New airline routes launched (30 July – 05 August 2019)

Air China Beijing to Nice

The crew celebrate Air China’s inaugural flight between Beijing and Nice. Dominique Thillaud, CEO Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, highlighted at the launch Nice’s standing as France’s main airport outside of Paris, as well as the “numerous economic opportunities of the route for the region”.

  • Air China on 02 August connected Beijing (PEK) and Nice Côte d’Azur (NCE) for the first time with a three times weekly service. The seasonal route will be operated by an 237-seat Airbus A330-200 until 25 October, according to OAG Analyser, and marks the first direct connection between Nice and China. According to the airport, connecting passenger demand to Nice has risen 51% over the past five years, with over 83,000 guests from China welcomed through its doors in 2018.

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

AirAsia Indonesia showed route planning at its full potential this week with the launch of six – yes six – new routes across the Indonesian subcontinent. Is this an elaborate plot from Tony Fernandes to seize our Route of the Week crown, by attempting to make every route launch an AirAsia one? Only time will tell if his efforts paid off…

  • AirAsia Indonesia on 01 August commenced services on six new routes across the South East Asian subcontinent. According to OAG Analyser, the routes are all operated by the low cost carrier’s 180-seat A320 aircraft.
From To Frequency (WF) Distance (km) Competition (WF)
Denpasar (DPS) Labuan Bajo (LBJ) 7 518 Wings Airlines (21), Nam Air (14), Garuda Indonesia (11)
Denpasar (DPS) Lombok (LOP) 7 121 Garuda Indonesia (24), Wings Airlines (21), Lion Air (21), Nam Air (7)
Denpasar (DPS) Majalengka (KJT) 7 805 Lion Air (21), Garuda Indonesia (4)
Lombok (LOP) Jakarta (JKT) 11 1099 Lion Air (21), Garuda Indonesia (14)
Lombok (LOP) Yogyakarta International (JOG) 3 687  
Surabaya (SUB) Majalengka (KJT) 3 515 Lion Air (7)

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

Kuwait Airways launched a twice weekly service to from its hub in Kuwait City to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku on 01 August. A fire truck water arch salute was given to the aircraft as it made its way to a stand at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku.

  • Kuwait Airways commenced direct operations between its Kuwait City (KWI) hub and Baku (GYD) on 01 August. The twice weekly service will compete with AZAL Airlines with two weekly flights and LCC Jazeera Airways with a four times weekly service. According to OAG Schedules Analyser the route will cover a distance of 1,263 kilometres and will utilise an A320.


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