New airline routes launched (31 October 2017 – 06 November 2017)

fastjet Mozambique launches Maputo operations


fastjet Mozambique commenced operations from Maputo on 3 November with domestic routes to Beira, Nampula and Tete, all flown on its sole ERJ 145, seen pictured here at Beira receiving a water arch salute. With its launch, fastjet Mozambique breaks LAM Mozambique Airlines’ domestic market monopoly.

  • fastjet Mozambique commenced its first operations from Maputo (MPM) on 3 November, starting domestic links to Beira (BEW), Nampula (APL) and Tete (TET). The airline will operate the routes using its sole ERJ 145, with all three services going head-to-head with LAM Mozambique Airlines, currently the only carrier offering domestic services in Mozambique. The latter carrier already operates the three sectors launched by fastjet Mozambique, with it offering 18 weekly flights on the 721-kilometre link to Beira, 13 on the 1,389-kilometre sector to Nampula, and eight on the 1,096-kilometre city pairing with Tete. fastjet Mozambique will provide nine weekly flights to Beira, a daily rotation to Nampula, and four weekly services to Tete.   

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

Air Mediterranean London Stansted

Air Mediterranean launched its first ever service on 2 November, a 2,406-kilometre sector from Athens to London Stansted. Seen at UK capital city airport launch celebration are: Mats Sigurdson, Aviation Director, London Stansted; Martin Jones, Commercial Director, London Stansted; George Hallak, Owner, Air Mediterranean; and Paul Argyle, MD Flight Directors. The airline will serve Stansted four times weekly on its 737-400s.

Air Mediterranean Athens Stockholm Arlanda

Air Mediterranean launched a second route on 2 November, a 2,451-kilometre link from Athens to Stockholm Arlanda. Among the airline’s delegation to fly on the first service to Arlanda was Fadi Hallak, CEO of Air Mediterranean (third right). The airline will offer four weekly flights from Athens.

  • Air Mediterranean, Europe’s newest carrier, commenced its first operations on 2 November by starting two routes from its Athens (ATH) home, linking the Greek capital city to London Stansted (STN) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). Commenting at the launch of the 2,406-kilometre link to the UK capital city, George Hallak, Owner of Air Mediterranean, said: “We are delighted to be launching our first scheduled services from Athens. We expect the routes to be a remarkable success.” Both Stansted and the 2,451-kilometre sector to Arlanda will be served by the airline four times weekly, with UK operations going head-to-head with Ryanair’s 11 weekly flights, while service to the Swedish capital city will go up against Aegean Airlines (three weekly flights), SAS (three) and Norwegian (weekly). On 3 November, Air Mediterranean launched its third route from Athens, a 1,902-kilometre connection to Baghdad (BGW), a sector it will operate weekly (Fridays). Unlike Stansted and Arlanda, services to the Iraqi capital will see no direct competition. All three routes will be flown on Air Mediterranean’s fleet of 737-400s, of which the airline currently has two. Along with the services launched by the airline this week, it also plans to commence routes to Casablanca (scheduled to launch 1 December), Erbil (currently not bookable), Jeddah (6 December) and Khartoum (2 December) according to its online booking engine.  

Cobalt commenced operations to Frankfurt on 1 November, with the German airport having a cake to welcome its newest carrier along with a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the route. Proceedings were carried out by Heiko Haffer, Senior Manager Sales and Customer Relations, Fraport, and David Lee, Head of Marketing & Ancillary Revenue, Cobalt. Along with a cake- and ribbon-cutting, Frankfurt Airport presented Cobalt with a traditional Frankfurt Bembel jug, which is used for Frankfurt “Apfelwein” (apple wine).

  • Cobalt has now added Germany to its European route map, with the carrier linking its Larnaca (LCA) hub to Frankfurt (FRA). This route follows on from the link that the airline launched between Larnaca and London Gatwick last week, while it also recently started services from Paphos to Moscow Sheremetyevo. Andrew Madar, CEO, Cobalt Air commented on the new Frankfurt route by saying: “I am delighted that Cobalt is now flying to Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s busiest and most important airport, from Larnaca. Cobalt has quickly become the preferred airline of the Cypriot people and we can’t wait to show them our great welcome and on-board service as they start their holiday or business trip from Frankfurt to Cyprus.” Launched on 1 November, the 2,633-kilometre link to Germany will be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays) on a mixture of the airline’s A319s and A320s. Cobalt becomes the third airline to link Larnaca and Frankfurt, with Lufthansa (twice-weekly flights) and Condor (weekly) already serving the airport pair. Germany becomes Cobalt’s tenth international country market after France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and UK. 

Condor commenced weekly (Mondays) flights from its biggest base in terms of weekly seats at Frankfurt to Nassau on 6 November. Cutting the ribbon in Germany were: Derya Oergen Meltem, Flight Attendant, Condor; Jens Boyd, Director Long-Haul & Revenue Management, Thomas Cook Group Airlines; Claudia Majunke, Bahamas Tourism Marketing; and Manfried Hartmann, SVP Sales & Customer Relations, Fraport.

Festivities were also held down route, with the first passengers on the Frankfurt service welcomed in the Bahamas by VIPs and officials. Local music and costume was the order of the day to herald the first arrivals.

  • Condor, the German leisure airline, has commenced four more long-haul routes from three of its German bases this week. Although all of these new sectors were over 7,000 kilometres in length, the longest was the Düsseldorf to Cancún service at 8,438 kilometres, while the shortest city pair was the route from the same German hub to Punta Cana (PUJ), at a mere 7,376 kilometres. The average sector length of the four new routes was 7,742 kilometres. Only one of the four long-haul operations faces any direct competition, with Eurowings providing a twice-weekly service on the flight to the Dominican Republic destination. The airline’s new routes from Düsseldorf represent a return of long-haul services from the airport for the first time in 14 years.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-Nov Düsseldorf (DUS) Punta Cana (PUJ) A332 (2) Eurowings (2)
04-Nov Munich (MUC) Fort-de-France (FDF) B763 (1)  
05-Nov Düsseldorf (DUS) Cancún (CUN) A332 (1)  
06-Nov Frankfurt (FRA) Nassau (NAS) B763 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 7 November. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Officials from Miami-Dade County, the Israeli Consulate in Miami, and El Al took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the airline’s non-stop Tel Aviv-Miami service. Wielding the giant scissors were (front row): Miami-Dade County commissioners Rebeca Sosa and Sally A. Heyman; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Esteban L. Bovo, Jr; (back row) Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González; Consul General of Israel in Miami Lior Haiat; Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv Yisrael Meir Lau; President & CEO of El Al David Maimon; and Vice Chairperson of the Board of El Al Tamar Borovitz.

  • El Al has resumed flights to Miami (MIA), a sector it last served in August 2008 with a four times weekly 767-200 operation. Launched on 1 November, the route from Tel Aviv (TLV) is the only non-stop connection between Florida and Israel. “We are thrilled to welcome El Al back to our community, and to be the only destination in Florida and in the southeast US with non-stop service to Tel Aviv,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County and MIA continue to attract new air service by the world’s top airlines, and from the world’s most influential cities.” The carrier will operate three times weekly with its 279-seat 777-200s. Miami becomes the airline’s fifth route in the US and the sector faces no direct competition. 

A cake was cut in Dammam in Eastern Saudi Arabia on 1 November to commemorate the start of flyadeal’s daily service from Jeddah. A day later, the Saudi Arabia Airlines-owned LCC began daily operations to Gassim, in the heart of the country.

  • flyadeal, the Saudi Arabia Airlines-owned LCC, has started flights on its second and third routes from its Jeddah (JED) base. The airline began operations on 23 September when it commenced double-daily flights to Riyadh. On 1 November, the fledgling carrier launched daily operations to Dammam (DMM), and is expected to increase frequencies to double-daily from 15 November. This 1,202-kilometre domestic sector will face some tough competition, with its parent providing 64 weekly flights, along with flynas (33), Saudi Gulf Airlines (14) and Nesma Airlines (three). On 2 November, flyadeal inaugurated daily operations from its base to Gassim (ELQ). The incumbents on this route are again Saudia and flynas, but at a lower weekly frequency – double-daily and daily respectively. Both routes will utilise the LCC’s 180-seat A320 fleet, of which it now has three, according to ch-aviation’s fleet database.

Frontier Airlines Oklahoma City

Frontier Airlines celebrated the launch of flights from Denver and Orlando to Oklahoma City on 1 November, with the airline giving passengers on the first flights giveaways including stickers, sunglasses and crackers. Flights from Denver will be flown daily, while Orlando will operate four times weekly.

  • Frontier Airlines has launched eight new routes this week, including a return to Oklahoma City (OKC) after a four-year hiatus according to OAG schedules, with the ULCC commencing flights to the airport from Denver (DEN) and Orlando (MCO) on 1 November. Among the eight routes launched by Frontier this week, one of them is an international link from Orlando to Cancún (CUN), a 993-kilometre sector that it will serve daily on its A320s. Of the eight airport pairs, only two will face no direct competition.   
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Oct Orlando (MCO) Cancún (CUN) A320 (7) JetBlue Airways (7)
01-Nov Denver (DEN) Oklahoma City (OKC) United Airlines (33), Southwest Airlines (21)
Las Vegas (LAS) San Jose (SJO) A320 (4) Southwest Airlines (54), Delta Air Lines (20)
Orlando (MCO) Oklahoma City (OKC) A320 (4)  
Phoenix (PHX) A320 (7) American Airlines (12), Southwest Airlines (7)
Southwest Florida (RSW) Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) A320 (3) Sun Country Airlines (12), Delta Air Lines (9), Spirit Airlines (5)
02-Nov Orlando (MCO) Memphis (MEM) Southwest Airlines (7)
Southwest Florida (RSW) Omaha (OMA) A320 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 7 November 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

Icelandair Berlin Tegel

Icelandair commenced flights to Berlin Tegel on 3 November. Seen on the German capital airport apron celebrating the new service along with the crew are Elmar Kleinert, COO of Berlin Tegel, and Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair. The carrier will offer three weekly flights on the 2,404-kilometre sector using its 757-200s.

  • Icelandair has introduced Berlin Tegel (TXL) to its European network, with the German capital airport becoming the airline’s fourth destination in Germany after Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. The carrier will offer three weekly fights between Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) and Tegel, with Icelandair utilising its fleet of 757-200s on the 2,404-kilometre sector. “Berlin is our fourth gateway in Germany, and establishes our commitment to strengthen our transatlantic route network by providing passengers with more convenient connections between Europe and North America,” commented Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair, at the launch. “Berlin, the capital city of Germany, has a rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant nightlife, which we look forward to sharing with our passengers.” The route will not face direct competition, with the airport pair having last been flown on 20 October before the demise of airberlin. OAG schedules confirm that Eurowings offers summer season services to the Icelandic hub from its German capital home. It should also be noted that WOW air offers a daily service to Berlin Schönefeld from Reykjavik/Keflavik.  

KLM San Jose

In KLM’s offices in Amsterdam, a cake was made for the start of the airline’s new service to Costa Rica, which along with the San Jose service marked the airline’s recent launches to Mumbai and Mauritius. KLM will operate the 9,054-kilometre link on its 787-9s, with the SkyTeam member facing no direct competition.

KLM Costa Rica

Among those welcoming KLM to Costa Rica at San Jose Airport on 31 October were: Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism (centre); Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Second VP of Costa Rica (fifth right); Boet Kreiken, EVP of KLM Customer Experience (fourth right). KLM will link Amsterdam to San Jose twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays)

  • KLM, which last week launched flights to Mumbai and Mauritius, has now commenced a link from Amsterdam (AMS) to San Jose (SJO) in Costa Rica. Commenting on the launch, Boet Kreiken, EVP of KLM Customer Experience, said: “In recent years, Costa Rica has developed as a very attractive tourist destination for many Dutch and European tourists. We are happy to start operations to Costa Rica and of course, we also welcome Costa Ricans to travel with KLM to Amsterdam or one of our many destinations in Europe.” Launched 31 October, the 9,054-kilometre sector between Amsterdam and San Jose will be flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) on the SkyTeam member’s 787-9s, with the route not facing any direct competition. As a result of launching flights to Costa Rica, it now means that KLM serves three airports in Central America non-stop from Amsterdam according to OAG schedules, with the airline already flying daily to both Mexico City and Panama City.  

LATAM Airlines Lima Rio de Janeiro

LATAM Airlines commenced flights between Lima and Rio de Janiero Galaeo on 31 October, a route that was celebrated with a ribbon-pulling ceremony. The carrier will offer four weekly flights on the 3,774-kilometre sector, with the oneworld member going head-to-head with Avianca on the South American city pair.

  • LATAM Airlines launched flights between Lima (LIM) and Rio de Janiero Galaeo (GIG) on 31 October. “The launching of this new destination is a reflection of our constant commitment to the economic and social development of the country. We will continue improving the national and international air connectivity of Peru, because we want our passengers to reach more destinations enjoying the service, quality and punctuality that portrays the airline,” said Felix Antelo, GM of LATAM Airlines Peru about the new Brazilian link. The oneworld member will offer four weekly flights on the 3,774-kiometre sector using its fleet of A319s. Competition on the South American city pair comes in the form of Avianca, with the latter carrier offering daily flights on the Peru–Brazil city pair when referring to OAG schedules. 

Lufthansa commenced operations from its Frankfurt hub to Pamplona in Spain on 6 November. Leading the cake cutting, alongside the Lufthansa crew, was the Pamplona Airport Director Antonio García Aparicio (far right).

  • Lufthansa launched two new European routes from its Frankfurt (FRA) base this week, adding its ninth Spanish service and 13th Italian sector, according to OAG schedules. Starting on 31 October the Star Alliance carrier inaugurated three times weekly services to Genoa (GOA), flown by its CRJ 900 fleet. Pamplona (PNA) flights commenced on 6 November, with Lufthansa utilising its A319s four times weekly to operate the 624-kilometre sector. Neither city pair faces any direct competition.

On 2 November Nordwind Airlines commenced flights between St. Petersburg and Mineralnye Vody. As the name would suggest, the city serves as a gateway to Caucasian mineral waters resort. Many tourists also fly to Mineralnye Vody because it is less than 100 kilometres away from Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Russia and one of the highest peaks in the world.

  • Nordwind Airlines launched a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) service from St. Petersburg (LED) to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) on 2 November. The flights are operated by its 737-800s and are flown in competition against Rossiya Airlines’ 10 times weekly service. For the first nine months of 2017, passenger traffic between the two airports grew by 27% to 123,000. This is Nordwind’s second scheduled route from St. Petersburg, as it also performs flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo. From January-September 2017, the airline carried over 316,000 passengers at the airport, which represents an increase of 93% year-on-year. In W17/18, Nordwind will also have charter flights to Phuket and Nha Trang from St. Petersburg. 

Norwegian Helsinki Marrakech

Norwegian commenced flights from Helsinki to Marrakech on 4 November, a route that the LCC will operate weekly (Saturdays) on its fleet of 737-800s. Seen posing with the crew before the inaugural flight is Mikko Komi, Key Account Manager, Finavia. As a result of this launch, Norwegian is offering 24 routes from Helsinki this winter.

  • Norwegian launched its latest route from Helsinki (HEL) on 4 November, a 4,001-kilometre route to Marrakech (RAK). The city pair, which will be the only direct connection between Finland and Morocco this winter, will be served weekly (Saturdays) by the LCC on its fleet of 737-800s. “We notice that there is an increasing interest among people to travel,” comments Thomas Ramdahl, Commercial Director at Norwegian. “Therefore, we are pleased that Finnish travellers can now fly directly to Marrakech from Helsinki and thus receive another direct line.” As a result of linking Helsinki to Marrakech, the airline will be offering 24 routes from its Finnish capital base at the start of W17/18. Along with the new route between Europe and Africa, Norwegian also commenced flights between Providence (PVD) and Point-a-Pitre (PTP) this week. The 2,984-kilometre sector between the US airport and Caribbean island will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) facing no direct competition, and will be flown on the airline’s 737-800s when referring to OAG schedules.     

Cebu Airport celebrated the launch of Okay Airways’ new service from Xi’an with a traditional water arch salute. Flights operate three times weekly on 737-800s, with late evening departures from China on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturdays, and the return leg leaving the Philippines on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings.

  • Okay Airways began three times weekly flights between Xi’an (XIY) and Cebu (CEB) on 31 October. The 3,095-kilometre route is flown the carrier’s 737-800s and will face no direct competition. OAG schedules show that Okay Airways also began operating from Changsha to Kalibo on 29 October, and that it will commence two further services from China to the Philippines during November. It will add flights from Tianjin and Xi’an to Kalibo on the 7 and 8 of November respectively. 

Qatar Airways launched four times weekly flights to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31 October. Airline CEO Akbar Al Baker (second right) said: “Following the launch of services to three Eastern European capitals this summer, we are excited to be adding Sarajevo as our fourth destination in this region to our global route network.”

Qatar Airways flight QR438 touched down at Adana Airport at 11:25 on 6 November, where a welcome ceremony attended by airport and government officials, together with local dignitaries, took place. Qatar Airways CCO Ehab Amin (centre right) said: “With the launch of this new service, we look forward to strengthening our ties with Turkey even further, and are delighted to be able to connect even more Turkish citizens to more than 150 global destinations via our five-star hub in Doha.”

  • Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of scheduled services to Sarajevo (SJJ) on 31 October, followed on 6 November with the start of operations to Adana (ADA), Turkey’s fifth-largest city. The route to the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the airline’s fourth Eastern European destination launch from Doha (DOH) this year, following Skopje, Prague and Kiev. The service will operate four times weekly with a flight time of just six hours. Sarajevo Airport Director Armin Kajmaković said: “It is our pleasure that Qatar Airways, one of the most credible international carriers, which has a fleet of more than 200 of the most sophisticated aircraft that fly to more than 150 destinations all over the world, has recognised Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as a promising tourist and business destination. Thanks to this scheduled air service to Doha, as one of the biggest hubs in the world, from now on our passengers with only one transfer may reach almost any destination in the world. This air service is especially important for our many citizens working in Qatar.” The airline, which has recently acquired a stake in fellow oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific Airways, has operated services to Turkey for 13 years. It began a route to Istanbul Atatürk in 2004, launched flights to Ankara in 2010, and services to its second airport in Istanbul at Sabiha Gökçen in May 2014. Qatar Airways will operate three times weekly to Adana, bringing the total number of flights operated by the airline to Turkey to 41 per week. Adana Airport Chief Manager Ahmet Bülbül said: “We are thrilled to welcome Qatar Airways flights to Adana, connecting passengers to destinations all over the world and enabling us to welcome the world to Adana. The State Airports Authority and Adana Airport Chief Management give Qatar Airways our full support and together we look forward to a successful future.” Both routes are flown by the airline’s A320 fleet and neither faces any direct competition. Qatar Airways will continue its rapid expansion of its global route network in 2018, adding 26 new destinations.

Seville Airport celebrated Ryanair’s launch of services to Warsaw Modlin, with the first flight departing on 31 October. Seen cutting the ceremonial launch cake are: Antonio Conde, VP, Prodetur; Alejandra Ruiz, Sales and Marketing Spain, Ryanair; Jesús Caballero, Director Seville Airport; and Antonio Jiménez, Manager of the Seville Tourism Consortium.

Vilnius Airport welcomed two new Ryanair links from Germany on consecutive days. Flights from Cologne Bonn began on 31 October, followed by the launch of services from Nuremberg on 1 November. Cutting the ribbon for the inaugural Cologne Bonn service was Olaf Martens, Vilnius Airport Director, while Aurimas Stikliunas, Head of Aviation Services at Lithuanian Airports, performed the same duty to mark the launch of the Nuremberg route. The first passengers flying on the new German city pairs were presented with tasty pretzels.

Ryanair launched two new routes from Krakow to Sweden on 31 October. Flights to Gothenburg and Malmö, from the second largest city in Poland, will both operate three times per week. There is no direct competition on the 974-kilometre Krakow-Gothenburg sector or on the shorter 774-kilometre Krakow-Malmö airport pair.

  • Ryanair began services on 31 new routes during the week commencing 31 October, to add to more than 80 that were launched in the previous week. Nearly one-third of the latest batch of airport pairs originate from one of the carrier’s Polish bases, with Krakow (KRK) and Poznan (POZ) seeing five and four new route launches respectively. Most of the new services are operated with two or three weekly frequencies. The longest sector of the 31 new routes is the 2,903-kilometre route from Poznan to Eliat Ovda (VDA), which commences on 3 November with a single flight before returning twice-weekly from 17 November. The shortest sector is the 394-kilometre link between Gdansk (GDN) and Wroclaw (WRO). Overall, the average sector length is 1,405 kilometres of those routes launching this week. Only nine of Ryanair’s latest network additions will face direct competition. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Oct Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Naples (NAP) B738 (3)  
Wroclaw (WRO) B738 (3)  
Budapest (BUD) Naples (NAP) B738 (3) Wizz Air (3)
Cologne Bonn (CGN) Venice Treviso (TSF) B738 (2)  
Edinburgh (EDI) Carcassonne (CCF) B738 (2)  
Prague (PRG) B738 (3) easyJet (4)
Valencia (VLC) B738 (3)  
Fez (FEZ) Bremen (BRE) B738 (2)  
Frankfurt (FRA) Brindisi (BDS) B738 (2)  
Gdansk (GDN) Wroclaw (WRO) B738 (3)  
Krakow (KRK) Gothenburg (GOT) B738 (3)  
Malmö (MMX) B738 (3)  
Naples (NAP) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Tel Aviv (TLV) B738 (2) El Al (2)
Liverpool (LPL) Milan Malpensa (MXP) B738 (3)  
Madrid (MAD) Bari (BRI) B738 (3)  
Marrakech (RAK) Perpignan (PGF) B738 (3)  
Nuremberg (NUE) Vilnius (VNO) B738 (2)  
Prague (PRG) Bologna (BLQ) B738 (3) Czech Airlines (4)
Seville (SVQ) Toulouse (TLS) B738 (2) easyJet (4)
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) B738 (2)  
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) Nis (INI) B738 (2)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) Eindhoven (EIN) B738 (2)  
01-Nov Cologne Bonn (CGN) Vilnius (VNO) B738 (2)  
Krakow (KRK) Athens (ATH) B738 (2)  
Poznan (POZ) Castellon (CDT) B738 (2)  
02-Nov Billund (BLL) B738 (2)  
Tel Aviv (TLV) B738 (4) LOT Polish Airlines (1)
03-Nov Eilat Ovda (VDA) B738 (0)  
Wroclaw (WRO) Oslo Torp (TRF) B738 (1) Wizz Air (3)
05-Nov Poznan (POZ) B738 (2) Wizz Air (3)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 7 November. WF = Weekly frequencies. 

Melbourne Airport welcomed the arrival of Tianjin Airlines’ first flight from Chongqing on 1 November, with the inaugural service departing China on the evening of 31 October. The new airport pair will be served three times weekly on A330-200s and faces no direct competition.

  • Tianjin Airlines commenced services from Chongqing (CKG) to Melbourne (MEL) on 31 October. The 8,476-kilometre sector will be operated three times weekly on the airline’s A330-200s. The airport pair is the Chinese carrier’s only link to Australia and it will face no direct competition. OAG schedules show that Melbourne will see flights departing to 12 Chinese destinations non-stop in W17/18, accounting for around 346,000 one-way seats.  

Vilnius Airport celebrated the launch of flights to Agadir with much fanfare on 1 November. Pictured celebrating the new service with the route launch photo frame are Lithuanian Airports’ Agnė Mažeikytė, Communications Project Manager and Aurimas Stikliunas, Head of Aviation Services. Stikliunas also had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the Agadir route. A cake was also enjoyed by the first flight’s passengers. Wizz Air will operate a weekly (Wednesdays) service to Agadir on its A320s according to OAG schedules.

Budapest Airport

Alongside Budapest Airport’s CEO Jost Lammers (left) and officially launching Budapest Airport’s second link to Morocco, after Marrakech, with a ribbon cutting were: Miklós Tromler, Ambassador of Hungary in Morocco; Szilveszter Bus, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy State Secretary for Opening to the South; Mohammed Sajjid, Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy; Karima Kabbaj, Ambassador of Morocco to Hungary; Abderrafia Zouiten, Director General of the National Moroccan Tourism Office (ONMT); Gábor Vásárhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager, Wizz Air; and Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport (back row).

Wizz Air Katowice

This week Wizz Air launched flights from Katowice to Agadir, the airline’s second route launch from the Polish airport at the start of this winter season, with it following on from the inauguration of services to Eilat Ovda on 30 October. Launched 2 November, Wizz Air will offer a weekly (Thursdays) flight on the 3,252-kilometre link to the North African airport. As a result of starting flights to Agadir, Wizz Air now offers 32 destinations from Katowice this winter.

  • Wizz Air has this week started four new routes to Agadir (AGA), following on from the airline’s first service to the North African airport from Warsaw Chopin on 30 June. The ULCC now connects the Moroccan destination to Budapest (BUD), Katowice (KTW), Vilnius (VNO) and Wroclaw (WRO). Commenting on the launch between Budapest and Agadir, Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport, said: “We started the year with no direct services to Morocco, so I’m delighted to witness the fast expansion in this market. To add another location on our route map, and immediately be able to offer two main cities within the new country, is a clear sign of the opportunities we have worked to develop and we’re extremely expectant of further growth within this region.” Lammers comments follow on from Ryanair’s first flight to Marrakech from the Hungarian capital last week. Apart from Budapest, which will see a twice-weekly link to Agadir, the three remaining services inaugurated to the latter airport will offer a weekly rotation. Along with Wizz Air’s new Moroccan services, the carrier has also launched two routes to Eilat Ovda (VDA) this week, from Prague (PRG) and Riga (RIX). None of the six routes launched by Wizz Air this week faces direct competition. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Oct Budapest (BUD) Agadir (AGA) A320 (2)  
Riga (RIX) Eilat Ovda (VDA)  
01-Nov Vilnius (VNO) Agadir (AGA) A320 (1)  
02-Nov Katowice (KTW)  
Prague (PRG) Eilat Ovda (VDA)  
Wroclaw (WRO)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 7 November 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.


  1. David Wolkin says:

    Code error: San Jose, CA = SJC not SJO

  2. Lirik says:

    Alitalia opened MLE, DEL and TFN this week

  3. Siobhean says:

    I would very interested to know why the LH launch banner for NAS features a piglet on a beach??


    Excelent information.

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