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.

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