Copa Airlines Panama City to Barbados
Barbados joined Copa Airlines’ route map on 17 July, the day that the Star Alliance member launched a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service from its Panama City base. On hand to greet the inaugural flight at the Caribbean island airport was Kerrie Symmonds, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, who presented Barbados-born Copa Airlines Captain Marc Holford with a gift as a thank you for operating the first return service to Panama City.
Copa Airlines launched flights between Panama City and Fortaleza on 18 July. Present at the Brazilian airport to help cut the ribbon to officially open the route were: Denise Carra, Assistant Secretary, Secretariat of Tourism of Fortaleza; Sabine Trenk, COO, Fraport Brasil; Emerson Sanglard, Country Manager Brazil, Copa Airlines; and Régis Medeiros, Secretariat of Tourism of Fortaleza. The airline will operate the city pair twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays).
- Copa Airlines launched two routes form its home base of Panama City (PTY) this week, starting on 17 July with a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service to Barbados (BGI). The airline will serve the 2,214-kilometre sector using its mixed fleet of 737-700s and 737-800s when referring to OAG schedules, with no other carrier presently serving the airport pair. The following day, the Star Alliance member launched its latest route to Brazil, with it now offering a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) rotation to Fortaleza (FOR). The airline will serve its ninth destination in Brazil using its fleet of 737-800s, with no direct competition being offered on the 4,746-kilometre sector. Along with Fortaleza, Copa serves Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro Galeao, Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paulo Guarulhos in Brazil. See how Barbados and Fortaleza airports’ FTWAs compare to others from around the world.
LEVEL Vienna to Barcelona, London Gatwick and Palma de Mallorca
The crew, IAG CEO, Willie Walsh, and Vienna Airport COO, Julian Jäger, celebrate the opening of LEVEL’s first short-haul base in Vienna by cutting this fantastic cake which was made for the occasion. The low-cost carrier will be stationing four A321s at its new hub, with the aim of eventually serving 14 destinations across Europe.
- LEVEL, IAG’s latest foray into the low-cost market after Spanish carrier Vueling, commenced year-round operations from Vienna (VIE) to London Gatwick (LGW) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) on 17 July. Flights to Barcelona (BCN) started on 23 July, with incumbents Eurowings and Vueling connecting the two cities 13 and 14 times per week respectively. All three services use ex-airberlin 210-seat A321s. The 1,249-kilometre Gatwick route will be served 14 times per week, and according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, easyJet offers 18 weekly rotations between the two capitals using a combination of 156-seat A319s and 180-seat A320s. Meanwhile, the 1,456-kilometre service to Palma de Mallorca will operate daily, with Eurowings (15 flights per week), Laudamotion (23) and Vueling (4) also serving the city. LEVEL is the latest entrant into the increasingly competitive Vienna market, with the airport operator pitching to low cost carriers in particular to fill the void left by the collapse of airberlin in October 2017. Based on OAG schedules data, eight other LCCs operate from Vienna: easyJet, Eurowings, Laudamotion, Norwegian, Pegasus Airlines, Transavia, Vueling and Wizz Air. See how Vienna Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Air France’s twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) operation from Paris CDG to Dubrovnik will face direct competition from Croatia Airlines which flies the city pair five times weekly. The seasonal sector will operate until early September.
- Air France has added yet more routes to its Paris CDG (CDG) hub this week, as well as fresh links to Lebanon from Marseille (MRS) and Nice (NCE). The longest sector is the 2,818-kilometre route from Marseille to Beirut (BEY), whereas the shortest city pair is a link from CDG to Ibiza (IBZ), at 1,130 kilometres. The average sector length of all five services is 1,887 kilometres, while the mean weekly frequency is 3.0. Only one route, namely CDG to Bari (BRI), will not see the SkyTeam carrier facing direct competition. Both sectors to Beirut were previously offered by Air France, with flights from Marseille last operated in S15; it last provided services from Nice in S94. See how Dubrovnik Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
||Paris CDG (CDG)
||Vueling (6), TUIfly Belgium (1)
||Croatia Airlines (5)
||Aigle Azur (2)
||Middle East Airlines (7)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 24 July. WF = Weekly frequencies.
Delta Air Lines resumed operations between Atlanta and Shanghai Pudong on 20 July. Taking charge of the big scissors at the US airport to cut the ribbon to declare the route open were Chris Riley, Chief of Staff to Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, and Marva Lewis, Chief of Staff to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms. The SkyTeam member last flew the the city pair back in January 2012, with the airline returning to the city pair with a daily service.
- Delta Air Lines resumed service between Atlanta (ATL) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) on 20 July, a route that it last flew back in January 2012. The SkyTeam member has returned to the 12,299-kilometre transcontinental sector with a daily service, with the carrier planning to utilise its fleet of 777-200LRs on the route. No other carrier presently offers non-stop flights between the two airports. When referring to OAG Traffic Analyser data, just under 37,000 passengers travelled indirectly between Atlanta and Shanghai in 2017, similar to the levels reported in 2016. Along with Atlanta, Delta serves Shanghai non-stop from Detroit, Los Angles and Seattle-Tacoma, with these three routes also seeing a daily rotation in S18.
Among those at the launch of fastjet’s new route between Harare and Bulawayo were: Cde Angeline Masuku, Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs (left); Musician Oliver Mtukudzi who serenaded passengers on the first flight (fifth left); and Farai Mutamangira, Chairman, fastjet (third right). Flights will operate daily with ERJ 145s.
- fastjet commenced flights on a domestic sector from Harare (HRE), the capital of Zimbabwe, to Bulawayo (BUQ) on 20 July. The African LCC will operate a daily service on the 348-kilometre route using its fleet of 50-seat ERJ 145s. Competition on the route will come from Air Zimbabwe, with the nation’s flag carrier already operating 13 weekly flights when referencing OAG schedules. This becomes the second domestic route for the airline from Harare, with it already serving Victoria Falls Airport in West Zimbabwe. It also flies from Harare to Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. The airline also shows Lusaka as a route from Harare in its booking engine, however at this moment the system is showing that all flights in the near future are sold out, a sign that schedules are being updated or a premature indication that the route is being pulled from service, with OAG showing that some flights were offered during the past winter season. See how Bulawayo Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Passengers on the inaugural Turkish Airlines service to Samsun from Kuwait City were greeted with cultural dancing entertainment on 19 July. When referencing OAG schedules, the carrier will offer a weekly (Thursdays) service on the sector until 23 August. No other carrier presently operates between the two airports.
- Turkish Airlines launched flights on a route between Samsun (SZF) on the northern coast of Turkey and Kuwait City (KWI) on 19 July. When referring to OAG schedules, the aircraft originates from Trabzon, conducting a Trabzon – Kuwait City – Samsun – Kuwait City – Trabzon routing. The 1,687-kilometre route will see flights leave Kuwait City weekly on Thursdays at 11:05, landing into Samsun at 14:15. After a turnaround of one hour and five minutes, the return service leaves Samsun at 15:20, touching back down in Kuwait City at 17:50. The Star Alliance member is scheduled to operate the seasonal service until 23 August. No other airline presently operates between the two airports. In 2017 Samsun Airport processed 1,175,525 passengers according to figures from the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey (DHMI) with 40,769 of those travelling on international services. Along with Kuwait City, Turkish Airlines also offers seasonal international services from Samsun to Berlin Tegel, Munich, Stuttgart and Vienna in S18, along with several services to Madinah. See how Samsun Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
VietJetAir launched its latest route from Da Nang on 19 July, a daily A320-operated service to Daegu in South Korea. The airline will face direct competition on the city pair from t’way air and Air Busan. Daegu becomes the airline’s second route to South Korea from Da Nang, with it already offering a twice-daily service to Seoul Incheon.
- VietJetAir launched its latest international sector on 19 July, beginning a daily service from Da Nang (DAD) to Daegu (TAE) in South Korea. The Vietnamese low-cost operator will serve the 2,993-kilometre city pair using its fleet of A320s, with competition on the route coming from t’way air (daily) and Air Busan (twice-weekly) according to OAG schedules. Flights depart from Da Nang at 00:35, landing into the South Korean city at 06:50 in the morning local time. Return flights then depart at 07:50, arriving back into Vietnam at 10:20. This is the airline’s second route to South Korea from Da Nang, with it already offering a twice-daily service to Seoul Incheon this summer. Overall the carrier offers six routes from Da Nang, with it also serving four domestic routes to Can Tho, Hai Phong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.