posted on 19th July 2018 by Justin Burns

Some of the globe’s biggest airlines have launched new routes this week including German carrier Lufthansa which has added six new route destinations departing from Frankfurt and Munich airports for this winter.

The German carrier will now fly Airbus A320s from Frankfurt to Eilat in Israel twice a week starting on 28 October and to Agadir in Morocco twice a week from 29 October.

Also from Frankfurt it will utilise an Canadair CRJ 900 to Trieste (12 times a week) and to Thessaloniki from 28 October twice a week using an A320.

From Munich it will fly an A319/320 to Eilat (twice a week) from 10 November and Agadir once a week using a A319 starting 4 November. It will also serve Edinburgh using either an A319 or CRJ900 twice a week from 1 December and Tromsø twice a week on an A319.

Fellow European carrier British Airways has added a new route from Gatwick Airport to Cologne four times a week from 16 November.

The addition of the Cologne route follows the introduction of the Gatwick to Las Vegas flight which operates thrice-weekly all year round.

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights it operates from Gatwick this winter, with more flights to Palma in Mallorca, Turin, Lanzarote, Malaga and Geneva. The carrier will also start a new route to Durban in South Africa from 29 October which will take-off from Heathrow Airport.

Over in the Middle East, Emirates has added flight frequencies to France, introducing two additional flights to Lyon and one to Paris per week, complementing its existing schedule. They will start on 2 August.

The increase in frequency from five to seven between Lyon and Dubai will see the route become a daily service, using a Boeing 777-300ER.

The extra flight to Paris from 7 August brings to 21 the number of flights per week to the French capital, offering passengers three flights per day. The airline’s flagship A380 will be used on the route.

Over in Asia, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has boosted services to Japan adding a fourth daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in December 2018, to meet growing travel demand between Singapore and Japan.

The additional flight to Haneda will increase SIA’s daily services to the Japanese capital, including two daily flights to Tokyo Narita Airport, to six per day, up from the current five.

The fourth daily Haneda service will be introduced with effect from 28 December 2018. Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be operated, adding over 1,800 seats per week on the route.

SIA will also operate the A380, to Osaka daily from 28 October 2018 to 30 March 2019. It currently operates two daily services on the Singapore-Osaka route, both of which are currently operated by its Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

In addition to Osaka and Tokyo, SIA operates a daily service to both Fukuoka and Nagoya. Its regional subsidiary, SilkAir, operates three weekly services to Hiroshima. SIA’s low-cost subsidiary, Scoot, operates 11 weekly services to Osaka, four weekly services to Sapporo and 17 weekly services to Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

With the new service to Haneda, the SIA Group will operate a combined 105 weekly services between Singapore and Japan.  The new flights are subject to regulatory approvals.