Qatar Airways and Emirates leave Etihad Airways behind in network growth race; US, Australia and UK are biggest country markets by ASKs

Qatar Airways and Emirates leave Etihad Airways behind in network growth race; US, Australia and UK are biggest country markets by ASKs

Qatar Airways is drawing well ahead of Emirates in the battle for scale when measured by destinations served. We reveal the routes added (and dropped) by the MEB3 carriers in the last 12 months, and which are the top 15 country markets for the combined carriers.

American Airlines fastest growing carrier at Columbus; 41% of traffic in first half of 2016 flown by Southwest Airlines; Frontier Airlines returns

American Airlines fastest growing carrier at Columbus; 41% of traffic in first half of 2016 flown by Southwest Airlines; Frontier Airlines returns

In 2015 Columbus’ John Glenn Airport welcomed 6.76 million passengers, up 6.7% when compared to the figure of 2014. However for the first six months of this year traffic is down 0.4%. We take a closer look at passenger volumes, and see how Columbus has coped as a result of North America’s airline mergers.

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Manchester is biggest-ever "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 440,000 searches; Pegasus Airlines’ next UK service??

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Manchester is biggest-ever “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 440,000 searches; Pegasus Airlines’ next UK service??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has uncovered that nearly 440,000 potential passengers in the past year searched for flights between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Manchester ‒ but the route from is unserved! As our biggest unserved route ever, why is Pegasus Airlines not flying this sector?

Colombian traffic up 7.4% for first half of 2016; grows 63% since the turn of the decade; Bogota – Medellin #1 route despite passenger drop

Colombian traffic up 7.4% for first half of 2016; grows 63% since the turn of the decade; Bogota – Medellin #1 route despite passenger drop

Since 2010 Colombian domestic traffic has grown 59% while international traffic has risen 74%. Within the past year the nation has welcomed Air Europa and Turkish Airlines to its airline roll call, while at the same time another European carrier has ended flights to the South American nation. We take a closer look at traffic development and how the nation’s top routes are performing.


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Prague is proud to display its first Arch of Triumph certificate

Prague is proud to display its first Arch of Triumph certificate

At its fifth attempt in four years of competition, Prague Airport has finally chalked up its first ever Arch of Triumph win. The fire station walls will never have looked finer than they do now. With very few route launches at this time of year we have another one horse race this week.

Reno-Tahoe celebrates Cake of the Week for Long Beach link

Reno-Tahoe celebrates Cake of the Week for Long Beach link

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Belo Horizonte celebrates eight years of Copa Airlines flights while Birmingham Airport breaks through the 11 million passenger barrier. More news also from Tigerair Australia and British Airways which brought back record-breaking Team GB from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


Hong Kong Airlines targeting Japan for growth in 2016; Hong Kong’s third biggest airline now operates 27 aircraft; Bangkok is #1 route

Hong Kong Airlines targeting Japan for growth in 2016; Hong Kong’s third biggest airline now operates 27 aircraft; Bangkok is #1 route

Hong Kong Airlines was launched in 2006 and now plays a significant role at its home base. We look at how quickly the airline has expanded and which are its most important routes, plus a list of new routes launched in 2016.

Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta traffic down 8.8% in 12 months; welcomes Heathrow link; Terminal 3 opens

Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta traffic down 8.8% in 12 months; welcomes Heathrow link; Terminal 3 opens

Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta Airport in 2015 welcomed 52 million passengers, 4.6 million less than the figure of 2014. Domestic traffic fell 9.6% while international traffic declined 2.6%. Despite this, the airport recently opened its new Terminal 3, raising the facility’s overall capacity to 70 million passengers. anna.aero takes a closer look at traffic trends and route map developments.

Canadian airports see traffic growth of just under 5% so far in 2016; NewLeaf is newest domestic airline as WestJet’s UK services launch

Canadian airports see traffic growth of just under 5% so far in 2016; NewLeaf is newest domestic airline as WestJet’s UK services launch

We look at how Canada’s busiest airports are developing in 2016. Which airports are growing fastest and which are shrinking? Plus an analysis of the growth by geographic markets for the country’s biggest airport.

Wizz Air’s operations from Bucharest’s Henri Coandă are 93% larger than what it flew from Aurel Vlaicu; Blue Air offers heavy competition

Wizz Air’s operations from Bucharest’s Henri Coandă are 93% larger than what it flew from Aurel Vlaicu; Blue Air offers heavy competition

During the past year Wizz Air has added Birmingham, Cluj-Napoca, Glasgow, Lisbon, London Gatwick, Pescara and Stockholm Skavsta to its Bucharest base, with Romanian LCC Blue Air starting flights on five of these city pairs as well within the same time period. We take a closer look at Wizz Air’s expansion from Bucharest since its airport switch and analyse how competition is developing on certain sectors.


Cardiff Airport growing once more; passengers up 30% in last 12 months; Flybe #1 airline serving 15 destinations; Vueling leading LCC

Cardiff Airport growing once more; passengers up 30% in last 12 months; Flybe #1 airline serving 15 destinations; Vueling leading LCC

The biggest airport in Wales is back in growth mode. We reveal the ups and downs of demand over the last 20 years and which have been the leading carriers at various points in time. Plus we look at the airport’s leading routes in 2015.

KLM has third biggest international European hub among legacy carriers; serves 135 points non-stop; nine new routes added in S16

KLM has third biggest international European hub among legacy carriers; serves 135 points non-stop; nine new routes added in S16

KLM was formed in 1919 and is still going strong. We reveal the rate of growth during the last decade, the airline’s biggest routes and country markets as measured by ASKs and review its most recent route additions.

Oslo-Shanghai is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 80,000 annual searches; China Eastern’s next European service?

Oslo-Shanghai is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 80,000 annual searches; China Eastern’s next European service?

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software reveals that in the past year 80,000 potential travellers hunted the Skyscanner flight comparison site for flights between Oslo and Shanghai ‒ but the route is unserved! With existing European services from its base in China’s biggest city, but none to Scandinavia, surely this is a great route for China Eastern.

Pegasus Airlines enters 10 runners as the battle for “Fastest Airline in the World” in the Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run hots up

Pegasus Airlines enters 10 runners as the battle for “Fastest Airline in the World” in the Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run hots up

Pegasus Airlines has entered 10 runners to compete for unending glory in this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run, sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways. Will they have enough to soar past teams from Aer Lingus, Emirates and SWISS? Registration must close 19 August!!