New airline routes launched (25 June – 01 July 2019)

Great Dane Airlines Aalborg to Edinburgh

Great Dane Airlines commenced its twice-weekly operation from Aalborg to Edinburgh on 27 June. The service to the Scottish capital is the Danish regional carrier’s only route to the UK. Jonathan Macneal, Head of Aviation Business Development, Edinburgh Airport is seen in this image with both Danish and Scottish flags.

  • Great Dane Airlines has launched twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) services from Aalborg (AAL) to Edinburgh (EDI) on 27 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the route will be flown by the airline’s 118-seat ERJ-195 aircraft, covering a distance of 818 kilometres. Commenting on the carrier’s first ever route launch was Søren Svendsen, CEO, Aalborg Airport: “From Aalborg Airport’s point of view, Great Dane Airlines has located an unfulfilled market potential for both leisure and business traffic – in terms of a medium aircraft capacity, which match the demand for a direct route to Edinburgh”.

WestJet St. John’s to Edmonton

The inauguration ceremony included an air hockey table, free Tim Hortons coffee and a highly competitive Westjet air hockey match between Andrew Gibbons, Director Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs and Mckayle Anthony, Station Manager. Cutting the cake at the launch was Sara Sullivan, Marketing and Communications Advisor, St John’s International Airport Authority.

  • WestJet helped to mark a historic week for the team at St John’s International (YYT). Not only was it the first time the airport and city had hosted the Altitudes East route development conference, but the new thrice weekly Edmonton (YEG) service launched on 26 June was also the largest previously unserved market from the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. Regarding the launch, Marie Manning, Director of Marketing and Business Development, St John’s International Airport Authority said “The links between Edmonton and St John’s are strong, and this new service that offers a fast and convenient way to connect these two regions has already been well received by the local market.” Tom Ruth, President and CEO Edmonton International Airport added “We couldn’t be happier with this new flight. There is a continuous flow of passengers between St John’s and the Edmonton Metropolitian Region, and we look forward to welcoming travellers…taking advantage of the work and tourism opportunities in both provinces”. According to OAG Schedules, the 4,216 kilometre route is served by WestJet’s 737-700/800 fleet, and is set to operate for the summer season until 26 October.


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

Azul and Salvador Bahia Airport staff celebrate the reinstatement of direct services to Aracaju. Speaking at the launch was Graziella Delicato, Airline Business Manager at Salvador Bahia Airport: “Bahia and Sergipe have important economic links, besides a natural demand due to their tourist attractions and VFR links. The reestablishment of a direct link reinforces those connections.” In addition to the Aracaju service, Azul also launched four times daily flights to Sao Paulo Guarulhos from the airport. “With Azul’s new flights, now we have 142 weekly flights between Salvador and Guarulhos airports – now [it] is Brazil’s 3rd busiest route,” says Marc Gordien, CCO at Salvador Bahia Airport. With Azul’s offering, the route now has up to 21 daily services, including those from rivals GOL and LATAM.

  • Azul on 01 July commenced operations from Salvador Bahia (SSA) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Aracaju (AJU), with the connections being operated using the carrier’s Airbus A320 and Embraer 195 respectively. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the latter route is set to operate seasonally six times a week until 01 November.

China Eastern Airlines launched services between Kunming and Taichung on 26 June.

  • China Eastern Airlines launched services between Kunming (KMG) and Taichung (RMQ) on 26 June. The new seasonal service connecting the two cities will cover a distance of 1,786 kilometres and will utilise a Boeing 737-800 on Wednesdays and Sundays until 23 October. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, no other carrier currently operates on the route.

flynas launched direct flights between Riyadh and New Delhi on 01 July. To mark the occasion a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted, with members from both flynas and New Delhi Airport. Stefan Magier (left), Senior Vice President of Commercial, flynas was also present.

  • flynas launched a five times weekly service between Riyadh (RUH) and New Delhi (DEL) on 01 July. The Saudi-based carrier will utilise an A320neo aircraft to operate the 3,037-kilometre sector distance five times a week, a service which will be upgraded to daily in October. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, flynas will not be the sole operator and will be joined by Air India which operates the sector three times a week and Saudia, with flight frequencies at five times a week.

Pegasus Airlines launched services between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Manchester on 01 July. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate the launch of the newest city-pair.

  • Pegasus Airlines launched a new service between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Manchester (MAN) on 01 July. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the Turkish LCC will operate the 2,726-kilometre sector utilising a fleet of A320s five times a week. No other carrier currently operates into Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen from Manchester, however Turkish Airlines does operate twice daily into the recently opened Istanbul Airport – the replacement to Atatürk which ended commercial operations upon the opening of the new facility on 06 April. 

Royal Air Maroc launched services between Casablanca and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen on 25 June. A fantastic cake was baked to mark the inaugural route launch where senior executives of the airport and passengers attended the cake cutting ceremony.

  • Royal Air Maroc started flights between Casablanca (CMN) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) on 25 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the 3,346-kilometre sector across the Tyrrhenian Sea will operate six times weekly and will utilise a fleet of B738s to cover the distance. The route will face direct competition from Air Arabia Maroc which also operates daily between both cities. On the inaugural flight, the aircraft was welcomed with a traditional water salute followed by a welcoming ceremony, where the arriving passengers were served with traditional Turkish delicacies. Royal Air Maroc is expected to be an official Oneworld alliance member by the end of this year, making it the second member to operate at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. 

Sichuan Airlines launched flights between Chengdu to Rome Fiumicino on 22 June. A fantastic cake was baked to mark the inauguration of the new route connecting the Chinese city to the Italian capital.

  • Sichuan Airlines launched services between Chengdu (CTU) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on 22 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the new connection will cover a distance of 7,928-kilometres three times a week using a fleet of A330s. The Chengdu-Rome direct route is the first of its kind between the two cities and marks Sichuan Airlines’ very first entry into the Italian market as well as in the Mediterranean area, according to the Chinese carrier.

TAP Air Portugal launched nonstop services between Porto to Brussels on 01 July. A fabulous cake cutting ceremony took place to mark the inauguration of the new route.

  • TAP Air Portugal launched twice-daily operations between Porto (OPO) and Brussels (BRU) on 01 July. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the year-round service will cover a distance of 1,473-kilometres utilising a fleet of E190 aircraft. The Star Alliance member will compete head to head with Brussels Airlines, which operates this route twice-daily, and Ryanair which has a total of nine weekly flights.

Attending the inaugural route launch was AirAsia Regional Commercial Head, Matana Thienthong; General Manager Aviation Development and Partnerships for Brisbane Airport, Jim Parashos; Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones; CEO, Brisbane Airport Gert-Jan de Graaff; Deputy Mayor of Brisbane, Krista Adams; AirAsia X Thailand Chief Financial Officer, Phairat Pornpathananangoon and CEO Tourism and Events of Queensland, Leanne Coddington.

  • Thai AirAsia X launched its latest service between Don Mueang (DMK) and Brisbane (BNE) on 26 June. The carrier will utilise a fleet of A330s to cover the 9 hour flight between both cities, which will operate three times a week. According to OAG Schedules Analyser Thai AirAsia X will be the sole operator of this route long-haul spanning a sector distance of 7,284-kilometres. AirAsia hosted a special welcoming ceremony for passengers of the inaugural flight both in Bangkok and Brisbane, affirming itself as Thailand’s first low-cost long-haul carrier to connect the Kingdom and Australia. The event was well received by both Thai and international travellers and reflected the airline’s excitement in creating a new travel opportunity and increasing the earning potential of Thailand’s tourism sector.

Xiamen Air launched its latest venture in Asia with the inauguration of the carriers Chengdu to Cebu service on 27 June.

  • Xiamen Air launched Chengdu (CTU) to Cebu (CEB) service on 27 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the 3,058-kilometre sector distance will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday using a fleet of B738. Commenting on the new route launch was Louie Ferrer, GMCAC president. “We are glad to welcome Xiamen Air’s newest direct service to Chengdu, one of China’s busiest and economically-robust cities. Through this partnership with Xiamen Air, we aim to achieve a common goal which is to increase connectivity between Cebu to international destinations,” 




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