Route rundown: CDG-IKA, SIN-TXL, FRA-UIO

Nigel MayesNigel Mayes is the senior vice president, consulting & product development at ASM. Nigel has more than 15 years’ experience in route development and is responsible for product development at ASM.

The sister company to Routes, ASM is the world‘s leading route development consultancy and has supported the creation of new air services since 1993.

Route 1: Paris CDG - Tehran

joon a340


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Aircraft Airbus A340
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 2 April 2018
Distance 4,198 km
O&D traffic demand (2016) 138,173
Growth % YOY 47.6%
Average one-way fare $ (2016) $239.79


Joon, the new new airline from Air France targeted at millennials, launched on 1 December 2017 with flights from Paris CDG to Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto. It has since announced seven new routes for spring 2018 - Rome, Naples, Oslo, Istanbul, Cairo, Cape Town and Tehran - largely replacing existing flights operated by Air France. However, the service to IKA, which will operate three times per week, sticks to its stated strategy of targeting medium-haul markets, rather than seeking to compete on long-haul transatlantic routes. In total, for the 2018 summer season, Joon will fly to 13 destinations with 228 flights a week from Paris CDG - Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Naples, Oslo, Porto and Rome on the medium-haul network and Fortaleza, Cairo, Cape Town, Mahé and Tehran on the long-haul network.

Route 2: Singapore - Berlin




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Boeing 787


Four weekly

Start date

Second half of 2018


9,965 km

O&D traffic demand (2016)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2016)



From the latter half of 2018, Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will be flying four times a week from Singapore to Berlin Tegel, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Berlin will be the SIA Group’s fourth destination in Germany, after Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, which are operated by SIA. It will also be Scoot's third long-haul destination, after Athens and Honolulu. The route is intriguing. It shows Scoot is targetting secondary leisure-orientated markets away from the SIA network and Star alliance hub /markets.

Route 3: Frankfurt - Santo Domingo - Quito

condor rundown


Carrier condor logo
Aircraft Boeing 767
Frequency Twice weekly
Start date 5 October 2018
Distance 9,850km
O&D traffic demand (2016) 8,650
Growth % YOY -18.8%
Average one-way fare $ (2016) $466.28


Condor’s passion for niche leisure markets continues unabated. The airline, part of the Thomas Cook Group, will operate two weekly flights from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) via Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic from October 2018, operated by a Boeing 767 aircraft. It typically serve markets with low frequency and for short seasons offering holidays to new destinations.

As well as flying Quito, the host of Routes Americas 2018,Condor is also increasing the frequency of three existing routes from Frankfurt. Cancun flights will depart daily from next winter, while Cape Town and Mombasa in Africa and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic will be increased from three to four flights per week. An additional flight to Mauritius departing from Hessen will also be added.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence