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.
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.