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The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 8 March 2024

The Air Service One weekly news round-up: Friday 8 March 2024

It was another fairly quiet week for new route launches in Europe and North America. Air Service One identified just 16 new routes across the two regions. These were [date of first flight, weekly frequency]:

  • NyxAir began an Estonian domestic route connecting Tallinn with Kardla [1/3, 12-weekly] using Saab 340s. It replaced Diamond Sky which had been operating the PSO route using Saab 340s of Sprint Air.
  • Porter Airlines becomes the fifth carrier to connect Toronto YYZ with Las Vegas [5/3, daily].
  • Royal Jordanian starting flights from Amman to London STN [3/3, 3-weekly] and Manchester [6/3, 3-weekly].
  • Silver Airways has launched no fewer than four routes from West Palm Beach in Florida using its ATR 42s. Nassau in the Bahamas is one of the destinations while the other three are all in Florida.
  • SunExpress now connects Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina with Antalya [3/3, 2-weekly].
  • Turkish Airlines touched down for the first time in Australia when it began serving Melbourne 3-weekly from Istanbul IST via Singapore. The Star Alliance carrier also began flights from Istanbul SAW to Giza in Egypt [4/3, 5-weekly].

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Airport traffic statistics for January 2024

Air Service One has now collected January passenger data for well over 320 airports across Europe. Since last week we now have complete airport data for the following countries (versus January 2023 / versus January 2019): Austria (+9%, -4%), Belgium (+6%, -6%), Croatia (+10%, +15%), Italy (+9%, +5%), Romania (+4%, +11%).

Top 15 Italian airports in January 2024

In addition, we now have January data from the following individual airports; Bologna (+8%, -1%), Bratislava (+12%, -39%), Brussels CRL (+7%, +21%), Bucharest OTP (+3%, +7%), Catania (+8%, +24%), Cluj-Napoca (+3%, +12%), Edinburgh (+9%, -3%), Heraklion (+10%, +19%), Iasi (+49%, +88%), Innsbruck (+6%, -6%), London LGW (+10%, -20%), Milan BGY (+6%, +30%), Milan LIN (+12%, +11%), Milan MXP (+9%, -1%), Naples (-4%, +8%), Palermo (+7%, 12%), Rome CIA (-2%, -33%), Rome FCO (+28%, +5%), Salzburg (+2%, -14%), Turin (+0%, +7%), Venice VCE (+2%, +3%) and Warsaw WMI (-8%, -14%).

Airport traffic statistics for February 2024

Yup, we’ve already started collating passenger statistics for February (versus February 2023 / versus February 2019). Note that being a leap year February has 29 days this year 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%: Athens (+18%, +21%),  Budapest (+21%, +11%), Cork (+23%, +28%), Dublin (+5%, +7%), Eindhoven (+7%, +13%), Krakow (+16%, +32%) and Strasbourg (+10%, -12%) and Wroclaw (+17%, +3%).

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£1,000 easyJet return fares?

Would you ever expect to pay almost £1,000 for a return flight on easyJet? No? Well prepare for a shock if you were planning to be a last-minute attendee at next week’s MIPIM event in Cannes in the south of France. This event for the real estate industry takes place from 12-15 March and Nice is the nearest airport. In years gone by easyJet has been smart in its revenue management resulting in return fares of over £1,000. It has extra flights next week from Luton (going from daily to between 4- and 6-daily) and Gatwick (going from between 2- and 3-daily to between 4- and 6-daily), but from Manchester a return fare could already set you back almost £900 before you add on any extra. In case you were wondering, MIPIM stands for (Le Marché International des Professionnels de L’immobilier).Air Service One

Who’s flying Bahrain to London OXF non-stop?

Last week’s season opening F1 race in Bahrain featured a variety of celebrities including former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, various minor UK royals and The Duke of Richmond, who runs the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. To save themselves from having to take a scheduled flight to and from the UK it seems they chose to share a private jet which operated from and back to London Oxford Airport. If they had chosen a scheduled service between London and Bahrain they would have had the choice between a 4-weekly service with British Airways from Heathrow, or Gulf Air’s 2-daily service from the same airport.

According to flightradar24.com, the outbound flight made a stop at Luton but the return flight was non-stop, taking seven hours. For more on who else was on the flight click here.

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Notable new route announcements

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

  • Aeroitalia: The Italian newcomer is adding 2-weekly service from Milan LIN to Comiso, Rome FCO and Perugia starting in the first week of the summer season.
  • Air India: Will commence 4-weekly service between Bengaluru and London LGW starting 1 May using 787-8s.
  • airBaltic: Is expanding its Lithuanian base at Vilnius with the addition of a new route to Lisbon (2-weekly from 4 May).
  • British Airways: Not served regularly since the start of the pandemic, the UK flag-carrier is finally resuming service from London LHR to Kuala Lumpur in November with a daily 787-9 service. Furthermore, it will launch London LGW to Bangkok service in October with 777-200ERs. Pre-pandemic, BA served Bangkok daily from Heathrow.
  • Croatia Airlines: Will add two new routes to its Zagreb network this summer (Berlin and Tirana) and resume service to Stockholm ARN, last served in October 2019. For more details of the airline’s summer plans see here.
  • Etihad Airways: Will serve Antalya with 3-weekly flights from Abu Dhabi starting 15 June using its A320 fleet.
  • Eurowings: In W24/25 it will start serving Jeddah for the first time from both Berlin and Cologne Bonn. Both routes will be served 3-weekly.
  • flynas: The Saudi carrier is introducing 3-weekly service between Jeddah and Berlin starting 4 September. The route is supported by the Saudi Air Connectivity Program.
  • Lufthansa: Is adding two new routes from Munich this summer both starting on 28 April. Trondheim in Norway will be served 2-weekly while Nantes in France will be served 3-weekly. The Star Alliance carrier is also resuming service to Chisinau (new IATA code of RMO replaces KIV) in Moldova from 29 April. It last served the airport in March 2020.
  • PLAY: Has announced new routes from Reykjavik to Madeira (weekly from 15 October) and Marrakech (up to 2-weekly from 17 October). Marrakech is the airline’s first route to Africa.
  • Ryanair: Is expanding its route network from Katowice with the addition of five new routes all starting in early April. They are Alicante (2-weekly), Bari (2-weekly), Malta (3-weekly), Rome FCO (3-weekly) and Zadar (weekly). In addition, the airline is adding a 2-weekly service between Poznan and Malaga (starting 15 April).
  • Uzbekistan Airways: Has scheduled a new weekly service between Tashkent and London LGW starting from 7 April utilising its A320neos.

 

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