a new route! Overjoyed with the start of Norwegian flights to Pristina from Helsinki is Mikko Komi, Key Account Manager, Finavia. Norwegian will link Helsinki to the capital of Kosovo with weekly (Thursdays) flights until 10 August.

  • Norwegian has expanded its route network from the capitals of Denmark and Finland this week, starting two new routes from Copenhagen (CPH) and one from Helsinki (HEL). The former has gained new connections to Preveza (PVK), which launched 20 June and will be flown weekly (Tuesdays), and Varna (VAR), a route inaugurated the following day and will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Helsinki has welcomed the arrival of direct flights to Pristina (PRN), a 1,989-kilometre route that was launched on 22 June. While the latter service, which will operate weekly (Thursdays), faces no direct competition, Norwegian’s two new Copenhagen sectors will both challenge other carriers. The 1,951-kilometre link to Preveza will go head-to-head with Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia which offers twice-weekly flights, while the 1,753-kilometre city pairing to Varna will be contested with three airlines, with BH Air, Primera Air and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia already serving the route, each operating weekly flights according to OAG schedules. All of Norwegian’s new services will be flown on the carrier’s fleet of 737-800s.    

Philippine Airlines launches Cebu to Tagbilaran route.

The inaugural flight crew for Philippine Airlines’ new 72-kilometre hop from Cebu to Tagbilaran were on hand to cut the celebratory cake at Cebu on 22 June. The service is the shortest in the world to be served at least daily using an Airbus aircraft.

  • Philippine Airlines on 22 June commenced daily, domestic flights between Cebu (CEB) and Tagbilaran (TAG). The short 72-kilometre hop between neighbouring islands is not served by any other airline. The route will be flown by the flag carrier with its A320s and becomes the shortest route anywhere in the world to be served at least daily by an Airbus narrow-body aircraft. [Trivia fans may want to know that the shortest daily route operated by a Boeing narrow-body is Alaska Airlines’ 66-kilometre intra-Alaskan link between Juneau and Gustavus.] The airline now operates a total of 46 domestic routes in the Philippines including 15 from Cebu. This new link means that Philippine Airlines now has a 33% share of the domestic market as measured by weekly seats compared with 43% for Cebu Pacific Air and 14% for Philippines AirAsia. See how Cebu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Scoot launches Singapore to Athens service.

Cutting the route launch cake at Athens Airport to celebrate the start of Scoot’s first service on 20 June from Singapore are the airline’s CEO, Lee Lik Hsin, and Athen Airport CEO, Yiannis Paraschis. Also in attendance was Ioanna Papadopoulou, Athens’ Director of Marketing & Communications. The route will be flown four times weekly on the carrier’s 787-8s.

  • Scoot launched its first route to Europe in the form of a four times weekly service from Singapore (SIN) to Athens (ATH) on 20 June. The 9,038-kilometre route will be flown using the airline’s 787-8s. Scoot’s parent company, Singapore Airlines, served this market with seasonal flights until the end of S15. Until now, Scoot’s longest sector was the 7,355-kilometre route to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Scoot now serves 18 destinations non-stop from Singapore, as well as a further five destinations on a one-stop service. From 25 July Scoot and Tigerair Singapore (another Singapore Airlines subsidiary which began operations in September 2004) will operate under a single brand, Scoot, though the airline’s code will be TR (from Tigerair Singapore) rather than the current Scoot code TZ. The aircraft used on the Athens inaugural was named Mous-Scoot-Ka being inspired by Moussaka, an iconic Greek baked dish. Lee Lik Hsin, CEO, Scoot, said of the launch: “Scoot is currently the only airline and low-cost carrier offering direct flights between Southeast Asia and Greece via a direct flight between Singapore and Athens. With our debut into long-haul operations, Scoot is planning to launch five more new destinations in the next year, including one long-haul destination and four new short- to mid-haul routes. This will open up new travel options for Asian travellers as well as European ones now with the start of our Singapore – Athens service.” See how Athens Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

SunExpress’ 2,494-kilometre sector from Kayseri to Hannover will be flown weekly. If you want to know the codes for the two airports…then look no further!! Very handy for the first flight crew as well.

  • SunExpress has used the last seven days to start three new routes from three different Turkish airports. First up on 20 June were the weekly (Tuesdays) sectors between Kayseri (ASR) to Hannover (HAJ) and Ordu-Giresun (OGU) to Cologne Bonn (CGN). Three days later the leisure airline commenced twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) operations from Ankara (ESB) to Brussels (BRU). The Cologne Bonn connection is the only route from the trio to face direct competition, with Pegasus Airlines offering a weekly operation on the 2,607-kilometre sector from Ordu-Giresun. All three routes are seasonal and will be flown until end-September by the Turkish airline’s 737-800 fleet. SunExpress now operates eight Turkish city pairs from both German airports, and just two from the Belgian airport.

Thai AirAsia launches Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani route

Just 27 people got to stand behind this banner celebrating Thai AirAsia’s new daily service between Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani. The 739-kilometre route faces no direct competition since Kan Air appears to have recently withdrawn its daily service using ATRs. Thai AirAsia will serve the route using its fleet of A320s. 

  • Thai AirAsia has added a new domestic route to its network. On 23 June the LCC began daily A320 flights on the 739-kilometre route linking Chiang Mai (CNX) with Ubon Ratchathani (UBP). According to the airline the load factor was around 85% in both directions on the first day. The route was previously served by Kan Air using its ATRs but according to OAG these services ended on 25 June. Thai AirAsia now operates a total of 33 domestic routes. This includes eight from Chiang Mai and three from Ubon Ratchathani. According to OAG data the LCC now has a 29% share of the Thai domestic market, compared with 19% for Nok Air and Thai Lion Air, 12% for Bangkok Airways and 10% for THAI Smile.  

Toby the Tiger, Tigerair Australia’s mascot was in charge of proceedings in Townsville following the inaugural flight from Melbourne. Cutting the beach-inspired cake were: Patricia O’Callaghan Townsville Enterprise Limited CEO; Leanne Coddington Tourism Events Queensland CEO; Coralee O’Rourke MP; Mayor Jenny Hill; Toby the Tiger; Vanessa Regan, Head of Communications, Tigerair Australia; and Kevin Gill, COO, Townsville Airport. 

  • Tigerair Australia has added its 10th route from its biggest base in terms of weekly seats by launching a four times weekly service to Townsville (TSV) from Melbourne (MEL). The four times weekly A320-operated flights, which started 22 June, are expected to deliver almost 75,000 additional annual seats at Townsville. Melbourne to Townsville flights are scheduled to depart at 08:15 and arrive at 11:15, while the return sectors leave the North Queensland destination at 11:45 and arrives back into Melbourne at 14:50. Tigerair Australia Head of Communications, Vanessa Regan, said: “As the only low-cost carrier providing direct daytime flights between Melbourne and Townsville, we are confident these services will prove particularly popular with our core market of budget and leisure travellers. Early indications are certainly pleasing with our inaugural services today fully booked.” Townsville Airport COO Kevin Gill said: “Tigerair’s entry into the Townsville market is reflective of the region’s increasing desirability as a travel destination. This is great news from both an inbound and outbound perspective, which will particularly benefit the leisure market.” Jetstar Airways will provide competition on the city pair, as it operates the 2,055-kilometre sector on a daily basis.

Volotea has added its 17th route from its Verona base in Italy, with the start of twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) operations to the Balearic Island of Menorca. The 821-kilometre route is the only one of the four new services commenced by the LCC this week that faces direct competition, with it scheduled to go head-to-head with Neos Air.

  • Volotea has launched four new international routes from four different Italian airports over the last week. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 896 kilometres, with the shortest airport pair being the 420-kilometre hop from Bari (BRI) to Preveza (PVK), while the longest is the 1,712-kilometre operation from Venice Marco Polo (VCE) to Malaga (AGP). The average weekly frequency of the four new routes is just 1.25, low even for Volotea, but most, if not all, are short peak season summer operations only. Just one of four new routes will see any direct competition for the airline. See how Menorca Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
24-Jun Venice Marco Polo (VCE) Malaga (AGP) B717 (1)  
Verona (VRN) Menorca (MAH) B717 (2) Neos Air (3)
26-Jun Bari (BRI) Preveza (PVK) B717 (1)  
Genoa (GOA) Menorca (MAH)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 27 June 2017. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Boarding from gate 21A on 21 June was the inaugural Wings of Lebanon service from Gothenburg to Beirut. Bjorn Ragnebrink (left), Swedavia’s Senior Route Development Manager, was on-hand to oversee the new route celebrations, along with Mohammad Ghannoum, representative from Nakhal and the Captain of the first flight.

  • Wings of Lebanon commenced a weekly operation (Wednesdays) on the 3,173-kilometre connections between Beirut (BEY) and Gothenburg (GOT) on 21 June. The seasonal service, which will be operated until mid-August and flown by the carrier’s A320 fleet, faces no direct competition. Germania offers the only other connection from Sweden to the Lebanese capital, flying twice-weekly from Stockholm Arlanda.

Wizz Air London Luton

Wizz Air opened its first UK base at London Luton this week. The carrier now has one A320 permanently based at the airport, which has allowed the carrier to open new routes to Pristina, Kutaisi (launched 18 June) and Tel Aviv. The result means that the airline now operates 42 routes from the UK airport with its largest (in terms of seats) being Budapest.

Wizz Air opened flights between Košice and Cologne Bonn on 25 June. The 1,040-kilometre sector will be served by the ULCC twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). Seen cutting the ribbon at the launch are: Renata Lenartova, Vice-Mayor of Košice; Richard Rasi, Mayor of Košice; Michael Tmej, CEO Košice Airport; and Istvan Zacharias, VP of Košice Region. Flights to Tel Aviv were also launched from Košice this week.

A cake was made in Riga to toast the start of Wizz Air flights to Bari and Reykjavik/Keflavik. Seen posing with the cake, along with two crew members, are the airport’s Route Development Manager, Laura Audariņa, and Director Aviation Services and Business Development Department, Liene Freivalde. Both routes will be served by the carrier twice-weekly.

  • Wizz Air this week opened its latest base at London Luton (LTN), its first hub in the UK and Western Europe. To coincide with the stationing of one A320 at Luton, Wizz Air opened new routes to Pristina (PRN) and Tel Aviv (TLV), while a route to Kutaisi was launched on 18 June. The carrier now serves 42 routes from the London airport this summer. Owain Jones, CCO at Wizz Air, said of the base opening: “We are proud to celebrate the opening of the first Wizz Air base in the UK at London Luton. Wizz Air’s very first flight in 2004 was to Luton and, since then, we have carried 30 million passengers on our low fare routes from the airport, stimulating the local tourism and aviation industries, while strengthening business partnerships between the UK and CEE.” Along with opening a new base at Luton, Wizz Air has also expanded its network from Riga (RIX) and Košice (KSC) this week, with both bases welcoming two routes each. Of the routes launched by Wizz Air over the past seven days, the average sector length is 2,191 kilometres. The link between Luton and Tel Aviv, which is the most heavily competed route launched by Wizz Air, will be flown by the ULCC four times weekly, while the remaining routes will see a twice-weekly rotation. See how Košice Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
23-Jun Košice (KSC) Tel Aviv (TLV) A320 (2)  
24-Jun London Luton (LTN) Pristina (PRN)  
Tel Aviv (TLV) A320 (4) El Al (13), easyJet (12), Monarch Airlines (4)
25-Jun Košice (KSC) Cologne Bonn (CGN) A320 (2)  
Riga (RIX) Bari (BRI)  
Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) airBaltic (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 20 June 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

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