New airline routes launched (2 October 2018 – 8 October 2018)

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Myway Airlines Tbilisi to Kiev Boryspil

Myway Airlines Kiev

A cake cutting ceremony was held on 5 October to celebrate the inaugural flight of Myway Airlines’ new route between Tbilisi and Kiev Boryspil. Among those carrying out the cake cutting honour in the Ukrainian capital were Yevhenii Dykhne, First Deputy CEO of Kiev Boryspil International Airport State Enterprise (left) and Nataliia Sville, Head of Revenue and Network Planning, Myway Airlines (second left). The carrier will initially operate the route twice-weekly.

  • Myway Airlines, a Georgian carrier which began operation in June, launched its latest route on 5 October, with the airline now linking Tbilisi (TBS) with Kiev Boryspil (KBP). The 1,447-kilometre route will initially be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), however from 24 October a further weekly rotation (Wednesdays) will be added by the carrier. “Kiev is the second city of choice in Ukraine for Myway Airlines. To me, it’s very symbolic that our company started its regular operations in Ukraine. Flights have been performed to Kharkiv since June of this year from Tbilisi and Batumi airports,” commented Nataliia Sville, Head of Revenue and Network Planning, Myway Airlines at a press conference which was held for the launch of its latest route. The airline initiated flights to Kharkiv from Tbilisi on 12 June, while Batumi flights were added the following day. Along with these routes, the airline also operates flights between Tbilisi and Tel Aviv on a three times weekly basis, while it also performs numerous charters from the Georgian capital. Competition on the route between Tbilisi and Boryspil comes from Ukraine International Airlines (twice-daily) and Georgian Airways (six times weekly). Presently Myway Airlines operates a fleet of two 737-800s. See how Kiev Boryspil Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

Sun Country Airlines Tampa to Dallas/Fort Worth

Sun Country Airlines Tampa

Pictured with this incredible showstopper of a cake which was made to celebrate Sun Country Airlines’ first flight between Tampa and Dallas/Fort Worth on 5 October were part of the airport’s marketing team, including: Kenneth Strickland, Director Air Service and Development; Ilana Goldenberg-Rosen, Marketing Coordinator; Maria Cook, Events Manager; Trudy Brandvold, Marketing Specialist; and Robert Connelly, Graphic Designer.

  • Sun Country Airlines, which last week launched flights to Madison from Southwest Florida (RSW) and Tampa (TPA), this week inaugurated services from the two Floridian airports to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Flights on the 1,632-kilometre link from Southwest Florida were the first to commence, with the carrier launching twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) services on 3 October. The 1,490-kilometre sector from Tampa launched two days later, with it also scheduled to be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). Both routes are already served by other operators. American Airlines currently operates 18 weekly flights between its Texan hub and Southwest Florida, while American Airlines offers 45 weekly flights from Dallas to Tampa, with Spirit Airlines also linking the two airports four times weekly. Along with these two routes, Sun Country also commenced a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) sector between Southwest Florida and St. Louis (STL) this week. The carrier will operate the latter 1,576-kilometre route, which launched on 3 October, in direct competition with Southwest Airlines which already provides a daily rotation between the two airports. All three routes launched by the carrier this week will be flown using its fleet of 737-800s, of which it presently has 22 in operation based on flying data from Flightradar24.com. The airline also has four 737-700s according to the same data source.

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


American Airlines Worcester

American Airlines commenced flights between Philadelphia and Worcester on 4 October, with the latter being a new airport node on the oneworld member’s route map. To celebrate the carrier’s arrival at the Massachusetts airport, a number of airport, airline and local government VIPs posed for a celebratory picture to toast the new service.

  • American Airlines introduced Worcester (ORH) to its network on 4 October, launching a daily service to the Massachusetts airport from its Philadelphia (PHL) hub. The oneworld member will operate a daily service on the 388-kilometre US East Coast city pair, with no other carrier presently linking the two airports. American will operate the route using its fleet of 50-seat ERJ 145s. Nestled some 72 kilometres West of Boston, Worcester Airport is presently served regularly by JetBlue Airways, with the latter offering daily flights from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and New York JFK, with all three routes flown on the airline’s fleet of 100-seat E190s. In 2019 the airport will welcome Delta Air Lines to its apron, with the SkyTeam member expected to begin services from Detroit in August. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), 107,594 passengers travelled to/from Worcester Airport in 2017. See how Worcester Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Frontier Airlines Huntsville

Frontier Airlines launched flights between Denver and Huntsville on 5 October, with the latter airport celebrating the arrival of the US ULCC with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Seen taking charge of the scissors to conduct the cutting is Jonathan Freed, Director of Corporate Communications, Frontier Airlines. Along with Denver flights, the carrier will also add services to Huntsville from Orlando, with the first flight scheduled to take place on 21 October.

  • Frontier Airlines added Huntsville (HSV) to its network on 5 October, the day it began services from Denver (DEN). The ULCC will initially operate the 1,682-kilometre route twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), however from 21 October the route will convert to a three times weekly service, with the days of operation changing to a Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays programme. Along with this route, the carrier will add flights to Huntsville from Orlando on 21 October. Both routes will be flown by the airline’s fleet of A320s. Competition on the Denver route comes from United Airlines, which offers a twice-daily (except Saturdays which are single daily) service using 50-seat ERJ 145s. According to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Huntsville Airport handled 1.03 million passengers in 2017. During Q1 2018, the airport processed 241,284 passengers, down by 0.3% versus the same quarter of 2017. See how Huntsville Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Pobeda inaugurated flights between Moscow Vnukovo and Helsinki on 5 October. Pictured at the launch celebrations in the Finnish capital are: Petri Vuori, VP Route Development, Finavia; Alina Martyanova, Head of Ground Operations Overseas, Pobeda; and Aimo Rantanen, Route Development Manager, Finavia. A cake was also made by Helsinki Airport to welcome its newest airline, with the LCC planning to operate the route daily using 737-800s.

  • Pobeda, the wholly owned LCC subsidiary of Aeroflot, has added Finland to its expanding international network. Launched 5 October, the airline will offer a daily service between Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and Helsinki (HEL). The airline will operate the 893-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737-800s. While no direct competition is provided on the airport pair, it should be noted that Aeroflot itself and Finnair each offer a three times daily service between the Finish capital and Moscow Sheremetyevo. “We are delighted to open our first daily connection to Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow,” commented Petri Vuori, VP Route Development, Finavia. “Pobeda offers Finnish passengers over 20 destinations in Russia and connections across the Mediterranean.” Along with this new international route, Pobeda also launched its newest domestic sector this week. Inaugurated on 2 October, the LCC will offer a three times weekly operation on the 723-kilometre city pairing of Makhachkala (MCX) and Krasnodar (KRR), a route that is already flown by Azimuth Airline three times weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Like its Helsinki service, flights between Makhachkala and Krasnodar will be flown using 737-800s. See how Helsinki Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

On 4 October Spirit Airlines launched four routes from Orlando to Central America and the Caribbean, namely Aguadilla, Guatemala City, Panama City and Santo Domingo. Services to San Jose in Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula and San Salvador launched over the following days. A ribbon cutting was performed to open the first four routes. Among those conducting  proceedings were: Vicki Jaramillo, Senior Director Marketing & Air Service Development, Orlando Airport (left); Matt Klein, SVP and CCO, Spirit Airlines (second right); and Lissa Curtin, Manager Business Development, Orlando Airport (right). A cake was also made to commemorate the first departure to Guatemala City.

  • Spirit Airlines, which recently announced that it will open a crew base at Orlando (MCO) during Q4 2018, initiated seven new routes to destinations in Central America and the Caribbean this week. The ULCC now links the Florida airport to Aguadilla (BQN), Guatemala City (GUA), Panama City (PTY), Santo Domingo (SDQ), San Jose (SJO), San Pedro Sula (SAP) and San Salvador (SAL). Apart from the 1,593-kilometre sector to San Pedro Sula, the remaining six routes will face direct competition, while all seven will be flown using the carrier’s 145-seat A319s. See how Aguadilla and San Pedro Sula airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
04-Oct Orlando (MCO) Aguadilla (BQN) A319 (7) JetBlue Airways (7)
Guatemala City (GUA) A319 (4) Avianca (3)
Panama City (PTY) Copa Airlines (29)
Santo Domingo (SDQ) JetBlue Airways (7)
05-Oct San Jose (SJO) JetBlue Airways (7)
San Pedro Sula (SAP) A319 (2)  
06-Oct San Salvador (SAL) Avianca (4)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data w/c 9 October 2018.

United Airlines Washington Dulles

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport on 4 October to officially open United Airlines’ inaugural service from Washington Dulles, a route that will be flown 13 times weekly. Pictured cutting the ribbon are: Tim McGinley, Airport Board Vice-Chairman, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport; Carl Beardsley, Executive Director, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport; Patrick O’Malley, Commissioner, Lackawanna County; and Tom Reich, Air Service Program Manager, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Flights will be operated using 50-seat CRJ 200s.

  • United Airlines launched four regional services over the past seven days, three of which originate from Washington Dulles (IAD), with the other being inaugurated from Denver (DEN). It should be noted that all routes launching from Dulles are services which have been switched from New York Newark, while none of the four routes added to the network this week will face direct competition. All sectors will be flown on either 50-seat CRJ 200s or 50-seat E145s. See how Chattanooga Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
04-Oct Denver (DEN) Monterrey (MRY) CRJ2 (14)  
Washington Dulles (IAD) Chattanooga (CHA)  
Ithaca (ITH) E145 (13)  
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP) CRJ2 (13)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data w/c 9 October 2018.

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