Route rundown: KUL-TSN, LIM-CLO, FLL-GYE

This week: Kuala Lumpur – Tianjin route launched; LATAM Airlines strengthens its connectivity between Colombia and Peru; and JetBlue adds second Ecuador 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: Kuala Lumpur – Tianjin

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Airbus A330-300


Four weekly

Start date

2 December 2018


4,374 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



AirAsia X is further strengthening our connectivity in East Malaysia with four-weekly flights from Kuching to Tawau starting 2 December 2018. The carrier will become the only airline in the country to offer direct flights between the capital city of Sarawak and the third largest city in Sabah. It was previously served until June 2012. Tawau is gaining popularity as a gateway to the world’s best dive sites, especially among Chinese tourists. Ninety percent of AirAsia X’s connecting routes to Tawau are from cities in China and 76 percent of its passengers visiting Tawau come from China. AirAsia Malaysia (AK) now flies to 13 destinations from Kuching, namely Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Bharu, Johor Bahru, Bintulu, Langkawi, Penang, Sibu, Tawau, Miri, Shenzhen, Pontianak and Singapore. The airline also flies to four destinations from Tawau to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru and Kuching.

Route 2: Lima – Cali



Carrier latam logo
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Three weekly 
Start date 2 January 2019
Distance 1,768 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 18,044
Growth % YOY 3.8%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $191.21


Starting on 2 January, LATAM Airlines will strengthen its connectivity between Colombia and Peru with the opening of the Cali- Lima direct route. The service will be operated by LATAM Airlines Peru and means the group will have ten international routes from Colombia. The route will initially have three weekly frequencies and will be operated on Airbus A320 aircraft with capacity for 174 passengers. From 3 January, LATAM is also increasing frequencies on Medellín-Lima from three to four weekly, thereby increasing the total number of frequencies between the two countries to 31 per week. LATAM said the new route from Cali increases its capacity between Colombia and Peru by 4,490 seats per month and so it expects an uplift of 45,000 passengers per year. The airline flew 272,850 passengers between destinations in the two countries in 2017. LATAM will be in competition with Avianca on the LIM-CLO route, which operates a three weekly service.

Route 3: Fort LauderdaleGuayaquil

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Carrier  Jetblue
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Daily
Start date Q1 2019
Distance 3,178 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 21,774 
Growth % YOY 18.2%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $187.75


JetBlue will launch new service to Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport from from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during the first quarter of 2019. The daily Airbus A320 service will become the low-cost carrier’s second destination in Ecuador after Quito, which launched in 2016. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and main port, as well as serving as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Spirit also operates FLL-GYE daily, while TAME operates a four weekly service. Other routes to Guayaquil from the US are operated by LATAM Airlines Ecuador from New York J F Kennedy and American Airlines from Miami International.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence