New airline routes launched (15 – 22 January)
LOT Warsaw to Beijing Daxing
- LOT Polish Airlines added a new Beijing Daxing route from Warsaw, operating four times a week with a Boeing 787. This complements the carrier’s three times weekly service to Beijing Capital, and is the airline’s ninth route between Poland and Asia. Fellow Star Alliance Air China also operates on the route with three alternate weekly flights. 180,000 passengers flew between Poland and China in 2019, of which only 30,000 were on direct flights.
Ryanair Budapest to Kharkiv
- Budapest Airport kicked-off its route launches of 2020, welcoming Ryanair’s 48th service from Budapest on 16 January. The new Kharkiv route will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays. With the LCC’s twice-weekly operation to Kharkiv, the Hungarian gateway now offers 26 weekly flights to Ukraine throughout S20. Kharkiv joins Odesa and Lviv (starting in March) as Ryanair’s served Ukrainian destinations from Budapest. Hungary’s capital city airport recorded a 31% growth in Ukrainian visitors last year when compared with 2018.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Air Asia X on 22 January began Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa flights, via Taipei. The route is operated four-weekly with the 377-seat A330-300. Over 1.3 million passengers flew between Malaysia and Japan in 2019. Air Asia X is the market leader, carrying just over 432,000 annual passengers.
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Chairman, said at the launch: “With the addition of Okinawa as a new destination, starting today, AirAsia X flies to 35 destinations…as we accept delivery of the Airbus A330neo aircraft later this year, the Group will continue to evaluate and consider launching exciting and viable new routes to destinations such as in Eastern Europe, within Asia and Australia.”
- Air North on 17 January launched twice weekly services to Yellowknife from Vancouver. The route will operate on Mondays and Fridays until 02 March, with a 122-seat 737-500. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Air Canada also operates on the route with a twice daily CRJ900 service. Toronto is Yellowknife’s largest unserved market, with over 30,000 indirect passengers in 2019.
- Star Air on 20 January launched three-weekly flights between Belagavi and Indore. The route is operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays with a fifty-seat Embraer 145. Star Air commenced operations one year ago, headquartered in Bengaluru and operating an-all Embraer commuter fleet across central and western India. No other carrier operates on the route.