New airline routes launched (26 August – 02 September 2019)

AIS Airlines Münster Osnabrück International Airport to Copenhagen

Celebrating the launch of AIS’ double daily service from Münster/Osnabrück to Copenhagen with the crew were (left to right): Arend van der Meer, CEO AIS Airlines; Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO Münster/Osnabrück; Nicole Scheffer, CCO AIS Airlines and Andrés Heinemann, VP Marketing and Communications Münster/Osnabrück.

  • AIS Airlines on 02 September launched flights between Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Copenhagen (CPH). The 507-kilometre route is operated by a BAe Jetstream 32 aircraft twice daily on weekdays, with a stop in Groningen. This comes as Münster/Osnabrück announced this week a double daily Berlin-Tegel service, also operated by AIS, from 04 November. 

Trans Guyana Airways Eugene F. Correia International Airport to Pengel International Airport

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new route were Vijay Chotkan, Minister of Public Works, Transport & Communications, Alexandra Correia, Trans Guyana Airways Commercial Manager, Dale Hing, Trans Guyana Airways Operations Manager, Ranu Mathura, Airport Management Ltd. – Board of Directors President, Timothy Mendonça, Airport Management Ltd. – Act. Chief Executive Officer – 

  • Trans Guyana Airways launched a twice weekly service from Ogle, Guyana’s Eugene F. Correia International Airport (OGL) to Pengel International Airport (PBM) on 01 September. This service will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Sundays and will utilise a Beechcraft 1900D.  With the oil and gas industry booming in Guyana, the demand for traffic to and from Guyana has dramatically picked up with the need for passengers to connect more easily from KLM flights arriving to and from Amsterdam.



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

Celebrating the launch with the TAP crew was Ulrich Theis, Director Traffic Development at Munich Airport. This comes  as the airport celebrates record passenger traffic in 1H2019, with a year-on-year increase of 5%.

  • TAP Air Portugal on 01 September launched daily flights between Porto (OPO) and Munich (MUC). It’ll operate year-round using A319s. OAG Schedules Analyser shows that fellow Star Alliance carrier Lufthansa also offers a daily service on the route. “We’re delighted that TAP is adding to the range of destinations available at our airport by connecting Munich to the commercial and cultural center of northern Portugal”, commented Oliver Dersch, VP Traffic Development, Munich Airport.

Vistara CEO Leslie Thng (centre) and other dignitaries celebrate the launch of Vistara’s direct service between Delhi and Bangkok on 27 August.

  • Vistara launched direct services between Delhi (DEL) and Bangkok (BKK) on 27 August. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the daily service will be flown by an A320 and will travel 2,943-kilometres to cover the distance. The airline will face heavy competition with Thai Airways at 22 weekly flights, Air India and SpiceJet with 14 weekly flights and GO Airlines with a daily service connecting both cities. Passengers from Bangkok can take convenient onward connections on Vistara to several destinations within India including Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Leslie Thng, CEO of Vistara said: “We now enter another new geography with service to Bangkok, one of world’s most-visited cities with immense potential to further grow tourism as well as business. With Vistara, we introduce India’s best airline to Bangkok that’s committed to making a mark in global aviation with its world-class product and impeccable service.”

Celebrating the launch of Loganair’s Aberdeen service was Chris Ion, Aviation Development Executive at Newcastle Airport; Kay Ryan, Commercial Director Loganair and Richard Knight OBE, COO Newcastle Airport. Knight said of the launch: “Loganair has shown its commitment to the airport and the North East travelling public by preventing the loss of services to Brussels and Stavanger earlier this year. The airline is now adding even more choice with its new route to Aberdeen, supporting the buoyant offshore sectors as well as connecting on to the likes of Sumburgh and Kirkwall in the Highlands and Islands”.

  • Loganair on 01 September increased its Newcastle (NCL) operation with the launch of flights to Aberdeen (ABZ), operated by the carrier’s Embraer 135/145 fleet. The 241-kilometre route, designed to meet substantial demand from the offshore oil and gas sector, will see three daily flights on Monday – Thursday, two on Fridays and one Sunday service. Eastern Airways – on behalf of FlyBe – also serves the route a total of 15 times per week.


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