Route rundown: LHR-SEZ, LJU-KBP, CCS-BOG

This week: British Airways returns to the Seychelles after a 13-year absence and Avior Airlines picks up Caracas-Bogota route.

Nigel MayesNigel Mayes is the senior vice president, consulting & product development at ASM. Nigel has more than 15 years’ experience in route development and is responsible for product development at ASM.

The sister company to Routes, ASM is the world‘s leading route development consultancy and has supported the creation of new air services since 1993.


Route 1: London - Seychelles

BA rundown

Data

Carrier

 British Airways

Aircraft

 Boeing 787-9 

Frequency

 Twice weekly

Start Date

 24 March 2018

Distance

 8,217 km

O&D Traffic Demand (2016)

 31,450

Growth % YOY

 27.9%

Average Fare $ (one way)

 $554

Insight

British Airways last flew to the Seychelles in June 2004, when the carrier operated a flight from London Heathrow to Mahe Island via Nairobi. The planned route will operate twice weekly from March to October 2018 using the British flag carrier's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. It will be the first direct service to the Seychelles from the UK, meaning flights from London will take ten hours, instead of more than 13 hours with a connection in the Middle East. Visitor arrivals from the UK and Ireland, which is currently the Seychelles’ fifth largest market, stands at 15,427 to date for 2017, representing a 22 percent increase on last year. 


Route 2: Ljubljana – Kiev

Adria_Airways.jpg

Data

Carrier Adria_Airways_Logo_Star.svg.png 
Aircraft  CRJ900
Frequency  Three weekly
Start Date  29 October 2017
Distance  1,296 km
O&D Traffic Demand (2016)  4,930
Growth % YOY  -10.8%
Average Fare $ (one way)  $125

Insight

Adria Airways plans to resume Ljubljana – Kiev Borispil route in the winter 2017/18 season, previously served until September 2011. Flights to Kiev will be available on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, while departures in the opposite direction will be on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Star Alliance member currently connects Ljubljana to 18 destinations, with more than 190 scheduled flights a week.  

The route will target the inbound leisure traffic into Ljubljana from Kiev. The outbound market from Ukraine has been growing since the recent conflict, with people increasingly seeking destinations in Europe to visit rather than some of the traditional markets in Crimea.  


Route 3: Caracas – Bogota

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Data

Carrier  2000px-Avior_Airlines.svg.png
Aircraft  Boeing 737-400
Frequency  Daily
Start Date  3 October 2017
Distance  1,028 km
O&D Traffic Demand (2016)  136,345
Growth % YOY  -38.3%
Average Fare $ (one way)  $201.74

Insight

Venezuelan carrier Avior Airlines' plans to launch a daily Caracas - Bogota flight comes less than two months after Avianca suspended its twice-daily operation amid safety concerns, ending more than 60 years of continuous service to Venezuela. Colombia’s largest airline had previously planned to cease operations in mid-August, but halted flights in late July citing "operational and security limitations". Delta Airlines has also ceased flying to Venezuela, following the likes of United, Air Canada, Aeromexico and Lufthansa in cancelling routes to the country. 

 Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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