New airline routes launched (28 May – 03 June 2019)

LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw to Miami.

LOT Polish Airlines this week celebrated the launch of year-round services between Warsaw and Miami. The route also holds additional significance as being the only nonstop connection between Florida and Poland, and becomes MIA’s 24th European destination. Pictured at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were representatives from LOT, Polish NBA player Marcin Gortat (centre left) and MIA Chief of Marketing Ernesto Rodriguez (centre right).

  • LOT Polish Airlines on 01 June launched direct flights between Warsaw Frederic Chopin (WAW) and Miami International Airport (MIA). The four times weekly service will be operated by the Star Alliance carrier on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, LOT is the sole carrier operating on the 8,488-kilometre route. Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO said at the launch: “We proudly welcome LOT Polish Airlines’ Warsaw service. We are honored to be their first destination in Florida and to be part of their ongoing expansion into North America.” Rafal Milczarski, CEO LOT Polish Airlines added: “At present there are nearly 500,000 people of Polish origin living in Florida. We are very glad that we can meet the expectations and needs of the Polish Diaspora in America who now…can take advantage of direct flights on the route between Poland and the U.S.”

SkyUp Airlines Kharkiv to Kutaisi

SkyUp Airlines this week launched services to Odessa, Rimini and Kutaisi from its hub in Kharkiv. Pictured are the celebrations from the launch, which included some striking cake designs.

  • SkyUp Airlines on 02 June launched direct flights from Kharkiv (HRK) to Odessa (ODS) and Rimini (RMI). The Odessa route is set to be operated twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, with the Rimini service weekly on Sundays. Kutaisi (KUT) also saw direct flights launched from Kharkiv on 04 June, with the 985-kilometre route being operated twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays. This comes as SkyUp, having commenced operations in May 2018, launches an ambitious summer 2019 schedule from the airport, with scheduled and charter routes to Larnaca, Paris and Tivat amongst others. 

Celebrating the launch of the new Moscow Sheremetyevo to Marseille Provence route in true spirit are Russian dancers dressed in traditional clothing to mark the occasion.

  • Aeroflot on 01 June commenced direct flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) to Marseille Provence (MRS). The 2,673-kilometre year-round route will be operated 5 times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by the Skyteam carrier’s 140-seat A320 aircraft. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Aeroflot will face competition from French carrier Aigle Azur twice-weekly through the carriers A320 operations (Fridays and Sundays). 

Before the return flight, guests took part in a traditional ribbon and cake cutting ceremony, along with speeches. Alongside crew in this photo are Finavia CEO Kimmo Mäki (right) 

  • Air Serbia launched its latest route on 1 May, adding Helsinki (HEL) to its network from Belgrade (BEG) using its fleet of A320 and CRJ aircraft. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 1,749 kilometre sector distance will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays to better serve and offer smoother transfers via Belgrade Airport for passengers travelling to Tirana, Sofia, Dubrovnik, Split, Larnaca, Athens, Thessaloniki, Beirut, Skopje, Podgorica, Tivat, Bucharest and Krasnodar. Finavia CEO Kimmo Mäki commented on the route saying “We are happy to have another new airline at Helsinki Airport, opening another important direct connection between European capitals.”

Albawings staff celebrate the launch of services between Tirana and Dusseldorf. This comes as the Albanian low cost carrier expands out of its traditional Italian market this summer, with services to London Stansted expected to commence on 13 June.

  • Albawings on 02 June launched seasonal services between Tirana (TIA) and Dusseldorf (DUS), scheduled to operate until 24 October. The 1,476-kilometre route will be operated twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays using 170-seat 737-400 aircraft, with an additional weekly service being added on Tuesdays from 25 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, no other carrier currently serves the route, although Eurowings is set to commence twice weekly operations between the two cities from 15 July. 

easyJet added Montpelier to its network on 02 June, with Bristol Airport baking this hot air balloon-themed cake to celebrate the new route to the city in the South of France. Flown twice-weekly, the route faces no direct competition.

  • easyJet launched flights between Bristol (BRS) and Montpelier Mediterranee on 02 June. To celebrate the commencement of this new route the airline baked a hot air balloon-themed cake. The cake is inspired by the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which is held annually in England in mid-August and dates back to 1979. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 998-kilometre sector faces no direct competition from any other carrier and will use an A320 aircraft on Wednesdays and Sundays to operate this exciting new route.

Hainan Airlines launched a nonstop service between Rome Fiumicino and Shenzhen on 30 May. Celebrating the ribbon cutting ceremony were (from left to right) Yequan Wang, GM, Hainan Airlines, Hongbo Zheng, Board Chairman, Shenzhen Airport, Li Bin Minister Counsellor for Economics and Trade, Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development, Rome Fiumicino Airport and Yang Bo, Director, Chinese Tourism Board in Italy

  • Hainan Airlines launched operations from Shenzhen (SZX) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) in Italy on 30 May. The carrier will serve the 9,246 kilometre route twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of B787s. According to OAG Schedules Analyser no other airline presently links the Chinese and Italian cities. Hainan also presently serves nonstop services between Chongqing and Xi’an to Rome Fiumicino.

Russian-based Ural Airlines and Montpelier Airport located in the south of France celebrate the launch of a three times weekly service between Montpelier and Moscow Domodevo Airports. Flight crew of Ural Airlines are seen celebrating the commencements of flights which were launched on 02 June.

  • Ural Airlines on 02 June launched direct flights between Moscow Domodevo (DME) and Montpelier Mediterranee(MPL). The three times weekly service will be operated by the Russian carrier on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Ural Airlines is the sole carrier operating on the 2,742-kilometre route and is utilising an A320 aircraft for its early morning departures from the airport. 

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