New airline routes launched (18 June – 24 June 2019)
Aeroméxico Mexico City to Barcelona
- Aeroméxico launched a nonstop service between its hub in Mexico City (MEX) to Barcelona (BCN) on 24 June. The 9,474-kilometre sector distance will utilise the SkyTeam members B787s to operate the route three times a week. According to OAG Schedules Analyser Aeroméxico will be the sole operator of this transatlantic route which connects both cities.
SAS Copenhagen to Cornwall Newquay Airport
- SAS launched nonstop services between Copenhagen (CPH) and Cornwall Newquay Airport (NQY) on 21 June. Commencing its twice-weekly operation to the capital city (Mondays and Fridays) utilising a CRJ900, the Star Alliance member directly links Cornwall’s gateway to the Nordic nation for the first time. Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay commented on the launch “Our new route to the Danish capital was originally due to start next week but, due to overwhelming demand, SAS not only bought the launch forward a week, the carrier also added more capacity,”. Titterington added further “With 25% more seats on offer than initially planned, we look forward to developing further with our newest airline partner, and building on the instant success of Copenhagen.”
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Citilink launched a daily service between Jakarta (CGK) and Phnom Penh (PNH) on 21 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the LCC will be the sole operator covering the 1,971-kilometre sector and will utilise an A320 aircraft on this route. Éric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, the company that operates the Kingdom’s three international airports, commented, “It is a breakthrough to both welcome a new carrier and to open a new route’.
- Finnair launched nonstop direct flights between the airlines hub in Helsinki (HEL) to Porto (OPO) on 21 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser flights connecting the city-pair will operate twice a week on the 138-seat A319 to cover the 3,114-kilometre sector distance. Finnair will be the sole operator covering this exciting new route.
- Qatar Airways launched a new service between its Doha (DOH) hub to Lisbon (LIS) on 24 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 5,808-kilometre sector distance will operate daily on the Doha-based carriers fleet of B787s, and will face no direct competition. Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive, Qatar Airways commented on the inaugural launch, “The direct services to Lisbon is the latest addition to Qatar Airways’ rapidly expanding European network. We look forward to welcoming business and leisure travellers alike on board so that they may experience this vibrant destination, one of the oldest capitals in Western Europe. The new route will provide passengers travelling from Lisbon access to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network of more than 160 destinations around the world.”
- Spirit Airlines commenced flights between Sacramento (SMF) to Las Vegas (LAS) and Hollywood Burbank (BUR) on 20 June. The Sacramento to Hollywood Burbank route will travel a distance of 575-kilometres and will utilise a fleet of B737s to cover the three-times daily service. In addition to this route, Sacramento to Las Vegas will also operate three-times daily covering the short 637-kilometre sector distance and will utilise a fleet of A320s. This route however will face direct competition from Southwest with 50 weekly flights, alongside Frontier with 6 weekly flights.
- TAP Air Portugal launched a daily service between Lisbon (LIS) and Naples (NAP) on 18 June. The 2,005-kilometre sector distance will utilise a fleet of A320 aircraft to operate the route, however will face direct competition from Ryanair which covers the route three times a week.
Wizz Air launched three additional new routes, with the first launched between the Romanian city of Sibiui (SBZ) to Baden-Baden (FKB) on 17 June. The twice-weekly route will operate an A320 to cover the 1,249-kilometre sector. The second route to be launched was between Budapest (BUD) to Castellón (CDT) on 20 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 1,720-kilometre sector will also operate this sector twice-daily on an A320. The last of the routes will be between Katowice (KTW) and Castellón also on 20 June. The twice-weekly route will use a fleet of A320s to cover the 1,862-kilometre sector. No other carriers currently operate on the three new routes launched by the LCC.
- Xiamen Airlines launched direct flights between Xiamen (XMN) and Yangon (RGN) on 22 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 2,433-kilometre sector will operate using a fleet of B737s twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays). The SkyTeam member is the sole operator of this route between both cities.