Route rundown: DOH-GBE, BUD-KZN, PTP-CRL

This week: Qatar Airways is to launch a new service to Gaborone in Botswana; Wizz Air is adding a third destination in Russia; and Air Belgium is to resume scheduled flights.

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: Doha - Johannesburg - Gaborone

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Data

Carrier

Qatar_Airways_logo (1).jpg

Aircraft

Airbus A350-900

Frequency

Three-weekly

Start date

27 October 2019

Distance

3,845 km 

O&D traffic demand (2018)

223

Growth % YOY

10.4%

Average one-way fare $ (2018)

$613.86

Insight

Qatar Airways is to launch a new service to Gaborone in Botswana, starting 27 October 2019, becoming the airline’s first destination in the African country. Gaborone is the capital and the largest city in Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bounded by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The country’s population is about 2.3 million.

The three times weekly flights via Johannesburg will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft, featuring 36 seats in business class and 247 seats in economy. Qatar began serving Johannesburg in 2005 and this month increased weekly frequencies from 14 to 18. From August 2019 it will operate 19 flights per week, rising to 21 in October.

The new Doha - Johannesburg - Gaborone routing, operating on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, will increase the amount of connecting service from the Botswanan capital. By splitting the route, it will also enable Qatar to increase service incrementally as the market dictates.

Looking at indirect traffic flows from Gaborone, the UK, Germany and Switzerland rank highly. With the Qatar - EU open skies agreement expected to be signed this year, Qatar Airways will likely target more Europe - Africa traffic flows in the future.

As reported by Airlineroute, the carrier does not yet have local traffic rights on the Johannesburg – Gaborone sector.


Route 2: Budapest – Kazan 

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Data

Carrier Wizz_Air_Logo_2015.jpg
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Two-weekly
Start date 30 October 2019
Distance 1,395 km
O&D traffic demand (2018) 1,465 
Growth % YOY 18.4%
Average one-way fare $ (2018) $190.90

Insight

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air is adding a third destination in Russia to its network with the launch of Budapest – Kazan. The service will begin on 30 October 2019, operating twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The carrier currently operates three routes to Russia but has plans to increase its footprint in the country. Two of the existing routes are from Budapest to Moscow Vnukovo and St Petersburg Pulkovo, while the third is between Debrecen and Moscow Vnukovo. From 1 October 2019, it will also begin daily service from London Luton to both Moscow Vnukovo and St Petersburg.

Kazan is a city in southwest Russia, about 820 km east of Moscow, and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. It is the sixth most populous city in Russia. The possibility of launching flights between Hungary and Kazan was raised in September 2018 when Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban met with Russian president Vladimir Putin. It is hoped the route can help to strengthen economic, business, and commercial ties.


Route 3: Pointe-a-Pitre – Brussels South Charleroi

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Data

Carrier

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Aircraft

Airbus A340-300 

Frequency

Two-weekly

Start date

7 December 2019

Distance

4,300 km 

O&D traffic demand (2018)

1,282 

Growth % YOY

4.8% 

Average one-way fare $ (2018)

$483.01

Insight

Having focused on wet lease operations since ending service between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong in November 2018, Air Belgium is to resume scheduled flights in December. 

Operated by Airbus A340-300 aircraft configured in three-class layout, the airline plans to fly to two points in the Caribbean. It will operate a Brussels South Charleroi – Fort-de-France – Pointe-a-Pitre – Brussels South Charleroi routing, twice weekly. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, there is currently no scheduled operator between Martinique, Guadeloupe and Belgium.

In March 2019, Air Belgium reversed a decision to resume flights between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong citing “current market conditions”. The airline had intended to operate the route three times per week from 31 March 2019 using Airbus A340-300 aircraft. 

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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