New airline routes launched (3 July 2018 – 9 July 2018)

FlyLolo Southampton to Skiathos 

Linking Southampton with a direct route to Greece for the first time, is market entrant FlyLolo. Launching the route with a bit of flag-waving and a tasty-looking cake were: Councillor Spiros Vassiliou; Neil Garwood, Southampton Airport MD; Paul Dendle, FlyLolo CEO; and Steven Marshall, Southampton Airport Head of Airline Marketing & Development.

  • FlyLolo, a virtual carrier which utilises other airline capacity, launched services from Southampton (SOU) to Skiathos (JSI) on 3 July. The 2,337-kilometre sector will use a Flybe E195 on a weekly basis (Tuesdays) to operate the route. No other carrier flies between the two destinations, and the seasonal service will operate until 2 October. Neil Garwood, Southampton Airport MD said: “We are really excited to finally launch the flight to Skiathos. We are committed to providing more exciting destinations to our customers, and this is the first time we’ve opened up a getaway to the Eastern Mediterranean. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with FlyLolo.” Paul Dendle, FlyLolo CEO added: “We’re excited that this is the first ever flight from Southampton to Greece, we see this as an important moment in the development of Southampton Airport which provides a stress-free alternative to the London airports. It’s a first step for our expansion plans for 14 destinations next year to the Eastern Mediterranean.”

American Airlines Philadelphia to Mexico City 

American Airlines Philadelphia Mexico City

American Airlines launched a daily service between Philadelphia and Mexico City on 5 July, with the US airport baking this fantastic cake to commemorate the new service, with the culinary masterpiece having been made by Night Kitchen bakery, a company with over 30 years baking expertise. Seen posing with the route launch party showstopper are Olympia Colasante, VP Philadelphia Operations, American Airlines and Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia Airport.

  • American Airlines launched its latest international route from Philadelphia (PHL) on 5 July, beginning a daily service from the Pennsylvania hub to Mexico City (MEX). The oneworld member will operate the 3,212-kilometre connection between Philadelphia and the Mexican capital daily utilising its fleet of A319s, with the carrier not expected to face any direct competition on the sector. With this launch, American now serves two destinations in Mexico from Philadelphia, with it already operating to Cancún 15 times weekly this summer when referencing OAG schedules. The USB3 carrier already serves Mexico City from Charlotte Douglas, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Miami. In total American will offer 97 weekly departures to Mexico City across its six routes from the US in S18.

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

Aeroflot Bourgas

A banner welcomes the crew of Aeroflot flight SU2156 to the city of Bourgas. The inaugural service from its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub was also baptised by the now traditional water salute from the airport’s rescue and firefighting service. Among those at the launch was Adriana Troanska, Head of PR & Corporate Communication, Fraport Bulgaria, pictured holding up the right-hand side of the route launch banner, plus Georgi Chipilski, Director of Bourgas Airport, seen behind the between the cockpit crew on the right-hand side of the stairs.

  • Aeroflot commenced daily operations between Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) and Bourgas (BOJ) on 3 July. The 1,648-kilometre flight is operated by its A320 family, departing Sheremetyevo at 17:55, arriving in Bourgas at 19:20. The return leg leaves the Black Sea destination at 20:30, landing in the Russian capital at 23:50. The Bulgarian airport stated in a press release that the route and will operate year-round, although frequencies will reduce to thrice-weekly from the end of October. According to OAG data, both Bulgaria Air and Nordwind Airlines currently serve the route, with 26 and two frequencies per week respectively. See how Bourgas Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Aigle Azur Sao Paulo Viracopos

Whether the Sao Paulo Viracopos ground crew came to look at the sunset, the inaugural Aigle Azur service from Paris Orly or indeed both, they certainly received a visual treat. The airline’s decision to serve Viracopos rather than Guarulhos is due to its codeshare agreement with Azul Airlines, which has its largest base, in terms of weekly seats, at the airport.

  • Aigle Azur have marked the beginning of an ambitious long-haul expansion with the introduction of services between Paris Orly (ORY) and Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) on 5 July. The three times weekly flight is operated year round, using two-class A330-200s, and is the airline’s first foray into the highly competitive transatlantic market. The route will be operated under a codeshare agreement with Azul Airlines, and a fourth weekly rotation will be added from 7 September. Currently, no other carriers fly between Orly and Viracopos. However, Air France and LATAM Airlnes operate double-daily and daily services respectively between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Sao Paulo Guarulhos according to FlightMaps Analytics data. The French capital is the second transatlantic destination for Viracopos, with an existing route to Lisbon being served by Azul. See how Sao Paulo Viracopos Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Aruba Airport welcomed the arrival of Air Century on 3 July with the carrier beginning services to Santo Domingo La Isabela. Several cakes were baked to mark the occasion and a ceremonial ribbon cutting was performed by Solandry Fuentes, Aruba Station Manager, Air Century; Jose Reinoso, Sales Executive, Air Century; Carlos Jimenez, MD, Air Century; Arantxa Chahin, Marketing Manager, Air Century; Barbara Brown, CCO, Aruba Airport Authority and Osling Toppenberg, CEO AGS Aruba.

  • Air Century has introduced Aruba (AUA) to its route network after commencing a new link from Santo Domingo La Isabela (JBQ) in the Dominican Republic on 3 July. According to OAG data the carrier has not operated any scheduled services to Aruba over the past 10 years. The airline’s booking engine shows that it will serve the 672-kilometre sector twice-weekly (Sundays and Tuesdays) in the outbound direction and three times per week in the inbound direction, with the additional rotation operating on Wednesdays. All flights will be flown by the carrier’s Saab 340s and there is no direct competition. Barbara Brown, CCO, Aruba Airport Authority said: “With this new flight offered by Air Century, we can offer our passengers more quality flying options to and from the Dominican Republic and beyond other destinations in the Caribbean region. We look forward to a long lasting relationship that will hopefully develop into more frequencies in the future.” Schedules show that Air Century will also operate to Port-au-Prince and San Juan from Santo Domingo La Isabela during S18.  

Air China, London Gatwick

London Gatwick welcomed the return of Air China on 3 July, with the UK capital airport greeting its new service from Chengdu with this brilliant bamboo and panda-themed cake, with the Chinese city being world-renowned for its research facilities on the animal. This service also becomes the 67th long-haul route to hit Gatwick’s departure boards. Air China, which last served Gatwick from Beijing unitl 2014, will offer three weekly flights on the city pair.

  • Air China made a return to London Gatwick (LGW) on 3 July when it introduced a direct connection from Chengdu (CTU), having last served the UK airport in 2014 with flights from Beijing. It will serve the 8,299-kilometre sector between Chengdu and London three times weekly, with it utilising its fleet of A330-300s on the airport pair. There is no incumbent competition on the route, with the city pairing of London and Chengdu having last been served by British Airways in January 2017. “Chengdu is a strategically important destination and a major logistical hub so this new route – the UK’s only direct flight – opens up a range of opportunities to access markets throughout Central and Western China, be it by air, road or rail,” commented Guy Stephenson, CCO of London Gatwick Airport on the service. “UK visitors now also have a fast, direct route to Chengdu, one of China’s most culturally significant destinations and one that attracts millions of tourists from around the globe every year. This new service is Gatwick’s 67th long-haul route. Our growing long-haul network looks set to play an increasingly important role connecting the UK to global markets at this vital stage in the country’s history.” With the return of Air China, it becomes the second mainland Chinese airline to serve Gatwick, with Tianjin Airlines offering twice-weekly flights from Tianjin via Chongqing. Along with these two airlines, Gatwick is also served by China Airlines from Taipei Taoyuan as well as Cathay Pacific Airways from Hong Kong. See how London Gatwick Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Air Corsica Brussels Charleroi

Air Corsica now offers three connections from the French Mediterranean island of Corsica to Brussels Charleroi, with a weekly service from Calvi added on 3 July to its existing flights from Ajaccio and Bastia. The airline is extending the previously seasonal service on the latter two routes to January 2019.

  • Air Corsica has consolidated its services into Brussels Charleroi (CRL), now offering flights from a third airport in Corsica, Calvi (CLY). The new weekly (Tuesdays) 180-seat A320-flown route was launched on 3 July, and will provide 3,240 two-way seats over the peak summer season, as the sector operates until 28 August. This news comes alongside an expansion of its other two existing routes from Charleroi, to Ajaccio and Bastia, which were launched last year. After the success enjoyed during S17, Air Corsica is extending these two routes from S18 until January 2019, and has increased the weekly frequencies as well. This represents an increase of 26,960 seats compared with 2017. No other airline offers this airport pair.

Alaska Airlines San Jose

Alaska Airlines launched daily flights between San Jose and New York JFK on 6 July, with the carrier becoming the third operator after Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways to serve the 4,123-kilometre domestic airport pair.

  • Alaska Airlines has become the third operator to offer non-stop flights between San Jose (SJC) and New York JFK (JFK), with it joining Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways on the US domestic airport pair. Like the competition, it will offer a daily service on the 4,123-kilometre sector, with it scheduled to serve the route using its fleet of A320s. By offering a morning departure from San Jose, Alaska Airlines will be the only carrier to offer a same-day arrival into the Big Apple airport from the Californian city. Flights depart at 07:05, landing into JFK at 15:43. This compares to departure times of 22:04 for JetBlue and 22:35 for Delta, resulting in next-day arrivals at the US East Coast hub. Along with this service, Alaska Airlines already serves New York Newark from San Jose with six weekly rotations, while United Airlines also provides a daily rotation between its Newark hub and the Californian airport when referencing OAG schedules.

ASL Airlines Paris CDG

Airport staff welcome passengers and media to ASL Airlines’ inaugural service between Paris and Tel Aviv, with posters and balloons adorning the gate area. The combination carrier also commenced two North African routes from the French regional airports of Toulon-Hyères and Perpignan.

  • ASL Airlines launched three more routes as part of their continued expansion into the Middle Eastern and African markets. Tel Aviv (TLV) saw a twice-weekly service operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays commence from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on 3 July. ASL joins Air France, El Al, easyJet, Arkia Isreali Airlines and XL Airways on the route according to OAG data. The combination carrier also launched weekly flights from Toulon-Hyères (TLN) to Algiers (ALG) operating on Wednesdays from 6 July, and Perpignan (PGF) to Oran (ORN) on Fridays since 4 July. Neither route is currently served by another operator. All three routes are seasonal, with Tel Aviv running until 30 August, and the latter two running until 5 and 14 September respectively. Tel Aviv and Oran are operated by ASL’s 737-700s, whilst their 737-300QC is serving the Algerian capital.

Azerbaijan Airlines Tivat

Azerbaijan Airlines launched its only route to Montenegro on 5 July, as the carrier commenced a weekly service to the country’s capital city Tivat. The 2,602-kilometre sector faces no direct competition.

  • Azerbaijan Airlines commenced a weekly service to Tivat (TIV) on 5 July, operating on Thursdays from Azerbaijan’s capital Baku (GYD). The 2,602-kilometre seasonal route will be served using the carrier’s A320 fleet until 13 September, with no existing operators on the route. In 2017, Tivat handled a total of 1,129,720 passengers, an increase of 15% on the previous year. According to OAG data, Belgrade is the largest single route from Tivat, handling an estimated 19,416 two-way passengers in Q1 2018. Including Moscow’s Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports, these two city pairs accounted for over 80% of all traffic at the airport in Q1. See how Tivat Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Azul Airlines Rosario

Azul Airlines launched its second route to Rosario on 3 July, beginning a three times weekly E195-operated service from Porto Alegre, and seen here getting ready for its water arch welcome. The Argentinian airport first joined the carrier’s network back on 24 March, the day when it began a weekly (Saturdays) A320-flown service from Recife.

  • Azul Airlines launched its second service to Rosario (ROS) on 3 July, the day it began a three times weekly service from Porto Alegre (POA), a 967-kilometre sector that it will operate using its fleet of E195s when referencing OAG schedules. The airline first started serving the Argentinian city back on 24 March when it launched a weekly (Saturdays) service from Recife. The carrier will face no direct competition on the route between Porto Alegre and Rosario. With this launch, the airline now operates seven routes between Brazil and Argentina, a country market pairing it first entered back in March 2017 with flights between Belo Horizonte and Buenos Aires Ezeiza. Since then, Azul Airlines has grown from one daily service on that airport pair to 30 weekly departures on the seven routes that it is currently operating. Presently, the airline has no other routes which it is planning to launch between the two markets for the rest of 2018. See how Rosario Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Delta Air Lines Pittsburgh

Delta Air Lines commenced flights between Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh on 8 July, with the latter airport celebrating the new route launch the following morning, before the return service departed, by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The carrier will offer a daily service on the 2,662-kilometre route using its A319 fleet.

  • Delta Air Lines expanded its domestic operations from Salt Lake City (SLC) and New York LaGuardia (LGA) this week. The SkyTeam member inaugurated daily flights to Cleveland (CLE) and Pittsburgh (PIT) on 8 July, while on the following day it commenced a route from LaGuardia to Chattanooga (CHA). The airline will operate the 2,512- and 2,662-kilometre links from Salt Lake City using its fleet of A319s, while the 1,178-kilometre service from the Big Apple to Chattanooga will be flown daily using CRJ 900s based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. None of the three routes launched by Delta this week will face direct competition.

Edelweiss Air Inverness

Passengers on Edelweiss Air’s inaugural flight (WK 312) from Zurich to Inverness disembarked the aircraft at the UK airport to the sound of Scottish bagpipes, played by Spud the Piper. The carrier will operate the 1,402-kilometre route weekly (Tuesdays) until 28 August. Photo credit: Dylan Morrison of Inverness Aviation Photography.

  • Edelweiss Air has made Inverness (INV) its second destination in Scotland after Edinburgh, with the Swiss carrier launching a weekly (Tuesdays) service from Zurich (ZRH) on 3 July. The airline will utilise its fleet of A320s on the 1,402-kilometre sector, with no other operator presently offering scheduled flights between Inverness and Switzerland. The seasonal route will be flown until 28 August. As stated, Edelweiss Air made Edinburgh its first Scottish destination in July 2016, serving the UK city four times weekly this summer, while a twice-weekly service is scheduled for W18/19. Along with Edinburgh and Inverness, Zurich has scheduled services to London’s City, Gatwick, Heathow and Luton airports, plus Birmingham and Manchester this summer, with 202 weekly departures to the UK available from Swiss hub. When referencing UK CAA data, just over 2.13 million passengers flew between Zurich and the UK last year, up 6.0% compared to 2016. The biggest destination is Heathrow, with it occupying 53% of the market, down 1.3 percentage points against the 2016 result. Over 21,800 passengers travelled on the route between Edinburgh and Zurich last year, up by 35% against the total of 16,200 reported the year before.

Celebrating the launch of Emirates’ new route to Santiago via Sao Paulo in Dubai were: Cabin Crew member Fernanda Lima; Ibrahim Ali Alblooshi, Commercial Visa Services Officer; Khalid Ghubash Al Mehairi, MD, ATS; Obaid Khadim Ahmed Bin Touq Al Marri; Mohamed Jassim Al Rais, Deputy MD, Al Rais Travel; Ayoub Al Sharif; Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional SVP Commercial Operations Centre, Emirates; Jean Paul Tarud Kuborn, Outgoing Ambassador of Chile, UAE Chilean Embassy; Mohammed Al Sharif, Chairman, Farzana Trading; Alexandra Popescu; and Emirates Cabin Crew member Layal Kaddoura. The MEB3 member will offer a five times weekly rotation to Santiago using its 777-200s.

  • Emirates has launched a five times weekly service from Dubai (DXB) to Santiago (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, marking the airline’s first arrival in Chile. Operated by the MEB3 carrier’s 302-seat 777-200 fleet, the service commenced on 5 July. Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional SVP, Commercial Operations, West said: “We are very pleased to see the interest this new route has created since it was announced in late January, reflected in strong bookings from and to Santiago. Santiago is a very popular leisure and business destination, and this new service will offer customers across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such the Far East, Middle East and West Asia, a great travel option to South America.” Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 09:05, arriving in Sao Paulo at 17:00, before departing at 18:30 and landing in Santiago at 21:40 on the same day. The return flight EK264 will leave Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 01:10, touching down in Sao Paulo at 05:55. EK264 will depart from Sao Paulo at 07:45 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 05:15 the next day. The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and the Brazilian city. The 14,820-kilometre sector from Dubai to Santiago faces no direct competition. See how Santiago Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Fiji Airways Tokyo Narita

The crew of Fiji Airways’ inaugural flight to Tokyo Narita. The airline launched three times weekly flights from Nadi on 3 July, becoming the first carrier to operate the route.

  • Fiji Airways commenced service to Tokyo Narita (NRT) on 3 July, with the three times weekly operation from Nadi (NAN) marking the carrier’s first foray into the Japanese market. The flag carrier of the Fijian archipelago will utilise its fleet of A330-200s on the 7,112-kilometre sector, with no other operator presently serving the Nadi-Tokyo city pair. The year-round service departs Nadi at 13:25, arriving in Tokyo at 19:30, with the return leg departing at 21:25 and arriving back in Nadi at 09:05 the following morning. For Narita, the route has additional significance, with Fiji Airways becoming the 100th operator to serve Japan’s primary international hub. According to FlightMaps Analytics Narita is now served by three South Pacific island carriers, including Aircalin from Nouméa, New Caledonia and Air Tahiti Nui from Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Southwest Airlines San Antonio

Speaking at the launch of Southwest Airlines’ new services to San Antonio from Fort Lauderdale and Oakland is Russ Handy, Aviation Director, City of San Antonio. The Texan airport also baked a cake to commemorate the launches. Both routes will be flown daily using the airline’s fleet of 737-700s based on OAG schedules.

  • Southwest Airlines added two new services to San Antonio (SAT) this week, launching daily flights to the Texan city from its Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Oakland (OAK) bases. The 1,842-kilometre jaunt from Florida and 2,374-kilometre link from California, both launched on 8 July, will be operated using the carrier’s mixed fleet of 737s. No other carriers presently operate either of these routes based on OAG schedules. When referencing the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Southwest flew just over 3.56 million passengers from San Antonio in 2017, up 6.3% versus the 3.35 million that it transported from the Texan city in 2016. The carrier’s next route launch from San Antonio will take place on 17 November, the day on which the carrier begin flights to Albuquerque. Unlike the two routes that the airline launched this week, flights from Albuquerque will face direct competition, with Frontier Airlines planning to launch the city pair on 15 August, one of many routes it will begin from San Antonio next month.

Constanta TAROM

Constanta Airport baked a cake to mark the return of national carrier TAROM on 3 July. The airline launched twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) flights from Satu Mare, ending an eight-year hiatus of services for the carrier at the coastal airport. TAROM last flew to Constanta in 2010 with flights from Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca.

  • TAROM returned to Constanta (CND) on 3 July, ending an eight-year hiatus for the carrier at the Romanian coastal airport. Having last flown to the city in 2010 with flights from Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, the carrier in S18 will offer a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service from Satu Mare (SUJ), a 570-kilometre seasonal domestic service that it will operate until 14 September. Flights will leave Satu Mare at 09:00, landing in Constanta at 10:40. Return services then depart at 11:05, returning back in Satu Mare at 12:45. OAG schedules indicate that the route will be operated on Bucharest-based ATR 42-500s, while no other airline presently links Satu Mare and Constanta. With the arrival of TAROM, Constanta Airport is now served by five scheduled carriers, with Blue Air having a seasonal base at the facility, while Wizz Air serves the airport from London Luton, Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Atatürk, plus Nordica from Tallinn. See how Constanta Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Among those at the launch of Tassili Airlines’ new service between Oran and Strasbourg were: Belkacem Harchaoui, CEO, Tassili Airlines; Houria Yousfi, Consul General, Consulate of Algeria in Strasbourg; and Thomas Dubus, CEO, Strasbourg Airport. The French facility also baked a cake to welcome the arrival of its latest connection.

  • Tassili Airlines launched flights between Oran (ORN) and Strasbourg (SXB) on 5 July. The Algerian carrier will offer a weekly (Thursdays) service on the 1,585-kilometre sector between the African and European cities using its fleet of 737-800s. No other airline presently operates flights between the two airports. “We decided to open this line for the summer season,” commented  Belkacem Harchaoui, CEO of the Algerian carrier. “We come to accompany our compatriots settled in the Loraine Region to come to Algeria to spend the holidays and meet their families.” Flights will operate until 6 September based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. Strasbourg is the only destination in France which Tassili Airlines flies to from Oran, with the carrier already linking the French city to Algiers and Constantine. The airline also flies to Nantes, Nice and Paris CDG from Algiers. Presently the African airline has a fleet of four 737-800s and eight Q400s according to various sources.

Tianjin Airlines Moscow Sheremetyevo

Following the touchdown of the inaugural Tianjin Airlines flight from Hohhet, the aircraft’s crew were greeted by airport ground staff presenting a large banner welcoming them to Moscow Sheremetyevo, including Alexander Nikonov (left), Head of Foreign Airlines Division at the Russian airport.

  • Tianjin Airlines continues its significant expansion of late with the launch of operations between Hohhet (HET) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on 8 July, utilising a 260-seat A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration. The 5,448-kilometre route operates on Sundays, departing Hohhet at 11:00 and arriving in Moscow at 14:05. The return leg leaves the Russian capital city at 16:20, landing in back in China at 04:45 the following day. There are currently no other carriers operating on this city pair, although Tianjin has served Moscow since 2017 from its Chongqing and Tianjin hubs. According to the Sheremetyevo website, the airport is Russia’s largest international hub, serving 300 destinations and operating 14 routes to China, handled by eight Chinese carriers. The Russian hub carried 40 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 18% from the previous year. 

Transavia Rijeka

Passengers on the inaugural Transavia flight between Eindhoven and Rijeka were greeted by traditional frula playing on 5 July. Apparently the frula is a traditional instrument of shepherds, who would play while tending their flocks. Maybe this choice of welcoming was planned to help shepherd the first passengers towards the immigration counters more smoothly. The LCC will offer a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service on the route until 2 September.

  • Transavia commenced its latest route from Eindhoven (EIN) on 5 July, launching a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service to Rijeka (RJK) in Croatia. The LCC will serve the 969-kilometre route using its fleet of 737-800s, with no other airline presently flying on this city pair. The carrier plans to operate the summer seasonal route until 2 September. Rijeka becomes the first destination that Transavia flies to in Croatia from Eindhoven, however the carrier already serves Dubrovnik (three times weekly), Pula (four times weekly) and Split (daily) from its base at Rotterdam this summer based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. According to data sourced from Rijeka Airport, the Croatian facility processed 52,081 passengers during H1 2018, up by over 37% versus the 37,930 people it handled during H1 2017. For all of 2017, the airport greeted 142,111 passengers. See how Rijeka Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Wizz Air Iasi

A press conference was held at Iasi Airport this week to talk about Wizz Air basing its second A320 and the opening of new routes to Billund, Brussels Charleroi, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Malmö, Paris Beauvais and Thessaloniki. Present to take part in the media briefing were: Cătălin Bulgariu, Director, Iasi Airport; Maricel Popa, President of Iasi County Council; and Sorina Ratz, Acting Head of Corporate Communications, Wizz Air. The airline now has two A320s based at Iasi.

  • Wizz Air has increased its capacity from Iasi (IAS) in Romania by basing a second aircraft at the airport, allowing it to open new routes to Billund (BLL), Brussels Charleroi (CRL), Dortmund (DTM), Eindhoven (EIN), Malmö (MMX), Paris Beauvais (BVA) and Thessaloniki (SKG). The expansion means that Wizz Air now serves a total of 15 destinations from Iasi this summer.  Along with these new services, the carrier has expanded from Bucharest (OTP) and Vienna (VIE) this week. The ULCC inaugurated a three times weekly link from the Romanian capital to Kutaisi (KUT), while the Austrian capital is now linked with Malaga (AGP), a route that will also be flown three times weekly. Most of the routes launched by Wizz Air this week will be flown using its A320s, however one of the three weekly rotations between Bucharest and Kutaisi will see an A321 operation based on OAG schedules. The average sector length of the nine routes is 1,562 kilometres. See how Iasi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
03-Jul Bucharest (OTP) Kutaisi (KUT) A32S (3)  
Vienna (VIE) Malaga (AGP) A320 (3) Eurowings (3), Austrian Airlines (2)
07-Jul Iasi (IAS) Dortmund (DTM)  
Malmö (MMX)  
Paris Beauvais (BVA) Blue Air (4)
Thessaloniki (SKG)  
08-Jul Brussels Charleroi (CRL) A320 (2)  
Eindhoven (EIN)  
09-Jul Billund (BLL)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 10 July. WF = Weekly frequencies.


  1. paul dendle says:

    So pleased to be route of the week, we still have seats on the 17/7 at £99, peak season is a lot higher

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