Routes of the Week: April 30th, 2017

In the largest route announcement this week, Qantas announced the start of non-stop flights between Australia and the UK, starting in March of 2018. Credits: Qantas

Every day, airlines around the world launch new routes, some with little fanfare, others with great fanfare. Regardless of their status, we collect the most interesting routes announced each week, and share them with you here.

Routes Announced This Week (April 24th – April 30th)

Guadalajara, Mexico will be getting a daily connection to San Jose, California starting in July. Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Esparta Palma

Aeromexico: San Jose, CA – Guadalajara

Known as the capital of mariachi music, tequila, and host to many international cultural events, Guadalajara will be getting new air service to San Jose, California starting July 1st, 2017 on Aeromexico. Flights will operate daily, however for those who like to ride up front in the plane, beware: these flights will be operated by all-economy class planes.

Schedule: Guadalajara – San Jose, CA (operates daily)

AM432 Guadalajara 7:15am Departure –> San Jose 9:00am Arrival

Schedule: San Jose, CA – Guadalajara (operates daily)

AM433 San Jose 10:15am Departure –> Guadalajara 3:57pm Arrival

Alitalia is starting winter seasonal service to the Maldives, starting on October 31st.

Alitalia: Rome – Malé

Famous for its beaches, the Maldives will be getting another connection to Europe through Alitalia’s new service to the capital, Malé. Flights will start October 31st, 2017 from Rome, operating with Alitalia’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Malé will be Alitalia’s fourth destination in Asia, after Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.

Schedule: Rome – Malé (operates Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays)

AZ776 Rome 9:45pm Departure –> Malé 11:05am (+1) Arrival

Schedule: Malé – Rome (operates Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays)

AZ777 Malé 1:10pm Departure –> Rome 7:30pm Arrival

For those traveling to North Korea, Air China will be resuming service to Pyongyang starting May 5th, 2017.

Air China: Beijing – Pyongyang

Interpreted as a sign in declining Sino-North Korean relations, Air China cancelled all flights to Pyongyang, North Korea a few weeks ago, however the airline has since re-opened booking for the resumption of flights on May 5th, 2017. Flights will operate twice weekly with Boeing 737-700 aircraft. What does this point to in Sino-North Korean relations? We’ll be featuring this in an upcoming article.

Schedule: Beijing – Pyongyang (operates Mondays, Fridays)

CA121 Beijing 1:20pm Departure –> Pyongyang 3:50pm Arrival

Schedule: Pyongyang – Beijing (operates Mondays, Fridays)

CA122 Pyongyang 4:50pm Arrival –> Beijing 6:15pm Arrival

QANTAS: Melbourne – Perth – London Heathrow

Making aviation history, QANTAS filed their operating schedule earlier this week for their planned Melbourne – Perth – London Heathrow route, which will be the first non-stop scheduled flight between Australia and the UK. Flights will begin operating March 24th, 2018, and will use QANTAS’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and service on this route will replace the current Airbus A380 operation between Melbourne and London Heathrow, via. Dubai.

The new service via. Perth will cut off 1 hour and 5 minutes from the current service via. Dubai when going to London, and will cut off 50 minutes from the current service via. Dubai when going to Melbourne.

Layoverhub will be featuring an article on the history of the Kangaroo Route soon, stay tuned!

Schedule: Melbourne – Perth – London Heathrow (operates daily)

QF009 Melbourne 3:20pm Departure –> Perth 5:20pm Arrival

QF009 Perth 6:50pm Departure –> London Heathrow 05:10am (+1) Arrival (flying time between Perth and London is 17 hours 20 minutes)

Schedule: London Heathrow – Perth – Melbourne (operates daily)

QF010 London Heathrow 1:30pm Departure –> Perth 1:15pm (+1) Arrival (flying time between London Heathrow and Perth is 16 hours 45 minutes)

QF010 Perth 2:45pm (+1) Departure –> Melbourne 8:20pm (+1) Arrival