New airline routes launched (19 – 25 October)
Ryanair Düsseldorf Weeze to Kiev Borispol
Ryanair on Sunday 20 October launched twice-weekly (Thursday and Sunday) flights between Düsseldorf Weeze (NRN) and Kiev Borispol (KBP). The route has no direct competition, while the city-pair sees Ukraine International Airlines operate a daily service from Düsseldorf International. Wizz Air also operates a three-weekly service from Dortmund to Kiev Zhulyany (IEV).
Looking at the German – Ukrainian market, average fares are high despite an increasing low-cost presence.
Despite the reasonably short distances, average fares are relatively high between the two countries mainly because it is still dominated by FSCs. In 2019, Lufthansa and UIA have a combined 54% of total seats. However, UIA in particular has suffered in fare performance, with a five year declining trend from $115 to $95. This is partly from the growing strength of LCCs, with Ukraine – Germany now led by Wizz Air. And it is despite increasing fuel costs and economic headwinds.
Although Ryanair does not submit MIDT data to OAG, their system-wide average fares foreshadow the carrier’s likely impact between Düsseldorf and Kiev. In comparison to UIA, it will hold a cost advantage from operating from Weeze. This, and its well-publicised cost leadership, will enable it to target the most price-sensitive customers who previously flew UIA or travelled by coach. Its average fare is consistently more than 50% lower than UIA’s, and although this is system-wide we expect notable demand stimulation on the route.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Air Asia India launched domestic services to Agartala (IXA) on 20 October from Kolkata (CCU), Guwahati (GAU) and Imphal (IMF). Agartala is now the 20th city served by the Indian LCC, with a breakdown of competitors on the route shown below.
|Carrier||Departure airport||Weekly flights||Equipment||Configuration|
|AirAsia India||Kolkata (CCU)
|Air India||Kolkata (CCU)||14||A319||144Y|
- IndiGo launched two more international flights in the past week. On 18 October, the LCC launched flights from Kolkata (CCU) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), its second Vietnamese destination after the launch of Hanoi flights earlier this month. On 20 October, IndiGo further expanded its international portfolio with flights to Guangzhou (CAN), marking five international routes launched in just five weeks. IndiGo is the sole operator on both services.