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.
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.