Most notable new air routes this week

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Air Senegal has started serving the United States. Photo: BWI Marshall Airport.

Air Senegal lands at JFK and Baltimore

The West African company Air Senegal inaugurated its first transatlantic route on September 2, with takeoff from Dakar to New York JFK and Baltimore. It was originally scheduled to serve Washington Dulles but moved to Baltimore a few days before starting.

Operating twice a week, the service uses a 290-seat A330-900 leased from Hi Fly Malta. It leaves Dakar at 1:30 am, arrives at JFK at 6:00 am, departs at 8:30 am and lands in Baltimore at 10:00 am.

Back, he leaves Baltimore at 8:25 p.m., arrives at JFK at 9:55 p.m., leaves at 11:55 p.m. and returns to Africa at 12:25 p.m. These schedules not only target point-to-point demand, but more importantly demand to a handful of other destinations, including Abidjan, Banjul and Bamako.

Air Senegal competes directly with Delta on the 3,830 mile route to JFK, with approximately four flights per week primarily using B767-300ERs. Delta started Dakar in 2008 when it operated alongside the South African service Johannesburg-Dakar-JFK, which ended in 2015. Between 2006 and 2019, SAA also operated Johannesburg-Dakar-Dulles, another reason for which Air Senegal has launched an American service.

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Air Senegal now serves New York and Baltimore. Photo: via Air Senegal.

Ryanair launches two routes to the west of Ireland

Ultra-low-cost airline Ryanair launched Edinburgh to Ireland West, also known as Knock, on September 1, with a twice-weekly offer on the 259-mile route. It will be joined by an identical frequency service from Manchester on September 3. I won’t have any head-to-head competition on either route.

The year-round service from Edinburgh currently departs Scotland at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 7:55 a.m. on Fridays. Knock is one of the three Irish ULCC routes from the Scottish capital, joining Dublin and Shannon. From Manchester,

More recently, Flybe served Edinburgh-Knock from 2011 to March 2020, like Manchester. In 2019, Flybe carried 27,227 passengers to / from Edinburgh, according to the UK CAA, for a seat occupancy rate of 74.3%. The closest Ryanair to Knock from Scotland was Prestwick in 2014.

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Ryanair has filled in the holes left by Flybe’s disappearance. Photo: Ireland West Airport Knock.

IndiGo launches Gwalior in Delhi and Indore

India’s largest airline on September 1 launched flights to Gwalior, located in Madhya Pradesh state, with daily connections to Delhi and Indore. Using the 74-seat ATR-72-600, the IndiGo program provides flights between Delhi-Gwalior-Indore-Gwalior-Delhi. With only 171 miles, the Delhi-Gwalior stage is shorter than towards Indore (289 miles).

On both routes, the low-cost company replaces Alliance Air, which launched them in 2017 and which lasted until May 2020. And, more recently, it replaces SpiceJet to Delhi, which operated between January and March 2021. The entry of IndiGo means that the two cities are once again connected with Gwalior.

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IndiGo operates from Delhi to Indore via Gwalior. Photo: via IndiGo.

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Eurowings opens Düsseldorf in Kiev

Germany’s Eurowings took off on September 1, introducing a new route between Düsseldorf and Ukraine’s largest airport, Kiev Boryspil. Focusing primarily on the demand for visits from friends and relatives, Eurowings’ current tri-weekly offering mainly uses 144-seat A319s.

It competes directly with SkyUp (three weeks) and it has a range of indirect competition: Ryanair to Boryspil from Cologne and Weeze (each twice a week) and Wizz Air to Kyiv Zhulyany from Dortmund (three times a week) weekly) and Cologne (bi-weekly).

At the city level, Düsseldorf-Kiev had 70,000 round-trip point-to-point passengers in 2019. Various airlines have operated it over the years, including Ukraine International (restarted in 2014 and continued until what the pandemic hits in 2020), Lufthansa (2005 -2014) and Aerosvit (2009-2012).

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Düsseldorf itself in Kiev had 70,000 point-to-point passengers in 2019. Photo: Düsseldorf Airport.

airBaltic launches 2,803 mile service to Tenerife

Latvia has a new connection with Spain following the inauguration of airBaltic from Riga to Tenerife South. Starting September 2, the 2,803-mile service runs every three weeks using the 145-seat A220-300, the only aircraft the carrier currently has.

The first flight to Spain lasted six hours and eight minutes, with the return trip approximately 30 minutes shorter. It is a long way and one of the longest routes in Europe. Tenerife has not been served non-stop from Riga since early 2020, when SmartLynx operated it by A320 on behalf of Novaturas.

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Initially, Riga-Tenerife takes about six hours. Photo: via airBaltic.

Zagreb welcomes second Ryanair plane

After inaugurating its base in Zagreb, Croatia, on July 23 with a single aircraft, Ryanair celebrated the arrival of its second aircraft, an A320 from the Lauda Europe subsidiary. A third will arrive in December.

Ryanair is the second largest airline in the Croatian capital in September. It has 15 routes this month, with the vast majority focused on requesting visits from friends and relatives, especially to Germany and Scandinavia. Only one route – London Stansted – has a seven week service.

Speaking about this development, Yavuz Aytis, Director of Road Development at Zagreb Airport, said: “We are more than happy to welcome Ryanair’s second aircraft to Zagreb Airport and proud to announce the launch of nine new routes starting this week. Citizens of Zagreb and the surrounding region will have wider and more affordable options to fly direct, while the increased accessibility of Zagreb will lead to a rapid recovery of its tourism and economy.

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Ryanair opened its Zagreb base in July and will have three planes from December. Photo: Zagreb Airport.

Widerøe launches new service in the Faroe Islands

Regional carrier Widerøe has launched a new link between the Norwegian coastal town of Bergen and the Faroe Islands using the 78-seat Dash-8-400. Launched on September 3, the bi-weekly service – Mondays and Fridays – will operate year round.

Widerøe replaces Atlantic Airways on the route, which served between June 2011 and June 2021. In 2019, the 435-mile market had around 15,000 round-trip passengers, according to booking data, more than from the Faroe Islands to Oslo.

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Widerøe replaced Atlantic Airways from Bergen to the Faroe Islands. Photo: Bergen Airport.

Kish Air connects Iran to Turkish GazipaÅŸa

Iran now has a non-stop connection to Turkish resort airport GazipaÅŸa after Kish Air left Tehran Imam Khomeini on September 3. This is the first time that the carrier has served the airport. While GazipaÅŸa is best known to Russians and Scandinavians, who accounted for 88% of non-stop international headquarters in 2019, it is the only connection to Iran.

The first service used EP-LCT, a 14.8-year-old A321, delivered to Kish Air in 2018, after being used by Khors Aircompany, DART Ukrainian Airlines and Aeroflot. It has only 170 places, including 28 in business. Flight Y96083 took off from Tehran at 5:44 p.m., arrived at 6:59 p.m. local time, departed at 8:33 p.m. and landed at 12:23 a.m. It then repositioned itself at Tehran’s domestic airport, Mehrabad.

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Iranian company Kish Air operates the 1,058-mile route between Imam Khomeini and GazipaÅŸa. Photo: GazipaÅŸa Alana Airport.

Eurowings inaugurates Hamburg in Valencia

From Hamburg to Valencia started on September 2, operated by Eurowings. The carrier competes directly with Ryanair on the 1,094 mile route to Spain’s third largest city. While Ryanair offers a bi-weekly service until October 30, the last day of the summer season in the northern hemisphere, Eurowings runs twice a week until the end of March, increasing to three times a week in summer 2022. The A319 will mainly be used.

The pair of airports have attracted various airlines over the years, including Lufthansa (2007-2008), easyJet (2017), Ryanair (2017 until now) and now Eurowings. In 2019, Valencia had 38,178 round-trip seats, making it only Hamburg’s 12th largest Spanish market.

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Eurowings competes directly with Ryanair in Valencia. Photo: Hamburg Airport.

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Air India reconnects Indore with Dubai

The only non-stop service from Indore, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, to Dubai started in July 2019 by Air India. After being postponed due to the pandemic, the carrier relaunched the 1,303 mile route on September 1. It operates once a week on a 162-seat A320neo, including 12 business seats, and continues to Bangalore.

The United Arab Emirates in India have suffered tremendously this year. Nevertheless, Air India itself has 14 scheduled routes by the end of the year. In order of expected capacity, these are Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Amritsar, Kozhikode, Kannur, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum and Indore.

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Indore is one of Air India’s 14 routes departing from Dubai. Photo: via Air India.

Avianca brings Bogota back to Rio de Janeiro

Colombian flag-bearer Avianca re-established on September 1 the only connection between the country and Rio de Janeiro when Bogota took over Rio Galeão. Launched in 2011, the 2,817-mile route is serviced every three weeks, but it drops to once a day starting in November. A combination of the 153-seat A320neo and, more interestingly, the 120-seat A319 is used on the nearly six-hour flight.

In 2019, booking data shows that approximately 75,000 round-trip passengers passed through Bogota from Rio with Avianca. Most of the passengers were to / from Orlando, Cancun, Cartagena, Medellín, JFK, Miami, Mexico City, San Andrés, Punta Cana and Washington Dulles.

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Bogota-Rio will be once a day later this year. Photo: Rio Galeão.

Eurowings restarts Düsseldorf in Zagreb

After more than 17 months of absence, Eurowings reintroduced Düsseldorf to Zagreb, the Croatian capital, on August 31. With a one-way flight time of one hour and 19 minutes, the 573-mile service was provided by D-ABGP, a 13-year-old 144-seat A319. While the A319 is mainly used on the road all year round, twice a week it will sometimes be replaced by the A320.

Eurowings is the only operator between Düsseldorf and Zagreb, a route it started in October 2017, nine years after Croatia Airlines terminated it. However, it competes indirectly with Ryanair from Dortmund (twice a week), while Eurowings operates Cologne to Zagreb (six weeks).

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No other airline competes directly with Eurowings to Zagreb. Photo: Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb.


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