New airline routes launched (10 January – 15 January)
SAS Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen to Los Angeles
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines on 14 January welcomed the launch of six-weekly Los Angeles flights from Copenhagen. The route is operated by its 245-seat A340-300s and new 300-seat A350-900s as they are phased in.
By the start of S20, Norwegian will have ceased transatlantic operations from Copenhagen and Stockholm, consolidating in Oslo. This presents SAS with a significant opportunity, as it removes the downward pressure on fares Norwegian presented on city-pairs like Stockholm – New York, and should, therefore, help to boost yields. On a purely local basis, 115,000 travelled between Copenhagen and Los Angeles last year. But SAS will also have strong connectivity over Copenhagen.
Southwest Airlines Cincinnati to Tampa
- Southwest Airlines on 11 January bolstered the Tampa International – Cincinnati Northern Kentucky route, joining Delta and Frontier with a weekly Saturday service. Capacity on the route is up 30% compared with last year, with over 44,000 one-way seats in W19. See our round up of the competition below:
Airline Weekly flights Equipment Delta 7 B738 Frontier 4 A320 Southwest 1 B737 Source: OAG Schedules Analyser
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- Ryanair on 14 January launched twice-weekly flights to Yerevan from its Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino bases. Both routes are operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays with no competitors at airport- and city-pair levels. In 2019, 15,000 flew indirectly between Yerevan and Rome, and 11,700 from Yerevan to Rome. In total, Ryanair capacity to Armenia will be 198,000 seats in 2020, according to the airline. Ryanair is also adding service to Yerevan from Berlin Schönefeld and Thessaloniki later this year.
- VietJet this week launched two new routes from the Vietnamese city of Can Tho. Taipei flights, launched on 10 January, operate four-week, while Seoul Incheon will run three-weekly from 16 January. No other carrier serves the routes. The ULCC also announced five new Japanese routes from Vietnam, connecting Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City with Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Kagoshima in time for Japan’s Olympic year. This represents a doubling of VietJet’s Japanese network, with 20% capacity growth YOY.