New airline routes launched (3 October 2017 – 9 October 2017)

LATAM Airlines’ Santiago to Melbourne

Among the celebrations in Melbourne to welcome its only South American carrier were traditional Chilean dancing and social media photo promotions with the first flight passengers, all of which were greeted off the aircraft by the Melbourne Penguin. Also taking place was a ribbon cutting, with the duties to officially open LATAM Airlines’ new three times weekly service from Santiago being conducted by Valeria Alvano, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances, LATAM Airlines and David Hall, CFO Melbourne Airport.

On 3 October LATAM Airlines commenced flights between Santiago and San Juan in Argentina. Seen speaking at the launch at the latter airport is Rosario Altgelt, CEO of LATAM Airlines Argentina. After Altgelt spoke, a ribbon cutting took place on the apron to declare the 229-kilometre route open.

LATAM Airlines Neuquen

On 4 October LATAM Airlines inaugurated flights to Neuquen in Argentina, linking the city to Santiago with three weekly flights. The 660-kilometre route, which faces no direct competition, will be flown on the airline’s A320 fleet.

  • LATAM Airlines has now gone non-stop Down Under with the launch of its latest intercontinental route. On 5 October the carrier officially inaugurated a three times weekly link between Santiago (SCL) and Melbourne (MEL). The Australian city becomes the carrier’s second destination in Australia, with it already connecting to Sydney from Santiago via Auckland. “We are proud to be the only airline to offer a non-stop connection between Latin America and Melbourne. This new route provides a great opportunity for more people from Australia and Asia-Pacific to visit our region as well as strengthening ties between Latin America and the two regions. With this new Melbourne service, LATAM not only demonstrates its commitment to Australia and Asia-Pacific, but also offers unrivaled connectivity to, from and within Latin America,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group about the new service. As stated by Cueto, LATAM will be the only carrier to offer non-stop flights between Melbourne and South America, with no other carrier currently operating the 11,291-kilometre airport pair. Along with introducing service to Melbourne this week, LATAM has also commenced flights to two Argentinian cities from Santiago – San Juan (UAQ) and Neuquen (NQN). The former was the first to launch, with the 229-kilometre link being inaugurated on 3 October, with the latter 660-kilometre sector starting the following day. Both routes will be flown three times weekly on A320s and neither will face direct competition when referring to OAG schedules. See how Melbourne, San Juan and Neuquen airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Frontier Airlines’ five new Tampa services 

Frontier Airlines launched five new routes serving Tampa, on both 5 and 6 October. The Tampa Airport team, including Kenneth Strickland, Director of Air Service Development, Kari Goetz, Director of Marketing and Danny Cooper, Senior Marketing Manager celebrated the new service to Providence Airport with a collection of cupcakes, while Events Manager Maria Cook and Marketing Coordinator Debbie Stokes welcomed the launch of flights to Minneapolis with an impressive four-tiered cake.

Seen with the launch cake for services from Tampa to St. Louis are Tampa Airport’s Events Manager, Maria Cook; and Marketing Coordinator Debbie Stokes, along with Sonja Chacon, Co-Branded Credit Card Coordinator, Frontier Airlines. Marking the launch of services to Colorado Springs are Kenneth Strickland, Director of Air Service Development, Tampa Airport, Sonja Chacon, Co-Branded Credit Card Coordinator, Frontier Airlines, Timothy Polgar, Director Ground Handling Contracts, Frontier Airlines, Joe Lopano, CEO Tampa Airport, Kari Goetz, Director of Marketing Tampa Airport and Chris Minner, EVP of Marketing Tampa Airport.

Frontier Airlines began eight new routes from Miami on 5 and 6 October. To celebrate, Miami Aviation Director Emilio T. González (left) received a model plane from Frontier Airlines Director of Pricing Timothy Keeney.

  • Frontier Airlines launched 30 new routes over two days on 5 and 6 October, more than half of which originate in Florida. The shortest new service is the 592-kilometre Las Vegas (LAS) to Salt Lake City (SLC) sector, while the longest is the 2,531-kilometre Southwest Florida (RSW) to Colorado Springs (COS) city pair. The average sector length of all 30 routes is 1,713 kilometres. Frequency varied from three times weekly to daily flights at the time of launch, but OAG schedule data shows the Miami (MIA) to Long Island MacArthur (ISP) service will increase to double-daily from 10 October to 16 November, before returning to daily flights on 17 November. Frontier will face direct competition on 60% of its new routes. See how Miami Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
05-Oct Atlanta (ATL) San Juan (SJU) A319 (3) Delta Air Lines (21)
Austin (AUS) New Orleans (MSY) A32S (3) Southwest Airlines (12)
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) A319 (3) Delta Air Lines (5)
Denver (DEN) San Jose (SJC) A319 (7) Southwest Airlines (26), United Airlines (25)
Las Vegas (LAS) Salt Lake City (SLC) A32S (7) Delta Air Lines (46), Southwest Airlines (33)
Long Island MacArthur (ISP) Palm Beach (PBI) A32S (7) Southwest Airlines (14)
Southwest Florida (RSW) A321 (7)  
Tampa (TPA) A321 (7) Southwest Airlines (7)
Miami (MIA) Cincinnati (CVG) A320 (3) American Airlines (7)
Cleveland (CLE) A321 (3) American Airlines (21)
Detroit (DTW) A320 (7) American Airlines (21), Delta Air Lines (12)
Long Island MacArthur (ISP) A320 (14)  
Milwaukee (MKE) A320 (7)  
Providence (PVD) A320 (7)  
Orlando (MCO) Knoxville (TYS) A320 (3)  
Providence (PVD) New Orleans (MSY) A319 (3)  
Southwest Florida (RSW) Chicago O’Hare (ORD) A321 (3) American Airlines (21), United Airlines (7), Spirit Airlines (3)
Colorado Springs (COS) A319 (3)  
Tampa (TPA) Minneapolis-St. Paul, (MSP) A320 (3) Delta Air Lines (13)
Providence (PVD) A321 (3) Southwest Airlines (13)
06-Oct Long Island MacArthur (ISP) New Orleans (MSY) A319 (4)  
Miami (MIA) Trenton (TTN) A320 (4)  
San Antonio (SAT) New Orleans (MSY) A32S (4) Southwest Airlines (7)
San Diego (SAN) A32S (4) Southwest Airlines (14)
Washington Dulles (IAD) A320 (4) United Airlines (14)
Southwest Florida (RSW) Nashville (BNA) A319 (4)  
Providence (PVD) A321 (4)  
Trenton (TTN) A320 (4)  
Tampa (TPA) Colorado Springs (COS) A319 (4)  
St. Louis (STL) A320 (4) Southwest Airlines (14)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 10 October. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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

Air Arabia Maroc Dublin

Air Arabia Maroc commenced operations to Dublin on 4 October, with celebrations taking place for the new route on 7 October, the day of the carrier’s second flight. Among those cutting the ribbon in the Irish capital to officially welcome Air Arabia Maroc’s new service from Agadir are: Brian Gallagher, Airline Business Development Manager, Dublin Airport (left); Maired Ryan, Leisure Sales Manager Europe, Air Arabia Maroc; and Paul O’Kane, Chief Communications Officer, Dublin Airport. The carrier will operate the route twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays).

Air Arabia Maroc Stockholm Arlanda

Stockholm Arlanda welcomed Air Arabia Maroc’s first flight from Agadir on 3 October with a classic route launch cake. Seen posing with the calorific creation are: Jordi Porcel, Head of Sales Europe, Air Arabia Maroc; Hatice Pinar, GSA, Air Arabia Maroc; and Rouzbeh Djalilnezhad, Operational Airport Duty Officer, Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The 3,845-kilometre route will be served by the carrier twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) facing no direct competition.

  • Air Arabia Maroc has added a further three routes to its latest base at Agadir (AGA). Having inaugurated flights to Cologne Bonn, Copenhagen, Manchester and Munich last week, the airline has now started serving Dublin (DUB), Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and Toulouse (TLS) from the Moroccan city. “We welcome Air Arabia Maroc, which is the fifth new LCC at Stockholm Arlanda within a year. We believe that Agadir is a destination which will grow rapidly in popularity among Swedes when the new route allows even more passengers to fly non-stop,” said Elizabeth Axtelius, Aviation Business Director at Swedavia, of the airline’s launch to Sweden’s busiest airport. All three routes will be flown by the airline twice-weekly on its fleet of A320s. Flights on the 3,845-kilometre route to the Swedish capital and 1,757-kilometre link to the southern French city (both flown on Tuesdays and Fridays) launched on 3 October, while the 2,580-kilometre Irish capital connection (Wednesdays and Saturdays) was inaugurated on 4 October according to data. Neither of the new links will face direct competition when analysing OAG schedules.   

Louisville Airport celebrated the launch of Allegiant Air’s new twice-weekly link from Pheonix-Mesa with cake and giveaways. Seen posing with the cake are Allegiant Air’s Public Relations Specialists Michelle Whaley and Zach Kramer. The cake was of course enjoyed by the first flight’s passengers.

  • Allegiant Air has inaugurated seven routes this week that are currently not served by another airline. Most of the services were launched from Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) which has welcomed the addition of Boise (BOI), Kansas City (MCI), Louisville (SDF) and Omaha (OMA) to its departure screens. Los Angeles (LAX) welcomed the arrival of flights to Ogden (OGD), while Punta Gorda (PGD) to Flint (FNT) and St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) to Norfolk (ORF) routes were also started. All seven routes will be flown by Allegiant Air twice-weekly on the carrier’s Airbus fleet, with the average sector length of the seven airport pairs being 1,548 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
04-Oct Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) Kansas City (MCI) A319 (2)  
Louisville (SDF)  
Omaha (OMA)  
St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) Norfolk (ORF) A320 (2)  
05-Oct Los Angeles (LAX) Ogden (OGD) A319 (2)  
06-Oct Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) Boise (BOI)  
Punta Gorda (PGD) Flint (FNT) A320 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 10 October 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

Avior Airlines Bogota

  • Avior Airlines commenced flights between Caracas (CCS) and Bogota (BOG) on 3 October. The carrier will offer a daily service on the 1,024-kilometre airport pair using its 737-400s. According to, the inaugural flight encountered a one-hour 12-minute delay, arriving into Bogota at 09:02 instead of the planned 07:50 scheduled timing. Referring to the operational schedule, it appears that the airline will perform an aircraft switch in Bogota, as the departure time for flights back to Caracas is 07:00, with the arriving aircraft from the Venezuelan capital then operating the carrier’s daily service to Valencia, Venezuela’s third largest city. The return flight from Valencia arrives back into Bogota at 18:55, showing that the aircraft will night-stop in Bogota. Avior will face direct competition on the Colombia-Venezuela capital connection, with tame already operating the route six times weekly on its E190s. 

Annika Neumann, Press Officer (second left) and Guido Miletic, Head of Marketing & Sales (right), both from Dortmund Airport, welcomed the Corendon Airlines Europe crew on board the first aircraft operating from the German airport to Hurghada in Egypt. The 3,481-kilometre sector faces no direct competition.

  • Corendon Airlines Europe, which joins the airline family alongside Turkish carrier Corendon Airlines and its Dutch subsidiary Corendon Dutch Airlines, launched a service to Hurghada (HRG) from Dortmund (DTM) on 4 October. With the new weekly route (Wednesdays), not only was the German airport’s network extended, but also an additional airline was acquired, with seven carriers now flying from Dortmund. The 3,481-kilometre sector, operated by the airline’s 737-800 fleet, faces no direct competition.

Ryanair Glasgow Prestwick

On 5 October Ryanair commenced flights between Glasgow Prestwick and Rzeszow in Poland. Seen celebrating the new route at the UK airport were Glasgow Prestwick’s HR Director Sonia Rafferty and Rzeszow Airport’s President Michał Tabisz. The Irish ULCC now offers 18 routes from this Scottish base.

MIchal Tabisz, President of Rzeszow Airport, was also on hand (along with a man in a typical Scottish outfit and a woman in a typical Polish outfit) at the Polish end of the new sector to welcome the first Ryanair passengers from Glasgow Prestwick, having clearly just flown in on the inaugural flight. The carrier will operate the route weekly (Thursdays) on its 737-800s.

  • Ryanair added two new routes over the last seven days, beginning on 4 October with a 10 times weekly operation from Barcelona (BCN) to Venice Marco Polo (VCE). The 951-kilometre sector will face direct competition from Vueling, which operates a three times daily service between the two airports. On the following day, Europe’s biggest airline commenced its 18th route from Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) to Rzeszow (RZE) – its only Polish destination from the Scottish airport. The weekly (Thursdays) rotation will encounter no incumbent carriers either directly or indirectly from nearby Glasgow Airport – also another significant Ryanair operation. Both routes are flown by the ULCC’s ubiquitous 737-800 fleet. See how Rzeszow Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Dubai Airport baked a cake to welcome its newest LCC SalamAir on 8 October, with the carrier moving its daily service from Dubai Al Maktoum to the UAE city’s larger airport. Among those cutting the cake in Dubai are the carrier’s new CEO Captain Mohamed Ahmed (second-right) and Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths (right).

  • SalamAir commenced daily flights between Muscat (MCT) and Dubai (DXB) on the 8 October, with the service switching from Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport where it had been operating since 28 February. The 348-kilometre route between the Omani capital and UAE mega-hub, a sector which has been extended by two kilometres from the Al Maktoum operation, will face direct competition from three airlines, namely Oman Air (six times daily), flydubai (41 times weekly) and Emirates (three times daily). SWISS also operates the city pair on its Zurich–Dubai–Muscat–Dubai–Zurich route, however it does not have local traffic rights on the sector between the UAE and Oman. Like before, SalamAir will continue to operate to Dubai utilising its A320 fleet. With this route moving to Dubai’s main airport, Al Maktoum is no longer served directly from Muscat. See how Dubai Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Sky Airline Santiago

Seen speaking to the media at a press conference in Rosario to talk about Sky Airline’s new route from Santiago are Matías Galíndez, President of Rosario Airport, and Holger Paulmann, CEO of Sky Airline. Launched 3 October, the 930-kilometre route will be served by the carrier three times weekly on its A319s.

  • Sky Airline inaugurated flights between Santiago (SCL) and Rosario (ROS) on 3 October, with the latter airport becoming the airline’s fourth route to Argentina from the Chilean capital after Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Cordoba and Mendoza. The latest route to Rosario will be flown by the carrier three times weekly on its fleet of 150-seat A319s. Competition on the 930-kilometre sector comes in the form of LATAM Airlines, with the oneworld member already serving the airport pair four times weekly on its 168-seat A320s, when referring to OAG schedules. See how Rosario Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world


  1. Peter Buckell says:

    Has Ryanair got any pilots to fly new routes? With the cancellation of German routes to Hamburg and Berlin SXF from London Stansted there’s a great opportunity for German carrier!

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