New airline routes launched (07 November 2017 – 13 November 2017)

Lufthansa’s Berlin Tegel to New York JFK

From 8 November, Lufthansa connects Berlin Tegel five times weekly with New York JFK. Seeing off the first flight from the German capital were: Jaqueline Geißler, Flight Attendant, Lufthansa; Esther Gabus, Station Lufthansa Berlin; Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa; Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO, Berlin Brandenburg Airport; Romy Selonke, Flight Attendant, Lufthansa; and Katrin Siegert, Station Lufthansa Berlin.

  • Lufthansa connected Berlin Tegel (TXL) five times weekly with New York JFK (JFK) from 8 November. Flying every day except Fridays and Sundays, the carrier’s LH 406 flight leaves the German capital at 17:35, arriving at JFK at 21:35. The return flight leaves New York at 23:20 and lands in Berlin the following day at 12:15. Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa said: “After a break of 16 years, Lufthansa long-haul is back in the capital.” In 2001, the airline started a direct flight between Berlin and Washington, but this came to an end after only six months following the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US. Hohmeister described the “new premium connection” to New York as “a clear commitment to Berlin by Lufthansa.” More than 500 times a week, Lufthansa Group airlines connect the German capital with around 50 destinations in Germany and Europe. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Berlin Brandenburg Airport added: “A flight connecting Berlin to the US is always something special, especially when it comes to a direct flight to New York. Lufthansa’s decision on this long-haul route is a strong commitment to Berlin as a location, which we very much appreciate.” On the same day, the Star Alliance carrier also began a three times weekly route from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Miami (MIA). Both services were formerly operated by airberlin, and will see Lufthansa use its A330-300 fleet on the transatlantic sectors. Neither city pair faces any direct competition.

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

One of three new routes launched by Eurowings this week was the long-haul, twice-weekly, 7,376-kilometre sector from Düsseldorf to Punta Cana in Dominican Republic. Only last week (on 2 November) Condor commenced its own twice-weekly service between the two airports.

  • Eurowings began three routes from three different German bases this week. First up on 8 November was the twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) service from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Punta Cana (PUJ). The 767-300-operated route faces direct competition from Condor’s twice-weekly service, which began just six days earlier. Three days later the Lufthansa daughter airline started weekly flights (Saturdays) from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Funchal (FNC). Flown by the airline’s A319 fleet, the 2,803-kilometre sector will encounter incumbent TUIfly, which operates the same weekly frequency. On the same day, Eurowings commenced the weekly A320-operated route from Stuttgart (STR) to La Palma (SPC). Condor provides the competition again, flying the same route also on a weekly basis.

Frontier Airlines Tampa

Tampa Airport commissioned these two fabulous cakes to celebrate the launch of Frontier Airlines’ new daily services to  Milwaukee and Indianapolis, with the multi-tiered wonders being enjoyed by passengers before boarding. Launched on 10 and 12 November respectively, the sectors will face direct competition from Southwest Airlines.

  • Frontier Airlines has expanded its US domestic network offering this week, launching flights from Tampa (TPA) to Indianapolis (IND) and Milwaukee (MKE), while Denver (DEN) has gained a connection to Palm Springs (PSP). Flights on the 1,350-kilometre route between Tampa and Indianapolis, launched on 12 November, will be flown by the airline daily on its A320s, with it going head-to-head with Southwest Airlines which offers 16 weekly flights. The 1,730-kilometre sector between Tampa and Milwaukee, commenced on 10 November, will also see a daily A320 operation, with Southwest Airlines again offering the direct competition, serving the city pair eight times weekly. Services from Denver to Palm Springs began on 10 November, with Frontier scheduled to serve the 1,246-kilometre airport pair four times weekly, again on its A320s, with the incumbent being United Airlines. The Star Alliance member offers 21 weekly flights on the route when referring to OAG schedules. The launch of these three routes follows on from the eight routes that the carrier commenced last week

Starting on 9 November, four flights per week will depart Rome Fiumicino for the Big Apple with Norwegian. To celebrate the first flight on the new New York Newark route, a special ceremony was attended by: (front row, third left) Thomas Ramdahl, CCO Norwegian; (front row, fifth left) Fausto Palombelli, CCO Aeroporti di Roma; and (front row, sixth left) Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development Aeroporti di Roma. The LCC also launched Los Angeles flights two days later from the Eternal City.

  • Norwegian launched its new low-cost intercontinental flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to the US this week. The first flight for New York Newark (EWR) started on 9 November, and the first Rome-Los Angeles (LAX) sector commenced two days later. The LCC has added two 787-8s to its Fiumicino base to operate the services, which will be flown four times weekly and twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) respectively. The former sector will face competition from United Airlines (three times weekly), while the latter city pair is already flown by Alitalia on a three times weekly basis. These new services are added to the LCC’s existing flights from Fiumicino to seven European cities: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Bergen and Tenerife. The airline has been operating at Fiumicino since 2007, and transported more than 650,000 passengers in 2016. “The long wait is finally over! From today, it will be possible to fly from Rome to New York with comfortable, fast and direct flights with absolutely low-cost fares,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian CCO. Also commenting on the launch was Fausto Palombelli, Aeroporti di Roma CCO: “Choosing Fiumicino as an operating base for the launch of the new transatlantic flights by our partner Norwegian represents another important result in terms of developing air traffic towards the US, the main country for traffic volumes in the long-distance sector. We hope that with this new business model, Norwegian will be able to intercept a wider market segment and promote new demand for direct links between Rome and the US, a highly dynamic market that has already registered a growth of over 7% of passengers in the first nine months of 2017.”

Southwest Airlines Nashville

Earlier this summer Southwest Airlines announced that from 11 November it would begin serving Cancún from Nashville, with the announcement being celebrated by both airport and airline staff members at the Tennessee airport. The carrier will offer a weekly (Saturdays) service on the 1,675-kilometre sector, flown by 737-700s.

  • Southwest Airlines began two new routes to Cancún (CUN) on 11 November, with the carrier now linking the Mexican resort with Nashville (BNA) and St. Louis (STL) on weekly (Saturdays) flights. The 1,675-kilometre link from the Tennessee airport will face direct competition from American Airlines (weekly), while the 1,994-kilometre sector from Missouri will go head-to-head with Frontier Airlines (daily). When referring to OAG schedules, both routes will be operated by Southwest on its fleet of 737-700s. As a result of launching flights from Nashville and St. Louis, Southwest now connects Cancún to 11 destinations at the start of W17/18, while for both US airports, Cancún becomes the carrier’s only international gateway from either hub.

Tampa Spirit Airlines

Tampa Airport celebrated with cake the start of Spirit Airlines’ new daily service to New Orleans on 9 November. Seen posing with the route launch showstopper are the airport’s: Kenneth Strickland, Director of Air Service Development; Kari Goetz, Director of Marketing; and Danny Cooper, Sr. Marketing Manager.

The Floridian airport also baked a cake to toast the start of the ULCC’s first flight to Pittsburgh on 9 November, with Kenneth Strickland, Director of Air Service Development, Tampa Airport posing with the Pennsylvanian city-inspired cake. The carrier will offer daily flights on the city pair.

Tampa Spirit Airlines

Tampa Airport also celebrated the launch of Spirit Airlines’ new service to Hartford, with this brilliant suitcase cake being commissioned to toast the new route. The airline will link the two airports daily.

Spirit Airlines Hartford

Spirit Airlines launched two routes from Hartford to Southwest Florida and Tampa this week, with the first cockpit crew to Tampa posing for a photo before boarding, while Southwest Florida services were celebrated with a beach party in the terminal. Both routes will be flown by Spirit Airlines daily on its fleet of A320s.

  • Spirit Airlines launched 12 new routes during the past week, with two being international sectors to Cancún (CUN) from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Of the 12 routes, 11 were launched on 9 November, with these all seeing a daily rotation. The one route that launched on 10 November, a 1,674-kilometre link from New Orleans (MSY) to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), will operate just four times weekly on A319s. All 12 routes face direct competition and the average sector length is 1,930 kilometres. See how New Orleans Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
09-Nov Baltimore/Washington (BWI) Cancún (CUN) A319 (7) Southwest Airlines (15), Alaska Airlines (1)
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) United Airlines (16), American Airlines (10), Frontier Airlines (7)
Palm Beach (PBI) A320 (7) American Airlines (7)
Hartford (BDL) Southwest Florida (RSW) JetBlue Airways (7), Southwest Airlines (7)
Tampa (TPA) Southwest Airlines (14), JetBlue Airways (7)
Las Vegas (LAS) New York Newark (EWR) United Airlines (36)
New Orleans (MSY) Boston (BOS) A319 (7) JetBlue Airways (14)
New York Newark (EWR) United Airlines (27)
Tampa (TPA) Southwest Airlines (20)
Pittsburgh (PIT) Southwest Florida (RSW) A320 (7) Southwest Airlines (8)
Tampa (TPA) Southwest Airlines (14)
10-Nov New Orleans (MSY) Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) A319 (4) Delta Air Lines (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 14 November 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

Volaris added its fourth and fifth new domestic routes for 2017 when it commenced services from Monterrey to Huatulco and Mexicali on 13 November. The carrier will add another domestic connection from Monterrey to Cozumel before the end of the year. The launch of flights from Monterrey was celebrated with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony at Mexicali Airport.

  • Volaris began direct connections from Monterrey (MTY) to Huatulco (HUX) and Mexicali (MXL) on 13 November. The 1,180-kilometre Monterrey-Huatulco route will be operated twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) by A319s and faces no direct competition. The 1,651-kilometre Monterrey-Mexicali link will also be operated by A319s. This route will be served five times per week and faces direct competition from VivaAerobus which has three frequencies per week on the airport pair. These are the 16th and 17th routes to be launched by Volaris in 2017. According to’s New Route Database, the Mexican LCC has already launched three other domestic services this year and is due to commence another from Monterrey to Cozumel (CZM) on 15 November.

As of 11 November, Volotea now flies to Lanzarote, as well as Tenerife South, Fuerteventura, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia in Spain from Nantes. Celebrations, including a local band, were on hand to welcome the passengers on the first flight. The 2,274-kilometre route will face no direct competition.


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