Route rundown: WRO - ZRH, YUL - SJU, QRO - MDW

Nigel MayesNigel Mayes is the senior vice president, consulting & product development at ASM. Nigel has over 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: Wroclaw – Zurich

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Start Date

30th October 2017


713 km

O&D Traffic Demand (2016)


Growth % YOY

-19 percent

Average Fare $ (one way)



Swiss is adding Wroclaw to their existing Polish cities of Warsaw and Krakow. The 4th largest city after Warsaw, Krakow and Lodz it is a logically next step as Wroclaw has its own catchment and a strong business market. Although the schedule is a mixed of timing more suitable for the leisure traveller.

Route 2: Montreal – San Juan

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Carrier Air transat
Aircraft 737-800
Frequency 1
Start Date 24th December 2017
Distance 3,112
O&D Traffic Demand (2016) 19,911
Growth % YOY -7 percent
Average Fare $ (one way) $228


The Canadian San Juan market is currently served by WestJet and Air Canada. Montreal was re-introduced by Air Canada in Winter 2016/17 after being cancelled in 2013. The Canadian – San Juan market is predominantly a winter market and Air Transat will be aggressively targeting the cruise traffic potential with San Juan being the largest cruise port in the Caribbean

Route 3: Queretaro – Chicago Midway

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Carrier Volaris logo
Aircraft A320
Frequency 2
Start Date 19th May 2017
Distance 2,669 km
O&D Traffic Demand (2016)

13,152 (ORD & MDW)

Growth % YOY 24 percent
Average Fare $ (one way) $257


Volaris has announced two new services from Queretaro to Los Angeles and Chicago Midway for the summer peak only (May to July) targeting the VFR traffic during the summer months. Queretaro has suffered from a lack of direct service to the USA with only an AA service to Dallas Fort Worth and UA to Houston, although Atlanta with AM was also announced this week. Currently traffic leaks by surface to Mexico City, but is three hours away. Volaris already serve Mexico – Chicago O’Hare 10 weekly.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence