Route launches (7 July – 17 July)

Abu Dhabi to Alexandria Borg El Arab

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi takes off (2)

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi began its flight first on 14 July: from the UAE capital to Alexandria Borg El Arab, northern Egypt.

The carrier’s 2,558-kilometre is the first for the new AOC, which has the IATA code 3L.  Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between Air Arabia and Etihad.

Alexandria was previously served by Etihad.  It ended in 2012, before operating seasonally in 2019. The carrier was planning a summer-seasonal Alexandria service this year too, but it was switched to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

Etihad will now code-share with Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi takes off

Source: OAG Mapper.

Volotea jets off from Bilbao to Castellón

Volotea jets off from Bilbao to Castellón, with Castellón a new airport in its network

Volotea on 11 July began BilbaoCastellón, with Castellón a new airport for the carrier and its twenty-second in Spain.

The 423-kilometre route will operate twice-weekly until 31 October.

The service, which departed Bilbao at 1158, was operated by a 125-seat B717. And with 102 passengers aboard, it had a seat load factor of 82%.

Castellón is Volotea’s tenth domestic route from Bilbao.

GOL launches Florianópolis - Brasília

In respect of current environmental concerns on water scarcity due to the drought period in Brazil, Florianópolis decided to innovate using eight powerful light cannons for a Lightsaber-style salute.

GOL took off on 15 July from Florianópolis to Brazil’s capital city, Brasília.  The 1,308-kilometre route is now operated three-times-weekly.

OAG Traffic Analyser indicates that over ~218,000 flew between the two cities last year, with a sizeable ~60,000 travelling indirectly.

LATAM Brasil is the leading operator on the airport-pair, with Avianca Brasil ending it last year following the carrier’s cessation.

Cutting ribbon were: Bojan Arandjelovic, Network Planning Manager, Air Serbia, and Gaute Riise, Vice President Traffic Development at Avinor.

Air Serbia on 16 July began its new Belgrade – Oslo service.

As well as point-to-point passengers, the carrier’s timings are designed for connectivity, with eight destinations – including Bucharest, Sarajevo, and Tivat – connectable on a two-way basis.

At 1,817 kilometres, Belgrade – Oslo is one of the Serbian carrier’s longer routes within Europe.

With Air Serbia’s launch, three operators will now serve Oslo area (Oslo and Torp) from Belgrade.

Larnaca to Turku

Cutting ribbon were: Petri Vuori, Vice President Sales and Route Development, Finavia; Anne-Marget Hellén, Director of Tourism, Visit Turku; Mikko Komi, Key Account and Business Development Manager, Finavia; and Juha Aaltonen, Area Director (and Turku Airport Manager) Finavia. Mikko told that the cake was strawberry as the fruit is in peak season and tasted brilliant.  We’d like some! Source of photos: Jukka Parviainen.

 Wizz Air on 12 July began its new service between Larnaca, one of its new bases, and Turku.

The 2,966-kilometre route operates twice-weekly year-round.

In addition to Larnaca, Wizz Air now has seven routes from the Finnish airport: Belgrade; Gdansk; Kaunas; Krakow; Skopje; and Warsaw.

Eastern Airways launches Leeds Bradford - Newquay

Eastern Airways on 9 July began its new service between Leeds Bradford and Newquay.

The route operates Monday-Friday using 29-seat Jetstream 41s.

Leeds Bradford – Newquay was originally to end in mid-September.  However, it will now operate year-round at the same weekly frequency.

Eastern Airways’ Leeds Bradford route began a few days after the airline’s other service to Newquay: from Teesside.  This too will now be year-round at twice-weekly.

Both Leeds and Teesside also fill holes, for currently Newquay is unserved from Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle.


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