America West will begin services from its Phoenix hub to Hartford, Connecticut, in April, using an Airbus A319. British World Airlines has been awarded a five-year contract from Integrated Aviation Consortium to transport oil workers between Aberdeen and Scatsta in the Shetland Islands from April. Up to three British Aerospace ATPs will be dedicated to the operations. Sabena is introducing services between Brussels and Sheffield City from 30 January. Three daily round trips will be operated by Schreiner Aviation for Sabena, using a 50-seat Bombardier Dash 8-300. Cyprus has signed agreements with Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, which will enable services to be increased. Northwest has applied to the US Department of Transport for clearance to operate services between London Heathrow and its Detroit and Minneapolis St Paul hubs. The move comes in anticipation of the latest UK-US bilateral negotiations, and the prospect that limited additional access may be agreed for US operators at Heathrow. Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines is to begin scheduled services between Guilin, China, and Seoul, South Korea. The once-weekly flight, to be operated by an Airbus A320, is the airline's second route to South Korea. Venezuelan regional airline Falcon Royal Air is introducing services between Caracas and Aruba, Barquisimeto, Coro and Curacao, operated by two Raytheon Beech 1900 turboprops. The airline aims to upgrade its fleet with the acquisition of three regional jets. Washington Dulles-based United Express carrier Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA) is launching regional jet services between Roanoke, Virginia, and Chicago O'Hare on 31 January. The carrier will continue serving Roanoke with daily flights to Washington Dulles. The Chicago services will replace the flights previously operated by United Express carrier Trans States Airlines.

Source: Flight International