New airline routes launched (6 November – 19 November 2018)


Avianca Bogota to Munich 

Avianca Munich

Avianca launched flights between Bogota and Munich on 16 November, touching down in Germany the following day. Seen cutting the ribbon at Munich Airport, officially opening the route, are: Mauricio Puccini, Captain, Avianca; Hernán Rincón, CEO of Avianca; and Dr. Michael Kerkloh, Chairman of the Management Board, Munich Airport.

  • Avianca expanded its network from Bogota (BOG) on 16 November, commencing a five times weekly transatlantic service to Munich (MUC), with this service becoming the latter airport’s only direct flight to South America, while the European city becomes the airline’s only destination in Germany from Bogota. The Star Alliance member will serve the 9,310-kilometre city pair using its fleet of 787-8s. The following day saw the airline commence a second new service from the Colombian capital, with it inaugurating a four times weekly service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on 17 November. The airline will operate the latter 4,360-kilometre city pair four times weekly using its fleet of A319s. When referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data, neither route launched by the airline from Bogota will face direct competition. Along with Munich, the Star carrier also serves Barcelona, London Heathrow and Madrid in Europe from Bogota, while in the US it already links to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, New York JFK and Washington Dulles from its base at the Colombian capital airport.

British Airways London Gatwick to Cologne Bonn 

Cologne Bonn celebrated the return of British Airways after a 12 year absence, following the UK flag carrier’s launch of a new route from London Gatwick on 16 November. An impressive ‘double-decked’ cake was baked to mark the occasion, with Chi Mee Yuen, Manager Business Development and Aviation Marketing, Cologne Bonn Airport (centre), celebrating the launch with the first flight’s crew.

British Airways London City

British Airways launched operations between London City and Rome Fiumicino on 11 November, a route that it will operate six times weekly. Pictured at the launch along with the crew are is Luke Hayhoe, GM Commercial and Customer, British Airways (third right). No other airline presently links London City with Rome.

  • British Airways launched flights from London City (LCY) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on 11 November and from London Gatwick (LGW) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) on 16 November. The 1,419-kilometre link between the capitals of the UK and Italy will operate six times weekly by BA CityFlyer E190s. The 512 kilometre-connection between Gatwick and Cologne Bonn will be operated four times weekly using A319s and A320s. Neither route faces direct competition, although Fiumicino and Cologne Bonn both have links to other London airports. British Airways returns to Cologne Bonn after a 12-year absence, having previously flown to the German airport from its London Heathrow hub. “We are more than happy to again see aircraft operated by this important traditional airline on Cologne/Bonn’s apron,” said Johan Vanneste, CEO, Cologne Bonn Airport. “The airport is now again welcoming British Airways, a member of the global airline alliance oneworld.”

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


Adria Airways, London Southend

Adria Airways launched flights between Paderborn and London Southend on 8 November, with celebrations taking place at the London airport on 13 November. Willie McGillivray, COO, London Southend Airport, cut the impressive cake baked to mark the occasion and officially launch the new route which will operate three times weekly.

  • Adria Airways launched a new link from Paderborn (PAD) to London Southend (SEN) on 8 November. Flights on the 546-kilometre connection will operate three times weekly, with most sectors operated by Saab 2000s, although OAG schedules suggest that ATR 72s may be used on some occasions. There is no direct competition on this sector and there are no other routes to London from Paderborn operating during W18/19. Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation, said of the route: “It’s great to welcome a new airline and another route to London Southend Airport. The UK South East is home to a significant number of IT companies; therefore the ability to travel direct to Paderborn, one of Germany’s largest software hubs, should prove a major boost to business development opportunities in the region.” Adria Airways returns to Southend after a three-year hiatus, having previously served the London airport from Maribor in S15. It is the first time the airline has offered flights to London since it linked Pristina with London Luton back in S16.

There were celebrations in Bengaluru on 17 November, with a route launch cake baked to mark the start of Air India’s service to London Heathrow. Flights on the 8,042-kilometre sector will operate three times weekly using the carrier’s 787-8s.

  • Air India launched its fourth connection from India to London on 17 November, the day in which it began flights from Bengaluru (BLR) to London Heathrow (LHR). The 8,042-kilometre connection will be served three times weekly using 787-8s. Air India faces direct competition on the airport pair from incumbent carrier British Airways, with the oneworld member already offering a daily flight on the route. Bengaluru becomes the fourth Indian airport in Air India’s network to see a direct connection to Heathrow after Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. 

Cham Wings Airlines, Moscow Sheremetyevo

Moscow Sheremetyevo welcomed the arrival of Cham Wings Airlines on 7 November, with the Syrian carrier switching its existing Moscow Vnukovo service to the former airport. Flights will operate weekly (Wednesdays).

  • Cham Wings Airlines introduced flights from Damascus (DAM) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on 7 November. The 2,509-kilometre airport pair will be served weekly on Wednesdays. It will be operated by the Syrian carrier’s A320s and there is no direct competition. Although this is a new airport pair, it is not a new city link for Cham Wings, which previously operated from Damascus to Moscow Vnukovo Airport. 

There were celebrations at Hamburg on 7 November as Condor commenced flights to Agadir. An impressive route launch cake was baked for the occasion with Alexandra Ringel, Senior Manager, Traffic Development & Sales, Aviation Marketing, Hamburg Airport; Suneel Pathak, Regional Manager – Ground Operations Northern Germany, Condor and Clea Braun, Key Account Manager, Condor, joining the inaugural crew on the apron.

  • Condor commenced services from Hamburg (HAM) to Agadir (AGA) on 6 November and from Frankfurt (FRA) to Curaçao (CUR) the following day. Both routes will be flown weekly and neither faces any direct competition. The 3,022-kilometre connection from Hamburg to Agadir will be operated by A321s on Tuesdays, while the 8,079-kilometre link from Frankfurt to Curaçao being flown using 767-300s on Wednesdays. “We are thrilled to see Condor adding another destination to its extensive Hamburg route network,” said Jörgen Kearsley, Director Aviation Marketing, Hamburg Airport. “Agadir is an attractive destination for beach holidays for our passengers, especially in the winter season. I am certain that this new service will be well received.”

Delta Air Lines San Jose

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at San Jose Airport on 15 November to open Delta Air Lines’ new daily service from Detroit. Among those taking part in the ceremony was John Aitken, Director of Aviation, San Jose Airport (left). The SkyTeam carrier will operate the 3,309-kilometre sector six times weekly using its fleet of 180-seat 737-900s.

  • Delta Air Lines commenced its latest route from its Detroit (DTW) base on 15 November, beginning a six times weekly service to San Jose (SJC) in California. The SkyTeam member will operate the 3,309-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737-900s, with no other airline currently flying the airport pair. “Detroit is a desirable city that has undergone an economic revitalisation over the past decade while still being a major tourism destination for its historical contributions to both the US automobile industry and music,” commented San Jose AIrport’s Director of Aviation John Aitken. “It’s apparent from the strong passenger bookings on the inaugural departing flight that Silicon Valley travellers are enthusiastic about this new service, whether Detroit is the final destination or a convenient connection to dozens of cities in Delta’s network, both in the US Northeast and internationally.” Based on OAG Traffic Analyser data, over 57,000 passengers travelled indirectly between Detroit and San Jose in 2017, representing an average PDEW of 78.3.

Ethiopian Airlines Somalia

Ethiopian Airlines launched a three times weekly service between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu in Somalia on 9 November, with a cake representing the flags of the two nations being made to celebrate the new service.

  • Ethiopian Airlines launched operations between Addis Ababa (ADD) and Mogadishu (MGQ) on 9 November, its newest node in Africa. The Star Alliance member will operate the 1,057-kilometre sector three times weekly using its Q400s, however Flightradar24.com data shows that the first three flights were operated by the airline’s 737-800s. No other airline presently flies between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu according to OAG schedules.

Flair Airlines Las Vegas

Flair Airlines commenced fights between Edmonton and Las Vegas on 8 November, the day in which it initiated a four times weekly service between the two cities. This fabulous cake was made to commemorate the route opening.

  • Flair Airlines has become the fourth carrier to offer regular scheduled services between Edmonton (YEG) and Las Vegas (LAS). On 8 November, the airline initiated a four times weekly service on the 1,918-kilometre city pair, joining existing operators Air Canada Rouge (daily), Swoop (daily) and WestJet (four times weekly). Flair will operate the route using its fleet of 737-400s.

Fly Corporate Wollongong

Fly Corporate commenced operations to Wollongong on 12 November, linking the New South Wales airport with Brisbane and Melbourne Essendon. Pictured at the ceremony which celebrated the first return flight from Wollongong to the Victoria state airport are: Geoff Woodham, Sales Manager, Fly Corporate; Marianne Saliba, Mayor of the City of Shellharbour; and Nadia Salajic, Marketing Manager, Melbourne Essendon Airport.

  • Fly Corporate, an Australian regional airline, has begun flights to Wollongong (WOL) from Brisbane (BNE) and Melbourne Essendon (MEB). The airline will offer nine weekly flights on the 634-kilometre sector between the latter airport and Wollongong, while four weekly flights will be offered on the 826-kilometre link from Brisbane to the New South Wales airport. Both routes will be flown using the airline’s 34-seat Saab 340s, of which it has four. Wollongong becomes the airline’s third destination from Essendon Airport, while the airline now offers 10 destinations from its Brisbane base. It should be noted that these routes have been taken over as a result of JETGO collapsing earlier this year, with the latter having offered multi-daily flights using its 36-seat ERJ 135s according to OAG Schedules Analyser. 

Tampa Airport once again displayed its excellent cullinary marketing skills during the past two weeks, this time baking a trio of cakes for a multitude of new Frontier Airlines services. Pictured with the cake that was made for the airline’s inaugural flight to Grand Rapids are some of Tampa Airport’s Marketing and Communications Team: Ashley Iaccarino, Communications Manager; Debbie Stokes, Marketing Coordinator; Maria Cook, Events Manager; Jacob Taylor, Marketing Intern; and Trudy Brandvold, Marketing Specialist.

  • Frontier Airlines launched 28 new routes between 7 and 17 November, with 20 of the new connections involving an airport in Florida. What is also worth noting is that only five of the routes face direct competition at the time of launch, however some of the routes will face direct competition during the lead up to the festive season. The average weekly frequency of Frontier’s 28 new routes is 2.5, while the mean sector length is 1,880 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
07-Nov Denver (DEN) Tucson (TUS) A320 (4) United Airlines (28), Southwest Airlines (17)
15-Nov Orlando (MCO) Louisville (SDF) A320 (2) Southwest Airlines (11)
Palm Beach (PBI) Cleveland (CLE) A321 (3)  
St. Louis (STL) A319 (3)  
Phoenix (PHX) Raleigh-Durham (RDU) A320 (3) Southwest Airlines (7)
Southwest Florida (RSW)  
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Cancún American Airlines (1)
Palm Beach (PBI)  
Southwest Florida (RSW) Syracuse (SYR)  
Tampa (TPA) Charlotte Douglas (CLT) American Airlines (57)
Grand Rapids (GRR) A321 (3)  
Portland (PWM) A320 (3)  
Syracuse (SYR)  
16-Nov Orlando (MCO) Little Rock (LIT) A320 (2)  
Palm Beach (PBI) Columbus (CMH) A319 (2)  
Phoenix (PHX) Grand Rapids (GRR) A320 (2)  
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Punta Cana (PUJ)  
Southwest Florida (RSW) Portland (PWM)  
Salt Lake City (SLC)  
Tampa (TPA) Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP)  
17-Nov Palm Beach (PBI) Pittsburgh (PIT) A319 (2)  
Phoenix (PHX) Madison (MSN)  
Norfolk (ORF) A320 (2)  
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Montego Bay (MBJ)  
Southwest Florida (RSW) Albany (ALB)  
Las Vegas (LAS)  
Raleigh-Durham (RDU)  
Tampa (TPA) Norfolk (ORF)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 20 November. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Germania, FMO

Joining the crew of Germania’s inaugural flight to Agadir on the tarmac at Münster/Osnabrück on 6 November were the airport’s Detlef Döbberthin, Manager Aviation Marketing (left) and Mathias Richter, Manager Aviation Marketing (right). The new 2,797-kilometre connection will operate weekly on Tuesdays.

  • Germania launched two new routes in recent weeks, with flights commencing from Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) to Agadir (AGA) on 6 November, and from Bremen (BRE) to La Palma  (SPC) the following day. Both routes will be served weekly by A319s with the former operating on Tuesdays and the latter on Wednesdays. Neither the 2,797 kilometre-connection from Münster/Osnabrück to Agadir, or the 3,471-kilometre link from Bremen to La Palma will face any direct competition. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Germania will offer flights to 16 destinations from Münster/Osnabrück during W18/19 and to 15 from Bremen. One of the Münster/Osnabrück routes and four from Bremen will only be served by one flight during the winter season.

Jet2.com, Krakow

Krakow celebrated the arrival of Jet2.com’s first flight from Leeds Bradford on 9 November, with the inaugural crew being presented with a ceremonial route launch cake. The UK carrier will operate its latest Polish connection twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, facing direct competition on the sector from Ryanair.

  • Jet2.com launched a new route from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Krakow (KRK) on 9 November. The 1,510-kilometre connection will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. The airline will deploy its 737-800s on the sector which will face direct competition from Ryanair, which already operates four weekly frequencies on the airport pair. Jet2.com has served Krakow since 2006. This latest route from Leeds Bradford becomes the airline fourth route to the Polish city, with it already flying to Krakow from Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle, while it will add a connection from Glasgow in November 2019. Ready more about Jet2.com in anna.aero’s in-depth analysis of the carrier’s planned operations for S19.

JetBlue Airways Havana

JetBlue Airways commenced flights between Boston and Havana on 10 November. Pictured cutting the ribbon at the launch in Cuba, officially opening the 2,396-kilometre sector, are Giselle Cortés, Director of International Airports, JetBlue Airways, and Omar Goslin Collymore, Director Terminal 3, Havana Airport.

  • JetBlue Airways commenced its latest international route from Boston (BOS) on 10 November, beginning a weekly (Saturdays) service to Havana (HAV), with this service joining the carrier’s existing routes to the Cuban capital from Fort Lauderdale, New York JFK and Orlando. “This flight is an example of the potentials the Cuban market has to offer. But it is an example, also, of the friendship between the peoples of Cuba and the US, which can open the gateways to companies, institutions and sectors of the US willing to maintain a different kind of bilateral relationship with Cuba,” commented Omar Goslin Collymore, Director Terminal 3, Havana Airport. The carrier will operate the 2,396-kilometre sector between Boston and Havana using its fleet of A320s, with no other airline presently linking the two cities with non-stop flights. According to OAG Traffic Analyser data, over 6,000 people travelled indirectly between Havana and Boston in 2017, with this new direct flight option likely to stimulate new demand between the cities.

Sichaun Airlines, Yangon

Jose Angeja, COO, Yangon Airport (right), was joined by other airport officials and representatives of Sichuan Airlines to welcome the Chinese carrier’s first flight from Xi’an on 13 November. The 2,317-kilometre route will operate three times weekly on the airline’s A320s, with no other carrier presently operating on the sector.

  • Sichaun Airlines launched its first flight to Yangon (RGN) on 13 November, the day in which it started services from Xi’an (XIY). The 2,317-kilometre connection will be flown three times weekly using A320s, with the route facing no direct competition. Jose Angeja, COO, Yangon Airport said: “Sichuan Airlines connects Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, to Xi’an, the biggest city in Northwest China and the most famous ancient capital in Chinese history. With this connection, it is also a good opportunity to travel more and develop our businesses, share our cultures, and it can also bring a great impact on many industries in Myanmar, particularly to the tourism industry. We hope to receive more tourists to Myanmar to enjoy the beauty of Myanmar and enjoy the improved facilities at Yangon International Airport.” According to OAG Schedules Analyser data, Sichuan Airlines already operates a route to Myanmar, with it connecting Kunming to Mandalay.

Volaris, San Jose

San Jose welcomed the arrival of the inaugural Volaris flight from Leon/Guanajuato on 17 November. Cutting the ribbon to officially launch the new service were Judy Ross, Assistant Director of Aviation, San Jose Airport and Juan Manuel Calderon, Consul General of Mexico in San Jose. Flights will operate twice-weekly using the carrier’s A320s.

  • Volaris launched seven new routes in the space of three days between 15 and 17 November. The new links included five domestic airport pairs and two connections to the US. Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) enjoyed the largest number of new routes, with six being introduced from that airport. Weekly frequencies across the seven new airport pairs range from two to three. The shortest sector is the 394-kilometre connection between Leon/Guanajuato and Puerto Vallarta (PVR), while the longest is the 2,680-kilometre link from Leon/Guanajuato to San Jose (SJC). The average sector length across the new routes is 1,426 kilometres. Only two of the seven airport pairs will face direct competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
15-Nov Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) Cuidad Juarez (CJS) A320 (3) VivaAerobus (7)
Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Interjet (2), TAR Aerolineas (2)
San Jose del Cabo (SJD)  
16-Nov Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) Merida (MID) A320 (2)  
17-Nov Guadalajara (BDL) Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)  
Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) Mexicali (MXL)  
San Jose, CA (SJC)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 20 November 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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