It has been a busy week for aviation with new airline routes recently launched across the globe and as they say the “world is a small place” – it is becoming increasingly smaller with airlines adding new exciting destinations being launched at several airports.
Copa Airlines (Panama City – PTY) added the Caribbean Island of Barbados (BGI) to its list of destinations with twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays from its base at Panama City. This is the first return service to Panama City.
Copa Airlines (Panama City – PTY) in the same week launched twice weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays to the Brazilian Airport of Fortaleza (FOR). Copa Airlines already flies in to nine Brazilian destinations including – Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro Galeao, Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paulo Guarulhos in Brazil.
Level (IAG) are pitching low fares and is pushing itself forward in the Vienna market to compete with low cost carriers such as EasyJet, Eurowings, Laudamotion, Norwegian, Pegasus Airlines, Transavia, Vueling and Wizz Air. Previously Level operated low cost long haul flights but is now moving in to the short haul sector too. Levels latest launched flights from Vienna (VIE) to London Gatwick (LGW) will serve an incredible 14 flights per week. Vienna (VIE) to Palma de Mallorca (PMI) will operate daily and from Vienna (VIE) to Barcelona (BCN) will run 13 times a week. The Spanish low cost carrier Vueling has previously launched its own year round flights to these popular destinations.
Air France is still moving forward and has added more routes to and from Paris (CDG). Short haul to Ibiza (IBZ) from Paris (CDG) should prove popular however they face competition from Vueling who operate 6 flights a week and Belgium 1 flight per week. Marseille (MRS) has added flights to Beirut (BEY) in Lebanon and Nice (NCE). Middle East Airlines (MEA) offer stiff competition to Nice (NCE) as they operate 7 flights per week to Beirut (BEY). One more launch is the route from Paris (CDG) to Bari (BRI) in Italy. Direct competition to Air France is expected from Croatia Airlines who will fly to Dubrovnik (DBV) 5 times per week, compared to twice weekly Thursdays and Saturdays from Paris (CDG)
Delta Air Lines has resumed its service between Atlanta (ATL) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) with a daily service. Presently no other airline carrier offers non stop flights between the two airports. This service is busy as in 2016 around 37,000 passengers flew between these airports and the same figures were seen again for 2017. Delta Air Lines also flies to Shanghai on a non stop service from Detroit, Los Angeles and Seattle-Tacoma each airport offering a daily service.
Fastjet is the low cost carrier who operates from Harare (HRE) the capital of Zimbabwe and serves the domestic sector in Africa. Its flights to Bulawayo (BUQ) commenced last week and will operate a daily service. Fastjet does have competition from Air Zimbabwe who already operates 13 flights per week to Bulawayo (BUQ). Harare (HRE) already serves Victoria Falls Airport in West Zimbabwe and Fastjet also fly from Harare (HRE) to Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. There seems to be some discrepancy regarding flights from Harare (HRE) to Lusaka as all flights appear to be sold out – possibly indicating either schedule updates or the cancellation of this service
Turkish Airlines has launched a new flight service from Samsun (SZF) to Kuwait City (KWI) Flights are weekly departing every Thursday and it appears the service will begin in Trabzon – Kuwait City – Samsun – Kuwait City – Trabzon. At this stage the airline will operate during the season until the last week in August. Presently Turkish Airlines is the only carrier to offer this route. The international routes from Turkish Airlines from Samsun are Samsun to Berlin Tegal, Munich, Stuttgart and Vienna plus flight services to Madinah in Saudi Arabia. Other news regarding Turkish Airlines is the expansion this year for the Turkey to Spain route. Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Ataturk Istanbul Airport to Malaga, Bilbao, Madrid, Ibiza and Barcelona. Whilst Turkish travellers have different area options in Spain, Spanish tourists are limited to only 2 airports and both are in Istanbul. 1.63 million seats between the 2 countries are being promoted although new routes have not been added so far. The biggest increase in seats is expected on the Ataturk to Madrid route with no competition from other airlines yet.
VietJetAir is a Vietnamese low cost operator who recently launched its new services to its international sector. It has begun its daily service from Da Nang (DAD) to Daegu (TAE) in South Korea. Competition for the routes comes from T’Way Air which offers a daily service and Air Busan who offer twice weekly flights. This is the airline’s second route to South Korea from Da Nang (DAD) with it already offering a twice-daily service to Seoul Incheon during the summer months. In total the carrier offers six routes from Da Nang, with an added four domestic routes to Can Tho, Hai Phong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Hopefully you will find an extra route in there for you either for business or pleasure to make your life that little bit easier or more exciting!