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October’s route news from Inside Traveller is available here, but here are some additional items that missed our editorial deadline:

• Air Arabia Maroc starts flying to Gatwick from Casablanca (thrice weekly) and  Tangier (twice weekly) from the end of October.

• British Airways is launching a Gatwick–Alicante service on 31st March, initially with 17 weekly flights, increasing to thrice-daily in July.

• EasyJet has already launched its four-times weekly Bristol–Copenhagen service – this route was originally to be launched at the end of October.

• Jet Airways is cancelling its daily Chennai–Brussels service on 15th November.

• LOT Polish Airlines will operate seven of its Warsaw–Heathrow services between 21st December and 2nd January with Boeing 787 aircraft.

• Monarch Airlines is cancelling services from Birmingham, Gatwick and  Manchester to Milan Malpensa at the beginning of November.

• Swiss is reducing its Zurich–Birmingham operation from three to two flights daily –  the mid-day service from Zurich is being cancelled.

• Turkish Airlines is expanding  its operation to East Africa with the launch of a five-times weekly service from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro and Mombasa on 4th December.



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This month’s route news from Inside Traveller is available here. Here are some items that missed our editorial deadline:

American Airlines is resuming service to Paraguay after six years’ suspension on 15th November with a four times-weekly Miami–Asuncion service.

British Airways cancelled Bmi’s service to Addis Ababa on 12th June as part of network restructuring following the acquisition of Bmi. In connection with this the airline also added new flights to Brussels, Toulouse and Zurich at the end of June. With the introduction of the winter timetable on 28th October, BA will be doubling frequency to twice daily to both Bergen and Stavanger and adding services from Heathrow to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Lyon and Oslo. BA will also be launching new services to Leeds/Bradford and Zagreb from Heathrow on 9th December, and to Barcelona from Gatwick on 23rd February 2013.
Delta is cancelling its five-times weekly Detroit–Hong Kong service on 30th August.
Malaysia Airlines begins a thrice-weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu on 1st September.
Ryanair  is expanding operations at Warsaw’s Modlin Airport, and will be launching new routes this autumn to Barcelona, Bologna, Bristol, Dusseldorf Weeze, East Midlands, Hahn, Liverpool, Manchester, Paris Beauvais and Prestwick
Transaero is launching a daily service to Paris Orly on 27th July, operating twice weekly from Moscow Domodedovo, and five times weekly from Vnukovo.
United Airlines is cancelling its Houston–Paris CDG service – the last flight will be on 9th October.

Route News Stop Press

This month’s route news from Inside Traveller is available now on the website.

Here are some late additions that missed our editorial deadline:

Air France is cancelling its daily Paris CDG-Newark service next summer.

Austrian Airlines cancelling services from Vienna to Helsinki and Milan Linate on 15th November. It will continue to operate up to four daily services to Milan Malpensa.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines is planning to introduce a four-times weekly summer service between Ulan Bator and Munich next June.

South African Airways is launching a thrice-weekly Johannesburg–Kigali-Bujumbura service on 17th January.

Turkish Airlines is launching a daily Istanbul-Gatwick service on 20th December, bringing to five the number of daily flights it operates to London.

United Airlines is launching a Dublin-Washington Dulles service on 22nd May.

This month’s route news

Here’s a round-up of March’s route news and announcements.

British Isles: South-east Airports

CHINA AIRLINES launched a thrice-weekly Taipei-Heathrow service on 28th March.

LUFTHANSA is launching a daily Heathrow-Dresden service on 19th April, using bmi equipment.

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES is launching a weekly service this summer between Minneapolis and Stansted with a technical stop at Gander. The service is scheduled to run from 11th June to 15th August.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC launches a thrice-weekly Heathrow-Accra service on 24th May.

British Isles: Other Airports

BMIBABY is launching a number of routes to Germany this autumn. A thrice-weekly East Midlands-Munich service starts on 17th September, with a six-times weekly service to Cologne following on 31st October. A four-times weekly Cardiff-Munich service and a six-times weekly Birmingham-Cologne service are also launched on that date.

FLYBE’s summer schedule offers 24 new routes (some previously mentioned), They were launched on 28th March unless otherwise stated. The new services are from Birmingham to Avignon, Limoges, Perpignan, and Rennes, all thrice weekly, and Bordeaux (four times weekly); Edinburgh to Manston (daily), and Limoges (twice weekly); Exeter to Hannover (thrice weekly); Guernsey to Belfast (twice weekly from 14th July to 28th August), Edinburgh (thrice weekly from 13th July to 31st August), Newcastle (twice weekly) and Norwich (weekly); Humberside to Belfast (four times weekly) and Malaga (weekly); Isle of Man to Bristol (four times weekly); Jersey to Prestwick (weekly from 19th June to 18th September) and Durham Tees Valley (weekly from 29th May to 18th September); Gatwick to Limoges (thrice weekly); Manchester to Avignon (twice weekly), Bournemouth (six times weekly), Bergerac (thrice weekly) and Limoges (thrice weekly); Newcastle to Hannover (thrice weekly); and from Southampton to Verona once a week.

JET2COM launches a twice-weekly Edinburgh-Palma service on 26th June.

KLM increased its Amsterdam-Edinburgh service from four to five a day on 28th March.

SPANAIR launches a four-times weekly Barcelona-Birmingham service on 20th May. A five-times weekly Barcelona-Edinburgh service follows on 21st May. A thrice-weekly service between Madrid and Birmingham is launched on 29th May.

VARSITY EXPRESS collapsed after one week’s trading.

VUELING starts a thrice-weekly Barcelona–Edinburgh service on 24th June, in direct competition to Spanair (see above).

Rest-of-World Developments

AIR FRANCE has postponed the launch of its service to Bata until 21st June. It is launching a non-stop Paris CDG-Ho Chi Minh service on 30th October, to be operated thrice weekly.

ALITALIA is resuming flights to Jordan on 10th June, with a four-times weekly Rome-Amman service.

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES is to launch a Guangzhou–Brisbane–Auckland service this autumn.

EGYPTAIR is launching a Saturdays-only service between Cairo and Paphos on 17th April, operated twice on the same day to facilitate day trips.

HONG KONG AIRLINES launches a four-times weekly Hong Kong-Moscow (Sheremetyevo) service on 28th June.

KLM will launch a thrice-weekly Amsterdam-Hangzhou service on 8th May.

LUFTHANSA launches a daily Munich-Chisinau service on 22nd April, its first route to Moldova. On 25th April it will launch a four-times weekly Frankfurt-Erbil route, marking the resumption of service to Iraq after 20 years’ suspension.

ORENAIR is launching three summer-only routes to Dusseldorf, from Chelyabinsk, Omsk and Orenburg, starting in mid May.

PIA PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES is launching a twice-weekly Lahore-Dhaka-Guangzhou service on 29th April. The airline last served Guangzhou over 30 years ago. The airline is also resuming services to Chicago in June.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES launches a twice-daily Singapore-Tokyo (Haneda) service on 31st October.

TAP PORTUGAL operated its last service to Paris CDG on 31st March. From 1st April, all operations to/from Paris will be consolidated at Orly. On 1st June, the airline launches a thrice-weekly Lisbon-Algiers service, some months later than previously announced.

TRANSAERO launches a twice-weekly Moscow (Domodedovo)-Beijing service on 4th June.

US AIRWAYS launches a daily Charlotte-Ottawa service on 31st May.

VIRGIN AMERICA is planning to launch its first international routes this June, from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Toronto.

VLADIVOSTOK AIR commenced twice-weekly services to Tokyo (Narita) from Khabarovsk and Vladivostok on 28th March.

This month’s route news

Here’s a round-up of January’s route news and announcements.

British Isles: South-east Airports

Aer Lingus is cutting many of its Gatwick services, less than a year after opening a new base at the airport. From the end of March, only Malaga, Dublin, Knock and Cork will be served. Routes to Knock, Faro, Nice, Malaga, Zurich, Vienna, Munich, Bucharest, Eindhoven, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Warsaw and Vilnius will cease.

Air Seychelles launches a weekly service to Gatwick from Mahe on 19th April. The airline will continue to serve Heathrow twice weekly.

Bmi is reducing its Heathrow–Dublin frequency from seven services a day to four from 28th March. On that day it will be launching a twice-daily Heathrow–Vienna service, one of which will be replacing one previously operated by fellow Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines.

China Eastern plans to resume its four-times weekly Shanghai–Heathrow service on 28th March.

Easyjet has announced four new services from Stansted, to Dalaman, Bodrum, Split and Dubrovnik, all to be launched this May.

Emirates has announced a new start date of 1st July for a second daily Airbus A380 service between Heathrow and Dubai.

British Isles: Other Airports

AirBaltic is launching services from Vilnius to Dublin and Manchester this summer.  From the end of March, Dublin will be served four times weekly, and Manchester twice.

CSA Czech Airlines is resuming its Prague–Manchester service six times a week from 28th March.

Flybe has announced plans to increase the frequency of its Southampton–Dublin service to four per day on Friday and three per day on Sundays from 14th May. It also plans to launch a three-times weekly summer service between Birmingham and Perpignan.

Emirates will be offering first class on its Dubai–Manchester service from September, with the introduction of the Airbus A380 on the route.

Pakistan International has terminated its Lahore–Glasgow service.

Rest-of-World Developments

Air China launches a twice-weekly Shanghai–Chengdu–Bangalore service at the end of February.

Austrian is cancelling its Vienna–Ekaterinburg and Vienna–Odessa services on 28th March. Odessa, however, will still be available as a codeshare service operated by Ukraine International.

Hainan Airlines launches a thrice-weekly Shanghai–Brussels  service on 28th May.

KLM launches a thrice weekly Amsterdam–Hangzhou service on 8th May.

Royal Air Maroc launches new services from Casablanca to Bangui and Pointe Noire on 28th March.

Qatar Airways launches a four-times weekly Doha–Copenhagen service on 30th March.

Yakutia is launching a four-times weekly summer service between Omsk and Hanover on 12th June.

This month’s route news

Here’s a round-up of December’s route news and announcements.

British Isles: South-east Airports

Air Canada is relaunching its seasonal daily St John’s–Heathrow service on 27th May, using A319s.

BA CityFlyer is launching thrice-weekly seasonal services from London City to Ibiza and Palma in May.

British Airways is launching a second Heathrow–Tripoli service on 13th February.

Brussels Airlines will be taking over bmi’s Heathrow–Brussels service on 10th January, flying four times daily. Its current service to Gatwick will be cancelled.

China Airlines will be launching a thrice-weekly Taipei–Heathrow service on 28th March.

Danube Wings has launched a thrice-weekly Poprad/Tatry–Luton service.

EasyJet has announced a new Gatwick–Bordeaux service, launching this summer.

Emirates’ second daily Dubai–Heathrow A380 service has been shelved for the time being.

Flybe is launching a thrice-weekly Gatwick–Limoges service this summer.

SAS will operate its last Copenhagen–London City service on 26th March. It currently operates the route twice daily.

Wizzair will be launching a thrice–weekly Riga-Luton service on 30th March.

British Isles: Other Airports

EasyJet has announced further expansion across Europe for summer 2010, including a new base at Doncaster. New services will be flown from Bristol to Paphos and Tenerife, from Doncaster to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Faro, Palma and Prague, from Edinburgh to Lisbon, from Liverpool to Rhodes, and from Manchester to Mahon, Sharm El Sheik and Zurich.

Etihad is increasing its Abu Dhabi–Dublin service from daily to 10 weekly from 28th March.

Flybe is launching 16 new services this summer, from Birmingham to Avignon, Bordeaux, Limoges and Rennes, from Guernsey to Edinburgh and Belfast, from Jersey to Prestwick and Durham/Tees Valley, from Manchester to Avignon, Bergerac and Limoges, from Southampton to Verona, from Exeter via Newcastle to Hannover, and from Bristol to the Isle of Man.

Ryanair is launching four new services from Bournemouth at the end of March – to Ibiza, Malta, Fuerteventura and Valencia. The airline’s return to Fuerteventura (it had boycotted the airport for over a year following a bust-up over fees) will also see services starting from Liverpool, Prestwick and Dublin. Other launches this spring involving UK regional and Irish airports include services from Birmingham, Kerry and Knock to Faro.

Singapore Airlines launches a five-times weekly Singapore–Munich–Manchester service on 28th March, replacing the existing thrice-weekly non stopper.

Rest-of-World Developments

Air Canada relaunches its seasonal daily Toronto–Copenhagen service on 24th June.

Aegean Airlines has launched a daily Athens–Tel Aviv service.

Alitalia will be relaunching its thrice-weekly Milan Malpensa–Miami service on 3rd June, but is cancelling its Malpensa–Sao Paulo service at the end of March. It resumes its Rome–Los Angeles service on 5th June.

Arik Air has launched a thrice-weekly Lagos–New York JFK service.

Emirates will be launching a daily Dubai–Amsterdam service on 1st May, and a similar frequency between Dubai and Prague on 1st July.

Iceland Express is launching a seasonal twice-weekly service between Reykjavik and Winnipeg in June.

OpenSkies is moving all its New York services to Newark from 4th January.

Qantas is increasing its Airbus A380 service to Los Angeles from 18th January. Sydney–Los Angeles increases to daily, and Melbourne–Los Angeles goes from two to three weekly.

US Airways launches a seasonal daily service between Charlotte and Rome on 13th May.

This month’s route news

Here’s a round-up of route news, published in the latest edition of Inside Traveller.

British Isles: South-east Airports

ARIK AIR launches a five-times weekly service between Abuja and Heathrow on 27th November.

BMI will be cancelling services from Heathrow to Aleppo, Brussels, Kiev, and Tel Aviv in January. Heathrow-Amsterdam will be cut in March.

BRITISH AIRWAYS has just launched three new non-stop services from Gatwick, to Male, Montego Bay and Sharm El-Sheikh. The routes are operated either two or three times per week. The airline has also launched a new daily service from Heathrow to Las Vegas, its 19th US destination, and will be increasing the frequency of its Heathrow-Shanghai service to six a week in December.

EASYJET is moving its London-Cagliari service from Luton to Stansted in March.

EMIRATES’ planned second daily A380 service to Heathrow from Dubai has been changed to a four-times weekly operation starting 6th January.

GULF AIR is not reducing frequencies on its Bahrain-Heathrow service next summer after all, as we reported last month.

RYANAIR will be dropping its Stansted-Basel service on 2nd December, along with the rest of its services to the Swiss airport.

TURKISH AIRLINES is launching a daily service between Stansted and Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gokcen, this month.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC has added a weekly service to San Juan from Gatwick, operated as an extension of its Antigua route.

British Isles: Other Airports

BMIBABY has suspended its services from Manchester to Alicante and Malaga.

EASTERN AIRWAYS has launched a twice-weekday Durham/Tees Valley–Leeds/Bradford–Southampton service. (It does not have local traffic rights on Durham/Tees Valley–Leeds/Bradford sector.)

EASYJET launches a four-times weekly Manchester-Helsinki service on 30th March, and a twice-weekly service between Liverpool and Malta on 13th June.

RYANAIR is launching an Edinburgh-Bordeaux service on 17th December, and will launch new routes from Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool next spring. They are from Bristol to Venice, Prestwick to Carcassonne, Edinburgh to Tampere, and Liverpool to Rimini, commencing between 25th February and 1st April. The airline’s launches Oslo (Rygge) as its 37th base in March and its 16 new routes will include a new service between Rygge and Dublin. The airline has also announced that it will be reintroducing its services from Doncaster to Girona and Alicante next summer.

Rest-of-World Developments

AIR CANADA is launching a thrice-weekly Calgary–Tokyo service on 27th March.

AIR CHINA is launching a thrice-weekly Beijing-Manila service on 27th February.

ARIK AIR launches a three-times weekly service between Lagos and New York (JFK) on 29th November.

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES is cancelling its thrice-weekly Vienna–Riyadh–Jeddah service on 18th December.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES is launching a daily Newark-Munich service on 27th March.

DELTA is reducing, then cancelling its service between Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City. The service finishes on 26th March, just after nine months after it started. It will also be withdrawing summer 2010 services between New York (JFK) and Lyon, and Atlanta and Stockholm. It will however be launching a New York (JFK)-Stockholm service on 27th May.

GULF AIR is dropping its four-times weekly Bahrain-Shanghai service on 16th December.

JAPAN AIRLINES has announced the cancellation of 16 services by June 2010 in an attempt to stem losses. Eight international routes are affected and will see the total withdrawal of JAL from Mexico City, Qingdao, Hangzhou and Xiamen.

ROYAL AIR MAROC has launched a twice-weekly service to Banjul, operated in conjunction with its Monrovia route. It has suspended the launch of its previously announced Dubai service.

SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES is cancelling its service to Vienna on 30th December.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES plans to launch a twice-daily service between Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda) in October 2010, complementing the current twice-daily Tokyo (Narita) services, one of which continues on to Los Angeles.

TAAG ANGOLA is launching a twice-weekly Luanda–Cape Town service this month.

TURKISH AIRLINES will launch a daily Istanbul (Ataturk)–Bologna service next March.

UNITED AIRLINES launches a daily Chicago–Brussels service on 28th March, complementing its existing Washington–Brussels service. On 18th April it will extend its daily Washington-Kuwait service to Bahrain. Also next year, the airline will enter the African market for the first time, with a daily Washington-Accra-Lagos service launching on 2nd May.

This month’s route news

Here’s a round-up of route news, published in the November edition of Inside Traveller.

British Isles: South-east Airports

AMERICAN AIRLINES is planning to operate its twice-daily Boston-Heathrow service with narrow-body Boeing 757 equipment next summer. The seasonal third daily service will remain with the Boeing 767.

BABOO is launching a weekly (Saturday) service between Geneva and London (Oxford) in December – as mentioned previously, this will be the airport’s first international route.

EASYJET will launch a daily Gatwick-Dusseldorf service on 2nd February. The airline is also moving its twice-daily Luton-Belfast service from Belfast International to Belfast (George Best) City airport on 7th January.

GULF AIR will be reducing the frequency of its Bahrain–Heathrow service to twice daily from 28th March.

OLYMPIC AIR, which took over the defunct Olympic Airlines at the end of September, has switched three of its 21 weekly services between Athens and London from Heathrow to Gatwick.

YEMENIA is dropping its weekly Sana’a–Cairo–Heathrow service on 25th October, along with the rest of its European services.

British Isles: Other Airports

CSA CZECH AIRLINES dropped its Prague–Manchester service on 25th October.

EASYJET is launching services from Liverpool to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at the beginning of November.

SWISS re-introduces its twice-weekly seasonal service between Geneva and Manchester in December.

UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS is resuming its service to Birmingham on 1st December, which will be operated as a triangle route with Heathrow to Tashkent twice weekly.

WIZZAIR has announced plans to launch a base at Wroclaw next summer. New services are planned to Cork and Doncaster/Sheffield – both twice weekly, and an increase to a daily frequency between Wroclaw and Luton.

Rest-of-World Developments

AMERICAN AIRLINES is planning new services next summer from New York (JFK) to Madrid and San Jose (Costa Rica).

ETIHAD AIRWAYS is launching a four-times weekly service to Nagoya on 1st February. The service will be an extension of its existing Abu Dhabi–Beijing route.  On 28th March it will launch a five-times weekly service to Tokyo Narita, one of which will operate via Nagoya (which will increase from four to five weekly).

GARUDA INDONESIA is returning to Europe next summer after several years of suspension. The airline will launch a daily Jakarta–Dubai–Amsterdam service on 1st June 2010.

HAINAN AIRLINES launched a twice-weekly Haikou-Hanoi service this week, and a service between Beijing and Khartoum will follow on 17th Novermber, also twice weekly (see this earlier blog entry about the route).

ICELAND EXPRESS has confirmed it’s launching a four-times weekly Reykjavik–Newark summer service next June (the implications of which were discussed here).

TAROM launches a four-times weekly Bucharest–Budapest service on 25th October, replacing a codeshare service operated by MALEV, and on 7th December will launch a thrice-weekly Bucharest–Belgrade service.

This month’s route news

Here’s a round-up of September’s route news, published in the latest edition of Inside Traveller:

British Isles: South-east Airports

AIR INDIA is reducing its Amritsar-Heathrow-Toronto service from daily to four-times weekly from 25th October, but will be adding three new flights a week between Delhi and Heathrow.

AMERICAN AIRLINES is extending its Boston-Heathrow service to Brussels from 19th November. AA has local traffic rights on this sector, which will allow connections from other AA transatlantic services to/from Heathrow, and will reach a daily frequency by 17th December. United Airlines announced a similar service last month, and the background to this news was discussed here.

BABOO is launching an 11 times-weekly service between Geneva and London City on 25th October.

BLUE AIR starting is launching services from Thessaloniki and Sibiu to Stansted on 25th October.

BMI is cancelling services from Heathrow to Palma de Mallorca on 4th November, and to Venice on 16th November.

British Isles: Other Airports

AMERICAN AIRLINES will be launching a New York JFK–Manchester service next summer.

BMI has cancelled its East Midland-Cologne and Manchester-Glasgow services.

BMIBABY has announced expansion at East Midlands, which will see new services to eight cities from this winter. Cork will be launched in December, with Venice following in February, Barcelona in March, and Newquay, Malta, Alghero, Dubrovnik and Bastia in May. Frequencies will also be increased to established destinations. It also launches a twice-weekly summer Manchester-Lourdes service on 30th April 2009.

CITYJET is cancelling its Shannon-Paris CDG service.

DELTA AIR LINES has announced that it will be axing its New York JFK-Manchester service on 8th January. It will continue to operate a year-round service from Manchester to Atlanta.

EASTERN AIRWAYS is launching five-times weekly services to Bergen from Aberdeen and Newcastle on 5th October.

EASYJET has announced plans to reduce services at Luton by 20% as well as closing its base at East Midlands. It is also said to be looking at reducing services at several other UK airports, with possible job cuts slated at Belfast, Bristol, Newcastle and Stansted.

JET2.COM is launching a new base at East Midlands and will be launching seven new services next May, to Corfu, Crete, Dalaman, Lanzarote, Paphos, Sharm el Sheikh and Tenerife. It will also be launching a weekly Blackpool-Jersey service on 28th May.

RYANAIR will be launching eight new services from Edinburgh this winter, to Brussels, Gdansk, Girona, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Memmingen, Oslo and Tenerife. Ryanair also plans to bolster its presence at East Midlands, opening new winter routes Rzeszow, Bydgoszcz, Lodz, and Marrakech.

Rest-of-World Highlights

AIR CANADA will be launching a new seasonal service to Athens and Barcelona next summer. Both cities will receive three flights each week from Montreal and Toronto.

AIR CARAIBES will be launching a twice-weekly Paris Orly-St Maarten-Port-au-Prince service on 15th December.

BANGKOK AIRWAYS will be cancelling four international services this autumn. They are from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, Xiamen, Hiroshima and Guilin.

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES is introducing a thrice-weekly service to Conakry and Monrovia from 25th October. The routing is Addis Ababa-Accra-Monrovia-Conakry.

LUFTHANSA ITALIA has cancelled its thrice-daily Milan Malpensa-Brussels service.

LUFTHANSA will be relaunching its service to Port Harcourt this winter. The service will be operating as Frankfurt-Abuja-Port Harcourt.

OLYMPIC AIR replaced Olympic Airlines at the end of September. All long-haul services have been cancelled, as have some European services.

OMAN AIR will be launching new services to Colombo, Frankfurt, Male, Munich and Paris CDG this winter.

SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES is cancelling its services to Munich and Vienna from January 2010.

TAP PORTUGAL is launching a thrice-weekly Lisbon – Algiers service on 26th November.

World Air Routes

This stunning video shows worldwide flight activity over a 24-hour period. You can watch it several times and spot something new each time. You will see traffic in Europe drop to a trickle at night, just how few flights there are in Africa at any time and what a vast and largely unchartered continent South America is. A fascinating guide to the world economy.