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Wizz Air recently passed the milestone of carrying its 200 millionth passenger and 15 years of operation since its first flight in 2004. anna.aero looks at how the carrier has transformed in recent years, including its ever improving load factor, and which leading airports are seeing the fruits of the carrier’s success in 2019. 

Wizz Air recently celebrated passing the 200 millionth passenger milestone, as well as the 15-year anniversary of its first flight,  a route from Katowice to London Luton. Today, the carrier has grown to an airline transporting over 30 million passengers per annum, while in 2018 it recorded an average load factor of 92%.

Wizz Air recently turned 15 years old, and celebrated carrying its 200th millionth passenger. Its first route was a connection between Katowice and London Luton back in 2004. Today, the airline has grown to be a carrier transporting over 30 million passengers a year, flying 33.81 million in 2018 to be exact. From this single route, the airline is now the sixth largest low-cost airline in Europe, sitting behind Ryanair, easyJet, Norwegian, Vueling and Eurowings, measured by total seat capacity being offered last year by each carrier. However, the airline is likely to pass Eurowings this year as its growth continues, with it having flown just 100,000 fewer seats than the German LCC in 2018.

Half of all passengers carried since 2015

While Wizz Air has just carried its 200 millionth passenger since 2004, it should be noted that over half of these passengers have flown with the airline since 2015, with the ULCC having transported 104.05 million passengers in the 48-month period from January 2015 to December 2018. In 2015, Wizz Air flew 19.18 million passengers, growing to the reported 33.81 million last year. This represents an increase in annual passenger numbers over the four-year duration of 76%. During the same era, the airline’s average load factor has also increased from just under 88% to 92%, rising by 4.6%.

Source: Wizz Air.

The carrier is continuing its push for growth into 2019 as well. During the first quarter of 2019, Wizz Air transported 7.69 million passengers, up 11% versus the 6.94 million it flew during the same period of 2018. During this time, the airline has also reported a solid 2.0% increase in its average load factor, going from 90% to 92%.The growth is set to continue in S19, with Wizz Air expected to operate just over 14% more seats than it did in S18, with 27.11 million currently flied under OAG schedules, up from 23.68 million. 

UK overtakes Romania to become second largest market 

Poland is Wizz Air’s largest country market, accounting for 13% of the airline’s total seat capacity this summer. However, the nation’s market share has fallen by one percentage point since S18. Wizz Air continues to grow its operations from Poland, having recently opened its newest base at Krakow. However, regarding the biggest nations for the ULCC, it is the UK which continues to make strides, overtaking Romania to become the airline’s second largest country market this summer. Wizz Air has increased its UK seat capacity by 20% in S19. The airline has up to 11 based aircraft at London Luton, its largest airport operation across its whole network, while it has also grown capacity from other airports that it serves in the UK, including Doncaster/Sheffield (36% growth in S19), London Gatwick (231%), Liverpool (67%), Birmingham (6.0%), Bristol (19%), Aberdeen (45%) and Belfast International (24%). The one UK airport to see a reduction in capacity by Wizz Air this summer is Glasgow, with capacity down 20% versus S18.

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Elsewhere the carrier is showing strong developments across most of its leading country markets, with Austria climbing up into the top 10 as a result of Wizz Air’s base opening at Vienna last year. However, one market showing a downfall is Bulgaria. While Varna is showing a 7.6% rise in capacity, with Wizz Air stationing a second aircraft at the airport this summer, the airline’s seat offering from Sofia has dropped by 19% versus S18 based on OAG schedules, while Bourgas is reporting a small 0.6% reduction. The airline has dropped three routes from Sofia since last summer, namely Athens, Rome Fiumicino and Varna. 

Outside of the top 10 markets, a number of nations are seeing strong growth with Wizz Air this summer, including Norway (11th largest market; 18% growth in S19 vs S18), North Macedonia (13th; 20%), Netherlands (14th; 11%), France (16th; 28%), Israel (17th; 12%), Serbia (18th, 27%), Belgium (19th; 8.6%) and Georgia (20th; 28%).

Two of top 12 airports still not bases 

When looking at the airports Wizz Air serves, two of its top 12 airports are still not bases for the carrier, with Dortmund and Eindhoven making appearances (highlighted in pink). Both will see double-digit growth with the carrier in S19. While Poland is the airline’s top country market, when it comes to bases it is only when we get to airport four that we see a Polish destination, with Warsaw Chopin supporting just over one million departing seats this summer. The biggest jump up the list is of course Vienna, with the Austrian capital, which only joined the network in 2018, becoming Wizz Air’s sixth largest base. Another base appearing in the top 12 for the first time too is Kiev Zhulyany, climbing to 11th after a 40% increase in capacity this summer. Wizz Air’s new base at Krakow, an airport which is also new to the network, places as the 28th largest airport operation for ULCC this summer.

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Airports which just miss the cut for the top 12 are Skopje (0.52 million departing seats in S19), Tel Aviv (0.44 million) and Milan Bergamo (0.39 million), with the latter two also not being Wizz Air bases. While the UK is the top market, the power of London Luton is evident, with the second largest UK airport in the list placing at 33rd among Wizz Air’s biggest airports – Doncaster/Sheffield.  

Wizz Air has certainly got one of the most stretched networks of Europe’s ULCCs, with its destinations ranging from Reykjavik/Keflavik in Iceland, down to Dubai in the UAE, across to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan and to Tenerife South in the Canary Islands. For S19, Wizz Air will grow its seat capacity across its network by just over 14%.

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A total of 35 routes were inaugurated by 16 airlines during the past week, including airBaltic adding two additional leisure destinations to its Riga network, JetSMART introducing two Argentinean domestic sectors to its route map, plus Norwegian starting Portuguese sectors from its new Billund base.

El Al Tel Aviv to San Francisco 

El Al launched flights between Tel Aviv and San Francisco on 13 May. Pictured cutting the ribbon in Tel Aviv before the inaugural departure are Michael Strassburger, VP Commercial and Industry Affairs, El Al; Yisrael Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel; and Gonen Usishkin, CEO, El Al. The airline will operate the city pair three times weekly.

  • El Al launched its newest transatlantic service on 13 May, commencing a three times weekly connection between Tel Aviv (TLV) and San Francisco (SFO). The carrier will serve the 11,916-kilometre airport pair using its fleet of 787-9s. Competition comes from United Airlines. The Star Alliance member is already serving the route daily this summer using its fleet of 777-300s. It too used to fly the route using 787-9s, before upgrading its services to the higher seat capacity given by the 777-300 on 1 April. El Al will further expand its US route offering later this year, launching flights from Tel Aviv to Las Vegas in June, while a seasonal link to Orlando is scheduled to commence in July. The carrier has also confirmed more flights to the US for 2020, with Chicago O’Hare services expected to begin in March next year. Closer to home, the airline will add a new European service on 26 May when it resumes operations to Manchester, a destination it last served from Tel Aviv in 2001.

Loganair Edinburgh to Bergen, Guernsey and Stavanger
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Loganair launched flights from Edinburgh to Bergen, Guernsey and Stavanger this week, while a route to Islay was added back in March, taking to four the number of new routes which the airline has added from the Scottish capital for the S19 season. Pictured with the crew, and the amazing route launch cake, celebrating the new services are Jonathan Hinkles, MD, Loganair and Gordon Dewar, CEO, Edinburgh Airport.

Bergen Airport also celebrated its new link with Loganair by baking a cake, choosing the mystical create of the Lochness Monster as its culinary creative inspiration. The carrier will link Bergen to Edinburgh three times weekly this summer using its fleet of E135s, with no other operator presently serving the route according to OAG schedules.

Aberdeen Airport also got creative with cake for its latest route launch with Loganair. On 12 May, the regional carrier commenced a 17 times weekly service between the Scottish city and London Southend.

Loganair introduced London Southend to its network on 12 May, launching a 17 times weekly service from Aberdeen. Pictured at the launch celebration at the London airport along with crew are Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chamber of Commerce; Jonathan Hinkles, MD, Loganair; and Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation.

  • Loganair continues to expand its network, launching six new routes between 9 and 12 May. Edinburgh (EDI) was the biggest beneficiary, seeing three new services to Bergen (BGO), Guernsey (GCI) and Stavanger (SVG). Along with Edinburgh, Aberdeen (ABZ) saw the start of a 17 times weekly link to London Southend (SEN), with the latter becoming a new destination for the airline. Humberside (HUY), also a new airport operation for the operator, and Bournemouth (BOH), where Loganair started its newest flight from last week, also saw expansion from the carrier. None of the six routes launched will face direct competition. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
09-May Edinburgh (EDI) Bergen (BGO) E135 (3)  
10-May Stavanger (SVG) E135 (4)  
11-May Bournemouth (BOH) Guernsey (GCI) E135 (1)  
Edinburgh (EDI)  
Humberside (HUY) Jersey (JER)  
12-May Aberdeen (ABZ) London Southend (SEN) E135 (17)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 14 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)

airBaltic launched flights between Riga and Menorca on 12 May, a route it will operate using its A220-300 fleet. Pictured with the route launch cake at the inaugural flight ceremony in Riga are Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Planning, airBaltic; Liene Freivalde, Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development, Riga Airport;aura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport; and Mantas Vrubliauskas, Network Development Manager, airBaltic.

airBaltic also added Kos to its network on 11 May, with Riga Airport baking this beach-themed cake to celebrate the new route to the Greek island. Flown weekly (Saturdays), the route faces no direct competition.

  • airBaltic launched two new routes from Riga (RIX) on 11 and 12 May, starting with a weekly (Saturdays) 2,248-kilometre route to Kos (KGS). The carrier will face no direct competition on the route to the Greek island. The following day, a 2,374-kilometre service to Menorca (MAH) was inaugurated. Also flown weekly (Sundays) this summer, it too is a route that will face no direct competition based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. Both destinations will be flown to using the carrier’s fleet of A220-300s. Kos and Menorca become the fourth and fifth new routes for the airline from Riga this summer, having begun services to Dublin, Lviv and Stuttgart on the opening week of the S19 season. 

Buta Airways launched flights between Baku and Ufa on 12 May, a route it plans to operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of E190s. To celebrate the airline’s arrival, Ufa baked a welcoming cake.

  • Buta Airways launched flights from its main base at Baku (GYD) to Ufa (UFA) on 12 May. The carrier will serve the 1,624-kilometre route twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of E190s this summer bases on OAG Schedules Analyser data. Competition on the airport pair comes from NordStar, with it offering a weekly (Fridays) rotation using its fleet of 737-800s.

JetSMART launched twice-weekly flights between Buenos Aires El Palomar and Tucuman on 7 May. Pictured at the launch ceremony are Dario Ratinoff, Commercial Manager, JetSMART; Sebastian Giobellina, President, Tucuman Tourism; and Juan Luis Fernández, Minister of Productive Development of Tucuman.

  • JetSMART, which recently entered the Argentinian market, launching two domestic routes in the nation last week. On 7 May, the carrier initiated a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) service between Buenos Aires El Palomar (EPA) and Tucuman (TUC), although the inaugural departure took place on a Tuesday. The carrier will serve the 1,062-kilometre route in direct competition with Flybondi which also operates a twice-weekly service. On 9 May, the airline initiated services on a second domestic connection, this time between Neuquen (NQN) and Mendoza (MDZ). The 681-kilometre link will also be served by the carrier twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays), facing direct competition from Aerolineas Argentinas which provides a daily link on the city pair. Both new routes launched by JetSMART this week will be served using its fleet of A320s.

Norwegian launched flights from Billund to Ponta Delgada on 7 May, becoming the Danish airport’s ninth new route this year. Other new destinations which have been, or will soon be, added to the airport’s departure boards this year include Dublin (launching 28 October), Faro, Edinburgh, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Timisoara (3 September) and Vienna. Norwegian opened its base at Billund Airport on 1 April, and it now operates seven schedules routes from the airport.

  • Norwegian, which opened its base at Billund (BLL) at the start of the S19 season, has introduced a further two scheduled routes from Denmark’s second busiest airport. On 7 May, the LCC launched services to Ponta Delgada (PDL). The carrier will serve the 3,265-kilometre route weekly (Tuesdays). On 11 May, the airline introduced a weekly (Saturdays) operation on a 2,445-kilometre sector to Faro (FAO). Based on OAG Schedules Analyser data, neither route will face direct competition at the time of launch, and both routes will be flown using 737-800s. With this launch, it brings to seven the number of scheduled destinations that Norwegian flies from Billund. It also operates to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Oslo Gardermoen and Palma de Mallorca. Along with these scheduled services, the airline also operates charter flights to Chania, Kos, Rhodes and Zante on behalf of Bravo Tours, one of the largest travel agencies in Denmark.

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Norwegian launches operations from its new Billund base to Faro and Ponta Delgada in the Azores. 

Norwegian launched flights from Billund to Ponta Delgada on 7 May, becoming the Danish airport’s ninth new route this year. Other new destinations which have been, or will soon be, added to the airport’s departure boards this year include Dublin (launching 28 October), Faro, Edinburgh, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Timisoara (3 September) and Vienna. Norwegian opened its base at Billund Airport on 1 April, and it now operates seven schedules routes from the airport.

  • Norwegian, which opened its base at Billund (BLL) at the start of the S19 season, has introduced a further two scheduled routes from Denmark’s second busiest airport. On 7 May, the LCC launched services to Ponta Delgada (PDL). The carrier will serve the 3,265-kilometre route weekly (Tuesdays). On 11 May, the airline introduced a weekly (Saturdays) operation on a 2,445-kilometre sector to Faro (FAO). Based on OAG Schedules Analyser data, neither route will face direct competition at the time of launch, and both routes will be flown using 737-800s. With this launch, it brings to seven the number of scheduled destinations that Norwegian flies from Billund. It also operates to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Oslo Gardermoen and Palma de Mallorca. Along with these scheduled services, the airline also operates charter flights to Chania, Kos, Rhodes and Zante on behalf of Bravo Tours, one of the largest travel agencies in Denmark.

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Two airports have submitted FTWAs to anna.aero for judging in this week’s competition. With one entry from Russia, and the other from the UK, it’s a case of which airport has got the perfect recipe for Arch of Triumph perfection. Click here to find out which one has clinched the latest weekly win.

It’s not a battle of global regions in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition, but more an inter-regional stalemate. It’s East vs West in Europe, as London Southend and Ufa airports battle it out to take this week’s win. Both route inaugurals are of similar characteristics too. Both are regional, both airlines have red tails, and both are not the biggest airlines in their home markets. Nevertheless, one is for a twice-weekly service, the other multi-daily. One is domestic, and the other international. So there are differences too. However, given its finest quality of water dancing, the firefighters of Ufa have washed away the skills of those serving London Southend this week, heading straight to fourth in the overall leaderboard. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Airline and route FTWA Airport Score
20-Mar IndiGo Delhi to Istanbul  Istanbul Atatürk (ISL) 37.6
10-Mar Bamboo Airways Hanoi to Can Tho Can Tho (VCA) 36.8
08-Feb Philippines AirAsia Cebu to Macau Cebu (CEB) 36.0
12-May Buta Airways Baku to Ufa Ufa (UFA) 35.9
27-Jan Hainan Airlines Chongqing to Yangon Yangon (RGN) 34.4
2-May Ryanair Budapest to Seville Budapest (BUD) 33.3
30-Jan Thai Lion Air Bangkok Don Mueang to Colombo Colombo (CMB) 32.7
Buta Airways Baku to Ufa 12 May 

Head on view and heading to the top of the leaderboard!

Judges’ Comments: It’s a superb effort from the united firefighters of Ufa. Both tenders are equal distances from the aircraft. The E190 is in a head-on position, the angle that is favoured most by anna.aero’s esteemed judges. The weather is perfect, and both arches are of matching angles. All that lets this entry down is the blur of the image and the over-enthused power of the right-hand tender. Ufa has to settle for fourth in the overall leaderboard, but the potential was there to be so much greater! 

 Jonny: 8.8; Kerry: 9.0; Paul: 9.2; Mohammad: 8.9. 

Loganair Aberdeen to London Southend 12 May 

They guys at London Southend make it just past the half way point…just.

Judges’ Comments: The brigade at London Southend have just about made it past the half way point for scoring in this week’s competition. Why you may ask? Well, there is certainly a second tender, as seen by the small arch visible in the top right-hand side of the image. However, it is a good job that the left-hand tender is in shot and showcasing some excellent water arch propulsion for the size of aircraft it is welcoming. Nevertheless, Southend will have to accept second in this week’s competition… 

 Jonny: 4.8; Kerry: 5.2; Paul: 5.1; Mohammad: 5.0.

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JetSMART links Buenos Aires El Palomar with Tucuman and Neuquen with Mendoza. 

JetSMART launched twice-weekly flights between Buenos Aires El Palomar and Tucuman on 7 May. Pictured at the launch ceremony are Dario Ratinoff, Commercial Manager, JetSMART; Sebastian Giobellina, President, Tucuman Tourism; and Juan Luis Fernández, Minister of Productive Development of Tucuman.

  • JetSMART, which recently entered the Argentinian market, launching two domestic routes in the nation last week. On 7 May, the carrier initiated a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) service between Buenos Aires El Palomar (EPA) and Tucuman (TUC), although the inaugural departure took place on a Tuesday. The carrier will serve the 1,062-kilometre route in direct competition with Flybondi which also operates a twice-weekly service. On 9 May, the airline initiated services on a second domestic connection, this time between Neuquen (NQN) and Mendoza (MDZ). The 681-kilometre link will also be served by the carrier twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays), facing direct competition from Aerolineas Argentinas which provides a daily link on the city pair. Both new routes launched by JetSMART this week will be served using its fleet of A320s.

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Buta Airways begins a twice-weekly service between the Azerbaijani and Russian airports. 

Buta Airways launched flights between Baku and Ufa on 12 May, a route it plans to operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of E190s. To celebrate the airline’s arrival, Ufa baked a welcoming cake.

  • Buta Airways launched flights from its main base at Baku (GYD) to Ufa (UFA) on 12 May. The carrier will serve the 1,624-kilometre route twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using its fleet of E190s this summer bases on OAG Schedules Analyser data. Competition on the airport pair comes from NordStar, with it offering a weekly (Fridays) rotation using its fleet of 737-800s.

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El Al joins United Airlines by launching its own three times weekly link from Tel Aviv to San Francisco.

El Al launched flights between Tel Aviv and San Francisco on 13 May. Pictured cutting the ribbon in Tel Aviv before the inaugural departure are Michael Strassburger, VP Commercial and Industry Affairs, El Al; Yisrael Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel; and Gonen Usishkin, CEO, El Al. The airline will operate the city pair three times weekly.

  • El Al launched its newest transatlantic service on 13 May, commencing a three times weekly connection between Tel Aviv (TLV) and San Francisco (SFO). The carrier will serve the 11,916-kilometre airport pair using its fleet of 787-9s. Competition comes from United Airlines. The Star Alliance member is already serving the route daily this summer using its fleet of 777-300s. It too used to fly the route using 787-9s, before upgrading its services to the higher seat capacity given by the 777-300 on 1 April. El Al will further expand its US route offering later this year, launching flights from Tel Aviv to Las Vegas in June, while a seasonal link to Orlando is scheduled to commence in July. The carrier has also confirmed more flights to the US for 2020, with Chicago O’Hare services expected to begin in March next year. Closer to home, the airline will add a new European service on 26 May when it resumes operations to Manchester, a destination it last served from Tel Aviv in 2001.

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Budapest Airport, anna.aero and reigning champions Aer Lingus start their warm-up preparations ahead of this year’s run on Budapest Airport’s 13R-31L runway, Saturday 31 August.

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Budapest Airport’s Aviation Development Team take on a little light warm-up run ahead of this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run. Entering a team for the Ultrabalaton – the longest running race in Central Europe, a mere 220 kilometres around Hungary’s Lake Balaton – the group look ready to take on any challenging airport team who think they could beat them on the runway in August.

Serious training began last weekend for some of the hopefuls in this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run. As reigning champions Aer Lingus’ Team Captain conquered British Airways’ Run Gatwick, across the continent Budapest Airport’s own running team took on Central Europe’s longest running race, Ultrabalaton.

Known for not doing anything by half, the airport team entered an 11-person relay team including Kam Jandu, CCO (fresh from his recent London Marathon); Máté Ritter, Airline Development Manager; and Nikolett Huszák, Airline Marketing Manager, in the one lap race around Lake Balaton, a gruelling 220 kilometres. Completing the challenge in 21:47:25, the team look ready to rocket down the runway later this year.

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Meanwhile, Aer Lingus’ Wayne Forde, Transatlantic Revenue Management and Team Captain of the reigning ‘Fastest Airline in the World’, took to the roads around London Gatwick Airport in the British Airways-sponsored Run Gatwick, joining anna.aero’s very own Aviation Development Editor, Jonathan Ford, for his first half marathon.

Reigning champion trains with anna.aero

Making a quick island hop, Wayne Forde, Transatlantic Revenue Management, Aer Lingus, joined the British Airways-sponsored Run Gatwick Half Marathon as part of his now annual training schedule for the 10k on Budapest’s runway later this summer. Talking tactics and running pace with anna.aero’s Aviation Development Editor, Jonathan Ford, the duo ran around the surrounding countryside of the airport’s perimeter – confirming once again that Budapest Airport remains the host of the only European runway run to be held in broad daylight.

Having been a dedicated supporter of the Budapest Runway Run for the last five years – and being the first to register again this year – Forde completed the half marathon frustratingly close to a sub-two hours (2:02), while first-time half marathon runner Ford finished in a reasonably respectable time of 2:22.

Think your airline can knock hat-trick winner Aer Lingus and its Running Team Captain Wayne Forde off the podium and claim the title of ‘Fastest Airline in the World’ from the Irish carrier?

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Remember, spaces are limited…

Do you love the idea of running down the runway in the awesomely beautiful city of Budapest? After another hugely successful Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run last year, the seventh edition of the air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive will be held on Saturday 31 August 2019. Spaces are limited so make sure you reserve your place sooner rather than later!

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Loganair launches flights from Edinburgh to three new destinations, while London Southend joins network.

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Loganair launched flights from Edinburgh to Bergen, Guernsey and Stavanger this week, while a route to Islay was added back in March, taking to four the number of new routes which the airline has added from the Scottish capital for the S19 season. Pictured with the crew, and the amazing route launch cake, celebrating the new services are Jonathan Hinkles, MD, Loganair and Gordon Dewar, CEO, Edinburgh Airport.

Bergen Airport also celebrated its new link with Loganair by baking a cake, choosing the mystical create of the Lochness Monster as its culinary creative inspiration. The carrier will link Bergen to Edinburgh three times weekly this summer using its fleet of E135s, with no other operator presently serving the route according to OAG schedules.

Aberdeen Airport also got creative with cake for its latest route launch with Loganair. On 12 May, the regional carrier commenced a 17 times weekly service between the Scottish city and London Southend.

Loganair introduced London Southend to its network on 12 May, launching a 17 times weekly service from Aberdeen. Pictured at the launch celebration at the London airport along with crew are Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chamber of Commerce; Jonathan Hinkles, MD, Loganair; and Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation.

  • Loganair continues to expand its network, launching six new routes between 9 and 12 May. Edinburgh (EDI) was the biggest beneficiary, seeing three new services to Bergen (BGO), Guernsey (GCI) and Stavanger (SVG). Along with Edinburgh, Aberdeen (ABZ) saw the start of a 17 times weekly link to London Southend (SEN), with the latter becoming a new destination for the airline. Humberside (HUY), also a new airport operation for the operator, and Bournemouth (BOH), where Loganair started its newest flight from last week, also saw expansion from the carrier. None of the six routes launched will face direct competition. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
09-May Edinburgh (EDI) Bergen (BGO) E135 (3)  
10-May Stavanger (SVG) E135 (4)  
11-May Bournemouth (BOH) Guernsey (GCI) E135 (1)  
Edinburgh (EDI)  
Humberside (HUY) Jersey (JER)  
12-May Aberdeen (ABZ) London Southend (SEN) E135 (17)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 14 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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airBaltic introduces flights to Kos and Menorca from its largest base. 

airBaltic launched flights between Riga and Menorca on 12 May, a route it will operate using its A220-300 fleet. Pictured with the route launch cake at the inaugural flight ceremony in Riga are Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Planning, airBaltic; Liene Freivalde, Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development, Riga Airport;aura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport; and Mantas Vrubliauskas, Network Development Manager, airBaltic.

airBaltic also added Kos to its network on 11 May, with Riga Airport baking this beach-themed cake to celebrate the new route to the Greek island. Flown weekly (Saturdays), the route faces no direct competition.

  • airBaltic launched two new routes from Riga (RIX) on 11 and 12 May, starting with a weekly (Saturdays) 2,248-kilometre route to Kos (KGS). The carrier will face no direct competition on the route to the Greek island. The following day, a 2,374-kilometre service to Menorca (MAH) was inaugurated. Also flown weekly (Sundays) this summer, it too is a route that will face no direct competition based on OAG Schedules Analyser data. Both destinations will be flown to using the carrier’s fleet of A220-300s. Kos and Menorca become the fourth and fifth new routes for the airline from Riga this summer, having begun services to Dublin, Lviv and Stuttgart on the opening week of the S19 season. 

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