Air China has announced that it is switching the operating airport on its thrice-weekly service from Chengdu to London flight. The route will now operate to Heathrow airport instead of Gatwick airport. The flight is operated by the Airbus A330-200 aircraft and will begin on April 2, 2019.

Bangkok Airways is planning a new route from Bangkok (BKK) to Cam Ranh (CXR), Vietnam. The flight will operate four times per week o-board Airbus A319 aircraft starting on January 25th, 2019.

Air Cairo has announced that it will be introducing several new domestic and international routes. The first route started on October 28, 2018, and other routes are scheduled to start later in the year. Most routes are operated once weekly with the exception of Cairo to Aswan (3 times weekly) and Cairo to Luxor (2 times weekly). All new routes will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft. The additions to the network are mapped below:

New Air Cairo routes. Map generated by Zaref Anderson using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

TUI Airways UK has announced the addition of two new routes to Mexico. The airline will be adding a new route from London-Gatwick (LGW) to Los Cabos (SJD). The route will operate twice weekly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A new route from Doncaster-Sheffield (DSA) to Cancun (CUN) will operate on Sundays onboard a Boeing 787.

Delta Air Lines is introducing a new route from New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Key West (EYW), Florida. The new route will operate on Saturdays with an Embraer E170 operated by Republic Airline. The airline is also starting flights from its largest hub at Atlanta (ATL) to Burbank (BUR). These flights will operate twice daily onboard a Boeing 737-700 aircraft. A third route to be added by the American carrier will be from Detroit (DTW) to Bozeman (BZN) and will operate on Saturdays onboard a Skywest Embraer E175.

Ural Airlines will launch a number of new flights to Asia from its hubs in Russia. The first route will be from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Novosibirsk (OVB) and Hefei (HFE). This route will be operated on Fridays by Airbus A320 aircraft. The second new route to be flown by the Russian carrier will be from the Siberian city of Vladivostok (VVO) to Chengdu (CTU) and Utapao (UTP), Thailand. This route will be operated on Mondays and Saturdays by Airbus A320 aircraft.

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea is launching a number of new European routes, mainly from hubs in France. The airline is also planning on launching its first route to Africa with a flight from Nice to Tangier, Morocco planned to start on April 5, 2019. The route is pending government approval. These routes will operate one to two times per week. The new routes are mapped as follows:

New Volotea routes. Map generated by Zaref Anderson using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Italian flag carrier Alitalia is introducing a new route from Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) to Milan-Bergamo (BGY). The route will start on July 27, 2019, and will be operated by an Embraer E175 four times per day. The flight will operate due to the closure of Milan-Linate irport, and will fly until October 26, 2019.

Russian low-cost airline Pobeda will be starting a flight from Moscow (VKO) to Eindhoven (EIN). The route will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays onboard a Boeing 737-800.

Middle Eastern Airlines will be extending their three times weekly flight from Beirut (BEY) to Copenhagen (CPH) from a summer-only flight to a year-round flight. The route is operated by an Airbus A320.

UTair will be adding a new route from Mineralnye Vody (MRV) to Tel Aviv (TLV). The route will initially operate on Mondays starting November 19, 2018, and then the airline will add Thursday service on December 3, 2018. The route will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

Ernest Airlines will be adding three new routes to Ukraine on March 21, 2019. The first route is from Genoa (GOA) to Kiev (IEV) and will operate twice per week. The second route is from Milan (MXP) to Kharkiv (HRK) and will operate three times per week. The third route is from Rome (FCO) to Kiev (IEV) and will operate three times per week. All of these new routes will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

British carrier FlyBe will be adding a new route from London-City (LCY) to Newcastle (NCL). The new route will be operated twice per day on weekdays only and will be flown by Saab 2000 aircraft operated by Eastern Airways. The new route will start on January 7, 2019.

Loong Airlines has announced a new route from Xi’an (XIY) to Macau (MFM). This route will be flown on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays and will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft starting on November 22, 2018.

French leisure carrier Corsair will be resuming its route from Paris (ORY) to Miami (MIA). The route will be operated 3-4 times per week by an Airbus A330-200.

United States low-cost carrier JetBlue will be implementing two new routes from Nantucket (ACK). The first route, to New York (LGA), will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, and the second, to White Plains (HPN), will operate five times per week. Both routes will be operated by Embraer E190 aircraft starting on June 13, 2019.

Spirit Airlines has announced a large expansion from both Austin (AUS) and various airports in Florida and Puerto Rico. The new routes will be operated by Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, and the first routes will start in February 2019. The ultra-low-cost-carrier will operate all of these routes on a once-daily basis, with the exception of the two routes to Jamaica, which will be operated three times per week for Kingston and four times per week for Montego Bay.

New Spirit Airlines routes. Map generated by Zaref Anderson using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Charter airline Nouvelair Tunisie will be adding a new route to Switzerland. The new route will fly on Wednesdays in the summer and be operated by an Airbus A320. The route will depart Djerba (DJE), stop in Monastir (MIR), and then fly on to Basel (BSL).

Cabo Verde Airlines is adding a new route from Sal (SID), to Dakar (DSS). The route will operate twice per week, departing on Tuesdays and Sundays from Sal, and departing Mondays and Wednesdays from Dakar. This flight will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 757 aircraft, and the first flight will take place on December 9, 2018.

Korean carrier Jeju Air will be adding two new routes to Taipei (TPE). The first route will depart Cheongju (CJJ) four times per week, and the second route will depart Daegu (TAE) once per day. Both routes will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft commencing on December 22, 2018.

LATAM Peru is adding two new international flights from Lima (LIM). The first route will depart to Montego Bay (MBJ) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and the second will depart to Calama (CJC) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Both routes will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft and will start on July 1, 2019, pending government approval.

Angolan flag carrier TAAG Angola will be modifying their services from Luanda (LAD) to Brazzaville (BZV) and Kinshasa (FIH). Instead of operating two separate routes, the airline will be creating a triangle route, which will operate in the order of LAD-BZV-FIH-LAD. The new service will operate on Mondays and Fridays on Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

JetStar Japan is adding a new route from its hub at Tokyo (NRT) to Shimojishima (SHI). The route will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft and will operate four times per week starting March 30, 2019.

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