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New airline routes launched (16 April – 22 April 2019)


Firefly Kuala Lumpur Subang to Singapore Seletar

Firefly Singapore Seletar

Firefly started operations between Kuala Lumpur Subang and Singapore Seletar on 21 April, having ended its route to Singapore Changi from the Malaysian capital on 31 March. Pictured at the launch celebrations at Seletar Airport are: Dr. Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Singapore; Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of Transport, Singapore; and Anthony Loke, Minister of Transport for Malaysia. The route will be operated six times daily using 72-seat ATR 72-600s.

  • Firefly launched operations between Kuala Lumpur Subang (SZB) and Singapore Seletar (XSP) on 21 April. The airline previously served Singapore’s Changi Airport until 31 March 2019 from Subang when referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data. The carrier will serve the 319-kilometre airport pairing between Subang and Seletar six times daily using its fleet of 72-seat ATR 72-600s. However, it should be noted that this flying schedule will take full effect on 29 April, with the route being flown twice-daily until this date. No other airline presently links the two airports. The route will face strong indirect competition between Kuala Lumpur’s main airport and Changi, with 291 weekly departures taking place between the two points by no fewer than 10 carriers, although it should be pointed out that some of the airlines on the sector do not have fifth freedom traffic rights to sell tickets between the two airports.

Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur via Denpasar to Adelaide

A gate celebration was held at Adelaide Airport to toast the start of Malindo Air’s new four times weekly service from Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar. Pictured at the launch event are: Mark Young, MD, Adelaide Airport; Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO, Malindo Air; and Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Along with speeches, the Australian gateway also baked an amazing route launch cake.

  • Malindo Air has made Adelaide (ADL), destination for this year’s World Routes, its fourth Australian gateway, launching a four times weekly service from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) via Denpasar (DPS) to the city. The carrier is already present in Australia with flights to Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. Launched 16 April from Kuala Lumpur, the carrier will serve the tri-city route using its fleet of 737-800s. Competition on the 5,688-kilometre connection between Kuala Lumpur and Adelaide comes from Malaysia Airlines. The oneworld member already serves the airport pair five times weekly using its fleet of A330-300s, confirmed by Flightradar24.com data. The 3,764-kilometre sector between Denpasar and Adelaide is also served by another operator, with Jetstar Airways offering a daily rotation between the two destinations at present.

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


Aigle Azur Kiev Boryspil

Aigle Azur launched operations between Paris Orly and Kiev Boryspil on 18 April, with the Ukrainian Airport giving the airline a warming welcome reception upon arrival of the first flight. The carrier will offer a three times weekly service between the two European capital cities using its fleet of A320s. No other airline serves the airport pair.

  • Aigle Azur launched flights between Paris Orly (ORY) and Kiev Boryspil (KBP) on 18 April. The carrier will serve the 2,055-kilometre European capital connection three times weekly using its fleet of A320s. “We do believe there is a strong opportunity in terms of development between Ukraine and France,” commented Frantz Yvelin, President of Aigle Azur. “The first direct flights between Paris Orly and Kiev opens up new prospects for passengers – both for travelling between our countries, and also further – all over the world, since Aigle Azur and all our airline partners offer a large panel of connectivity options to different regions ranging from Portugal and Algeria to Brazil.” While no other operator links the two airports, it should be noted that indirect competition comes from Ukraine International Airlines and Air France, with the flag carriers of Ukraine and France each offering a twice-daily service between Boryspil and Paris CDG.

Corendon Airlines launched a weekly service from Düsseldorf to Banjul on 17 April. Among those pictured with the Corendon Airlines crew celebrating the launch were Peter Döhr, Marketing Representative Germany, Corendon Airlines (left) and Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport (third left).

  • Corendon Airlines has commenced flights between Düsseldorf (DUS) and Banjul (BJL). Launched 17 April, the carrier will offer a weekly (Thursdays) service on the 4,712-kilometre connection using its fleet of 737-800s. Referencing OAG Schedules Analyser data, no other airline currently serves the airport pair. Along with Düsseldorf, the airline has also added a route from Frankfurt (FRA) to the African city, a 4,675-kilometre link that was inaugurated the day before. It will be flown weekly (Wednesdays) using 737-800s. Finally, the carrier also added a new link from Hannover (HAJ), recent host of Routes Europe 2019, to Rhodes (RHO) this week. Inaugurated on 16 April, the carrier will serve the 2,290-kilometre link weekly (Wednesdays), again like its Banjul routes, using 737-800s. Unlike its links to Banjul, the airline will face direct competition on the 2,290-kilometre route between Germany and Rhodes, with Condor (twice-weekly) and TUIfly (weekly) presently serving the airport pair.

Flybe Heathrow

Flybe launched flights between the Isle of Man and London Heathrow on 21 April, with the origin airport sending off the first flight to Europe’s biggest hub with a splendid water arch salute. The Isle of Man becomes the airline’s fifth route to Heathrow, joining its existing links to Aberdeen, Cornwall Airport Newquay, Edinburgh and Guernsey. Coincidentally, the aircraft operating the inaugural flight is G-ECOH, the same aircraft which was used to celebrate the airline’s first operations to Heathrow two years ago, with anna.aero having been part of those celebrations.

  • Flybe launched its fifth route to London Heathrow (LHR) on 21 April, starting a daily connection to Europe’s biggest hub from the Isle of Man (IOM). The regional operator will serve the 403-kilometre route daily using its fleet of Q400s, joining the airline’s existing services to Heathrow from Aberdeen, Cornwall Airport Newquay, Edinburgh and Guernsey, with flights from Cornwall and the Channel Isle having begun a few weeks ago. No other airline presently flies between the Isle of Man and Heathrow. During 2018, UK CAA data shows that 261,540 passengers travelled between the Isle of Man and London, up 4.4% versus the 250,420 passengers that flew between the two locations in 2017. Of those passengers last year, 67% used easyJet between Isle of Man and London Gatwick, 24% flew with British Airways to London City, and 8.9% used easyJet’s route to/from London Luton.

SpiceJet Jeddah

SpiceJet launched operations between Kozhikode and Jeddah on 20 April, a 4,088-kilometre route that the carrier will operate daily using its fleet of 737-800s. Here, airline and airport staff are pictured celebrating the new service at check in. SpiceJet becomes the second carrier on the city pair, joining Saudi Arabian Airlines.

  • SpiceJet launched its latest international route on 20 April, commencing a daily service between Kozhikode (CCJ) and Jeddah (JED). The carrier will serve the 4,088-kilometre route using its fleet of 737-800s. It becomes the second airline to offer services between the Indian and Saudi Arabian cities, joining Saudi Arabian Airlines on the sector. It presently serves the route six times weekly using its fleet of A330-300s. Jeddah becomes SpiceJet’s second international route from Kozhikode, with it already offering a daily service to Dubai, while it also provides domestic links to Bengaluru and Chennai. For Jeddah, Kozhikode becomes the second destination flown to by the LCC, adding to the carrier’s existing route to Hyderabad, a connection which is also flown daily this summer, again on 737-800s, of which the airline presently operates 28 according to Flightradar24.com data.

Turkish Airlines Ankara

Turkish Airlines launched flights between Ankara and Baku on 22 April. A celebratory party was held at the gate before the first departure. Honoured with cutting the cake, and pictured holding the knife before conducting the event, was Gürsel Baran, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce.

  • Turkish Airlines has launched a new capital connection between Ankara (ESB) and Baku (GYD), joining Azerbaijan Airlines on the route, with the latter currently offering a daily service. The Turkish flag carrier, which launched the route on 22 April, will initially serve the 1,446-kilometre link between the capitals of Turkey and Azerbaijan four times weekly according to OAG schedules and Flightradar24.com, before reducing to a three times weekly operation in the coming weeks. The Star Alliance member will operate its newest city pair using its fleet of 737-800s.

VietJet Air Hong Kong

VietJet Air launched operations between Phu Quoc and Hong Kong on 19 April, with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place to officially open the new connection. Flights will operate four times weekly using A320s.

  • VietJet Air has begun flights between Phu Quoc (PQC) and Hong Kong (HKG). Launched 19 April, the carrier will offer a four times weekly service on the 1,716-kilometre connection using its fleet of A320s. No other airline currently serves the airport pair. This is the carrier’s second route to Hong Kong after Ho Chi Minh City, a city pair it currently operates daily using its fleet of A321s. Referencing OAG Traffic Analyser data, an estimated 11,400 people flew indirectly between Hong Kong and Phu Quoc in 2018, up from 9,700 in 2017. This represents an 18% increase in traffic over the course of past year. The LCCs operation between the two airports will generate 39,200 seats this summer.

VOLO

Volotea launched flights between Palermo and Cagliari on 18 April. The carrier will offer a twice-weekly service between the two European cities using its fleet of 717s. In addition to this route, a sector between Bilbao and Naples launched on 16 April, while a Nice to Toulouse service was also introduced by the carrier this week.

  • Volotea launched three new services this week, from bases across Italy, Spain and France. They  included the commencement of operations between Bilbao (BIO) and Naples (NAP) on 16 April, a route between Cagliari (CAG) and Palermo (PMO) launched 18 April, plus a link from Nice (NCE) to Toulouse (TLS), initiated on 19 April. The carrier will serve both the short 370-kilometre sector between Cagliari and Palermo, plus the 1,443-kilometre route between Spain and Italy twice-weekly utilising it’s 717 fleet. The 471-kilometre French domestic connection will be operated by A319s on a twice-weekly (Tuesday and Friday) basis, facing direct competition from easyJet which offers 12 weekly flights. Neither of the other two routes launched this week will face any incumbents. 

Wizz Air Dortmund

Wizz Air launched operations on a new route between Dortmund and Palanga on 21 April, a service that it will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) this summer using A320s. This is the carrier’s second route to Lithuania from Dortmund, adding to its existing twice-weekly connection between the German city and Vilnius.

  • Wizz Air launched flights between Dortmund (DTM) and Palanga (PLQ) on 21 April. The ULCC will operate the 1,014-kilometre route twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) this summer using its fleet of A320s. No other operator is currently serving the airport pair. This becomes the airline’s second route to Lithuania from Dortmund, joining existing services to Vilnius, a route which too operates twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). With this launch, it brings to 29 the number of routes that the low-cost airline operates from Dortmund. A 30th route, namely to Ohrid, will begin on 2 July. 

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