New airline routes launched (29 May 2018 – 4 June 2018)

GX Airlines Nanning to Siem Reap

GX Airlines Siem Reap

On 29 May, GX Airlines commenced its first scheduled international service from Nanning, a 1,120-kilometre link to Siem Reap in Cambodia. The route was celebrated with a launch event at the latter airport, with the airline planning to serve this city pair twice-weekly using its fleet of A320s. It presently operates six A320s alongside its 15 E190s.

  • GX Airlines launched its first scheduled international service on 29 May, the day it began a route between Nanning (NNG) and Siem Reap (REP). The Chinese carrier will operate the 1,120-kilometre sector twice-weekly, with flights departing Nanning on Tuesdays and Saturdays, before returning in the early hours of Wednesdays and Sundays. The airport pair will be served by the airline’s A320s, of which it presently has six plus 15 E190s. Direct competition on the city pair comes from Lanmei Airlines, with it operating three weekly flights. Another competing carrier is Cambodia Angkor Air, with it providing twice-weekly flights between the two cities. GX Airlines will also offer scheduled services to 32 domestic destinations from its Nanning base in S18 based on OAG schedules.

Air Canada Toronto Pearson to Shannon

Air Canada Shannon

Air Canada launched flights from Toronto Pearson to Shannon on 1 June, with the aircraft touching down in Ireland the following day. The Irish airport greeted the arrival of the new service with this fantastic cake depicting CN Tower in Toronto. Eagerly anticipating a slice of CN Tower are: Isabel Harrison, B2B Manager, Aviation Development, Shannon Airport; Kevin O’Connor, VP System Operations Control, Air Canada; Andrew Murphy, MD, Shannon Airport; Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development, Shannon Airport; Jackie Ellis, General Relations Officer, Embassy of Canada; and Matthew Lee, Senior Manager Network Planning, Air Canada.

Air Canada Dublin Montreal

Air Canada launched another 737 MAX 8 to Ireland on 2 June, with it connecting Montreal with Dublin. Celebrating the launch in the Irish capital were: Kevin O’Connor, VP System Operations Control, Air Canada; Bláithín O’Donnell, Sales Manager Ireland, Air Canada; and Jon Woolf, SVP Aviation Business Development, Dublin Airport.

  • Air Canada introduced Shannon (SNN) to its network on 1 June, adding a four times weekly service to the West Ireland airport from Toronto Pearson (YYZ). “This new Air Canada Toronto service reflects the growing tourism and business links between this half of the island and, not least thanks to the fact that Toronto is a hub airport, Canada. It amounts to a significant tourism opportunity for this region, with a strong demand in Canada for the unique offering of the Wild Atlantic Way, in particular,” commented Andrew Murphy, MD of Shannon Airport about the arrival of Air Canada. The airline will operate the 5,116-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737 MAX 8s, with no other carrier presently linking the two airports. Along with this new service, the Star Alliance member has also inaugurated flights to Dublin (DUB) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) from Montreal (YUL) this week. Flights on the 10,351-kilometre route to the capital of Japan launched on 1 June, with Canada’s largest airline planning to serve the sector daily on its 787-8s. Services to the capital of Ireland commenced the following day, with the carrier, like its Toronto to Shannon route, scheduled to offer four weekly flights on the 4,767-kilometre city pair using its 737 MAX 8s. Neither of the routes launched from Montreal will face direct competition. The Canadian flag carrier already serves Dublin on its mainline product from Toronto Pearson, while Tokyo Narita is served from Calgary and Vancouver, while the airline also flies to Tokyo Haneda from its Toronto hub. See how Shannon Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

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

San Jose welcomed the start of a seasonal daily service to Mexico City with Aeromexico on 1 June. The Mexican flag carrier will operate the route until 31 August. John Aitken, Director of Aviation, San Jose Airport, was on hand to perform the ceremonial ribbon-cutting duties.

  • Aeromexico launched a new connection between Mexico City (MEX) and San Jose (SJC) on 1 June. It will operate the 2,977-kilometre sector daily with its mixed fleet of 737s. There is no incumbent competition on this airport pair which will run as a seasonal service until 31 August. It joins Aeromexico’s year-round link to the Californian city from Guadalajara. “We are pleased to see Aeromexico, our newest international airline partner, already expanding in Silicon Valley with important non-stop service to Mexico City as we begin our peak summer travel season,” said John Aitken, Director of Aviation, San Jose Airport. “Our community has responded favourably to the carrier’s non-stop service to Guadalajara which began last summer, and we expect the same warm welcome for Aeromexico’s additional and in-demand service to Mexico’s capital city.”

Air Astana launched two new routes to Russia in two days in the last week with flights commencing from Astana to Tyumen and Kazan on 2 and 3 June respectively. A cake was baked to mark the inaugural service on the former route, which, like the Kazan sector, will be operated three times weekly with E190s. There is no incumbent competition on either of the new links.

  • Air Astana has launched two new links to Russia from Astana (TSE), commencing services to Tyumen (TJM) on 2 June and Kazan (KZN) on 3 June. The 792-kilometre Tyumen sector and the 1,551-kilometre Kazan link will each be flown three times weekly. Both airport pairs will be operated by the carrier’s E190s and there is no incumbent competition on either route. The latest network expansion coincides with the delivery of the airline’s second Airbus A321neo on June 2. The new aircraft offers 179 seats in a two-class layout (28 in Business, 151 in Economy) and will be operated on Air Astana’s domestic and international routes including flights to Russia, Georgia, Turkey, UAE, Central Asia and China. In total the airline has ordered 17 A320neo family aircraft. See how Astana Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Zagreb held a grand reception to greet the arrival of Air Canada Rouge’s inaugural service from Toronto Pearson, with activities on the day including a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Honoured with cutting the ribbon to declare the 7,070-kilometre route open were Carolyn Hadrović, Corporate Secretary, Air Canada and Ivana Akmadzic, Managing Commercial Director, MZLZ Ground Handling Services. Flights will operate four times weekly using 767-300s.

  • Air Canada Rouge launched its latest transatlantic route from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) on 2 June, a 7,070-kilometre sector to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital of Croatia. “We are satisfied with advanced bookings for our new Zagreb service. This is why we have allocated four weekly frequencies to this route, which is primarily targeted at leisure travellers,” commented Carolyn Hadrović, Corporate Secretary, Air Canada about the airline’s latest European link. As stated, the airline will offer four weekly flights between Toronto and Zagreb, with the carrier utilising its fleet of 767-300s on the sector. Direct competition comes from fellow Canadian lesiure operator Air Transat, with the latter offering a twice-weekly summer seasonal service using its mixed fleet of A330s. With this launch, it brings to 11 the number of transatlantic routes flown by Air Canada Rouge from Toronto Pearson, with Porto and Bucharest to become the 12th and 13th connections when they are launched on the 8 and 9 June respectively. See how Zagreb Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Air China introduced Copenhagen to its network on 30 May, with the Danish hub holding a party to celebrate the arrival of its newest airline partner. Among the festivities was a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Honoured with cutting the ribbon to officially open the new service from Beijing were: Ying Deng, Chinese Ambassador to Denmark; Brian Mikkelsen, Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs; Thomas Woldbye, CEO, Copenhagen Airport; and Andy Hao, GM Denmark, Air China. The Star Alliance member will link the two cities four times weekly using A330-200s.

  • Air China introduced two new destinations to its Beijing (PEK) network this week, beginning flights on 30 May to Copenhagen (CPH), while a connection to Hanoi (HAN) was inaugurated on 1 June. Services on the 7,192-kilometre link to the Danish capital will be flown four times weekly using the carrier’s fleet of A330-200s, with Air China’s service complementing the existing daily connection flown between the two cities by fellow Star Alliance member SAS. Hanoi will, like Copenhagen, also be flown four times weekly, albeit on the Chinese airline’s fleet of A321s. It too is a route already flown by another airline, however it is not operated by a fellow Star carrier, but SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines. The national flag carrier of Vietnam already offers a five weekly rotation on the 2,330-kilometre sector this summer. Copenhagen becomes Air China’s 19th European destination from Beijing, while Hanoi is the second destination in Vietnam to be served from the Chinese capital by Air China, with it already providing a daily 737-800-operated service to Ho Chi Minh City. See how Copenhagen Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

There were celebrations at Surat to welcome the arrival of AirAsia India on 1 June. Chadrakant Raghunath Patil and Dharshana Jardosh, both Members of Parliament, performed the ceremonial lamp lighting. Dilip Sajnani, Airport Director, Surat and an official from the airline were also present at the inauguration ceremony. The LCC will operate the new domestic sector daily with A320s.

  • AirAsia India began a new domestic link between Bengaluru (BLR) and Surat (STV) on 1 June. The LCC will operate the 1,025-kilometre sector daily with its A320s and faces no direct competition. According to the airline, the load factor on the Bengaluru-Surat sector was 78%, while the return flight was practically full with a 96% load factor. AirAsia India describes Surat as “a business hub with a dominant presence of diamond and textile industries.” It adds that a large number of merchants travel out from Surat on business, and that this presents an opportunity to open up the market. The LCC now serves 20 destinations in its home market with hubs at Bengaluru, Delhi and Kolkata. See how Surat Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Allegiant Air commenced a route between Oakland and Memphis on 30 May. Part of the festivities at the latter airport included a press conference. Among those to take part in the media briefing were: Scott Brockman, President and CEO, Memphis Airport; Pace Cooper, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Memphis Airport; Kimberly Schaefer, Public Relations Manager, Allegiant Air; Phil Trenary, President and CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber; and Kevin Kane, President and CEO, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. The carrier will serve the city pair twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays).

Syracuse Allegaint Air

Syracuse Airport baked this cake to toast the start of Allegaint Air’s new route from Orlando Sanford on 30 May. The airline plans to serve the 1,658-kilometre city pair twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) using its MD-80s.

  • Allegiant Air launched flights between Oakland (OAK) and Memphis (MEM) on 30 May, a 2,886-kilometre sector that the ULCC will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). “We are so excited to continue our growth in Memphis, with the addition of this new non-stop route to the Bay Area,” said Drew Wells, VP Revenue and Planning, Allegaint Air. “This new route provides Memphis with their only non-stop option to the Bay Area and more opportunities to explore this great destination.” The carrier will connect the Californian and Tennessean cities using its fleet of A319s, with no direct competition being provided. Along with this link, the carrier also commenced its newest service from Orlando Sanford (SFB) on 30 May, launching twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) flights to Syracuse (SYR). The airline will serve the 1,658-kilometre link between the Floridian and New York State airports using its MD-80 fleet according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Like the route between Oakland and Memphis, the service from Sanford to Syracuse will face no direct competition. See how Memphis Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Boutique Air Boston

  • Boutique Air introduced Boston (BOS) to its network on 1 June, the day which saw the carrier begin services to the Massachusetts airport from Massena (MAS), an airport located just shy of the Canadian border in the northern part of New York State. The airline will operate the 420-kilometre sector three times daily based on OAG schedules, with no other airline presently serving between the two airports. Flights will operate using the airline’s fleet of Pilatus PC-12s. This is the airline’s second route from Massena, with it offering a daily service to Baltimore/Washington and a twice-daily rotation to Albany based on OAG schedules.

There were celebrations in Dublin on 2 June to mark the launch of Cathay Pacific Airways flights from Hong Kong, the Irish airport’s first direct service to the Asia Pacific. James Ginns, GM Europe, Cathay Pacific and Vincent Harrison, MD Dublin Airport, shared the ceremonial ribbon cutting duties.

  • Cathay Pacific Airways launched a new connection between Hong Kong (HKG) and Dublin (DUB) on 2 June. The 9,827-kilometre city pair will be operated four times weekly with A350-900s and faces no direct competition. The new service becomes Dublin’s first ever direct route to the Asia Pacific region. “We are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Vincent Harrison, MD, Dublin Airport. “Today is the result of collaboration of many years work with a wide range of other bodies such as the Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia. Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8 billion per annum and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China, employing a total of 100,000 people there. With an estimated 4,000 Irish people living in Hong Kong and about 40,000 people per year travelling between our two cities I have no doubt this new route will be popular for business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Cathay Pacific to market the new route.” James Ginns, GM Europe, Cathay Pacific, said: “We’re delighted that Ireland’s first and only non-stop flight to Hong Kong has been well-received by customers. Our team is thrilled to be able have a role in fostering bilateral tourism and economic growth between Ireland and Asia. We feel confident that this new route will continue to bring more convenience and choice to the Irish public and optimise opportunities for Irish businesses.”

CemAir Richards Bay

CemAir commenced flights between Johannesburg and Richards Bay on 29 May, with the South African regional airline taking over the route due from SA Express which has recently been grounded. The first CemAir flight received a water arch salute on its arrival, with the carrier planning to serve the domestic 476-kilometre route 12 times weekly.

  • CemAir step into the shoes of grounded SA Express on 29 May, starting flights on the South African domestic link between Johannesburg (JNB) and Richards Bay (RCB). This becomes the regional operator’s seventh service from Johannesburg, with it also adding Kimberley to its network from South Africa’s largest city on 28 May. Along with Kimberley and Richards Bay, CemAir operates regular scheduled non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, Hoedspruit, Margate, Plettenberg Bay and Sishen Kathu. Like Richards Bay, Kimberley services were started due to the grounding of SA Express, with CemAir planning to serve this route 21 times weekly. The 476-kilometre link between Johannesburg and Richards Bay will be operated 12 times weekly, with a twice-daily rotation occurring on weekdays, while a daily service will be operated on Saturdays and Sundays. All flights are scheduled to be served using the carrier’s fleet of 19-seat Beechcraft 1900s, of which it presently has 10. With the two new additions to its Johannesburg network, the South African regional airline will operate 88 weekly flights from the nation’s largest airport this summer. See how Richards Bay Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

There were celebrations at Wuhan on 30 May to mark the launch of China Southern Airlines flights to London Heathrow. The 8,867-kilometre route will be operated three times weekly using A330-200s. The Chinese carrier already operates to Heathrow from Guangzhou, while it will add another link to the UK airport from Sanya, starting in July.

  • China Southern Airlines began two new routes in quick succession this week, launching services from Wuhan (WUH) to London Heathrow (LHR) on 30 May, followed by flights from Guangzhou (CAN) to Da Nang (DAD) on 1 June. The 8,867-kilometre Wuhan to Heathrow service will be flown three times weekly using the airline’s A330-200s, with no direct competition being provided. OAG Schedules Analyser data shows that China Southern already operates into Heathrow from Guangzhou and, in addition to the new Wuhan route, it will add a further connection to the London hub in July when it introduces a twice-weekly service from Sanya. The 975-kilometre Asian link between Guangzhou and Da Nang will be operated daily by the carrier’s mixed fleet of 737s. This route faces incumbent competition in the form of Vietnam Airlines (three weekly flights) and Hainan Airlines (twice-weekly). 

Cyprus Airways Prague

Cyprus Airways commenced flights between Larnaca and Prague on 1 June, with the first flight seen here parked at the gate in the Czech Republic. The airline will initially offer a weekly (Fridays) service on the sector.

  • Cyprus Airways added another European airport to its network on 1 June, with the airline now serving Prague (PRG) from its base at Larnaca (LCA). This comes off the back of the airline’s launches to Verona and Zurich last week. Cyprus Airways will operate a weekly (Fridays) flight on the 2,306-kilometre sector to the Czech Republic capital, with competition coming from Travel Service which offers three weekly flights. From 2 July, the airline will add a second weekly (Mondays) rotation to Prague, with all flights scheduled to be flown using the carrier’s A319s, of which it presently has two. With this launch, Cyprus Airways now operates to nine destinations from Larnaca, with a 10th – Chania – scheduled to begin on 14 July, with the airline planning to serve the Crete airport twice-weekly. By the peak of S18, the airline will offer 34 weekly departures from Larnaca. See how Prague Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

The inaugural Donghai Airlines’ flight from Shenzhen was greeted in Darwin with a traditional water arch salute. The Chinese carrier will operate this connection to Australia’s Northern Territory twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. The 4,313-kilometre route will be flown by 737-800s and there is no direct competition.

  • Donghai Airlines launched services to Australia on 30 May when the Chinese carrier introduced a new link from Shenzhen (SZX) to Darwin (DRW). Flights on the 4,313-kilometre sector will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). The airline will deploy its 737-800s on the route and there is no incumbent competition.“We have invested an additional $103 million to turbocharge tourism and the arrival of our first non-stop direct flight from China heralds a step-change in our international competitiveness,” said Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. “The new route is anticipated to bring thousands of new Chinese visitors to the Territory, and has the potential to deliver $32 million in new visitor expenditure each year, once the route reaches three flights per week at 80% capacity.” Northern Territory Airports CEO Ian Kew, said the launch of the non-stop air service to Shenzhen will provide immediate economic benefits to Darwin and the Northern Territory. “Donghai Airlines commitment to the non-stop air service has already created new jobs and business opportunities for NT residents. Additional catering and ground handling contracts have been awarded to local operators and the flight crew will be accommodated in Darwin hotels,” said Kew. “Importantly, these services open up new supply channels for airfreight. There will be an expected average of 1.5 tonnes of freight volume available for export/import per flight to trans-ship time sensitive high-value items between the Northern Territory and China.” See how Darwin Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

This impressive aircraft-topped cake was baked to herald the start of easyJet’s new domestic service between Berlin Tegel and Cologne Bonn, a multiple-daily service which began on 4 June. The route faces stiff competition from incumbent Eurowings.

easyJet added another connection to its 30th busiest operation (in terms of weekly seats, w/c 6 June) at Alicante, with a three times weekly operation from Berlin Tegel. Surprisingly, the LCC does not already offer the Spanish city from its more established Berlin operation at Schönefleld.

  • easyJet has started eight new sectors in the last seven days, from three of its bases in Germany, Italy and the UK. The longest sector is the 2,314-kilometre route from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Jerez (XRY), whereas the shortest city pair is the German domestic route from Tegel to Cologne Bonn (CGN), at just 463 kilometres. The average sector length of all seven services is 1,381 kilometres, while the average frequency is 4.1 flights per week. Three of the eight airport pairs will encounter direct competition. See how the FTWAs from Alicante, Cologne Bonn and Jerez compare to others from around the world. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-May Milan Malpensa (MXP) Vienna (VIE) A32S (7) Austrian Airlines (37)
01-Jun Berlin Tegel (TXL) Alicante (ALC) A320 (3)  
Cologne Bonn (CGN) A320 (14) Eurowings (84)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Faro (FAO) A319 (2)  
02-Jun Berlin Tegel (TXL) Jerez (XRY) A320 (2)  
Bristol (BRS) Genoa (GOA) A319 (2)  
Seville (SVQ) A320 (2)  
03-Jun Berlin Tegel (TXL) Bari (BRI) A320 (1) Laudamotion (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Edelweiss Air Denver

This cake was made to commemorate the start of Edelweiss Air’s route to Denver on 4 June, with it being presented at the route launch celebration in Zurich. The carrier will serve Denver twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

  • Edelweiss Air launched its latest US route on 4 June, a seasonal twice-weekly service to Denver (DEN). “We are very excited that Edelweiss Air is coming to Denver. Nearly 30,000 passengers travel between Denver and Switzerland each year, so this new non-stop service is supporting both business and leisure travellers and providing customers with a more convenient and relaxing travel experience,” said Larry Ryan, Lufthansa Group Senior Director of Sales for the US. The airline will operate the 8,277-kilometre link from Zurich (ZRH) twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using its fleet of A330-300s. No other airlines currently connects these two cities.

Iberia, utilising the capacity of its regional partner Air Nostrum, has commenced a three times weekly service from its Barcelona operation. The route was formerly flown by Léon Airlines in 2015, which operated the 484-kilometre sector six times weekly with its Saab 340 fleet.

Icelandair San Francisco

Icelandair relaunched flights to San Francisco on 1 June, an airport it last served in 2006. To greet the return of the European carrier, the Californian hub commissioned this geographic-themed cake depicting the new link.

  • Icelandair strengthened its US network this week by introducing Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to its route map, while also reintroducing San Francisco (SFO). The former 6,009-kilometre link to Texas was inaugurated on 30 May from Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF), while services on the 6,754-kilometre sector to California began on 1 June. Both routes will be flown four times weekly based on OAG schedules, with Dallas/Fort Worth flights being flown using 757-200s, while San Francisco will see 767-300 operations. Icelandair will face direct competition on both routes, with WOW air operating Dallas/Fort Worth three times weekly and San Francisco daily. Further competition on the Texan route will be added on 7 June, with oneworld carrier American Airlines due to launch a daily service. See how Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Starting on 1 June, Laudamotion officially opened its base at Vienna Airport. Four aircraft will be permanently stationed in the Austrian capital city. “Laudamotion represents the start of a new low-cost carrier with a base and a variety of flight connections in Vienna. In addition to growth at the airport hub, the new airline also comprises a great offering for passengers departing from Vienna. Effective immediately, fantastic destinations can be reached with Laudamotion for people going on holiday in the summer”, says Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport. Opening the new base with Laudamotion crew members were: Andreas Gruber, Laudamotion CEO; Niki Lauda, Laudamotion; and Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport.

Erik Bergmüller, Head of Business Development & Cooperation of Laudamotion (fourth from left) and Martin Altemöller, Head of Traffic at Hannover Airport (fourth from left), are looking forward to the first flight from the German airport to Palma de Mallorca with the airline’s crew.

“In terms of passenger numbers, Palma de Mallorca is one of our most popular European destinations,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. “Almost a million passengers flew from Hamburg to Mallorca in 2017 alone. So we are delighted that Laudamotion is responding to this great demand for flights to the German people’s favourite island, increasing the service on this route and filling the gap that had arisen compared to last year’s services. Our passengers benefit from an even greater range of choice for flights to their holiday destination.” The German airport’s Senior Manager Traffic Development & Sales Alex Ringel heralded the new route with the inaugural flight’s flight crew.

Münster/Osnabrück Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of Laudamotion’s scheduled service to Palma de Mallorca on 1 June. The route will be operated daily. Handing out the flowers to the first flight crew were the German airport’s Detlef Döbberthin, Manager Aviation Marketing (left) and Mathias Richter, Manager Aviation Marketing (right).

  • Laudamotion has started 32 new sectors in the past week, as the LCC looks to fill the void left behind by the now defunct airberlin and NIKI operations. The longest sector is the 3,668-kilometre  route from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Tenerife South (TFS), whereas the shortest city pair is the link from Vienna (VIE) to Pisa (PSA), at 686 kilometres. The average sector length of all 32 services is 1,743 kilometres, while the average frequency is 5.1 flights per week. Only eight of the 32 airport pairs will see no incumbent airlines, with the Tegel to Heraklion (HER) route seeing Laudamotion face seven competing carriers. See how FTWAs from Hannover and Palma de Mallorca compare to others from around the world. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-Jun Berlin Tegel (TXL) Faro (FAO) B738 (4) easyJet (3), Eurowings (2), Germania (2)
Girona (GRO)  
Heraklion (HER) B738 (3) Eurowings (3), Germania (3), SundAir (3), TUIfly (2), Aegean Airlines (2), Corendon Airlines Europe (2), Ellinair (2)
Lanzarote (ACE) B738 (2) Germania (1)
Malaga (AGP) B738 (4)  
Milan Malpensa (MXP) B738 (6) easyJet (7)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) EQV (23) easyJet (35), Eurowings (19), Germania (7), Ryanair (6)
Pula (PUY) B738 (2) Eurowings (3), easyJet (1)
Cologne Bonn (CGN) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) B738 (20) Eurowings (43), Condor (14), Ryanair (13), TUIfly (6)
Hamburg (HAM) A320 (7) Eurowings (31), Condor (7), Ryanair (7)
Hannover (HAJ) A320 (9) Condor (21), Eurowings (21), TUIfly (12), Norwegian (2)
Linz (LNZ) A321 (3) Eurowings (2)
Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) A320 (7)  
Salzburg (SZG) A321 (7) Eurowings (4)
Vienna (VIE) Chania (CHQ) A320 (3) Austrian Airlines (2)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) A320 (23) Eurowings (16), Vueling (4)
Pisa (PSA) A320 (3)  
02-Jun Berlin Tegel (TXL) Corfu (CFU) B738 (3) easyJet (2), TUIfly (2), Germania (1)
Fuerteventura (FUE) B738 (2) Germania (2), TUIfly (1)
Gran Canaria (LPA) B738 (3) Germania (2), TUIfly (1)
Ibiza (IBZ) B738 (4)  
Kos (KGS) B738 (3) Germania (2), SundAir (1), TUIfly (1)
Rijeka (RJK) B738 (2) Eurowings (2)
Vienna (VIE) Brindisi (BDS) A320 (1)  
Malaga (AGP) A320 (2) Eurowings (3)
Santorini (JTR) Austrian Airlines (2), Eurowings (2)
03-Jun Berlin Tegel (TXL) Tenerife South (TFS) B738 (3) Germania (2), TUIfly (2)
Innsbruck (INN) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) A321 (2) Germania (1)
Vienna (VIE) Ibiza (IBZ) A320 (2) Eurowings (3), Austrian Airlines (1)
Paphos (PFO)  
04-Jun Graz (GRZ) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) A321 (2) Eurowings (3)
Vienna (VIE) Kalamata (KLX) A320 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Hannover welcomed the arrival of LOT Polish Airlines on 4 June with launch of flights from Warsaw Chopin. The Polish flag carrier will operate the 766-kilometre sector 12 times per week and faces no direct competition.

  • LOT Polish Airlines has introduced a hat-trick of new routes, including one to Russia, the host country of the upcoming World Cup Finals. The Polish flag carrier launched services from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Podgorica (TGD) on 2 June, to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) on 3 June and to Hannover (HAJ) on 4 June. The 1,096-kilometre Podgorica connection and the 1,165-kilometre Domodedovo link will both be operated six times per week by the airline’s E-Jet aircraft. The 766-kilometre Hannover route will be flown 12 times per week with E170s. None of the routes face incumbent competition. See how Hannover Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Girona greeted Pobeda’s first flight from St.Petersburg with this water arch welcome on 2 June. The Russian LCC began flights between Moscow Vnukovo and Bordeuax on the same day. Both routes will be flown twice-weekly with 737-800s on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and there is no competition on either sector.

  • Pobeda launched two new connections on the same day on 2 June, commencing services from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Bordeaux (BOD) and from St.Petersburg (LED) to Girona (GRO). The former 2,906-kilometre route and the latter 2,733-kilometre link will both be operated twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with 737-800s. Neither route faces any direct competition. The Vnukovo link is the only route Pobeda is currently scheduled to operate to Bordeaux in S18. It will serve Girona from both Vnukovo and St. Petersburg this summer. See how Girona Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

Qatar Airways Mykonos

Qatar Airways launched flights to Mykonos on 30 May, with the Mediterranean island becoming the airline’s third route to Greece after Athens and Thessaloniki. Seen taking charge of the ribbon cutting alongside the inaugural crew are: George Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean Region; Abdulaziz Al-Naama, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Hellenic Republic; Konstantinos Koukas, Mayor of the Mykonos Municipality; George Vilos, Executive Director of Commercial & Business Development, Fraport Greece; and Theresa Cissell, Country Manager Greece, Qatar Airways.

  • Qatar Airways introduced its latest route from Doha (DOH) on 30 May, a 2,821-kilometre link to the Greek island of Mykonos (JMK). This becomes the airline’s third route to Greece after Athens and Thessaloniki, with the latter having launched only a few months ago. Qatar Airways Group CEO, H.E Akbar Al Baker, said of the launch: “We are thrilled that we have further expanded our operations to the beautiful island of Mykonos, only two months after the launch of service to Thessaloniki. The inaugural flight to popular Mykonos marks further growth and strengthening bonds between the State of Qatar and Greece.” Flights on the airline’s third route to Greece will be operated by the MEB3 carrier’s fleet of A320s, with no other airline presently linking the two airports. This is also Mykonos’ first MEB3 carrier service. Qatar Airways will add further routes to Europe in the coming weeks, with it planning to introduce Bodrum to its network on 12 June, a route which will operate twice-weekly, while Antalya (also twice-weekly) and Malaga (four times weekly) will be stamped onto the airline’s route map the following day based on its booking engine.

Ryanair celebrated the opening of its new Dusseldorf base on 1 June (its 11th base in Germany and 86th base in Europe) and the launch of three new routes to Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, which will all operate daily as part of its S18 schedule. Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport; Lisa Maria Rumpf, Ryanair, Sales and Marketing Executive DACH; and Lutz Honerla, VP Marketing & Strategy, Düsseldorf Airport all welcomed the new routes.

On 1 June, the Irish ULCC began domestic services from Zaragoza to Palma de Mallorca. The twice-weekly sector becomes the sixth route offered by the carrier from Zaragoza, joining existing flights to London Stansted, Milan Bergamo, Brussels Charleroi, Lanzarote and Paris Beauvais.

  • Ryanair has started 16 new sectors in the last seven days, with the ULCC boosting its operations primarily from Manchester (MAN) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI), as well as opening a new base in Düsseldorf (DUS). The longest sector is the 2,623-kilometre route from Manchester to Agadir (AGA), whereas the shortest city pair is the link from Zaragoza (ZAZ) to Palma de Mallorca, at just 363 kilometres. The average sector length of all 16 services is 1,314 kilometres, while the average frequency is 3.8 flights per week. Only five of the 16 airport pairs will see no incumbent airlines, with two routes from Palma de Mallorca – Stuttgart (STR) and Düsseldorf – seeing Ryanair face six competing carriers. See how Zaragoza Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01-Jun Düsseldorf (DUS) Alicante (ALC) B738 (7) Eurowings (6), Norwegian (2)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) Crotone (CRV)  
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Berlin Tegel (TXL) B738 (6) easyJet (35), Laudamotion (23), Eurowings (19), Germania (7)
Düsseldorf (DUS) B738 (7) Laudamotion (56), Eurowings (46), Condor (22), TUIfly (17), Norwegian (7), Hahn Air (1)
Nuremberg (NUE) B738 (4) Eurowings (15), Germania (14), Laudamotion (8)
Zaragoza (ZAZ) B738 (2) Air Europa (3), Vueling (3), Volotea (1)
Pisa (PSA) Crotone (CRV) B738 (3)  
Rome Ciampino (CIA) Corfu (CFU)  
02-Jun Manchester (MAN) Agadir (AGA) B738 (2) Air Arabia Maroc (2), TUI Airways (1)
Porto (OPO) B738 (3) easyJet (3)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Luxembourg (LUX) B738 (2) Luxair (11)
Strasbourg (SXB)  
Stuttgart (STR) B738 (3) Laudamotion (34), Eurowings (29), TUIfly (10), Condor (9), easyJet (4), Vueling (4)
03-Jun Düsseldorf (DUS) Malaga (AGP) B738 (7) Laudamotion (9), Eurowings (7), Norwegian (4)
Manchester (MAN) Cagliari (CAG) B738 (2)  
Reus (REU) (5), TUI Airways (4), Thomas Cook Airlines (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Passengers on the first S7 Airlines flight from Novosibirsk to Tokyo Narita were able to enjoy a slice of the fantastic-looking cake. The oneworld carrier commenced eight routes this week from the Russian airport, predominantly to domestic destinations.

  • S7 Airlines has used the last week to commence flights on 13 new city pairs. Two of the oneworld carrier’s routes will be flown at low frequency – its sectors from Novosibirsk (OVB) to Neryungri (NER) and from the same Russian airport to Tokyo Narita (NRT) will be operated just weekly – whereas it will offer a daily rotation from Novosibirsk to Krasnojarsk (KJA). As a result of this recent network expansion, S7 will offer 94 non-stop destinations from Moscow Domodedovo (DME), 67 from Novosibirsk, and 17 from St. Petersburg (LED) (OAG data w/c 6 June).
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
30-May Novosibirsk (OVB) Pavlodar (PWQ) E170 (2)  
01-Jun Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Gomel (GME) E170 (3)  
Novosibirsk (OVB) Krasnojarsk (KJA) E170 (7) Yamal Airlines (7), Utair (5) IrAero (2)
Neryungri (NER) A320 (1) Yakutia Airlines (2)
Samara (KUF) E170 (2)  
St. Petersburg (LED) Murmansk (MMK) E170 (4) Aeroflot (20), Nordavia (7)
02-Jun Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Olbia (OLB) A320 (3) Air Italy (1)
Novosibirsk (OVB) Tokyo Narita (NRT) A320 (1)  
St. Petersburg (LED) Copenhagen (CPH) E170 (2)  
03-Jun Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Cagliari (CAG) A320 (2)  
Novosibirsk (OVB) Bratsk (BTK) E170 (2)  
Kazan (KZN)  
Tomsk (TOF) E170 (3)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Cutting the route launch cake baked to celebrate the start of SUN-AIR services between Friedrichshafen and Düsseldorf on 4 June are: Kristoffer Sundberg, CEO, SUN-AIR; Claus-Dieter Wehr, CEO Friedrichshafen Airport; Stefan Köhler, Major of Friedrichshafen; and Andreas Humer-Hager, VP Marketing & Communication, Friedrichshafen Airport.

  • SUN-AIR introduced a new domestic link between Friedrichshafen (FDH) and Düsseldorf (DUS) on 4 June. It will operate 11 weekly frequencies on the 447-kilometre connection. This includes double-daily flights on weekdays and one rotation on Sundays. The airline will deploy its Dornier 328 Jets on this airport pair and faces no direct competition. OAG schedules show that this is the only route the British Airways franchise partner currently offers from Friedrichshafen. It also connects Düsseldorf with Billund. See how Friedrichshafen Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world. 

VLM Airlines Cologne Bonn

VLM Airlines ventured into Cologne Bonn on 4 June, with the Belgian regional operator starting new routes to Rostock and Antwerp. Welcoming the new connections at Cologne Bonn were: Chi Mee Yuen, Manager Business Development & Aviation Marketing, Cologne Bonn Airport; Peter Döhr, Senior Sales Manager, VLM Airlines; Lothar Peters, Director, Visit Flanders Germany; VLM Airlines crew; Johan Vanneste, President & CEO, Cologne Bonn Airport; Claudine Mischel, Manager Business Development & Aviation Marketing, Cologne Bonn Airport.

VLM Airlines Rostock

VLM Airlines commenced flights to Rostock on 4 June, with the European regional airline linking to the Northern German airport from Antwerp and Cologne Bonn, offering five weekly flights. To celebrate the new service, Rostock Airport baked this creative cake. No other airlines presently link Rostock to either Cologne Bonn or Antwerp.

VLM Airlines Aberdeen

The third new destination to join VLM Airlines’ network this week was Aberdeen. The airline now offers three weekly flights to the Scottish city from Antwerp, with two of the three weekly return services operating via the carrier’s existing Birmingham connection. Pictured at the launch in Aberdeen are: Carol Benzie, MD, Aberdeen Airport, and John Hughes, CIO, VLM Airlines. The airline will use its Fokker 50s on the 795-kilometre European sector.

  • VLM Airlines introduced three new destinations to its Antwerp (ANR) network on 4 June, namely Aberdeen (ABZ), Cologne Bonn (CGN) and Rostock (RLG). The airline will offer three weekly flights to the Scottish city, with two of the three weekly return services flying via the carrier’s existing Birmingham service. The latter two new destinations will be flown on a tri-city routing, with flights operating Antwerp–Cologne Bonn–Rostock–Cologne Bonn–Antwerp. This service will be flown five times weekly. None of the routes launched this week will face direct competition, with VLM utilising its fleet of Fokker 50s on the new services. The average sector length of the new routes is 530 kilometres. See how the FTWAs from Cologne Bonn and Rostock compare to others from around the world. 

Zaragoza welcomed the launch of Volotea services from Munich and Venice Marco Polo on 4 June with this specially baked cake. Both routes will be flown twice weekly by the airline’s 717s and neither faces any direct competition.

Munich has celebrated two new route launches with Volotea recently with a Montpellier service launching last week and being swiftly followed by the introduction of flights to Zaragoza on 4 June. Pierfrancesco Carino, Chief Sales Officer, Volotea (fifth from left) and Thomas Kube, VP Marketing, Munich Airport were joined by Volotea crew and the Munich Airport team to cut the ceremonial ribbon to welcome the new routes.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
29-May-18 Genoa (GOA) Mykonos (JMK) B717 (1)  
Marseille (MRS)  
30-May-18 Bordeaux (BOD) Menorca (MAH) A319 (1)  
Nantes (NTE) Pula (PUY)  
31-May-18 Bordeaux (BOD) Cagliari (CAG)  
Lyon (LYS)  
Catania (CTA) Pescara (PSR) EQV (2)  
Verona (VRN) Athens (ATH)  
04-Jun-18 Munich (MUC) Zaragoza (ZAZ) B717 (2)  
Venice Marco Polo (VCE)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 June 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Vienna welcomed the first Vueling flight from Palma de Mallorca on 1 June. The IAG LCC will offer four weekly flights on the 1,456-kilometre connection to the Austrian capital city. Services will be operated by the carrier’s A320s and there is incumbent competition in the form of Laudamotion and Eurowings.

  • Vueling launched three new routes from Palma de Mallorca (PMI) in the last week, with services commencing to Stuttgart (STR) and Vienna (VIE) on 1 June, and to Lisbon (LIS) on 2 June. The latter 1,025-kilometre connection to the Portuguese capital city will be operated twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays and there is no direct competition. The 1,138-kilometre link to Stuttgart and the 1,456-kilometre route to Vienna will both be operated four times weekly and there is incumbent competition on each airport pair. The Stuttgart route is already operated by Laudamotion, Eurowings, TUIfly, Condor, easyJet and Ryanair, with these six carriers providing a combined 89 weekly flights. The Vienna sector is currently flown by Laudamotion and Eurowings which offer a combined 39 rotations. Commenting on the new link to Palma de Mallorca Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport said: “Thanks to the new flight connection, passengers will enjoy an even broader travel offering to Spain’s most popular holiday island. The island offers a change of scene to travellers of all ages, whether for a city trip, beach holiday or sport vacation.” 

WestJet Paris

WestJet commenced flights between Halifax and Paris CDG on 31 May, with the French hub becoming the Canadian carrier’s first destination in Mainland Europe. Among those at the launch were: Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia; Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax Airport; Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova; and Tim Croyle, Interim EVP, Commercial, WestJet. The airline will operate a daily service between the two airports using its 737 MAX 8s.

  • WestJet commenced flights between Halifax (YHZ) and Paris CDG (CDG) on 31 May, with the French capital becoming the airline’s first destination in mainland Europe. “This is a historic moment for WestJet as we touch down on the European mainland for the first time,” said Tim Croyle, Interim EVP, Commercial, WestJet. “This new service reinforces our confidence in Atlantic Canada and our ongoing support of Nova Scotia’s tourism and economic development objectives outlined in its Atlantic Gateway initiative. Paris is the latest milestone chapter in WestJet’s drive to become a truly global airline, bringing Canada to the world and the world to Canada.” This is the second transatlantic service to launch with the airline from Halifax in recent weeks, with a route to London Gatwick having begun on 29 April. Halifax is also linked to Glasgow by the airline. The 4,870-kilometre transatlantic service to Paris will be served by WestJet daily using its fleet of 737 MAX 8s, with this being the only non-stop operation between Halifax and Europe’s second busiest airport. Halifax is no stranger to the departures board of Paris CDG, having being connected to the city courtesy of Europe Airpost (ASL Airlines France) which flew between the two airports on a weekly basis via Dublin in the summer seasons of 2015, 2016 and 2017.


  1. Trevor Culshaw says:

    Why oh why does East Midlands airport have any new routes, we need long haul, and domestic for the last few years we have flown to Orlando Mexico only ONCE a week for bother routes.

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