New airline routes launched (1 May 2018 – 7 May 2018)

Qatar Airways Doha to Cardiff

Clearly illustrating the global connections that will now be available from Cardiff following the start of Qatar Airways’ five times weekly service from its Doha hub, is this great-looking cake. The first flight left the Welsh capital with a load of 200 passengers. The Welsh airport’s CEO Debra Barber was happy with her giant-sized boarding pass.

  • Qatar Airways commenced its fifth connection to the UK on 1 May, as Cardiff (CWL) was added to its portfolio of destinations operated from its Doha (DOH) hub. The oneworld carrier currently serves London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, with flights to London Gatwick to start on 22 May. To celebrate this special occasion, Qatar Airways flew one of its A350-900s to Cardiff, marking the first time a commercial flight with the type, whose wings are built by Airbus in Wales, has landed on Welsh soil. Initially operating five times weekly, going forward the airline will operate a daily 787 service to Cardiff. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, said: “Today marks an especially important milestone for both Qatar Airways and Cardiff Airport. The new service, our fifth gateway into the UK, now provides the people of Wales and the South West with an extensive network of more than 150 destinations globally. We are delighted to welcome Cardiff into our route network, and to be able to provide the Welsh people with a new gateway to the world. We look forward to welcoming our new Welsh passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and many points beyond.” Chairman of Cardiff Airport, Roger Lewis, said: “This is a pivotal moment for Cardiff Airport, for Wales and the South West of England. The far reaching consequences of this service for passengers and businesses will be transformational. I sincerely thank Mr. Al Baker, for the trust he and Qatar Airways are placing in us. I am confident that the team at Cardiff Airport will deliver a world-class service with Qatar Airways for all of our passengers both visiting Wales and those travelling across the world.” No other airline operates this city pair. See how Cardiff Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Eurowings Berlin Tegel and Stuttgart to Newquay

Cornwall Airport Newquay welcomed the inaugural Eurowings flights on two new German sectors, with weekly services to both Berlin Tegel and Stuttgart, in addition to its existing Düsseldorf and Frankfurt Hahn routes, doubling the connections available to the many German tourists now flocking to Cornwall each year. Heather Sturt (left), the UK airport’s Passenger & Customer Services Manager, poses with the Eurowings crew.

  • Eurowings has added 27 new routes to its Austrian and German portfolio over the last week, with 11 base airports benefiting from the expansion. Speaking about two of the new routes, from Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Stuttgart (STR) to Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY), the UK airport’s MD Al Titterington, comments: “The success of Eurowings’ Düsseldorf route clearly demonstrated the potential for further links, and in particular, the demand from German tourists for more inbound leisure routes to our region.” He added: “It’s a rewarding moment when your dedicated promotion of prospective routes comes to fruition and we look forward to welcoming Eurowings’ passengers on these important new services.”
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-May Düsseldorf (DUS) Samos (SMI) A320 (1) Germania (2)
Hannover (HAJ) Corfu (CFU) B738 (1) Condor (2), TUIfly (2)
Rhodes (RHO) TUIfly (4), Condor (2)
Munich (MUC) Southwest Florida (RSW) A332 (2)  
Vienna (VIE) Corfu (CFU) A320 (1)  
Rhodes (RHO) A32S (2) Austrian Airlines (2)
Linz (LNZ) Corfu (CFU) A320 (1)  
02-May Munich (MUC) Varadero (VRA) A332 (1)  
Vienna (VIE) Kos (KGS) A320 (1) Austrian Airlines (1)
Salzburg (SZG)  
03-May Düsseldorf (DUS) Southwest Florida (RSW) A333 (3)  
Vienna (VIE) Larnaca (LCA) A32S (2) Austrian Airlines (13)
Salzburg (SZG) Rhodes (RHO) A320 (1)  
04-May Cologne Bonn (CGN) Southwest Florida (RSW) A332 (1)  
Düsseldorf (DUS) Kos (KGS) A320 (2) Condor (4), TUIfly (3), Germania (1)
Miami (MIA) A333 (3)  
Graz (GRZ) Heraklion (HER) A320 (1)  
Munich (MUC) Punta Cana (PUJ) A332 (1)  
Salzburg (SZG) Heraklion (HER) A320 (2)  
Vienna (VIE) Austrian Airlines (1), Corendon Airlines Europe (1)
05-May Berlin Tegel (TXL) Lamezia Terme (SUF) A319 (1)  
Newquay (NQY) Q400 (1)  
Stuttgart (STR)  
Zakinthos (ZTH) A319 (1) Condor (1)
06-May Hamburg (HAM) Jersey (JER) A319 (1)  
Salzburg (SZG) Corfu (CFU) A320 (1)  
07-May Munich (MUC) Windhoek (WDH) A332 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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

Cutting the cake to mark the beginning of Air Canada’s new route to Nebraska from Toronto Pearson were: Alioune Sow, Manager, Airports Western US, Air Canada; Lisa Pierce, Senior Director, US Sales & Market Development, Air Canada; Steve McCoy, Manager of Airline Affairs, Omaha Airport; and Lisa Foran, Regional Sales Manager, Air Canada.

Despite there being four new routes being launched from Malta this week by Air Malta, the airport’s celebrations were centred on Cagliari, which was a previously unserved market from the gateway. The first flight passengers and crew were keen to get involved and to take a peek at the fabulous cake baked for the ocassion.

Air Malta is now operating three flights a week to Malta from London Southend – the airline also has flights twice-weekly to both Catania and Cagliari. The flights were welcomed with the traditional water arch salute from the Airport Fire Service and a large, impressive and very creative, celebratory cake to mark the occasion.

  • Air Malta has launched three new direct services to London Southend (SEN) in the past week. The airline began by introducing a three times weekly connection on the 2,100-kilometre sector from Malta on 4 May. It then launched a link on the 1,513-kilometre Cagliari (CAG) sector on 6 May, followed by the introduction of the 1,928-kilometre Catania (CTA) route on 7 May. The Cagliari and Catania routes will both be served twice-weekly, with the former operated on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the latter on Mondays and Thursdays. This means that Air Malta will offer one flight per day from Southend, year-round. There is no competition on the Cagliari and Catania airport pairs, which are the only services Air Malta operates from a UK airport that do not feature a direct connection to Malta. On both the Sardinia and Sicily links, there is an option to travel onward to Malta after a short stop. The direct Malta flights are the only new link with incumbent competition, with easyJet already providing twice-weekly flights. All three routes will be flown on Air Malta A320s. The airline also resumed services from Malta to Manchester (MAN) on 1 May. See how London Southend Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01 May Malta (MLA) Manchester (MAN) A319 (1) easyJet (7), Ryanair (3), (2), TUI Airways (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
04 May London Southend (SEN) A320 (7) easyJet (2)
06 May Cagliari (CAG) A320 (2)  
Malta (MLA) Cagliari (CAG)  
07 May Catania (CTA) London Southend (SEN)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Philadelphia baked not just one, but two impressive cakes to celebrate American Airlines’ new long-haul services to Budapest and Prague. Seen posing with the cake sensations, created by Night Kitchen bakery, a company with over 30 years baking expertise, are Olympia Colasante VP Philadelphia Operations, American Airlines, and Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia Airport. Both routes will operate daily.

Venice Marco Polo greeted the arrival of American Airlines’ new service from Chicago O’Hare this week, with the first departure from the US airport having taken place on 4 May. Cutting the ribbon in Venice to officially open the new transatlantic link are: Angelo Camilletti, Manager, Sales Southeast Europe, American Airlines; the first flight captain; Flavio Olivero, Area Manager Milan Malpensa and Venice airports, American Airlines; and Camillo Bozzolo, Aviation Development Director, Venice Marco Polo Airport.

American Airlines Budapest Philadelphia

American Airlines commenced services to Budapest from Philadelphia on 4 May, with the Hungarian capital airport greeting the return of the oneworld member, which last served the airport seven years ago, with this impressive cake. Seen cutting the route launch showstopper are: Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport; Chellie Cameron, CEO, Philadelphia Airport; Richard Muise, Director Airport Operations, Europe and Canada, American Airlines; and Jennifer Kane, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the US in Hungary. Philadelphia becomes Budapest’s third US connection.

  • American Airlines introduced nine new routes to its network this week, three of which were transatlantic services to Budapest (BUD), Prague (PRG) and Venice Marco Polo (VCE). The Hungarian and Czech Republic capitals are now connected to Philadelphia (PHL) daily, while the Italian city sees a six times weekly link from Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Along with these long-haul services, American has also inaugurated several intra-North American links. Of the nine routes added to the oneworld member’s network this week for S18, four face direct competition. See how the FTWAs from Venice Marco Polo, Budapest and Prague compare to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
4-May Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Charleston (CHS) E175 (7) United Airlines (28), Frontier Airlines (2)
Vancouver (YVR) B738 (7) United Airlines (21), Air Canada (7)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) B788 (6)  
Philadelphia (PHL) Budapest (BUD) B763 (7)  
Des Moines (DSM) E175 (14)  
Madison (MSN) Frontier Airlines (3)
Omaha (OMA) Frontier Airlines (4)
Prague (PRG) B763 (7)  
5-May Los Angeles (LAX) Flagstaff (FLG) CRJ7 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Miami welcomed the first flight on bahmasair’s new Bimini link on 3 May. Lester Sola, Miami-Dade Aviation Director (center) and officials from Bahamasair and the Bahamas cut the ceremonial ribbon at the launch event. The carrier will operate the 103-kilometre hop four times per week with ATR 42s.

  • bahamasair launched services from Bimini (BIM) to Miami (MIA) on 3 May. It will operate the short 103-kilometre hop four times per week with its ATR 42s and faces no direct competition. The airline currently also flies to Miami from Nassau. “We are thrilled by bahamasair’s decision to expand its service at Miami and offer our passengers yet another destination to choose from when they travel between Miami and the Bahamas,” said Lester Sola, Miami-Dade Aviation Director. “The Bahamas continues to be one of our busiest markets in the Caribbean, and we look forward to seeing travel increase with these four new weekly flights.” See how Miami Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Cutting the cake to mark the start of BinterCanarias’ new service from Tenerife North to Palma de Mallorca were: Sergio Millanes, Tenerife North Airport Director; Guillermo Díaz Guerra, Spanish Government Representative for the Canary Islands; José Escudero, Binter Canarias representative; Vicente Dorta, CEO Tenerife Tourism.

Celebrations were also undertaken at the other end of the 2,137-kilometre domestic route, with the BinterCanarias crew joined by José Escudero, Binter Canarias representative (third left) and Diego Llorca, Head of the Cabinet at Palma de Mallorca (fourth left).

The two new routes from Gran Canaria were also celebrated by Aena and BinterCanarias. Cutting the cake in Las Palmas were: Santiago Martinez-Cava, Gran Canaria Airport Director; Mercedes Roldós, Delegate of the Spanish Government in the Canary Islands; Antonio Morales, President Cabildo Gran Canaria; Inés Jiménez, Counselor of Tourism of Gran Canaria; and Juan Ramsden, General Coordinator, Binter Canarias.

On the mainland in Vigo, this cake welcomed the start of BinterCanarias’ services from Gran Canaria on 3 May. As all flights are being flown by leased-in (from Air Nostrum) 100-seat CRJ 1000 aircraft, the sweet aircraft topping the cake actually bears more than a passing resemblance to the regional jet.

  • BinterCanarias, the Spanish regional airline, has started three new domestic routes this week. Launched on 2 May, the first sector linked the carrier’s second largest operation in Tenerife North (TFN) to Palma de Mallorca (PMI). The remaining two routes were commenced from the carrier’s biggest base at Gran Canaria (LPA), to Palma de Mallorca and Vigo (VGO) on the following day. All the new airport pairs are flown twice-weekly by leased CRJ 1000 equipment (from Air Nostrum), with Gran Canaria-Palma de Mallorca operated on Mondays and Thursdays, the Vigo connection from the same origin on Thursdays and Sundays, and the link from Tenerife North to the Balearic island on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is no incumbent competition on any of the three domestic flights.

Copenhagen welcomed the inaugural Cathay Pacific Airways flight from Hong Kong on 2 May. James Ginns, Regional GM for Europe, Cathay Pacific and Thomas Woldbye, CEO Copenhagen Airport, cut the celebratory route launch cake. They were also joined in the celebrations by Denmark’s Countess Alexandra, who grew up in Hong Kong.

  • Cathay Pacific Airways introduced a new European connection from its Hong Kong (HKG) hub on 2 May, with the introduction of three times weekly flights to Copenhagen (CPH). The 8,647-kilometre sector to the Danish capital will be flown by the carrier’s A350-900s and there is no direct competition. OAG schedules show the route will operate until 26 October. “Cathay Pacific’s new route from Copenhagen to Hong Kong gives business travellers and tourists better access to Denmark, and Danes better access to the world. This is good news for Danish growth, exports and employment,” said Anders Samuelsen, Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. “We’re proud to be the first company to use the supermodern A350-900 on a regular route to Copenhagen Airport,” said James Ginns, Regional GM for Europe, Cathay Pacific. “This is our first direct connection to the Danish capital ever – and in recent times to anywhere at all in Scandinavia.” 

Cobalt Dusseldorf

Pictured with the flight crew who operated Cobalt’s inaugural service to Düsseldorf on 3 May is Florian Bongard, Manager Airline Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport. This service becomes the Cypriot carrier’s second route to Germany after Frankfurt, with it scheduled to operate into Düsseldorf twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) this summer.

  • Cobalt made its Düsseldorf (DUS) debut on 3 May, the day which saw it commence a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) service from Larnaca (LCA). “Düsseldorf is a very welcome addition to our expanding European network and complements our regular Frankfurt services. We are pleased to be linking Cyprus with such a popular region in Germany, which is an important business and financial hub too, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs,” commented Andrew Madar, CEO of Cobalt, about the new service. Scheduled to be operated using the Cypriot carrier’s fleet of A319s, the 2,813-kilometre sector is already served by Condor twice-weekly. As stated by Madar, Düsseldorf is Cobalt’s second German destination, with it having launched flights to Frankfurt on 1 November. Since its first commercial flight in June 2016, Cobalt has built a robust network from Larnaca, with it operating six aircraft and flying to 19 destination from Cyprus’ busiest airport, with this number increasing to 22 when it adds services to Geneva and Mykonos in the coming weeks. As well as its Larnaca originating services, the carrier also connects Athens to Paphos and London Gatwick, meaning that in total the carrier will be operating 24 routes this summer, resulting in 168 weekly departures based on OAG schedules.

Cyprus Airways Munich

Cyprus Airways introduced Munich to its network on 5 May, one of two destinations in Germany to be added to the carrier’s route map this week, with Stuttgart services having been inaugurated four days earlier.

  • Cyprus Airways has upped its European presence by adding two German airports to its network from Larnaca (LCA) this week, namely Munich (MUC) and Stuttgart (STR). The latter destination was the first to be inaugurated, with the Cypriot airline introducing a weekly (Tuesdays) service on the 2,520-kilometre link from Larnaca on 1 May. Munich operations commenced four days later on 5 May, with the 2,338-kilometre sector to the Bavarian hub also seeing a weekly (Saturdays) rotation. Both routes are going into competition with other carriers. Stuttgart is already flown by Eurowings weekly, while Munich has a daily rotation with Lufthansa plus a weekly link courtesy of Condor. With these launches, it means that Cyprus Airways presently serves six destinations from Larnaca, with the two German destinations joining Athens, Beirut, St. Petersburg and Tel Aviv on the carrier’s route map. Prague, Verona and Zurich are poised to be added by the airline in the coming weeks. 

Frontier Airlines Savannah

Among those present at the ribbon cutting to officially open Frontier Airlines’ new services to Savannah from Denver and Philadelphia were: Rob Hernandez, Savannah City Manager; Shirley James, Vice Chairman Savannah Airport Commission; Chocolate the Moose, Frontier Airlines; Jonathan Freed, Director of Corporate Communications, Frontier Airlines; Joseph Marinelli, President Visit Savannah; Ariana Pernice, VP Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce; and Bill Hubbard, President Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Frontier Airlines introduced two airports to its network this last week, namely Louisville (SDF) and Savannah (SAV). The latter was the first of the duo to join the route map, with a service from Philadelphia (PHL) being inaugurated on 1 May, a sector that operates twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays). A link from Denver (DEN), which also sees a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) rotation, was added three days later. Louisville, which only gains a link from Denver, was added on 7 May, with this route scheduled to operate four times weekly. Flights on the 1,642-kilometre city pair between Denver and Louisville will go head-to-head with United Airlines (twice-daily) and Southwest Airlines (daily), while the 1,014-kilometre jaunt from Philadelphia to Savannah witnesses American Airlines (16 weekly flights) as an incumbent. Only the 2,269-kilometre link between Denver and Savannah sees no direct competition. All three routes will be flown using the carrier’s A320 fleet. See how Savannah Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Germania began services from Düsseldorf to Ponta Delgada on 2 May, with weekly flights (Wednesdays). airberlin used to operate to the destination twice-weekly in S16, but now Germania reconnects the German gateway to this part of the Azores. Ulrich Topp  (second left), Director Aviation Marketing of Düsseldorf Airport, poses with the crew in front of the inaugural flight aircraft.

Detlef Döbberthin, Manager Aviation Marketing Münster/Osnabrück Airport (left) and Mathias Richter, Manager Aviation Marketing at Münster/Osnabrück Airport (right) were joined by Germania Captain Corrado Pozzi and his crew to mark the carrier’s first flight from the German airport to Istanbul Atatürk. Later this year the LCC will launch flights from Münster/Osnabrück to Thessaloniki, Agadir and Funchal.

  • Germania commenced 30 new connections from nine of its German bases in the last week, operating to destinations in Egypt, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. The longest sector is the 3,489-kilometre route from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Marsa Alam (RMF), whereas the shortest city pair is the 1,300-kilometre link from Nuremberg (NUE) to Corfu (CFU). The average sector length of all 30 services is 2,057 kilometres, with an average weekly frequency of 1.9.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-May Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Antalya (AYT) EQV (3) Onur Air (7), Pegasus Airlines (3)
Rhodes (RHO) EQV (2)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Corfu (CFU) EQV (1) TUIfly (1)
Faro (FAO) A319 (2) easyJet (3), Eurowings (2)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) EQV (7) easyJet (35), Eurowings (17)
Rhodes (RHO) A32S (2) Corendon Airlines Europe (1), easyJet (1), TUIfly (1)
Dresden (DRS) Barcelona (BCN) EQV (3)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) B73W (2)  
Nuremberg (NUE) Antalya (AYT) A319 (4) Onur Air (7), SunExpress (7), Pegasus Airlines (2), Corendon Airlines (1)
Thessaloniki (SKG) A319 (1) Ryanair (2)
02-May Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) EQV (3) easyJet (13), Ryanair (7)
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Heraklion (HER) A319 (3) Eurowings (3), Aegean Airlines (2), Corendon Airlines Europe (2), TUIfly (2)
Kos (KGS) A319 (2) TUIfly (1)
Dresden (DRS) Monastir (MIR) B73W (1)  
Düsseldorf (DUS) Ponta Delgada (PDL)  
Nuremberg (NUE) Heraklion (HER) EQV (3) SunExpress Germany (3), Corendon Airlines Europe (2), Eurowings (2)
Kos (KGS)  
03-May Düsseldorf (DUS) Zakinthos (ZTH) EQV (1) Condor (1), Eurowings (1)
Friedrichshafen (FDH) Faro (FAO)  
Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) Istanbul Atatürk (IST) A319 (1)  
04-May Berlin Tegel (TXL) Dalaman (DLM) EQV (1)  
Marsa Alam (RMF) A319 (1)  
Dresden (DRS) Athens (ATH) B73W (2)  
Düsseldorf (DUS) Heraklion (HER) A319 (1) Condor (7), TUIfly (7), Corendon Airlines Europe (5), Eurowings (5), SunExpress Germany (4), Aegean Airlines (2)
05-May Gran Canaria (LPA) TUIfly (7), Condor (3), Eurowings (2), Norwegian (1)
Porto Santo (PXO) EQV (1)  
Munich (MUC) Kos (LGS) Condor (3) TUIfly (3), Eurowings (2)
Nuremberg (NUE) Corfu (CFU)  
07-May Berlin Tegel (TXL) Funchal (FNC) A319 (1)  
Erfurt (ERF) Thessaloniki (SKG) B73W (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Santo Domingo welcomed a new daily JetBlue Airways link from New York Newark on 3 May. Cutting the ribbon to mark the launch were (from right to left) Glen Bautista, Airport Director, Santo Domingo Airport; Riad Simon, Head of Airline Marketing, Aerodom; Alvaro Leite, CCO, Aerodom; Monika Infante, CEO, Aerodom; Keith Slotter,  VP Security, JetBlue Airways; General Aracenis Castillo de la Cruz, CESAC General Director; Alexis Morel, Regional Manager, JetBlue Airways; and Ronald De Jesús Santo Domingo Station Manager, JetBlue Airways.

  • JetBlue Airways launched new services from New York JFK (JFK) to Worcester (ORH) on 2 May, from Boston to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and New York Newark (EWR) to Santo Domingo (SDQ) on 3 May. The 1,802-kilometre Boston-Minneapolis-St.Paul connection will be operated three times daily with the airline’s A320s and will face incumbent competition from Delta Air Lines (39 flights during week commencing 8 May), Sun Country Airlines (16) and Spirit Airlines (7). The 2,511-kilometre Newark-Santo Domingo route will be served daily by its A320 fleet and faces competition from United Airlines which also offers daily flights on this sector. The 240-kilometre JFK-Worcester link will also be flown daily, but this short hop will be operated by E190s and faces no direct competition. See how Santo Domingo Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

KLM Fortaleza

Among those present in Amsterdam to celebrate the launch of KLM’s service to Fortaleza were: Vice Governor of Ceara State, Maria Izolda Cela de Arruda Coelho; President & CEO of KLM, Pieter Elbers; Brazilian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Regina Cordeiro Dunlop; and Head of Schiphol Airport Group, Dick Benschop, plus flight crew.

  • KLM added flights to Fortaleza (FOR) on 3 May, with it becoming the SkyTeam carrier’s third destination in Brazil from Amsterdam (AMS) joining Rio de Janeiro Galeao and Sao Paulo Guarulhos. “Fortaleza is strategically placed as an entry point to Europe and important regions in Brazil. The partnership we have with GOL opens up a new strategic hub, which cements the connection between Amsterdam and Brazil,” commented Pieter Elbers, President & CEO of the airline about the new route. Based on OAG schedules, the route will initially be flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) until 2 July. From this date a third weekly (Mondays) rotation will be added to the schedule. No other carrier presently links Amsterdam with Fortaleza. The 7,435-kilometre route between the European and South American cities will be flown using the airline’s fleet of A330-200s. As a result of adding Fortaleza to its network, KLM will offer up to 17 weekly departures from Amsterdam to Brazil during the peak of S18. See how Fortaleza Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

There were celebrations in Budapest to welcome the start of transatlantic services with LOT Polish Airlines on 3 May. Cutting the cake to mark the occasion were David Kostelancik, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy in Hungary; Jerzy Snopek, Ambassador, Embassy of Poland in Budapest; Rafał Milczarski, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines; Péter Szijjártó, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade; and Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport.

  • LOT Polish Airlines launched transatlantic services from Budapest (BUD) to New York JFK (JFK) on 3 May, and from the Hungarian hub to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on 5 May. It also added a link from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Nuremburg (NUE) on 7 May. The 7,755-kilometre Chicago O’Hare sector and the 7,010-kilometre JFK route will both be flown with 787-8s, with the former operating twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and the latter four times weekly. There is no competition on either route. The 755-kilometre-Warsaw Chopin-Nuermburg sector will see 12 weekly flights with E170s and also faces no competition. Commenting on the new transatlantic routes, Rafał Milczarski, CEO, LOT said: “Our decision to launch non-stop flights shows how much we believe in Hungary as one of the key markets in Central and Eastern Europe for LOT. We aim to win the hearts of passengers from Hungary and the surrounding countries with the best product on the market, which the non-stop flights definitely are. For LOT it is also a completely new chapter in its history. For the first time in its 90-year history LOT is launching a connection to North America from outside Poland.” Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport added: “These flights are sure to become great success among tens of thousands of business travellers, tourists and people visiting their relatives and friends overseas.”

Norwegian Amsterdam New York JFK

Cutting the ribbon, along with the crew, at the launch of Norwegian’s first long-haul service from Amsterdam to New York JFK were: Marcel Lekkerkerk, Director Route & Business Development, Amsterdam Airport; and Koen Slembrouck, Head Of Ground Operations, Norwegian. The LCC will serve the route four times weekly.

  • Norwegian commenced its first long-haul route from Amsterdam (AMS) on 7 May, starting a four times weekly service to New York JFK (JFK). The airline will utilise its 787-9 fleet on the 5,844-kilometre route, with direct competition being provided by KLM (20 times weekly) and Delta Air Lines (twice-daily). Five days before the Amsterdam inaugural, the airline added its latest US route from Paris CDG (CDG). The carrier now links the French capital to Boston (BOS) three times weekly, with it, like the new Amsterdam service, using its 787-9s on the 5,531-kilometre transatlantic crossing to the North American city. Competition on the France-US route comes from Air France and Delta, with both SkyTeam members serving the route daily this summer. Finally, and also on 2 May, Norwegian launched its latest intra-European connection, a 2,298-kilometre sector from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Bilbao (BIO). This service will be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) using its 737-800s, with no direct competition being provided. See how the FTWA’s from Amsterdam and Blbao compare to others from around the world.

Leeds Bradford welcomed the start of two new Turkish services courtesy of Thomas Cook Airlines, with twice-weekly operations to Antalya and Dalaman. As part of the inaugural celebrations, the UK airport surprised the first people at check in with complimentary lounge access. Mr and Mrs Goulder-Plumb were jetting off for a two-week break in Turkey and were able to start their holiday in style in the airport’s new first class lounge, The 1432 Runway Club.

  • Thomas Cook Airlines has added 18 new routes to its UK portfolio over the last week, with 10 airports benefiting from the expansion. The most popular day for flights are Mondays, with five of the 23 extra weekly sectors being flown on that day, with Tuesdays and Fridays being the least-used days of the week, with just two flights on each. Four of the routes are resumptions, with Glasgow (GLA) to Kos (KGS) being last served in October 2015; Manchester (MAN) to Funchal (FNC) having previously be flown up until April 2014; the most recent re-start is Manchester to Mytilene (MJT) which was last operated in October 2016; and finally Manchester to Thessaloniki (SKG) was formerly served in September 2012.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-May Bristol (BRS) Hurghada (HRG) A321 (1) TUI Airways (1)
Newcastle (NCL) Enfidha (NBE)  
02-May Leeds Bradford (LBA) Dalaman (DLM) A321 (2) (2)
London Stansted (STN) Enfidha (NBE) A320 (1)  
Manchester (MAN) Thessaloniki (SKG) A321 (2) easyJet (3), (2), TUI Airways (1)
03-May Leeds Bradford (LBA) Antalya (AYT) (2)
London Luton (LTN) Dalaman (DLM) easyJet (2)
Manchester (MAN) Funchal (FNC) easyJet (2), (2), TUI Airways (2)
04-May Birmingham (BHX) Girona (GRO) A321 (1) Ryanair (3), (2)
Cardiff (CWL) Antalya (AYT)  
05-May Bristol (BRS) Girona (GRO) A320 (1) Ryanair (5)
Edinburgh (EDI) Antalya (AYT) A321 (1) (1)
Manchester (MAN) Girona (GRO) Ryanair (3), (2), TUI Airways (1)
Mytilene (MJT)  
06-May Birmingham (BHX) Thessaloniki (SKG) A320 (1) (1)
Bristol (BRS) Preveza (PVK)  
07-May Glasgow (GLA) Kos (KGS) A321 (1) easyJet (2)
Newcastle (NCL) Bodrum (BJV) (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

TUI Airways added two new destinations to its Newcastle operation over the last seven days, with new links to Dubrovnik and Thessaloniki. The UK airport, represented by Richard Knight, COO (right), surprised the Kilty family from Penshaw in Sunderland with £100 to spend at World Duty Free to kick-start their holiday in style.

  • TUI Airways started nine new connections from seven of its UK operations in the past seven days, flying to eight destinations in Croatia, Greece, Italy and, Spain. The longest sector is the 2,688-kilometre route from Norwich (NWI) to Heraklion (HER), whereas the shortest city pair is the 1,360-kilometre link from London Gatwick (LGW) to Olbia (OLB). The average sector length of all nine services is 2,023 kilometres, with an average weekly frequency of one. competes on four of the new sectors.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-May Norwich (NWI) Heraklion (HER) B738 (1)  
03-May Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Kefalonia (EFL)  
East Midlands (EMA) Dubrovnik (DBV) (2)
Newcastle (NCL) (2)
Thessaloniki (SKG) (1)
05-May London Gatwick (LGW) Olbia (OLB) easyJet (3)
06-May Aberdeen (ABZ) Reus (REU)  
Leeds Bradford (LBA) Malaga (AGP) (10), Ryanair (8)
07-May Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Naples (NAP)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Ukraine International Airlines Delhi

Among the celebrations to take place at Delhi Airport to commemorate the arrival of Ukraine International Airlines’ first service from Kiev Boryspil was a lamp lighting ceremony. Among those present at the occasion were: Abhijnan Sengupta, Associate GM, Airline Marketing and Route Development, Delhi Airport; Subhash Goel, Chairman Stic Travel Group; Dr. Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine to India; Simon Bundle, VP Industry & International Affairs, Ukraine International Airlines; Tansu Cigeroglu, Marketing Head, Celebi Ground Handling India; and Andy Diaz, Head Operations, Celebi Ground Handling Delhi. The 4,545-kilometre route will be flown three times weekly.

  • Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) introduced the Indian capital of Delhi (DEL) to its network on 1 May, inaugurating a three times weekly service from Kiev Boryspil (KBP). The European carrier will connect the two capital cities using its fleet of 767-300s, with the 4,545-kilometre route presently not flown by another airline. Along with Delhi, UIA also serves the Asian cities of Almaty, Astana, Bangkok, Beijing and Colombo. The carrier also serves multiple destinations in the Middle East. See how Delhi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

United Airlines inaugurated its new non-stop seasonal (until 3 October) service between its New York Newark hub and Porto. The outbound flight, UA144, departs New York daily at 21:45, landing in Portugal at 09:45 the following day. United flight UA145 departs Porto at 12:35, arriving in Newark at 15:35 on the same day (all times local).

  • United Airlines has initiated two new city pairs this week, one domestic and one international. On 1 May, the Star Alliance carrier began the 452-kilometre route from Denver (DEN) to Moab (CNY) in Utah. The 12 times weekly CRJ 200-operated sector will encounter no direct competition. Three days later, United commenced a link from its New York Newark (EWR) gateway to Porto (OPO). The daily 757-200-operated service will face incumbent TAP Air Portugal, which flies the same airport pair twice-weekly. See how Porto Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

ViaAir commenced its 686-kilometre link between Austin and Tuulsa on 6 May. Inaugural ceremonies included a live music performance by Jenny Reynolds, a ribbon cutting, cake and remarks from airline and airport officials. Cutting the ribbon to celebrate new service were: Matthew Kehn, ViaAir mechanic; Thomas Jones, ViaAir Station Manager; Susana Carbajal, Assistant Director, Austin Airport; Jeff Pearse, CEO Lone Star/South Terminal; and musician, Jenny Reynolds.

A gate party was also held at the Oklahoma end of the new ViaAir route too, complete with live music, chips from Austin, cake and giveaways.

Wizz Air Lviv

Wizz Air commenced flights between London Luton and Lviv on 1 May, with the Ukrainian airport greeting the arrival of the ULCC’s latest service to the city with a classic route launch cake. Seen cutting the sweet sensation showstopper are: Andriy Moskalenko, Deputy Lviv Major for Development Issues; Tetyana Romanovska, Director General of Lviv Airport; and Roman Kokotaylo, Acting Director of the Department for Roads, Transport and Communication of the Lviv Regional State Administration. Flights on the 1,714-kilometre sector will operate three times weekly.

  • Wizz Air commenced its latest route from London Luton (LTN) on 1 May, a 1,714-kilometre connection to Lviv (LWO) in Ukraine, the carrier’s second route to the Eastern European country from its UK base after Kiev Zhulyany. The ULCC will operate its newest service three times weekly using its fleet of A320s, with the city pair not expecting to face any direct competition this summer. From W18/19, competition between Lviv and London will be added courtesy or Ryanair, with Europe’s largest low-cost operator planning to link Lviv with London Stansted from 2 November. With the launch of flights from Luton, it now means that Wizz Air offers six routes from Lviv, with the UK capital connection joining existing services to Berlin Schönefeld, Dortmund, Gdansk, Katowice and Wroclaw. See how Lviv Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

This handsome looking cake was baked to mark the start of WOW air’s latest foray across the Atlantic, this route being a four times weekly service to Cleveland. Icelandair will start operations from Reykjavik/Keflavik to the Ohio airport in the coming weeks.

  • WOW air introduced its latest US link to its network on 3 May, adding a four times weekly service between Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) and Cleveland (CLE) to its S18 schedule. With the introduction of this service, it ends a nine-year hiatus of transatlantic flying from the Ohio airport, with its last transcontinental services having been routes to London Heathrow and Paris CDG in 2009 with the then named Continental Airlines according to OAG schedules. WOW air will operate flights to Cleveland using its fleet of A321s, with the service from Iceland not facing competition at the time of launch. However, it should be noted that Icelandair will begin serving Cleveland from Reykjavik/Keflavik in the coming weeks. See how Cleveland Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.


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