Well we have been waiting for it for months, but finally IAG announced to the world LEVEL, its new low-cost long-haul airline to be based in Barcelona with two A330-200s from June. Initially serving four transatlantic routes, we take a look at capacity ‘levels’ of the competition in Spain and across Europe.
1.4m searches (!!) make London to Kochi “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” – our biggest-ever potential route
Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software shows that in the last year a mind-blowing 1.4m potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between London and Kochi ‒ but the route is unserved!? Will it be BA or Air India that jumps onto our biggest potential route so far.
This week we have two Middle Eastern LCCs going head-to-head in the Arch of Triumph competition. Will Dubai’s flydubai beat its neighbour Air Arabia from Sharjah? Next week…the first of anna.aero’s renowned public votes, as S17 gets underway.
In this week’s Network Planning Community News, a Kansas City celebration featuring Justin Meyer’s and the world’s brightest t-shirt, lots of airport SkyTrax award winners and Norwegian smashes a key transatlantic passenger milestone.
Airline Route News
24 Mar 2017
Hainan Airlines starts another new route to La La Land
24 Mar 2017
Tigerair Australia whips into Whitsunday Coast
24 Mar 2017
SpiceJet debuts in Dhaka with Kolkata service
23 Mar 2017
AirAsia X starts seventh Chinese route from Kuala Lumpur
22 Mar 2017
Air Arabia adds Azerbaijan to its network
21 Mar 2017
WestJet Encore embarks on Halifax from Montreal
21 Mar 2017
Alaska Airlines launches West Coast route quartet
20 Mar 2017
Hainan Airlines uses Kung Fu Panda jet on new Hollywood service
20 Mar 2017
AZALJet links Azerbaijan regions to Moscow
20 Mar 2017
Thai Lion Air starts domestic route #11 from Don Mueang
17 Mar 2017
Malindo Air starts second Chinese route from KL
15 Mar 2017
flydubai boosts Bangladesh network with third route
After a couple of weeks break, the anna.aero team has got its suitcases and noise-cancelling headphones out again as Asia’s network planning ninjas arrive in Okinawa for the 15th Routes Asia conference. While we were there, we printed our Show Daily magazines full of all the tours, networking events and show news.
Ryanair is pushing eastward launching four new services from Kiev Boryspil and seven more from Lviv. We take a look at how the arrival of Europe’s biggest airline will shake-up the Ukrainian market and try to gauge just how scared the incumbents are.
China dominates Asian growth in Q2; fastest-growing major country market but Jakarta fends off Kunming for fastest-growing airport
With Routes Asia taking place next week and the start of the summer season less than two weeks away, we decided to take a look at Asian developments in 2017 Q2 compared with 2016 Q2. We look at the top country markets for growth, biggest airlines and fastest-growing airports.
Hannover-Lisbon is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 80,000 searches; anna.aero gets fourth adopted route success
Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last year nearly 80,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Hannover and Lisbon ‒ but the route is unserved!? This week we celebrate our fourth new route success since this feature began a year ago, as Delta Air Lines makes an important announcement.
Having not won until week seven of this year’s competition, Europe takes its second weekly title in three weeks. As a result, the region is now joint top of the inter-regional league table with Asia.
Routes Asia host Okinawa overjoyed with Route of the Week victory while Brazil’s Belo Horizonte is beaming with Cake of the Week title
In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Rochester Airport welcomes United Airlines’ announcement that it is to serve the New York State airport from Chicago O’Hare, while HK Express reaches a key milestone. More news also from Vistara, Dubai Al Maktoum and Budapest.
Air Caraïbes welcomes first A350 while Korean Air is handed its first 787-9; Boeing and Airbus combined deliver 100 units in February
Having delivered 69 aircraft in January, Airbus and Boeing upped productivity in February by 45% when compared to the first month of 2017, distributing 100 aircraft between them. Boeing has opened up an early lead over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race, boosting its superior position by two units last month.
Domestic seat capacity down 2% in Japan in 2016; LCCs still have less than 10% of seats as AirAsia plans to re-enter the market
Japan’s domestic market has grown on average by less than 2% per annum during the last decade. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have seen their share of the market fall from almost 90% to just over 70%. With Routes Asia just around the corner, we reveal the top 14 routes by daily flights and how competitive they are.
Ponta Delgada traffic jumps 55% since 2014; Ryanair to add fourth route to Frankfurt Hahn for S17; easyJet and Ryanair impact shows
Ponta Delgada in the Azores welcomed 1.52 million passengers in 2016, up from the 0.98 million that passed through the airport two years previous. During that two-year window, both Ryanair and easyJet have joined the carrier line-up, helping the airport to achieve a 55% growth rate in passengers.
Dominican Republic demand grows 26% since 2013; Punta Cana heads for 7m passengers; JetBlue Airways and New York JFK top rankings
The Dominican Republic is a popular leisure destination, especially for Americans, with US carriers dominating flights. We reveal how quickly the country’s airports have grown in the last decade and which are the leading airlines, cities and country markets.