Route rundown: FCO-KEF, CAN-BKK, YVR-LIR

This week: Norwegian to serve Italy-Iceland, China Eastern adds service from Guangzhou and Sunwing to operate Vancouver–Liberia route.

Nigel Mayes RAM18 resized.jpgNigel 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: Rome – Reykjavik 

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Carrier  norwegian logo
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Frequency Twice weekly
Start date 28 October 2018
Distance 3,343 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 12,511
Growth % YOY -39.1%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $199.18


Norwegian is adding a new service between Italy and Iceland in winter 2018/19, with flights between Rome Fiumicino and Reykjavik Keflavik. The route, which will operate twice weekly, is one of two being launched from FCO, the other being a seven weekly service to Tel Aviv. It is currently unserved, with both WOW and Vueling last operating FCO-KEF in 2016. The only other services between Italy and Iceland are from Milan Malpensa where WOW and Icelandair compete.

Route 2: Guangzhou – Bangkok

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Carrier China Eastern
Aircraft Boeing 737
Frequency Once a day 
Start date 1 July 2018
Distance 1,712 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 776,401
Growth % YOY 4.8%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $191.28


China Eastern Airlines starting next month is launching new South East Asia service from World Routes 2018 host Guangzhou, where the airline schedules Guangzhou – Bangkok service. Operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, this route will be served once a day. China Eastern will face competition with six other carriers on the route. In summer 2018 season, China Southern Airlines has a 36.8 percent capacity share of the market followed by Thai Airways with 27.5 percent. Spring Airlines, Kenya Airways, Shenzhen Airlines and Thai Smile also operate this route.

Route 3: Vancouver – Liberia 






Boeing 737 MAX 8


One weeky 

Start date

23 December 2018


5,542 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



Sunwing will be offering a weekly non-stop direct flight service from Vancouver to Liberia in Costa Rica this coming winter; departing on Sundays between 23 December 2018 and 31 March 2019. The route will be operated by one of the carrier’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. With the addition of Costa Rica, passengers from Vancouver will have access to 11 different sun destinations. Sunwing’s president of tour operations Andrew Dawson said: “The improved fuel efficiency of the MAX will enable us to offer an increased number of direct flight services from our Western airports."

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence