New airline routes launched (7 August 2018 – 13 August 2018)

Widerøe Bergen to Liverpool

Widerøe Liverpool

A cake was made to celebrate the launch of Widerøe’s inaugural service from Bergen to Liverpool. Posing with the route launch showstopper at the UK airport are: Declan Maguire, Aviation Development Manager, Liverpool Airport; John Arntsen, CFO, Widerøe; and Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development and Marketing, Liverpool Airport.

Wideroe Munich

Bergen Airport celebrated the launch of flights to Munich with Widerøe by commission this cake, decorated in the delights and sites of the Bavarian city. The carrier will offer three weekly flights on the European sector.

Widerøe Munich Airport

Pictured in Munich at the launch ceremony of the carrier’s first flight from Bergen are: Lina Lindegaard Carlsen, Public Relations Manager, Widerøe; Martin Laubenthal, Director Traffic Development, Munich Airport; and Kristin Gaustad, Sales and Marketing Manager, Widerøe. The route will be operated by the carrier’s E190-E2s.

  • Widerøe, one of Scandinavia’s largest regional airlines, launched new routes to the UK and Germany from Bergen (BGO) this week. On 10 August the carrier launched a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service to Liverpool (LPL), complementing the carrier’s existing service to Aberdeen in the UK, while on 13 August it began a three times weekly link to Munich (MUC). Both routes will be flown on the airline’s recently acquired E190-E2s, of which it currently has two, with no other operators presently offering scheduled flights from Bergen to Liverpool or Munich. With these launches, the carrier now offers five international routes from Bergen, with Liverpool and Munich joining Gothenburg, Billund (launched in June) and Aberdeen on the carrier’s route map from the Norwegian city when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data. The next route inauguration for the airline from Bergen is Hamburg, a sector that will begin on 14 August and will also be flown on the airline’s E190-E2s. Like Munich, Hamburg will also see a three times weekly rotation. Take a close look at’s live report of Widerøe’s inaugural service to Liverpool from Bergen.

Southwest Airlines Tampa to Los Angeles

Southwest Airlines Tampa

Southwest Airlines launched a daily non-stop service between Tampa and Los Angeles on 7 August, with the Florida airport once again going all-out for its route launch cake, producing a Hollywood-inspired bake which was even fitted with LED lights! Posing with the launch ceremony centrepiece alongside Marilyn Monroe were Tampa Airport’s EVP of Operations and Customer Service, John Tiliacos, and EVP of Facilities and Administration, Al Illustrato.

Southwest Airlines Nashville Atlanta

Southwest Airlines broke Delta Air Lines’ monopoly on the route between Atlanta and Nashville on 7 August, launching a 31 times weekly service on the city pair, offering five daily departures mid-week and three times daily at weekends. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Tennessee airport to officially open the route, with an inaugural passenger helping Nashville Airport CEO Doug Kreulen in conducting cutting proceedings.

  • Southwest Airlines launched four new US domestic city pairs on 7 August, with the LCC now offering non-stop flights from Atlanta (ATL) to Nashville (BNA), Cincinnati (CVG) to Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) to Tampa (TPA), plus St. Louis (STL) to Hartford (BDL). All routes except Atlanta to Nashville will be flown daily, with the connection between the world’s leading airport and the Tennessee city seeing 31 weekly departures, with five daily services mid-week and three times daily on Saturdays and Sundays. The only route that will not face direct competition is the St. Louis to Hartford city pair. The average sector length of the four routes is 1,764 kilometres. See how Hartford Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
07-Aug Atlanta (ATL) Nashville (BNA) B73W (31) Delta Air Lines (72)
Cincinnati (CVG) Denver (DEN) B73W (7) United Airlines (14), Delta Air Lines (7), Frontier Airlines (7), Allegiant Air (2)
Los Angeles (LAX) Tampa (TPA) Delta Air Lines (13), Spirit Airlines (7)
St. Louis (STL) Hartford (BDL) B73S (7)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 14 August. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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

easyJet Belgrade

easyJet launched flights between Berlin Tegel and Belgrade on 10 August, with passengers seen here checking in for the first return flight back to the German capital airport. The low-cost airline will offer three weekly flights on the 999-kilometre European capital sector, adding to its existing Basel and Geneva services from the Serbian city.

  • easyJet launched its latest route from Berlin Tegel (TXL) on 10 August, adding to the 10 routes which it launched from the German capital airport the week before. This week saw the airline begin a three times weekly service to Belgrade (BEG), the carrier’s third route to the Serbian capital after Basel, which launched last week too, and Geneva. Flights between Tegel and Belgrade will be operated by easyJet three times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) using its fleet of A320s. Both of the carrier’s existing services to Switzerland from Belgrade are also flown three times weekly this summer, with OAG schedules showing that Geneva operates on A320s and Basel A319s. Competition on the route between Tegel and Belgrade comes from Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia, which already offers a daily service on the airport pair. Belgrade Airport has experienced consistent growth in recent years, growing from 2.38 million passengers in 2009 to 5.34 million last year, representing a rise in annual traffic during this eight-year period of 124%. For the first seven months of 2018, Belgrade processed just over 3.13 million people, up 6.5% over the same period of 2017.

Fly Corporate Dubbo

Fly Corporate launched flights between Brisbane and Dubbo on 7 August, a route that it plans to operate six times weekly. Geoff Woodham, Sales Manager, Fly Corporate, and Mayor of The Dubbo Region, Ben Shields, took time to promote the route on the day of the launch, while also highlighting Dubbo to Melbourne Essendon flights which the carrier will begin 28 September. The route from Brisbane was flown by JETGO Australia until the carrier closed in June.

  • Fly Corporate, an Australian regional airline which launched in 2016, introduced its latest route from Brisbane (BNE) on 7 August, a 692-kilometre sector to Dubbo (DBO), a link which was run by JETGO Australia until the carrier collapsed in June. Fly Corporate will offer six weekly flights (no Saturdays service) on the leg between Brisbane and Dubbo on its 34-seat Saab 340s. Flights will leave Brisbane at 08:10 between Monday and Friday, landing in Dubbo at 10:00. Return services then depart at 10:35, touching down in Brisbane at 12:15. Sunday services will see a departure time of 13:25 from Brisbane, arriving in Dubbo at 15:15. The return flight will take off from Dubbo at 15:50, arriving back in Brisbane at 17:30. The carrier will add a second route from Dubbo on 28 September, launching a sector to Melbourne Essendon, a route that will operate twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays).

Frontier Airlines San Antonio

Frontier Airlines opened a base at San Antonio Airport this week, with a minimum of two A319s night-stopping at the Texan airport. Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the launch of the carrier’s service to Orange County were: Nate Lavin, Air Service Analyst, San Antonio Airport; Mukesh Patel, Chief Aviation Administration Officer, San Antonio Airport; Marco Barros, CEO, San Antonio Tourism Council; Richard Oliver, Spokesperson and Communications Supervisor, Frontier Airlines; and Tom Bartlett, Deputy Aviation Director, City of San Antonio. The carrier added eight routes from San Antonio this week, with it starting Albuquerque, Columbus and Salt Lake City services on 15 August.

Frontier Airlines Omaha

Omaha Airport celebrated Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight from San Antonio on 12 August with this colourful cake. The ULCC will operate the 1,328-kilometre sector three times weekly facing no direct competition.

Frontier Airlines Memphis

Frontier Airlines launched twice-weekly flights between San Antonio and Memphis on 13 August, with a press conference being held at the latter airport to talk about the new service from Texas. Taking part in proceedings were Pace Cooper, Board Head, Memphis Airport, and Kevin Kane, President and CEO, Memphis Tourism.

Frontier Airlines Cleveland

Cleveland Airport celebrated the launch of Frontier Airlines’ new route from San Antonio with this impressive rodeo-themed cake. Along with the launch, Frontier Airlines announced that from this winter it will begin flights from Cleveland to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, along with domestic links to Sarasota and West Palm Beach.

Frontier Airlines Jacksonville Airport

One of the four routes launched by Frontier Airlines from Jacksonville this week was Las Vegas, with the Floridian airport having a Las Vegas-themed giveaway at the gate. The ULCC also launched flights to Buffalo, San Antonio and St. Louis from Jacksonville this week, all previously unserved from the airport.

Frontier Airlines Orlando

Frontier Airlines launched flights from Orlando to Portland in Maine, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, Syracuse in New York, Norfolk in Virginia, and a brand-new transcontinental route to Ontario California. To celebrate the inauguration of the carrier’s six new routes this week, the Florida hub baked this impressive cake.

Frontier Airlines Pittsburgh

Frontier Airlines and Pittsburgh Airport celebrated the launch of the carrier’s service to San Diego on 13 August. Passengers and crew were welcomed with fun beach-themed donuts for their early morning flight to this new sunny locale. Flights on the 3,381-kilometre sector will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

  • Frontier Airlines continued its rapid expansion programme this week by launching 25 US domestic connections, including eight from its new base at San Antonio (SAT) in Texas, where a minimum of two A319s will night stop when referencing OAG schedules. The carrier will add a further three routes from the Texan city, namely to Albuquerque, Columbus and Salt Lake City, on 15 August. Of the 25 routes inaugurated this week, only seven are expected to face direct competition. Only two routes will see a daily service, namely links from Jacksonville (JAX) to Las Vegas (LAS) and Orlando (MCO) to Ontario (ONT). The average weekly frequency of the other 20 routes is 2.7, while the average sector length of all the routes launched this week is 1,784 kilometres. See how Buffalo, Jacksonville and Norfolk airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
10-Aug Orlando (MCO) Portland (PWM) A320 (3)  
12-Aug Denver (DEN) Norfolk (ORF) A320 (2) United Airlines (7), Southwest Airlines (2)
Jacksonville (JAX) Las Vegas (LAS) A320 (7)  
St. Louis (STL) A320 (3)  
Las Vegas (LAS) Sacramento (SMF) Southwest Airlines (52)
Orlando (MCO) Harrisburg (MDT) A321 (3)  
Norfolk (ORF) A320 (2) Southwest Airlines (7)
Syracuse (SYR) A32S (3) JetBlue Airways (7)
San Antonio (SAT) Charlotte Douglas (CLT) A319 (3) American Airlines (27)
Jacksonville (JAX) A320 (3)  
Omaha (OMA) A319 (3)  
Tulsa (TUL)  
San Diego (SAN) Milwaukee (MKE) A321 (3)  
Syracuse (SYR) Chicago O’Hare (ORD) A320 (3) United Airlines (35), American Airlines (26)
13-Aug Austin (AUS) Louisville (SDF) A320 (2)  
Jacksonville (JAX) Buffalo (BUF)  
Las Vegas (LAS) Norfolk (ORF) A320 (3)  
Orlando (MCO) Ontario (ONT) A320 (7)  
Pittsburgh (PIT) A321 (2) Southwest Airlines (22), Spirit Airlines (7)
San Antonio (SAT) Cleveland (CLE) A319 (2)  
Memphis (MEM)  
Oklahoma City (OKC) A319 (4)  
Orange County (SNA) A320 (4)  
San Diego (SAN) Indianapolis (IND) A321 (2)  
Pittsburgh (PIT) A32S (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 14 August. WF = Weekly frequencies.

LEVEL, Alicante

Alicante welcomed the inaugural LEVEL service from Vienna with this traditional water arch salute on 11 August. The IAG LCC will serve this airport twice-weekly with A321s and faces direct competition from Eurowings. LEVEL launched eight new routes in total from Vienna over the last week, with four being Spanish connections.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
07-Aug Vienna (VIE) Ibiza (IBZ) A321 (3) Eurowings (3), Austrian Airlines (2), Laudamotion (2)
11-Aug Alicante (ALC) A321 (2) Eurowings (2)
Dubrovnik (DBV) A321 (4) Austrian Airlines (10)
Larnaca (LCA) A321 (3) Austrian Airlines (14), Eurowings (2)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) A321 (13) Austrian Airlines (27), easyJet (2)
12-Aug Paris CDG (CDG) A321 (13) Austrian Airlines (27), Air France (20), Vueling (5)
Valencia (VLC) A321 (2) Wizz Air (4)
13-Aug Bilbao (BIO) A321 (3) Volotea (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 14 August 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Malindo Air Singapore

Malindo Air launched its second route to Singapore on 10 August, beginning a daily service from Kota Kinabalu. The carrier already serves the former airport four times daily from its Kuala Lumpur base. Among those at the launch, pictured with the crew and airport staff is Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment (sixth left).

  • Malindo Air launched only its second route to Singapore (SIN) after Kuala Lumpur on 10 August, beginning a daily service from the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu (BKI). The carrier will serve the 1,431-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737-800s. The Malaysia LCC becomes the third airline to serve the Asian city pair, with it joining AirAsia (twice-daily) and SilkAir (daily) in connecting the two. Singapore is the sixth regular scheduled route that Malindo Air serves from Kota Kinabalu, with it already flying to Changsha, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Zhengzhou.


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