Launched and announced routes (26 May – 4 June)
Budapest to Brussels
Wizz Air on 1 June launched Budapest – Brussels.
The 1,141-kilometre route will operate up to five-weekly this month, increasing to six-weekly in July. From 13 September, it’ll operate daily.
Speaking to anna.aero, Sonja Gehlen, Senior Aviation Development Manager at Brussels Airport, said: “We are delighted that Europe’s fastest-growing airline has launched flights to Brussels Airport. It also clearly marks the turn of tide, with traffic growth expected to recover week by week in June and July.”
Brussels is a new airport for Wizz Air.
Wizz Air third airline on airport-pair
Wizz Air is the third airline on Budapest – Brussels, joining Brussels Airlines and LOT Polish. LOT also began this year.
In all, these three are scheduled to have almost 154,000 seats to/from Brussels this year, up 17% YOY, with Wizz Air and LOT’s entrance offsetting Brussels Airlines’ decline.
In the first week of July, Wizz Air’s six-weekly service from Brussels will compete with five-weekly by Brussels Airlines and 12-weekly by LOT.
In addition, Wizz Air will offer six-weekly flights from Brussels Charleroi and Ryanair three.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Frontier is to start three new routes from Philadelphia – Boston, Chicago O’Hare, and Phoenix – meaning it will operate 27 routes from the airport.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Non-stop competition (WF)|
|Philadelphia – Boston||02-Jul||4, then 7 from May 2021||American Airlines (44), jetBlue (14)|
|Philadelphia – Chicago O’Hare||02-Jul||4, then 7 from May 2021||American Airlines (38) and United Airlines (29); Southwest to Chicago Midway (21)|
|Philadelphia – Phoenix||12-Nov||7||American Airlines (49), Southwest (7)|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and airline websites. Note: non-stop competition is based on the week Frontier will start, and for the first two new routes is impacted by coronavirus.|
Phoenix will be Frontier’s second-longest route from Philadelphia
At 3,340 kilometres, Philadelphia – Phoenix will be Frontier’s second-longest route from the Pennsylvania airport, after Las Vegas. It will compete with American Airlines between two of its hubs.
MIDT data via OAG Traffic Analyser indicates that Philadelphia – Phoenix had 62,000 indirect passengers last year.
Increases coming, while separately three routes continue into S20
In addition to these new routes, Frontier is increasing frequencies from Philadelphia to Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Orlando is key. It’ll increase to 35 weekly (five daily) from November, and 42 weekly (six daily) from December. Its December increases to Miami, Orlando, and Tampa aren’t for Christmas: they continue.
|Routing||Frequency increases||Non-stop competition (WF)|
|Philadelphia – Atlanta||14 weekly from 12-Nov||Delta Air Lines (59), American Airlines (41), Southwest (20), Spirit (7)|
|Philadelphia – Miami||14 weekly from 19-Nov, 21 from 17-Dec||American Airlines (42)|
|Philadelphia – Orlando||35 weekly from 19-Nov, 42 from 17-Dec||American Airlines (49), Spirit (21), Southwest (15)|
|Philadelphia – Tampa||14 weekly from 19-Nov, 21 from 17-Dec||American Airlines (34), Spirit (7), Southwest (3)|
|Source: airline websites. Note: non-stop competition is based on the week Frontier will start.|
Meanwhile, Frontier will extend three routes – Myrtle Beach, Sarasota, and West Palm Beach – for S20.
Frontier is now a big player at Philadelphia
Frontier has grown very strongly at Philadelphia, ending last year with almost 2.5 million two-way seats – up 26% YOY and nearly a million over 2017.
Alliance Airlines, a very large user of Fokker 50s, 70s, and 100s within Australia, has announced Brisbane – Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine).
The 893-kilometre service will link Queensland’s capital with this important tourist location on a four-weekly basis from 22 June. It’ll use either 80-seat F70s or 100-seat Fokker 100s.
This will be the first flights to Whitsunday Coast Airport since 28 March, with this new route subsidised – in partnership with the Whitsunday Regional Council – to help local tourism to restart.
While it’ll have no direct competition when it starts, Jetstar will offer a six-weekly service from 27 June and daily the week after that, the carrier’s website shows. Virgin Australia, meanwhile, will offer a 10-weekly connection from 13 July.
Brisbane – Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) had almost 319,000 seats last year, carved among Jetstar and Virgin Australia. Tigerair Australia ended the route in 2018, whereupon its parent, Virgin, increased its own capacity.
FlyArystan, Kazakstan’s first and only low-cost carrier, is to begin four new domestic routes, one of which will have no competition.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Direct competition|
|Almaty – Aktau||21-Jun||5||Air Astana (7), SCAT (7)|
|Shymkent – Atyrau||01-Jul||2||Qazak Air (3)|
|Shymkent – Aktau||01-Jul||3||SCAT (4)|
|Shymkent – Aktobe||01-Jul||2||None|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and airline websites. Note: direct competition is based on the week that FlyArystan will begin each route.|
At 2,087 kilometres, Almaty – Aktau will be the longest of FlyArystan’s new routes, followed by Shymkent – Aktau (1,502), Shymkent – Atyrau (1,491), and Shymkent – Aktobe (1,286).
Shymkent is Kazakstan’s third-largest city, behind Almaty and the capital, Nur-Sultan.
Qazak will compete directly with FlyArystan on Shymkent – Atyrau. It will operate a 78-seat Dash-8-400 – the route is one of the world’s longest for the type – against a 180-seat A320. The difference is economics is clear.
Productivity and demand stimulation key
FlyArystan, part of Air Astana, currently has six A320s. Back in December, anna.aero’s Chief Analyst, James Pearson, interviewed FlyArystan’s then Managing Director, Tim Jordan.
FlyArystan has a 40% cost advantage versus Air Astana. Aircraft productivity is aided by domestic sectors being one-to-two hours. Jordan said, “For us, we want eight sectors a day. That’s the most important thing. That enables a potential of 1,200 passengers per aircraft each day.”
The 720-kilometre route will be operated by 76-seat Dash-8-400s with a block time of 1h 50m each way.
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|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Days and timings (from Luxembourg first)||Aircraft||Competition (WF)|
|Luxembourg – Manchester||29 June*||3||Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
|* Subject to change. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.|
Luxair served Manchester as a stop en route to Dublin until 2007. The airport-pair then went unserved until 2016, when flybe launched it.
flybe operated it until the carrier’s end earlier this year. It used both Dash-8-400s and Embraer 175s.
flybe steadily grew seat load factor, ending 2019 with an estimated 78%, more or less its system average. This was aided by reducing capacity by 16% versus 2017, with just 1.6% fewer passengers.