Lauda has announced its first service from Ireland West, starting on March 31 2020. The flight to Palma will be operated twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, using a 174-seat A320. Commenting on the news was Arthur French, Chairman Ireland West Airport: “We are delighted that Lauda have given the airport and the West and North West of Ireland a huge vote of confidence by launching their first ever service from regional Ireland…with an extensive route network across Europe… today’s announcement represents a major development for the airport and the wider region and we encourage the trade and general public in the West to get behind this new service”. Andreas Gruber, CEO, Lauda, said “We are proud to offer our passengers a new non-stop service from Ireland West Airport to Palma (Majorca) and expand our route network in Ireland. In addition to new routes our summer 2020 schedule will see the Lauda fleet grow to 33 aircraft at 4 bases in Vienna, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Palma”.
Kharkiv Airport this week celebrated 1,000,000 passengers so far in 2019 with this impressive showstopper; our Cake of the Week. The airport plays host to 13 airlines in S19, serving a total of 25 routes. The airport, which serves Ukraine’s second city, opened a new terminal back in 2013, and provides a key low-cost gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, served by the likes of Wizz Air and Ryanair.
Wizz Air Hungary also celebrated a millionaire milestone this week with its 1,000,000th passenger from Iasi. This comes as the Hungarian LCC announced an additional based aircraft in Iasi from August 2020, and new services to Barcelona, Bari, Berlin Schönefeld, London Southend, Turin and Verona. The airline will also increase frequencies to Rome Ciampino, Bologna, Brussels Charleroi and Tel Aviv. Click here to see our recent interview with Owain Jones, MD Wizz Air UK. Of the news, Cătălin Bulgariu, Iasi Airport Manager said: “Bringing the third Wizz Air aircraft to our base and operating six new destinations by this company, two of them operated from Iasi for the first time, such as Berlin and Bari, shows that the airport is in a [state of] continuous development…at the end of September our airport crossed passenger number 1 million, one month earlier than last year. Furthermore, Wizz Air also registered the passenger number 1 million on a flight operated from Iasi”.
Loganair will be launching four new services from Newquay next year, beginning flights to Aberdeen (1 April), Newcastle (1 April), Norwich (3 April) and Glasgow (22 May). Glasgow and Norwich will be summer-seasonal at up to three- and four-weekly respectively. The Newcastle service will operate year round with four weekly flights, and is the sixth route from its North East hub. Commenting on the announcement, Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay said: “We welcome Loganair as our newest airline partner at Cornwall Airport Newquay, expanding choice for residents and businesses within our catchment and further enhancing options to fulfil the ever growing inbound tourism demand”.
Air France took delivery of its first A350-900 aircraft on 27 September. The SkyTeam carrier will have 28 examples by 2025, configured in a 3-class layout. According to schedules filed with OAG, Air France will initially operate the 324-seat type to Abidjan, Bamako, Cairo, Toronto and Seoul.
You wait for one A350, then two come along at once, as British Airways launched A350 operations to Toronto on 01 October. This is the second long haul route after Dubai to feature the type, as well as the carrier’s new Club Suites. Click here for our take on what this means for the London – Toronto market. At the launch, Gerard McEvoy, VP Sales, North America at BA, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our new A350 from Toronto, a city we’ve flown to and from for nearly 60 years. The A350 and our new Club Suite business class seat deliver new levels of sophistication, comfort and privacy, and we’re proud to share this with our Canadian customers”.