Loganair has unveiled two new services from Newcastle from 2020 to Bergen (four-weekly) and Guernsey (weekly), amongst six new routes announced this week. The two are set to launch on 27 April and 23 May respectively, and will be operated by the Scottish flag carrier’s 37-seat Embraer 135 aircraft. As well as being a popular leisure gateway due to its proximity to the Norwegian Fjords, Bergen shares a significant energy sector with Newcastle, with nearly 5,000 connecting passengers travelling between the twinned cities in 2018.
The other routes include Aberdeen to Haugesund, East Midlands and Brussels (via Newcastle) and Glasgow to Cardiff. Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at NCL, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with these two new routes…after taking on the Brussels and Stavanger routes earlier in the year, and recently adding Aberdeen to its list of destinations served from Newcastle, Loganair has shown its solid commitment to the North East”.
Salvador Bahia celebrated the launch of two new Azul routes on the 2nd September. This included a six-times-weekly Maceió flight using an Embraer 195, and a twice-weekly ATR service to Teixeira de Freitas. Salvador Bahia has been aiming to increase its domestic portfolio in 2019, with Florianopolis (22,815 connecting passengers) and Manaus (17,935 pax) being SSA’s top two unserved routes.
Virgin Atlantic launched A350-1000 operations on Tuesday,10th September, placing the type on their New York-JFK service. The 335-seat type is split in a 44J/56W/235Y configuration, and enables a slight increase in weekly seats from 12,188 to 12,394. As the older 308-seat A340-600s are phased out and replaced by the A350, this should enable further capacity growth within existing frequencies. According to OAG, Virgin offers 42 weekly flights on the route, with average capacity per flight of 295 seats, compared to BA’s 56WF and 267 seats per aircraft. When adding BA and VS partners American and Delta, the BA/AA transatlantic Joint Venture has 23,082 seats across 84WF, whilst VS/DL sees 15,670 seats across 56WF.
Qatar Airways has announced the launch of its new service to Luanda, Angola, starting from 29 March 2020. The service, will operate up to five-times weekly to the capital and largest city of Angola will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways said: “Luanda is the latest destination in our rapidly expanding African network connecting it to key markets in the Far East, South East Asia and Europe. The new route to the coastal city of Luanda not only further solidifies the links between the Qatar and Angola but will enable us to provide a seamless journey to and from this fascinating country and one of the world’s fastest growing economies.” According to OAG data, Luanda and Beijing is the top most underserved route with an excess of 21,000 passengers flying indirectly.
Announced this week were nine new routes by Saudi Arabia’s flynas, all beginning this October or November. They include to Africa (Kano, Algiers, Khartoum) and India (Lucknow, Calicut). Riyadh-Calicut is a resumption having ended in 2012. All will be served by A320s. In 2018, 63,000 flew from Kano to Jeddah, and 98,000 from Kano to all of Saudi Arabia.