Routes of the Week: May 14th, 2017

In this week's edition of Routes of the Week, Air China begins from Shenzhen, China to Melbourne, Delta announces a seasonal route to Honolulu, Plus Ultra (pictured) announces direct flights from Barcelona to Havana and Santiago, and more. Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons / EVComunicacion

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 (May 8th – May 14th)

Starting this summer, Shenzhen in China will be linked to Melbourne (pictured) three times a week by Air China.

Air China: Shenzhen – Melbourne

Shenzhen will be getting its second route to Australia starting June 20th, 2017, when Air China opens service to Melbourne, Australia. Shenzhen will be Air China’s third destination from Melbourne, and flights will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft three times weekly. From Shenzhen, passengers can connect on Air China’s network throughout China, as well as take ferries from Shenzhen Airport to Hong Kong and Macau.

Schedule, Shenzhen – Melbourne (operates Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays)

CA767 Shenzhen 12:55am Departure –> Melbourne 12:00pm Arrival

Schedule, Melbourne – Shenzhen (operates Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays)

CA768 Melbourne 9:00pm Departure –> Shenzhen 4:25am (+1) Arrival

For three weeks this winter, Delta will link Las Vegas with the winter paradise of Honolulu. Flights will operate daily.

Delta: Las Vegas – Honolulu

During the holiday season this winter, Delta will be operating daily flights between Las Vegas and Honolulu, starting December 21st, 2017 and ending January 14th, 2018 (Honolulu Departure). Flights will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, and Delta will compete with Hawaiian Airlines’ flights on this route, operated up to three times a day.

Schedule, Las Vegas – Honolulu (operates daily)

DL688 Las Vegas 5:45pm Departure –> Honolulu 10:00pm Arrival

Schedule, Honolulu – Las Vegas (operates daily)

DL687 Honolulu 11:15pm Departure –> Las Vegas 6:55am (+1) Arrival

The colorful town of Reykjavík and destinations beyond in Europe will be linked to Vancouver for the first time in winter, with Icelandair’s expansion of service to a year-round schedule.

Icelandair: Reykjavík – Vancouver

Icelandair has converted its service to Vancouver to a year-round schedule, operating two weekly flights during the Winter 2017/2018 season. Currently, the route only operates during the summer three times weekly. The flights to/from Reykjavík are timed to connect with Icelandair’s services to 27 destinations in Europe.

Schedule, Reykjavík – Vancouver (operates Thursdays, Saturdays)

FI697 Reykjavík 5:15pm Departure –> Vancouver 4:50pm Arrival

Schedule, Vancouver – Reykjavík (operates daily)

FI696 Vancouver 2:45pm Departure –> Reykjavík 6:00am (+1) Arrival

Montreal will be linked to Mexico City and Cancun three times a week starting this summer by Interjet. Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Jeangagnon

Interjet: Cancun – Montreal, Mexico City – Montreal

Interjet has selected Montreal as its first Canadian destination, starting flights from Cancun and Mexico City to Montreal starting on July 13th, 2017. Flights will be operated by Interjet’s Airbus A320 aircraft, three times weekly on each route.

Schedule, Mexico City – Montreal (operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays)

4O2810 Mexico City 1:15am Departure –> Montreal 7:10am Arrival

Schedule, Montreal – Mexico City (operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays)

4O2821 Montreal 10:30pm Departure –> Mexico City 2:50am (+1) Arrival

Schedule, Montreal – Cancun (operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays)

4O2821 Montreal 8:30am Departure –> Cancun 12:00pm Arrival

Schedule, Cancun – Montreal (operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays)

4O2820 Cancun 3:35pm Departure –> Montreal 9:00pm Arrival

Starting this summer, Barcelona will have a direct connection to Havana and Santiago (pictured) on Plus Ultra.

Plus Ultra: Barcelona – Havana, Barcelona – Madrid – Santiago

Plus Ultra, a Spanish airline, will be beginning service to Havana and Santiago starting this summer from Barcelona. The airline currently only operates flights between Madrid and Lima, however will be expanding with these new routes to the Caribbean and South America. Flights will be operated by Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Flights from Barcelona to Santiago via. Madrid begin June 16th (with a repositioning flight to Barcelona from Madrid operated June 15th**), while flights to Havana begin July 1st.

Reservations on the Barcelona – Madrid – Santiago flight can be made for only the Barcelona – Madrid, or Madrid – Santiago portions as well.

Schedule, Barcelona – Havana (operates Saturdays)

PU801 Barcelona 11:55pm Departure –> Havana 5:00am (+1) Arrival

Schedule, Havana – Barcelona (operates Sundays)

PU802 Havana 1:00pm Departure –> Barcelona 5:30am (+1) Arrival

Schedule, Barcelona – Madrid – Santiago (operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)

PU001 Barcelona 8:10am Departure –> Madrid 9:40am Arrival

PU501 Madrid 10:50am Departure –> Santiago 6:30pm Arrival

Schedule, Santiago – Madrid – Barcelona (operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)

PU502 Santiago 8:30pm Departure –> Madrid 3:20pm (+1) Arrival

PU002 Madrid 4:30pm (+1) Departure –> Barcelona 6:00pm (+1) Arrival

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