Airlines starting over 450 new routes in first three weeks of S15 season; Ryanair leads way (again!) as FIGUS countries dominate

Airlines starting over 450 new routes in first three weeks of S15 season; Ryanair leads way (again!) as FIGUS countries dominate

The start of the (northern) summer season always heralds a surge in new route launches. And this year is no exception, with over 140 airlines, launching over 450 new routes across over 90 countries in the first three weeks alone.

Shenzhen Airlines flies to 69 airports; Shenzhen-Beijing is #1 route

Shenzhen Airlines flies to 69 airports; Shenzhen-Beijing is #1 route

A Star Alliance member since November 2012, Shenzhen Airlines has managed to establish itself as the fourth largest operator in China, behind Air China, but above Hainan Airlines. With the carrier operating a total of 221 non-stop routes, anna.aero looks at Shenzhen Airlines’ network for this March.

Australia’s top 20 airports grow by 1.5% in 2014; international demand growing faster than domestic

Australia’s top 20 airports grow by 1.5% in 2014; international demand growing faster than domestic

One of the latest new domestic routes to launch in Australia was the JETGO Australia route between Brisbane and Tamworth. However, it is overseas traffic at the top 20 airports that is driving much of the country’s annual growth, with international airlines increasing by 5.6% in 2014. We investigate where is growing and where is not, Down Under.

Charleston wins one horse race in this week’s Arch of Triumph; North America tops inter-regional table

Charleston wins one horse race in this week’s Arch of Triumph; North America tops inter-regional table

With the public votes just around the corner, ready to trumpet the start of the S15 season, this week heralds the end of W14/15 route launches. Mobilise your fans, friends and followers ready for next week and follow in the footsteps of last year’s public vote winners Budapest and Bucharest airports.


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Vancouver Airport celebrates with a cake Philippine Airlines’ arrival

Vancouver Airport celebrates with a cake Philippine Airlines’ arrival

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, London Stansted Airport celebrates the Cake of the Week award for Flybe’s new route to Isle of Man, while Brussels Airport marks the opening of the Connector building. More news from Sofia, Sibiu and Munich airports.

Ryanair transatlantic U-turn: anna.aero examines the “what if scenario” revealing where it may have flown

Ryanair transatlantic U-turn: anna.aero examines the “what if scenario” revealing where it may have flown

Airline executives pretty much everywhere are breathing easier after Ryanair denied the accuracy of last week’s reports that it would start transatlantic services in 2020. However, the apparently mistaken announcement and the clear retraction, appropriately sandwiched around St Patrick’s Day, intrigued anna.aero’s data elves who took a look at the “what if scenario” and identified the 10 European and six US airports that would have most likely benefitted.


easyJet still growing in Rome despite Vueling’s rapid expansion; nine new routes added, five dropped in last 12 months

easyJet still growing in Rome despite Vueling’s rapid expansion; nine new routes added, five dropped in last 12 months

easyJet has now slipped behind Vueling at Italy’s busiest airport. The two carriers overlap on 24 routes from Rome’s Fiumicino airport. We look at how easyJet’s Rome operations have evolved and what other competition it now faces.

Sacramento Airport in California reports 3.3% traffic growth in 2014; Southwest Airlines is #1 carrier

Sacramento Airport in California reports 3.3% traffic growth in 2014; Southwest Airlines is #1 carrier

Serving Sacramento (which hosts the Annual Pacific Rim Street Fest), Sacramento Airport consolidated its annual passenger performance, reporting close to nine million travellers in 2014. With a total of 10 airlines flying to 26 destinations non-stop, anna.aero takes a closer look at the airport’s recent activity, reveals its seasonality profile and how dominant Southwest Airlines is this March.

Association of European Airlines (AEA) members report 2.9% increase in passenger numbers in 2014

Association of European Airlines (AEA) members report 2.9% increase in passenger numbers in 2014

In 2014, Europe’s flag-carriers reported traffic growth of 2.9%, according to the AEA. All geographic markets were up except for North Africa (down 3.5%), with North Atlantic and the Middle East leading the way (both +5.1%).

Menorca Airport plots a recovery path towards 3m annual passengers; Vueling bigger than easyJet and Ryanair combined

Menorca Airport plots a recovery path towards 3m annual passengers; Vueling bigger than easyJet and Ryanair combined

The smallest of the three airports serving the Balearic Islands, Menorca Airport, also known as Mahón Airport, is on course to grow again this summer, with August schedules offering a 6.4% increase in weekly seats. anna.aero identifies the key players and what new routes will be starting in S15.


Record February for Airbus and Boeing; Spring Airlines receives its 50th A320

Record February for Airbus and Boeing; Spring Airlines receives its 50th A320

While Spring Airlines received its 50th A320 from Airbus, the European manufacturer will have to add some power if it wants to catch up with Boeing, which leads the 2015 delivery race by 31 units already. However, February goes down in history as the busiest second month of the year since anna.aero started monitoring aircraft deliveries seven years ago.

Know the latest from Routes Asia? Read the show daily magazines at your desk

Know the latest from Routes Asia? Read the show daily magazines at your desk

If you’re not planning to board a flight back home from Kunming today or tomorrow, it probably means you were stuck back in the office deciding what stationery to steal from your colleague’s desks while they were at Routes Asia. So you don’t miss out on any of the conference action, read our show daily magazines here.

Southwest ready to smash 140 million in 2015; Chicago Midway still #1

Southwest ready to smash 140 million in 2015; Chicago Midway still #1

Southwest Airlines recently celebrated its birthday of providing its low fares by that new-fangled thing called the internet (well it was 20 years ago). In the last 10 years it has carried over 1.1 billion passengers, add this year’s expected passengers and you have a number close to India’s population (1.25 billion). We go under the hood of the world’s biggest LCC.

CONNECT 2015 Ireland to stage anna.aero-BUD-sponsored “CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter”

CONNECT 2015 Ireland to stage anna.aero-BUD-sponsored “CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter”

OK, this is a bit of a mouthful: The anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run (bud:runway run), is sponsoring the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter – two early-morning runs through the stunning Killarney National Park to the shores of Lough Leane at CONNECT ‘The International Aviation Forum’ hosted by Kerry Airport, Ireland 3-5 June 2015.