AirAsia X put Europe routes off agenda with A330neo order; drops 10 of 29 routes since 2007 launch

AirAsia X put Europe routes off agenda with A330neo order; drops 10 of 29 routes since 2007 launch

Malaysia’s long-haul, low-cost pioneer has yet to be consistently profitable, and its network churn is surprisingly high. We reveal in which years the airline launched (and dropped) most routes, and what competition it faces. Plus a look at the airline’s key operating and financial statistics since 2010.

Budapest Runway Run accommodation partners selected – choose your Grand Budapest Hotel!!!

Budapest Runway Run accommodation partners selected – choose your Grand Budapest Hotel!!!

You can stay in the hotel where Richard Burton staged Elizabeth Taylor’s lavish 40th birthday party, or splash out €45 on something ultra-low cost: Hotel partners have been announced for “bud:runway run” – the race on Runway 13R-31L at Budapest Airport in September in aid of child cancer charities.

Second 2014 FTWA win for the European capital city that welcomed Pegasus Airlines this week

Second 2014 FTWA win for the European capital city that welcomed Pegasus Airlines this week

Until this week, Cambridge was the only airport to have won more than one ‘Arch of Triumph’ award so far in 2014. However this week another European airport has joined this elite club — find out which capital city airport it is inside.

Fast-growing Lion Air close to offering 1m seats per week

Fast-growing Lion Air close to offering 1m seats per week

“We make people fly” says Lion Air CEO Rusdi Kirana. True to his word (and adopted as the company slogan) Lion Air made nearly 35 million people fly in 2013, making it the world’s fifth largest LCC. anna.aero takes a look at Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier.


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La Compagnie starts CDG-Newark with 74-seat all-business 757

La Compagnie starts CDG-Newark with 74-seat all-business 757

La Compagnie sneaked into the air on 21 July, with what is known in the marketing world as a ‘soft launch’ of its services. The French all-business class airline hopes to succeed where others of this type of carrier have failed in the past — anna.aero reviews its start-up plans and the competition.

Palm Beach continues its traffic rebuild; passenger volumes could break 2010 levels this year

Palm Beach continues its traffic rebuild; passenger volumes could break 2010 levels this year

Palm Beach is the seventh busiest airport in Florida, itself the third biggest state in terms of weekly seats available, behind California and Texas. anna.aero reveals that fortunes seem to improving once again for Palm Beach, due in part to the arrival of PEOPLExpress on 14 July.


UK airports see international passenger numbers grow by 4.5% in 2014 H1; Canary Islands lead ‘summer sun’ surge

UK airports see international passenger numbers grow by 4.5% in 2014 H1; Canary Islands lead ‘summer sun’ surge

International air travel from the UK grew faster in the first half of 2014 than in the previous year. Popular summer sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, Greece and Portugal have been performing well, but one major EU country market (which grew rapidly last year) has seen a decline this year.

40-something Air Malta continues to focus on inbound leisure traffic; next on Etihad’s shopping list?

40-something Air Malta continues to focus on inbound leisure traffic; next on Etihad’s shopping list?

On 1 April, Air Malta entered into its fifth decade, having been set up in 1974. Since then, the airline has focussed on delivering inbound tourists to the Mediterranean group of islands. anna.aero takes a look at the airline’s current network 40 years on.

Denver and London Southend airports’ certificates for Volaris and Flybe respectively; first direct China flight lands at Birmingham Airport

Denver and London Southend airports’ certificates for Volaris and Flybe respectively; first direct China flight lands at Birmingham Airport

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Frankfurt Airport and Condor welcome the arrival of German fans from FIFA World Cup. We also have news from Glasgow Airport.

Vueling and Norwegian fly to more countries than Ryanair and easyJet; Wizz Air offers most per million passengers

Vueling and Norwegian fly to more countries than Ryanair and easyJet; Wizz Air offers most per million passengers

Everyone knows that Ryanair and easyJet are the biggest LCCs in Europe, but which of Europe’s big six flies to the most countries? Well our statistic-hungry data elves are cooking up the numbers in the information kitchen to provide you with some tasty analytical fare.