• Air Canada is launching a nonstop Toronto–Delhi service in November, to be operated initially four times a week.
• Air India is increasing its Delhi–Birmingham service to daily from 21st December, operated by Boeing 787 equipment.
• Bergen Air Transport has launched a twice weekly service between Bergen and Sumburgh.
• Blue Islands is cancelling its services from Jersey to Amsterdam, Paris and Zurich early in the new year.
• Delta is launching a Philadelphia–Heathrow service on 7th April.
• FlyBe is launching a Belfast City–Liverpool service on 2nd February, with 17 weekly flights using Dash8-Q400 aircraft.
• Kenya Airways cancelled its Nairobi–Delhi service in November – it previously operated a four-times weekly service.
• Qatar Airways is increasing its Doha–Manchester service to twice daily from 16th February.
• Turkish Airlines is launching a five-times weekly Istanbul–Abuja service at the beginning of March. From 25th OCtober the airline will introduce a non-stop Istanbul–Cape Town service – currently served as a one-stop service via Johannesburg.
• United is expanding next summer to Europe, with new daily services between Chicago and Dublin, and Newark and Venice.
• Virgin Atlantic is introducing a second daily Heathrow–Miami service for winter 2015-16, starting on 25th October.
• AerLingus launches a Dublin–Washington Dulles service on 1st May, operated four times a week.
• Air France is launching an initially thrice-weekly Paris CDG–Vancouver service on 29th March.
• Atlantic Airways launches a twice-weekly summer service between the Faroe Islands and Edinburgh on 30th March.
• British Airways is launching a twice-daily Heathrow–Bilbao service on 29th March.
• Thomas Cook Airlines UK has launched a weekly Gatwick–Sal service, operating until 23rd March. In December 2015 the airline plans to launch a twice-weekly Gatwick–Reno service – the first transatlantic link to the Nevadan city.
• Virgin Atlantic has confirmed that it will operate its last of its Little Red services on 26th September 2015, from Heathrow to Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
• Vueling is launching services from Barcelona to Birmingham and Dublin, and from Rome to Gatwick next spring.
This month’s route news from Inside Traveller is available here. Below are further news items that missed the editorial deadline:
• Aeroflot is cancelling its twice-weekly Moscow–Toronto service at the end of October.
• British Airways is launching a five-times weekly Gatwick–Seville service on 29th March, and will be transferring its Heathrow–Las Palmas service to Gatwick from the same date. At the same time it will be cancelling its service to Colombo.
• CityJet is cancelling its services from Cambridge to Amsterdam and Dublin at the end of October.
• Myanmar Airways is launching a five-times weekly service between Yangon and Seoul from 26th October.
• Snowbird Airlines is launching a twice-weekly service between Enontekio in northern Finland and Gatwick on 6th December.
• WOW air is launching a thrice-weekly service between Reykjavik and Dublin on 2nd June.
July’s route news from Inside Traveller is available here. Below are further news items that missed the editorial deadline:
• Aegean Airlines is converting its twice-weekly summer service between Athens and Manchester to a year-round operation this winter.
• British Airways is cancelling its services between London City and Aberdeen and Stockholm at the end of October. At the same time it will be introducing an up-to five-times daily London City–Dublin service.
• Emirates is cancelling its Dubai–Kiev service at the beginning of August.
• FlyBe is launching its “FlyShuttle service” on 26th October, which will see the airline operating an up-to thrice-daily service on the Jersey–Southampton–Leeds/Bradford–Aberdeen route with Dash8-Q400 aircraft.
• Ryanair is launching new routes from Scotland on 26th October. Up to three flights a day will be flown from Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow. A thrice-daily Glasgow–Dublin service will also be launched, though the daily link between Prestwick and Dublin will be dropped.
• US Airways is introducing a second Charlotte–Heathrow service from 13th September.
• Virgin Atlantic has announced details of its inaugural Boeing 787 operations. From 19th December the new equipment will be introduced progressively on services from Heathrow to Boston, Washington and JFK.
June’s route news from Inside Traveller is available here. Below are further news items that missed the editorial deadline:
• Air Astana has consolidated its operations to Heathrow, by cancelling its twice weekly service from Almaty and instead increasing its service from Astana from one to three a week.
• Air Canada has announced it will once again operate its St John’s–Heathrow service on year-round basis. From 24th October the route will continue through the winter, operating three times a week.
• China Eastern is launching a twice weekly summer service between Xi’an–Moscow service on 1st July. This will be the airline’s first European service from Xi’an.
• Ethiopian Airlines is introducing a thrice weekly service from Addis Ababa to Madrid on 1st September. The route will be operated via Rome.
• Finnair is launching services from Helsinki to three more Russian destinations in July. Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod and Samara will each receive three flights weekly.
• Icelandair is launching a twice weekly Reykjavik–Birmingham service next February.
• Jet2.com is planning three new routes from Leeds/Bradford in May 2015, to Antalya, Kefalonia and Malta.
• Norwegian is launching six-times weekly services from Gatwick to Berlin and Warsaw on 15th September.
• Royal Air Maroc is increasing its Casablanca–Gatwick service from three a week to daily from the end of October. It is also resuming its Casablanca–Dubai service after a gap of 11 years. From 24th February 2015 the route will be flown thrice weekly.
Ryanair actually has a very good record of being on time – in part thanks to generously “baggy” schedules, and also its use of secondary airports. But when things go wrong, things REALLY go wrong. Earlier this week, the police were called to Stansted to help “evacuate” passengers. See this video for the whole horror story:
The April edition of Inside Traveller is being mailed to subscribers today and will be available on-line from Friday 29th March.
Amongst the subjects covered this month are:
• British Airways’ plans for its new A380s – test flights start this summer. • Why it’s useful to appreciate the differences between the major Gulf carriers. • “The more rooms a hotel has the worse the service will be” – true or false? • www.dealangel.com – a really useful hotel comparison website. • What to look for in longhaul economy, AND • What to look for in premium economy. • Another way to judge airline safety. • Collecting Avios demystified.