Italian airlines Alpi Eagles and Gandalf Airlines are to expand their codeshare agreement to include flights from Venice Tessera to Naples Capodichino. They will also introduce a new link between Venice to Bari Palese and from Bergamo Orio al Serio to Naples Capodichino. Meanwhile, Gandalf is starting daily charter flights from Orio al Serio to Olbia, Sardinia, and the Romanian cities of Bucharest and Timisoara for the summer season.

The Israeli ministry of transport plans to restructure the route allocation of domestic carriers to improve the balance between state-owned El Al and private airlines Arkia and Israir, which want to take up routes that have been dropped by El Al or that are operated with low frequencies.

Australia and New Zealand have signed an expanded open skies agreement, which brings into full effect an earlier agreement under which airlines from either country can fly across the Tasman Sea unrestricted, and have the option of setting up domestic networks in one another's countries.

Volare Group has started a daily flight from Rome Fiumicino to Berlin Tegel, operated under a codeshare with Alitalia.

KLM Cityhopper is to launch twice-daily services between Amsterdam and Trondheim in Norway on 30 March. Meanwhile, twice-daily services between Aberdeen, Scotland and Stavanger, Norway, will begin this week, connecting Europe's two key off-shore oil centres.

Emirates SkyCargo is to launch its second all-freight route next month with a weekly flight between Dubai and Shanghai. Services will be operated by a Boeing 747-400F wet-leased from Atlas Air. Emirates has also initiated four times weekly non-stop passenger flights between Dubai and Perth.

Qatar Airways is launching two new destinations in October to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

British Airways CitiExpress has introduced two weekly flights between Leeds Bradford and Bristol using a BAe Jetstream 41.

Source: Flight International