After our extremely popular analysis last week of which routes easyJet has dropped for this summer, this week we take a look at legendary Southwest Airlines of the US. It has dropped routes this summer from 39 airports with Orlando and Philadelphia hardest hit. But ASKs are still up 5%.
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Seoul Incheon might not be the biggest Asian airport, but with annual growth triple the size of Beijing Airport’s in 2012, it is one to keep an eye on. American Airlines’ new service from Dallas/Fort Worth, launched last week, only confirms the airport’s appeal for international traffic, which accounts for 98% of all traffic at the airport.
For Qatar Airways, its operations to North America are only the fifth most important region for the airline, despite the fact it is still starting plenty of new routes, including its Chicago service which launched last month, as well as recently announcing its plans for daily flights to Philadelphia.
Airbus maintains the lead over Boeing in the 2013 delivery race, as the two manufacturers achieve the second-best April ever. Most of the aircraft flies towards Asia.
While the majority of Europe’s airlines and airports were living the highlife in Budapest, and doing some valuable networking as well, a total of 46 new services were being launched around the world. Highlights include SWISS’ return to Singapore with services from Zürich, as well as Air China’s new venture in the opposite direction – from Beijing to Geneva.
As Geneva joins the growing group of cities connected to China with direct services this week, anna.aero examines how the Middle Kingdom’s international route network has changed since last summer.
Running scared: Like Speedy Gonzales, Aeromexico is still outrunning its competitors when it comes to maintaining its position as Mexico’s biggest airline. However, it increasingly needs the capacity of its regional subsidiary Aerolitoral (branded as Aeromexico Connect), to hold this position under growing pressure from LCCs InterJet and Volaris.
Much of Europe is showing little if any growth this summer, but that is not true of Turkey. Our analysis of the European air traffic market this summer shows that Istanbul has the region’s two fastest-growing major airports, Turkey is the fastest-growing country market, and Turkish Airlines is the fastest-growing airline.
Aer Lingus Regional celebrates first anniversary in London Southend; Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic team up
While last week’s news columns around the world have been hijacked by Richard Branson, anna.aero brings you the latest from Aer Lingus Regional, Norwegian Long Haul and Virgin Atlantic.