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.

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