New airline routes launched (30 September – 06 October)

Interjet Cancún and Mexico City to Guayaquil

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for Interjet’s new Guayaquil flights with the crew were the Ambassador of Ecuador in Mexico, Enrique Ponce De León; Claudia Ordoñez, Marketing Director of Interjet and Vincent Miró, Director of Interjet Vacations. Ecuador is a new market for Interjet, and is the third South American country to be served by the carrier after Columbia and Peru.

  • Interjet on the 1st October commenced services to Guayaquil (GYE) from Cancún (CUN) and Mexico City (MEX). Both routes will be operated daily by the carrier’s A320 fleet. The Mexican LCC will also soon add a Quito (UIO) connection, commencing 29th October. In the 12 months to August 2019, 176,000 indirect passengers were carried between Mexico and Ecuador out of 232,000 in total.

Frontier Airlines Tampa to Atlanta

The crew celebrate Frontier Airlines’ inaugural Tampa – Atlanta flight with this artistic two-part cake of the week entry, featuring a Peach as a homage to the “Peach State” of Georgia. A total of four carriers now operate on the route, offering a total of 140 weekly flights.

  • Frontier Airlines on 06 October commenced three times weekly operations between Tampa International (TPA) and Atlanta (ATL). The 653-kilometre route will be served on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday by a 186-seat A320. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, three other carriers also serve the route, including Delta (88 weekly flights), Southwest (35WF) and Spirit (14WF). 

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

As well as launching the new Amritsar to Sharjah route this week, IndiGo also celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A320neo family aircraft – a 222-seat A321neo – with Airbus. Anand Stanley, Head of Airbus India and South Asia; Michael Menking, Head of A320 Family Programme, Airbus; Rono Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo; Chadi Saade, Head of Sales India, Airbus and Michael Culhane, Senior Vice President New Aircraft, CDB Aviation Lease Finance were present at the ceremony.

  • IndiGo on 01 October launched daily flights between Amritsar (ATQ) and Sharjah (SHJ), using a 180-seat A320. The Indian ULCC is the sole operator on the 2,007-kilometre route, however low-cost rivals Air India Express and Spicejet serve nearby Dubai International. According to OAG Mapper, IndiGo will operate a total of seven routes from Amritsar in W19, with Sharjah its first international connection from the hub.

Celebrating the launch of Pan Pacific Airlines’ Clark to Seoul route with the crew were (3rd left) Bi Yong Chungunco, CEO LIPAD Corp and (4th left) Helen Gan, Head of Commercial at Pan Pacific Airlines. LIPAD Corp – a consortium between Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Inc., Changi Airports International and PAGSS – signed a concession agreement in August 2019 to manage Clark International for 25 years.

  • Pan Pacific Airlines on 01 October commenced daily operations between Clark International (CRK) and Seoul Incheon (ICN). The 2,543-kilometre connection will be operated by an A320, with a total of six carriers now serving the route. The outbound service departs Clark at 1900, arriving in Seoul at 2305, with the return flight night-stopping to depart the Korean capital at a business-focused 0620, touching down back in Clark at 0920. 
Carrier Weekly flights Equipment Seat Configuration
Asiana Airlines 7 A321 171 (12J/159Y)
Pan Pacific Airlines 7 A320 180Y
Jin Air 7 B738 189Y
Philippine Airlines 4 A320 156 (12J/144Y)
Jeju Air 4 B738 189Y
Philippines Air Asia 3 A320 180Y


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