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Updates on new airline routes and changes (Updated)

August 29, 2012

Here’s a quick round up of airlines’ new routes and changes on some existing ones:

Turkish Airlines launches services to Kinshasa

Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines is launching services to Kinshasa on Monday, August 27th. Turkish Airlines will offer four roundtrip flights from Istanbul to Kinshasa per week – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Kinshasa becomes one of more than 200 destinations Turkish Airlines currently flies to, including direct, non-stop flights from its four U.S. gateways, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. In April 2013, Houston will become the fifth U.S. gateway flying direct to Istanbul.

British Airways launches services to Colombo, Sri Lanka

British AirwaysBritish Airways is launching a new route to Sri Lanka from London Gatwick next year. The three-times-a-week service to the capital city Colombo will start on March 31, 2013 and will be operated by a Boeing 777 with three cabins including Club World with fully flat beds.

Flights, which are now on sale, will operate via Male in the Maldives with a flying time of just over 12 and a half hours.

Also see:
Sri Lanka tourist industry booming after end of ethnic war
Sri Lanka makes visa changes

Pegasus Airlines expands flight network in Georgia and Ukraine

Pegasus AirlinesPegasus Airlines extends its flight network to 57 destinations worldwide, with its second destination in Georgia: the Black Sea coastal town of Batumi; and Lviv, Pegasus’ third Ukrainian destination after Kharkiv and Donetsk, launching in October.

Batumi, Pegasus’ second destination in Georgia after Tblisi, will launch on 8 October, departing twice a week via Istanbul.

Due to a special agreement between both countries, passengers can also fly to Batumi or to Hopa in Turkey via Batumi. Batumi and Hopa passengers will all arrive into Batumi Airport. Hopa passengers will be picked up by Havas buses from the Batumi Airport Apron to clear customs and will be transferred to Hopa on 1 and a half hour private bus journey. For the return, passengers will check in at Hopa before returning to Batumi airport again by bus. Guests travelling from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen are requested to check in at the international terminal for flights to both Batumi and Hopa. Guests who have purchased tickets to Hopa will not be allowed to exit the airport at Batumi.

Lviv is Pegasus’ third destination in Ukraine. Three-times weekly flights to Lviv are also launching on 17 October.

British Airways doubles frequency between Dublin and London Heathrow

British Airways will double the number of flights between Dublin and London Heathrow on its service this winter. Following the acquisition of bmi by International Airlines Group (IAG), British Airways now operates this important air link after taking over the route at the end of June.

The changes will take place when the airline introduces its winter 2012 schedule and launches a new timetable which sees the number of daily services increase from four to eight return flights, enabling it to offer thousands more seats a week between both cities.

The new schedule, effective from October 28, will also include the introduction of a new early morning departure time of 6.25am benefiting both business and leisure customers.

American Airlines adds flights to St. Kitts and Roatan, Honduras

American Airlines has added 2 nonstop flights to St. Kitts beginning on November 16, 2012. The two nonstop flights will operate from Miami on Fridays and Sundays. The southbound American Airlines flight AA1153 will depart Miami (MIA) at 4:45 pm and arrive into St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) at 8:35 pm every Friday and Sunday. The northbound return flight AA1726 will depart St. Kitts at 8:40 am and arrive into Miami at 11:05 am every Saturday and Monday. American Airlines will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 144 Economy Class seats and 16 Business Class seats for this flight. All flights are listed in local time.

American Airlines will also offer nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB) in Roatan, Honduras beginning Nov. 17. The new service will operate every Saturday using a Boeing 737 aircraft with 16 seats in Business Class and 144 seats in the Main Cabin.

Below is the schedule for the new nonstop service (all times shown are local):

From To Day Departs Arrives Flight #
Miami (MIA) Roatan (RTB) Saturday 1:05 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 1523
Roatan (RTB) Miami (MIA) Saturday 3:20 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 1670

Air Astana launches flights from Almaty to Hong Kong

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s Skytrax award winning flag carrier, launched a new direct service from Almaty to Hong Kong. Flights will initially be operated twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using a Boeing 757 configured in a 16 business class / 150 economy class configuration. The duration of the Almaty to Hong Kong flight is 6 hours 10 minutes, whilst Hong Kong to Almaty flight is 7 hours 10 minutes.

Alaska Airlines launches daily service between Portland & Washington

Alaska Airlines launched new nonstop service between Portland, Ore., and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington. D.C. The flights are being operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.



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