LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair lead network expansion race among Europe’s flag carriers; British Airways adds 20 new routes in two years

LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair lead network expansion race among Europe’s flag carriers; British Airways adds 20 new routes in two years

We reveal by how much Europe’s flag carriers have expanded their networks from their main bases since 2015. Iberia, KLM and Turkish Airlines have also been busy celebrating many new routes. Plus the top 20 flag carriers by routes served from their main airports.

Cornwall Airport Newquay is the fastest-growing airport in the UK, recording 48% traffic growth in 2016; wants European hub link

Cornwall Airport Newquay is the fastest-growing airport in the UK, recording 48% traffic growth in 2016; wants European hub link

In 2016 Cornwall Airport Newquay welcomed over 370,000 passengers, up from 250,000 in 2015. The airport last year also welcomed the return of Ryanair with routes from Frankfurt Hahn and Alicante. We take a closer look at the airline’s first year of operations from the airport since its return, and how passenger traffic is growing on other services. 

Over 40 airlines already signed up for FREE to attend Future Travel Experience Ancillary Dublin – Ryanair’s O’Leary to give keynote

Over 40 airlines already signed up for FREE to attend Future Travel Experience Ancillary Dublin – Ryanair’s O’Leary to give keynote

Future Travel Experience Ancillary, Dublin, 26-27 June, will bring together airlines, airports and various other tech stakeholders to find out how new digital revenue opportunities can be created at every step of the journey. The show has the support of Ryanair and 44 airlines from around the world have already registered to attend. Airlines can register for FREE before 28 April.

Alicante elated with Arch of Triumph victory as another airport climbs to the top of the 2017 leader board

Alicante elated with Arch of Triumph victory as another airport climbs to the top of the 2017 leader board

This week Alicante has celebrated winning the Arch of Triumph competition for the FTWA that has placed it second in the overall competition for 2017. However, one week on from its victory and it has already dropped to third due to the wonder that anna.aero’s judges have been sent this week from another European airport.   


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Gran Canaria celebrates Cake of the Week victory

Gran Canaria celebrates Cake of the Week victory

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Edinburgh Airport welcomes the arrival of Eurowings’ new service from Munich while Newcastle reaches one million passengers in 2017. More news also from Malaga Airport as it celebrates Jet2.com’s new Birmingham and London Stansted routes.  

Qatar Airways is MEB3 load factor champion to US in 2016; filled over 80% of seats on its 10 routes beating Emirates and Etihad Airways

Qatar Airways is MEB3 load factor champion to US in 2016; filled over 80% of seats on its 10 routes beating Emirates and Etihad Airways

The bosses of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines really don’t like the big Gulf carriers and want changes. But how well are the Gulf carriers doing at filling their US capacity in 2015 and 2016? We dig into the available data and reveal individual route load factors for 2016. 


Manchester-Mumbai is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" ‒ over 725,000 searches; Virgin's next long-haul from Northwest UK?

Manchester-Mumbai is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ over 725,000 searches; Virgin’s next long-haul from Northwest UK?

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software shows that in the last 12 months a staggering 725,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Manchester and Mumbai ‒ but the route is unserved!? Will it be Virgin Atlantic Airways or Jet Airways that jumps onto this sizeable sector.

Gran Canaria wins Part II of the Cake of the Week S17 Public Vote

Gran Canaria wins Part II of the Cake of the Week S17 Public Vote

Winning by over 60 votes, Gran Canaria secured the Cake of the Week Public Vote Part II for the calorific beauty it created for Jet2.com’s Birmingham and London Stansted route launches, beating 32 other entries from around the world. Maravilloso! 

Cardiff commands the show to win Part II of the S17 Arch of Triumph Public Vote; another European airport wins as the judges return

Cardiff commands the show to win Part II of the S17 Arch of Triumph Public Vote; another European airport wins as the judges return

Over 800 votes were cast to determine who the world thinks performed the best FTWA to mark the second week of the S17 schedule  ‒ with Cardiff’s firefighters claiming the title. Now that the public votes for summer have ended, find out which airport has been awarded the accolade this week by anna.aero’s four esteemed judges. Can Cardiff achieve back-to-back victories?

Cologne Bonn crowned Cake of the Week champion

Cologne Bonn crowned Cake of the Week champion

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Cologne Bonn Airport celebrates winning Part I of the S17 Cake of the Week Public Vote, while Memmingen welcomed People’s Viennaline’s new charter service to Naples. More news also from Vancouver as it welcomes Canada’s first scheduled A350 service. 


China’s 200-plus airports handled over one billion passengers for the first time in 2016; 17 airports welcomed over 20 million customers

China’s 200-plus airports handled over one billion passengers for the first time in 2016; 17 airports welcomed over 20 million customers

Only the US sees more passengers pass through its airports than China, where demand grew by an impressive 11.1% in 2016. We reveal the fastest-growing major airports in China and track the growth in both domestic and international traffic.

30-Second Interview – Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways

30-Second Interview – Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways

Last week anna.aero’s Marta Dimitrova joined British Airways Chairman & CEO Alex Cruz on a special flight between London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports, during which he announced a major investment in improving the customer experience. While BA has gone through major changes to its passenger services, its network has also seen several developments, about which Dimitrova was curious to find out more.

Vueling passes 100 million passenger mark from Barcelona; serves over 120 destinations in S17, 20 fewer than in S16 as Germany, UK see cuts

Vueling passes 100 million passenger mark from Barcelona; serves over 120 destinations in S17, 20 fewer than in S16 as Germany, UK see cuts

Now part of IAG, Vueling has been operating from Barcelona since July 2004. We look at the LCC’s rate of growth from the airport, network development, seasonality and leading country markets. Plus which routes have been dropped (and added) since last summer.

Belfast airports welcomed a record 7.81 million passengers in 2016; international traffic doubles since the turn of the Millennium

Belfast airports welcomed a record 7.81 million passengers in 2016; international traffic doubles since the turn of the Millennium

Belfast in Northern Ireland is served by two airports – City and International. Last year the two combined welcomed a record number of passengers, with it being the first year since 2002 to see traffic grow at a double-digit rate. We take a closer look at the city’s traffic growth and how it is split between the two airports, as both get ready to welcome delegates from Europe and beyond for Routes Europe 2017.