New airline routes launched (13 August – 19 August 2019)


SpiceJet Mumbai to Riyadh

Dignitaries cut the ribbon on SpiceJet’s new Mumbai to Riyadh route. The Indian low cost carrier is the third-largest airline at Mumbai in S19, with over 2.2 million departing seats, as well as being the first LCC to operate on the city pair.

  • SpiceJet commenced daily operations between Mumbai (BOM) and Riyadh (RUH) on 15 August. The 2,770-kilometre route is operated by a Boeing 737-800, and is also served daily by Air India and five times weekly by Saudia. SpiceJet indicated that its service would allow better connections for Indians living and working in Riyadh. The airport has been an increasingly attractive destination for low cost carriers in recent years – according to OAG, Saudi Arabian LCCs Flynas and flyadeal are the second and third-largest airlines respectively by seat capacity at Riyadh in 2019.

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


During the launch of the service between Mexico City and Tamuín, Aeromar’s General Director Danilo Correa addressed the crowd. The aircraft’s entry into the terminal platform was met by the traditional baptism by emergency teams.

  • Aeromar commenced services between Mexico City (MEX) and Tamuín (TSL) on 15 August. The twice-weekly service will utilise an ATR7 to operate the 285-kilometre sector distance. No other carrier currently operates on this route. Aeromar General Director Danilo Correa commented: “The Huasteca Potosina will undoubtedly be a worldwide success in tourism because it has nothing to envy to any international destination. San Luis Potosí will be promoted at various fairs in Europe, North America and South America as an ecological destination, to attract visitors to learn about the natural benefits of this region.”

Since being founded in 2005, Spring Airlines’ all-A320 fleet has grown to some 88 aircraft. The Chinese low cost carrier introduced the A320neo in 2018, and now has a total of eight examples in the fleet. Spring Airlines’ route network is predominantly concentrated in East China and surrounding South-East Asian countries, including Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.

  • Spring Airlines on 14 August commenced daily operations between the Chinese city of Nanjing (NKG) and the Korean city of Jeju (CJU). The 740-kilometre route is operated by the Shanghai-based LCC’s A320 fleet. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Juneyao Airlines also operates on the route with a four times weekly service.

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