Route Finder: Sydney-Houston, Indianapolis-Paris, Budapest-Berlin

Peter Terlato 13 September 2017

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Our weekly round-up of new flight routes and route changes worldwide.

We look at which airlines are flying where next, including when they’ll begin and how often services will run.


United Airlines: Sydney-Houston

When does it launch? January 2018
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? At 13,843km, the trip from Sydney will take 15 hours and 45 minutes, while the return from Houston takes 17.5 hours, making it one of the longest flights in the world.


Delta Air Lines: Indianapolis-Paris

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? N/A
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Customers from across the Hoosier State will have convenient connections at Paris-Charles de Gaulle to more than 100 destinations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.


Hebei Airlines: Shijiazhuang-Singapore

When does it launch? October 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Hangzhou
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Parent company Xiamen Airlines will end its Hangzhou-Singapore service on 28 October 2017. Hebei Airlines is a relatively new Chinese carrier, which first took off in 2010.


Wizz Air: Budapest-Berlin

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? easyJet, Ryanair and airberlin
Anything else I need to know? Based on the airline’s press release, the route was scheduled to begin in March 2018, however, the Hungarian low-cost carrier subsequently moved the launch date forward.


Lion Air: Makassar-Jeddah

When does it launch? October 2017
How often does it fly? Twice weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? Garuda Indonesia and Saudi Arabian Airlines
Anything else I need to know? These flights are part of a series of new services to Saudi Arabia.


Nordica: Tallinn-Gothenburg

When does it launch? August 2017
How often does it fly? Six times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Regional Jet CRJ900 aircraft operate the route.


Air China: Shanghai-Bangkok

When does it launch? October 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? China Eastern, Juneyao, Spring Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Thai Airlines
Anything else I need to know? Airbus A321 aircraft will operate this route, departing Pu Dong Airport.


WOW Air: Reykjavík-Dallas/Fort Worth

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? The Icelandic low-cost carrier is based at Keflavík International Airport.


Himalayan Airlines: Kathmandu-Dammam

When does it launch? September 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Airbus A320 aircraft will operate on this Saudi Arabian service.


Virgin Australia and China Eastern boost services between Australia and China

Virgin Australia will raise its flight frequency between Melbourne and Hong Kong, while China Eastern plans to increase the number of services between Brisbane and Shanghai.

From November, both carriers will offer daily return services between their respective departure cities.

Fellow Aussie carrier Qantas Airways codeshares with China Eastern on both the Brisbane (QF5007) and Shanghai (QF5006) routes, allowing frequent flyers to earn points and status credits on these flights.

Ryanair expands its Dublin network

Ryanair has announced planned new services from Dublin, including the launch of three routes for the winter season and an additional route for the summer.

The planned new routes include Dublin-Munich, effective 29 October and flying twice daily; Dublin-Naples, effective 29 October and flying twice weekly; Dublin-Stuttgart, effective 23 November and flying once daily; and Dublin-Marrakech, effective 25 March 2018 and flying twice weekly.

Qantas and El Al Israel Airlines begin codeshare partnership

Last week, Qantas Airways and El Al Israel Airlines opened reservations for their planned codeshare agreement.

Commencing today, El Al will place its code (LY) on Qantas flights between Brisbane and Hong Kong, Melbourne and Hong Kong, Sydney and Bangkok, Sydney and Hong Kong and Sydney and Johannesburg.

Qantas will place its code (QF) on El Al flights between Tel Aviv and Bangkok and Hong Kong and Johannesburg.


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

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