Athens-Melbourne is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” 260,000 searches last year; Time for Jetstar to really go long-haul???

Athens-Melbourne is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” 260,000 searches last year; Time for Jetstar to really go long-haul???

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has revealed that last year 260,000 potential travellers searched for flights between Athens and Melbourne, which has a Greek poulation of 150,000 making it the biggest Greek city in the world (outside of Greece). But strewth, the route is unserved! Surely with a market that big and that reliable begging to be served, it’s time for Jetstar Airways to use its 787s for European long-haul.

Qatar Airways confirms 49% purchase of Meridiana; anna.aero analyses the Italian carrier’s current network; 59% of capacity on domestic links

Qatar Airways confirms 49% purchase of Meridiana; anna.aero analyses the Italian carrier’s current network; 59% of capacity on domestic links

On 14 July Qatar Airways said it would purchase a 49% stake in Italy’s Meridiana, days after it announced plans to buy 10% of LATAM Airlines Group. anna.aero takes a closer look at the Italian carrier’s current network, fleet breakdown and most popular routes.

Five airports across three continents vie for Week 27 victory

Five airports across three continents vie for Week 27 victory

So far during 2016, anna.aero’s judges have received 229 FTWAs, with five being entered this week from airports in Asia, Europe and North America. With mid-season now here, and airlines preparing for their winter season launches, the world’s airports should now have a measure of what to do to make an impression – scoring more than 35.2 would be a start to get into the top 10 at least.

anna.aero swims the Bosphorus; supporting friends in Turkish airports and airlines and child cancer causes

anna.aero swims the Bosphorus; supporting friends in Turkish airports and airlines and child cancer causes

In a show of solidarity with Turkish airports and airlines, anna.aero’s charity fund-raising team, “TeamBron,” competed in the 28th annual Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race on Sunday (24 July 2016) across the famous Istanbul strait separating Asia and Europe.


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United Airlines celebrates Route of the Week title for Hangzhou inauguration

United Airlines celebrates Route of the Week title for Hangzhou inauguration

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Ryanair announces new routes from Birmingham to Chania, Girona and Reus, while China Southern Airlines is close to signing an agreement to serve Adelaide. Finally London City celebrates Flybe’s Rennes inauguration.

Lufthansa flies in USAF runners for Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run (a race sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways)

Lufthansa flies in USAF runners for Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run (a race sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways)

anna.aero is very grateful to Lufthansa for providing flights for runners from USAF Base Ramstein in Germany to take part in the Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run (a race sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways).


Chinese airlines growing over 25% internationally in 2016; domestic growth just under 10%; Beijing losing ground to Atlanta for total pax

Chinese airlines growing over 25% internationally in 2016; domestic growth just under 10%; Beijing losing ground to Atlanta for total pax

China’s airline are well and truly embracing international routes. While domestic traffic has been growing around 10% since 2011, international traffic is booming. We also reveal the ranking of China’s top 15 airports in 2015.

Passengers up 10% in Mexico in first five months of 2016; domestic traffic growth strong; international growth driven by local airlines

Passengers up 10% in Mexico in first five months of 2016; domestic traffic growth strong; international growth driven by local airlines

Mexico’s air travel market has seen uninterrupted growth since the middle of 2011. We reveal changes in the domestic market shares of the leading airlines and highlight some of the new international routes.

Tokyo Narita annual traffic up 33% since 2011; domestic traffic quadruples since turn of decade; welcomes seven new carriers

Tokyo Narita annual traffic up 33% since 2011; domestic traffic quadruples since turn of decade; welcomes seven new carriers

In 2011 Tokyo Narita handled 28 million passengers, whereas last year it welcomed 37.3 million. Within the past 12 months, the Japanese airport has welcomed seven new airlines, with an eighth, Hawaiian Airlines, soon becoming the facility’s 74th carrier. anna.aero takes a closer look at traffic development and the airport’s most popular connections.

Liverpool is easyJet’s second oldest base but only one new route added since 2013; 21 routes served this winter as flights up 10%

Liverpool is easyJet’s second oldest base but only one new route added since 2013; 21 routes served this winter as flights up 10%

Liverpool was easyJet’s second ever base when it began flights there in late 1997. We reveal how the network has evolved in the last decade, which routes have been dropped and how much overlap there is with Ryanair’s operation at the same airport.


Cyprus sees record passenger numbers in 2015; Blue Air, Ryanair and newcomer Cobalt operate bases after collapse of Cyprus Airways

Cyprus sees record passenger numbers in 2015; Blue Air, Ryanair and newcomer Cobalt operate bases after collapse of Cyprus Airways

The collapse of Cyprus Airways early in 2015 has not impacted the country’s airports as much as might have been expected. We reveal traffic growth since 1998, seasonality profiles and the leading country markets and airlines.

Reno-Tahoe to host 2016 Boyd International Aviation Forecast Summit

Reno-Tahoe to host 2016 Boyd International Aviation Forecast Summit

Taking place between 18-20 September, the biggest names in the aviation industry are heading to Reno-Tahoe and Squaw Valley US for the 21st Annual Boyd Group International Aviation Summit – and so should you!

Latvia’s traffic set to leap past 5.5 million in 2016; airBaltic still #1 carrier

Latvia’s traffic set to leap past 5.5 million in 2016; airBaltic still #1 carrier

Latvia is the tasty filling in the Baltic nation sandwich, sitting as it does between its close neighbours Estonia and Lithuania. The country’s air traffic is booming this year, with an average monthly growth of 8.4% between January and May. We take a look at who is doing what, and from where.

Los Angeles-Buenos Aires is Skyscanner “Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 125,000 searches per year; one for American Airlines?

Los Angeles-Buenos Aires is Skyscanner “Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 125,000 searches per year; one for American Airlines?

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has uncovered that in the last year 125,000 potential travellers searched for flights between Los Angeles and Buenos Aires ‒ but the route is unserved. Surely this is an ideal route for either American Airlines or Aerolineas Argentinas??