Europe’s busiest airports see 5% growth in long-haul capacity this summer; Heathrow busiest but Amsterdam and Dublin growing fast

Europe’s busiest airports see 5% growth in long-haul capacity this summer; Heathrow busiest but Amsterdam and Dublin growing fast

The FLAP airports dominate long-haul services from Europe with Heathrow Airport tops. But Dublin Airport is the fastest-growing in percentage terms while Amsterdam Airport has the biggest increase in seat volume.

airberlin CEO and marathon man Stefan Pichler set to dominate anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run

airberlin CEO and marathon man Stefan Pichler set to dominate anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run

He once came third in the Frankfurt Marathon with a time of 2:16 but now the new airberlin CEO is on pole position to win “The Fastest Airline CEO In The World” in the anna.aero-Budapest Runway Run in September.

Portland’s near-perfect Icelandair Leaping Dolphin steals pole from Birmingham

Portland’s near-perfect Icelandair Leaping Dolphin steals pole from Birmingham

There were eight fire truck salute entries for the anna.aero “Arch of Triumph” in this week’s competition with Portland’s win closely followed by stunning performances by Memmingen and Newcastle.

Jet2.com's expansion at Edinburgh for S16; awards for Bournemouth and Reykjavik/Keflavik and news from Amsterdam, Austin and Bristol

Jet2.com’s expansion at Edinburgh for S16; awards for Bournemouth and Reykjavik/Keflavik and news from Amsterdam, Austin and Bristol

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Bournemouth Airport celebrates winning ‘Cake of the Week’ for the launch of services by Flybe, Air Canada lands in Austin from Toronto, Anadolujet lands in Adiyaman, Edinburgh unveils its new ‘Selfie’ centre piece, and Schiphol says a fond farewell to Jasper Spruit.


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Air Lituanica ceases operations; airBaltic takes over Vilnius network

Air Lituanica ceases operations; airBaltic takes over Vilnius network

The latest victim of a dynamic and unstable airline industry is Air Lituanica, which has ceased operations on 22 May. The first beneficiary of the airline’s demise is airBaltic, which has taken over four of Air Lituanica’s 10 ex-routes. anna.aero evaluates Air Lituanica’s network before it shut down operations.

anna.aero joins Icelandair for its launch of services to Portland

anna.aero joins Icelandair for its launch of services to Portland

Icelandair makes Portland in Oregon its 10th US destination, and 14th in North America. anna.aero was there for the inaugural flight in both directions. See what a water arch salute looks like from inside a 757!


Portland Airport grew by 5.9% in 2014; Icelandair arrives from Reykjavik/Keflavik

Portland Airport grew by 5.9% in 2014; Icelandair arrives from Reykjavik/Keflavik

Located south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County, Portland Airport is classified as the 29th busiest airport in the US, having handled around 16 million passengers in 2014. With Icelandair touching down for the first time at the airport on 19 May (attended by anna.aero’s Chief Analyst, Ralph Anker), we take a closer look at the airport’s development in recent years and its key players this May.

Michael Cawley: Is this the most feared man to ever talk to airports?

Michael Cawley: Is this the most feared man to ever talk to airports?

Former Ryanair boss Michael Cawley, the most-welcomed and most-feared man to ever set foot in the board rooms Europe’s airports, is to address ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress in Prague on: “Most airports are loss-making, is this inevitable, or are there better ways?”

Bangladesh’s capacity grows on average by 7.6% per year over last 11 years; UAE is top international market

Bangladesh’s capacity grows on average by 7.6% per year over last 11 years; UAE is top international market

Classified as one of the most densely populated countries, as it accommodates over 160 million people despite being about 10% smaller than the state of California, Bangladesh is also an Asian aviation hot-spot. With the flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines controlling 31% and 21% of seats and flights respectively, anna.aero takes a closer look at this dynamic market.

Birmingham Airport parades its first ‘Arch of Triumph’ certificate

Birmingham Airport parades its first ‘Arch of Triumph’ certificate

At the fourth attempt this year, Birmingham Airport sealed its first ever FTWA win for the arrival of American Airlines’ New York JFK service – and this week its firefighters display the spoils of victory with pride. Meanwhile, eight airports from across the world fight it out for this week’s award.


Run the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter and get this shirt!!!

Run the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter and get this shirt!!!

Wow your friends on the Croisette this summer with this technical shirt for all finishers taking part in the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter – two early-morning runs taking place at CONNECT, sponsored by the anna.aero Budapest Airport Runway Run.

Sofia Airport welcomes the arrival of SWISS from Zurich

Sofia Airport welcomes the arrival of SWISS from Zurich

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Madeira Airport welcomes British Airways’ new service from London Gatwick, while more new routes were launched from Pittsburgh and Southwest Florida airports.

Bournemouth Airport welcomes Flybe’s nine new routes; Ryanair and Thomson Airways also offer flights mostly to Mediterranean

Bournemouth Airport welcomes Flybe’s nine new routes; Ryanair and Thomson Airways also offer flights mostly to Mediterranean

This airport on the UK’s south coast handled over one million passenger in 2007 and 2008 and is expanding its network range this summer thanks to Flybe. We examine the airport’s seasonality and the history of Ryanair’s network from the airport.

Flights down 5.8% and ASKs down 13% between Asia and Africa; Hong Kong-Johannesburg is #1 city pair

Flights down 5.8% and ASKs down 13% between Asia and Africa; Hong Kong-Johannesburg is #1 city pair

The relationship between Asia and Africa has grown considerably in recent years as both regions are becoming more actively engaged economically. As air services have become extremely significant for the development of the two regions, anna.aero takes a closer look at the trends between Asia and Africa.