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New airline routes launched (26 March – 1 April 2019)


Flybe Cornwall Airport Newquay and Guernsey to London Heathrow 

Flybe LHR

Pictured at London Heathrow on the day of Flybe’s launch of services from Cornwall Airport Newquay are: Al Titterington, MD, Cornwall Airport Newquay; Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO, Flybe; Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport; and Ross Baker, CCO, London Heathrow. Flights on the service will operate four times daily.

  • Flybe launched two new routes to London Heathrow (LHR) on 31 March, with it now connecting Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) and Guernsey (GCI) to Europe’s biggest hub. Flights on the 338-kilometre route from Cornwall will be flown four times daily, while the link from the Channel Islands, a sector spanning 272 kilometres, will see a daily rotation. Both routes will be flown by the carrier using its fleet of Q400s, and neither faces direct competition. Along with adding its third and fourth routes to Heathrow, joining existing services from Aberdeen and Edinburgh which have now been operating for two years, the airline added another UK capital link from Cornwall Airport Newquay, with it beginning a five times weekly service from London Southend (SEN). The 417-kilometre route, facing no direct competition, will be operated by Stobart Air using its fleet of ATR 72-600. Take a look at anna.aero’s extended coverage of Flybe’s launch between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Heathrow

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


Air France Tbilisi

Air France launched flights between Paris CDG and Tbilisi on 31 March. Speaking at the inaugural flight press conference is Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia, who flew in on the first flight from the French capital. The SkyTeam member will operate a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) service on the capital connection.

  • Air France launched three new international routes from Paris CDG (CDG) on 31 March, with the airline initiating flights to Belgrade (BEG), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Tbilisi (TBS). The 7,940-kilometre route to the US will operate three times weekly using the airline’s A330-200s, with it facing direct competition from American Airlines which provides a daily service. Flights on the 1,423-kilometre link to the Serbian capital will operate daily, facing Air Serbia which offers 13 weekly flights. Finally, the 3,363-kilometre route to the capital of Georgia will be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays), with it going head-to-head with Georgian Airways which too flies the route on a twice-weekly bases. Both European routes launched this week from Paris CDG will be flown using the SkyTeam member’s fleet of A320s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

airBaltic Riga Airport

Ahead of airBaltic’s S19 schedule commencing, Riga Airport and the airline had a celebration for the new services that would be launched. This week saw the carrier begin routes to Dublin, Lviv and Stuttgart, while flights to Menorca and Kos will be inaugurated in May. Pictured with the cake are: Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Planning, airBaltic; Laura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport; Liene Freivalde, Director of Aviation Service and Business Development, Riga Airport; and Mantas Vrubliauskas, Network Development Manager, airBaltic.

airBaltic Riga

airBaltic launched flights between Riga and Dublin on 31 March. Pictured cutting the ribbon to officially open the European capital connection are: Irish Ambassador to Latvia, Jim Hennessy; airBaltic CEO, Martin Gauss; and Riga Airport Board Member, Artūrs Saveļjevs. The route is already flown by ULCC Ryanair six times weekly.

airBaltic Dublin

airBaltic introduced Ireland to its network on 31 March, with it beginning a four times weekly service between Riga and Dublin using its A220-300s. Pictured at the launch celebrations at the Irish capital airport were: Latvian Ambassador to Ireland, Janis Silis; Irish Ambassador to Latvia, Jim Hennessy; airBaltic Head of Communications, Alise Briede; airBaltic CEO, Martin Gauss; and Dublin Airport SVP Aviation Business Development, Jon Woolf.

  • airBaltic entered the start of the S19 season by commencing three new routes from Riga (RIX), with the carrier launching flights to Dublin (DUB) and Stuttgart (STR) on 31 March, while a connection to Lviv (LWO) was inaugurated the following day on 1 April. “Riga is a dynamic city and the key business centre of the Baltic states. We are excited to connect Dublin and Riga as it opens up connections not only to Latvia but also to our wider home region with Tallinn and Vilnius as well as many destinations in Scandinavia, the CIS and Middle East,” commented Martin Gauss, CEO of the airline at the airline’s launch event in the Irish capital. The 1,941-kilometre route to Dublin will face direct competition from Ryanair which offers six weekly flights, while the 1,342-kilometre sector to Stuttgart of 790-kilometre hop to Lviv will face no direct competition. Both routes to Ireland and Germany will be flown using the carrier’s fleet of A220-300s, while the Ukrainian link will be operated by the airline’s Q400s.

American Airlines Phoenix London Heathrow

American Airlines launched flights from Phoenix to London Heathrow on 31 March. Pictured at the UK Parliament-themed cake cutting ceremony, along with some of the inaugural flight crew, were: Phoenix City Manager, Ed Zuercher; Assistant Aviation Director, Deborah Ostreicher; Director of Aviation Services, James Bennett; Phoenix City Councilwoman, Felicita Mendoza; MD American Airlines in Phoenix, John Daley; Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego; Phoenix Mayor, Thelda Williams; President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Hamer; CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Todd Sanders; and President and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, Kim Sabow. The oneworld member will operate the airport pair daily, with fellow alliance member British Airways already on the route. 

  • American Airlines launched two transatlantic routes during the first weekend of the S19 season, with its first being a 7,347-kilometre sector between Charlotte-Douglas (CLT) and Munich (MUC), launched 30 March. The airline’s second inaugural took place the following day, with it offering services on the 8,459-kilometre airport pair of Phoenix (PHX) and London Heathrow (LHR). The oneworld member will operate the two routes with a daily rotation, with the former being flown using A330-200s, while the route to the UK will be served by the carrier’s fleet of 777-200s. Both routes are presently in operation with other airlines. Lufthansa links Munich to Charlotte-Douglas with a daily rotation this summer, while American Airlines’ fellow alliance member British Airways offers a daily rotation from Europe’s busiest airport to the Phoenix hub using its fleet of 747-400s. 

British Airways Osaka Kansai

British Airways launched flights between London Heathrow and Osaka Kansai on 31 March. Among those pictured cutting the ribbon in Japan along with the crew is Moran Birger, Head of Sales, Middle East and Asia Pacific, British Airways (centre). The carrier will operate the 9,527-kilometre route four times weekly using 787-8s.

  • British Airways launched its newest long-haul route from London Heathrow (LHR) on 31 March, with it beginning a four times weekly service to Osaka Kansai (KIX). This becomes the oneworld member’s third route to Japan, with it already linking its Heathrow hub with Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. No other carrier presently flies the 9,527-kilometre sector. Along with adding Osaka to its network this week, BA has also expanded its Spanish route offering from the capital, with it linking Heathrow to Valencia (VLC), while London Gatwick (LGW) has gained new services to Bilbao (BIO) and Almeria (LEI). Details of the carrier’s new routes can be found in the following table.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Mar London Heathrow (LHR) Osaka Kansai (KIX) B788 (4)  
Valencia (VLC) A320 (9)  
London Gatwick (LGW) Bilbao (BIO) A319 (11) Vueling (6)
01-Apr Almeria (LEI) A319 (3) easyJet (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 2 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Cathay Pacific Airways Seattle

Cathay Pacific Airways launched flights between Hong Kong and Seattle-Tacoma on 31 March. The airline will operate the 10,440-kilometre sector four times weekly using its A350-900s. The route was last flown by Delta Air Lines, with OAG Schedules Analyser data showing that it ended flights on the airport pair on 2 October 2018.

  • Cathay Pacific Airways launched flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) on 31 March. The oneworld member replaces the void on the 10,440-kilometre airport pair that was left by Delta Air Lines, with the SkyTeam member having ended its service between the two airports on 2 October 2018 according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Cathay Pacific will operate the route four times weekly using its A350-900s. Seattle becomes the carrier’s eighth destination in the US, with it already serving Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, New York’s Newark and JFK (via Vancouver), San Francisco and Washington Dulles in the country. During the first nine months of 2018, Cathay Pacific transported 1.65 million passengers between the US and Hong Kong according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), with this representing a 2.0% decrease in traffic over the same nine-month period of 2017.

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines launched services between Addis Ababa and Istanbul Atatürk on 1 April. Speaking at a press conference to promote the new service to local and global media is Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines. The carrier will link the two cities with a three times weekly service, flown using its fleet of 737-800s.

  • Ethiopian Airlines launched operations between Addis Ababa (ADD) and Istanbul Atatürk (IST) on 1 April. The Star Alliance member will operate the 3,689-kilometre route three times weekly using its fleet of 737-800s. It joins fellow alliance member Turkish Airlines on the city pair, with the Istanbul-based operator serving the route between five times weekly and daily, with its weekly schedule fluctuating throughout the summer season according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Like Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines is serving this route in S19 using 737-800s. 

Finnair Los Angeles

Finnair launched its newest US service from Helsinki on 31 March, beginning a three times weekly service to Los Angeles. Pictured are the crew which operated the inaugural flight. Along with Los Angeles, Finnair serves Chicago O’Hare, Miami, New York JFK and San Francisco in the US. No other carrier links Helsinki with Los Angeles.

  • Finnair launched its fifth US route from Helsinki (HEL) on 31 March, the day in which it began a three times weekly service to Los Angeles (LAX). The oneworld member will operate the 9,009-kilometre route using its fleet of A350-900s, with no other airline presently serving the airport pair. Along with Los Angeles, the Finnish flag carrier serves Chicago O’Hare, Miami, New York JFK and San Francisco in the US. 

Frontier Airlines Hartford

Frontier Airlines launched services between Denver and Hartford on 28 March, with the latter becoming a new station on the ULCC’s network. To celebrate the route opening, a ribbon cutting ceremony was performed. Among those taking part was Director of Corporate Communications, Frontier Airlines (third left).

  • Frontier Airlines launched flights between Denver (DEN) and Hartford (BDL) on 28 March, with the latter airport becoming a new station on the airline’s network. The carrier will operate the 2,681-kilometre sector three times weekly using A320s. It becomes the third airline to serve the airport pair, with United Airlines (daily) and Southwest Airlines (six times weekly) already having well established services between the two airports. Frontier Airlines will add two further routes to Hartford this summer, with it planning services from Raleigh-Durham and Orlando, due to begin on 30 April and 1 May respectively. Hartford Airport, also known as Bradley International, handled just under 6.67 million passengers in 2018, representing a 3.6% increase versus 2017. Of those passengers, 158,109 flew on international services, accounting for 2.3% of passengers. The airport’s biggest carrier by passenger numbers is American Airlines, with it carrying 1.6 million passengers to/from the airport in 2018 based on airport statistics.

Paris Vatry

Paris Vatry Airport greeted the arrival of Iberia on 31 March, with it becoming the French regional airport’s second scheduled carrier after Ryanair. The oneworld member will operate a three times weekly service from Madrid.

  • Iberia launched its latest European route from its Madrid (MAD) hub on 31 March, beginning a three times weekly service to Paris Vatry (XCR). The airline will operate the 1,104-kilometre route using its fleet of CRJ 1000s, operated by Air Nostrum. Iberia becomes the second airline to serve the French regional airport, with Ryanair connecting Paris Vatry to Fez, Marrakech and Porto. 

Jetstar Japan Shimojishima

Jetstar Japan launched operations between Tokyo Narita and Shimojishima on 30 March. Speaking at the launch ceremony was Yutaka Kataoka, President and Representative Director of Jetstar Japan. Based on OAG Schedules Analyser data, the carrier will serve the 1,897-kilometre sector daily using its fleet of A320s. The airline is planning to launch a second route from the airport on 3 July, the day it will commence services from Osaka Kansai.

  • Jetstar Japan launched its latest domestic route from Tokyo Narita (NRT) this week, beginning a daily service to Shimojishima (SHI). Inaugurated on 30 March, the airline will serve the 1,897-kilometre route daily using its fleet of A320s, with no other operator presently serving the airport pair. Shimojishima Airport is located on the island of Shimojishima in Miyakojima, Okinawa. This route becomes the airport’s only scheduled service. Jetstar Japan will launch a second route to the airport from Osaka Kansai on 3 July when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data, while from 19 July HK Express will become the second carrier to service Shimojishima, commencing a three times weekly service from Hong Kong. 

KLM Boston

KLM launched flights between Amsterdam and Boston on 31 March. a 5,544-kilometre route that the carrier will operate three times weekly. Cutting the ribbon in Boston, officially opening the new service, is Pieter Elbers, President & CEO, KLM. The carrier joins fellow SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines on the route.

  • KLM launched flights between Amsterdam (AMS) and Boston (BOS) on 31 March, with it becoming the airline’s 10th destination in the US after Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York JFK, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington Dulles. “By adding a direct KLM service, we offer our customers more options for travel between Boston and Amsterdam, and beyond,” comments Pieter Elbers, President & CEO, KLM. The carrier joins fellow SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines on the 5,544-kilometre sector, with the US-based airline offering a twice-daily service this summer. The Amsterdam-based operator will serve the route using its fleet of A330-300s, offering three weekly services on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From 1 July, a fourth weekly (Mondays) rotation will be added. Along with its 10 US destinations, KLM also serves Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto Pearson and Vancouver in Canada, plus Aruba, Curacao, Havana, Mexico City, Panama City and St. Maarten across Central America and the Caribbean. An 11th US service will be added the KLM’s network later this summer, with it planning to launch a three times weekly service to Las Vegas, a route scheduled to being on 6 June and be flown using 787-9s.

LOT Polish Airlines Krakow

LOT Polish Airlines launched flights between Krakow and Bucharest on 1 April. Pictured cutting the ribbon at the launch are Adrian Kubicki, Executive Director Corporate Communications, LOT Polish Airlines, and Mariusz Saługa, Member of the Management Board, Krakow Airport. The route will operate three times weekly using Q400s.

  • LOT Polish Airlines launched flights between Krakow (KRK) and Bucharest (OTP) on 1 April. The carrier will operate the 774-kilometre sector three times weekly using its fleet of Q400s, with rotations taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “We welcome the development of our national carrier at Krakow Airport. Bucharest is another connection from the interesting and diverse offer of LOT connections, long awaited by passengers. I am sure that our continued cooperation with LOT and other carriers will strengthen us as a leader among European regional airports. It will also allow for the consistent development of the tourist and business industry of Krakow and Małopolska,” comments Radosław Włoszek, CEO of Krakow Airport. No other airline presently flies between Krakow and Bucharest according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.  

Lufthansa Osaka Kansai

Lufthansa launched a daily service between Munich and Osaka Kansai on 31 March, a route it will operate daily using A350-900s. Pictured among those at the launch in Japan is Donald Bunkenburg, Senior Director Sales for Korea and Japan, Lufthansa Group (third left). Osaka Kansai becomes the carrier’s second Japanese connection from Munich.

  • Lufthansa launched its second route to Japan from Munich (MUC) on 31 March, with it initiating a daily service to Osaka Kansai (KIX). The route complements the airline’s existing route between the German hub and Tokyo Haneda, a route which is also flown daily by the carrier. Osaka Kansai services will be operated using the Star Alliance member’s A350-900s, with no other operator presently serving the 9,234-kilometre sector.

Norwegian Rio de Janeiro

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, London Gatwick Airport, and Philip Allport, Director of Communications, UK & Ireland, Norwegian, along with Norwegian cabin crew, are seen celebrating the launch of the carrier’s new four times weekly service to Rio de Janeiro Galaeo on 31 March. Image credit: Chase Burns.

Rome Fiumicino

Rome Fiumicino Airport celebrated the launch of Norwegian’s service to Boston on 31 March, the airline’s fourth transatlantic route from the Italian gateway after Los Angeles, New York Newark and Oakland. Cutting the cake that was made for the launch are Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development, Aeroporti di Roma, and Amanda Bonann, Sales Executive, Norwegian. The airline will operate Boston service four times weekly using 787-8s.

  • Norwegian launched its first routes to Brazil and Canada on 31 March, with the low-cost carrier connecting London Gatwick (LGW) with Rio de Janeiro Galaeo (GIG), while Dublin (DUB) is now linked with Hamilton (YHM). Services on the 9,230-kilometre link to Brazil will be flown four times weekly using 787-9s, while the service between Ireland and Canada will be operated by 737-800s. Along with these two routes, Norwegian has also introduced three long-haul services to the US, including its first operations to Miami (MIA) and San Francisco (SFO), as the carrier switches its Fort Lauderdale and Oakland services from Gatwick to the two former airports. The airline’s third US route launch this week connects Rome Fiumicino (FCO) with Boston (BOS), the only route of the five that will face direct competition, while all London services will see some indirect competition from Heathrow. Finally, the carrier commenced based operations from Billund (BLL) on 1 April, starting services to Malaga (AGP), a route already flown by Ryanair. Although it is initially flown twice-weekly, Norwegian will increase Billund to Malaga services to four times weekly in the coming weeks.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Mar Dublin (DUB) Hamilton (YHM) B738 (4)  
London Gatwick (LGW) Miami (MIA) B789 (7)  
Rio de Janeiro Galaeo (GIG) B789 (4)  
San Francisco (SFO) B789 (5)  
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Boston (BOS) B788 (4) Alitalia (6)
01-Apr Billund (BLL) Malaga (AGP) B738 (2) Ryanair (5)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 2 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Royal Air Maroc Vienna

Royal Air Maroc launched a twice-weekly service between Casablanca and Vienna on 1 April. Pictured among those at the launch were: Lotfi Bouchaara, Ambassador of Morocco to Austria (fourth left); Mouhsine Rmail, Country Manager Austria, Royal Air Maroc (fifth left); and Nikolaus Gretzmacher, SVP Operations, Vienna Airport (sixth left).

  • Royal Air Maroc HAS launched three new services from Casablanca (CMN), all of which started on 1 April. It inaugurated a domestic service to Bouarfa (UAR), a 531-kilometre link it will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) using its fleet of ATR 72-600s. The airline also commenced a twice-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) service to Vienna (VIE) and a three times weekly link to Amman (AMM). The 2,591-kilometre connection to the Austrian capital will be flown on a mixture of the carrier’s fleet of E190s and 737s, while the 4,056-kilometre sector to Jordan will be flown by the operator’s 737-700s. None of the three routes launched by the carrier will face direct competition when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Ryanair Liverpool

Ryanair launched a new service between Liverpool and Copenhagen on 1 April. Pictured at the launch along with some of the airline’s crew were: Eimear Ryan, Sales Marketing Executive UK & Ireland, Ryanair; Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development and Marketing, Liverpool Airport; and Kate Sherry, Director of Route Development, Ryanair. Flights between Liverpool and the Danish capital will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

East Midlands Shannon

East Midlands welcomed Ryanair’s new service to Shannon on 1 April, with the UK airport celebrating the connection with an Irish-themed cake. Flights on the route will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

Ryanair Shannon

A gate celebration was held for Ryanair’s new service to East Midlands from Shannon on 1 April. The carrier will operate the 510-kilometre connection twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using its 737-800s.

Ryanair Bordeaux

Ryanair launched flights between Krakow and Bordeaux on 1 April, with the French airport holding a big celebration for its new Polish service. Fights on the 1,640-kilometre sector will operate on Mondays and Fridays.

Ryanair Stockholm

Ryanair started a capital connection between Sweden and the Czech Republic on 1 April, with it commencing a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) link between Stockholm Skavsta and Prague. To commemorate the new service, the Swedish airport baked a cake for the inaugural passengers to enjoy before flying.

Ryanair Malta

Ryanair launched flights between Malta and Perugia on 1 April. Cutting the ribbon at the launch are Stefania Proietti, Mayor of Assisi, and Giuseppe Chianella, Regional Councillor for Infrastructures and Transport, Province of Perugia. The carrier will operate the 821-kilometre route twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).

  • Ryanair kick-started the S19 season by launching 41 new routes between 31 March and 1 April. Of the new additions to the carrier’s robust network, 13 are sectors which are already flown by at least one other carrier, with the biggest competing airline being easyJet which is present on four services. The new routes also result in an extra airport joining the airline’s network, with Ryanair now offering flights to Tetouan (TTU) in Morocco from Malaga (AGP). The average sector length of the 41 sectors launched over the two days is 1,210 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Mar Berlin Tegel (TXL) Faro (FAO) B738 (4) easyJet (3)
Luxembourg (LUX) Luxair (12)
Paphos (PFO) B738 (2) easyJet (3)
Ibiza (IBZ) B738 (4)  
Malaga (AGP) B738 (5)  
Naples (NAP) B738 (6) easyJet (7), Eurowings (5)
01-Apr Malta (MLA) Luxembourg (LUX) B738 (2) Luxair (1)
Maastricht (MST)  
Perugia (PEG)  
Thessaloniki (SKG)  
Bari (BRI) Prague (PRG) Wizz Air (2)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Lappeenranta (LPP)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Krakow (KRK) B738 (7)  
Lamezia Terme (SUF) B738 (2)  
Bordeaux (BOD) Lisbon (LIS) B738 (5) easyJet (9), TAP Air Portugal (6)
Brussels (BRU) Girona (GRO) B738 (3)  
Dublin (DUB) Tarbes Lourdes (LDE) B738 (2)  
Edinburgh (EDI) Luxembourg (LUX) B738 (3)  
Gdansk (GDN) Reus (REU) B738 (2)  
Krakow (KRK) Bordeaux (BOD)  
Catania (CTA)  
Liverpool (LPL) Copenhagen (CPH)  
Malaga (APG) Tetouan (TTU)  
Manchester (BLL) Billund (BLL) B738 (4) SUN-AIR (11)
Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (2)  
Marseille (MRS) Prague (PRG) Volotea (2)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) Sofia (SOF) B738 (7) Wizz Air (7)
Zadar (ZAD) B738 (2)  
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Madrid (MAD) B738 (7) Air Europa (21), easyJet (11), Iberia (7)
Naples (NAP) Nuremberg (NUE) B738 (2)  
Pisa (PSA) Brussels (BRU) B738 (3)  
Porto (OPO) Brive (BE) B738 (2)  
Poznan (POZ) Zadar (ZAD)  
Prague (PRG) Copenhagen (CPH) B738 (7) Czech Airlines (12), Norwegian (9), SAS (4)
Pescara (PSR) B738 (2)  
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) B738 (3)  
Venice Treviso (TSF) B738 (4)  
Shannon (SNN) East Midlands (EMA) B738 (2)  
Tel Aviv (TLV) Thessaloniki (SKG)  
Zadar (ZAD) Eindhoven (EIN)  
Hamburg (HAM) Aegean Airlines (4), Israir Airlines (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 2 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

SUN-AIR

SUN-AIR launched flights between Bremen and Toulouse on 26 March, a route it will operate three times weekly, with rotations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A celebration was had at Bremen Airport on the day of the launch. Among those in the photo line-up were Sebastian Maurans, Head of Sales, Bremen Airport (left), and Kristian Tvergaard, Commercial Director, SUN-AIR (centre). No other airline presently operates the airport pair.

  • SUN-AIR started its only international route not involving its home market of Denmark on 26 March, with it launching a service between Bremen (BRE) in Germany and Toulouse (TLS) in France. The regional carrier will operate the 1,178-kilometre sector three times weekly, with departures on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Using Dornier 328s, no other airline presently operates between the two airports. According to a number of sources, the route is operating in partnership with Airbus. The carrier does not operate any other routes from either airports involved in its newest airport pair.

SWISS Gdansk

Among those cutting the ribbon in Gdansk, officially opening SWISS’ new connection between Zurich and the Polish airport, are: Tomasz Kloskowski, CEO, Gdansk Airport; Frank Wagner, GM Sales Poland, Lufthansa Group; Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, VP Economy, Gdynia; Peter Pullem, Head of Sales, Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Lufthansa Group; Ryszard Świlski, Member of the Board, Pomeranian Voivodeship; Piotr Borawski, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk. The airline will operate four weekly flights between Zurich and Gdansk facing no direct competition.

  • SWISS launched flights between Zurich (ZRH) and Gdansk (GDN) on 1 April, with the Star Alliance member introducing a four times weekly service on the 1,036-kilometre airport pair. It will serve the route using its mixed fleet of single-aisle aircraft when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data, with the inaugural flight being flown on an A220-300. No other airline presently links the two airports. With this launch, the carrier now serves four destinations in Poland from Zurich, with it offering Krakow, Warsaw Chopin and Wroclaw services this summer along with its new Gdansk services.

TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal launched flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv on 31 March, one of three new routes inaugurated by the carrier from its biggest base this week, with it also adding services to Basel and Dublin. Among those taking part in the ribbon cutting for the inaugural flight to Tel Aviv was Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, TAP Air Portugal (third left).

  • TAP Air Portugal launched three new routes from Lisbon (LIS) on 31 March, with it commencing twice-daily services to Basel (BSL) and Dublin (DUB), plus a daily connection to Tel Aviv (TLV). Flights to the Irish capital and Swiss city will be flown by the carrier’s fleet of A319s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, while Tel Aviv services are poised to be operated on the airline’s fleet of A321s. All three routes will face direct competition, with Ryanair (twice-daily) and Aer Lingus (11 times weekly) serving the 1,642-kilometre route to Dublin, while easyJet offers a daily rotation on the 1,662-kilometre sector to Basel. El Al is the competing carrier on the 4,107-kilometre route to Tel Aviv, with the Israel-based airline presently offering five weekly rotations to Lisbon from its home base.

Thai Lion Air Osaka

Thai Lion Air launched services between Bangkok Don Mueang and Osaka Kansai on 28 March, a route that it will operate five times weekly using A330-300s. The route was originally scheduled to be flown using 737 MAX 9s.

  • Thai Lion Air launched operations between Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Osaka Kansai (KIX) on 28 March. The carrier will operate the 4,152-kilometre sector five times weekly. Originally scheduled to be flown using 737 MAX 9s, the airline is currently serving the airport pair using its A330-300s due to the temporary grounding of the Boeing aircraft type. Thai Lion Air becomes the fourth carrier to serve this airport pair, with Thai AirAsia X serving the sector twice-daily, while NokScoot offers six weekly flights and Scoot three. With Thai Lion Air joining the airport pair, it means that there are 28 weekly flights between the two points. Indirect competition is also provided on the city pair, with Thai Airways (twice-daily) and Japan Airlines (daily) operating between the Japanese airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, with both airlines using wide-body aircraft on the route, with Thai Airways even operating one of its daily flights using A380s according to OAG schedules.

Amsterdam San Francisco

United Airlines launched flights between San Francisco and Amsterdam on 30 March, with the first flight touching down in the Netherlands the following day. The Star Alliance member will serve the route daily using 787-9s.

  • United Airlines launched flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Amsterdam (AMS) on 30 March. The airline will serve the 8,781-kilometre transatlantic service daily using its fleet of 787-9s. Competition on the sector comes from KLM, which according to OAG schedules offers 11 weekly services on the city pair. Along with this new service, the Star Alliance member has inaugurated 10 new routes across North America, including its first flights to Everett Paine Field (PAE). 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
30-Mar San Francisco (SFO) Amsterdam (AMS) B789 (7) KLM (11)
31-Mar Denver (DEN) Everett Paine Field (PAE) E175 (14)  
Flagstaff (FLG) E145 (14)  
Los Angeles (LAX) Eugene (EUG) EQV (14) American Airlines (12), Allegiant Air (2)
Madison (MSN) E175 (7)  
Pasco (PSC)  
San Francisco (SFO) Everett Paine Field (PAE) E175 (27) Alaska Airlines (14)
Toronto Pearson (YYZ) B738 (14) Air Canada (21)
Washington Dulles (IAD) Elmira (ELM) CRJ2 (14)  
Hilton Head Island (HHH) E175 (14)  
Manchester (MHT) CRJS (21)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 2 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Vistara Delhi

Vistara launched its latest domestic route from Delhi on 31 March, with it launching a twice-daily service to Raipur. Among the celebrations for the carrier’s new route was a lamp lighting ceremony in Delhi.

  • Vistara launched its latest domestic route from Delhi (DEL) on 31 March, commencing a twice-daily service to Raipur (RPR). The carrier will operate the 943-kilometre route using its fleet of A320s, with it becoming the third operator on the Indian city pair after IndiGo (four times daily) and Air India (daily). Vistara carried 4.43 million passengers during FY17/18, reporting an average load factor for the 12-month period of 86%. This compares to 2.93 million passengers carried in FY16/17, with the average load factor having grown from 78%.

Comments

  1. Siobhean says:

    JAL NRT – SEA 1st April

    • Hi Siobhean,

      We are aware that Japan Airlines launched this route, however we were not sent any images of the news story to report on it. The route is logged in anna.aero’s downloadable spreadsheet, with a link at the top of this page for access.

      Best regards,

      Jonathan.

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