New airline routes launched (5 June 2018 – 11 June 2018)

Air Italy Milan Malpensa to Miami 

The departure of the Milan-Miami IG903 flight was celebrated in the presence of Air Italy’s COO, Neil Mills (left), who thanked SEA Aviation Marketing Manager Aldo Schmid (right) and gave a warm welcome to the 254 departing passengers. To celebrate this new service, there was a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony and the departure of the A330 aircraft, its passengers and crew was marked with a celebratory water cannon salute.

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Chief Operating Officer Rolando Aedo; Air Italy COO Neil Mills; Vice Consul General of Italy in Miami Lucio Taglione; Special Assistant to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Diana Fernandez; and Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola celebrate Air Italy’s Milan Malpensa route launch at Miami with a ribbon-cutting and a great looking-cake.

  • Air Italy, the airline born from the old Meridiana brand, has commenced its second US service in as many weeks, launching a four times weekly operation from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Miami (MIA). Started on 8 June, the route follows quickly on the heels of its daily New York JFK service, which began on 1 June. The A330-200-operated service will face direct competition from American Airlines, which offers a daily rotation on the city pair. Air Italy’s COO, Neil Mills, said: “With the opening of this service to Miami, Air Italy is proud to inaugurate its second North American service. We have already sold 50% of the S18 season capacity based on 120,000 seats and we plan to end the month of June – our first month of North American operations – with a load factor of more than 80%. It is even more impressive that more than 50% of customers choose Air Italy to fly from the US via Milan, to Rome, Naples and Palermo.” Also commenting was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez: “Congratulations to Air Italy on its successful expansion into Miami-Dade County. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of new visitors every week from Milan to our community, and to providing our residents another flight option to Italy.” See how Milan Malpensa and Miami airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Air Canada Vancovuer to Paris CDG

Air Canada also launched flights between Vancouver and Paris CDG this week, with the first flight taking off on 8 June. To celebrate the link to the French capital, the Canadian airport commissioned a fantastic cake which depicts the Arc de Triomphe. Seen speaking at the gate party to celebrate the route is Anne Murray, VP Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport. Services on the 7,923-kilometre link to Paris will operate four times weekly.

Air Canada Zurich Vancouver

Air Canada launched two new European services from Vancouver this week, with the first being to Zurich. To celebrate the launch of the Star Alliance member’s launch to the Swiss hub, the Canadian airport baked this impressive Alps-inspired cake. The airline will offer three weekly 787-8-operated flights on the 8,304-kilometre link.

  • Air Canada opened two new European routes from its Vancouver (YVR) base this week, bringing to four the number of destination on the continent that mainline flies to from its British Columbia hub, with the Star Alliance member already serving London Heathrow and Frankfurt. On 7 June the airline launched a three times weekly service on a 8,304-kilometre route to Zurich (ZRH). The following day a four times weekly operation on the 7,923-kilometre sector to Paris CDG (CDG) was inaugurated. “I would like to thank Air Canada for their ongoing support of Vancouver and providing our passengers with such exciting bucket-list travel destinations just in time for the busy summer season,” said Anne Murray, VP Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport. “Both new services further connect Europe and British Columbia, providing new opportunities to grow commercial relations in business, technology, education and tourism.” While both routes are new to Air Canada’s network, they are both already served by other carriers. Edelweiss Air offers four weekly flights between Zurich and Vancouver, while Air France (five times weekly) and Air Transat (twice-weekly) link the Canadian airport to the French capital airport this summer. While Air Canada mainline flies to Frankfurt, Heathrow, Paris CDG and Zurich from Vancouver, it should be noted that Air Canada Rouge links the North American hub to Dublin. See how Zurich Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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

Aegean Airlines launched a summer seasonal service between Athens and Turin on 8 June, with the Italian airport greeting its new Star Alliance member with a cake and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Among those at the launch were Francesca Soncini, Communication Director, Turin Airport (left) and Sandro Melis, Country Manager Italy, Aegean Airlines (centre). The Greek carrier will offer twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays) flights on the sector.

  • Aegean Airlines introduced two European airports to its Athens (ATH) network this week, namely Porto (OPO) and Turin (TRN). The Star Alliance member will offer a seasonal service on both routes for S18. The first destination added was the Portuguese city, with it being initiated on 6 June. Flights on the 2,799-kilometre sector to Porto will be flown on the airline’s A320s twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). Services on the 1,572-kilometre city pair with Turin, which launched two days later, will also see a twice-weekly rotation (Wednesdays and Fridays), with the route being operated on a mixture of Aegean’s Airbus short-haul family aircraft. Neither service will face direct competition. Last year the airline flew 13.2 million passengers, up 6.5% versus the 12.5 million that flew with the carrier in 2016. Not only did passenger traffic grow, but the Aegean Airlines Group saw its passenger yield per kilometre increase from €0.081 in 2016 to €0.082 in 2017 according to its annual financial report. See how Turin Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Air Canada Rouge Bucharest

Air Canada Rouge commenced flights between Montreal and Bucharest on 7 June, with this becoming the only route between North America and the Romanian capital, while a second service from Toronto Pearson launched on 9 June. To toast the occasion, a cake was made to commemorate the historic route launch. Among those cutting the colourful route launch party piece were: Duncan Bureau, President, Air Canada Rouge; Adina Georgescu, President of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce of Quebec; Ioana Gabriela Costache, Consul General of Romania in Montreal; Stéphane Lapierre, VP Airport Operations and Air Services Development; and Adrian Ligor, Business Manager of the Romanian Embassy in Canada. The carrier will offer twice-weekly flights from both Montreal and Toronto Pearson to Bucharest.

Air Canada Rouge commenced operations between Toronto Pearson and Porto on 8 June, with the inaugural flight touching down in the Portugese city the following day. Among the celebrations in Porto was a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Air Canada Rouge will offer three weekly flights on the 5,641-kilometre transatlantic city pair.

  • Air Canada Rouge launched three new transatlantic routes this week, with two of them linking to Bucharest (OTP), with these becoming the Romanian capital’s first North American connections in over 10 years. The Star Alliance member will now link Montreal (YUL) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Bucharest, while the airline has also launched flights from its Toronto base to Porto (OPO). Flights between Montreal and Bucharest launched first, with the 7,277-kilometre route being inaugurated on 7 June. The 5,641-kilometre sector from Toronto to Porto commenced the following day, while the 7,759-kilometre city pair between the Canadian city and the Romanian capital launched on 9 June. Neither route to Bucharest will face direct competition, with both being served twice-weekly on the airline’s fleet of 767-300s. These are the first transatlantic services to Bucharest in over 10 years. While these city pairs are brand new routes, the connection between Toronto and Porto is already served by Air Transat three times weekly. See how Bucharest and Porto airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

American Airlines Burlington

American Airlines commenced flights between Chicago O’Hare and Burlington on 7 June, with a press conference taking place at the Vermont airport. Seen speaking to the press is Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, watched over by Gene Richards, Director of Aviation, Burlington Airport. The oneworld member joins United Airlines on the route.

American Airlines South Bend

American Airlines commenced operations to South Bend on 7 June, launching twice-daily flights from its bases at Charlotte Douglas and Dallas/Fort Worth. The Indiana airport baked these two cakes to mark the launches.

American Airlines Montgomery

American Airlines initiated a route between Washington Reagan and Montgomery on 7 June, with the Alabama airport producing this eye-catching sweet treat showstopper alongside US-themed cupcakes. The oneworld member will offer six weekly flights on the 1,114-kilometre sector from the capital using its CRJ 700 fleet. No other airline links the airports.

American Airlines Key West

Passengers on the inaugural American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Key West were presented with a commemorative baseball cap as they disembarked the aircraft in Florida on 9 June. The carrier will offer a weekly (Saturdays) service between its Texan hub and Key West which will operate on the carrier’s fleet of E175s.

American Airlines Pensacola

American Airlines inaugurated a daily service between Philadelphia and Pensacola on 7 June, with the Florida airport celebrating the launch by hosting a party. Passengers were handed airline, airport and destination-branded goodies.

American Airlines Bonaire

One of the three international route launched by American Airlines this week was between Miami and Bonaire, an island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean. Together with Aruba and Curacao, it forms the group known as the ABC islands, less than one hundred miles off the north coast of South America near the western part of Venezuela. On hand to greet the inaugural flight from Miami on 9 June were Miss Bonaire, Ruthgainy Frans, and Miss Tourism Bonaire, Carolin Izeline Coffie. The oneworld member will offer a weekly (Saturdays) service between the Miami and Bonaire.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
07-Jun Charlotte Douglas (CLT) Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP) CRJ7 (14)  
South Bend (SBN)  
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Bangor (BGR) CRJ7 (1) United Airlines (15)
Burlington (BTV) E145 (14) United Airlines (29)
Calgary (YYC) E175 (6) United Airlines (21), WestJet (6)
Missoula (MSO) E175 (7) United Airlines (7)
Myrtle Beach (MYR) CRJ7 (1) Spirit Airlines (7), United Airlines (2)
Portland (PWM) CRJ7 (14) United Airlines (22)
Savannah (SAV) E145 (8) United Airlines (29)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP) E145 (13) United Airlines (14)
Wilmington (ILM) CRJ7 (7) United Airlines (14)
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Missoula (MSO) E175 (7)  
Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP) CRJ7 (14)  
Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) B757 (7) Icelandair (4), WOW air (3)
South Bend (SBN) CRJ7 (14)  
Miami (MIA) Savannah (SAV) E145 (7)  
New York JFK (JFK) Denver (DEN) B738 (7) United Airlines (20), JetBlue Airways (13)
Philadelphia (PHL) Fort Wayne (FWA) E145 (14)  
Oklahoma City (OKC) E175 (14)  
Pensacola (PNS) E175 (7)  
Washington Reagan (DCA) Montgomery (MGM) CRJ2 (6)  
09-Jun Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Asheville (AVL) CRJ7 (1)  
Flagstaff (FLG)  
Key West (EYW) E175 (1)  
Wilmington (ILM)  
Los Angeles (LAX) Bozeman (BZN) United Airlines (9), Delta Air Lines (1)
Miami (MIA) Bonaire (BON) A319 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 12 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Avianca Argentina Santa Fe

Avianca Argentina commenced flights to Santa Fe on 6 June, its third route from Buenos Aires Aeroparque after Mar del Plata and Rosario. Among those at the launch in Santa Fe were: José Garibay, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Santa Fe Province; Carlos Fascendini, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Santa Fe (second left); Hugo Diaz, Commercial Manager, Avianca Argentina (fourth left); José Corral, Intendant of the city of Santa Fe (fourth right); Martin Bulos, Secretary of Tourism of Santa Fe (second right). The carrier will offer 12 weekly flights on the sector.

  • Avianca Argentina launched its third route from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 6 June, with it now offering 12 weekly flights on a 386-kilometre sector to Santa Fe (SFN). The airline already links the capital city to Mar del Plata and Rosario respectively. “We are very happy to operate in the city of Santa Fe, a very important development for us,” commented Hugo Diaz, Commercial Manager, Avianca Argentina. The airline commenced operations in November 2017, with it presently operating two ATR 72-600s, and having another 10 on order. The route between Aeroparque and Santa Fe is already served by Aerolineas Argentinas, with the flag carrier offering 11 weekly flights using its E190s. Avianca Argentina plans to launch a fourth route to Reconquista on 17 July, an airport pair which is now bookable on the carrier’s website. Based on the booking engine, the carrier will initially offer four weekly flights between the capital and Reconquista, with the latter airport currently not flown to by any commercial airline. See how Santa Fe Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Delta Air Lines New York JFK San Jose

Delta Air Lines commenced daily, non-stop flights between New York JFK and San Jose on 8 June. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Californian airport to celebrate the new service. Taking part in the activity were: Dan Connolly, Airport Commission; Judy Ross, Assistant Director of Aviation, San Jose Airport; Catherine Hendrix, Airport Commission; Dana Debel, MD State & Local Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines; and Lisa Harbeson, San Jose Station Manager, Delta Air Lines. The sector between JFK and San Jose is already flown daily by JetBlue Airways.

  • Delta Air Lines launched three domestic services on 8 June, one from New York JFK (JFK) and two from Seattle-Tacoma (SEA). The airline’s Big Apple hub is now connected with San Jose (SJC), a 4,123-kilometre route that the SkyTeam member will operate daily using its fleet of 737-800s. “New York is the most sought-after destination for Silicon Valley business and leisure travellers, and we warmly welcome Delta Air Lines’ new non-stop flight to New York JFK,” said John Aitken, Director of Aviation, San Jose Airport. “We thank Delta for their confidence and investment in Silicon Valley’s airport and see this service is already being embraced by our community on the inaugural day with full inbound and outbound flights.” The route between JFK and San Jose is already flown by JetBlue Airways on a daily basis. From Seattle, Delta commenced services on a 2,390-kilometre sector to Kansas City (MCI), plus a 3,700-kilometre airport pair with Washington Dulles (IAD). Both launched on the same day as the carrier’s latest JFK service. Flights to Kansas City will operate on its fleet of E175s, going head-to-head with Alaska Airlines (twice-daily) and Southwest Airlines (daily). Flights to the US capital airport will be flown on 737-800s, with competition coming from United Airlines (three times daily) and Alaska Airlines (daily).

The easyJet crew along with Julian Jäger (fifth left), Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport and Thomas Haagensen (third right), easyJet Group Markets Director marked the start of the LCC’s new service to Basel on 8 June (the carrier launched Milan flights from the Austrian capital city on 31 May). “We are continually expanding our offering to the Austrian capital city,” says Haagensen. “Since the founding of easyJet Europe based in Vienna in July 2017, we already registered or re-registered more than 100 aircraft of the easyJet fleet in Austria. As a result, easyJet is now Austria’s largest airline. The new route underscores our growth plans for Austria, so that our customers will profit from an even greater choice and low air fares.”

  • easyJet has used the last seven days to launch three new routes across its portfolio. On 5 June, the LCC introduced a twice-weekly, A320-operated service from Nice (NCE) to Tel Aviv (TLV). The 2,733-kilometre sector will face direct competition from El Al (three times weekly), Air France and Arkia Israeli Airlines (both weekly). Three days later, easyJet commenced two new city pairs from Basel (BSL). It started a twice-weekly connection to Lamezia Terme (SUF), which has no incumbent airlines, whereas its other new route to Vienna (VIE) has Austrian Airlines (13 times weekly) and Skywork Airlines (six) both flying the 676-kilometre city pair. Both Basel routes are flown by the carrier’s A320 family of aircraft. “The airline’s expansion of its route network once again confirms the market potential and performance of our flight hub. At present, easyJet serves a total of 13 destinations from Vienna,” says Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport.

London Stansted became the third London airport and seventh in the UK to welcome direct Dubai flights from Emirates on 8 June. On hand to greet the inaugural flight were Hubert Frach, Divisional SVP Commercial Operations West, Emriates; Ken O’Toole, CEO, London Stansted; and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional VP UK, Emirates. With the introduction of this new daily service, the Dubai-based carrier will now offer up to 10 flights per day to London.

Emirates Istanbul

Emirates made a return to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen on 8 June, an airport which it last served in July 2016. To commemorate the MEB3 carrier’s return, the Turkish airport baked this fantastic cake depicting the airline taking off in front of the airport terminal. Emirates will offer five weekly flights between Dubai and Sabiha Gökçen.

  • Emirates added two new routes from Dubai (DXB) on 8 June, introducing Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and London Stansted (STN) to its network. Both routes will be flown by the airline’s 777-300s. The 2,964-kilometre Turkish connection will be operated five times per week and faces incumbent competition in the form of flydubai, Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines, which will offer 23 combined frequencies between Dubai and Sabiha Gökçen during the week commencing 12 June. The 5,456-kilometre Stansted sector will be flown daily and there is no incumbent competition. “We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations,” said Hubert Frach, Divisional SVP, Commercial Operations West, Emirates. “Previously, London’s North East, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas had to travel into the city, or further, to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates’ points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. There’s been a real appetite for increased connectivity between the thriving business community in the East of England and our global network too. The new gateway will support the swell of new start-ups, SMEs and established businesses in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor by giving them access to new cities and countries across the globe.” Ken O’Toole, CEO, London Stansted said: “Today is a truly significant moment in the history of London Stansted and we are delighted that our millions of passengers, based in London and the East of England, will see huge benefits from the direct connectivity between the airport and Emirates’ hub in Dubai and its vast array of onward connections.” The new Stansted route means Emirates now serves seven airports in the UK, while it offers 10 daily flights from London to Dubai. See how London Stansted and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Ethiopian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Chicago O’Hare on 10 June was heralded at a colourful ceremony, including a cake cutting, held at the VIP Salon of Addis Ababa Airport in the presence of US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Raynor, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the airline’s Executive Management members and invited guests.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam was onboard the inaugural flight into the US city. “Chicago is the main hub of our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines and the flight will be operated together with United to avail the best product for travellers from all over the US connecting to 58 destinations in Africa,” says GebreMariam.

  • Ethiopian Airlines commenced three times weekly flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on 10 June. The outbound 787-8-operated flight stops in Dublin, but flies direct on the return from the US city. “Chicago will be our fourth destination in the US and our seventh in the Americas,” says Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “It is the third biggest city in the US and one of the most important global aviation hubs. We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa.” The route faces no direct competition.

Finnair Minsk

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Minsk Airport on 9 June to officially open Finnair’s new twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service from Helsinki. Belavia already serves the capital city pair three times weekly.

  • Finnair introduced its latest European capital on 9 June, beginning a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service between Helsinki (HEL) and Minsk (MSQ). The oneworld member will operate the 739-kilometre sector using its fleet of E190s, with competition being provided by Belavia which already offers three weekly flights between the two cities. With this launch, Finnair now serves 20 destinations in Eastern Europe on scheduled flights. The carrier’s next planned route launch will take place on 11 December, the day on which it will commence services to Lyon. For 2019, the only route poised to join the Finnish flag carrier’s network so far is Hannover, a city link it is expected to launch on 29 April offering five weekly flights. See how Minks Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Kenya Airways Mauritius

Having just cut the ribbon to officially open Kenya Airways’ new route between Nairobi and Mauritius, Anil Gayan, Minister of Tourism for Mauritius, and Jan De Vegt, COO of Kenya Airways, enjoyed the post-cutting pyrotechnic display over a glass of champagne. The Skyteam member will offer four weekly flights on the 3,096-kilometre route.

  • Kenya Airways commenced operations between Nairobi (NBO) and Mauritius (MRU) on 7 June, a 3,096-kilometre sector that the African carrier will operate four times weekly. “The investment and trade opportunities presented by this direct flight will certainly add value to both countries,” commented Jan De Vegt, COO of Kenya Airways, on the service. “The route will also have great impact on our upcoming non-stop flights to New York JFK by reinforcing its attractiveness to the American premium leisure travellers,” he added. The SkyTeam member will connect the two airports using its fleet of E190s, with competition coming in the form of Air Mauritius which offers twice-weekly flights using its fleet of A319s. Kenya Airways grew annual traffic by 71% over the past decade, with it flying 4.46 million passengers during the FY16/17 calendar. As stated by De Vegt, the carrier will soon launch flights to New York JFK, a service which will begin on 19 October. Presently this is the only new route scheduled to be launched by the airline from the Kenyan capital this year.

Katee the Koala, was on hand at Brisbane to welcome the first passengers on Malaysia Airlines’ reinstatement of the Australian airport on its route map. The new flights, which began on 6 June, will provide more than annual 120,000 seats to/from Brisbane.

  • Malaysia Airlines, for the first time since 2015, will serve Brisbane (BNE) from its Kuala Lumpur (KUL) hub. Operating four times weekly from 6 June on A330-300s, the 6,436-kilometre route faces no direct competition. Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport CEO and MD said: “This is not a new partnership we’re celebrating today, Malaysia Airlines has been a part of the Brisbane Airport family since 1972, so today’s re-launch is about rekindling a very strong, long-term partnership and celebrating future success and opportunities between Queensland and Malaysia.”

Melbourne celebrated the arrival of the first Malindo Air service from Kuala Lumpur via Denpasar on 7 June. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the new connections were Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO, Malindo Air (centre) and Lyell Strambi, CEO Melbourne Airport (right).

  • Malindo Air has introduced its first flights to Melbourne (MEL), after beginning daily services from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 7 June. The Malaysian operator will serve the 6,341-kilometre Kuala Lumpur connection with 737-900s via Denpasar (DPS) in Bali. It faces incumbent competition between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne in the form of AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines which both offer double-daily direct flights. On the direct 4,379-kilometre sector from Denpasar to Melbourne there is competition from Jetstar Airways with double-daily services and Garuda Indonesia with eight weekly frequencies. “We are thrilled to secure Malindo Air at Melbourne Airport, in a move that creates more choice and frequency for travellers flying to and from Indonesia and beyond,” said Simon Gandy, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport. “We are extremely excited by this prospect, considering passenger traffic between Victoria and Indonesia has been growing at 8.6% per annum in the past five years. This highlights we are rapidly filling current capacity, the strong travel demand in the route and reinforces Victoria’s fascination with the leisure hotspot. The full-service carrier also opens up connections to Indonesia and beyond, with opportunities for Victorians to explore other Indonesian leisure destinations, such as the world’s largest Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta, Central Java.” 

Ponta Delgada celebrated the arrival of the inaugural Ryanair service from Manchester on 7 June. The Irish ULCC will operate the route weekly with flights on Thursdays. Cutting the cake baked to celebrate the occasion are Andreia Cunha, Ryanair Sales and Marketing Manager Portugal; José Manuel Bolieiro, Mayor of Ponta Delgada; Marta Caeiro, Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism for the Azores; and José Luis Alves, Airport Director, Ponta Delgada.

  • Ryanair has launched two more routes from Manchester (MAN) in the last week with services starting to Venice Treviso (TSF) on 5 June and to Ponta Delgada (PDL) in the Azores on 7 June. The 1,344-kilometre Treviso link will be operated three times weekly, while the 2,494-kilometre Ponta Delgada sector will be flown weekly (Thursdays). Both routes will be served by the carrier’s 737-800s. Although neither route will face direct competition at airport pair level, Venice is already served from Manchester, with easyJet, and Thomson Airways all operating from the Northern UK airport to Venice Marco Polo in S18. OAG schedules show the Irish ULCC will now offer scheduled services to 57 destinations from Manchester during S18. See how Ponta Delgada Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Saudi Arabian Airlines launched two summer seasonal routes to Malaga, with twice-weekly flights offered from its bases at Jeddah and Riyadh. The latter Saudi airport celebrated the inaugural departure on 9 June with this tasty-looking cake.

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines returned to the Spanish city of Malaga (AGP) this week, commencing twice-weekly 787-9-operated services from both Jeddah (JED) and Riyadh (RUH). The Middle Eastern carrier last served Malaga in 2004. Started on 9 June, the service from the nation’s capital city is flown on Wednesdays and Saturdays, whereas the Jeddah route, which commenced two days later, is operated on Mondays and Thursdays. The two seasonal services will run until early September, and both operate inbound to Saudi Arabia via Casablanca.

TAP Air Portugal Florence

TAP Air Portugal commenced flights between Lisbon and Florence on 10 June, with the crew of the inaugural flight being met by a congregation of the airport’s staff. The Star Alliance member will serve the 1,782-kilometre sector 10 times weekly on its fleet of E190s, with no other airline presently flying between the two cities.

  • TAP Air Portugal introduced Florence (FLR) to its network on 10 June, launching flights to the Italian city from its Lisbon (LIS) base. The Star Alliance member is scheduled to offer 10 weekly fights between the two airports, with it operating a twice-daily service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The airline will utilise its fleet of 106-seat E190s on the 1,782-kilometre city pair, with no other carrier presently flying between the two airports. The Portuguese flag carrier is the largest in the market between its home country and Italy, offering over 751,000 one-way seats between the two nations in 2018. This represents roughly 55% of seat capacity in the market. Ryanair is the second largest airline with just under 501,000 seats (37% market share) and easyJet third with a little under 79,000 seats (5.8%). Along with Florence, the Star Alliance carrier also serves Bologna, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino and Venice Marco Polo airports in Italy this summer, with it offering 107 weekly departures from Portugal to these destinations. See how Lisbon and Florence airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Zurich United Airlines San Francisco

United Airlines launched flights between San Francisco and Zurich on 7 June, the same day that Air Canada commenced flights from Vancouver to the Swiss city. With both North American airlines being members of Star Alliance, they both shared a joint cake to commemorate the launching of the new routes. Seen present at the cake cutting ceremony were: Thorsten Lettnin, MD Continental Europe, United Airlines; Stephan Widrig, CEO of Zurich Airport; and Virgilio Russi, Senior Director Sales, Air Canada. San Francisco flights will operate daily this summer.

United Airlines Akron-Canton

United Airlines commenced flights between Houston Intercontinental and Akron-Canton on 7 June, with the Ohio airport baking this splendid cake to celebrate the launch of the new daily service. The Star Alliance member will offer a daily rotation on the 1,745-kilometre sector using its fleet of E145s. No route faces no direct competition.

  • United Airlines introduced 11 new routes to its network on 7 June from five bases across the US. 10 of the routes launched this week were domestic services, with a 9,371-kilometre transatlantic connection between San Francisco (SFO) and Zurich (ZRH) also being added to the S18 schedules. Of the domestic routes launched, four face direct competition, while the Star Alliance member will see fellow alliance carrier SWISS offering a complementary daily operation between Zurich and San Francisco. The average sector length of the inter-US routes is 2,484 kilometres, with all routes seeing a daily rotation apart from the link from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Bismark (BIS), with this city pair scheduled to be flown twice-daily by United. See how Akron-Canton and Zurich airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
7-Jun Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Bismarck (BIS) E145 (14) American Airlines (7)
Fresno (FAT) E175 (7)  
Denver (DEN) Appleton (ATW) CRJ2 (7)  
Norfolk (ORF) A319 (7) Southwest Airlines (2)
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) Akron-Canton (CAK) E145 (7)  
Dayton (DAY)  
Los Angeles (LAX) Eureka (ACV) CRJ2 (7)  
Kalispell (FCA) Allegiant Air (2)
Missoula (MSN) Allegiant Air (2)
San Francisco (SFO) Madison (MSO) E175 (7)  
Zurich (ZRH) B788 (7) SWISS (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 12 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.


  1. Kelvin Lawrence says:

    The spreadsheet appears to be the one from last week.

  2. Kelvin Lawrence says:

    Any chance you can get the spreadsheet issue fixed? I always enjoy seeing all the new routes that get launched. Every link takes you to last weeks 29 May – 4 June download. Something is broken.

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