Latest new routes and openings (5 – 11 November)


Düsseldorf to Varadero

Condor jets off from Düsseldorf to Varadero

Condor began Düsseldorf to Varadero on 6 November, replacing Eurowings which ended it at the start of the pandemic. Seen here is Ulrich Topp (second left), Düsseldorf’s Director of Aviation Marketing, and Maren Leu, Condor’s Station Manager at Düsseldorf. Copyright: Martin König, Düsseldorf Airport.

Condor launched Düsseldorf – Varadero on 6 November.

Operating twice-weekly year-round using 245-seat B767-300ERs, Condor is the latest in a string of airlines to serve the Cuban airport from Düsseldorf.

It was operated by airberlin until September 2017, with Eurowings serving it from November 2017 to March 2020, OAG data indicates.

Condor is now the sole operator on the 7,922-kilometre link to Cuba.

In 2019, Düsseldorf – Varadero had 85,612 seats, or 67% of the German airport’s total seats to/from Cuba.  The rest of the seats were to/from Havana and Santa Clara.

In that year, Germany – Cuba had 355,000 seats, with Dusseldorf having a one-third share.  Condor was the top airline at country level.


Appleton to Charlotte

Appleton to Charlotte takes off; big for connections over NC hub (4)

American launched Appleton – Charlotte on 5 November, with the daily service operated by Embraer 175s.

American began Appleton (WI) – Charlotte on 5 November.

Operating daily, the 1,194-kilometre service uses 76-seat Embraer 175s.  The inaugural flight had 59 passengers for a seat load factor of 78%.

Appleton – Charlotte had 8,300 point-to-point passengers in 2019, booking data from OAG Traffic Analyser shows.

The Wisconsin city was Charlotte’s largest unserved and closest route with 8,000+ passengers.

If Green Bay – 35 miles away from Appleton – is included, P2P traffic rises to almost 18,000.

Of course, Appleton – Charlotte is all about connectivity, with over 50 two-way connections available over the NC hub, OAG Connections Analyser reveals.

“Many of our customers this morning are reuniting with family and friends, which validates our vision to seamlessly connect northeast Wisconsin to what matters most”, said Abe Weber, Airport Director at Appleton International.

All aboard!  Will Livsey cuts the ribbon as the first passenger on Appleton – Charlotte. Livsey, Consultant with Cirium, is seen with Abe Weber, Airport Director, Appleton International (left), and Patrick Tracey, Marketing Manager, Appleton International (right).

Latest route launches (A – Z by airline name)


American Airlines launches Nashville to Phoenix, music to our ears

Music to our ears: American Airlines launches Nashville – Phoenix on 5 November, a market of over 280,000.

American Airlines began Nashville – Phoenix on 5 November, the same day the carrier launched Appleton – Charlotte.

Operating four-weekly using 128-seat A319s, the 2,331-kilometre service later changes to B737-800s.  It competes directly with Southwest’s 28-weekly services, based on the week beginning 17 November.

In 2019, Nashville to Phoenix had 284,000 point-to-point passengers, booking data obtained from OAG Traffic Analyser reveals.  Around 77,000 flew indirectly, with American having the second-largest share at around one-third.

American now serves all of its core hubs from Music City: Charlotte, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

In this November week, American has 121 one-way flights from Nashville, making it the airport’s third-largest airline after Southwest and Delta.

American Airlines launches Nashville to Phoenix, music to our ears (3)

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Qatar Airways started Berlin Brandenburg on 1 November

Around 93% of Qatar Airways’ Berlin passengers in 2019 connected over Doha.

Qatar Airways began its first service to Berlin Brandenburg on 1 November, moving from Tegel which it served for the last time the day before.

The 4,399-kilometre service touched down at Brandenburg at 1206, before departing at 1626.

Currently operating four-weekly, Qatar Airways used an A350-900 today, 4 November, replacing its usual B787-8s on the route.

Qatar Airways had 299,972 seats to/from Tegel last year, OAG data indicates. And with approximately 242,000 passengers, according to booking data, it had a SLF of 81%. 

Around 226,000, or 93% of its passengers, connected over Doha.


Salt Lake City's new Concourse B, building on new Concourse A

With two new concourses replacing older facilities, it’s an all-new experience at Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City opened phase one of Concourse B on 27 October with an initial 11 gates – rising to 44 when all three phases are complete.

This builds on phase one of Concourse A, which opened on 15 September with 25 initial gates, growing to 47 when phase two finishes.

Now, all airlines at SLC operate from new facilities, effectively creating a brand-new airport – the so-called New SLC.  

Network-wise, SLC has 85 routes in the current week, starting 11 November, according to OAG schedules data. 

With 104 weekly one-way flights, Denver is by far the top destination, led by Phoenix (70), Atlanta (68), Los Angeles (65), Seattle (63), Dallas Fort Worth (59), San Francisco (56), Las Vegas (53), Chicago O’Hare (44), and Minneapolis (42).

Delta has 82% of the airport’s 1,940 one-way flights, followed by Southwest with 5%.

Salt Lake City's new Concourse B, building on new Concourse A

The New SLC following the opening of the airport’s two new concourses.


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