Qantas has begun flights to Dili, East Timor, from Darwin, operating four days a week, using a 36-seat Bombardier Dash 8. In early July, UK charter airline Air 2000 will introduce over 40 new scheduled services to six new destinations: Alicante, Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife (South) from eight UK airports - London Gatwick/Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow and Newcastle. US carrier National Airlines will begin two daily non-stop round trips between New York Newark and Las Vegas on 13 July. AirTran Airways will serve the Minneapolis/St Paul Airport from 10 June, with four daily non-stop flights to Chicago Midway, continuing the same service to its hub in Atlanta. World Airways will operate a twice-weekly Boeing MD-11 service between New York Kennedy and Athens from 23 June to 11 September on behalf of charter company Lambda World. Northwest Airlines has begun operating one of KLM's two daily New York Kennedy-Amsterdam flights using a Boeing 747-400 to maximise aircraft utilisation. Flight International's sister on-line service Air Transport Intelligence reports that Air Namibia is seeking approval to fly to the USA, following the two countries' recent "open skies" agreement. The airline initially plans to operate flights from its Windhoek base to New York Kennedy and may add other US destinations such as Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Washington DC. Calgary, Alberta-based low-fare carrier WestJet Airlines has launched the second stage of its expansion into eastern Canada, beginning a six-times-weekly services from Moncton, New Brunswick, to Hamilton, Ontario, continuing on to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aeromexico has inaugurated its twice-weekly service from Los Angeles to Guaymas, Mexico, continuing to La Paz. Canada 3000 will begin once-weekly services between Vancouver and Brisbane using Airbus A330-200s.

Source: Flight International