Routes like EWR
are not oddball, they are just unusual in that those European cities are not currently served by other US carriers - GVA
has seen service with Pan Am, TWA and others in the past, and I believe this is the first time a US carrier is going to EDI
, so I think CO
is being innovative by offering these services. Its good business - with hubs and alliances dominating the airline world, direct long-range services to anything but the largest of cities is becoming harder and harder to find.
As to the original question, as discussed before, CO
is seriously looking at starting service out of EWR
to Copenhagen, Stockholm and/or Helsinki (Helsinki as a continuation of a flight to another Scandanavian city) with winglet equipped 752s, CO
is also looking at additional service out of EWR
to UK regional airports (Bristol, Newcastle, Belfast have all been studied - still no word on which city or cities will be selected) with 752s, the long awaited Houston to Frankfurt and Houston to Madrid flights with 767 aircraft are still planned for the near-term future, and other European cities such as Barcelona are being looked for service in a few years time. Dont look for Dusseldorf, Munich or Stansted to come back in the near-term future. Across the Pacific, Seoul could be added depending on the SkyTeam possibilities from either EWR
, nothing very definite and no one talks about the Newark-Osaka flight anymore so I guess thats not happening. To Latin America, CO
would like to go back to Santiago de Chile and continues to have interest in Buenos Aires (CO missed its opportunity to start service to BA
- just when it got the authority, the Argentine economy was is crisis, CO
did not start service and the authority was re-assigned to other airlines) but nothing more than rumors. Colombia could see new service depending on the aviation situation in that nation and who ends up owning Avianca. Do look for more caribbean destinations out of both Houston and Newark to be added as CO
fills out its schedules to the islands. Finally, there is that mystery destination rumored to be a city in Africa, but we will have to wait and see.