New airline routes launched (15 – 22 January)

LOT Warsaw to Beijing Daxing

LOT Polish Airlines adds Beijing Daxing to its portfolio on 15 January.

  • 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’s Airline Development Manager, Máté Ritter kicks off the gateway’s route launches of 2020 by welcoming Ryanair’s twice-weekly service to Kharkiv last Thursday.

  • 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)

Celebrating the launch with the crew were: Director AirAsia X Malaysia, Dato’ Fam Ee Lee; CEO AirAsia X Malaysia Mr. Benyamin Ismail; Governor of Okinawa Prefecture Mr Denny Tamaki; Chairman AirAsia X Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz; Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia The Honourable Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik; Secretary-General, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau Mr Norihiro Mejima.

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 launches Vancouver to Yellowknife flights on 17 January.

  • 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. 

Celebrations take place for the launch of Star Air’s new Belagavi to Indore route. The Indian regional carrier has been operating for one year; serving thinner routes within central and western India with a pair of ERJ145s.

  • 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.


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