FLIGHT NEWS

Who’s go­ing up and who’s go­ing down in the world of avi­a­tion

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AS­CENT

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.

DE­SCENT

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.

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