Route rundown: TLV-MAN, MCT-ATH, MXP-HRK

This week: El Al to resume its Tel Aviv – Manchester route; Oman Air adds European destination; and Ernest Airlines continues Ukraine expansion.

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: Tel Aviv – Manchester 

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 el al logo


Boeing 737-800


Three weekly

Start date

26 May 2019


3,804 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



Israel’s flag carrier El Al is resuming its Tel Aviv – Manchester route, previously served by the airline on regular basis until June 2001. As reported by Airlineroute, the three-weekly service is scheduled to start on 26 May 2019 on board Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The route is currently operated by low-cost carrier easyJet, which began service in November 2012. It offers two weekly flights between Manchester and Ben Gurion International Airport. Leisure carrier Monarch Airlines also offered TLV-MAN flights in 2016 and 2017 until its demise in October 2017, leaving easyJet as the sole operator. Manchester has the largest Jewish population in Britain outside of London.

Route 2: Muscat – Athens

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Carrier oman air logo
Aircraft Boeing 737 MAX 8
Frequency Daily
Start date 1 June 2019
Distance 2,249 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 3,857 
Growth % YOY 13.5%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $353.78


Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is adding Athens to its network from next June. The daily flight will be operated by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Oman has strong bilateral relations with Greece and the introduction of this new flight will certainly help strengthen ties even further. Oman Air is undergoing a fleet and network expansion programme, which will see the airline operate up to 70 aircraft to about 60 destinations by 2022. The carrier has added a number of new services to Europe in recent years, opening routes to Moscow and Istanbul in 2018, as well as increasing frequencies on flights to Manchester.  

Route 3: Milan Malpensa – Kharkiv

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Carrier  organisation-17464-scaled-300x130.png
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 21 March 2019
Distance 1,305 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 9,025
Growth % YOY 17.1%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $153.86


Low-cost carrier Ernest Airlines is adding a third destination in Ukraine with flights to Kharkiv from Milan and Rome. The carrier plans to operate a three-weekly service from 21 March 2019 using Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline entered the Ukrainian market a year ago with flights from Milan Bergamo to Lviv. Ernest said Kharkiv had been chosen due to its strategic location in the densely populated eastern region of Ukraine, where there is a high demand for flights to Italy. Ukrainians living there often fly to Italy for tourism, work, to visit their relatives and friends, and many Italians are doing business in Ukraine.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence

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