Düsseldorf Airport, Malta Airport, Warsaw Airport share big Euro ANNIE award for airline growth; Turkish airports also win big
Yes, it’s that time of the year when anna.aero hands out its legendary Euro ANNIE awards to airports, based on rigorous, scientific data analysis and nothing else. These are the awards that can only be won by airports generating more passengers, and attracting more airlines and routes. This year we have nine prestigious awards, going to eleven different airports in eight different countries across Europe.
Airport with the most new carriers
Joint Winners: Düsseldorf (DUS), Malta (MLA) and Warsaw Chopin (WAW)
In what is possibly the most prestigious Euro ANNIE award, we have a three-way tie for the airports with the biggest net gain in the number of scheduled airlines operating. Düsseldorf Airport, Malta Airport and Warsaw Chopin Airport all reported a net gain four additional airlines, between August 2012 and August 2013.
Warsaw Chopin actually welcomed six new airlines (Aegean Airlines, airberlin, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Ukraine International and Wizz Air), but lost two (Aerosvit and Brussels Airlines), for a net gain of four. Wizz Air actually left Warsaw Chopin last July to start flying from the nearby Warsaw Modlin Airport, but operational issues at the airport forced them to return in December. But welcoming two MEB3 carriers (Emirates and Qatar Airways) in the space of 12 months, as well as two significant alliance carriers in airberlin (oneworld), and Aegean Airlines (Star Alliance), makes for a pretty impressive year.
Düsseldorf, with its smart new corporate branding, also had a net gain of four carriers. It lost Aerosvit, but gained American Airlines, Fly Georgia, HOP!, Vueling and WOW air. Finally, Malta also had a net increase of four carriers from 23 to 27. Although it lost bmibaby, it gained airBaltic, Monarch Airlines, Transavia.com France, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air.
Airport with the most new routes
Winner: Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), Runner-up: Istanbul Atatürk (IST)
This category is dominated by two airports serving the same city, Istanbul. The rapid growth of Turkish Airlines, not only from its home base airport at Atatürk, but also more recently at Sabiha Gökçen, plus the on-going expansion of low-cost rival Pegasus Airlines at Sabiha Gökçen, helps the smaller airport just beat its bigger neighbour for the biggest net gain in destinations served non-stop. Sabiha Gökçen had a net gain of 25 new routes, while Atatürk was not far behind with 21.
Airport with the most scheduled airlines (the anna.aero Airline Spotters award)
Winner: Paris CDG (CDG), Runner-up: Rome Fiumicino (FCO)
Last year’s winner, Rome Fiumicino, loses out this year to Paris CDG. The busiest airport in France overtook the busiest airport in Italy, thanks to Paris CDG gaining a handful of airlines, while Rome Fiumicino saw a reduction in the number of airlines serving the airport, including losing three (Armavia, bmibaby and WindJet) that ceased operations completely. Paris CDG has so far this year welcomed newcomers Adria Airways, FlyNonstop and Sata International.
Airport traffic growth awards
Thanks to anna.aero’s comprehensive, free, downloadable database of airport traffic statistics which includes well over 300 airports across Europe, we have been able to identify the fastest-growing airports in pure passenger terms in six different size categories. The award in the biggest category (>10 million passengers) goes to Istanbul Atatürk, making up for being runner up in the “Airport with the most new routes” award. Frustratingly for Moscow Sheremetyevo, it is just beaten into second place for the second year running in this category.
|Annual passengers 2012||Winner||Runner-up|
|> 10 million||Istanbul Atatürk (IST)||Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO)|
|5 million – 10 million||Bucharest Otopeni (OTP)||Marseille (MRS)|
|3 million – 5 million||Adana (ADA)||Krakow (KRK)|
|2 million – 3 million||Vilnius (VNO)||Paphos (PFO)|
|1 million – 2 million||Oslo Torp (TRF)||Wroclaw (WRO)|
|100,000 – 1 million||Warsaw Modlin (WMI)||London Southend (SEN)|
|Source: Derived from anna.aero airport traffic trends database covering over 300 airports across Europe.|
It is noticeable that five of the six winners are in Central or Eastern Europe, with only Oslo Torp representing Western Europe. Given the economic malaise gripping much of Europe, this is not exactly a revelation. Bucharest Otopeni clearly benefited from the closing of nearby Bucharest Baneasa at the start of the last summer season.
In the smallest size category, Warsaw Modlin Airport only opened in July 2012, and had processed almost 900,000 passengers by the end of the year. However, issues with the airport’s ILS and runway surface meant that the airport closed to commercial flights just before Christmas. The good news is that the airport has told anna.aero this week that the runway works should be finished by mid-June, while the CAT I ILS system should be available to carriers some time in August. Runner-up London Southend has had a similar trajectory, opening its new terminal just last year and welcoming easyJet as a based airline. Passenger numbers jumped from less than 50,000 in 2011 to over 600,000 in 2012.
The small print
For airports, we have six prizes based on total passenger traffic data for 2012 (compared with 2011) in various airport size categories, plus another three awards based on OAG schedule data for August 2013 (two of which require comparison with the August 2012 data to determine the winner). When determining the number of ‘new’ routes or airlines, we have decided to look at net gains and losses so that lost routes or airlines are deducted from those gained. When determining whether a route or airline should be included in the data, a minimum requirement was set that the route had to be operated at least weekly (so four times per month) during the peak August month.