New airline routes launched (23 October 2018 – 29 October 2018)


Kenya Airways Nairobi to New York JFK 

Kenya Airways New York JFK

Kenya Airways kick-started operations to the Big Apple on 28 October, launching non-stop flights on a 11,829-kilometre sector between Nairobi and New York JFK. A big press event took place at JFK the following day, with the flights operating overnight from Africa. Among those at the press conference included: Robinson Githae, Kenyan Ambassador to the US (front row, second left); Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, Kenya Airways (front row, centre); and Monica Juma, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary. Kenya Airways will offer this transatlantic service daily using its 787-8s.

  • Kenya Airways made history on 28 October when it launched non-stop flights between Nairobi (NBO) and New York JFK (JFK). “This day and milestone will not only have a history on the aviation industry but also the history of the opening of the Eastern hemisphere,” said Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma, who was on board the maiden flight. The SkyTeam member will offer a daily service on the 11,829-kilometre sector which will face no direct competition, with it using its fleet of 787-8s on its sole route to North America. Along with commencing flights to the Big Apple, the carrier also added new African nodes to its network on 29 October, launching a Nairobi – Yaounde (NSI) – Libreville (LBV) operation, with it not having traffic rights between the two latter cities. Kenya Airways will offer five weekly flights on the latter tri-city route using its fleet of E190s, with no other carrier presently linking Yaounde and Libreville to the Kenyan capital.

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


Aer Lingus, Cork

Cork celebrated the launch of Aer Lingus flights to Lisbon on 26 October. Flights will be operated twice-weekly, year-round and there is no direct competition. Pictured with the specially baked route launch cake depicting one of Lisbon’s famous trams are: Niall MacCarthy, MD, Cork Airport; Susana Cardoso, Director, Portuguese National Tourist Office; Greg Kaldahl, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Aer Lingus and Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland. 

  • Aer Lingus has commenced two European capital connections in the space of two days. On 26 October, the Irish operator began flights from Cork (ORK) to Lisbon (LIS), the capital of Portugal. On 28 October it added flights from Dublin (DUB) to London City (LCY). The 476-kilometre London link will be operated by CityJet RJ85s under an ACMI lease arrangement. There will be 36 weekly flights on this airport pair with six daily departures on weekdays, one on Saturdays and five on Sundays. British Airways will provide direct competition, with British Airways CityFlyer serving the sector with 37 weekly flights. The 1,452-kilometre Cork – Lisbon connection will be operated twice weekly (Mondays and Fridays) with A320s. There is no direct competition on this route. Aer Lingus has also announced that it will begin flights to Dubrovnik and Nice from Cork next summer. “Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest airline partner. We are delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork with Nice and Dubrovnik flights now bookable for 2019, along with the commencement this week of its new year-round Lisbon route. This now brings to 24 the number of routes served by Aer Lingus from Cork Airport,” said Niall MacCarthy, MD, Cork Airport.

Aeroflot, Gothenburg

Aeroflot commenced 14 new routes from Moscow Sheremetyevo in the space of two days in the past week. Half of these routes are domestic links. One of the seven new international services is a connection to Gothenburg, which will operate daily. Johan Eriksson, is Aeroflot’s Regional Sales Manager for Scandinavia, Finland and Iceland.

  • Aeroflot launched 14 new routes from Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) in the past week, with 13 starting on 28 October and one on the following day. Half of the new routes are domestic connections. Weekly frequencies on the new routes will range from three to 21. The shortest sector is the 711-kilometre domestic connection to Ulyanovsk (ULV), while the longest is the 10,057-kilometre link to Denpasar (DPS). The average sector length across the new routes is 2,785 kilometres. Only five of the new airport pairs will face direct competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
28-Oct-18 Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) Colombo (CMB) A332 (5)  
Denpasar (DPS) B773 (3)  
Dublin (DUB) A320 (7)  
Gothenburg (GOT) SSJ1 (7)  
Grozny (GRV) A320 (7) Nordwind Airlines (5)
Izhevsk (IJK) SSJ1 (14)  
Ljubljana (LJU) SSJ1 (7) Adria Airways (7)
Magas (IGT) A320 (7)  
Makhachkala (MCX) A320 (21) Nordwind Airlines (4)
Nalchik (NAL) A320 (7) Nordwind Airlines (7)
Osh (OSS) B738 (7)  
Ulyanovsk (ULV) SSJ1 (14)  
Vladikavkaz (OGZ) A320 (7) Nordwind Airlines (7)
29-Oct-18 Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) B738 (7)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Air Arabia Maroc, Vienna

Vienna was one of two European airports to celebrate new links with Air Arabia Maroc on 29 October. Cutting the ribbon in the Austrian capital to welcome the inaugural flight from Marrakech were: A.K. Nizar, Head Commercial Air Arabia Maroc (2nd left); Nikolaus Gretzmacher, SVP Operations, Vienna Airport; Leila Lopez, Head of Ground Ops, Air Arabia Maroc and El Mehdi Badr, Sales Supervisor, Air Arabia Maroc.

  • Air Arabia Maroc launched six new services at the start of W18/19, with three routes launching on 28 October and a further three on the following day. The new sectors include four Moroccan domestic connections, including two routes to Dakhla (VIL), its first to the airport. It also launched two new international links to Vienna (VIE) and Basel (BSL). Frequencies on the new routes range from one to four weekly. The longest of the new sectors is the 2,765-kilometre connection to Vienna, while the shortest is the 226-kilometre hop from Fez (FEZ) to Errachidia (ERH). The average sector length across the six services is 1,398 kilometres. Three of the new routes will face direct competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
28-Oct-18 Agadir (AGA) Rabat (RBA) A320 (3)  
Casablanca (CMN) Dakhla (VIL) A320 (4) Royal Air Maroc (10)
Marrakech (RAK) A320 (3)  
29-Oct-18 Agadir (AGA) Basel (BSL) A320 (1) Small Planet Airlines (1)
Fez (FEZ) Errachidia (ERH) A320 (2)  
Marrakech (RAK) Vienna (VIE) A320 (2) Austrian Airlines (4), Laudamoton (2), Corendon Airlines Europe (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Alitalia Mauritius

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Rome Fiumicino Airport on 28 October to officially open Alitalia’s new three times weekly service from the Italian capital to Mauritius. It should be noted however that the first flight on the route took place on 26 October according to Flightradar24.com data. Pictured cutting the ribbon are: Marco Gobbi, Route Manager ‒ Long Haul & Cargo, Aeroporti di Roma; Nicola Bonacchi , VP Leisure Sales & International Markets, Alitalia; Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development, Aeroporti di Roma; and Stephane Souny, VP Airport Experience, Alitalia.

  • Alitalia commenced its latest long-haul route from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on 26 October, confirmed by Flightradar24.com data, with the Italian flag carrier now operating a three times weekly service on a 8,343-kilometre link to Mauritius (MRU). The SkyTeam member will connect the two airports using its fleet of A330-200s, with no other airline presently operating between the two airports according to OAG schedules. Mauritius becomes Alitalia’s sixth African destination to be served non-stop from Rome Fiumicino in W18/19, with the carrier already linking the Italian capital airport with Algiers, Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg and Tunis. Mauritius also becomes the airline’s second destination in the Indian Ocean, with it already operating to Male in the Maldives. With this launch, it means that 14 airports in Europe have non-stop service to Mauritius this winter based on OAG data for the w/c 30 October 2018.

British Airways Moscow Sheremetyevo

British Airways launched flights between London Heathrow and Moscow Sheremetyevo on 28 October, a route which the airline will operate six times weekly using its fleet of A321s. Pictured cutting the ribbon at the Russian capital airport are Galina Karzova, Head of Representative Office of British Airways in Russia, and Denis Pashkovsky, CCO of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. The route is already served by Aeroflot 32 times weekly this winter based on OAG data.

British Airways Durban

British Airways launched its latest long-haul service from Heathrow on 29 October, a 9,522-kilometre sector to Durban. This becomes the carrier’s third destination in South Africa after Cape Town and Johannesburg. The oneworld member will operate the route between Heathrow and Durban three times weekly using its fleet of 787-8s.

  • British Airways launched its winter schedule from London Heathrow (LHR) on 28 October, with the airline inaugurating three new routes from its largest base. The airline commenced services to Marrakech (RAK) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on the first day of W18/19, while the following day saw it launch a 9,522-kilometre long-haul sector to Durban (DUR). Flights on the 2,293-kilometre route to Marrakech will operate four times weekly, while the 2,506-kilometre sector to the Russian capital, the airline’s second airport in Moscow after Domodedovo, will see six weekly flights. The route to Durban, BA’s third destination in South Africa after Cape Town and Johannesburg, will be served three times weekly using the carrier’s fleet of 787-8s. Marrakech rotations will be flown by A320s, while Sheremetyevo will be served using A321s. The latter route is the only one which will face direct competition, with OAG schedules confirming that Aeroflot already offers 32 weekly flights.

easyJet Belfast

easyJet launched operations between Belfast International and Prague on 29 October, while from the 31 October the airline will link its Northern Ireland base with Fuerteventura. Prague flights will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using the airline’s fleet of A319s. Pictured with the crew is Deborah Harris, Public Relations Manager, Belfast International Airport. No other airline currently operates non-stop flights between Belfast and Prague.

easyJet Liverpool

easyJet commenced its newest route from Liverpool on 28 October, a four times weekly service to Toulouse. Pictured celebrating with the crew of the inaugural flight are: Phil Jones, Cabin Services Base Manager – Liverpool, easyJet; Ashley Morgan, Trade Sales Executive, Liverpool Airport; and Declan Maguire, Aviation Development Manager, Liverpool Airport. With this launch, easyJet will offer up to 22 routes from Liverpool this winter.

easyJet Krakow

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Krakow Airport on 29 October to officially open easyJet’s new service to the Polish city from London Luton. Pictured helping to cut the ribbon is Radoslaw Wloszek, CEO of Krakow Airport.

easyJet Rennes

Celebrations were had at Rennes Airport on 29 October as the French regional city welcomed easyJet’s inaugural service from Geneva. The airline will operate the city pair three times weekly using its A320s. This becomes the carrier’s second route to Rennes, with it already linking to the city four times weekly from its base at Lyon.

Turin Airport easyJet

Turin Airport greeted easyJet’s first flight from Berlin Schönefeld on 28 October, one of five new routes which the LCC has launched from the German airport this week. It will offer three weekly flights on this city pair.

  • easyJet launched its W18/19 season schedule on 28 October by commencing 13 routes, while it added a further six new airport pairs to its network the following day. The airline’s biggest expansion comes from the German capital – Berlin – where the carrier has added five new routes from Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), with a further four added to its Berlin Tegel (TXL) network. The airline’s latest routes also involve the carrier’s return to Warsaw Chopin (WAW), an airport easyJet has not served since July 2009, with it linking the Polish capital with Basel (BSL), Geneva (GVA) and Tegel, while from next week it will begin flights to Chopin from London Gatwick. Of the 19 routes inaugurated by easyJet this week, seven will face direct competition, with one of the routes seeing two incumbents, that being on the airline’s new service between Manchester (MAN) and Lisbon (LIS), a route already connected by TAP Air Portugal 12 times weekly and Ryanair six times weekly. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Scheduled competition (WF)
28-Oct Basel (BSL) Warsaw Chopin (WAW) A320 (3)  
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Lanzarote (ACE) A320 (2) Ryanair (2)
Paris CDG (CDG) A319 (11)  
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) A32S (6) Norwegian (12)
Turin (TRN) A32S (3)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Athens (ATH) A320 (7) Aegean Airlines (7)
Basel (BSL) A320 (19)  
Warsaw Chopin (WAW) A32S (7) LOT Polish Airlines (18)
Bristol (BRS) Larnaca (LCA) A320 (2)  
Geneva (GVA) Warsaw Chopin (WAW) A32S (4) LOT Polish Airlines (12)
Liverpool (LPL) Toulouse (TLS) A319 (4)  
Manchester (MAN) Lisbon (LIS) A319 (3) TAP Air Portugal (12), Ryanair (6)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Hurghada (HRG) A320 (2)  
29-Oct Belfast International (BFS) Prague (PRG) A319 (2)  
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Ljubljana (LJU) A319 (3)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Pisa (PSA) A32S (2)  
Geneva (GVA) Rennes (RNS) A320 (3)  
London Luton (LTN) Krakow (KRK) A32S (4)  
Toulouse (TLS) Marrakech (RAK) A319 (3) Royal Air Maroc (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Eurowings, Kosice

There were celebrations in Košice on 28 October as the Slovakian airport welcomed two new Eurowings routes from Düsseldorf and Munich. The former will be served four times weekly with Q400s while the latter will be operated twice-weekly by A320s. Cutting the specially baked cake to officially launch the new services were: Martin Petruško, Deputy Mayor of Košice, Richard Raši; Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatization; Michael Tmej, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Košice International Airport; Frank Nikolaus, Area Senior Manager, Eurowings and Rastislav Trnka, President of Košice self-governing region.

  • Eurowings added nine new routes to its network for the start of W18/19, with eight services from German airports beginning on 28 October and a link from Salzburg (SZG) to Fuerteventura (FUE) commencing the following day. The new connections include the LCC’s first services to Košice (KSC) in Slovakia, which will be connected to Düsseldorf (DUS) and Munich (MUC). Weekly frequencies in the nine routes vary from one to four, with the average sector length being 3,407 kilometres. Eurowings will face direct competition on four of its new airport pairs.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
28-Oct-18 Berlin Tegel (TXL) Gran Canaria (LPA) A319 (2) Laudamotion (4), Germania (3), SunExpress Germany (2), Sundair (1)
Lanzarote (ACE) A319 (2) Laudamotion (2), Germania (2), Sundair (1)
Cologne Bonn (CGN) EQV (2)  
Dusseldorf (DUS) Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) A332 (4)  
Kosice (KSC) Q400 (4)  
Hamburg (HAM) Lanzarote (ACE) A320 (2) Condor (3)
Munich (MUC) Kosice (KSC) A320 (2)  
Nuremberg (NUE) Gran Canaria(LPA) B738 (2) Germania (3)
29-Oct-18 Salzburg (SZG) Fuerteventura (FUE) A320 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Frontier Airlines Lafayette

Frontier Airlines launched operations to Lafayette in Louisiana on 24 October, with the ULCC now connecting the airport with Denver and Orlando. Among the celebrations was a ribbon cutting ceremony. Neither route is expected to face direct competition, with these routes meaning five destinations are served direct from Lafayette.

  • Frontier Airlines commenced operations to Lafayette (LFT) in Louisiana on 24 October, the day which saw the ULCC commence twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) services from Denver (DEN) and Orlando (MCO). A look at OAG schedules shows that both routes will be flown on an Orlando-based aircraft, with it operating an Orlando – Lafayette – Denver – Lafayette – Orlando routing, with the sectors being flown on the airline’s A320s. Neither route is expected to face direct competition. With these launches, it brings to five the number of non-stop destinations which are offered from Lafayette, with the airport’s other carriers being American Airlines which connects to Dallas/Fort Worth, Delta Air Lines to Atlanta, and United Airlines to Houston Intercontinental. Frontier Airlines arrives at Lafayette during a successful year so far, with the airport having processed 327,944 passengers during the first nine months of 2018, up 8.6% versus the same period of 2017. 

Laudamotion Vienna

Laudamotion launched its W18/19 expansion from Vienna Airport on 28 October, commencing 15 new routes, while more destinations will be added in the coming weeks. Pictured celebrating the airline’s expansion from the Austrian capital are: Nikolaus Gretzmacher, SVP Vienna Airport; Gerhard Schödinger, Member of the Austrian Federal Council (as representative of Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Governor of Lower Austria); and Andreas Gruber, CEO Laudamotion,

Laudamotion Dublin

Laudamotion launched a daily service between Vienna and Dublin on 28 October. Pictured at the launch in Ireland were Laudamotion’s CEO Andreas Gruber and Dublin Airport’s Head of Marketing Louise Bannon. The 1,701-kilometre sector will be served using a mixture of the airline’s A320s and A321s, with Aer Lingus providing competition.

Laudamotion Krakow

Laudamotion commenced operations on a route between Vienna and Krakow on 28 October, a 320-kilometre sector that the airline plans to serve four times weekly. Pictured cutting the ribbon to officially open the route at the Polish airport were:  Radoslaw Wloszek, CEO, Krakow Airport; Laudamotion Captain, Florian Konrad; Laudamotion Senior Flight Attendant,  Melanie Brunner; Mario-Michael Schöll, Deputy Head of Ground Operations & Security, Laudamotion; and Krzysztof Mazur, Director Krakow Branch, LS Airport services. The city pair is already served by Austrian Airlines.

Laudamotion Madrid

Laudamotion launched a daily operation between Vienna and Madrid on 28 October. Pictured receiving the Sachertorte from the crew, with the special version of the chocolate cake having been presented at every route launch by Laudamotion from the Austrian capital this week, is Mónica Prieto. Head of Airport Marketing and General Coordination Department, Aena. Iberia and Eurowings already offer multiple daily flights on the 1,802-kilometre airport pair.

Milan Bergamo Laudamotion

Milan Bergamo welcomed its newest airline partner Laudamotion on 28 October, with the airline launching a daily service from the Austrian capital to Italy’s third busiest airport, with the crew posing for the press.

Laudamotion Paris Beauvais

Laudamotion also commenced non-stop flights to Paris Beauvais from Vienna on 28 October a route it will operate three times weekly. The French capital airport held a small welcoming ceremony to greet its newest airline.

  • Laudamotion launched a major expansion from Vienna (VIE) on 28 October, commencing 15 routes that day, while it will add more services from the Austrian capital in the coming weeks. “With the inauguration of new routes by Laudamotion, passengers will have a even greater selection of travel destinations. This makes the winter flight schedule at Vienna Airport more multi-faceted than ever before. Laudamotion is on a growth path and will thus make a major contribution to the upcoming passenger record at Vienna Airport,” states Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport. Along with expansion from Vienna, the airline has commenced two new routes from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Marrakech (RAK) and Naples (NAP) this week according to OAG data. Of the 17 routes launched by the carrier on 28 October, only four will not face direct competition. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Scheduled competition
28-Oct Berlin Tegel (TXL) Marrakech (RAK) B738 (2)  
Naples (NAP) B738 (5) easyJet (3)
Vienna (VIE) Barcelona (BCN) A32S (12) Vueling (12), Eurowings (8), LEVEL (2)
Bologna (BLQ) A32S (4) Austrian Airlines (18)
Bucharest (OTP) A32S (7) Austrian Airlines (30), TAROM (12)
Copenhagen (CPH) A321 (3) Austrian Airlines (28)
Dublin (DUB) A32S (7) Aer Lingus (7)
Faro (FAO) A320 (2) Eurowings (2)
Krakow (KRK) A32S (4) Austrian Airlines (13)
Larnaca (LCA) A32S (2) Austrian Airlines (11), LEVEL (3)
London Stansted (STN) A32S (14)  
Madrid (MAD) A32S (7) Iberia (21), Eurowings (6)
Marrakech (RAK) A32S (2) Air Arabia Maroc (2), Austrian Airlines (2), Corendon Airlines (1)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) A32S (7)  
Paris Beauvais (BVA) A32S (3)  
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) A32S (9) Eurowings (14), LEVEL (10), Wizz Air (6)
Valencia (VLC) A320 (4) Wizz Air (3), LEVEL (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Loganair Derry

Loganair commenced operations between Glasgow and Derry on 28 October, with it filling the void on the 193-kilometre route left by Ryanair, a result of the latter switching its service to the Northern Ireland airport from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Pictured at the first flight ceremony for the new route opening are Derry City Mayor John Boyle, and Loganair Commercial Director Kay Ryan. The regional carrier will link the two airports five times weekly using its fleet of Saab 340s.

  • Loganair commenced operations between Glasgow (GLA) and Derry (LDY) on 28 October, with it taking up the route as a result of Ryanair switching its service to the Northern Ireland airport from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The carrier will operate the short 193-kilometre hop five times weekly using its Saab 340s. “Loganair has a relationship with City of Derry Airport which spans across three decades, so everyone is extremely excited to have the route in our network map once again,” commented Kay Ryan, Commerical Director of the airline. “The cities and their populations share very close connections, and this is being reflected via ticket sales. Whether it is family ties or football teams, business or leisure, this is a popular link in both the West of Scotland and Derry.”

Myway Airlines Budapest

Budapest Airport welcomed its newest carrier on 28 October, with Georgian start-up Myway Airlines inaugurating a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service from Tbilisi. The airline will add a third weekly (Tuesdays) rotation from 20 November. Myway Airlines is the only operator to offer a direct service between the capitals of Hungary and Georgia, with this route becoming Budapest’s second link to the latter country, with Wizz Air already offering service to Kutaisi.

  • Myway Airlines launched its latest route from Tbilisi (TBS) on 28 October, with the Georgian carrier inaugurating a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service to Budapest (BUD). The airline will add a third weekly (Tuesdays) rotation on the 2,123-kilometre sector from 20 November. “Budapest Airport is delighted to welcome yet another new airline to the market. Having a flight connection for the very first time between these two great cities is a fantastic endorsement of the opportunities which exist for leisure and business travellers between Hungary and Georgia. We wish Myway Airlines a very successful flight launch, just in time for the upcoming ski season,” commented Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport on the airline’s arrival. Tbilisi becomes the second destination in Georgia to have non-stop flights from Budapest, with this new service complementing Wizz Air’s existing operations between the Hungarian capital and Kutaisi.

Philippines AirAsia, Cebu

Philippines AirAsia launched three new domestic routes from Cagayan de Oro on 28 October, returning to the airport for the first time after a gap of more than three years. Cebu was one of the destinations to welcome an inaugural flight last Sunday. This short 195-kilometre connection will be served daily and faces direct competition from Philippine Airlines, Cebgo and Cebu Pacific Air.

  • Philippines AirAsia returned to Cagayan de Oro (CGY) on 28 October, when it launched three new domestic connections to Cebu (CEB), Clark (CRK) and Manila (MNL). The LCC last served Cagayan de Oro in August 2015. All three links will be operated by the carrier’s A320 fleet and each one will face direct competition from incumbent carriers. The short 195-kilometre hop to Cebu will be flown daily, and is already served by Philippine Airlines (21 weekly flights), Cebgo (14) and Cebu Pacific Air (7). The 845-kilometre Clark connection will operate four times weekly and is already served by Philippine Airlines with 10 weekly services. Philippines AirAsia will serve the 753-kilometre Manila route twice daily. Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines already provide 56 and 30 weekly flights on this airport pair respectively. On 30 October, the LCC will add another node to its Cagayan de Oro network when it introduces flights to Ilo Ilo. 

Ryanair Bournemouth

Ryanair commenced a new route between Paphos and Bournemouth on 29 October, a connection it will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). Pictured at the route launch are the UK airport’s Marketing Manager Jodie Saunders, and MD Stephen Gill. The route will face direct competition from TUI Airways which offers a weekly rotation.

Ryanair Milan Bergamo

Ryanair commenced its W18/19 schedule from Milan Bergamo on 28 October, with this including three new routes to Amman, Brno and Faro which launched this week, while the airline will also continue services to Crotone this winter, a route it launched in June, while the airline will also offer a twice-weekly service to Palma de Mallorca for the first time in a winter season. The airline will also offer flights to Poznan and Tangier for the first time this winter too according to OAG, route which began in March. Pictured at the celebration of the new routes for winter are Ryanair’s John Alborante, Sales and Marketing Manager Italy, Croatia and Greece, plus Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO.

Memmingen Airport’s Aviation Marketing & Sales Manager, Franziska Spannagel,

On 29 October Ryanair commenced operations on a new routes between Memmingen and Tel Aviv, a sector which the carrier plans to operate twice-weekly. Pictured at the launch is Memmingen Airport’s Aviation Marketing & Sales Manager, Franziska Spannagel. The airline also launched flights to Brindisi from the German gateway this week.

  • Ryanair kick-started its W18/19 season programme on 28 October by launching 34 routes, while it inaugurated a further 26 the following day, with more to be added in the coming days as the season gets underway. Of the initial 60 routes launched by the airline, 13 are poised to face direct competition, with three services going head-to-head with Ukraine International Airlines, a result of Ryanair opening nine routes to Kiev Boryspil (KBP) during the first two days of the W18/19 season. Five of the routes will compete with Europe’s second largest LCC – easyJet. The average sector length of Ryanair’s 60 routes that it launched on 28 and 29 October is 1,643 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Scheduled competition (WF)
28-Oct Barcelona (BCN) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (4) Ukraine International Airlines (4)
Brussels (BRU) Amman (AMM) B738 (2)  
Marrakech (RAK)  
Budapest (BUD) Amman (AMM)  
Bydgoszcz (BZG) Kiev Boryspil (KBP)  
Dublin (DUB) Frankfurt (FRA) B738 (12) Lufthansa (34), Aer Lingus (16)
Luxembourg (LUX) B738 (3) Luxair (7)
Edinburgh (EDI) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) B738 (6)  
Derry (LDY) B738 (5)  
Sofia (SOF) B738 (2)  
Fez (FEZ) Bordeaux (BOD) Air Arabia Maroc (2)
London Luton (LTN) Bologna (BLQ) B738 (7)  
Cork (ORK) B738 (5)  
Malaga (AGP) B738 (6) easyJet (7), TUI Airways (1)
London Stansted (STN) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (5)  
Marrakech (RAK) Catania (CTA) B738 (2)  
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB)  
Naples (NAP)  
Porto (OPO)  
Prague (PRG)  
Stuttgart (STR)  
Milan Bergamo (BGY) Brno (BRQ)  
Faro (FAO)  
Prague (PRG) Paris Beauvais (BVA) B738 (3)  
Seville (SVQ) Nantes (NTE) B738 (2)  
Catania (CTA)  
Fuerteventura (FUE) Vueling (1)
Rabat (RBA)  
Tangier (TNG)  
Valencia (VLC) Cagliari (CAG)  
Tangier (TNG)  
Vilnius (VNO) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (3) Ukraine International Airlines (13)
Venice Treviso (TSF) B738 (2)  
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (4)  
29-Oct Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Faro (FAO) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Bologna (BLQ) Kaunas (KUN)  
Cagliari (CAG) Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB)  
Porto (OPO)  
Edinburgh (EDI) Lisbon (LIS) easyJet (3)
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)  
Tallinn (TLL)  
Fez (FEZ) Turin (TRN)  
Venice Treviso (TSF)  
Gdansk (GDN) Kiev Boryspil (KBP)  
Krakow (KRK) Amman (AMM)  
Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (3) Ukraine International Airlines (7)
Marrakech (RAK) Athens (ATH) B738 (2)  
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF)  
Bordeaux (BOD) easyJet (3), Royal Air Maroc (2), TUI Airlines Belgium (1)
Marseille (MRS) Bucharest (OTP)  
Memmingen (FMM) Brindisi (BDS)  
Tel Aviv (TLV)  
Paphos (PFO) Bournemouth (BOH) TUI Airways (1)
Prague (PRG) Eilat Ovda (VDA)  
Seville (SVQ) Bristol (BRS) easyJet (3)
Cagliari (CAG)  
Porto (OPO) B738 (3)  
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) Kiev Boryspil (KBP)  
Vilnius (VNO) Amman (AMM) B738 (2)  
Warsaw Modlin (WMI)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October. WF = Weekly frequencies.

SAS launched a new link from Copenhagen to Hong Kong on 28 October. The 8,647-kilometre connection will be served five times weekly. There was a special event to celebrate the upcoming launch in the SAS Gold lounge at Copenhagen Airport on 24 October, where SAS Deputy CEO and COO, Lars Sandahl Sørensenevent spoke to the audience.

  • SAS has commenced services on two new routes in the past week, beginning flights from Gothenburg (GOT) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) on 26 Ocotber, and launching operations from Copenhagen (CPH) to Hong Kong (HKG) on 28 October. The 570-kilometre intra-European connection will be flown four times weekly on the carrier’s fleet of A320s and 737s, and will face direct competiton from easyJet, which already offers daily services. The 8,647-kilometre link from Copenhagen to Hong Kong will operate five times weekly on A340-300s. There is no competition on this sector, which will be SAS’ only connection to Hong Kong in W18/19.

Swoop, Tampa

Swoop swept into the US this week, staring four new services between Canada and its North American neighbour. Tampa welcomed the arrival of the LCC’s first flight from Hamilton on 27 October. Seen here with the impressive route launch cake, baked to celebrate the maiden voyage, are the Floridian airport’s Maria Cook, Events Manager; Kenneth Strickland, Director Air service Development and Research and Debbie Stokes, Marketing Coordinator.

  • Swoop has commenced its first flights to the US just in time for the start of the winter flying programme. The Canadian LCC’s first flights to its North American neighbour took off on 27 October. It launched four new US links in total over the past week including one from Edmonton (YEG) and three from Hamilton (YHM). The weekly frequency on these new sectors varies from two to four. The average sector length is 2,166 kilometres. Swoop will not face any direct competition on the four new airport pairs.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
27-Oct-18 Edmonton (YEG) Phoenix Mesa, AZ (AZA) B738 (2)  
Hamilton (YHM) Orlando, FL (MCO) B738 (3)  
Tampa, FL (TPA) B738 (4)  
28-Oct-18 Hamilton (YHM) Las Vegas, NV (LAS) B738 (4)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Wizz Air Liverpool

On 29 October Wizz Air launched operations from Cluj-Napoca and Iasi to Liverpool, while from 30 October it will also link to the UK city from Bucharest. Seen celebrating the new routes with the Wizz Air crew is Declan Maguire, Aviation Development Manager, Liverpool Airport. Cluj-Napoca and Iasi routes will be flown twice-weekly.

Wizz Air Budapest

Celebrations were had in Budapest on 29 October to mark the opening of Wizz Air’s new three times weekly service to Doncaster Sheffield. Pictured at the launch creating their route launch moment with the inaugural cake and flight crew were Eszter Almási, Airline Development Manager, Budapest Airport and András Radó, Corporate Communications Manager, Wizz Air. Along with Doncaster Sheffield, Wizz Air serves Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and London Luton in the UK from Budapest. For Doncaster Sheffield, Budapest becomes the airline’s tenth route from the UK airport.

  • Wizz Air launched its W18/19 campaign by inaugurating 11 new routes over the first two days of the season, adding seven services on the 28 October, with a further four launching the following day. Of the 11 routes added to the network this week, only two face direct competition, with both of these being new capital connections for Wizz Air. The ULCC will compete with easyJet’s 13 times weekly service between London Luton (LTN) and Lisbon (LIS), while it will go head-to-head with Star Alliance members Austrian Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines between Vienna (VIE) and Warsaw Chopin (WAW), with the two national carriers combined already offering 32 weekly flights on the sector. The average sector length of Wizz Air’s 11 new routes is 1,854 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Scheduled competition
28-Oct Bucharest (OTP) Eilat Ovda (VDA) A320 (2)  
Gdansk (GDN) Kharkiv (HRK)  
Wroclaw (WRO)  
Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) Vienna (VIE) A320 (6)  
London Luton (LTN) Eilat Ovda (VDA) A320 (2)  
Lisbon (LIS) A321 (7) easyJet (13)
Vienna (VIE) Warsaw Chopin (WAW) A321 (6) Austrian Airlines (18), LOT Polish Airlines (14)
29-Oct Budapest (BUD) Doncaster Sheffiled (DSA) A320 (3)  
Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) Liverpool (LPL) A320 (2)  
Iasi (IAS)  
Riga (RIX) Eilat Ovda (VDA)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 30 October. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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