Latest route launches (8 – 14 October)
Bucharest to Amsterdam
Blue Air began Bucharest – Amsterdam on 9 October, making three airlines on the airport-pair.
The carrier currently operates the 1,788-kilometre Bucharest – Amsterdam service four-weekly, its website shows. This is down from its initially expected once-daily.
It joins a 13-weekly offering by KLM and a daily service by TAROM.
There are now 24 weekly flights each way between the two, down from 35 in the year-ago week. TAROM’s schedule has halved.
Amsterdam – Bucharest had almost 276,000 seats in 2019, up by 112,000 over the start of the decade – a CAGR of 5.3%. Only KLM and TAROM have operated it since 2010.
Blue Air currently has 22 international routes for sale from Bucharest.
Heathrow to Lahore
British Airways began London Heathrow to Lahore on 12 October, its second destination in Pakistan after Islamabad.
The 6,328-kilometre route operates four-weekly using 214-seat B787-8s.
Despite Virgin Atlantic announcing the city first, British Airways pipped it to the post by starting it sooner.
Heathrow – Lahore had 173,000 passengers last year, booking data from OAG Traffic Analyser indicates. It was down by 3% YOY.
The Pakistani city is a smaller market from Heathrow than Islamabad (244,000), but it is bigger than Karachi (113,000).
Qatar Airways and Emirates were by far the most important sixth freedom operators between the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab and Heathrow in 2019. They were followed by Etihad, Gulf Air, and Turkish Airlines.
In terms of non-stop seats, Lahore to the UK had 176,000 last year – down from a high of 304,000 in 2014. Heathrow, meanwhile, had 106,000.
Route launches (A – Z by airline name)
Wizz Air inaugurated its new Catania base on 8 October, its second in Italy after Milan Malpensa.
The carrier has two 239-seat A321neos based at the airport and it will have 20 routes when all have started.
It has begun multiple new routes this year, including Bologna, Dortmund, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino, and Venice.
It now has four domestic Italy routes from the Sicilian airport.
Bacau and Memmingen, meanwhile, will start later in October, while Kiev Zhuliany, Lviv, and St Petersburg will all start next year.
Catania is one of 16 Italian airports for the carrier.