New airline routes launched (14 May – 27 May 2019)

S7 Airlines Irkutsk to St Petersburg

Passengers gather for the festivities at the launch of S7 Airlines’ four times weekly service between the Siberian city of Irkutsk and St Petersburg. The carrier has expanded significantly at St Petersburg in summer 2019, with 13 domestic and eight international destinations being served from the Baltic port city.

  • S7 Airlines on 25th May commenced direct flights between Irkutsk (IKT) and St Petersburg (LED). The 4,429-kilometre seasonal route will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until 19 October by the oneworld carrier’s 164-seat A320neo aircraft. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, S7 Airlines is the sole operator on the route. This comes as the airline expands its operation significantly at St Petersburg, with six new routes from the airport in S19 and a 14% increase in passengers served in Q1 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

Aurigny Southampton to Guernsey

Aurigny launched a twice-daily service mid-week as well as a daily service on weekends connecting Southampton to Guernsey on 23 May. Attending the launch of the inaugural route were (fourth from left) Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport; (middle) Clive Acton, Commercial Manager at Aurigny and (fourth from right) Malcolm Coupar, Commercial Director at Aurigny, with cabin and ground handling crew.

  • Aurigny Air Services Limited, commonly known as Aurigny, launched a twelve times weekly service between Southampton (SOU) and Guernsey (GCI) on 23 May. The route which will operate twice-daily between Monday to Friday initially in its first week of operations will expand its service by operating a daily connection over the weekends. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the short 190-kilometre sector distance will utilise an ATR7 aircraft to operate the route, but will face direct competition from Flybe which operate this route 29 times weekly. Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport commented: “We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the new Guernsey route with Aurigny, which reinforces our position as the very best gateway to the Channel Islands. We look forward to further nurturing our excellent relationship with Aurigny and will continue to work with the airline to offer the best customer experience to our passengers.”

Amongst staff celebrating the launch of the inaugural Daegu to Kota Kinabalu service on 15 May were (middle) Datuk Christina Liew, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Malaysia and (third left) Jung Sang-bong, General Manager, Air Busan.

  • Air Busan launched flights from Daegu (TAE) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on 15 May. The carrier will serve the 3,568-kilometre route four times a week using its fleet of A321s. According to OAG Schedules Analyser no other carrier currently serves the city pair, despite it growing in popularity. Air Busan’s general manager for Kota Kinabalu, Jung Sang-bong, commented  “Koreans love coming to Sabah and more than half of them choose the state as their favourite destination.” In addition to this route the airline also launched flights from Busan (PUS) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on 22 May. Covering the 3,505-kilometre sector, the airline will utilise an A320 aircraft and will face direct competition from Eastar Jet which offers a 7 times weekly service.


Flybe is the newest airline to serve both Liverpool and London Southend Airport from Guernsey. Pictured launching the inaugural flight between Guernsey and Liverpool on 21 May are Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development and Marketing, Liverpool Airport and Rob Veron, Blue Islands, CEO.

  • Flybe launched two new services this week connecting the Channel Island of Guernsey to Liverpool and London Southend Airport. The first route to launch was between Guernsey (GCI) and London Southend Airport (SEN) on 20 May. The 332-kilometre sector distance will operate daily utilising a ATR7 aircraft. In addition to this route, Guernsey (GCI) to Liverpool (LPL) was also launched on 20 May. The route will utilise an ATR7 to cover the 433-kilometre distance twice-weekly. It is important to note that both routes will operate under Flybe’s franchise partner Blue Islands and will face no direct competition from any other carriers.

Officials celebrate the launch of the six times weekly service between the City of Derry and Manchester. The route was previously operated by Flybe until 2011.

  • Loganair has commenced operations on 25th May between City of Derry (LDY) and Manchester (MAN). The six times weekly service will be operated every day except Satudays by a 49-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. On weekdays, the outbound service leaves Derry at 11:15, touching down in Manchester at 12:25, with the return leg departing Manchester at 12:55, arriving back in Derry at 14:05. On Sundays, the flight departs Derry at 14:00, landing in Manchester at 15:10, with the service back to Derry leaving Manchester at 15:40 and arriving at 16:50. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, no other carrier currently serves the 367-kilometre route. 

The crew of Lufthansa’s inaugural service between Munich and Biarritz celebrate Biarritz’s surfing heritage by their Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft. The German flag carrier also this week launched a year-round service to Rijeka from its Munich hub.

  • Lufthansa on 25th May launched weekly seasonal services between its Munich (MUC) hub and Biarritz (BIQ), alongside a year-round flight from the Bavarian city to Rijeka (RJK). Both routes will be operated by 90-seat CRJ-900 aircraft on Saturdays, with the 1,160-kilometre Munich to Biarritz leg departing at 17:00, arriving in Biarritz at 19:05. The return leg leaves the Basque coastal city at 19:45, touching down back in Munich at 21:45. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, no other carrier currently serves the seasonal route, which is set to run until 05 October. The 407-kilometre Munich to Rijeka service leaves the German hub at 17:50, arriving in Rijeka at 18:55, before departing the Croatian city at 19:30 and landing back in Munich at 20:40. Currently, fellow Lufthansa Group carrier Croatia Airlines serves the route thrice weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with a 76-seat Q400. 

Swoop staff bring piggy banks to the Canadian Ultra Low Cost Carrier’s route launches from London Ontario and Winnipeg this week, as part of the brand’s focus on more price-conscious consumers in a traditionally high-fare Canadian market. Flights to Abbotsford and Halifax were launched from London, whilst Winnipeg saw services commence to Abbotsford and Kelowna.

  • Swoop has commenced four new seasonal services on 24th May, operating until 25 October. Westjet’s ultra low cost carrier launched a daily 3,206-kilometre flight from London Ontario (YXU) to Abbotsford (YXX), as well as a 1,423-kilometre six times weekly service from the southwest Ontario city to Halifax (YHZ). In a statement of intent highlighting the company’s stamp on the fledgling Canadian ULCC market, the carrier also launched four times weekly services from Winnipeg (YWG) to Abbotsford (YXX) – a distance of 1,807 kilometres – and a three times weekly service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the Manitoba capital and Kelowna (YLW). According to OAG Schedules Analyser, none of the four routes are currently served by a competitor.


United Airlines launched a non-stop service between New York Newark to Naples on 23 May. To celebrate the newest connection, United Airlines’ representatives including Senior Public Relations Manager, Jonathan Guerin (right) and Naples Airport officials posed for a photo alongside an exceptional cake.

  • United Airlines became the latest carrier to launch New York Newark (EWR) to Naples (NAP) route on 23 May. The transatlantic route will cover a distance of 7,086 kilometres on the carriers B767 aircraft and will serve this route daily. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the non-stop seasonal services will face no direct competition from any other carrier and will launch just in time for the Spring, Summer, and Autumn vacations for Americans wanting to experience a taste of Europe. Italy is considered one of the most desirable locations for many people around the world (but especially the U.S.), according to a recent study taken by TravelSupermarket. United Airlines’ Senior Public Relations Manager, Jonathan Guerin commented “Naples is a natural extension to our existing service to Italy and we are hopeful our customers will take advantage of this new access point to southern Italy”.


Wizz Air launched flights between Kiev Zhulyany to Athens and Thessaloniki launched on May 20. Pictured above are employees of Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air which all pose for a picture promoting the company’s first flights from Ukraine to the Greek cities.

  • Wizz Air has introduced three new routes to its network as part of its S19 schedule. The first route launched was between Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) to the city of Thessaloniki (SKG) on 20 May. The route will utilise a fleet of A320 aircraft to operate the 1,241-kilometre sector twice-weekly and will face no competion. The second route as part of the airlines S19 expansion in Greece will be between Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) to the Greek capital of Athens (ATH) which launched on 20 May. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the route will also operate twice-weekly using an A320 aircraft to cover the 1,477-kilometre sector distance, but will face direct competition from Jonika Airlines with three weekly flights. The last of the routes will be between Gdańsk (GDN) to the Norwegian city of Bodø (BOO). The route which was launched on 22 May will cover the 1,450-kilometre sector utilising an A320 twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) and will not face direct competition from any other operators. 


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