German goldrush! Cologne Bonn Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 Part II; Frankfurt Airport takes Arch of Triumph W17/18 Part II

German goldrush! Cologne Bonn Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 Part II; Frankfurt Airport takes Arch of Triumph W17/18 Part II

With 39% and 44% of the votes over the last seven days, Cologne Bonn and Frankfurt airports have triumphed in Part II of the W17/18 public votes, beating 14 and 12 airports respectively from around the world. We also have photos of last week’s winners of the Cake of the Week and Arch of Triumph competitions posing with their certificates.

Mexican market moves past 100 million seats; LCCs drive growth, international capacity outpaces domestic expansion in 2017

Mexican market moves past 100 million seats; LCCs drive growth, international capacity outpaces domestic expansion in 2017

Seat capacity on all direct flights to, from and within Mexico increased by 8.0% in 2017, with double-digit growth in three out of the past five years. We take a look at the main movers in Mexico over the past 10 years, including airline, airport and international country market trends.

Channel Islands to UK market returns to growth; Flybe is the largest carrier, Jersey has most departing capacity

Channel Islands to UK market returns to growth; Flybe is the largest carrier, Jersey has most departing capacity

The market from the Channel Islands to the UK is one of the most mature in the world for commercial air services. From 2016 to 2017 the non-stop seats available in this market increased by 1.5%, representing a third consecutive year of growth. Non-stop capacity trends over the past 10 years for airlines and airport pairs are discussed here, although inter-island services are not considered.

Buenos Aires Ezeiza on course to break 10 million this year: Aerolineas Argentinas still #1 carrier

Buenos Aires Ezeiza on course to break 10 million this year: Aerolineas Argentinas still #1 carrier

Buenos Aires Ezeiza is Argentina’s second busiest airport, but the country’s main international gateway. Having got close last year, Ezeiza is on track to break the 10 million annual passenger barrier in 2017. We take a look at the airport’s traffic over the last 10 years, its biggest serving carriers and its top 12 routes.


Route Shop

Korean Air's capacity remains static in 2017; Los Angeles is largest route for A380s, while Asia Pacific dominates international connections

Korean Air’s capacity remains static in 2017; Los Angeles is largest route for A380s, while Asia Pacific dominates international connections

Korean Air will operate more than 34.5 million two-way seats on non-stop routes over the course of the calendar year, but the carrier’s domestic and international capacity growth remained flat in 2017. We take a look at the South Korean airline’s capacity growth trends over the past 10 years, along with its A380 route network and largest international markets.

Southwest Airlines now handling over 17 million passengers from Baltimore/Washington; only 3.7% of traffic flies on non-US routes

Southwest Airlines now handling over 17 million passengers from Baltimore/Washington; only 3.7% of traffic flies on non-US routes

Baltimore/Washington is Southwest Airlines’ second largest hub, and in 2016 the carrier handled over 17 million passengers from the US East Coast airport. anna.aero takes a closer look at how traffic has developed with the carrier in recent years, and analyses the performance of its international routes. 


Gothenburg-Stuttgart is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with 40,000 searches; SAS' fifth German link??

Gothenburg-Stuttgart is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 40,000 searches; SAS’ fifth German link??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last 12 months nearly 40,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Gothenburg and Stuttgart ‒ but the route is unserved!? Already operating to four German airports from the Swedish airport, surely the home of Mercedes-Benz is revved up to become SAS’ fifth??

Florida's airports handled seven million more passengers in 2016 than 2015; Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa have 80% of traffic

Florida’s airports handled seven million more passengers in 2016 than 2015; Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa have 80% of traffic

Florida’s leading airports in 2016 handled over 168 million passengers, up 4.4% when compared to 2015. With the state being home to 6.4% of the US’ population, but over 20% of the nation’s flying travellers, anna.aero has taken a close look at the developments in the Sunshine State during recent years.   

Return to normal – anna.aero judges back in charge of Arch of Triumph competition

Return to normal – anna.aero judges back in charge of Arch of Triumph competition

After a frenzy of FTWA activity at the start of W17/18, its back to normal this week, with the anna.aero judges doing the scoring rather than letting the public decide which airport has constructed this week’s best Arch of Triumph. We all feel a bit safer now don’t we…without the public involved.

Punta Cana expansion slows since 2015, American Airlines is largest carrier and March is the peak month for available seats

Punta Cana expansion slows since 2015, American Airlines is largest carrier and March is the peak month for available seats

Punta Cana is the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, accounting for 47% of all departing capacity from the Caribbean state in 2017. The next largest airport is Santo Domingo, with 33% of departing seats. anna.aero takes a look at Punta Cana’s seasonal capacity trends, along with its largest airline operators and country markets.


Airbus and Boeing handed over 133 aircraft in September, the third best month of the year so far; Airbus opens A330 factory in China

Airbus and Boeing handed over 133 aircraft in September, the third best month of the year so far; Airbus opens A330 factory in China

Airbus handed over 55 aircraft in September, while its North American rival Boeing distributed 78. Of the 133 aircraft delivered, 73% were narrow-body and 27% wide-body. By delivering 23 more units than Airbus in month nine of 2017, Boeing has extended the lead over its European rival to 100 aircraft in the 2017 delivery race. 

Iasi Airport and Blue Air celebrate the one millionth passenger of 2017 for the Romanian airport by partying in style

Iasi Airport and Blue Air celebrate the one millionth passenger of 2017 for the Romanian airport by partying in style

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, along with Blue Air’s Iasi celebration, Germania celebrates the launch of flights between Nuremberg and Tel Aviv, while Sydney Airport officially launches its Community Christmas Giving Appeal. There is also news from Eurowings and Saudi Arabian Airlines, plus Belfast City Airport. 

Franco-German market returns to growth after several years of decline, Lufthansa is the largest carrier but LCCs lead the charge

Franco-German market returns to growth after several years of decline, Lufthansa is the largest carrier but LCCs lead the charge

The market for air services between near neighbours and European heavyweights France and Germany is one of the most mature on the continent. Seat capacity between the two countries increased by 3% from 2016 to 2017. Franco-German network development trends are analysed here, with the fastest growing airlines and airports identified.

Aeroflot traffic up 14% so far this year; flew 29 million passengers in 2016; anna.aero joins carrier for a night at Manchester United

Aeroflot traffic up 14% so far this year; flew 29 million passengers in 2016; anna.aero joins carrier for a night at Manchester United

Aeroflot between January and September carried just under 24.8 million passengers, while other carriers within the Aeroflot Group flew 13.6 million. We take a look at the recent developments of the Russian flag carrier, with the airline now having one of the world’s youngest fleets.