New airline routes launched (06 – 11 December)
Emirates’ new Dubai to Mexico City route
- Emirates on 9th December commenced daily operations between Dubai and Mexico City. The fifth-freedom flight operates via Barcelona, with a 266-seat 777-200LR. Emirates is the sole operator between Dubai and Barcelona, with 16 weekly flights. Between Barcelona and Mexico City, Aeromexico operates five weekly flights alongside Emirates’ daily service. In the year to October 2019, over 20,000 passengers flew indirectly between the UAE and Mexico, of which 12,800 were between Dubai and Mexico City. However, connections will be the main driver for the route, with 697,000 indirect passengers between Asia and Central America; 78% of total traffic.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Air Belgium connected the Caribbean with Brussels Charleroi for the first time this week uising an A340-300. It operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, initially non-stop to Fort-de-France and then onto Pointe-à-Pitre. Neither destination is otherwise served from Belgium. Air Belgium has had a turbulent existence since commencing in 2018. The airline initially intended to operate scheduled services to Hong Kong, before scrapping the plans and operating wet leases on behalf of carriers including British Airways.
- Fastjet on 5th December launched an 11-weekly flight between Bulawayo and Johannesburg. The route will be served by the carrier’s 50-seat Embraer 145s. Fastjet operates six routes in W19 with its all-ERJ fleet, having right-sized operations and implemented a turnaround plan. This came after the airline initially launched with A319s, which ultimately proved too large for the market. 1H2019 has seen an improvement for the carrier, with RASK up 39%. South African Airways and Air Zimbabwe also operate between Bulawayo and Johannesburg, with a summary of competition on the route below. In response to Fastjet’s launch, South African Airways added seven frequencies on the route compared with November’s schedule.
|South African Airways (op. by Airlink)||19||E170/190, DH8D|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser|
- flydubai on 10 December commenced operations between Dubai International and Yangon. The hybrid airline will replace sister carrier Emirates on the route, offering a daily 737-800 service compared to Emirates’ four-weekly 77Ws. This represents a 10% drop in weekly two-way seats. However, passengers will ultimately benefit from greater choice with the introduction of daily flights. No other carrier operates on the route. In the past year, the top-five destinations from Yangon via Dubai were London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, and Amsterdam.
- Jazeera Airways has added a connection to Al Ain from Kuwait City from 08 December. The route is operated by an A320 on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, with no other airline competing. This is the carrier’s second route to the UAE, after Dubai. Across all airlines, over two million people flew between Kuwait and three UAE airports – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah – in the past year. The airline also made headlines recently by adding a connection to London Gatwick. We spoke exclusively to Jazeera CEO Rohit Ramachandran to learn more on the airline’s rapid expansion and network strategy.
- Volaris commenced four-weekly operations between Monterrey and Mazatlán on 07 December. The service is operated by a 138-seat A319. Vivaaerobus also serves the route with daily flights. Volaris has seen capacity grow significantly in W19 with 11 million two-way seats, up 13% YOY. In the past year, Monterrey – Mazatlán saw over 80,000 passengers.