From Nov. 15, Etihad Airways will add four weekly flights between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and New York John F Kennedy (JFK), providing a total of 11 weekly nonstop services to the US city. The new flights will be operated with a Boeing 787s, while existing daily services will continue on Airbus A350 aircraft, which has been deployed on the New York route since June. “Our New York service continues to perform strongly, and having already experienced record passenger demand this summer, Etihad is excited to be investing further in this market by building on frequency levels ahead of the peak winter travel period,” VP network planning and alliances Alex Featherstone said.
Emirates will operate a third daily service to London Gatwick (LGW) over the Oct. 15-29 period. The additional frequency will meet high demand for travel during the school mid-term break. Flights will be onboard 777 aircraft. Emirates currently offers customers nine daily flights to London, including a double daily A380 service to Gatwick, six daily flights to Heathrow (LHR) and a daily service to Stansted (STN).
China’s Hainan Airlines is resuming its Beijing Capital (PEK)-Manchester (MAN) service on Aug. 22. The route becomes the first between the north of England and China since the start of the pandemic. Flights will be weekly on Mondays using A330s, operating nonstop from Beijing to Manchester. However, the return service will operate via Dalian (DLC), where passengers quarantine for seven days, in line with Chinese regulations. Earlier this month, the UK and Chinese governments agreed Manchester-China was one of the air corridors that could resume after a 2.5-year hiatus. Pre-pandemic, there were around 100,000 people a year who travelled between Manchester and Beijing from the airport’s catchment area. Economic impact studies showed the route led to a 38% increase in Chinese visitors to the north of England.
Cyprus Airways is increasing frequencies between Larnaca (LCA) and Yerevan (EVN) in Armenia. The recently launched route will become 3X-weekly from Sept. 13. “As we continue to grow the connectivity between Cyprus and key near-by destinations, we are assisting our island socioeconomically and culturally, whilst boosting tourism demand,” CEO Paul Sies said.
American Airlines plans to resume operations between Miami (MIA) and Managua (MGA) with daily flights from Nov. 30. The airline will become the first US carrier to resume nonstop service to Nicaragua since the COVID-19 outbreak. It last served the destinations in March 2020.
TAAG Angola Airlines is increasing frequencies on three international routes from Luanda (LAD). From Oct. 2, service to Maputo (MPM) in Mozambique will become 4X-weekly, up from 3X-weekly currently, operated by 737-700 aircraft. On the same day, flights to Windhoek (WDH) in Namibia will increase from 3X to 4X-weekly. The additional frequency will be operated using Dash 8-Q400 aircraft. From Nov. 5, service to São Paulo/Guarulhos (GRU) will also rise from 3X to 4X-weekly onboard 777-300s.