New airline routes launched (27 October to 12 November)
AIS Airlines Münster/Osnabrück to Berlin Tegel
AIS Airlines has added flights between Münster/Osnabrück and Berlin Tegel on 04 November. It is the sole operator on the 381-kilometre route, and uses a 19-seat Jetstream 32. Business-focused morning and evening services are operated on the route Monday to Friday. According to OAG Traffic Analyser, 10,773 passengers flew indirectly between the two cities in the year to August 2019. Paris CDG is now Münster’s top unserved route with 8,300 passengers in the year to August. Laudamotion added the previous top unserved destination, Vienna (17,473 indirect pax), on 28 October.
Spirit Airlines Tampa International to Nashville
- Spirit Airlines on 05 November commenced four-times-weekly flights between Tampa International and Nashville. The route is operated by a 182-seat A320. Spirit joins Allegiant, Southwest and Sun Country on a city-pair level.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- easyJet has begun daily services between Berlin Tegel and Brussels, which will increase to twice-daily in the new year according to Brussels Airport. In the past 12 months, OAG Traffic Analyser shows that an estimated 378,000 flew Brussels – Berlin on a city-pair basis. This was down about 12% YOY from Eurowings ending its twice-daily service. easyJet will face strong competition. Brussels Airlines will provide direct competition, with up to five daily flights. Meanwhile, Ryanair flies 10-weekly from Brussels Airport to Berlin Schönefeld.
- Korean Air recently launched daily flights between Clark International and Seoul on 27 October. The route is operated by a 218-seat A330-200. Three other carriers will compete directly: Asiana Airlines (twice-weekly Tuesdays/Saturdays), Jin Air (daily) and Philippines Air Asia (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). In the year to October 2019, 1.4 million passengers flew from Seoul to Clark and Manila combined.
- Lufthansa saw the launch of Munich to Tallinn services this week, amidst the carrier’s significant expansion at Munich Airport and the news of two additional A380s joining the based fleet in 2020. In short-haul markets in 2019-20, Munich has seen the launch of Minsk flights (Belavia, 15 July) and Kransnodar (Azimuth Airlines, December 2019). Routes coming include Newcastle (Lufthansa, February 2020) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan Airways, S20). Tallinn has been served in the past by different operators, including Nordica (until March 2019) and Estonian Air. In the 12 months to October 2019, 18,000 passengers flew between Munich and Tallinn, of which 13,000 were indirect.
- Ryanair has added four routes from Brussels Airport in W19. These are to Seville, Kraków (four-weekly), Catania (up to once-daily) and Essaouira (twice-weekly). In the case of Seville and Krakow, Ryanair’s new services will complement, rather than replace, its existing services from Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Ryanair will face direct competition, mainly from Brussels Airlines, from Brussels Airport to three of the four cities, with the exception of Essaouira – which is served only from Charleroi. An estimated 353,000 flew from Brussels to the four in the year to October 2019.