New airline routes launched (07 October – 18 October)
IndiGo’s new route from Delhi to Riyadh
- IndiGo this week started daily flights to Riyadh (RUH) from Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM). The LCC began them on 12 October (Delhi) and 13 October (Mumbai), both with a 180-seat A320. IndiGo has been looking to better connect India and Saudi Arabia, with significant labour flows between the two countries, and started this trend by launching a Mumbai – Jeddah route back in June. Taking a look at our route snapshot, we see LCC (IndiGo/SpiceJet), hybrid (flynas) and FSC (Air India/Saudia) models attempting to better segment the market. Saudia alone offers three A330 configurations on the route, aiming to better target the specific demographics of each departure.
Carrier Departure airport Weekly flights Equipment Configuration Air India Delhi
A321 182 (12J/170Y) flynas Delhi 6 A320
7 A320 180Y Saudia Delhi
A333 288 (36J/252Y)
SpiceJet Mumbai 7 B738 189Y
Spirit Airlines’ new Nashville base and first five routes.
- Spirit launched five new routes this week, as it opened its new Nashville (BNA) base. The initial destinations are Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas McCarran (LAS), Orlando International (MCO) and New Orleans (MSY), all being served daily. From 2020, the ULCC will add service to Austin (AUS), Cancún (CUN), Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX).
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- Flynas this week added three new flights. The initial service, Riyadh (RUH) to Lucknow (LKO), launched on 15 October, while Riyadh – Calicut (CCJ) and Dammam (DMM) to Lucknow (LKO) commenced on 16 October. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, all three routes operate three times weekly, with Dammam to Lucknow being previously unserved. Meanwhile, Saudia also offers a thrice weekly Lucknow service from Riyadh alongside Calicut flights and Air India Express also serves Calicut from Riyadh, with five weekly flights. Click here to see Riyadh’s IndiGo route launch this week.
Frontier Airlines has launched flights to Fort Lauderdale, Miami (four weekly) and Sarasota (3WF) from Cincinnati in the past week. The flights, launching on 11, 10 and 7 October respectively, come as part of a wider expansion for Frontier at CVG, with a New Orleans (MSY) flight launching on November 15. This increases Frontier’s network at CVG to a total of 21 routes.
“We’re excited to begin three new nonstop routes to Florida for Cincinnati area travellers,” said Daniel Shurz, SVP Commercial for Frontier Airlines. “Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents have welcomed our low fares and friendly flying experience and we look forward to continue our outstanding partnership with the airport and community.”
- LATAM on 15 October launched three-times-weekly services between Santiago de Chile (SCL) and Brasilia (BSB). The route was previously unserved, and is operated by a 162-seat A320. LATAM recently sent shockwaves through the industry with the announcement it would soon leave oneworld, and enter a strategic partnership with Delta. In S19, current oneworld partner carrier British Airways serves Santiago daily from London Heathrow, whist Qantas offers a Melbourne and Sydney service.
- Kunming Airlines on 15 October commenced four-times-weekly operations between Kunming (KMG) and Yangon (RGN). The route will be operated with a 168-seat 737-800 in a two class configuration. According to Google Flights, China Eastern operates up to two daily flights with a morning 0910 departure, and afternoon 1345 departure.