New airline routes launched (08 – 18 December)
FlyArystan Nur-Sultan to Moscow Zhukovsky
- FlyArystan this week added a daily flight between its Nur-Sultan base and Zhukovsky in Moscow. It is the sole operator at airport-pair level, but there are four daily services to the other three Moscow airports. Over 203,000 passengers flew between Nur-Sultan and Moscow in the past year.
Destination Airline Weekly flights Equipment Moscow Sheremetyevo Aeroflot 12 A32S/B738 Moscow Domodedovo Air Astana 11 A32S Moscow Vnukovo SCAT 7 B735 Moscow Zhukovsky FlyArystan 7 A320 Source: OAG Schedules Analyser
Gold Coast Airport wins our last Cake of the Week in 2019
- Jetstar commenced three times-weekly services to Seoul on 08 December from Gold Coast. The route is operated by 335-seat 787-8s on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. According to OAG Traffic Analyser, 109,000 passengers travelled between Queensland and Seoul in the year to November 2019, of which 73,100 were non-stop from Brisbane on Korean Air. It will be interesting to see the extent a low-cost offering from Queensland will have on total demand to Seoul, particularly with the strong inbound tourism to the Gold Coast.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- Air Canada commenced non-stop service this week between Vancouver and Auckland. Launched on 12 December with a three-class 787-9, it is served four-weekly with 787-8s. Air New Zealand serves the route daily. Before the launch, we caught up with Air Canada’s Vic Naughton, General Manager Australia and New Zealand to find out more about their strategy in the region. He revealed that Air Canada “aims to strengthen its offering on existing routes, by moving Vancouver – Melbourne up from four a week to daily and establishing Auckland as a year-round service.” In the past year, 38,000 flew Vancouver – Auckland and 99,000 Canada – Auckland.
- Air Senegal launched three-weekly flights to Marseille Provence from Dakar on 12 December, with an onwards flight to Barcelona El Prat. Marseille services will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with A330-900s, with the extra Barcelona leg operating twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. No other carrier serves this routing, which in the past year saw 152,000 passengers travel between Marseille/Barcelona and Dakar. The route will be fed by several cities under two hours from Dakar, with two-way connectivity including Abidjan and Bamako. Such regional connectivity will be strengthened if Air Senegal firms its MoU for eight Airbus A220-300s.
- Air Serbia on 17 December launched twice-weekly flights from Morava to Vienna. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the route will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays with an ATR72. No other carrier operates between the two cities, however Belgrade to Vienna is well served by Air Serbia and Austrian Airlines. Over 158,000 passengers travelled between Serbia and Austria in the year to November 2019, up 17% on the previous year.
- American Airlines launched twice-weekly flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Acapulco on 17 December. The service, operated by Envoy Air, will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays with a 76-seat Embraer 175. Acapulco – US is a market of around 167,000 passengers. Acapulco now has connectivity to seven domestic destinations, and four international. It has posted traffic growth of 18.7% in the year to November 2019. Ricardo Dueñas, OMA Airport Group CEO, said of the launch: “The new American Airlines flight together with the recent opening of an impressive resort in the bay as well as the new airport terminal confirms the return of Acapulco as a major destination in Mexico.”
- American Airlines on 18 December launched daily flights between its Phoenix hub and Chihuahua. The route is operated by Skywest, on a CRJ700. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, American also serves Chihuahua from Dallas/Fort Worth. In the past year, 107,000 passengers flew between Chihuahua and the US. Ricardo Dueñas, CEO of OMA Airport Group said of the launch: “We’re very proud of our partnership with American Airlines, this flight marks the third new route this year by AA following Durango in the summer and Acapulco yesterday”.
- Cabo Verde Airlines this week launched three new routes. The services – spanning North and South America and Africa – reinforce the airline’s aim to become Africa’s Icelandair. It is no coincidence that Icelandair Group owns a stake in Cabo Verde Airlines. In the past year, 38,100 passengers travelled between Lagos and Washington Dulles, with no non-stop offering.The new Cabo Verde route will save a huge amount of time compared with existing options. Interestingly, Emirates is the market leader with 20% share. Here is a summary of Cabo Verde’s new routes:
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser|
- easyJet on 14 December launched twice-weekly services between Montpellier and Porto. No other carriers operate on the route. In the year to November 2019, 2.4 million passengers flew between France and Porto, according to OAG Traffic Analyser.
- Ethiopian Airlines this week launched three-weekly operations to Houston from Lomé. The route, codesharing with Togo’s ASKY Airlines, is operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with a 270-seat 787-8. This operates as an extension to the existing Addis Ababa to Lomé route, increasing that to daily from four-weekly. Although there is little existing O&D traffic, over 114,000 passengers travelled between Western/Central/Eastern Africa and Houston in the past year. Therefore, Ethiopian would likely have a strong feed for the route. See our recent analysis on the internal African market, and how Ethiopian became number #1.
- Finnair became the first operator to serve Sapporo non-stop from Europe this week. The airline launched the twice-weekly service from Helsinki on 15 December. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the route will operate on Thursdays and Sundays with a 263-seat A330-300. Fellow oneworld carrier Japan Airlines is set to codeshare on the service. In the past year, 96,000 passengers flew between Sapporo and Europe. London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, and Rome are now the top-five unserved European markets from the Japanese city.
- GOL on 12 December added daily flights to Lima from Sao Paulo Guarulhos. The service is operated by a 737-800, and capitalises on the 165,000-strong annual passenger traffic between Sao Paulo and Lima which will be stimulated further. The Peruvian capital is the fifth-largest South American market from Sao Paulo. LATAM and Avianca also operate on the route.
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser|
- TAAG Angola Airlines this week commenced a twice-weekly service between Luanda and Lagos on 16 December. The route, although inaugurated by the B777-200, will be served on Mondays and Fridays with 120-seat B737-700s. No other carrier serves the city-pair. Although the route has low existing P2P demand (around 9,000 passengers per year), the service is timed to connect to/from Johannesburg. Lagos – Johannesburg is a large intra-African market, with 139,000 passengers per year.
- United Airlines on 16 December launched its first South African route, with a three-weekly service between Newark and Cape Town. The route was previously unserved, with the only non-stop New York to South Africa connection fellow Star Alliance carrier South African Airways’ Johannesburg to New York JFK. In all, 101,000 passengers travelled between South Africa and New York in the year to November 2019, with only 59,000 non-stop.