-Cityjet is to start daily services to Dublin from the UK's East Midlands Airport on 8 June using a Saab 2000.

-Continental Airlines and VASP have signed a code-sharing alliance, which will come into effect on 1 July and enable VASP to sell half the seats on Continental's flights between Newark, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, while the US airline will have access to VASP's flights between Sao Paulo, Miami and Los Angeles.

-The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded new routes made possible by the new France-USA open skies air services agreement. US Airways is cleared to introduce services between Pittsburgh and Paris, while United Airlines will be able to boost Washington DC - Paris services. Tower Air was granted four weekly roundtrip flights which it will add to New York-Paris services. Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been granted permission to code-share with Air France. Northwest Airlines will operate a USA-France and beyond code-share service with KLM, and United will operate a similar code-share with Lufthansa.

-Montreal has made a comeback to Lufthansa's route network, with a new daily joint service to Frankfurt begun with Air Canada at the beginning of May. The route is being flown by an Air Canada Boeing 767. Lufthansa dropped its own service from Frankfurt in November 1995 on economic grounds, but believes the joint service can be run profitably.

-LOT Polish Airlines regional subsidiary EuroLOT took over its parent's former route from Warsaw to Katowice from 11 May. Regional carrier Tasawi will operate the services with a British Aerospace Jetstream 31, but EuroLOT says it will introduce its own ATR42s later if required.

-American Airlines and Iberia began code-sharing from 27 May between the USA and Spain.

-American Eagle's Embraer RJ-145s have entered service at its Chicago O'Hare hub, replacing turboprops on services to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Source: Flight International