Take-offs & Landings
Flybe ‘soft’ launches London City virtual base; up to 18 daily flights across seven destinations planned
Flybe will explode back into the London market this winter, launching seven routes from London City through October and November, ostensibly replacing the operations it withdrew from at London Gatwick in March this year, following its slot sale to easyJet.
The Croatian hotspot of Dubrovnik, currently unserved from Amsterdam, will join four other new routes to be established by easyJet next summer from its 26th base. While anna.aero did not see that city pair as an obvious choice for the LCC, we did achieve a 40% route prediction success rate.
anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Vlad Cristescu, was specially invited by Brussels Airport to attend Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dubai on 5 September. Highlights of the celebrations included the traditional water arch salute, a press conference in the terminal by airport and airline officials as well as a special tour on board Emirates’ 777-200LR.
Ryanair and Jet2.com pressure pushes Monarch Airlines to close East Midlands base; no routes lost at EMA next summer
Monarch Airlines’ services from East Midlands only began in August 2012 after bmibaby’s closure. Now the airline’s eight routes are being discontinued as seven of them faced intense competition from Jet2.com and Ryanair.
Craiova becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #5; new routes to Bologna, Rome Ciampino, Dortmund and Barcelona
One year later after starting twice-weekly flights from Craiova to Milan/Bergamo, Wizz Air opened its fifth Romanian base (#18 overall) at the airport located in the south-western part of the country, with the addition of four new routes. The Hungarian ULCC will operate a total of 16 weekly flights to six destinations in four countries from Craiova. Read anna.aero’s investigation here.
La Compagnie sneaked into the air on 21 July, with what is known in the marketing world as a ‘soft launch’ of its services. The French all-business class airline hopes to succeed where others of this type of carrier have failed in the past — anna.aero reviews its start-up plans and the competition.
Some 27 years after the original airline folded, the name PEOPLExpress is back in the air, this time based at Newport News, VA (not New York Newark, NJ). anna.aero takes a look into this reinvigorated brand’s initial flying programme and where it plans to go next.
Romania has a new airline. Fly Romania began operating on 15 May using two MD-80 series aircraft belonging to Ten Airways. We examine the airline’s full summer schedule in detail and identify which of the airline’s routes is currently the ‘odd one out’.
Frontier Airlines set to become #2 at Washington Dulles Airport; launching 14 routes by mid-September, faces United on 10
Jack, Larry, Foxy and Grizwald will soon be making their first appearances in the US capital, as Frontier Airlines announces plans to start 14 new routes from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), starting in mid-August. This will make the Denver-based carrier #2 at IAD, and will also make IAD Frontier’s second biggest airport after Denver.
Cathay Pacific Airways is famously reserved when it comes to route development in Europe — with no new routes into the continent for over four years. So when they announce they are coming to your airport, it really is time to get the red carpet out, which is exactly what Manchester Airport will be doing later this year.
UP replaces El Al on routes from Tel Aviv to destinations in Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine. We look at what competition the airline will face in its first five chosen markets.
LinksAir makes Doncaster Sheffield base #4; 15 weekly departures from April as Belfast and Isle of Man get direct flights
LinksAir has announced plans this week to open its fourth base at Doncaster Sheffield, with one Jetstream 31. The regional airline is planning to operate a combined 15 weekly flights to both Belfast City and the Isle of Man airports from 11 and 14 April respectively. Read anna.aero’s investigation here.