Low-cost long-haul flights up 20% this summer; Norwegian now has more flights than AirAsia X; KL and London Gatwick are top airports

Low-cost long-haul flights up 20% this summer; Norwegian now has more flights than AirAsia X; KL and London Gatwick are top airports

The low-cost long-haul (LCLH) market is still in its relative infancy. We reveal the leading airlines and airports this summer, as flights are up 20%, but the number of airports involved has remained unchanged. Eurowings’ Cologne Bonn operation is adding several new routes this summer.

Barcelona Airport traffic grows 26% since 2012 with it now handling 40+ million passengers a year; next battleground for low-cost long-haul

Barcelona Airport traffic grows 26% since 2012 with it now handling 40+ million passengers a year; next battleground for low-cost long-haul

Barcelona Airport last year welcomed over 44 million passengers through its two terminals, an increase of 11% when compared to 2015. With such spectacular growth, and Norwegian and IAG preparing to battle it out in the low-cost long-haul market from the hub, we take a closer look to see why this Spanish hot-spot is getting the aviation industry excited. 

Royal Jordanian cuts weekly seats by 5.5%; double-digit capacity growth to Heathrow and Bangkok

Royal Jordanian cuts weekly seats by 5.5%; double-digit capacity growth to Heathrow and Bangkok

Like many small- and medium-sized national carriers around the world, Royal Jordanian seems to stagger from one period of navel-gazing to the next, not really seeming to know its role in the industry. We investigate the oneworld carrier's progress (or lack of) over the last decade, as well as its biggest airports and country markets.

Nuremberg-Warsaw is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 30,000 annual searches; LOT's next German link??

Nuremberg-Warsaw is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 30,000 annual searches; LOT’s next German link??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has unearthed that in the last 12 months 30,000 potential travellers searched the flight comparison site for flights between Nuremberg and Warsaw ‒ but the route is unserved!? Will this become LOT Polish Airlines' fifth German sector, or only Ryanair's second route between Germany and the Polish capital?


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Vistara sets new records in December; over 300,000 passengers, 85% load factor and 3.2% of India’s domestic market

Vistara sets new records in December; over 300,000 passengers, 85% load factor and 3.2% of India’s domestic market

The joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines is gradually making its presence felt in the Indian market. We reveal its monthly passengers and load factors since launch and what share of the domestic market it has at the airports it serves. We also identify the biggest Indian airports the carrier does not currently serve.

Middle East's early win in Arch of Triumph 2017

Middle East’s early win in Arch of Triumph 2017

It's been a quiet start to the 2017 Arch of Triumph competition, with only four entries so far this year, none of which have come from Europe. This has allowed the Caribbean and the Middle East to throw down early markers on the new leader board.


Airbus and Boeing end 2016 with record month; Airbus passes 100+ unit deliveries for a single month; Lufthansa welcomes its first A350

Airbus and Boeing end 2016 with record month; Airbus passes 100+ unit deliveries for a single month; Lufthansa welcomes its first A350

During December Boeing and Airbus distributed 178 aircraft, over 12% of both companies' combined delivery total for 2016. This was the first time in recent history that both had delivered 170+ aircraft in a given month. December was also the first month that one of the manufactures past 100+ unit deliveries.

Singapore Airlines converts its Singapore – Manchester – Houston Intercontinental route to an A350 operation

Singapore Airlines converts its Singapore – Manchester – Houston Intercontinental route to an A350 operation

In this week's Network Planning Community News, Aruba celebrates the arrival of JetBlue Airways' new connection from Fort Lauderdale while United Airlines toasts 25 years of serving Madrid. More news also from Cornwall Airport Newquay, Luxembourg, Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Manchester airports. 

Thessaloniki Airport's traffic is up 8.1% in 2016; handling 43% more passengers than it did in 2012; expansion plans delayed

Thessaloniki Airport’s traffic is up 8.1% in 2016; handling 43% more passengers than it did in 2012; expansion plans delayed

Thessaloniki Airport in Greece between January and November last year welcomed 5.62 million passengers, an increase of 8.1% when compared to the same period of 2015. We take a closer look at Thessaloniki's traffic and airline developments, plus we delve deeper into the expansion issues of Greece's third largest airport.  

South Korea to Japan grows by 25% year-on-year; Korean Air is #1 airline on the country pair

South Korea to Japan grows by 25% year-on-year; Korean Air is #1 airline on the country pair

There are just some country pairs which our data elves notice lots of new routes as well as fresh capacity being added on existing ones, and one of those is South Korea to Japan – so we decided to investigate. We uncover the annual growth patterns, as well as the biggest airlines and routes in this burgeoning market.


Cincinnati's growing non-Delta flights; Southwest's coming in June to join Allegiant and Frontier in lowering fares; Delta still has 50% of seats

Cincinnati’s growing non-Delta flights; Southwest’s coming in June to join Allegiant and Frontier in lowering fares; Delta still has 50% of seats

Serving Cincinnati (in Ohio) but located in Kentucky, Cincinnati Airport has had a challenging decade as Delta Air Lines dramatically cut back its presence. However, since 2013 things have been looking up as Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines have developed mini-hubs and brought lower fares.

Southwest Airlines is Las Vegas' #1 carrier with 41% of seats in S17; 2.3 million more passenger flown annually when compared to a decade ago

Southwest Airlines is Las Vegas’ #1 carrier with 41% of seats in S17; 2.3 million more passenger flown annually when compared to a decade ago

Southwest Airlines is the largest airline in Las Vegas, with the Nevadan city being the carrier's third largest airport operation. In 2015, the airline flew 17.6 million passengers from Las Vegas, just under 16% more passengers than it flew from the city in 2006. We take a closer look at its traffic development, the airline's top routes and its daily operations from Sin City.

Eurowings opens its latest base in Salzburg, its second in Austria after Vienna; one stationed A320 and 10 routes served this summer

Eurowings opens its latest base in Salzburg, its second in Austria after Vienna; one stationed A320 and 10 routes served this summer

Eurowings opened its latest base in Salzburg on 12 January, initially stationing one A320 at the Austrian airport. The Lufthansa in-house LCC will initially offer 21 weekly flights from Salzburg to five destinations. A further five routes will be added for the summer season. We take a closer look at the carrier's new operation from Salzburg.

Airlines started 3,000+ new routes in 2016; Ryanair back on top beating easyJet and Wizz Air as Euro and US (U)LCCs dominate

Airlines started 3,000+ new routes in 2016; Ryanair back on top beating easyJet and Wizz Air as Euro and US (U)LCCs dominate

We have analysed our New Route Database to reveal the startling statistics for 2016 – including whether Airbus or Boeing aircraft started more new routes. We reveal the top 20 airlines for new routes last year, and the top 15 country markets. We also look ahead to 2017 for which we already know about 1,150 planned new routes from 160 airlines.