Lebanon's national cargo carrier, Trans Mediterranean Airways, has begun a weekly service from Beirut to Bergamo, Northern Italy. Northwest Airlines and its Northwest Airlink affiliate, Mesaba Airlines, have started a non-stop jet service to Charleston from Detroit. Two flights are operated by Northwest's DC-9-30s and one flight by Mesaba's Avro RJ aircraft. Effective from April 2001, Northwest plans to increase 747-400 services between Detroit and Nagoya, Japan, from four times weekly to daily flights. Trans World Airlines is introducing direct services from New York Kennedy to Orange County, California, and additional flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Privately owned South African airline, Interair, has begun a weekly Johannesburg-Seychelles service using a Boeing 727. Delta Air Lines will begin daily Boeing 767-300 Frankfurt-India services next June as an extension of its Atlanta-Frankfurt service. Subject to government approvals, United Airlines plans to codeshare on Star Alliance partner Lufthansa's flights to Accra, Ghana, Lagos, Nigeria, and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. European Air Express (EAE) has launched a six-times weekly connection between Munich and London Luton via Mönchengladbach using ATR-42s. Flights from Mönchengladbach to the island of Sylt have been dropped for the winter. Belgian airline Sabena will increase flights between Belfast and Brussels from once daily to three times, effective 29 October. Privately owned US airline Spirit has increased flights serving New York's LaGuardia Airport. Six new round-trip flights include inaugural flights to Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach and one-stop service to Los Angeles. Hawaiian Airlines will begin daily service between San Diego and Honolulu on 15 June next year, using McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s. San Diego will be the carrier's seventh US gateway.

Source: Flight International