Mesa Airlines, operating as US Airways Express, will begin offering three non-stop round trip flights each weekday between Washington's Reagan National Airport and Toronto, beginning 5 December, using 50-seat Bombardier Canadair Regional Jets. British Airways franchise operator British Regional Airlines (BRAL) is introducing services between Southampton and Frankfurt in January, using Embraer ERJ-145s. The airline is also initiating services between Southampton and Jersey replacing KLM uk, which will initially continue to fly the services on BRAL's behalf using its ATR 72s. BRAL aims to upgrade the services later with its own ERJ-145s and British Aerospace 146s. Services have also been introduced between Sheffield and London City using BAe Jetstream 41s. City Bird has resumed its weekly services between Brussels and Kinshasa on behalf of Lignes Aériennes du Congo, following discussions in Brussels with Congolese representatives. The service has been suspended after being informed it would have to pay a $1 million landing fee, amid a threat of a possible terrorist attack. Argentinian charter operator Air Plus Argentinian has applied to the US Department of Transportation to launch a service from Buenos Aires to Puerto Rico and one other unspecified US destination. Air Plus wants to operate a weekly flight using a leased Airbus A310-300. Solomon Airlines is adding direct services between Sydney and Honiara using a Boeing 737-300 from December, codesharing with Qantas. Aer Lingus will drop its six daily flights between London Stansted and Dublin in January in favour of operations from London Gatwick. Dubai-based Emirates has been granted permission to serve nearby Bahrain, and will commence later this year offering 10 flights per week. Swissair is offering a new service from Zurich to Bergamo in Italy, and has also suspended services to Jakarta.

Source: Flight International