The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 29 March 2024

The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 29 March 2024

With the Northern Hemisphere summer season set to start on Sunday 31 March there has been an increase in route launch activity during the last week in Europe and North America. By analysing Cirium schedules data Air Service One has identified 32 new routes across the two regions. These were [date of first flight, weekly frequency]:

  • Aeroitalia began service between Milan BGY and Perugia using ATR 72-600s flown by AirConnect [25/3, daily].
  • Air Canada started non-stop service between Toronto YYZ and Charleston in South Carolina. The 1,200-kilometre route is not flown by any other carrier [28/3, daily]. Charleston’s only previous Canadian flights were a weekly service to Toronto YTZ offered by Porter Airlines in the first half of 2015.
  • American Airlines has added three new routes to Tulum in Mexico (the new airport which is an alternative to Cancun). Customers can now reach the Mexican airport from Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami [28/3, all daily].
  • BermudAir has begun connecting Bermuda with Orlando MCO using its Embraer jets [28/3, 3-weekly].
  • Biman Bangladesh has begun service from Dhaka to Rome FCO using 787-8s [26/3, 3-weekly].
  • Condor added non-stop service between Frankfurt and Miami [23/3, 3-weekly].
  • Delta Air Lines now connects Atlanta with Tulum [28/3, daily].
  • easyJet has added Enfidha in Tunisia to its Liverpool network [25/3, 2-weekly]. This summer it will serve the Tunisian airport with 35-weekly flights from 10 European airports; eight in the UK plus Basel and Geneva.
  • Eurowings now offers flights from Erfurt to Palma de Mallorca [24/3, 3-weeky]. This summer Lufthansa’s in-house LCC will serve the Spanish holiday destination with almost 400 weekly flights from 26 different airports; 18 in Germany, four in Austria, two in Switzerland as well as Prague and Stockholm ARN.


  • Freebird becomes the fifth carrier to offer non-stop service between Frankfurt and Antalya [23/3, 2-weekly]. The other carriers are Condor, Corendon, Pegasus Airlines and SunExpress.
  • Iberia has added the Albanian capital Tirana to its Madrid network [28/3, 3-weekly].
  • has started operations from its newest base at Liverpool. The LCC and leisure airlines will start a total of 20 routes from the airport this summer. The first two are Tenerife TFS [28/3, 5-weekly] and Lanzarote [28/3, 3-weekly].
  • Ryanair now connects Valencia and Sofia [28/3, 5-weekly]. A large number of new Ryanair routes will start next week after the start of the S24 season (on Sunday 31 March). Curious as to why this particular route started a few days earlier.
  • SunExpress has expanded its UK network with the addition of new routes to Antalya from Leeds Bradford and London STN [both 28/3]. This brings to nine the number of UK airports served by the Turkish leisure carrier, up from seven in S23. According to Cirium data it will offer 76-weekly flights in July between the UK and Antalya, up 62% on July 2023.
  • SWISS had a busy week launching three new routes from Zurich to Kosice in Slovakia [27/3, 3-weekly], Cluj-Napoca in Romania [28/3, 3-weekly] and Washington IAD [28/3, daily].
  • TUI Airways has added Budapest to its network from both London LGW and Manchester [both 25/3, weekly].
  • Universal Air, a new carrier based in Malta (IATA code VO) has begun service to Pecs in Hungary from where it will also serve Munich [both 26/3, 2-weekly] using a Q400.
  • Vistara has expanded its European presence with the introduction of a new route between Mumbai and Paris CDG [28/3, 5-weekly]. It added Frankfurt service from Mumbai last November but has dropped its London LHR service.
  • Vivaaerobus added a new US route with the launch of flights between Monterrey and Austin [22/3, 3-weekly]. The Mexican carrier last connected the two airports in April 2009.
  • Volotea had a busy week adding five new routes to its pan-European network. Florence is now connected to Prague [22/3, 2-weekly], while Verona gained new connections to Copenhagen, Madrid, Prague and Valencia [all 22/3 or 23/3, 2-weekly].


Airport traffic statistics for February 2024

This week has seen a few more airports report their traffic statistics for February. We now have passenger statistics for over 270 airports. 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 now have complete data for several countries (versus February 2023 / versus February 2019); Germany (+15%, -22%).

We also have the results from some individual airports of note; Düsseldorf (+19%, -28%), Gibraltar (+8%, -15%), Hamburg (+17%, 24%), Podgorica (+11%, +30%), Prague (+37%, -2%), Riga (+3%, -8%), Stuttgart (+25%, -34%).

Top 10 French airports in February 2024

Shannon AIrport’s most popular routes

Since launching flights from Leeds Bradford in February 2003, has gradually expanded its presence across the UK, primarily from airports in the north of the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland. It moved further south when it opened bases at London STN in 2017 and Bristol in 2021. This week it has also opened a new base in Liverpool and announced a further UK base at Bournemouth (see below) which will open in April 2025.

With a focus on warm weather leisure destinations, the airline’s operations continue to be quite seasonal. Weekly winter capacity is typically less than one third of what it is during the summer peak. The airline’s fleet now stands at well over 100 aircraft with the core fleet still comprising over 90 737-800s. It has started taking delivery of its first A321neos. According to the Airbus orders and delivery list the airline has ordered 110 aircraft (35 A320neos and 75 A321neos) with five of the latter having been delivered so far. It also operates a single A330-200, leased from Air Tanker, which is currently operating most days between Manchester and Tenerife TFS

Top 20 destinations in August 2024

Not surprisingly, Spanish airports dominate the airline’s network accounting for six of the top 10 most popular destinations, and 10 of the top 20. There are five Greek airports in the top 20, two each from Cyprus and Türkiye, and Faro in Portugal. All of the top 20 (apart from Ibiza) have seen an increase in weekly flights this summer, with Alicante seeing the biggest percentage increase among the top 20.

In total, is serving 57 destinations outside of the UK this summer, with Porto (2-weekly from Manchester) the only addition since last year, replacing Mykonos which was served 2-weekly from Manchester last summer.

Notable new route announcements

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

  • Aegean Airlines will offer 2-weekly service to Corfu from Skopje starting in June. The route will be flown using Q400s operated by Olympic Air until the end of September.
  • Breeze has revealed plans to start 11 new routes involving 13 airports with two routes starting in June and the remainder in early October. Five of the 13 airports are new for Breeze; Bangor in Maine, Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, Lancaster in Pennsylvania, Lansing in Michigan and Pensacola in Florida. For full details click here.
  • China Southern Airlines will operate a weekly service between Shenyang and Frankfurt starting at the end of April.
  • EGYPTAIR will make Zurich its latest destination in Europe when it commences 3-weekly service from Cairo starting 8 July.
  • Hainan Airlines is resuming flights between Shanghai PVG and Brussels from 18 June. The route was last served in October 2019 and will be flown 4-weekly using 787-9s.
  • will make Bournemouth on the UK’s south coast its 12th UK base starting next summer. It has revealed plans to serve 16 destinations (eight in Spain, four in Greece and two each in Portugal and Turkey) with up to 27 weekly departures starting from April 2025. The airline will base two aircraft at the airport.
  • Juneyao Airlines will begin 3-weekly service between Shanghai PVG and Manchester from 1 July. The two airports have never previously been connected with non-stop service. The Chinese carrier will operate its 787s on the route.
  • Norse Atlantic plans to become the third carrier to connect London and Las Vegas with non-stop flights when it commences 3-weekly service from Gatwick on 12 September using its 787s.
  • Pegasus Airlines will connect Maastricht and Antalya with 2-weekly service starting on 22 April.
  • Vueling is starting 2-weekly service between Barcelona and Comiso starting on 13 June and ending 8 September.

Aeroporti di Roma