The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 19 April 2024

Air Service One weekly roundup 19 April

The last seven days have seen airlines again launch around 25 new routes involving European airports, but this week there were none in North America. For full details of all new routes check out the downloadable NERD and NAMNERD files on the website.

  • Aegean Airlines has launched flights to Vilnius in Lithuania from its home base in Athens [18/4, 2-weekly] using its A320s. Vilnius is the airline’s only totally new destination this summer, though it has finally resumed service to Palermo and Sarajevo which were served pre-pandemic. Also, Dubai DXB, which launched in November, is continuing into the summer season.
  • Air Serbia has returned to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina from its Belgrade base [15/4, 3-weekly] after an absence of over 30 years. Mostar is also served by Croatia Airlines from Zagreb. Starting at the end of April, skyalps is planning to launch four routes from Mostar to Bari, Munich, Rome FCO and Verona using its Q400s.
  • Norwegian launched its first ever flights to the new Istanbul IST airport from Oslo [14/4, 2-weekly]. Competition comes from Turkish Airlines who offer 3-daily flights. Previously Norwegian had served Istanbul SAW from Oslo and Stockholm ARN.
  • Ryanair added five new routes involving Polish airports. From Katowice it has launched Bari [16/4, 2-weekly], Malta [15/4, 3-weekly], Rome FCO [15/4, 3-weekly] and Zadar [17/4, weekly], while from Poznan it has started Malaga service [15/4, 2-weekly].


KTW - BRI masco

  • skyalps has swopped airports in the UK capital as it now serves London LGW from Bolzano [17/4, 2-weekly] using its Q400s. Since December 2023 it had been serving Stansted from its Italian base.
  • Transavia France celebrated the start of seven new routes during the last week. From Lyon there are three new routes to Fez [12/4, weekly], Tirana [12/4, 2-weekly] and Yerevan [13/4, weekly], Paris ORY gets two new routes to Comiso [13/4, weekly] and Varna [12/4, weekly], while Marseille is now connected to Biarritz [12/4, 2-weekly], and Nantes with Kos [15/4, weekly].
  • Volotea was also busy in the French market launching nine new routes. The airline’s base in Lyon welcomed five new services to Kalamata [17/4, weekly], Marrakech [13/4, 2-weekly], Oslo [12/4, 2-weekly], Porto [12/4, 2-weekly] and Rhodes [13/4, weekly]. There were three new routes from its new base in Brest to Faro, Menorcaand Rome FCO [all 18/4, 2-weekly], while Bordeaux is now connected to Verona [13/4, 2-weekly]. Oslo becomes a new addition to the airline’s network with no other carrier connecting the Norwegian capital with Lyon.
  • Wideroe added a new international route from Bergen with the introduction of flights to Brussels BRU [12/4, 2-weekly]. The route is not currently served by any other carrier.
  • Wizz Air debuted a new route from Debrecen in Hungary to Istanbul IST [14/4, 2-weekly].



Volotea opens ninth French base in Brest

This week saw Volotea open a new base at Brest in north-western France. The airline will base one aircraft there and operate routes to 15 cities this summer. Last summer Volotea was operating to seven destinations from Brest but using aircraft based elsewhere. Six of those seven routes were to domestic destinations with Palma de Mallorca the exception. Of the eight new routes three are to destinations in Italy (Olbia, Palermo and Rome FCO), three to Spain (Barcelona, Malaga and Menorca) plus Athens in Greece and Faro in Portugal. In total there are 28 weekly departures up from 10 last summer. No other airline operates more than five routes from Brest.

Athens International Airport


BES Base launch

Airport traffic statistics for March 2024

This week has seen more airports reporting their traffic statistics for March. We now have complete data for several countries (versus March 2023 / versus March 2019); Finland (+3%, -25%), Spain (+14%, +15%).

We also have the results of several individual airports of note; Alicante (+21%, +27%), Antalya (+21%, +13%), Barcelona (+14%, +8%), Frankfurt (+8%, -18%), Geneva (+14%, -4%), Helsinki (+1%, -26%), Ljubljana (+23%, -28%), London LHR (+8%, +3%), London STN (+11%, +4%), Madrid (+11%, +9%), Malaga (+19%, +30%), Malta(+30%, +33%), Manchester (+12%, +4%), Munich (+16%, -21%), Palma de Mallorca (+14%, +18%), Thessaloniki(+13%, +9%), Varna (-27%, +15%) and Vienna (+8%, -7%).


Shannon Airport