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LUFTHANSA will launch a yearround, twice-daily service between Bristol and Frankfurt on March 30. The route was previously operated by regional carrier Flybmi until its collapse in February 2019.
VIRGIN ATLANTIC will increase the frequency of some leisure-oriented Manchester routes next summer. Barbados will increase from twice to three times a week, Las Vegas from four to six times and Orlando from 12 to 14 times weekly.
AIR TRANSAT will boost its UK services next summer. GatwickToronto increases from daily to twice daily, Gatwick-Montréal from three- to five-times weekly, and new A321LR aircraft will operate routes from Glasgow and Dublin to Toronto.
Airlines are making Hong Kong route cuts as political protests continue. CATHAY PACIFIC has suspended Dublin flights, HONG KONG AIRLINES will cancel its Los Angeles service from February 2020, and VIRGIN AUSTRALIA will axe Melbourne-Hong Kong in the same month. Sydney-Hong Kong will remain.
AER LINGUS cancelled the launch of Dublin-Montréal flights after it “reconsidered” its growth strategy. Initially planned for summer 2019, the route was delayed owing to the late delivery of A321LR aircraft.