Route rundown: SZX-VIE, HKG-DVO, KUL-ATQ

Nigel Mayes RAM18 resized.jpgNigel 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.

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Route 1: Shenzhen – Vienna

787 - Hainan


Carrier Hainan Airlines
Aircraft Boeing 787-8 (switching to 787-9 from 1 Nov)
Frequency Twice weekly
Start date 20 October 2018
Distance 8,696 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 823.89
Growth % YOY 90.8%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $345.77


Following the roll-out of the Shenzhen-Brussels and Shenzhen-Madrid services, this is Hainan Airlines' third direct flight from Shenzhen to Europe announced this year. With the launch of the service, the carrier has increased the number of its international and regional routes originating from Shenzhen to 15, signalling its intention to develop Shenzhen as an intercontinental base. Austria is a partner of the Chinese government's the Belt and Road Initiative, with the two countries signalling their intention to boost cooperation. “The launch of the Shenzhen-Vienna service is an effective step jointly taken by China and Austria to enhance the connections between the two countries, attract more Chinese tourists to Austria and promote in-depth cultural, economic and artistic exchanges among Chinese and Austrian visitors,” said Austria’s president Alexander Van der Bellen.

Route 2: Hong Kong – Davao

cathay dragon rundown

Image: Aero Icarus


Carrier Cathay_Dragon.svg.png
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Four weekly
Start date 28 October 2018
Distance 2,117 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 18,670
Growth % YOY -6.3%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $141.94


Cathay Dragon is introducing Davao City and Medan from 28 and 29 October respectively. Davao City, the main trade, business and tourism centre of the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, will be served four times a week. It will become the only non-stop route from Hong Kong. The route will complement the Cathay Pacific Group’s existing three services to Manila, Cebu and Clark in the Philippines. Cathay Pacific's chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo said the new services reflect the group’s commitment to growing its reach to destinations not otherwise served directly from Hong Kong, providing customers with more choice and strengthening Hong Kong’s status an international aviation hub.

Route 3: Kuala Lumpur - Amritsar

AirAsia Airbus A320







Four weekly

Start date

16 August 2018


4,298 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



AirAsia X is to fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Amritsar in northern India as part of its ongoing expansion in the country. The carrier said the route has the potential of an annual capacity of 156,832 seats. It is the third destination in India for AirAsia X and the 21st destination in India for AirAsia Group. AirAsia X’s two other destinations are New Delhi and Jaipur. The route will strengthen its position in India, offering the possibility of expanding Europe and North America.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence