Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) will offer customers two new routes across the Atlantic with the introduction of Delta’s nonstop service from Salt Lake City to London (Heathrow) and New York (JFK) to Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in May 2016.
Starting May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City will be Delta’s eighth U.S. destination from Heathrow and the only nonstop service between London and the Mountain West.
Daily nonstop service between New York-JFK and Edinburgh will begin on May 26, 2016. Delta’s new service from Scotland’s capital city joins Virgin Atlantic’s three times weekly summer seasonal service from Glasgow to Orlando.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N1613B (msn 32776) arrives in Los Angeles.
Ryanair (Dublin) will open its 74th base at Gothenburg in September with one based aircraft and 13 routes.
In other news, Ryanair has called for a three runway solution in the South East England (London) area. The airline issued this statement in response to the proposed third runway at London Heathrow:
“Ryanair believes that the proposed Heathrow runway – which won’t be delivered for 10 or 15 years – won’t solve the runway capacity crisis in the South East. Ryanair strongly advocates taking politicians out of runway decision making and allowing each of the three London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, to build 3 competing runways which will solve the capacity crisis in the South East for the next 100 years, while at the same time allowing competition between the airports to deliver this capacity efficiently. It remains a fact that additional runways in Stansted and Gatwick can and will be delivered much earlier than any Heathrow third runway.”
The company reported its June traffic grew 14 percent to 9.5 million customers. Its load factor rose five points to 93 percent!
Finally, the ultra low-fare airline announced a new route linking its Edinburgh base with Copenhagen. The new route will operate three days a week starting on November 6.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-ENC (msn 34980) approaches the runway at Las Palmas.
Jet2 (Jet2.com) (Leeds/Bradford) has announced a major expansion at Edinburgh Airport with 12 new destinations for the summer season of 2016.
The 12 new destinations include Antalya, Crete, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Paphos, Rhodes and Tenerife plus exclusive routes to Kefalonia, Larnaca, Vienna and Zante.
The carrier will start flying to the three new Canary Island destinations in February 2016. The airline will add a fifth based aircraft at EDI, a Boeing 737-800.
Photo above: Jet2.
New route information:
Vienna – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on April 29, 2016.
Gran Canaria – weekly (Monday) starting on February 15, 2016.
Lanzarote – twice weekly (Thursday & Sunday) starting on February 14, 2016.
Tenerife – twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on February 12, 2016.
Crete (Heraklion) – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on May 27, 2016.
Kefalonia – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Rhodes – weekly (Saturday) starting on June 25, 2016.
Zante –twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on May 31, 2016.
Larnaca – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Paphos – weekly (Wednesday) starting on June 22, 2016.
Antalya – weekly (Thursday) starting on June 23, 2016.
Dalaman – weekly (Friday) starting on June 24, 2016.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q G-GDFZ (msn 30276) in Jet2holidays colors departs from Tenerife Sur.
Iberia (Madrid) is planning to add six new destinations for the next summer season. The flag carrier will add service from Madrid to Budapest (starting on June 2, 2015, three weekly flights), Catania (June 20, one weekly), Florence (March 29, six weekly), Funchal (July 4, twice weekly), Hamburg (March 30, four weekly) and Palermo (June 23, weekly) per Airline Route.
Additionally Iberia Express will add Edinburgh (March 29, four weekly), Naples (June 1, three weekly) and Verona (June 2, three weekly).
Copyright Photo: Iberia’s Airbus A320-214 EC-MCS (msn 6244) taxies at London’ Heathrow Airport.
Iberia aircraft slide show:
Map of Iberia’s expansion:
Qatar Airways‘ (Doha) CEO Akbar Al Baker in an interview with AFP and quoted by ArabianBusiness.com, termed European airlines as being “inefficient”. The comment came in response to complaints by European carriers, especially Air France-KLM, of unfair competition from the Gulf’s “Big Three”.
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In other news, Qatar Airways will expand its flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport from March 29, 2015, as it increases its frequency to a double-daily service.
The new daily flight, operated by a two-class, Airbus A320 aircraft, will depart Doha at 0945, arriving in Sabiha Gökçen Airport at 1400 and return from Sabiha Gökçen Airport at 1500, arriving back in Doha at 1855.
Qatar Airways recently celebrated its 10 years of successful operations to Turkey. The airline began services to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport in 2004 marking Qatar Airways’ first destination in Turkey, and due to popular passenger demand has been steadily increasing its number of flights to the country.
Qatar Airways currently operates to three destinations in Turkey – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (daily flights), Istanbul Ataturk Airport (10-flights-a-week) and Ankara (four-weekly-flights).
The nonstop four-flights-a-week service from Doha to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport was launched on May 22nd this year, marking Qatar Airways’ addition of its third route to Turkey. Due to an increase in demand, Qatar Airways added three additional flights from October 26 to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, marking the launch of daily flights to the airport.
Qatar Airways will also operate a daily nonstop scheduled service from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Edinburgh Airport from May 1, 2015. The announcement comes just six months after the successful launch of the five-weekly service on the route and reinforces the airline’s commitment to add additional frequencies on the route, which it announced at the launch.
The daily QR 027 outbound service and QR 028 inbound service is operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Edinburgh is Qatar Airways’ third destination in the UK, preceded by London in 1997 and Manchester in 2003. The airline currently operates six flights a day from London Heathrow nonstop to Doha, including ‘Business One’, the all-business class A319. The airline also operates 10 flights per week from Manchester nonstop to Doha.
Photo: CEO Al Baker (Qatar Airways).
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning to shift US Airways‘ Edinburgh-Philadelphia route next summer to an Edinburgh-New York (JFK) routing according to the Scotsman city American sources. AA will operate the seasonal flight between May and September.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. US Airways’ Boeing 757-23N N203UW (msn 30548) in American colors departs from Brussels.