Route Finder: Beijing-Kota Kinabalu, Nice-New York, Bangkok-Chengdu

Peter Terlato 14 November 2017

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Xiamen Airlines: Beijing-Kota Kinabalu

When does it launch? January 2018
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? Reservations for this route are not currently available.


Thai AirAsia: Phuket-Kunming

When does it launch? February 2018
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? China Eastern and Lucky Air.
Anything else I need to know? Kunming is the capital and largest city in China’s Yunnan Province.


S7 Airlines: Irkutsk-Tokyo

When does it launch? April 2018
How often does it fly? Once to twice per week
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? A summer 2018 route, operated once per week between May 13 and June 17.


S7 Airlines: Novosibirsk-Minsk

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? Once per week
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? Airbus A320 will fly this summer 2018 seasonal route.


Air France: Nice-New York

When does it launch? June 2018
How often does it fly? Two scheduled round trip services
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? Delta Air Lines
Anything else I need to know? Delta Air Lines will place its code (DL) on these limited flights.


SalamAir: Muscat-Doha

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Five times weekly
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? Oman Air and Qatar Airways
Anything else I need to know? SalamAir is Oman’s low-cost carrier, operating a fleet of Airbus A320.


Norwegian Air: Helsinki-Marrakech

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Once per week
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? This five and a half hour flight is Norwegian’s new North African link.


Lanmei Airlines: Phnom Penh-Hong Kong

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Once per week
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? Dragonair and Hong Kong Airlines.
Anything else I need to know? Lanmei is a Chinese-owned budget carrier registered in Cambodia.


Jet Airways: Goa-Abu Dhabi

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? This route is part of Jet Airways’ expansion into the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Thai AirAsia: Bangkok-Chengdu

When does it launch? February 2018
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? China Eastern, Maldivian, Spring Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Thai Airways.
Anything else I need to know? The Chengdu Plain is locally known as the “Country of Heaven”.


Turkish Airlines: Istanbul-Freetown

When does it launch? February 2018
How often does it fly? Twice per week
Where is the stopover? Ouagadougou
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? Two of four Ouagadougou services will continue flying to Freetown.


Qatar Airways: Doha-Thessaloniki

When does it launch? March 2018
How often does it fly? Four times weekly
Where is the stopover? Nonstop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? The archaeological city is Qatar’s second destination in Greece.


Vietnam Airlines and Bangkok Airways codeshare

Vietnam Airlines and Bangkok Airways have launched a reciprocal codeshare partnership this week.

The two airlines will begin codesharing on flights from November 15 2017.

Bangkok Airways will add its code (PG) to Vietnam Airline’s Bangkok-Hanoi and Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh City.

Additionally, Vietnam Airlines will add its code (VN) to Bangkok Airways flights between Bangkok and Chiang Rai, Da Nang, Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket.

Lufthansa expands codeshare routes

Lufthansa will grow its codeshare with Austrian Airlines and SWISS International Air Lines from December.

Austrian Airlines will add its code (OS) on Lufthansa flights between Frankfurt and Mauritius, while Lufthansa will add its code (LH) to Austrian Airlines flights between Vienna and Mauritius.

SWISS International Air Lines will add its code (LX) to Austrian Airline’s Vienna-Colombo and Vienna-Male.

Spirit Airlines is launching seven new Columbus, Ohio services

Spirit Airlines has announced a raft of service launches from Columbus, Ohio between February and April 2018.

Spirit is an ultra-low-budget American carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida.

The planned new routes are as follows:

Columbus-Fort Lauderdale – February 15 2018 – Daily
Columbus-Las Vegas – February 15 2018 – Daily
Columbus-Orlando – February 15 2018 – Daily
Columbus-Fort Myers – February 15 2018 – Daily (Winter seasonal route until 11 April 2018)
Columbus-Tampa – February 15 2018 – Daily (Winter seasonal route until 11 April 2018)
Columbus-Myrtle Beach – March 22 2018 – Four times weekly (Summer seasonal route)
Columbus-New Orleans – March 22 2018 – Three times weekly (Summer seasonal route)


Each week, Route Finder informs you of the latest airline route launches, cancellations and changes.

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