Kansas City is now the largest unserved market in the US from Europe; over 40 airports in the US to have direct flights in S18

Kansas City is now the largest unserved market in the US from Europe; over 40 airports in the US to have direct flights in S18

With WOW air announcing Cleveland and St. Louis, while British Airways has confirmed it will begin flights to Nashville and Delta Air Lines to link Indianapolis with Paris CDG, Kansas City has now become the largest unserved US destination from Europe. We look to see what are the other top unserved markets, and what demand is created from a direct flight.

Edinburgh-Dubai is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with 320,000 searches; Emirates' next UK operation??

Edinburgh-Dubai is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 320,000 searches; Emirates’ next UK operation??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last year over 320,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Edinburgh and Dubai ‒ but the route is unserved!? With two of the MEB3 already present in Edinburgh, will Emirates, which serves nearby Glasgow and Newcastle, join the party in the Scottish capital.

Melbourne Airport celebrates its first-ever Arch of Triumph win

Melbourne Airport celebrates its first-ever Arch of Triumph win

Melbourne Airport joins Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast to become Australia’s fourth-ever winner of the Arch of Triumph competition. Four airports from Europe battle it out for inaugural flight marketing glory this week.

Aer Lingus and Vienna show-off their certificate wins

Aer Lingus and Vienna show-off their certificate wins

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, along with our certificate winners, we have some record traffic numbers from Cornwall Airport Newquay and Liverpool, as well as a 50th anniversary in Mumbai and new deal for new routes in Cyprus. 

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Boeing opens gap over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race to 57 units; flydubai becomes first Middle East carrier to operate the 737 MAX 8

Boeing opens gap over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race to 57 units; flydubai becomes first Middle East carrier to operate the 737 MAX 8

Airbus and Boeing in July delivered 105 aircraft between them, up seven units when compared to the same month of 2016. However, the results for July are lower than the 139 units delivered in June. Among the delivery highlights of July were flydubai’s first 737 MAX 8 and Airbus distributing its 100th A350. 

Home run for Wizz Air at Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

Home run for Wizz Air at Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

More than 1,000 runners lined up on Budapest Airport’s runway on Saturday for the annual air transport industry’s 10km charity race, as home-based Wizz Air claimed the coveted title of ‘Fastest Airline in the World’.


Spain overtakes Sweden to become Norwegian's #2 market; long-haul routes only account for 4.6% of seats in S17 but growing fast

Spain overtakes Sweden to become Norwegian’s #2 market; long-haul routes only account for 4.6% of seats in S17 but growing fast

Norwegian has increased its presence greatly in Spain during the past year, with the southern European nation now being the airline’s second biggest market after Norway. We take a closer look to see how the carrier has spread its capacity over the past year, and how much of it is now on transcontinental links.  

St. Petersburg-New York is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with 380,000 searches; Aeroflot to resume operations??

St. Petersburg-New York is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 380,000 searches; Aeroflot to resume operations??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last 12 months around 380,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between St.Petersburg and New York ‒ but the route is unserved!? Aeroflot flew the city pair until 2003, surely now the time is ripe for it to take another bite of the Big Apple??

Chinese airlines growing twice as fast on domestic routes in 2017 than international services; 28 airports seeing 10+ million annual passengers

Chinese airlines growing twice as fast on domestic routes in 2017 than international services; 28 airports seeing 10+ million annual passengers

Between January and May 2017 Chinese airlines achieved an average monthly increase in traffic on domestic routes of over 14%, twice as much as the growth seen on international services, which are reporting a 7.1% rise. We look to see how this growth has developed and which airports are thriving.  

Australasian FTWA is world-beater this week

Australasian FTWA is world-beater this week

Although it produced a winning score below this year’s weekly average, an Australasian airport helps the region to its second victory in 2017. Find out which airport from down under tops the pile of this week’s FTWA entries from around the world.


Loganair goes it alone as Flybe begins working with Eastern Airways

Loganair goes it alone as Flybe begins working with Eastern Airways

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, along with Loganair’s independent venture and Flybe’s new franchise agreement with fellow UK regional airline Eastern Airways, Qantas announces that it will base four 787-9s at Brisbane, while Manchester Airport is named the UK’s best airport at the Travel Bulletin Star Awards. 

Ryanair is Spain's leading airline with 17% market share; Reus, La Palma and Santander fastest growing airports in H1 2017; domestic market #1

Ryanair is Spain’s leading airline with 17% market share; Reus, La Palma and Santander fastest growing airports in H1 2017; domestic market #1

In 2016 over 230 million people travelled from Spain, an increase of 11% when compared to 2015. This growth looks set to continue, with H1 2017 traffic up 9.1% on H1 2016. In the run-up to World Routes in Barcelona later this month, we review which airports and country markets are growing fastest and how airlines have evolved from the nation during the past decade.  

Cathay Pacific Airways announces Brussels, Copenhagen and Dublin; Geneva, Birmingham and Lisbon now top unserved European markets

Cathay Pacific Airways announces Brussels, Copenhagen and Dublin; Geneva, Birmingham and Lisbon now top unserved European markets

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that from S18 it will start serving Brussels, Copenhagen and Dublin from Hong Kong. Now that these European capital cities have been announced, it means that Geneva, Birmingham and Lisbon have become the top unserved destinations in Europe from Hong Kong.  

Kuwait Airways grows summer seat capacity by 33%; now operating nine 777-300s; expecting to pass the three million passenger barrier in 2017

Kuwait Airways grows summer seat capacity by 33%; now operating nine 777-300s; expecting to pass the three million passenger barrier in 2017

Kuwait Airways is undergoing a fleet overhaul, with it expecting to welcome its tenth and final 777-300 in Q3 this year. By 2019 it will also have A320neos and A350s, meaning Kuwait Airways will have one of the youngest fleets in the Middle East. We look to see how the new additions are impacting the airline’s current network of 39 routes.