Best connected airline hubs by region revealed; global winner Turkish Airlines in Istanbul pulls away from Delta Air Lines in Atlanta

Best connected airline hubs by region revealed; global winner Turkish Airlines in Istanbul pulls away from Delta Air Lines in Atlanta

This week we reveal which are the top 12 airline hubs (in terms of destinations served) in seven different regions across the world. Regional winners include Aeromexico, Air China, Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc.

Copenhagen loses Ryanair base, however the ULCC will be the third largest airline this winter; Emirates upgrades to A380

Copenhagen loses Ryanair base, however the ULCC will be the third largest airline this winter; Emirates upgrades to A380

Ryanair recently announced that due to a fallout with Danish unions, it would move its one based 737-800 from Copenhagen to Kaunas. However even with the base closure, the ULCC will still be one of the airport’s largest airlines this winter, despite only starting operations from the facility in March. anna.aero looks into the planned expansion of Ryanair from the city, and asks the airport exclusively about how other carriers are shaping up for W15/16.

Qatar Airways turning purple to get IndiGo stake; or will it have to settle for SpiceJet instead?

Qatar Airways turning purple to get IndiGo stake; or will it have to settle for SpiceJet instead?

Qatar Airways has been flirting with IndiGo, over it acquiring a stake in the LCC, while also declaring that it is not interested in a similar deal involving SpiceJet. Despite India’s biggest airline suggesting that any such talks were ‘completely baseless’, anna.aero’s data elves take a spin through the statistics behind this spicy love triangle.

Asiana Airlines competes head-to-head with Korean Air on almost 50 routes; Rome is newest route with Astana to launch on 8 August

Asiana Airlines competes head-to-head with Korean Air on almost 50 routes; Rome is newest route with Astana to launch on 8 August

Star Alliance carrier Asiana Airlines faces tough competition from its main Seoul Incheon base. We reveal the airline’s biggest routes as measured by ASKs, where it flies its A380s and what it’s doing in the domestic market.


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ULCCs Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines driving US domestic growth this summer; Southwest Airlines doubles international capacity

ULCCs Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines driving US domestic growth this summer; Southwest Airlines doubles international capacity

Domestic growth rates are rising while international growth rates are falling. We reveal the leading airlines in the US domestic and international markets and how their seat capacities compare with last year.

Tajikistan reports a decrease in annual seat capacity despite Dushanbe showing a rise of 18.3%

Tajikistan reports a decrease in annual seat capacity despite Dushanbe showing a rise of 18.3%

Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan’s wonders nestle in the Pamir Mountains, not far from the north-western section of the Himalayas. This makes it a great geographical location, centralised as it is between three of the vast BRIC economies of China, Russia and India. anna.aero looks to see how the country’s aviation industry has changed over the past 12 months, and where its capacity has shifted to benefit Tajikistan’s connectivity.


SWISS roll in with a baker’s dozen to the Airbus-sponsored anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run

SWISS roll in with a baker’s dozen to the Airbus-sponsored anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run

SWISS’ running team are returning to the Airbus-sponsored anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run, entering 13 runners and more than tripling their efforts to become “The Fastest Airline in the World”.

Sudan capacity grows 13% despite seat reduction from MEB3 carriers

Sudan capacity grows 13% despite seat reduction from MEB3 carriers

Sudan is a nation full of history and geographical wonders, such as the River Nile, where the water flows from South Sudan through the country on its journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The route is known for vast cargo and people movement, however anna.aero is not interested in the frequency of boats up and down the river, so instead an analysis of the country’s aviation seat capacity growth in 2015 has been carried out.

Brussels brandishes its latest Arch of Triumph certificate

Brussels brandishes its latest Arch of Triumph certificate

Brussels Airport recently won its second ever Arch of Triumph certificate – and some of its finest firefighters are clearly not shy about letting the world know about it. Find out which airport has come out tops from this week’s four global competitors.

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden welcomes Turkish Airlines as airberlin shrinks its monthly seat capacity

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden welcomes Turkish Airlines as airberlin shrinks its monthly seat capacity

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport recently welcomed the addition of Turkish Airlines’ four times weekly service from Istanbul Atatürk, opening up nearly 250 connection options to passengers via the Star Alliance member’s hub, however Ryanair still dominates the German airport. Overall capacity is up 17% compared to last year, so anna.aero looks to see which carriers have grown and the ones that have decided to take a step back.


Munich Airport celebrates ‘Route of the Week’ award for Kuwait Airways launch

Munich Airport celebrates ‘Route of the Week’ award for Kuwait Airways launch

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Munich Airport celebrates receiving the anna.aero ‘Route of the Week’ award, while Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport rewards its most punctual airlines.

Spirit Airlines reports passenger growth of 23% in H1; network grows from 133 to 170 routes, but Cleveland is only new airport

Spirit Airlines reports passenger growth of 23% in H1; network grows from 133 to 170 routes, but Cleveland is only new airport

Spirit Airlines is growing rapidly, and profitably. We reveal the US ULCC’s top 15 airports this summer and how quickly they are growing. Plus the airline’s #1 route and which new routes are still to start in 2015.

LCCs continue to see market share growth in Japanese domestic market; ANA and JAL focus on international growth

LCCs continue to see market share growth in Japanese domestic market; ANA and JAL focus on international growth

LCCs share of the Japanese domestic market has risen to 8%, but All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines still have almost three-quarters of the market. Capacity to China is growing rapidly with China Eastern Airlines increasing seats by over 40%

anna.aero helps welcome Xiamen Airlines to Europe

anna.aero helps welcome Xiamen Airlines to Europe

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed the arrival of Xiamen Airlines inaugural service to Europe, and the carrier’s first long-haul service. anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford was specially invited by the Dutch mega hub to attend this historic launch. See what it’s like to race a 787 from the end of the Polderbaan to the gate in what can only be described as a cannonball.