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
    164 (8J/156Y)
    174 (8J/166Y)
    IndiGo Delhi
    7 A320 180Y
    Saudia Delhi
    A333 288 (36J/252Y)
    298 (36J/262Y)
    330 (30J/300Y)
    SpiceJet Mumbai 7 B738 189Y

Spirit Airlines’ new Nashville base and first five routes.

Doug Kreulen, President and CEO Nashville Airport (fourth left), and delegates from Spirit Airlines and Nashville Airport celebrate the launch of Spirit’s based operation on 10 October.

  • 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 and Kozhicode Calicut International airport staff celebrate the launch of direct Riyadh services on 16 October.

  • 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.

Bobby Span, VP External Affairs at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (left), celebrates Frontier Airlines’ launch with colleagues from the airport and Frontier.

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.”

Amongst those celebrating the launch at the ribbon-cutting were Andrea Wolleter, National Director of Sernatur (second left); Juan Luis Rodríguez, Airport Director Santiago (third left) and Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazilian Ambassador to Chile (fourth left).

  • 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. 

Some 41 airlines will operate from Yangon in W19. Top by ASKs are local carriers Myanmar National Airlines and Myanmar Airways International, whilst other Asian and Middle East carriers have large market share in capacity, such as ANA (3rd), China Eastern (4th) and flydubai (6th).

  • 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. 


Comments are closed