Kuwait Airways has reintroduced services to Kuala Lumpur, for the two-month peak period during the Kuwait summer season, with twice-weekly flights using an Airbus A340.

Belgian low-cost airline Virgin Express will launch services in December from a new base at Cologne-Bonn Airport. The airline has not revealed initial destinations, but expects to expand the network from the German airport in its summer 2003 schedule. It foresees demand for up to 20 Germany-based aircraft by 2006. The move follows the loss of slots at London Heathrow Airport. It had used SN Brussels Airlines/ Sabena slots at the UK airport as part of a codeshare agreement, but SN decided not to renew the contract, and the slots have been sold to British Airways. Meanwhile, SN Brussels Airlines has agreed with British Airways to begin codesharing on Heathrow-Brussels services from October.

Air Tahiti Nui has increased the frequency of Los Angeles-Papeete services to daily, with two flights on Sunday, following delivery of a third Airbus A340-300.

VLM Airlines will on 9 September begin a five-times daily scheduled service linking London City and Manchester using Fokker 50s.

Oman Air is to launch flights from its Muscat base to Colombo, Sri Lanka, next month. It recently started twice-weekly flights to Cairo and Karachi.

US Airways launched daily flights from Washington National Airport to Bermuda on 7 July. US Airways is hoping extend its Washington National links to Nassau, Bahamas in November. Meanwhile, US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines has started four daily flights between Washington National and Toronto.

Eastern Canadian low-cost carrier CanJet has started serving Moncton from Toronto and Montreal, using a Boeing 737.

Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum has started daily flights from Barcelona to Porto, Portugal using a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet.

Source: Flight International