Low-cost long-haul flights up by 38% for S18; Norwegian extends lead over AirAsia X; Gatwick now top airport

Low-cost long-haul flights up by 38% for S18; Norwegian extends lead over AirAsia X; Gatwick now top airport

The low-cost long-haul (LCLH) market continues to gather momentum after another year of double-digit growth. We reveal the leading airlines and airports for S18, with flights up 38% compared to the previous year, and the number of departure airports increasing by more than one third.

Kazakhstan capacity doubles since 2010; Air Astana is dominant carrier, Almaty and Astana are leading airports

Kazakhstan capacity doubles since 2010; Air Astana is dominant carrier, Almaty and Astana are leading airports

There were 12.8 million two-way seats available on scheduled domestic and international flights serving Kazakhstan in 2017, an increase of 15.2% compared to 2016. anna.aero has examined commercial air service developments in this fast growing market to identify key trends over the past 10 years including its leading airlines, airports and international destinations. 

Taipei Songshan sings for growth impetus; UNI Air #1 airline but Far Eastern Air Transport closes the gap

Taipei Songshan sings for growth impetus; UNI Air #1 airline but Far Eastern Air Transport closes the gap

Taipei Songshan, located within the city limits of the Taiwanese capital (and close to one of the world’s tallest buildings – Taipei 101) was formerly the city’s main gateway, but now offers charter, domestic and limited international flights. We take a look at the airport’s recent traffic history, its biggest carriers and routes, and whether Songshan will sing again.

Monterrey Airport welcomed 9.7 million passengers in 2017; domestic traffic drives growth, VivaAerobus becomes largest operator

Monterrey Airport welcomed 9.7 million passengers in 2017; domestic traffic drives growth, VivaAerobus becomes largest operator

Monterrey Airport handled 9.77 million passengers in 2017, a 6.5% increase compared to the previous year. We take a look at some of the main network development trends that have taken place at Mexico’s fourth largest airport over the past 10 years, with a focus on its largest carriers and routes.


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SWISS grew annual traffic by 19% between 2010 and 2017, however it is still losing home market share to easyJet despite increased capacity

SWISS grew annual traffic by 19% between 2010 and 2017, however it is still losing home market share to easyJet despite increased capacity

SWISS transported 16.9 million passengers last year, up 2.3% on 2016. Yet despite enhanced capacity, plus rising passenger numbers, the carrier is still losing market share to easyJet. We look in more detail at the Star Alliance member to see how it has developed in recent years.   

Antwerp-Milan is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with 45,000 searches; VLM Airlines' next venture?

Antwerp-Milan is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 45,000 searches; VLM Airlines’ next venture?

In the last 12 months, Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that over 45,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Antwerp and Milan ‒ but the city pair is unserved!? Resurgent VLM Airlines, based again at Antwerp, could be a ready-made solution provider, or perhaps someone like bmi regional might be better suited to the city pair.


Quito Airport celebrates its first Arch of Triumph win

Quito Airport celebrates its first Arch of Triumph win

Ecuador is currently the centre of the airport marketing world, hosting Routes Americas next month in Quito, but more significantly scooping its first Arch of Triumph win. Two more airports battle it out this week for undying glory.

Australia-New Zealand market experiences decade of growth; Air New Zealand and Qantas fly the flag as leading carriers

Australia-New Zealand market experiences decade of growth; Air New Zealand and Qantas fly the flag as leading carriers

Seat capacity on flights between Australia and New Zealand increased by 3.5% from 2016 to 2017 and has been on the rise since 2008. We take a look at some of the key air service developments in the trans-Tasman market over the past 10 years, including the fastest growing airlines and airports.

easyJet, Salvador de Bahia and Berlin Tegel celebrate anna.aero awards

easyJet, Salvador de Bahia and Berlin Tegel celebrate anna.aero awards

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Moscow Sheremetyevo hands out its annual awards for 2017, while Bahrain Airport celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Jet Airways services. More news also from IndiGo plus Akureyri, Cairns and Cardiff airports. 

Guwahati Airport experiences rapid growth, doubts over it continuing; IndiGo #1 carrier

Guwahati Airport experiences rapid growth, doubts over it continuing; IndiGo #1 carrier

Guwahati in Assam was India’s 14th largest airport in 2016, handling around 3.5 million passengers and making it equivalent in size to Nuremberg in Europe or Richmond in the US. However, an analysis of the airport’s 2017 traffic figures so far shows it has leaped ahead of its nearest rivals. We take a closer gander at Guwahati’s gargantuan growth. 


Edinburgh Airport handled 13.43 million passengers in 2017; London tops destination leaderboard; easyJet and Ryanair are biggest carriers

Edinburgh Airport handled 13.43 million passengers in 2017; London tops destination leaderboard; easyJet and Ryanair are biggest carriers

Edinburgh Airport handled 13.43 million passengers in 2017, an 8.8% increase on 2016, making last year the busiest 12-month period in the airport’s history. anna.aero has took a further look into Edinburgh’s growth to discover which airlines have expanded the most to allow this Scottish success story to happen.  

Argentinian traffic grew 72% between 2007 and 2016 to over 35 million passengers; set for low-cost expansion with Norwegian and Flybondi

Argentinian traffic grew 72% between 2007 and 2016 to over 35 million passengers; set for low-cost expansion with Norwegian and Flybondi

In 2016 some 35.03 million passengers travelled through 54 airports in Argentina, an increase of 7.3% over the total figure for 2015. Currently only 4.0% of the nation’s seat capacity is flown by LCCs, however things are about to change in 2018, with the arrival of Norwegian and Flybondi.  

Kenya Airways grows traffic 71% in 10 years to 4.46 million annual passengers; load factor back above 70%; confirms New York JFK launch

Kenya Airways grows traffic 71% in 10 years to 4.46 million annual passengers; load factor back above 70%; confirms New York JFK launch

Kenya Airways’ announcement of non-stop flights to New York JFK is one of the most significant route developments in its history. With the news, anna.aero has looked at how the carrier has development in recent history, with numbers showing that the carrier has been busy enhancing its passenger numbers. 

Spring Airlines doubles capacity over past five years; Shanghai airports dominate route network, Thailand is leading international market

Spring Airlines doubles capacity over past five years; Shanghai airports dominate route network, Thailand is leading international market

There were more than 18.5 million two-way seats available on Spring Airlines’ services in 2017. The Chinese LCC has experienced rapid growth over the past 10 years, during which time it introduced its first international destinations. We take a look at the Asian airline’s fast developing network, including its largest airports and routes.