Latest route launches

Doha to Seattle

Qatar Airways began Doha to Seattle in January and will serve 13 North American destinations this summer.

Qatar Airways began Doha to Seattle on 29 January.

Initially operating four-weekly using B777-300ERs, the 11,927-kilometre service is scheduled to increase to daily from the end of June.  A350-900s are due to replace B777s from the start of March.

This route comes just over a month after the carrier began San Francisco.

This coming summer, Qatar Airways will serve 13 North American destinations on a passenger basis, with Atlanta due to come back online on 1 June.

Read more: Qatar Airways new Seattle route won’t just be targeting India traffic.

Speaking of the launch of Seattle, Peter Steinbrueck, Seattle Port Commissioner, said: “This is truly, truly an exciting day for our airport, for our region, and for global businesses and international travel.

“We are terrifically excited. Today’s launch of a new service with Qatar Airways signals the return of robust air travel and better days ahead.”

Newcastle to Port Macquarie

FlyPelican begins Newcastle to Port Macquarie

FlyPelican CEO, Marty Hawley, right, celebrates the launch of its new service to Port Macquarie with Newcastle Airport’s Aviation Business Development Manager, Matt Borger, left, and FlyPelican pilot Sai Ng.

FlyPelican began its latest route from Newcastle, NSW, on 4 February: to Port Macquarie.

Operating once-weekly using 19-seat Jetstream 32s, the 179-kilometre route has a block time of just 30 minutes.

This shows that it isn’t offered for its own reason, but rather is effectively for positioning – just on sale to generate some revenue.

It leaves Newcastle at 1330 and arrives Port Macquarie at 1400.  It then departs to Canberra at 1510 and returns at 1900, with the final leg back to Newcastle at 1930.

It comes soon after FlyPelican – “Your Local NSW Airline” – launched Canberra to Port Macquarie.  It’s operated twice-weekly, with its second weekly service operating a different pattern.

Dr. Peter Cook, Newcastle Airport’s CEO, said: “What we’ve seen over the last 12 months is strong, ongoing demand for air travel to and from our catchment from a number of regional destinations.

“This includes Canberra, Sunshine Coast, Lord Howe Island, and now Port Macquarie.

“This supports our region by enhancing connectivity, allowing customers from regional NSW easier access to the services available in Newcastle and the ability to use Newcastle Airport as a hub to get to where they need to go.”

FlyPelican begins Newcastle to Port Macquarie

Ace! FlyPelican launched Newcastle to Port Macquarie on 4 February.

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Frontier jets into Oakland from Denver

Frontier began Oakland – Denver on 4 February, with Las Vegas and Phoenix coming from the California airport.

Frontier inaugurated Oakland on 4 February with a new service from Denver.

It’ll be joined by both Las Vegas and Phoenix to Oakland today, 5 February.

Its 1,540-kilometre service to Denver is currently operated four-weekly, but it’ll increase to daily from early March.  

Frontier is the second carrier on the route, joining Southwest with a 27-weekly offering in the present week.

Across the bay, Frontier also has a five-weekly San Francisco to Denver service, shortly rising to 14-weekly.  Its 0059 departure to the Colorado city, arriving at 0426, will be back.

Loganair launches Aberdeen from Teesside

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, welcomes back Loganair on Teesside – Aberdeen; note the highly apt aircraft name.

Loganair began Teesside to Aberdeen on 1 February.

The 304-kilometre service currently operates six-weekly (no Saturday service) using the 49-seat Embraer 145.

Frequency will increase to 10-weekly from the start of the summer season, with the schedules timed for a day trip Monday to Thursday in both directions.

Eastern Airways has operated the route for years and had nearly 32,000 seats at its peak. It competes directly with Loganair and currently has a six-weekly offering using 50-seat Embraer 145s.  It’ll rise to 10-weekly from the start of summer using Jetstream 41s, its website shows.

Loganair will this year introduce five additional routes from Teesside: three on 8 March (Belfast City, Jersey, and London Heathrow) and two on 28 March (Dublin and Newquay). 

Most replace Eastern Airways, while Jersey was a long-standing flybe route.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, said: “The Aberdeen connection from Teesside is one of our airport’s flagship routes and remains a vital connection for our businesses and key workers, including those going offshore, and who still have to travel despite coronavirus restrictions being in place.

“More than that, though, these new departures represent the new start of our long-term partnership with Loganair, who have returned to the airport after more than two years. It’s brilliant to have them back on board and we look forward to working with them more closely in the months and years to come.”

SpiceJet inaugurates Delhi to Pakyong, Sikkim

Pakyong’s ‘capital connection’ with SpiceJet began on 23 January.

SpiceJet began Delhi to Pakyong, in the Northeast state of Sikkim, on 23 January.  It is the state’s only airport, with Sikkim bordering both Bhutan and China.

The 1,139-kilometre Delhi service operates once-daily using Dash-8-400s.  Flightradar24 shows that it’s just over two hours’ flying time to Pakyong, and typically 2h 30m to 2h 50m back.

Pakyong opened in 2018 with SpiceJet its only carrier.  In that first year, it operated from Kolkata via Guwahati.

SpiceJet inaugurates Delhi to Pakyong, Sikkim

SpiceJet is the only airline at Pakyong. Now it has two routes: Delhi and Kolkata, both non-stop, with Kolkata six-weekly.


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