Route rundown: AMS-BOS, GRU-UIO, ICN-OKA

This week: KLM resumes Boston after 24 years; GOL to start an Ecuador route; and Air Seoul expands Japan network.

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: Amsterdam – Boston

KLM A330-200 rundown


Carrier  klm logo
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Frequency Three weekly (four from 1 July 2019)
Start date 31 March 2019
Distance 5,571 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 94,597
Growth % YOY -6.0%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $698.37


From 31 March 2019, KLM will begin operating flights between Amsterdam Schiphol and Boston on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-300, offering capacity for 292 passengers. Boston will become the 17th North Atlantic destination served directly by KLM. The new service comes in addition to the two daily AMS-BOS flights operated by Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM’s joint-venture partner on transatlantic routes. KLM previously operated this route with its own aircraft until June 1994. The flights being added by KLM will give customers an earlier departure from Amsterdam and a later departure from Boston, compared to Delta's current schedule. 

Route 2: Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Quito

gol rundown


Carrier gol_logo_detail.jpg
Aircraft Boeing 737 MAX 8
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 27 December 2018
Distance 4,326 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 22,601
Growth % YOY -21.5%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $365.43


Brazil's GOL is to start a direct route between the cities of São Paulo and Quito in Ecuador in December 2018, with three weekly flights. The talks between GOL and Quiport made a “decisive breakthrough” during Routes Americas 2018, which took place in Ecuador's capital Quito in February. GOL will operate the new route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays using new generation aircraft Boeing 737 MAX 8. The Brazil - Ecuador market was last served non-stop by the state-owned TAME, which operated a Quito - São Paulo-Guarulhos route until the country's recession in 2016.

Route 3: Seoul Incheon – Okinawa 

1024px-Aircraft_of_Air_Seoul rundownImage: Gabriella918



 Air Seoul


Airbus A321


Five weekly

Start date

21 September 2018


1,280 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



Air Seoul is adding a new route to Japan from late September, with flights to the holiday destination Okinawa scheduled to run until 27 October 2018. The South Korean low-cost carrier, a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, currently operates services from its main base at Seoul Incheon to 11 locations in Japan: Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Osaka Kansai International, Sapporo New Chitose, Shizuoka, Takamatsu, Tokyo Narita, Toyama and Yonago. Japan is a major market for Air Seoul with four of its top ten destinations by seat capacity during summer 2018 to airports in the country. The carrier will compete in ICN-OKA with parent Asiana Airlines, as well as Eastar Jet, Jeju Airlines, Jin Air, Korean Air, Peach and T'way Air.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence