New airline routes launched (04 June – 10 June 2019)

Saudia Riyadh to Athens

Saudia Airlines launched its latest venture into Europe through its Jeddah to Athens route on 06 June after a period of 11 years. Cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the route were (third-right) Ioanna Papadopoulou, AIA Communications & Marketing Director and (third-left) Fahad Al-Muhaysin, Saudia Airlines Manager, Italy-Greece-Cyprus-Malta.

  • Saudia Airlines on June 06, launched direct flights between Riyadh (RUH) and Athens (ATH)resuming services to the Greek capital after a period of 11 years. The 2,583-kilometre sector distance between both capitals will operate four times a week utilising an A320 aircraft. Ioanna Papadopoulou, AIA Communications & Marketing Director said during an event which was held on the eve of the Riyadh-Athens route launch.“Saudia’s arrival to Athens International Airport is a significant development for us,” Padopoulou further enthused the significance of Saudia’s re-entry into the Greek market, and suggested that traveling from the Greek-capital of Athens will benefit the carriers dense network to destinations not directly connected to Athens International Airport.


Allegiant Air Cleveland Hopkins to Norfolk

Allegiant Air launched a new service connecting Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Norfolk International Airport on 06 June. Allegiant marked the occasion with a fantastic beach-themed ‘Crab Cake’ which awaited the LCC’s arrival into Norfolk International Airport.

  • Allegiant Air launched services between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to Norfolk International Airport (ORF) on 06 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 697-kilometre sector distance will be operated by an A320 aircraft on Mondays and Fridays. Norfolk International Airport has not had a nonstop service from Cleveland since Continental Airlines terminated the route in 2008. Norfolk International is a gateway airport to several popular tourist destinations, including Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg, according to recent studies.



Celebrating the inaugural route launch between Philadelphia to Bologna Airport on 06 June were senior representatives from both American Airlines and Bologna Airport. Among those present to cut the cake was (from second-left) Angelo Camilletti, Sales Manager, American Airlines; Nazareno Ventola, CEO of AdB and Enrico Postacchini, President of AdB,

  • American Airlines launched six new routes from four bases between 06 and 08 June, with two of the more significant services being between Philadelphia (PHL) to Bologna (BLQ) and Berlin Tegel (TXL) on 06 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the Berlin Tegel route will operate four times a week to cover the 6,513 kilometre distance and will utilise a fleet of B767 aircraft, connecting both cities. The carriers Philadelphia to Bologna route will operate four times a week covering a distance of 6,795-kilometres. In addition to this route the airline also launched Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Munich (MUC) on 07 June. The daily service will cover a distance of 8,552-kilometres and will use the carriers state-of-the-art B787 aircraft.  On 08 June, three new services were launched with the first being Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Santo Domingo Las Americas (SDQ). This route will cover a distance of 3,162-kilometres and operate once a week using a B738. Furthermore, Charlotte Douglas (CLT) to Santo Domingo Las Americas (SDQ) also commenced operations with an A320 aircraft to operate the sector on Saturdays. Lastly, an exciting route from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Aruba (AUA) also began, utilising a fleet of B738 aircraft to cover the nonstop 3,164-kilometre sector distance. All of American’s newest routes currently face no competition from any other carriers.

American Airlines connected Aerodom’s Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport with Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas on 8 June, starting weekly flights to both US hubs.

Present from American Airlines at AUA’s ribbon cutting ceremony was Nelson Cortes, Station Manager, as well as local government and airport authorities, including Dangui Oduber, Aruba’s Minister of Tourism;, James Fazio, AAA CEO; Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Aruba Tourism Authority CEO and Tisa LaSorte, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association President and CEO.

Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
06 June
Philadelphia (PHL)
Bologna (BLQ) B767 (4)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) B767 (4)  
07 June  
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
Munich (MUC) B787 (7)  
08 June Santo Domingo Las Americas (SDQ) B738 (1)  
08 June Charlotte Douglas (CLT) Santo Domingo Las Americas (SDQ) A320 (1)  
La Guardia Airport (LGA) Aruba Airport (AUA) B738 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c  04 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

flydubai launched its inaugural service into Sochi on 09 June connecting the Russian city to the Emirati carriers base in Dubai.

  • flydubai on 09 June launched direct flights between Dubai (DXB) and Sochi (AER). The twice weekly service will be operated by the Dubai-based carrier on Mondays and Fridays. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, flyDubai is the sole carrier operating on the 2,457-kilometre route and is utilising a B738 aircraft on this sector. Commenting on the inauguration was Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, who said: “Russia is an important market for us and flydubai becomes the first GCC-based airline to offer direct flights between Dubai and Sochi. Our flights to Sochi, along with the start of flights to Naples in Italy which began on 31 May, are further examples of how we continue to open up previously underserved markets. Our service and the convenience of direct flights, together with the recent changes in visa requirements which are reciprocal for Russians and UAE Nationals, will make Sochi a popular year-round destination and also enable easier access for travellers to Dubai.”

Indigo launched two new services between Delhi and Mumbai to Abu Dhabi on 05 June. To inaugurate the route, representatives of both IndiGo and Abu Dhabi Airport were present to cut the aircraft-themed cake. Among those present was (second from left) Khalil Lamrabet, Senior Vice President, Aviation Development, Abu Dhabi Airports.

  • IndiGo launched two new routes between Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) on 05 June. The 2,276 route between Delhi and Abu Dhabi will operate daily and utilise an A320 aircraft. In addition to this route, the Mumbai to Abu Dhabi service will operate six times a week and will cover a distance of 1,968-kilometres through its fleet of A320s. This route, however will face direct competition from Etihad Airways, which has the largest frequency of flights at 26 weekly, while Air India follows with a daily service connecting the city-pair.

Cutting the ribbon for the inaugural launch of Amsterdam to Las Vegas in true KLM style were KLM flight crew and senior representatives from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

  • KLM launched a nonstop transatlantic service between its hub in Amsterdam (AMS) to Las Vegas (LAS) on 06 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 8,594-kilometre sector will utilise a B787 aircraft to operate the twice-weekly service. The connection will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, with the flights expanding on the Air France-KLM transatlantic network, while also serving to strengthen the joint venture portfolio with Delta Air Lines. KLM will be the sole operator of this route. 

Celebrating the launch of of United’s nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare to Halifax Stanfield was (third left) Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority and (right) Michele Saran, CEO of Tourism, Nova Scotia

  • United Airlines launched two new services to kick start the carriers S19 schedule, with the first of its routes between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) on 06 June. The daily non-stop service will cover the 1,988-kilometre sector using a fleet of Embraer aircraft. Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) commented on the launch “Adding Chicago to the list of destinations served from Halifax on a non-stop basis demonstrates United Airlines’ confidence in our city, our province and our region”. In addition to this route a daily service between Newark (EWR) to Prague (PRG) was launched on 07 June. The route will utilise a fleet of B767s to cover the the 6,568-kilometre sector distance. Both of United’s newest routes currently face no direct competition from any other carriers.



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