Latest new routes (12 – 18 November)
Milwaukee to Miami
American Airlines began a new non-stop service from Milwaukee Mitchell International to Miami on 7 November.
Operating once-weekly on Saturdays until 4 April, the 2,025-kilometre service uses 76-seat Embraer 175s.
To celebrate the launch, the gate area at Milwaukee was decked out in balloons and beach-themed décor, while music was played to get them into the ‘Miami mood’. They were given handcrafted cookies inspired by Florida, beach swag, postcards, and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
A+ goes to Milwaukee for the creativity and thoughtfulness of the launch celebration – and even more so during coronavirus!
“Miami has been one of the most requested unserved markets from Mikwaukee,” Brain Dranzik, Airport Director, said.
Booking data obtained through OAG Traffic Analyser shows that over 37,000 point-to-point passengers flew between Milwaukee and Miami last year. This is based only on those flying to/from Milwaukee, so excluding traffic leaked to Chicago.
A further 249,000 passengers travelled from Milwaukee to Latin America and the Caribbean last year, again excluding those leaked. Of destinations accessible over Miami, Cancun, Montego Bay, San Juan, Punta Cana were the largest markets, each with over 18,000 passengers.
Latest route launches (A – Z by airline name)
Eastern Air Services began Newcastle, NSW, to Lord Howe Island on 14 November.
Operating once-weekly, Eastern uses the Beech King Air, with up to 10 seats, on the 697-kilometre link. It has a block time of two hours in both directions.
This summer, in the southern hemisphere, Lord Howe Island is connected to both Newcastle and Port Macquarie (three-weekly) with Eastern, and Sydney with QantasLink (up to 14-weekly). In W19, Brisbane also had service, OAG data shows.
Speaking of the launch, Newcastle Airport’s CEO, Dr. Peter Cook, said: “The service to the World Heritage site [of Lord Howe Island] was an important occasion for the airport and a sign of more positive things to come.
“The opening of interstate flights has conjured a real sense of optimism in the region,” he said.
“Adding an exciting new destination to our schedule, particularly one as iconic as Lord Howe, will only heighten that sense of hope.”
LOT Polish launched Prague to Ostrava on 11 November, thereby beginning domestic service within the Czech Republic.
Operating five-weekly, the 280-kilometre route variously initially uses 78-seat Dash-8-400s before switching to 76-seat Embraer 170s.
This is the first time since January 2019 that Prague has been connected by air to the country’s third-largest city. It was last operated by Czech Airlines for many years.
In 2018, the last full year of operation, Czech Airlines had 47,278 seats on the airport-pair, OAG data indicates. It offered up to 11 weekly flights, although it was typically between six and eight, all by either ATR-42s or -72s.
Vaclav Rehor, Prague Airport’s Charman, said: “Alongside the strengthening of LOT Polish Airlines presence at Prague Airport, which we believe to continue next year, the new air connection between Prague and Ostrava will mark the re-launch of domestic passenger air transport. The move will primarily benefit passengers, who thus gain another transport option for their journeys between the more distant regions of the Czech Republic,”