New airline routes launched (24 April 2018 – 30 April 2018)

LOT Polish Airlines Rzeszow to New York Newark

LOT Polish Airlines Rzeszow

LOT Polish Airlines commenced operations from New York Newark to Rzeszow on 29 April, with the aircraft operating on a w-pattern from Warsaw Chopin. The route will be flown weekly, with flights leaving the Big Apple on Sunday evenings, with the return service from Rzeszow departing on Tuesdays. The airline will fly the route using 787-8s.

Budapest Krakow

Krakow Airport welcomed LOT Polish Airlines’ new service to Budapest with this simple cake on 28 April. The Star Alliance member will operate five weekly flights on the 295-kilometre sector facing no competition.

  • LOT Polish Airlines added flights between New York Newark (EWR) and Rzeszow (RZE) on 29 April, with the 787-8 which will fly the route operating on a w-pattern from Warsaw Chopin. The Star Alliance member will operate the 7,046-kilometre route weekly, with flights leaving the Big Apple on Sundays, with the return service from Rzeszow seeing a Monday departure. The route faces no direct competition. Along with its latest transatlantic service, LOT also commenced services between Krakow (KRK) and Budapest (BUD) this week. Launched 28 April, the Star carrier will operate the short 295-kilometre hop between Poland and Hungary five times weekly using Q400s. Like the link from Newark to Rzeszow, the latter route faces no direct competition. See how Rzeszow’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Condor Hamburg to Zakinthos

Proudly showing off the route launch cake to celebrate the start of Condor’s Hamburg to Zakinthos sector was Alex Ringel, Senior Manager Traffic Development & Sales from the German airport along with Suneel Pathak, Regional Manager – Ground Operations, Northern Germany for Condor.

On 27 April, Condor began a twice-weekly service from Dusseldorf to Sylt. The 415-kilometre airport pair became the German leisure airline’s first ever domestic sector. It will face competition from Eurowings.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
27-Apr Düsseldorf (DUS) Djerba (DJE) A321 (1) Nouvelair Tunisie (2), Tunisair (1)
Lamezia Terme (SUF) Eurowings (2)
Sylt (GWT) A320 (2) Eurowings (7)
Thessaloniki (SKG) Aegean Airlines (7), Eurowings (7)
Frankfurt (FRA) Djerba (DJE) A320 (1) Nouvelair Tunisie (2), Tunisair (2)
Munich (MUC) Lamezia Terme (SUF) Eurowings (3), Lufthansa (2)
Thessaloniki (SKG) Aegean Airlines (14), Eurowings (5), Eillnair (2)
28-Apr Frankfurt (FRA) Brindisi (BDS) B737 (1) Ryanair (3)
Zadar (ZAD) A320 (1) Croatia Airlines (2), Lufthansa (2), Ryanair (2)
Hannover (HAJ) Olbia (OLB)  
Munich (MUC) Kefalonia (EFL) B733 (1)  
Olbia (OLB) A320 (1) Eurowings (4), Lufthansa (1)
29-Apr Düsseldorf (DUS) Split (SPU) Eurowings (5), Croatia Airlines (1)
Frankfurt (FRA) Rijeka (RJK) Ryanair (2)
Hamburg (HAM) Zakinthos (ZTH)  
30-Apr Cologne Bonn (CGN) Rhodes (RHO) Eurowings (2), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 1 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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

airBaltic Riga Almaty

airBaltic inaugurated its latest route form Riga on 29 April, a 3,949-kilometre connection to Almaty in Kazakhstan. To celebrate, a traditional three-tier route launch cake was baked. Flights on the sector will operate three times weekly on the carrier’s fleet of CS300s. No other airline currently flies between Latvia and Kazakhstan.

  • airBaltic, which has already added four new services to its network from Riga (RIX) for S18, has now added a fifth, with Almaty (ALA) now joining the destinations board. Launched 29 April, the carrier will operate the 3,949-kilometre link between Latvia and Kazakhstan three times weekly using its fleet of CS300s. “We are delighted to launch flights between Riga and Almaty for the summer season of 2018. Thanks to our modernised fleet, which includes the CS300, we now can reach further destinations and offer an improved flying experience for travellers on the world’s most modern aircraft,” commented Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management, airBaltic. “The new route from Riga to Almaty is the second longest flight on our network.” The only route that airBaltic operates which is longer than its latest connection is its 4,368-kilometre winter seasonal service to Abu Dhabi, meaning that the Almaty sector will be its longest route this summer. The city pair faces no direct competition according to OAG schedules.

Having opened its new base at Bordeaux earlier in S18, the LCC commenced four more new routes from the French gateway this week. The airport’s commercial team are seen here celebrating with easyJet crew which performed the inaugural flight to Luxembourg, a service which began on 26 April.

  • easyJet commenced four new connections from its newest base at Bordeaux (BOD) in the past seven days, flying to destinations in Israel, Italy, Luxembourg and Portugal. The longest sector is the 3,373-kilometre route to Tel Aviv (TLV), whereas the shortest city pair is the 744-kilometre hop to Luxembourg (LUX). The average sector length of all four services is 1,681 kilometres, with an average weekly frequency of 2.75.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
26-Apr Bordeaux (BOD) Catania (CTA) A320 (3)  
Luxembourg (LUX) A320 (4)  
27-Apr Faro (FAO) A320 (3) Volotea (1)
28-Apr Tel Aviv (TLV) A320 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 1 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Marking the start of Eurowings’ new route from Düsseldorf to New York JFK were Thomas Schnalke, Speaker of the Management Board of Düsseldorf Airport (left) and Thorsten Dirks, Lufthansa Board Member and Eurowings CEO (right). In addition to the LCC’s rapidly growing supply of short- and medium-haul routes, the market leader at Düsseldorf Airport will offer 1,700 long-haul flights per year and carry around 450,000 additional passengers from Düsseldorf.

  • Eurowings has added a link between Düsseldorf (DUS) and New York JFK (JFK) to its burgeoning network. Flight EW1100 left for the first time on 28 April, operating daily except Tuesdays. The 6,014-kilometre sector will be flown by a leased A340-300, and faces no direct competition. Eurowings currently operates 40 aircraft at Düsseldorf. For the W18/19 schedule, the long-haul fleet of Eurowings at the German airport is expected to grow to seven aircraft. On the same day the airline commenced a weekly (Saturdays) service from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Jersey (JER). Operated by LGW’s Q400s, the summer seasonal route faces no direct competition. Take a closer look at our live coverage of Eurowings’ JFK launch from Düsseldorf

St. Petersburg welcomed the first Germania aircraft with a traditional water canon salute on the ramp and travellers departing on the first flight were greeted at the check-in with candy and souvenirs. The very first passenger received a special set of gifts from the airport operator Northern Capital Gateway (NCG) and the airline. Cutting the cake were NCG CCO Evgeniy Ilyin and Claus Altenburg, Director Sales, Germania.

  • Germania, on 26 April, launched direct flights between Dresden (DRS) and St. Petersburg (LED). The capital city of the state of Saxony became a new destination in the Russian airport’s route network and the seventh German city with direct scheduled service. The LCC operates the city pair twice-weekly with its 737-700 fleet, leaving from the German city on Thursdays and Sundays and the return flights departing Russia on Fridays and Mondays. In addition to Dresden, St. Petersburg offers direct connections to such German cities as Berlin (Schönefeld and Tegel airports by Rossiya Airlines and S7 Airlines respectively), Hamburg and Düsseldorf (by Rossiya), Munich (by Rossiya and Lufthansa), Frankfurt (by Lufthansa and Ural Airlines) and Cologne Bonn (Pobeda). There is no direct competition on this sector. See how St. Petersburg Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Iberia launched its latest transatlantic service on 25 April – San Francisco. The oneworld airline flies to six destinations in the US, but interestingly offers none to Canada.

  • Iberia began three times weekly operations to San Francisco (SFO) on 25 April from its Madrid (MAD) hub. Flown by the IAG-owned airline’s A330-200 fleet, the latest addition to Iberia’s US network joins its existing services to Miami, New York JFK (both double-daily), Boston, Chicago O’Hare (both daily) and Los Angeles (five times weekly). The 9,326-kilometre sector will face no direct competition.

IGAvion started the first of five routes from Chateauroux on 26 April, with a twice-weekly service to London Southend. On hand to welcome the new route were: Chris Grayling MP, UK Transport Secretary; Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation; and James Duddridge MP.

  • IGAvion, the French regional airline, commenced operations from Chateauroux (CHR) to London Southend (SEN) on 26 April. The 529-kilometre sector will be flown twice-weekly by IGAvion’s Saab 340 fleet. According to the airline’s website it will also offer flights to Biarritz, Lyon, Nice and Toulouse in June from the French airport. Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation (owners of London Southend Airport) says: “This is the third new airline that London Southend has attracted in 2018 – we recently announced flights to Malta, Sardinia and Sicily with Air Malta starting on 4 May, and a new Loganair route to Carlisle Lake District Airport gets underway on 4 June. Today’s visit by the Secretary of State just goes to demonstrate yet again that London Southend is a big airport in the making and one to watch. There’s a reason we’ve been voted ‘Best London Airport’ five times in a row, and that is because we offer the strategic advantages and capacity that airlines want, including fast access to London, and a unique customer service that our passengers love. This is just the start, we’ve more big plans for 2018 in the pipeline.” There is no competition on this city pair. See how London Southend’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Salvador de Bahia LATAM Airlines

Salvador de Bahia Airport baked a cake to toast the arrival of LATAM Airlines’ first flight from Miami, a service which started from the US airport on 29 April. The carrier will operate the 6,251-kilometre route weekly using its 767-300s.

  • LATAM Airlines inaugurated flights between Miami (MIA) and Salvador de Bahia (SSA) on 29 April, with the route being flown on a w-pattern with a Rio de Janeiro Galeão-based 767-300 according to OAG schedules. The oneworld member will operate the 6,251-kilometre route from the US each Sunday, with return services taking place on Mondays. No other carrier currently serves between the US and Brazilian airports. It now means that the Brazilian airline serves seven destinations in Brazil from Miami. 

Junichi Nakamura, Okinawa Station Manager, Peach Aviation, was joined by an Okinawa tourism mascot to celebrate the Japanese LCC’s first flight to Kaohsiung in Taiwan on 26 April. The airline will serve the 838-kilometre airport pair daily with A320s and faces incumbent competition in the form of Tigerair Taiwan and China Airlines.

  • Peach Aviation introduced a new link between Okinawa (OKA), Japan and Kaohsiung (KHH), Taiwan on 26 April. The Japanese LCC will serve the 838-kilometre route with daily flights, operated by its A320s. It faces direct competition from incumbent carriers Tigerair Taiwan and China Airlines, which will offer daily and four times weekly services on this route respectively during the week commencing 1 May. OAG schedules show that this will be Peach Aviation’s second link to Kaohsiung, with the airline already operating daily to the Taiwanese city from Osaka Kansai.

Pobeda, Aeroflot’s in-house LCC, started a twice-weekly operation from Moscow Vnukovo to Berlin Tegel on 26 April. Andreas Ley (second left), Senior Manager Key Account & Business Development, FBB, was on hand to oversee the inaugural flight celebrations.

  • Pobeda has launched a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) link from its main base at Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Berlin Tegel (TXL). The 737-800-operated sector will become the LCC’s fifth destination served from the Russian capital city, adding to its existing flights to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Cologne Bonn, Leipzig/Halle and Memmingen. Commenced on 26 April, the 1,590-kilometre sector faces competition from Utair, which flies the route on a daily basis.

Rwandair Abuja

RwandAir commenced flights between Kigali and Abuja on 27 April, a route that the carrier will operate four times weekly using its fleet of 737-800s. The carrier already serves Lagos in Nigeria with a daily service.

  • RwandAir, which already operates between Kigali (KGL) and Lagos, has now added Abuja (ABV), the capital of Nigeria, to its network. Launched 27 April, the African carrier will offer four weekly flights on the 2,812-kilometre sector, an airport pair which the airline will serve utilising its fleet of 737-800s based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. The service then continues onto Accra, before landing back in Abuja to operate the return service to Kigali. Presently RwandAir is the only airline offering non-stop flights between Rwanda and Nigeria, and will now offer 10 weekly flights in total to/from both nations this summer. Based on OAG Traffic Analyser data, there were roughly 1,600 passengers which travelled indirectly between Kigali and Abuja in 2017, however the carrier will also be hoping to capture connecting traffic onto its routes into eastern and southern Africa.  See how Abuja’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Pictured cutting the cake to herald the start of S7 Airlines’ new Moscow Domodedovo to Tenerife South route were: Santiago Yus, Tenerife South Airport Director; Juan Carlos Arcones, S7 Airlines Country Manager Spain; and Vicente Dorta, Turismo de Tenerife, Executive Director.

The second of two new Spanish routes that S7 Airlines introduced this week was a weekly operation from St. Petersburg to Alicante. Laura Navarro, Alicante Airport Head of the Cabinet (second right) and Juan Carlos Arcones, S7 Airlines Country Manager Spain (fifth right) were on hand to mark the start of the one-world carrier’s 3,224-kilometre sector.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
24-Apr Novosibirsk (OVB) Talakan (TLK) E170 (1) Angara Airlines (4), Yamal Airlines (4)
26-Apr Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Tenerife South (TFS) A320 (2)  
28-Apr Novosibirsk (OVB) Ufa (UFA) E170 (2) Angara Airlines (1)
St. Petersburg (LED) Alicante (ALC) A319 (1) Vueling (1)
29-Apr Irkutsk (IKT) Tokyo Narita (NRT) A320 (2)  
30-Apr Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Samarkand (SKD) A320 (1) Uzbekistan Airways (3)
St. Petersburg (LED) Perm (PEE) A319 (3) Aeroflot (7)
Pisa (PSA) A319 (1) Pobeda (3)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 1 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

WestJet Halifax London

Seen cutting the ribbon at the inaugural flight ceremony of WestJet’s new service between Halifax and London Gatwick are: Michele Saran, CEO, Tourism Nova Scotia; Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax Airport; Andrew Gibbons, Director of Government Relations, WestJet; and Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business and Tourism Nova Scotia. WestJet will offer a daily 737 MAX 8-operated service on the 4,611-kilometre sector until 26 October.

  • WestJet commenced its first-ever 737 MAX 8 transatlantic operations on 29 April, with the carrier using the aircraft on a new route between Halifax (YHZ) and London Gatwick (LGW). “WestJet continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation using its fleet of fuel-efficient, guest-friendly Boeing MAX aircraft for transatlantic service,” said Tim Croyle, WestJet’s Interim EVP Commercial. “This service also demonstrates our commitment to support efforts on the part of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada to enhance trade and tourism, and grow the economies of both Canada and the UK.” The carrier will offer a daily service on the 4,611-kilometre sector, with no other airline presently operating between Halifax and Gatwick. However, Air Canada already links the Canadian city to London Heathrow, a route which recently transferred from 767-300 to 737 MAX 8 operations. WestJet will add a second transatlantic route from Halifax on 31 May, with it connecting that day to Paris CDG. That route will mean that the Canadian LCC becomes the first airline to offer 737 MAX 8 non-stop service between North America and mainland Europe. Along with these two transatlantic services, the Canadian LCC also links Halifax to Glasgow in Europe, a seasonal route which it operates using 737-700s.  See how Halifax Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Wizz Air Vienna

Wizz Air introduced not only Vienna, but Austria, to its network on 27 April, the day which saw it begin flights from Gdansk and Tuzla, while Varna services were launched the following day. From June the Austrian capital city airport will become a base for the ULCC, with it expecting to have at least five stationed aircraft at the facility by the end of 2018.

  • Wizz Air introduced Vienna (VIE) to its network on 27 April, with the airport soon to become a base for the ULCC. The airline has initially added services from Gdansk (GDN), Tuzla (TZL) and Varna (VAR). “We are very pleased with the start-up of flight operations in Vienna by Wizz Air,” commented Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport. “By flying to numerous new destinations in 2018, Wizz Air will contribute to ensuring an even more multi-faceted destination offering. In particular, the three new flight connections to Gdansk, Tuzla and Varna strengthen the role of Vienna Airport as a gateway to Eastern Europe. We are one of the leading flight hubs to this region, with a total of 45 Eastern European destinations.” Along with the introduction of Vienna to the airline’s network, this week Wizz Air also expanded from London Luton (LTN), adding a daily service to Athens (ATH) and four times weekly link to Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF). Of the five routes launched by the ULCC this week, only two will face direct competition. The average sector length of the five routes is 1,293 kilometres. Wizz Air is not the only airline to have launched flights between London and Reykjavik/Keflavik this week, with WOW air adding London Stansted to its network
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
27-Apr Gdansk (GDN) Vienna (VIE) A320 (4)  
Tuzla (TUZ)  
28-Apr Varna (VAR) A320 (2) Austrian Airlines (7)
29-Apr London Luton (LTN) Athens (ATH) A320 (7)  
Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) A320 (4) easyJet (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 1 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

WOW air London Stansted

WOW air made London Stansted its second UK capital airport on 25 April, the day it began a daily A321-operated service from Reykjavik/Keflavik. The route complements the LCC’s existing twice-daily service to London Gatwick. Among those posing with the most recently acquired aircraft to join the airline’s fleet, TF-DOG, in-keeping with the carrier’s tradition of naming its aircraft after family members, are: Skúli Mogensen, CEO, WOW air (second-left); Martin Jones, Commercial Director, London Stansted (third-left); and Mats Sigurdson, Aviation Director, London Stansted (second-right).

WOW air introduced flights to Detroit on 25 April, with celebrations at the US airports including cake and balloons. The 4,480-kilometre sector from Reykjavik/Keflavik will be flown four times weekly on the carrier’s fleet of A321s, of which it currently has 13 in its fleet. The city pair is presently not flown by another airline.

  • WOW air introduced three new airports to its ever-growing network from Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) this week, namely Detroit (DTW), London Stansted (STN) and New York JFK (JFK). The former two launched on 25 April, while the latter service to JFK began the following day. While both 1,883- and 4,160-kilometre sectors to Stansted and JFK will be flown daily on the airline’s A321s, complementing its existing services to London Gatwick and New York Newark respectively, services on the 4,480-kilometre route to Detroit will operate four times weekly. Detroit services will also see A321 operations, with WOW air presently having 13 of the aircraft type in service. While easyJet does offer a winter seasonal service between Stansted and the Iceland hub, only the JFK flights will see direct competition this summer. Icelandair already offers 11 weekly flights, while Delta Air Lines serves the route five times weekly, with both incumbents flying the route on their 757 fleets. WOW air’s next US launches will take place over the coming weeks, with it adding Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth and St. Louis to its network. See how Detroit Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 


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