New airline routes launched (8 August 2017 – 14 August 2017)


Aeromar’s Mexico City to Monclova

Aeromar Monclova

Among those at the launch of Aeromar’s Monclova service were: Secretary of Economic Development, Competitiveness and Tourism, José Antonio Gutiérrez Jardón; Aeromar MD, Andrés Fabré; Municipal President of Frontera, Amador Moreno López; Municipal President of Monclova, Gerardo García Castillo; General Director of Airports, Luis Gerardo García Martínez; President of the Union of Business Organizations, Andrés Oyervides; Local Deputy, Melchor Sánchez de la Fuente; Senator Silvia Garza; and the President of Canaco, José María Gil de los Santos. Launched on 9 August, this becomes Monclova’s first scheduled route since 2008, the year Continental Airlines ended service from Houston.

  • Aeromar has begun domestic flights between Mexico City (MEX) and Monclova (LOV). Launched 9 August, this becomes the latter airport’s first scheduled service since the then-named Continental Airlines ended its route from Houston Intercontinental in September 2008. Operating at a five times weekly frequency, Aeromar will fly the 869-kilometre airport pair on its fleet of ATR 42-500s when referring to OAG schedules, although the first service was carried out by one of the airline’s ATR 72-600s, as confirmed by Flightradar24.com data. Andrés Fabré, MD of Aeromar, said that this route will exploit the potential of a highly industrial region, and recognised the coordinated work carried out between the State Government, Coahuila businessmen and of course the airline. With this launch, Aeromar is now operating 17 routes from Mexico City this summer, on up to 185 weekly flights. See how Monclova Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

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


AirAsia Shenzhen

The 2,358-kilometre link between Langkawi and Shenzhen is the longest of the three routes launched by AirAsia this week. Seen celebrating the new connection along with AirAsia crew are: Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin, CEO of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA); Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia; Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport of Malaysia; and Dato’ Seri Haji Saripuddin Haji Kasim, Secretary General of Ministry of Transport.

AirAsia started flights from its Kuala Lumpur home to Sihanoukville in Cambodia on 9 August. According to OAG schedules for w/c 10 August, the LCC now offers services to 68 non-stop destination from the Malaysian capital.

  • AirAsia has added three new services in the last week, all of which are A320-operated, launched on 9 August and none of which face any direct competition. The shortest of the three sectors was the four times weekly 895-kilometre link between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Sihanoukville (KOS) in Cambodia. The domestic city pair from Langkawi (LGK) to Kuching (KCH) will also be flown four times weekly, whereas the 2,358-kilometre sector (the longest of the three) from the former Malaysian destination to Shenzhen (SZX) is operated on a three times weekly basis. See how Sihanoukville Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.  

Alaska Airlines Mexico City

Now that’s pun-ny! There is no need to olé-over now that Alaska Airlines has introduced direct flights between San Francisco and Mexico City…although before the carrier’s inauguration three other airlines were already serving the route. Alaska Airlines will serve this route, which launched 8 August, daily on its 737-800 fleet.

  • Alaska Airlines made a return to Mexico City (MEX) on 8 August after a two-year absence, launching on this day routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). The carrier, which last served the Mexican capital in September 2015 from Los Angeles, restarted the 2,498-kilometre connection with a daily 737-800-operated service, the same aircraft it had previously used on the route. Flights from San Francisco, a route of 3,027 kilometres, will also be flown on its 737-800s. Both Californian-Mexican routes will face strong competition, with Los Angeles services going head-to-head with Aeromexico (six times daily), Volaris (20 weekly flights), American Airlines (twice-daily), Interjet (twice-daily) and United Airlines (daily). San Francisco flights will face direct competition from Aeromexico (24 weekly flights), United (twice-daily) and Volaris (three times daily). 

Frontier Airlines Providence

Welcome to Providence Frontier Airlines! Ground staff at Providence Airport wave-off the first passengers bound for Denver on Frontier’s new service linking the state capitals of Rhode Island and Colorado. The carrier also introduced flights to Providence from Orlando this week. Both routes will be flown daily according to OAG schedules. For those of you with impeccable vision, you may be able to spot the top of a Norwegian 737-800 tailfin, another new carrier to Providence in S17 with its transatlantic routes from Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Belfast International and Bergen.

  • Frontier Airlines introduced the state capital of Rhode Island to its network this week, with the ULCC inaugurating flights from Orlando (MCO) and Denver (DEN) to Providence (PVD) on 14 August. Both routes will be served by the airline daily, with services from Florida facing direct competition from Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways. Later this year, Frontier will expand further from Providence, with the carrier scheduled to launch routes to Miami, New Orleans, Southwest Florida and Tampa in October for the start of the winter season. Along with welcoming Providence to its network this week, Frontier has also expanded from Las Vegas (LAS), adding Des Moines (DSM), Memphis (MEM) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to its Nevadan network. The average sector length of Frontier’s five new sectors this week is 2,398 kilometres. See how Providence and Memphis airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
14-Aug Denver (DEN) Providence (PVD) A320 (7)  
Las Vegas (LAS) Des Moines (DSM) A320 (4) Southwest Airlines (7), Allegiant Air (5)
Memphis (MEM) Allegiant Air (2)
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) A320 (7) Southwest Airlines (7)
Orlando (MCO) Providence (PVD) Southwest Airlines (21), JetBlue Airways (12)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 15 August 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

Jetstar Pacific Airlines checks into Chiang Mai

Jetstar Pacific Airlines on 11 August began flights between Dong Hoi in Vietnam and Chiang Mai in Thailand, with this being the airline’s only service to the latter airport. Flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) on the airline’s fleet of A320s, the 818-kilometre sector will not face any direct competition.

  • Jetstar Pacific Airlines has launched its only international route from Dong Hoi (VDH) in Vietnam this week, with the carrier beginning a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) operation to Chiang Mai (CNX) in Thailand on 11 August. The airline will operate the 818-kilometre route on its fleet of A320s, with the sector not facing any direct competition. The carrier’s only other routes from Dong Hoi are domestic connections to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Jetstar Pacific Airlines already has a presence in Thailand, with it linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. 

Qatar Airways Sohar

Qatar Airways launched flights to Sohar on 8 August. Flown three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, flight QR 1132 departs Doha at 13:35 and arrives in Oman at 16:10. The A320-operated service, QR 1133, leaves Sohar at 17:10 and arrives in Qatar at 18:00. Among those seen cutting the ribbon in Sohar are: Sheikh Samer Ahmed Al Nabhani, GM Commercial Operations, OAMC; Ali bin Fahad al-Hajri, Qatari Ambassador to Oman; and Ehab Amin, CCO Qatar Airways. Sohar becomes Qatar Airways’ third destination in Oman after Muscat and Salalah.

  • Qatar Airways‘ first flight from Doha (DOH) to Sohar (OHS) landed in the Omani city on 8 August, its newest destination in the Middle East, and its third in the Sultanate of Oman. The airline first launched flights to the capital Muscat in 2000, and in 2013 Salalah was added to its Doha network. Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) CEO, Sheikh Aiman bin Ahmed Al-Hosni, said of the new service: “We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways as a new strategic partner in Sohar, which plays a significant role in the Sultanate of Oman’s business model, and is home to many successful projects implemented by the Omani Government. The new direct route is a prestigious addition to the operations of Sohar Airport. We will ensure that all passengers have a seamless and convenient travel experience.” The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to add Sohar to our global route network. We launched services to the Sultanate of Oman nearly 17 years ago, and ever since, we have added additional frequencies on a yearly basis to accommodate demand for increased capacity to this charming country, known for its traditional culture and the warmth of the Omani people. Now passengers from Sohar will have the opportunity to experience our award-winning service, connecting them to a wide variety of popular summer holiday destinations.” The airline will operate to Sohar three times weekly flights, bringing its total capacity across Oman to 59 weekly flights. Qatar Airways currently operates five daily flights between Doha and Muscat, and three daily return flights on the Doha-Salalah route. The service will be operated by its 144-seat A320 fleet and faces no direct competition. See how Sohar Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Tibet Airlines Kathmandu

Tibet Airlines’ inaugural international flight from its Chengdu base was to Kathmandu in Nepal. The four times weekly service, launched 8 August, will face direct competition from the airline’s parent organisation Air China.

  • Tibet Airlines commenced a four times weekly service from its Chengdu (CTU) base to Kathmandu (KTM) on 8 August. Operated by the airline’s A319 fleet, the 1,830-kilometre sector is flown in competition with its parent company Air China, which offers a five times weekly service. The route to Nepal becomes Tibet Airlines’ 14th destination from Chengdu, and its first international city pair, according to OAG schedules for w/c 11 August.

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