Friday, July 17, 2009

New routes launched during the last week

New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 11 July - Friday 17 July):

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Route of the week:
AirAsia Indonesia’s Bali to Perth

Image: Air Asia
AirAsia expects popular demand on the Bali-Perth service to continue and will add a second daily service on the route from 19th August. Pictured right: Andi Ahmad Bastari, (Consulate Republic of Indonesia); David Crawford, (chairman Westralia Airports Corporation); Kathleen Tan, (regional head of AirAsia) and Widi Nugroho, (Air Asia’s marketing & distribution director).
  • AirAsia Indonesia now flies to Australia. This week daily flights began from Bali (DPS) to Perth (PER) in Western Australia using an A320. Perth is also served by AirAsia X from Kuala Lumpur but this route is served by the larger A330.
Image: Volaris
Gradually moving its operations to the US, this week Mexican airline Volaris starts daily flights from Oakland, California to Guadalajara and Toluca.
  • Volaris began operations from Oakland (OAK) in California this week with the introduction of low-cost daily flights to both Guadalajara (GDL) and Toluca (TLC). The airline recently began service from Los Angeles to Mexico.
Image: Wizz Air
(Photos: Lenka Pekarkova)
  • Wizz Air is growing its Prague (PRG) base substantially. This week saw the launch of five new routes for the airline to Liverpool (LPL), Madrid (MAD), Malmo (MMX), Naples (NAP) and Oslo Torp (TRF). This brings to 11 the number of destinations served by Wizz Air from the Czech airport with several more being added before the end of the year. See this week’s airline analysis for more about this operation.
  • Lufthansa has added Libreville (LBV) in Gabon to its global network with the start this week of five-weekly flights from Frankfurt (FRA) via Accra. “With the latest addition of Libreville, Lufthansa now offers customers flights to 16 destinations across Africa,” says Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, Executive VP, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. “We are thus continuing to pursue our strategy of integrating all the key growth markets in Africa into our network.” Last year Lufthansa added Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Luanda (the capital of Angola) to its African network.
  • Turkish Airlines now serves Toronto (YYZ) non-stop from Istanbul (IST). The Canadian city became the airline’s 117th destination this week when thrice-weekly flights were launched using a mix of A330s and A340s. The route becomes the only scheduled service between Istanbul and Canada and follows the implementation of a revised air services agreement between Canada and Turkey earlier this year.
  • Armenian flag-carrier Armavia has introduced weekly (Wednesday) flights from Yerevan (EVN) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) using an A319.
  • Romanian LCC Blue Air has started flights from its seventh Romanian airport in Suceava (SCV). A domestic route to Cluj Napoca (CLJ) will be served six times weekly while Venice (VCE) and Vienna (VIE) will both be served thrice-weekly. Suceava’s only other scheduled flights according to OAG are to Bucharest Otopeni (with Tarom) and to Sibiu (with Carpatair). This is the first time that Blue Air has served the Austrian capital from any of its bases across Romania. Venice Marco Polo is also a new airport for the airline as previously its routes to the city (from Arad and Bucharest Baneasa) used Venice Treviso instead.
  • China Eastern has begun connecting Kunming (KMG) with Kathmandu (KTM) in Nepal. Flights will operate thrice weekly using a 737. According to OAG other scheduled flights between China and Nepal include China Southern to Guangzhou (twice-weekly) and Air China to Lhasa (four per week).
Image: easyJet

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