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New airline routes launched (2 September – 9 September 2019)


Air Chathams Auckland to Norfolk Island

Auckland-Norfolk Island by Air Chathams: a once-weekly scheduled service by the Convair 580. It’s the most exotic of new routes. The airline’s general manager, Duane Emeny, said: “We are really encouraged by the early interest we’ve had from passengers, with forward bookings indicating it’s going to be another successful route for our family airline.” And family it is: Duane was the first officer on the flight, while his Dad – the airline’s CEO – was captain.

  • Air Chathams began a once-weekly service between Auckland and Norfolk Island on 06 September.  The airline had been operating charters between the two, but this is now a scheduled operation. Indeed, it’s the airline’s first international scheduled service.  It is operated by the ultra-rare Convair 580, of which the airline has four in different configurations.  Auckland-Norfolk Island has seen airlines come and go. Air New Zealand Link ended it in 2017, and, afterwards, Norfolk Islands Airlines, using Nauru Airlines aircraft, began both Brisbane and Auckland – and ended in 2018.  Norfolk Island is 1,090 kilometres from New Zealand, and is actually closer to New Caledonia. New everywhere!

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


Celebrating the launch of Air Antwerp operations between Antwerp and London City was Johan Maertens, CEO of Air Antwerp (centre) and Peter Downes, Aviation Director at London City (centre right).  Between 1993 and 2018, the route was operated by VLM during its CityJet-owned and independent guises, and being 25% CityJet owned the new operator continues this tradition on a route lasting almost as long as LCY itself.

  • Air Antwerp on 09 September began scheduled services between Antwerp (ANR) and London City Airport (LCY). The KLM and CityJet-owned start-up reconnects the two cities, and over 50,000 passengers a year travelling on the route prior to VLM’s collapse in August 2018, with three daily flights on weekdays and a Sunday evening service.

    Peter Downes, Aviation Director at London City commented: “Air Antwerp’s new route enables quick and convenient travel between Belgium’s second city and central London…the Antwerp – London City route has been a valued service over the years, so it’s wonderful to see passengers return, aboard the recognisable Fokker 50 aircraft. Boosted by a codeshare agreement enabling passengers to book via KLM.com, we’ve already seen strong interest in bookings…whether it’s for a city break or to do business”.


Ryanair celebrated the launch of its new route from Luxemburg to Toulouse on 03 September. Alongside Ryanair crew, René Steinhaus, CEO, Luxemburg Airport was also present to mark the occasion.

  • Ryanair celebrated the launch of its new route from Luxembourg (LUX) to Toulouse (TLS) on 03 September and will utilise a B738 to cover the 760-kilometre sector distance. The route which which operates with three-weekly services is part of Ryanair’s W19 schedule. Flights will connect Luxembourg to Toulouse-Blagnac on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. “Toulouse is the capital of Occitania and nowadays known as the capital of the air space industry. It is an important addition to our more than 80 destinations from Luxembourg”, said René Steinhaus, CEO Luxembourg Airport.

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