The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 15 March 2024

The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 15 March 2024

It was another fairly quiet week for new route launches in Europe and North America. Air Service One identified just 18 new routes across the two regions. These were [date of first flight, weekly frequency]:

  • Aeromexico has added three new non-stop routes to the US; between Guadalajara and Detroit, Merida and Atlanta, and Monterrey and Salt Lake City. All will be flown using E190s [all 14/3, daily].
  • Alaska Airlines now offers daily service between Portland PDX and Nashville [14/3, daily].
  • Flair started connecting Vancouver and Phoenix [8/3, 3-weekly].
  • Frontier launched two new routes between Dallas/Fort Worth and Jacksonville [13/3, 3-weekly] and between Cleveland and Montego Bay [9/3, 3-weekly].
  • Jet2.com has introduced service between Edinburgh and Rome FCO [8/3, 2-weekly].
  • JetBlue enhanced its transatlantic offering by introducing daily flights from both Boston and New York JFK to Dublin [13/3, daily].
  • LOT Polish Airlines commenced a new route between Warsaw WAW and Tashkent in Uzbekistan [13/3, 3-weekly] using its 737 MAX 8s.
  • Southwest started four new low frequency routes between Austin and San Juan, Louis and San Jose del Cabo, Portland PWM and Orlando, and Baltimore/Washington and Belize City [all 9/3, all just weekly].
  • United added two new low frequency routes between Houston IAH and Santa Fe, New Mexico [9/3, 2-weekly] and between Chicago ORD and Harlingen, Texas [9/3, weekly].
  • ZIPAIR started flying between Tokyo NRT and Vancouver [13/3, 2-weekly]

    NRT - YVR 787 ZipairAirport traffic statistics for February 2024

    This week has seen more airports report their traffic statistics for February. We now have passenger statistics for over 130 airports (see the EATS file which can be downloaded from this website). Note that being a leap year this year February has 29 days whereas in 2019 and 2023 it only had 28 days, so all other things being equal you would expect demand to be up by around 3.6%. We have complete data for several countries (versus February 2023 / versus February 2019); Cyprus (+9%, +21%), Denmark (+10%, -8%), Finland (+4%, -23%), Lithuania (+1%, -9%), Norway (+8%, -7%), Portugal (+7%, +28%) and Spain (+16%, +18%).

    Top 15 Spanish airports February

    Impressively all of Spain’s top 15 airports are reporting passenger numbers at least 10% higher than in February 2019. Even allowing for the extra day in February this year, Spanish traffic as a whole is 14% above 2019 levels. Wow!

    French airport closed for five weeks

    Aéroport de Caen Carpiquet in north-west France has closed to aircraft operations between 11 March and 18 April due to runway works. In 2019 and 2022 the airport handled just over 300,000 passengers, primarily thanks to Air France and Volotea. According to UAF that made Caen metropolitan France’s 25th busiest airport in 2022, just behind Pau, but ahead of Carcassonne. Schedule data suggests that 2023 is likely to have been an even busier year. However, official passenger statistics for last year have yet to be revealed by the airport.

    Volotea first served the airport as long ago as 2014. This summer the carrier is offering flights to eight destinations from the airport, all in France. There are three routes to Corsica (Ajaccio, Bastia and Calvi) as well as Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice and Toulouse. Weekly frequencies vary between two and five, depending on the route and the month. While the airport is shut, Volotea is diverting some of its flights to Deauville which is around 50 kilometres away.

    Air France is also present at the airport offering up to 3-daily flights to Lyon using HOP!’s E170s, and some peak season services to Calvi and Marseille.

    Shannon AIrport

    An international route to Kerry in Ireland is set to start in June, operated by Chalair. According to Cirium schedules data, other international routes seen at the airport in the past include Air France to Geneva (W18/19), Flybe to London SEN (S14 to W19/20), Skysouth to Brighton City Airport (W06/07 to W08/09) and Volotea to Palma de Mallorca (S19).

    Caen Carpiquet Airport 2010-2023

    Notable new route announcements

    We have identified the following recent new route announcements involving airports in Europe and North America:

  • Air Arabia Maroc: From 7 May the carrier will offer a new non-stop service between Tetouan and Amsterdam. Flights will operate 2-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays using the airline’s A320s.

  • DAT: From 1 April the carrier is replacing Widerøe on the Norwegian domestic route between Oslo and Røros. Flights will operate 12-weekly with the carrier’s ATR 42s.
  • Eurowings is adding Fez in Morocco to its Cologne Bonn network. Flights will operate weekly in July and August.
  • Juneyao Air is expanding its presence in Europe with the introduction of 3-weekly service from Shanghai to both Brussels and Manchester. Both routes are set to start in early July. The airline’s 787-9s will be used on the route.
  • Porter Airlines is adding two destinations in California to its Montreal From 27 June it will serve Los Angeles 4-weekly, while San Francisco will be served 3-weekly from 28 June. Both routes will be flown utilising the airline’s 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. For more details click here.

  • Sky Express is launching 3-weekly service between Heraklion and Larnaca starting in May. The 770-kilometre route will be served using the airline’s A320 fleet.
  • Vietnam Airlines will serve Munich for the first time when it introduces 2-weekly service from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from early October.

 

Athens International Airport