Amsterdam overtakes Frankfurt and Istanbul as it aims to catch Paris CDG to become Europe's #2 hub; Heathrow to have 9.3 million pax lead

Amsterdam overtakes Frankfurt and Istanbul as it aims to catch Paris CDG to become Europe’s #2 hub; Heathrow to have 9.3 million pax lead

FLAPI airports (Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Paris CDG and Istanbul Atatürk) handled over 326 million passengers in 2016, up 1.5% when compared to 2015. We look to see how these airports have grown in the past decade in regards to their hub carriers and their market shares.   

Dalian Airport passes 15 million annual passengers; 8.3% of seats flown on international services; China Southern Airlines' market share drops

Dalian Airport passes 15 million annual passengers; 8.3% of seats flown on international services; China Southern Airlines’ market share drops

Dalian Airport in 2016 was used by 15.26 million passengers, this compares to the 4.61 million it handled in 2004, an increase of 231%. We take a closer look to see how China’s 22nd largest airport has grown over the past decade, and to see how its serving carrier’s have established their networks at the airport in recent years. 

BUD Directors prepare for Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

BUD Directors prepare for Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

As two of the airport’s director get ready to race, we remind you that today really is your last chance to enter this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run.

Boeing has a 46-unit advantage over Airbus in regards to deliveries for the first half of the year;  easyJet welcomes its first of 130 A320neos

Boeing has a 46-unit advantage over Airbus in regards to deliveries for the first half of the year; easyJet welcomes its first of 130 A320neos

Airbus and Boeing in June delivered 139 aircraft between them, down three units when compared to the same month of 2016. However, the results for June are much better than the 116 units delivered in May. Among the delivery highlights of June were easyJet’s first A320neo and Norwegian’s first two 737 MAX 8s. 

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Final call to enter Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

Final call to enter Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

FRIDAY 18 AUGUST: Just two more days to make sure you don’t miss your chance to enter this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run, sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways. 

Zurich-Colombo is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" ‒ nearly 250,000 searches; SWISS' next Asian route after four-year gap??

Zurich-Colombo is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ nearly 250,000 searches; SWISS’ next Asian route after four-year gap??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last year nearly 250,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Zurich and Colombo ‒ but the route is unserved!? SWISS’ last new Asian service was launched to Singapore in 2013, so surely it is overdue to start another route full of eastern promise??


Europe goes three weeks without a win – no entries either! North America takes back-to-back victories

Europe goes three weeks without a win – no entries either! North America takes back-to-back victories

This week’s winning airport has had an unprecedented year, not because of some significant slugs of air service development, but because it has added the Arch of Triumph as the cherry on the top of those achievements. Find out which of five global airports will have something extra to celebrate this week. 

It's a thumbs-up from Moscow Zhukovsky for Cake of the Week win

It’s a thumbs-up from Moscow Zhukovsky for Cake of the Week win

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, WestJet announces that it is to begin direct flights to Denver from Calgary, while Bourgas Airport in Bulgaria welcomes its two-millionth passenger of the year so far. More news also from Moscow Zhukovsky and Shenzhen airports. 

Auckland Airport traffic up 8.1% for first half of 2017; handled just under 18.3 million passengers in 2016; five new airlines this summer

Auckland Airport traffic up 8.1% for first half of 2017; handled just under 18.3 million passengers in 2016; five new airlines this summer

Auckland Airport for the first six months of 2017 handled 9.58 million passengers, with 55% of this traffic flying on international services. Since last August the airport has welcomed Qatar Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines, while existing carriers continue to thrive. 

All Nippon Airways traffic growing four times faster than Japan Airlines on international routes; South Korea now leading international market

All Nippon Airways traffic growing four times faster than Japan Airlines on international routes; South Korea now leading international market

All Nippon Airways saw its international traffic grow 8.7% during the first half of 2017 to 4.61 million passengers, while Japan Airlines only managed a 2.1% increase. However, the latter carrier saw a bigger rise in domestic passengers. We look to see how Japan’s aviation market has developed since last year. 


Frontier Airlines traffic grew by 76% from Orlando in 2016, with Q1 2017 passenger count up 28%; home to 18% of the airline's passengers

Frontier Airlines traffic grew by 76% from Orlando in 2016, with Q1 2017 passenger count up 28%; home to 18% of the airline’s passengers

Orlando is Frontier Airlines’ second largest airport operation, with it welcoming 2.63 million passengers with the airline in 2016. This is particularly impressive given that in 2009 only 110,000 passengers used the ULCC from Orlando. We look behind the airline’s expansion from the Floridian gateway in recent years.   

787: Living the dream with amazing new routes? (Or just another great replacement aircraft?)

787: Living the dream with amazing new routes? (Or just another great replacement aircraft?)

The 787 flew its first commercial service in October 2011, however, the first really new city pairing didn’t happen until April 2012 between Tokyo Narita and Boston with rival Japan Airlines. Since then, a further 139 exclusive, unserved new routes have been opened, with 33 more currently planned. 

Six more city pairs adopted in anna.aero-Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week feature – success rate soars to 22%

Six more city pairs adopted in anna.aero-Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week feature – success rate soars to 22%

Earlier this year, we revealed that nine of our Unserved Routes of the Week – the feature presented with data from leading flight comparison site Skyscanner – had been adopted by the world’s airlines. Less than four months on, six more airport pairs have started (or will be soon) by carriers including LOT Polish Airlines, Qantas, Ryanair and Aerolíneas Estelar. We didn’t know who the last airline was either…so find out more here!  

Mexico sees traffic growth of 13% in first half of 2017; Aeromexico and Volaris still fighting for #1 in domestic market; Interjet now serves Canada

Mexico sees traffic growth of 13% in first half of 2017; Aeromexico and Volaris still fighting for #1 in domestic market; Interjet now serves Canada

Demand for air travel in Mexico is still growing strongly. We reveal the rate of international and domestic growth over the last decade and which airlines are doing well domestically. Aeromexico and Volaris busy adding new international routes.