Route rundown: JFK-MEX, KRK-TLV, MAD-OZZ

This week: JetBlue's new Mexico City service; LOT Polish Airlines to increase Israeli routes; and Ryanair adds Madrid – Ouarzazate.

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: New York JFK – Mexico City

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Data

Carrier  JetBlue_Airways_Logo.jpg
Aircraft Airbus A320 
Frequency One daily
Start date 25 October 2018
Distance 3,383 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 711,580
Growth % YOY 22%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $247.20

Insight

JetBlue is to introduce a new daily non-stop flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Mexico City, beginning on 25 October 2018. On the same day, the airline will also launch a daily route to Mexico’s capital from Boston. The routes add to its existing service to Mexico City from Orlando International Airport and Fort Lauderdale and mean JetBlue will offer six daily flights from the US.

JetBlue had originally planned to fly from Los Angeles to Mexico City but said that “after careful evaluation” it determined that New York and Boston would be “the most relevant routes”. The low-cost carrier secured the slots at the congested Mexican airport in 2017 after Delta and Aeromexico were forced to surrender some slots under the terms of the antitrust immunity approval they received from the US Department of Transportation.


Route 2: Krakow – Tel Aviv

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Data

Carrier LOT Polish logo
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Frequency Two weekly
Start date 25 February 2019
Distance 2,371 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 38,670
Growth % YOY 143.4%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $176.04

Insight

From 25 February 2019, LOT Polish Airlines will operate Krakow – Tel Aviv twice a week as part of its ongoing expansion in the Israeli market. The announcement comes four months after the carrier began a weekly service from Rzeszow to Tel Aviv.

The airline currently operates 21 weekly departures from Poland to Israel, flying to Tel Aviv from Warsaw, Lublin, Gdańsk, Poznań and Wrocław in addition to Rzeszow.

The Krakow route will help meet growing demand from Polish tourists, as well as providing a service for Israeli high school children visiting Poland. Since the 1980s, most Israeli high schools have been sending thousands of students ages 16-18 to Poland to learn about the Holocaust. 


Route 3: Madrid – Ouarzazate

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Data

Carrier

 ryanair logo

Aircraft

Boeing 737-800 

Frequency

Twice weekly 

Start date

30 December 2018

Distance

1,115 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)

1,966

Growth % YOY

-6.7%

Average one-way fare $ (2017)

$159.74

Insight

From October 30, 2018, low-cost carrier Ryanair will operate two flights per week between Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez and Ouarzazate airport, operated by Boeing 737-800 with 189 seats. Departures are scheduled Tuesday and Saturday at 13:25, return flights leaving Morocco at 14:50. The route is currently unserved and add to Ryanair’s Morocco flights connecting the Spanish capital to Fez, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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