New airline routes launched (2 April – 15 April 2019)


Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu to Boston 

Hawaiian Airlines Boston

Hawaiian Airlines launched the US’ longest non-stop domestic route on 4 April, a result of it launching flights between Honolulu and Boston, an airport pair which spans 8,195-kilometres. Seen speaking at the launch event in Boston is Hawaiian Airlines’ President and CEO Peter Ingram. The route operates in codeshare with JetBlue Airways.

  • Hawaiian Airlines launched the longest domestic route in the US on 4 April, the day in which the carrier inaugurated a five times weekly service between Honolulu (HNL) and Boston (BOS). “As Hawaii’s airline, we take great pride in sharing our love of these Islands, and as we welcome our newest guests from the East Coast, we are confident they will find that their vacation begins and ends with us,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram. “We also want to help Hawaii residents get to where they want to go, and we know that people travel to New England frequently.’’ According to the airline, which will operate the route in codeshare with JetBlue Airways, Boston was the largest US market without non-stop service to Hawaii, with some 250 people flying between eastern New England and the islands each-way on any given day. The carrier will serve the 8,195-kilometre domestic route using its fleet of A330-200s, with the flight time ranging between 8 hours 30 minutes and 10 hours depending on the journey of travel and the weather conditions on route.

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


Air China London Heathrow

Air China launched flights between Chengdu and London Heathrow on 2 April, with the Star Alliance member switching its three times weekly link from the Chinese city to the UK capital from Gatwick Airport. The route will be flown using A330-200s. This launch ends the two-and-a-half-year hiatus of non-stop flights between Chengdu and Heathrow, with the route having last been flown by British Airways for three years between October 2013 and October 2016.

  • Air China has switched London airports for its route between Chengdu (CTU) and the UK capital, with it moving its three times weekly link from London Gatwick (LGW) to London Heathrow (LHR). The carrier will continue to operate the city pair with the same weekly frequency using its fleet of A330-200s, while the 8,296-kilometre service will also continue to use the same flight numbers as the Gatwick operation. With the airport switch, it marks the end of a two-and-a-half-year hiatus of non-stop flights between Chengdu and Heathrow, with the route having last been flown by British Airways for three years between October 2013 and October 2016.

Air Italy

Air Italy launched operations from Milan Malpensa to San Francisco on 10 April, a route it will operate four times weekly. Pictured cutting the ribbon at the gate launch ceremony are: Rossen Dimitrov, COO, Air Italy; Stefania Proietti, Mayor of Assisi; and Paolo Dallanoce, Head of Airlines Facilities Management at SEA Milan Airports.

  • Air Italy introduced two new long-haul routes to its Milan Malpensa (MXP) network for the start of the S19 season, initiating flights to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). The former was the first to launch, with Los Angeles services beginning on 3 April, while San Francisco operations were inaugurated on 10 April. The carrier will serve both 9,691- and 9,543-kilometre routes four times weekly utilising its fleet of A330-200s. No other carrier is serving these airport pairs this summer. These become Air Italy’s third and fourth routes to the US from Milan Malpensa, joining existing services to Miami and New York JFK.

AirAsia Can Tho

AirAsia introduced Can Tho in Vietnam to its route map on 8 April, linking the city with Kuala Lumpur four times weekly. The service, flown using A320s, becomes the first international route for the Vietnamese airport, which is presently connected to the islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, along with Hanoi and Da Nang on the mainland.

  • AirAsia introduced Can Tho (VCA) to its network on 8 April, having launched a four times weekly service to the Vietnamese city from Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The LCC will operate the 929-kilometre sector using its fleet of A320s, with no direct competition being provided. This route becomes the first international service to Can Tho. Presently, the only other non-stop destinations from the airport are  to the islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, along with Hanoi and Da Nang on the mainland. Can Tho becomes the fifth destination in Vietnam that is flown by AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur, joining existing services to Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang.

Airnorth Townsville

Airnorth launched flights between Darwin and Gold Coast on 3 April, a route which will operate via Townsville twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). In celebration of the new route, Gold Coast Airport baked an impressive cake. Pictured with the cake alongside airline crew and handling staff are Daniel Bowden, CEO, Airnorth, and Marion Charlton, COO, Gold Coast Airport. No other airline currently links the three cities based on OAG data.

  • Airnorth launched flights between Darwin (DRW) and Gold Coast (OOL) on 3 April, a route which will operate via Townsville (TSV). “This service will provide quick and easy connectivity between the northern Australian ports of Darwin, Townsville and the Gold Coast,” commented Marion Charlton, COO, Gold Coast Airport. “Forward bookings from the Darwin market, in particular, have already been strong.” Adding further detail about the new service, Daniel Bowden, CEO, Airnorth, stated: “This additional service means Airnorth is supporting Queensland by providing up to 25 flights weekly in, and around the state.” The tri-city route will be operated by the carrier twice-weekly, with rotations taking place on Wednesdays and Sundays based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. Neither the 1,859-kilometre sector from Darwin to Townsville and 1,202-kilometre route from the latter to Gold Coast will face direct competition, while no airline flies non-stop between Darwin and Gold Coast. The airline will utilise its fleet of E170s on its newest service.

Allegiant Air Syracuse

Passengers at Syracuse Airport were treated to sweet treats on the day of Allegiant Air’s inaugural flight from Sarasota. The ULCC will offer a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service on the route.

  • Allegiant Air has expanded its route offering from Sarasota (SRQ) by initiating seven new city pairs from the airport. The carrier now links the Floridian base to Columbus/Rickenbacker (LCK), Cleveland (CLE), Grand Rapids (GRR), Harrisburg (MST), Nashville (BNA), Richmond (RIC) and Syracuse (SYR). All routes will be operated twice-weekly and be flown using the carrier’s fleet of A320s. Along with Sarasota expansion, the ULCC has commenced its latest route from Phoenix-Mesa (AZA), launching a twice-weekly service to Grand Junction (GJT). The average sector length of the eight routes is 1,376 kilometres, while only one route, between Sarasota and Cleveland, will face direct competition, coming from fellow US ULCC Frontier Airlines.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
03-Apr Sarasota (SRQ) Harrisburg (MDT) A320 (2)  
Syracuse (SYR)  
04-Apr Cleveland (CLE) Frontier Airlines (2)
Columbus/Rickenbacker (LCK)  
Richmond (RIC)  
05-Apr Grand Rapids (GRR)  
Nashville (BNA)  
Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) Grand Junction (GJT)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

American Airlines Philadelphia

American Airlines launched its 16th transatlantic route from Philadelphia on 2 April, initiating a daily service to Edinburgh. Pictured cutting the route launch cake is Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia Airport. The carrier will operate the 5,370-kilometre route using its fleet of 757-200s. The oneworld member will continue to expand its transatlantic offering from Philadelphia this summer, with routes to Berlin Tegel, Bologna and Dubrovnik planned.

American Airlines Louisville

American Airlines launched a new daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles and Louisville on 2 April. Speaking at the inaugural flight ceremony is Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. The carrier will operate the 2,695-kilometre route using its fleet of A319s, with it facing no direct competition.

  • American Airlines launched its 16th transatlantic route from Philadelphia (PHL) on 2 April, a result of it commencing a daily service to Edinburgh (EDI). “Edinburgh is a beautiful, amazing city,” said Philadelphia Airport CEO, Chellie Cameron. “This new service gives our customers a convenient path to one of the most popular destinations in the UK and makes it easier for travellers from Scotland to visit the birthplace of America. We are excited about this new route, pairing two World Heritage cities.” The carrier will serve the 5,370-kilometre route daily this summer using its fleet of 757-200s. American plans to add Berlin Tegel, Bologna and Dubrovnik to its transatlantic network later this summer. While these are additions, it should be noted that the carrier is no longer serving Glasgow, Munich and Frankfurt from Philadelphia as it did in S18. Along with adding its latest transatlantic service, the US airline has also introduced six new domestic services, with Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX) all gaining two new nodes.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-Apr Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Allentown (ABE) E145 (14) United Airlines (14)
State College (SCE) United Airlines (21)
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Burbank (BUR) B738 (14)  
Monterey (MRY) CRJ9 (7)  
Los Angeles (LAX) Louisville (SDF) A319 (7)  
Tulsa (TUL) E175 (7) Allegiant Air (2)
Philadelphia (PHL) Edinburgh (EDI) B752 (7)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Bangkok Airways

VIPs enjoy Bangkok Airways’ inaugural flight to Luang Prabang in Lao. Attending the celebration along with crew were: Vearasack Vannachit, Deputy Airport Director, Luang Prabang Airport; Andrew Jansson, GM of Avani and Hotel Luang Prabang; Soudaphone Khomthavong, Deputy Director, Department of Information, Culture and Tourism Luang Prabang; Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, VP Sales, Bangkok Airways; Latdawin Lathxayvong, Head of Immigration, Luang Prabang Airport; and Thongsavath Khantisouk, Deputy Head of Customs, Luang Prabang Airport.

  • Bangkok Airways launched its latest route from Chiang Mai (CNX) on 2 April, with the airline now offering a three times weekly service to Luang Prabang (LPQ) in Laos, with flights operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airline will operate the 357-kilometre route using its fleet of ATR 72-600s, which feature a 70-seat configuration. The carrier’s only other competitor which presently links the two cultural cities directly when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data is Laos Airlines. According to OAG, Laos Airlines offers a four times weekly service on the same route and utilises the same fleet of aircraft on the sector.

British Airways Pittsburgh

Seen speaking at the press conference marking the launch of British Airways’ inaugural flight to Pittsburgh on 2 April is Simon Brooks, VP Sales North America, British Airways. The oneworld member will link London Heathrow to the US city four times weekly this summer using its 787-8s. Pittsburgh is BA’s 33rd transatlantic route from Heathrow.

  • British Airways has expanded its transatlantic network for S19, with it beginning flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to new destinations in the US. On 2 April the oneworld member commenced flights to Pittsburgh (PIT), a 5,697-kilometre route it will operate four times weekly, while two days later it inaugurated a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays), 6,524-kilometre sector to Charleston (CHS), resulting in the service becoming the latter airport’s first transatlantic connection. Both services will be flown by the carrier’s fleet of 787-9s. With these routes, it brings BA’s transatlantic route count from Heathrow to 34, with it already offering flights from Europe’s biggest hub to Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Calgary, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Montreal, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, New York JFK, New York Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro Galeao, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santiago, Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Seattle-Tacoma, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver and Washington Dulles.

Cambodia Airways Phnom Penh

Cambodia Airways launched flights from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi on 11 April. It becomes the sixth airline to serve the airport pair after Bangkok Airways, JC International Airlines, Lanmei Airlines, Thai Airways and THAI Smile. Here are the inaugural flight crew posing with the route promotion banners before departure.

  • Cambodia Airways became the sixth airline to serve the airport pair of Phnom Penh (PNH) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK). It joins Bangkok Airways (six times daily), THAI Smile (11 times weekly), JC International Airlines (10 times weekly), Thai Airways (daily) and Lanmei Airlines (six times weekly), with the newest carrier on the 504-kilometre route, which inaugurated its services on 11 April between the Cambodian and Thai cities, planning to offer a daily rotation using its fleet of A319s. Along with direct competition, there is also indirect competition from Thai AirAsia which provides a three times daily link from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Don Mueang. This is Cambodia Airways’ first route to Thailand when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Cathay Pacific Airways Komatsu

Cathay Pacific Airways launched operations between Hong Kong and Komatsu on 3 April, with this becoming the carrier’s sixth destination in Japan after Nagoya, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo Chitose, plus Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. The oneworld member will link Hong Kong to Komatsu twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays).

  • Cathay Pacific Airways launched flights between its home base of Hong Kong (HKG) and Komatsu (KMQ) on 3 April. The oneworld member will operate the 2,672-kilometre sector twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) using its fleet of A330-300s. No other airline currently serves this airport pair. Komatsu becomes the airline’s sixth destination in Japan, with it already linking Hong Kong with Nagoya, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo Chitose, plus Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports.

easyJet Nantes

easyJet officially opened its Nantes base on 4 April, where it has stationed three A320s and will open 14 new routes, with services to Bilbao, Catania, Copenhagen, Granada, Ibiza, Marrakech, Rome Fiumicino, Tel Aviv and Tenerife South having been inaugurated during the first few weeks of the summer 2019 season. A further five routes will be added in June, namely Bari, Bastia, Dubrovnik, Heraklion and Olbia. Pictured at the base opening in front of the recently painted Nantes-themed A320, registered OE-IVK, are: Francois Bacchetta, Regional GM France & Benelux, easyJet; Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet; and Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions & President of VINCI Airports.

easyJet Berlin

easyJet has introduced a number of new routes from its bases at Berlin’s Schönefeld and Tegel airports for the start of the S19 season, with it starting routes to Gdansk, a new airport for easyJet this summer, and Zadar on 2 and 4 April respectively. The airline also recently added new services to Seville from Schönefeld, while Tegel gained Manchester and Dubrovnik routes. Pictured at the S19 launch celebration at Tegel, which also included the announcement of new routes to Kod and Sylt from May, with the latter being a new airport for easyJet, are Jana Friedrich, Senior Manager Key Account & Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, and Stephan Erler, Country Manager Germany, easyJet.

easyJet Gdansk

easyJet re-introduced Gdansk to its network on 4 April, launching a three times weekly service from Berlin Tegel. The carrier last served the Polish airport in 2008 with routes from Belfast International, Bristol and Gdansk. Cutting the ribbon at the Tegel route launch are Andrea Filosa, Development Manager, easyJet, and Iwona Tomczyńska, Head of Economic Analysis and Marketing Department, Gdansk Airport. No other airline currently operates this airport pair.

easyJet Jerez

Cutting the cake in Jerez to toast the start of easyJet’s new link from London Gatwick are Javier Gándara, Country Director Spain, easyJet, and Iván Rodríguez, Director, Jerez Airport. easyJet started operations to Jerez on 2 June 2018, launching a seasonal route from Berlin Tegel. A third route to Jerez, from Manchester, will begin this August.

easyJet Verona

easyJet launched its newest route from Amsterdam on 2 April, with the LCC launching a three times weekly service to Verona, a 890-kilometre route which is presently flown by Transavia five times weekly. To celebrate easyJet’s latest route, the Italian airport baked this mighty cake, with the crew posing for a picture. This is only easyJet’s second route to Verona. It presently serves the airport from London Gatwick this summer with 10 weekly flights.

easyJet Lyon

easyJet has based an eighth aircraft at Lyon for the start of the S19 season, allowing the carrier to open new services Seville and Tenerife South, with the latter airport holding a small celebration on the apron for the new route.

  • easyJet during the first few weeks of the S19 season launched 22 new routes, with 10 of those being inaugurated between 2 and 4 April. This included the commencement of two further routes from its new base at Nantes (NTE), with the official opening ceremony for the three-aircraft station having taken place on 4 April. On 2 April, routes to Copenhagen (CPH) and Tenerife South (TFS) were initiated, with the airline having added routes to Bilbao, Catania, Granada, Ibiza, Marrakech, Rome Fiumicino and Tel Aviv the week before. A further five routes will be launched from Nantes in June, namely Bari, Bastia, Dubrovnik, Heraklion and Olbia. Along with opening its newest French base, easyJet also introduced a new airport to its network this week – Gdansk (GDN) – an airport it has not operated from since 2008. The UK LCC will serve the North Polish airport from Berlin Tegel (TXL) three times weekly using its fleet of A319s. Of the 10 routes initiated this week, five face direct competition, with all competitors being LCCs, namely Transavia, Volotea and Vueling. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-Apr Amsterdam (AMS) Verona (VRN) A32S (3) Transavia (5)
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Zadar (ZAD) A320 (3)  
London Gatwick (LGW) Jerez (XRY) A319 (3)  
Lyon (LYS) Seville (SVQ) A320 (3) Transavia (2), Vueling (2)
Nantes (NTS) Copenhagen (CPH) Transavia (2)
Tenerife South (TFS) A320 (2) Volotea (2), Vueling (1)
Porto (OPO) Malaga (AGP) A320 (4)  
Toulouse (TLS) Catania (CTA) A319 (2) Volotea (1)
03-Apr Lyon (LYS) Tenerife South (TFS) A320 (2)  
04-Apr Berlin Tegel (TXL) Gdansk (GDN) A319 (3)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Finnair Bologna

Smiles all round! Finnair continues its expansion in Italy by introducing flights between Helsinki and Bologna. The oneworld member will operate this route three times weekly using its mixed fleet of narrow-body aircraft.

  • Finnair has introduced a new connection between Helsinki (HEL) and Bologna (BLQ). The 1,976-kilometre airport pair was launched 10 April, a route that the oneworld member will operate three times weekly using its mixed fleet of narrow-body aircraft, including E190s and A320 series. No other operator is currently flying non-stop between the two cities. Bologna will serve as Finnair’s eighth destination to Italy. Other routes include Venice Marco Polo in which the carrier serves daily, whilst the fashion capital of Milan is served as a twice-daily route. The new route will prove beneficial for connections as in a bid to boost further tourism in Finland the airport continues to provide free stopovers to passengers travelling through Helsinki.

Icelandair Dusseldorf

Icelandair launched operations to Düsseldorf on 11 April, with it becoming the airline’s fifth route to Germany after Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Pictured with the crew at the inaugural flight ceremony are: Rieke Voss, Account Manager Sales – Continental Europe & Iceland, Icelandair; Florian Bongard, Manager Airline Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport; Birna Osk Einarsdottir, CCO Sales and Customer Experience, Icelandair; and Lutz Honerla, VP Marketing & Strategy, Düsseldorf Airport. With this launch, the carrier serves 23 destinations in Europe from its hub.

  • Icelandair initiated its fifth route to Germany on 11 April, the day in which it inaugurated a three times weekly service from Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) to Düsseldorf (DUS). From May, the frequency will increase to four times weekly, while the route will be operated by the carrier using its fleet of 757-200s. The airline already links its Icelandic hub to Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich in Germany. “We are very excited to be back in Düsseldorf,” declared Birna Ósk Einarsdóttir, CCO Sales and Customer Experience, upon arrival of the inaugural flight, with this service marking the end of a decade-long hiatus for the carrier in Düsseldorf. No other airline presently links the two airports. WOW air was the last operator to serve the airport pair up, ending operations in S18. With this launch, Icelandair serves 23 destinations in Europe from its base at Reykjavik/Keflavik.

Lauda introduced the Italian island getaway of Palermo to its growing European network on 2 April. with a four times weekly service from Düsseldorf. The 1,539-kilometre sector currently faces no direct competition from any other carrier. Along with this route, Lauda also commenced a further four routes between 2 and 3 April.

  • Lauda, formally known as Laudamotion, launched flights between Düsseldorf (DUS) and Palermo (PMO) on 2 April. The route will be operated by Ryanair 737-800s initially, with there being no competition on the 1,539-kilometre airport sector. The introduction of this new route is one of five new routes for the LCC, which has also launched flights to Podgorica (TGD), Nice (NCE) and Pula (PUY) from Stuttgart (STR). Finally a twice-weekly route from Vienna (VIE) to Mykonos (JMK) was inducted on 3 April. All routes from Stuttgart and Vienna will be operated by the carrier’s A320s.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
02-Apr Stuttgart (STR) Nice (NCE) A320 (3)  
Podgomorica (TGD) A320 (2)  
Pula (PUY) A320 (3)  
Düsseldorf (DUS) Palermo (PMO) B738 (4)  
03 Apr Vienna (VIE) Mykonos (JMK) A320 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Royal Air Maroc celebrates Miami route

Royal Air Maroc CEO, Abdelhamid Addou. and Miami Airport Director and CEO, Lester Sola cut the cake celebrating the carrier’s third gateway to the US, with it already serving New York JFK and Washington Dulles from Casablanca.

  • Royal Air Maroc has expand its presence in the US through the addition of its newest link from Casablanca (CMN) to Miami (MIA), a route which launched on 3 April. The three times weekly route spans 6,938 kilometres and will be flown utilising the carrier’s 274-seat 787-8s, while Flightradar24.com shows that the first two rotations were flown using 787-9s which recently joined the carrier’s fleet. Miami marks the third connection, aside from New York JFK and Washington Dulles, on the airline’s growing network in the US. The route currently faces no direct competition and whilst Florida is known for being a popular tourist destination, it is also home to the highest concentration of Moroccan residents in the US, with around 35,000 Moroccans in Orlando alone.

Ryanair London Southend

Ryanair opened its latest base at London Southend on 2 April, basing three 737-800s at the airport, opening new routes to  Alicante, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj-Napoca, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Košice, Málaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma de Mallorca, Reus and Venice Marco Polo. Cutting the impressive cake which was made to mark the base opening are: Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation; Chiara Ravara, Head of Sales & Marketing, Ryanair; and Warwick Brady, CEO, Stobart Group. Of the four routes launched, only Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca face direct competition.

Ryanair Exeter

Ryanair introduced Exeter to its network on 2 April, launching flights to the UK airport from Malta, while flights from Malaga and Naples were initiated the following day. Pictured celebrating the new services at the inaugural flight departure back to Malta are Roseanne Regan, Communications Manager, Ryanair, and Matt Roach, MD, Exeter Airport.

Ryanair Cluj-Napoca

As a result of Ryanair opening a new base at London Southend, a number of new airports have joined the Ryanair network for S19, with one of those being Cluj-Napoca. The Romanian airport greeted Ryanair’s first flight from the UK capital airport on 2 April by hosting a route launch celebration which included cake.

Ryanair Kosice

Ryanair also introduced Košice to its network on 2 April, with it seeing direct flights from London Southend. Pictured taking part in the cake cutting ceremony are: Rastislav Trnka, Chairman of the Košice Self-Governing Region; Michael Tmej, MD and Chairman of the Košice Airport Board; and Piotr Starowicz, Representative, Ryanair.

Ryanair Budapest

Ryanair launched flights between Cork and Budapest on 4 April, with the Hungarian hub baking a very Irish-inspired cake for the launch, including a Jameson Irish Whiskey barrel and leprechauns. Pictured with the route launch cake along with the crew of the inaugural flight is Balazs Bogats, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport.

Ryanair Riga

Ryanair launched flights between Prague and Riga on 2 April, with the Latvian airport baking this impressive cake for the inaugural flight. Pictured cutting the cake are the airport’s Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development Department, Liene Freivalde; Airport Mascot, ERIX; and Route Development Manager, Laura Audariņa. Competition on the 990-kilometre sector comes from airBaltic which serves the airport pair 11 times weekly.

Ryanair Bournemouth

Ryanair has introduced two new routes to Bournemouth for S19, commencing flights to Dublin on 2 April, while Prague services were initiated two days later. Pictured along with some of the airline’s crew to promote the new routes from Bournemouth on the day of the Dublin inaugural are Alejandra Ruiz, Senior Communications Manager, Ryanair, and Jodie Saunders, Marketing Manager, Bournemouth Airport. Both routes will face no direct competition.

Ryanair Bordeaux

Among the routes launched by Ryanair from its new base at Bordeaux was Ouarzazate, a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains and a gateway to the Sahara desert. The airline will serve the 1,633-kilometre route twice-weekly, with it planning to offer rotations on the sector every Tuesday and Saturday this summer season.

Ryanair Berlin

Ryanair has started a number of new routes from Berlin for S19, including flights from Berlin Schönefeld to Banja Luka, Brno and Tallinn this week, while services to Lappeenranta began on 1 April. Pictured at the launch celebration for the new routes from Schönefeld along with crew was Johannes Mohrmann, Senior Manager Key Account and Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (second right).

Ryanair Shannon

Last week Ryanair initiated services from Shannon to East Midlands, while this week the carrier introduced a route from the Irish airport to Ibiza. Pictured with the Spanish flamenco dancer promoting the route is Andrew Murphy, MD, Shannon Airport. Flights between Shannon and Ibiza will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) in S19.

Ryanair launched two new routes to Cardiff for the start of the S19 season, connecting the capital of Wales with Barcelona and Malta, routes that were inaugurated on 2 and 3 April respectively. Both routes will operate twice-weekly.

Ryanair Edinburgh

Ryanair commenced a new service between Edinburgh and Billund on 4 April, with the Scottish airport playing homage to the new route by creating a lego sign to match its famous airport art piece. Billund Airport also swops LEGO characters with visiting influencers – reaching out to the airport at the other end of a new destination, seeking a fruitful cooperation. It provides a human LEGO character to the inauguration ceremony.

  • Ryanair, which opened over 40 routes during the first two days of the S19 season, has continued its summer growth drive by adding a further 99 routes between 2 and 7 April. All route details are broken down in the table below. Of the services launched during this period, only four will see at least one daily rotation, with three of these routes also involving the carrier’s newest bases at Bordeaux (BOD) and London Southend (SEN) which are now in operation. The routes seeing at least a daily frequency are: Bordeaux – Marseille (MRS) which is flown daily; London Southend to Dublin (DUB) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI), with Dublin seeing a twice-daily service and Palma de Mallorca daily; while London Stansted (STN) to Venice Marco Polo (VCE) will see up to 19 weekly flights this summer. Of the 99 routes launched, 26 (just over one quarter) will face direct competition. The average sector length of the routes is 1,293 kilometres and the mean weekly frequency is 2.7.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-Apr Athens (ATH) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (2) Ukraine International Airlines (7), Aegean Airlines (1)
Barcelona (BCN) Cardiff (CWL)  
Gothenburg (GOT) B738 (3) Norwegian (4), Vueling (3)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Brno (BRQ) B738 (2)  
Tallinn (TLL) B738 (3) easyJet (2)
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Alghero (AHO) B738 (2)  
Bologna (BLQ) Corfu (CFU)  
Marseille (MRS) B738 (3)  
Bordeaux (BOD) Copenhagen (CPH)  
Marseille (MRS) B738 (7) Air France (18), easyJet (7)
Ouarzazate (OZZ) B738 (2)  
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Beziers (BZR) B738 (3)  
Cork (ORK) Poznan (POZ) B738 (2)  
Dublin (DUB) Bournemouth (BOH) B738 (4)  
Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) Bydgoszcz (BZG) B738 (2)  
Krakow (KRK) Bari (BRI) B738 (3)  
Hamburg (HAM)  
Rimini (RMI) B738 (2)  
Lisbon (LIS) Clermont-Ferrand (CFE)  
Tarbes Lourdes (LDE)  
London Southend (SEN) Alicante (ALC) B738 (5) easyJet (10)
Bilbao (BIO) B738 (4)  
Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) B738 (3)  
Corfu (CFU) B738 (2)  
Dublin (DUB) B738 (14)  
Košice (KSC) B738 (3)  
London Stansted (STN) Venice Marco Polo (VCE) B738 (19)  
Vigo (VGO) B738 (2)  
Malta (MLA) Amman (AMM)  
Exeter (EXT)  
Nantes (NTE) Transavia France (1)
Manchester (MAN) Marseille (MRS) easyJet (2)
Marseille (MRS) Alicante (ALC)  
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Almeria (LEI)  
Naples (NAP) Nantes (NTE) Volotea (2)
Nuremberg (NUE) Crotone (CRV)  
Porto (OPO) Brest (BES)  
Venice Treviso (TSF)  
Poznan (POZ) Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)  
Prague (PRG) Billund (BLL) B738 (3)  
Riga (RIX) airBaltic (11)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Rhodes (RHO) B738 (2)  
Santander (SDR) Gran Canaria (LPA)  
03-Apr Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Banja Luka (BNX)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Heraklion (HER) B738 (3)  
Kefalonia (EFL) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Bordeaux (BOD) Cologne Bonn (CGN) B738 (3)  
Nantes (NTE) B738 (4) Chalair (11)
Tangier (TNG) B738 (2)  
Chania (CHQ) Bucharest (OTP)  
Memmingen (FMM)  
Ibiza (IBZ) Shannon (SNN)  
London Southend (SEN) Faro (FAO) B738 (5) easyJet (10)
Malaga (AGP) easyJet (7)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) B738 (4)  
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) B738 (7) easyJet (7)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) B738 (4)  
Malaga (AGP) Exeter (EXT) B738 (2) Flybe (4)
Malta (MLA) Cardiff (CWL)  
Lamezia Terme (SUF)  
Oslo Torp (TSF) B738 (1)  
Manchester (MAN) Bordeaux (BOD) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Gothenburg (GOT)  
Nantes (NTE)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) easyJet (3)
Marseille (MRS) Ouarzazate (OZZ)  
Warsaw Modlin (WMI)  
Milan Bergamo (BGY) Katowice (KTW) Wizz Air (3)
Naples (NAP) Exeter (EXT)  
Paphos (PFO) Kiev Boryspil (KBP)  
Porto (OPO) Alicante (ALC)  
Poznan (POZ) Rome Ciampino (CIA)  
Gothenburg (GOT) Czech Airlines (5)
Zadar (ZAD)  
Sofia (SOF) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) Wind Rose (2)
Zadar (ZAD) Cologne Bonn (CGN)  
04-Apr Berlin Tegel (TXL) Pula (PUY) easyJet (2)
Bordeaux (BOD) Dublin (DUB) Aer Lingus (7)
Cork (ORK) Budapest (BUD)  
Malta (MLA)  
Edinburgh (EDI) Billund (BLL)  
Krakow (KRK) Szczecin (SZZ) B738 (3)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) B738 (2)  
Manchester (MAN) Marrakech (RAK) easyJet (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), TUI Airways (2)
Prague (PRG) Bournemouth (BOH)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) Lappeenranta (LPP) B738 (1)  
Valencia (VLC) Nantes (NTE) B738 (2) Volotea (2)
Zadar (ZAD) Nuremberg (NUE)  
05-Apr Bordeaux (BOD) Bari (BRI)  
Naples (NAP) Volotea (2)
Venice Treviso (TSF) B738 (3)  
London Southend (SEN) Brest (BES) B738 (2)  
Reus (REU)  
Marseille (MRS) Agadir (AGA)  
Naples (NAP) Volotea (2)
07-Apr Bordeaux (BOD) Mykonos (JMK) B738 (1)  
Naples (NAP) Malaga (AGP) B738 (2)  
Pisa (PSA) Nuremberg (NUE)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

TAROM Yerevan

TAROM celebrated the launch of flights between Bucharest and Yerevan on 3 April with a classic route launch cake. The carrier will operate the 1,576-kilometre route twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays) using A318s.

  • TAROM celebrated the launch of two capital connections from Bucharest (OTP) on 3 April, with the airline starting links to Cairo (CAI) in Egypt and Yerevan (EVN) in Armenia. The airline will operate to the African capital city twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) using its fleet of 737-300s, with no other operator presently flying the 1,670-kilometre sector.  The 1,576-kilometre city pair of Bucharest and Yerevan will be served by TAROM twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays), again facing no direct competition. Services to Armenia will be flown using A318s based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. 

Tibet Airlines Helsinki

Tibet Airlines launched its first-ever intercontinental service on 8 April, the day it inaugurated a weekly (Mondays) service between Jinan and Helsinki. The carrier will operate the route using A330-200s.

Tibet Airlines Helsinki

At the other end of the route, a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted to officially open Tibet Airlines’ new service to Helsinki, with it becoming the Finnish airport’s first Chinese operator. Pictured cutting the ribbon are: Bai Weisan, President, Tibet Airlines; Ritva Viljanen, Mayor, City of Vantaa; and Kimmo Mäki, CEO, Finavia.

  • Tibet Airlines has become the latest Chinese carrier to touch down in Europe, with it also becoming the first airline from the country to serve Finland. On 8 April, the carrier commenced a weekly (Mondays) service on a 6,627-kilometre sector between Jinan (TNA) and Helsinki (HEL). From 9 May, a second weekly (Thursdays) rotation will be added to the schedule according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. “Tibet Airlines is looking forward to maintaining a mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation concept with Finavia and Helsinki Airport, plus carry out q more extensive and in-depth comprehensive cooperation in the future,” said Bai Weisan, President, Tibet Airlines. “Tibet Airlines is the first Chinese airline commencing flights to Finland and we see prosperous business opportunities for Chinese and Finnish businesses and unforeseen experiences for the Chinese and Finnish travellers,” added Kimmo Mäki, CEO, Finavia. The airline will operate the city pair using its A330-200s, with no other carrier presently connecting the two cities. With this market entry, Tibet Airlines breaks the Finnair monopoly between Finland and China, with the oneworld member offering flights to Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai Pudong and XI’an from Helsinki. A second Chinese airline will enter the Helsinki market later this year, with Juneyao Airlines planning to begin services to the Finnish capital from Shanghai Pudong.

Turkish Airlines launched operations between Istanbul and Sharjah on 4 April, with the latter airport holding a cake cutting ceremony for the new route. The 3,034-kilometre route will face no direct competition. Sharjah is one of three new destinations that the carrier has added in recent days, with the other two being Abidjan and Marrakech.

  • Turkish Airlines has become the latest carrier to mark its presence in Sharjah (SHJ) by launching a six times weekly route from Istanbul (IST) which launched on 4 April. According to OAG Schedule Analyser data the route has no direct competition, while the airline will operate the 3,034-kilometre sector utilising A321s which seat 180 passengers. The new route is significant as it marks Turkish Airlines’ third connection and growing presence in the UAE, with other routes including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The expansion and redevelopment of the new Istanbul Airport has enabled Turkish Airlines to unveil two further routes from Istanbul, namely Marrakech (RAK) and Abidjan (ABJ). In addition to these routes, the airline recently launched their Bodrum (BJV) to Kiev Boryspil (KBP) route, while Antalya (AYT) and Ankara (ESB) also gained new international services.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
04-Apr Istanbul (IST) Abidjan (ABJ) B739 (3)  
Sharjah (SHJ) A321 (6)  
05-Apr Antalya (AYT) Beirut (BEY) B738 (4) Pegasus Airlines (4)
06-Apr Ankara (ESB) Baghdad (BGW) B738 (7) Iraqi Airways (7), Fly Baghdad (5)
Bodrum (BJV) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (1)  
15-Apr Istanbul (IST) Marrakech (RAK) EQV (5)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Wizz Air Krakow

Wizz Air launched its first operations to Krakow on 4 April, beginning services from London Luton, while a route from Kiev Zhulyany was inaugurated the following day. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the occasion. By the end of the S19 season, the carrier will have three aircraft stationed at the airport, operating a total of 18 routes.

  • Wizz Air launched its first operations to Krakow (KRK) on 4 April, with the carrier expected to base its first aircraft at the Polish airport on 1 May. The airline’s first route to Krakow was a route from London Luton (LTN), a 1,42-kilometre route it will initially operate five times weekly using a mixture of A321s and A320s, with the frequency increasing once more capacity is added to the Krakow base. A route from Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) was inaugurated the following day. Overall, the carrier will have three A321s stationed in Krakow by the end of the S19 season, adding another 16 routes over the course of the summer, namely Bari, Billund, Birmingham, Catania, Doncaster Sheffield, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Nice, Oslo Gardermoen, Reykjavik/Keflavík Rome Fiumicino, Tel Aviv, Turin and Turku. Along with adding Krakow to its network, Wizz Air has introduced a three new links from Gdansk (GDN) and one from Bucharest (OTP).
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-Apr Gdansk (GDN) Bremen (BRE) A320 (2)  
Kutaisi (KUT)  
Bucharest (OTP) Memmingen (FMM) A321 (3)  
04-Apr Gdansk (GDN) Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) A320 (7) Norwegian (9), SAS (4)
London Luton (LTN) Krakow (KRK) A321 (5) easyJet (4)
05-Apr Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) A320 (4)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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