—On Oct. 16 and 17th, Hainan Airlines has expanded its flight routes with new service that links Chongqing with Chicago O’Hare three times weekly and Toronto Pierson four times weekly. Both routes have been added as tag-on services to the carrier’s existing flights to the U.S. and Canadian airports from Beijing
—Viva Aerobus has become the sixth airline to offer regular service from Mexico City to New York, joining Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris, Delta and United. The latter flies to Newark instead of JFK. Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of the low-cost Viva Aerobus, said the new route will make available 135 thousand seats in the first year of operations.
—Beginning next spring, Canada’s WestJet is expanding its transatlantic network with three new transatlantic routes from Calgary. New non-stop services will connect the city with London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin. London service starts on April 28, 2019, followed by Paris in mid-May and Dublin from June 1.
—American Airlines has announced a new daily flight from Guadalajara International Airport, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (GDL) to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina that will start operating seasonally beginning January 6, 2019.
—Delta Air Lines and its joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, will launch a daily seasonal service linking Edinburgh with Boston starting May 24, 2019. The Boston route will be in addition to Delta’s existing daily service to New York JFK.
—Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air has announced a new seasonal route from the UK to Vancouver, Canada, starting in June 2019, becoming the first airline to offer low cost, long haul flights to Vancouver International Airport. The inaugural flight will depart from Gatwick to Vancouver via Reykjavík, on June 6 2019. Flights will operate six times per week until October.
—Singapore Airlines last month reinstated non-stop service between Singapore and New York Newark. The airline previously served the 9,525-mile route until Oct. 2013. The carrier operated three weekly flights during the first seven days of operation, increasing the frequency to a daily rotation in the following week. No other carrier presently operates non-stop service between Singapore and Newark, with this becoming the world’s longest flight, overtaking Qatar Airways’ Doha to Auckland route which spans 9,026 miles.
—Brazilian budget airline GOL has announced the launch of its first nonstop flight to the USA, starting Nov. 4th, when it starts flying from capital Brasília and Fortaleza to Miami and Orlando. The new flights are timed to offer easy onward connections to Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, New York LaGuardia, Detroit, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Minneapolis via GOL’s existing partnership with Delta Air Lines.