Cutting the ribbon at the launch of Widerøe’s new route between Kristiansand and London Stansted on 13 August were: Catharina Solli, Public Relations Manager at Widerøe, and Jørgen Kristiansen, Mayor of Kristiansand. The Norwegian airport also baked a cake to celebrate the new service to the UK capital, a route that will operate four times weekly.
A cake was made to celebrate the launch of Widerøe’s inaugural service from Bergen to Liverpool. Posing with the route launch showstopper at the UK airport are: Declan Maguire, Aviation Development Manager, Liverpool Airport; John Arntsen, CFO, Widerøe; and Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development and Marketing, Liverpool Airport.
With this launch, American now serves two destinations in Mexico from Philadelphia, with it already operating to Cancún 15 times weekly this summer when referencing OAG schedules. The USB3 carrier already serves Mexico City from Charlotte Douglas, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Miami. In total American will offer 97 weekly departures to Mexico City across its six routes from the US in S18.
OAG Schedules Analyser data shows that AirAsia will operate 10 routes from Penang during S18, including five domestic links. The Hanoi route becomes its second connection to Vietnam from Penang, with the LCC already serving Ho Chi Minh City.
Wizz Air marked Estonia on its route map on 26 June, the day which saw the ULCC begin a three times weekly service to Tallinn from Kiev Zhulyany. To mark the arrival, the Estonian capital airport baked this commemorative route launch cake. From 17 September, the airline will also offer a four times weekly service to London Luton from Tallinn.
Ryanair has launched two more routes from Manchester (MAN) in the last week with services starting to Venice Treviso (TSF) on 5 June and to Ponta Delgada (PDL) in the Azores on 7 June. The 1,344-kilometre Treviso link will be operated three times weekly
WOW air, which in recent weeks has added Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit to its US network, has produced another service to North America
Wizz Air commenced flights between London Luton and Lviv on 1 May, with the Ukrainian airport greeting the arrival of the ULCC’s latest service to the city with a classic route launch cake. Seen cutting the sweet sensation showstopper are: Andriy Moskalenko, Deputy Lviv Major for Development Issues; Tetyana Romanovska, Director General of Lviv Airport; and Roman Kokotaylo, Acting Director of the Department for Roads, Transport and Communication of the Lviv Regional State Administration. Flights on the 1,714-kilometre sector will operate three times weekly.
IGAvion started the first of five routes from Chateauroux on 26 April, with a twice-weekly service to London Southend. On hand to welcome the new route were: Chris Grayling MP, UK Transport Secretary; Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation; and James Duddridge MP.
Izumo Airport celebrated the launch of daily Sendai services with Fuji Dream Airlines on 20 April. The ribbon cutting ceremony was supported by two larger-than-life mascots. The 776-kilometre route will be operated by E170s departing Izumo at 10:30 each day and arriving in Sendai at 12:00. There is no direct competition on the airport pair.
TAP Air Portugal sees strong growth in 2017; Lisbon-Porto is busiest route, Spain is main international market
TAP Air Portugal enjoyed an impressive increase in capacity in 2017, boosting seat numbers by 16% compared to 2016 levels. It has now experienced four consecutive years of capacity growth. anna.aero’s New Routes Database shows that the airline added 12 new routes last year, including this service to London City which launched at the start of the W17/18 schedule.