Kazakhstan’s LCC FlyArystan has confirmed its plans to open a second base of operations. To be located at Karaganda, the airline intends to place an A320 there next year in early 2020. A second A320 will follow as the airline increase its operations from the new site. This will be the first regional base outside the HQ at Almaty. With two A320 aircraft on site, the airline intends to fly ten-12 destinations across both international and domestic routes from the city. Karaganda is the fourth largest city in Kazakhstan.
This announcement respresents a significant step for the central Asia carrier. FlyArystan recieves backing from its parent airline, Air Astana, which owns the LCC and passed the carrier two of its A320s.
Indian media is reporting that the LCC SpiceJet will be launching 12 new domestic routes in October. These latest additions will be serviced by the airline’s Boeing 737-800, according to company sources.
According to Indian news site ZeeBusiness, SpiceJet will begin the 12 new routes on October 12. Each will have a daily service and represent a significant expansion of their domestic network. In April, the airline announced 142 new flights, which included 78 that connected major cities to Mumbai. There will also be 30 flights to and from other major Indian cities to Delhi and 12 between Mumbai and Delhi.
As well as the 12 new domestic routes, SpiceJet will also introduce a daily non-stop service between the cities of Delhi and Aurangabad from early October.
The airline recently published its financial results for the 2nd quarter of 2019. SpiceJet’s passenger fares increased by 11% in the quarter, but the additional aircraft meant that the airline was able to increase its seat capacity by 31%. SpiceJet boasted the best passenger load factor among all of the country’s airlines in the same quarter.
Despite the success, the airline is one of the victims of the 737 MAX grounding, with 13 delivered and has 193 on order. Chairman Ajay Singh, stated:
“The results would have been vastly better but for the painfl grounding of the MAX aircraft. We look forward to their swift return to service in the near future…”
November will see Allegiant Air undergoing a massive network expansion, with 24 new routes and two new destinations added to their portfolio. The airline intends to take-on some of the larger LCCs in the US which are focussed on the leisure market.
The new routes are a combination of year-round service and seasonal flights, depending on the destination. Most of the flights will operate on a twice weekly service the exception being that between Las Vegas and Fort Collins.
In order to capitalise on the leisure market, fares are as low as US$54 one-way on selected dates.
Among the routes Allegiant is launching are: Phoenix to Traverse City, Michigan, Sarasota, Florida to Knoxville, Tennessee, Punta Gorda, Florida to Elmira, New York, Sarasota, Florida to St. Louis, Missouri, Phoenix, Arizona to Bentonville, Arkansas and Tucson to Indianapolis.
The new routes also focus on the low-fare flights to holiday destinations such as Florida which is a significant change of strategy for the airline. The operator’s fleet now comprises just A320 variants which has meant the airline’s large-scale maintenance issues have been finally resolved.
Air Canada has revealed the first two routes that will be served by its new Airbus A220. Both will be international routes and will launch in early 2020.
The operator is due to receive 45 Airbus A220-300s, and these will be integrated into its existing fleet of aircraft. The airline intends to launch the two new routes simultaneously. This will allow Air Canada to operate flights from Toronto to San Jose and Montreal to Seattle. Both routes are termed as transcontinental international flights and will be operated daily using the A220s.
The Airbus A220, was formerly known as the Bombardier C Series and has a current order book totalling 570 examples.