Entries in seasonal (5)

Wednesday
Jun292011

Vueling starts Madrid-Mykonos seasonal non-stop route

The Barcelona-based regional carrier Vueling Airlines will start a new seasonal route Friday.  It will run between Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) and Mykonos Island National Airport (IATA: JMK; ICAO: LGMK) on the Greek Cycladic island of Mykonos.  The route will run in both directions on Monday, Friday, and Sunday until July 28, when it will begin to run on Thursday as well.  As of this posting, travelers can fly this route on these four days of the week, until September 11.  This may be when Vueling intends to discontinue the seasonal route, but that is unconfirmed.  Results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that Vueling has a codeshare agreement with the Spanish airline Iberia along this route.  The same source shows that the route will be operated with the Airbus A320-100 and A320-200.

Also, the Jakarta-based carrier Lion Air has commenced service between its hub at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (IATA: CGK; ICAO: WIII) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL; ICAO: WMKK) near the Malaysian capital.

Lion Air will face a great deal of competition along this route, as no less than five other airlines fly it daily, according to Kayak.  Notwithstanding that, presumably each of Lion Air's flights is filled to capacity, as the company's English motto is "We make people fly."  Our editors are curious as to the ways in which this motto is implemented in the day-to-day activities of the airline.

In any case, Alitalia is indefinitely shelving its Turin-Berlin (Tegel) route, effective tomorrow.  Also, the British budget carrier EasyJet is discontinuing its Berlin (Schönefeld)-Gothenburg route tomorrow as well.

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Sunday
Jun262011

Norwegian starts seasonal route between Stockholm and Tel Aviv

Norwegian Air Shuttle commenced a seasonal service between Stockholm's Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and David Ben-Gurion Airport (IATA: TLV; ICAO: LLBG) in Tel Aviv this morning.  The first Stockholm-Tel Aviv flight of the season for the carrier was scheduled to leave Stockholm's main international airport at 7:00 this morning local time, but was delayed 25 minutes according to Arlanda's website.  The route will operate weekly in both directions on Sunday, until Norwegian Air Shuttle decides to retire it for the season.  It will be flown with the Boeing 737-800.

The route is scheduled to depart Stockholm at 7:00 in the morning each Sunday, local time, and arrive in Tel Aviv 12:50 in the afternoon local time.  It is scheduled to depart Tel Aviv for the return trip at 1:50 in the afternoon local time, and arrive back in Stockholm at 5:40 in the afternoon local time.  The flight is listed at 4 hours 50 minutes long, in both directions, on Norwegian Air Shuttle's official website.  Stockholm and Tel Aviv both observe daylight saving time during the middle months of the year, and Tel Aviv generally operates one hour ahead of Stockholm.

Norwegian Air Shuttle was founded in 1993 and is now Scandinavia's second-largest airline behind Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).  It is based in the municipality of Bærum, a western suburb of Oslo.  In true Scandinavian tradition, it operates seven roughly equivalent hubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Meanwhile, the Moscow-based airline RusLine started a non-stop route from Moscow to the Lithuanian Baltic seaside town of Palanga today, according to the official website of the town's airport (IATA: PLQ; ICAO: EYPA).  The route is operated with a Bombardier CRJ200.  It too will operate once a week on Sunday, in both directions.  It is scheduled to depart Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport (IATA: DME; ICAO: UUDD) at 5:50 in the morning local time, and arrive in Lithuania at 6:40 in the morning local time.  It is scheduled to depart the town of Palanga at 8:10 in the morning local time, and arrive back in Moscow at 11:05 local time.  Flight time is just under two hours long, in both directions.  Moscow operates one hour ahead of Palanga.

Additional information about this route, including pricing information, can be found on the airline's website, though it is in Russian, and does not offer an English translation.

original stories

Norwegian's Stockholm Arlanda network passes 30 routes; becomes second biggest base (www.anna.aero)

2011 04 12 (Palanga International Airport)

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Thursday
Jun162011

Air France starts seasonal Paris-San Francisco route in A380

Earlier this month, Air France commenced a seasonal non-stop round trip in the Airbus A380, between Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, to San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO).  The route is flown twice a day on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and is flown once a day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The westbound flight is scheduled at 11 hours 10 minutes long, and the eastbound flight is scheduled at 10 hours 25 minutes long, according to www.kayak.com.

Air France-KLM Group teamed with Delta Air Lines in a trans-Atlantic joint venture, in 2008.  Air France's press release on the seasonal Paris-San Francisco route explains that it is conducted "in partnership with Delta," even though Delta currently has no Airbus A380 airplanes in its fleet.

The seasonal route is scheduled to terminate on September 4 this year, according to Air France.

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Monday
May162011

Icelandair inaugurates Keflavik-D.C. non-stop route

Tomorrow, Icelandair, the flag carrier airline of Iceland, will commence a four-times weekly seasonal round-trip service between its hub at Keflavik International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF) and Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD) west of Washington, D.C.  The flights are scheduled to depart (in both directions) on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday until September 13, according to results returned by the airline ticket search engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The same source lists the Boeing 757-200 as the aircraft the route will be operated with.

When the route was announced last October, the airline's General Manager over the Americas, Thorsteinn Egilsson, applauded the decision, and recalled that Icelandair "called [the D.C. area] home for 15 years."  An Icelandic visitor to the aviation message boards at www.airliners.net, writing under the handle "northernlights," explains that in the early 1990s, Icelandair inaugurated a route between Keflavik and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI; ICAO: KBWI).  The route was established to serve the civilian travel needs of United States Navy servicemen and their families, as they traveled between their bases in Virginia and Maryland, and their facility at Keflavik International, which was operated by NATO, and officially known to American Naval service personnel as the United States Naval Air Station Keflavik (NASKEF).

In September 2006, the United States Navy stopped using the facility, and ownership of NASKEF was turned over to the Icelandic Defense Agency.  Passengers on the Keflavik-Baltimore round trip route had largely been American Naval servicemen and their families.  Demand for the route decreased considerably upon the closure of NASKEF, and the route was dropped by Icelandair.

Icelandair flies year-round between Keflavik and the North American destinations of New York and Seattle.  It flies seasonally between Keflavik and the North American destinations of Minneapolis, Orlando, Toronto, and Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada).

original stories

Icelandair Announces Flights from Washington, D.C. (Icelandair)

Washington D.C. Gets a Taste of Iceland (Icelandair)

Monday
May162011

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

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