Latest route launches (3 to 9 December)

Budapest to Hurghada

EgyptAir launches Budapest to Hurghada

EgyptAir now has two non-stop routes to Budapest: from Cairo and Hurghada. From left to right are: Ahdy Gamal, District Manager Hungary, Czechia & Slovakia for EgyptAir; Balázs Bucsi, Airline Development Specialist, Budapest; Edit Péntek, Reservation & Ticketing Manager for EgyptAir; Zsuzsa Váczi, Airline & Travel Trade Manager, Budapest, Andrea Szép, Country Manager for EgyptAir; and Csilla Orczán, Total Quality & GH Manager, Budapest.

EgyptAir began its second route to Budapest on 28 November with service from Hurghada.

Operating once-weekly on Saturdays using A220-300s, the 2,582-kilometre route supplements the carrier’s existing twice-weekly operation from Cairo.

Booking data obtained via OAG Traffic Analyser shows that Hurghada was EgyptAir’s second-largest transit O&D over Cairo to/from Budapest in 2019. It was behind Luxor but ahead of Sharm El Sheikh.

Multiple airlines have operated Budapest – Hurghada over the years, including Travel Service Hungary, Air Cairo, Wizz Air, Smartwings, and, now, EgyptAir.

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Spirit restarts Fort Lauderdale to Cap-Haitien

Spirit recommenced its Fort Lauderdale to Cap-Haitien route on 3 December after an absence of six months.

Spirit restarted its three-weekly, 1,076-kilometre route from Fort Lauderdale to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on 3 December. It comes after an absence of half-a-year.

Cap-Haitien is one of two airports it serves in Haiti, joining Port-au-Prince.

Spirit began Fort Lauderdale to Cap-Haitien in 2018. 

This winter, Spirit will serve 13 Caribbean destinations from the Florida airport. Cap-Haitien is its fourth-from-bottom by seats, ahead of Bonaire, Aruba, and St Maarten.  Not surprisingly, San Juan is its top-served, followed by Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, and St Thomas.

Viva Air Colombia jets north from Cali to Barranquilla and Santa Marta

Viva Air Colombia saw clear opportunities from Cali to Barranquilla and Santa Marta.

Viva Air Colombia has launched two new routes from its new Cali base: Barranquilla on 3 December and Santa Marta the next day.

Its Cali base joins others at Medellin (its original) and Bogota.

The LCC’s 831-km service to Barranquilla is operated four-weekly and competes with a five-weekly GCA Airlines operation that uses 144-seat B737-400s.

Santa Marta, some 871 kilometres from Cali, sees Viva as the only operator.  This route is initially operated once-daily, probably for the Christmas period, but later becomes four-weekly.

Over 142,000 flew Cali – Santa Marta in 2019, booking data obtained from OAG Traffic Analyser reveals.  So the obvious opportunity for Viva.

Meanwhile, over 70,000 flew indirectly on Cali – Barranquilla, equivalent to 42% of this market’s traffic.  It was decidedly underserved.

Viva Air Colombia jets north from Cali to Barranquilla and Santa Marta (2)

Cali is Viva Air’s third Colombian base after Medellin and Bogota.


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