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Romanian national carrier TAROM is adding more destinations in Eastern Europe to its network with the launch of flights between Bucharest (OTP) and Odessa (ODS)Tbilisi (TBS) and Baku (GYD) later this year. While the routes to the capital cities of Georgia and Azerbaijan will be operated two times a week by Airbus A318 and Boeing 737 aircraft, Odessa will be served with three ATR 72 flights per week.

British Airways has announced the launch of a new service to Pittsburgh (PIT) from London Heathrow (LHR), operated by Boeing 787 aircraft four times a week starting in April 2019.

Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary Pobeda this week announced the launch of daily flights from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Helsinki (HEL) in October. The airline is also expanding its Tbilisi (TBS) network, adding services from Perm (PEE) and Ekaterinburg (SVX) to the Georgian capital. All Pobeda flights are operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Sichuan Airlines has opened reservation for flights from Chengdu (CTU) to Copenhagen (CPH), which will be operated on Mondays and Fridays with Airbus A330-200 aircraft starting in December 2018.

Belgian regional carrier VLM has closed reservations for the majority of its routes, including the services from Antwerp (ANR) to Birmingham (BHX)Rostock (RLG) via Cologne (CGN) and Munich (MUC) as well as the route between Munich (MUC) and Maribor (MBX), leaving London City and Zurich the airline’s only bookable destinations from Antwerp.

KLM is set to commence an Airbus A330 service from Amsterdam (AMS) to Boston (BOS) at the start of the summer 2019 season. Initially, three flights per week will be operated, with an additional frequency on Mondays being introduced in July.

New Wizz Air routes. Map generated by Alexander Stahl using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air over the past few days has announced the launch of eleven new routes, including the ones pictured above as well as a new service between Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA) and Budapest (BUD).

India’s largest airline, IndiGo, is expanding its Singapore (SIN) network with the launch of daily flights from Kolkata (CCU) and Tiruchirappalli (TRZ) in September 2018.

Turkish Airlines will add a route between Istanbul (IST) and Denpasar (DPS) to its long-haul offering in July 2019. Flights to the popular Indonesian holiday destination are set to be operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft on a daily basis.

On 19th December 2018, American Airlines is set to operate the last flight on its route between Washington Dulles (IAD) and Miami (MIA) which is currently served two times per day, while Star Alliance competitor United Airlines will commence two daily flights on this route on the same day.

GOL has now opened reservation for its new service to Ecuador, as the Brazilian low-cost airline plans to serve Quito (UIO) from Sao Paulo (GRU) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays onboard its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Featured image by Alexander Stahl / Aeronautics Online

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