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.

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