New airline routes launched (9 October 2018 – 15 October 2018)

Singapore Airlines Singapore to New York Newark 

Singapore Airlines New York Newark

Singapore Airlines reinstated non-stop flights to New York Newark on 11 October, having last flown the airport pair in October 2013. Pictured speaking at the inaugural flight ceremony in Singapore is Campbell Wilson, SVP Marketing & Sales, Singapore Airlines. The Star Alliance member already serves New York JFK via Frankfurt using A380s.

Singapore Airlines Newark

At the latter end of the route in New York, a gift giving exchange took place between Campbell Wilson, SVP Marketing & Sales, Singapore Airlines and Huntley Lawrence, Aviation Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with the airline presenting the airport authority with a model A350-900. Photo credit: Sam Chui.

  • Singapore Airlines reinstated non-stop service between Singapore (SIN) and New York Newark (EWR) on 11 October. The airline previously served the 15,329-kilometre route until October 2013, using A340-500s designed in a bespoke 181-seat configuration. The carrier has relaunched the service this time around using its ultra-long range A350-900s which are laid out in a 161-seat set-up. The Star Alliance member will operate three weekly flights during the first seven days of operation, with the frequency increasing to a daily rotation in the week after that. This becomes the airline’s second route to the Big Apple, with it already serving New York JFK via Frankfurt using A380s. No other carrier presently operates non-stop service between Singapore and Newark, with this becoming the world’s longest flight, overtaking Qatar Airways’ Doha to Auckland route which spans 14,526 kilometres.

Frontier Airlines Denver to Jackson

Frontier Airlines Jackson

Frontier Airlines launched flights to Jackson in Mississippi from Denver on 13 October, with the airline also poised to begin operations to the latter airport from Orlando on 22 October. To celebrate the occasion of the ULCC’s arrival, Jackson commissioned three brilliant cakes, with one depicting the Mile High Stadium in Denver, while another showcased the many attractions of Orlando. Finally a central three-tier cake was the main event showstopper. The lower tier was dedicated to Mississippi, the middle tier Frontier Airlines, and the top a suitcase encouraging passengers to take advantage of the airline’s ultra-low fares. Cutting the cake is Commissioner Lee A. Bernard Jr,  Vice Chairman of Jackson Airport’s Board of Commissioners. Frontier Airlines will operate both routes twice-weekly using its fleet of A320s.

  • Frontier Airlines introduced the state of Mississippi to its network on 13 October, the day which saw it inaugurate flights between Denver (DEN) and Jackson (JAN). During the first week of operation, Frontier will offer services on Wednesday and Saturday, before switching the twice-weekly service to a Mondays and Fridays operation on 22 October, with this also being the date which will see the airline begin a twice-weekly service from Orlando. The ULCC will operate the 1,552-kilometre hop between Denver and Jackson using its A320s, with this also being the aircraft of choice to serve the 943-kilometre link from Orlando when it launches next week. Neither route is expected to face direct competition, although ViaAir links Jackson with Orlando Sanford four times weekly.

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

Avianca Corozal

Avianca commenced operations on a new Colombian domestic route between Bogota and Corozal on 12 October, with the later airport holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new connection from the nation’s capital. The Star Alliance member will use its fleet of A318s on the route, facing competition from SATENA.

  • Avianca launched a new domestic connection from its base at Bogota (BOG) on 12 October, initiating a daily service to Corozal (CZU). The Star Alliance member will operate a daily A318 rotation on the 528-kilometre sector and is poised to face direct competition from SATENA, with the latter operating 10 weekly flights between the two airports. According to the latest data obtainable from the Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics, 33,536 passengers flew between Bogota and Corozal airports in 2016, up 18% versus the 28,495 passengers that travelled between the destinations in 2015. The latter year also saw traffic jump by close to 37% when compared to the levels encountered in 2014, a year which witnessed 20,835 passengers flying between the two points. Along with Bogota, OAG schedules indicate that there are also regular flights from Corozal to Medellin. See how Corozal Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Cambodia Airways Siem Reap

Cambodia Airways launched operations between Siem Reap and Taipei Taoyuan on 9 October, with the latter airport having a small gate ceremony to mark the start of the airline’s operation on the Asian city pair. The carrier will offer a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service on the 2,235-kilometre route using its fleet of A319s.

  • Cambodia Airways, an airline which commenced operations back in July, launched flights to its second international destination after Macau on 9 October, launching a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service between Siem Reap (REP) and Taipei Taoyuan (TPE). The route will be flown using the carrier’s fleet of 150-seat A319s, of which it presently has two. Competition on the 2,235-kilometre sector comes from JC International Airlines, a Cambodia start-up which launched operations in 2017, and which currently offers a weekly (Wednesdays) rotation on the city pair.

flydubai helsinki

flydubai commenced flights to its latest European destination on 11 October, beginning a daily service between Dubai and Helsinki. The carrier will operate the 4,535-kilometre route using its 737 MAX 8s.

  • flydubai has become the latest carrier to begin services from Helsinki (HEL). With Pobeda having added the Finnish capital to its network last week with a new service from Moscow Vnukovo, flydubai has launched daily services to Helsinki from Dubai (DXB).The UAE-based carrier launched the 4,535-kilometre route on 11 October, with it planning to offer a daily service between the two airports using its fleet of 737 MAX 8s, which according to the most recent data from, currently stands at seven aircraft. Competition on the city pair comes from Finnair which offers a three times weekly link, while it should also be noted that from the winter season Norwegian will resume its seasonal service between the two airports. Services will code-share with Emirates, with the MEB3 member flight code on the Helsinki sector being EK 2498, while on the inbound leg to Dubai it is EK 2499. flydubai’s flight codes on the route are FZ 783 and FZ 784. With regards to Middle East hub connectivity, it should be noted that Qatar Airways offers a twice-daily service between Doha and Helsinki, with this being the main connectivity competition for flydubai and its code-share partner Emirates from Finland. When referencing OAG Traffic Analyser data, it reveals that Qatar Airways’ leading connecting destinations for Helsinki-originating traffic in 2017 were Denpasar, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Colombo, with these likely to be strong connecting markets for flydubai and Emirates too.

GoAir Phuket

GoAir launched its first international route on 11 October, with the Indian LCC commencing operations between Delhi and Phuket. The latter airport celebrated the arrival of its newest carrier with a cake cutting ceremony. Along with launching Delhi flights, Phuket Airport also welcomed GoAir’s first flight from Mumbai the following day.

GoAir Male

A gift exchange took place at Male Airport on 14 October to celebrate the opening of GoAir’s route from Mumbai. Taking part in the exchange were Arujun Dasgupta, VP International, GoAir, and Adil Moosa, MD, Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). The Indian carrier will initially operate a three times weekly service on the city pair.

  • GoAir made history on 11 October when it commenced its inaugural international operations, with its first non-domestic link being between Delhi (DEL) and Phuket (HKT). The following day, the airline initiated flights from Mumbai (BOM) to the Thai airport. The Indian LCC will initially offer a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service, while from November the frequency on the 3,175-kilometre sector will increase to three times weekly. The airline’s 3,000-kilometre sector between Mumbai and Phuket will be offered three times weekly, with a fourth weekly rotation being added from November. Along with adding Phuket to its network, GoAir has also launched flights from Mumbai to Male (MLE) in the Maldives. Introduced to the network on 14 October, the airline will offer a three times weekly service on the 1,656-kilometre sector to the Indian Ocean island. All three routes will be flown using the airline’s fleet of A320s, with no direct competition being offered on any services, based on OAG schedules. See how Phuket and Male airports’ FTWAs compare to others from around the world

Hunnu Air

Hunnu Air launched operations between Ulan-Ude in Russia and Manzhouli in China on 11 October, a route that originates from the carrier’s home base of Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian carrier will connect the Russian and Chinese cities twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of 72-seat ATR 72-500s, of which it currently has two.

  • Hunnu Air, a Mongolian-based operator, launched its first route not involving its home market on 11 October, beginning a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service between Ulan-Ude (UUD) in Russia and Manzhouli (NZH) in China. The service originates from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. The airline operates the 737-kilometre sector between Russia and China using its fleet of ATR 72-500s, of which it currently has two, along with three Fokker 50s. No other airline operates between the two airports. Hunnu Air is an airline which offers a bespoke domestic network in Mongolia, with its only other non-domestic destination being Erenhot, which is situated in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, where Manzhouli is also located. While its network is small, it should be noted that Hunnu Air used to operate two A319s between 2012 and 2014, offering flights from the Mongolian capital to destinations including Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong and Paris CDG, an airport pair 7,022 kilometres in length, a route which sources suggest, involved a technical stop in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

IndiGo Abu Dhabi

Seen speaking at the launch press event covering IndiGo’s first flights to Abu Dhabi is William Boulter, CCO of IndiGo. On 15 October the carrier launched daily flights to the UAE airport from Kochi, a route flown using A320s. The airline will also add flights to Abu Dhabi from Kozhikode from 16 October, a route also flown daily.

IndiGo Kuwait City

Anoth press conference was held by IndiGo to promote its new services to Kuwait City. The airline launched daily flights from Chennai on 15 October, while routes from Ahmedabad and Kochi will begin in November. Pictured at the launch event for the flights are Michael Swiatek, Chief Planning Officer, IndiGo, and P.N.J. Kumar, CEO, Caesars Travel Group. IndiGo will face direct competition from Kuwait Airways on the 3,776-kilometre route from Chennai.

  • IndiGo introduced two new destinations in the Middle East to its network on 15 October, with the airline adding flights from Chennai (MAA) to Kuwait City (KWI), while Kochi (COK) is now connected by the carrier to Abu Dhabi (AUH). The airline is planning to add more routes to these destinations in Kuwait and UAE, with the former seeing flights from Kozhikode as of 16 October, while in November IndiGo will add services from Ahmedabad and Kochi to Abu Dhabi. Both routes are already flown by existing operators. Kuwait Airways provides a five times weekly service on the 3,776-kilometre sector between Chennai and Kuwait City, while Etihad Airways and Air India Express offer 25 weekly flights between them on the 2,792-kilometre leg from Kochi to Abu Dhabi. Along with these two routes, the airline also introduced its latest domestic link from Chennai on 15 October, beginning a daily service to Surat (STV), with this becoming the airline’s eighth route to the latter airport. It is the only route launched by the operator this week that will not face direct competition. All three routes launched this week will be flown using the airline’s fleet of A320s.

Pobeda London Stansted

Pobeda commenced flights from St. Petersburg to London Stansted on 12 October, a route which the carrier will operate four times weekly using the carrier’s fleet of 189-seat 737-800s. Pictured at the inaugural flight with Charlotte Schoonman and Lucy Gardner, two ballet dancers from Cambridge University’s Ballet Club, were Mats Sigurdson, Aviation Director, London Stansted Airport, and Alina Martyanova, Head of Ground Operations Overseas, Pobeda.

Milan Bergamo Pobeda

Milan Bergamo celebrated the start of Pobeda’s first flight from St. Petersburg with this impressive suitcase-themed cake, with this being the airline’s second route to the Italian airport after Moscow Vnukovo. Pobeda will offer three weekly flights between St. Petersburg and Bergamo, with the route adding an extra 27,000 seats to the Italian airport’s winter schedule. The carrier is also increasing the number of flights between Moscow and Bergamo in W18/19.

  • Pobeda has expanded its footprint in Western Europe from St. Petersburg (LED) this week, launching flights to two new destinations. Already offering flights from the Russian city to Cologne Bonn and Pisa, the airline on 11 October commenced a three times weekly service to Milan Bergamo (BGY), while the following day it inaugurated a four times weekly rotation to London Stansted (STN). Commenting on Pobeda’s expansion from Bergamo, Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO, says: “It is very encouraging to see that Pobeda has seen the greater potential of the Russian market from Milan Bergamo by adding this additional route to St. Petersburg, while further committing to the airport by increasing the frequency of its popular Moscow operation.” Along with the launch of flights on the 2,074-kilometre link between St. Petersburg and Bergamo, Pobeda is also adding flights on its service from Moscow Vnukovo to Italy’s third busiest airport. From the start of the winter season, commencing 28 October, the carrier will add an additional two weekly flights to its current daily schedule, introducing a second daily rotation on Fridays and Sundays. From 21 December, the airline will add an extra five weekly flights, resulting in a twice-daily service to the Russian capital. Commenting on the airline’s decision to launch the 2,045-kilometre route between St. Petersburg and Stansted, Mats Sigurdson, Aviation Director, London Stansted, said: “We’re delighted to see the inaugural Pobeda flight to St. Petersburg off in style. It’s always exciting when an airline chooses to operate to London’s fastest growing airport, and this new service provides a cost-effective and convenient direct link to Russia, the first scheduled London Stansted to Russia route.” Both airport pairs launched by Pobeda this week will be flown using the airline’s fleet of 189-seat 737-800s, with neither service facing direct competition.

SAS Tampere

SAS launched flights between Malaga and Tampere on 13 October, with the latter airport holding a ceremony to celebrate the new service. Among the festivities was a ribbon cutting, conducted by Mari Nurminen, Airport Director and Area Manager, Finavia (second left), and Tuomas Kankaala, Key Account manager, Global Sales, SAS (second right).

  • SAS launched operations between Malaga (AGP) and Tampere (TMP) on 13 October. The Star Alliance member will offer a weekly (Saturdays) service on the 3,372-kilometre sector, with initial schedules indicating that flights will be operated on a Gothenburg-based aircraft, operating a Gothenburg – Malaga – Tampere – Malaga – Gothenburg routing. No other airline presently operates non-stop scheduled services between the Spanish and Finnish cities, with the airport pair having last been flown on a regular basis by Ryanair in S15, a route it had operated twice-weekly. The carrier is expected to operate the route using its fleet of A320s, however the first service was operated by a 737-800. Along with Malaga, SAS also links Tampere to Stockholm Arlanda four times daily, while the Finnish airport’s other routes this winter include Riga with airBaltic, Helsinki with Finnair, while Ryanair is now offering year-round flights from the city to Budapest, with the LCC schedule to operate a twice-weekly service to the Hungarian capital in W18/19. See how Tampere Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

SWISS Hurghada

SWISS commenced operations on a weekly (Saturdays) service between Geneva and Hurghada on 13 October, with a welcoming ceremony made-up of various airport and ground handling staff greeting the first flight. The carrier will operate the 3,222-kilometre route using its fleet of 145-seat A220-300s and faces competition from easyJet.

  • SWISS launched flights between Geneva (GVA) and Hurghada (HRG) in Egypt on 13 October. The Star Alliance member will offer a weekly (Saturdays) service on the 3,222-kilometre sector, with Hurghada becoming only the second destination in Africa to be flown to directly by SWISS from Geneva after Marrakech according to schedule data for the week commencing 16 October. easyJet will provide direct competition on the route between Geneva and Hurghada, with it also offering a weekly (Saturdays) service using its fleet of A320s. SWISS will operate the airport pair using its fleet of 145-seat A220-300s according to OAG. Hurghada becomes the airline’s second destination in Egypt after Cairo, with the Star carrier presently offering a four times weekly operation to the capital from Zurich. Along with Cairo, Hurghada and Marrakech, the carrier also serves Johannesburg and Nairobi in Africa non-stop from Zurich, while Dar es Salaam is also served, operating via Nairobi on the outbound sector. See how Hurghada Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Thai VietJet Air Bangkok Da Nang

Thai VietJet Air commenced flights on a new daily service between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Da Nang in Vietnam on 15 October. The airline will face direct competition from Bangkok Airways on the airport pair.

  • Thai VietJet Air launched its latest international route on 15 October, initiating a daily service between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Da Nang (DAD) in Vietnam. The low-cost associate of Vietnamese carrier VietJet Air will operate the 842-kilometre airport pair using its fleet of A320s, with direct competition being offered by Bangkok Airways, which also operates a daily service between the two airports. It should be noted that Thai AirAsia offers a twice-daily service between Bangkok Don Mueang and the Vietnamese city, meaning that there will be four daily flights between Bangkok and Da Nang in W18/19. Da Nang is Thai VietJet’s second non-stop destination in Vietnam from Suvarnabhumi, with it already operating a five times weekly service to Da Lat from Thailand’s largest airport. It should also be noted that VietJet offers muti-daily flights to Hanoi, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City from Suvarnabhumi. Read about’s recent analysis on the development of Vietnam’s aviation market, which details Da Nang’s 20% capacity growth this year. See how Da Nang Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Krakow Airport welcomed the arrival of Transavia’s new service from Eindhoven on 9 October, with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place to officially open the route, with a traditional cake also being present. Pictured cutting the ribbon is Radoslaw Wloszek, CEO of Krakow Airport, plus the crew of the first flight: Mattijs Notkamp; Niels Huber; and Crystal Franken. Transavia will operate three weekly flights on the 1,022-kilometre sector, facing competition from Ryanair.

  • Transavia launched its latest route from Eindhoven (EIN) on 9 October, commencing a three times weekly service to Krakow (KRK), its only route to Poland from the Netherlands airport, and its second destination in Eastern Europe after Prague. The carrier will operate the 1,022-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737-800s, with it poised to face direct competition from Ryanair which operates a five times weekly service on the airport pair. With the addition of Krakow to its Eindhoven network, it means that the airline offers 27 routes from the latter airport on either a seasonal or year-round basis. The carrier’s next planned route launch from the airport is scheduled to take place on 21 April, the day it will begin services to Zakynthos. See how Krakow Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Wizz Air Kutaisi

Passengers on the first Wizz Air flight between Vienna and Kutaisi were handed a small bottle of Georgian wine as they touched down at the latter airport on 11 October. The route between the Austrian capital and Kutaisi will be flown by Wizz Air twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of 180-seat A320s.

  • Wizz Air launched flights between two of its bases on 11 October, inaugurating a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service from Kutaisi (KUT) to Vienna (VIE)  The Hungarian ULCC will operate the 2,123-kilometre city pair using its fleet of 180-seat A320s, with schedules showing that the route will be performed by a Kutaisi-based aircraft. Flights will leave the Georgian airport at 07:25, landing in Vienna at 08:50 local time. Return flights then depart the Austrian capital at 09:40, landing back in Kutaisi at 14:55 local time. Vienna becomes the 12th European capital route which Wizz Air operates from the Georgia airport. The airline already links the city with Athens, Barcelona, Berlin Schönefeld, Bucharest, Budapest, Dortmund, Larnaca, Katowice, London Luton, Memmingen, Milan Malpensa, Paris Beauvais, Prague, Riga, Rome Fiumicino, Thessaloniki, Vilnius, Warsaw Chopin and Wroclaw. It should be noted however that the airline will be ending services to Bucharest from 27 October based on its online booking engine. However, while Bucharest may be lost, the airline will begin services to Gdansk from 2 April, meaning that for S19 the airline will have a network of 20 routes from Kutaisi.


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