and The Route Shop – here’s what we do & The Route is Airline Network News & Analysis: a totally free and open website dedicated to outstanding airline network planning intelligence, produced by a multi-disciplinary team. Besides genuine number-crunching analysis we also pride ourselves on a sleek news-gathering operation in which we aim to feature every route launch wherever it takes place in the world – and illustrate it with superb pictures of the actual launch.

We talk to the top people –’s publisher regularly meets the CEOs of Ryanair and easyJet.

Every week since July 2007 we have refreshed the content of the site with our weekly news and analysis, while retaining all our previous findings in our comprehensive open archive. And every week since July 2007 our brand new weekly news and analysis has been encapsulated into a weekly “Front Page” newsletter sent directly to the mailboxes of requesting subscribers (over 45,000 in November 2013) who pay nothing for this excellent service.

Our weekly awards for “Entrepreneurship, Bravery and Marketing Prowess”

We love new route celebrations and make three weekly awards:

Route of the Week Weekly Award

“Route of the Week” for the new air service which best demonstrates the greatest tenacity and entrepreneurship.

Cake of the Week Weekly Award

“Cake of the Week” – sounds all great fun but we believe route launch parties have a serious side – brave airlines launch new routes, but airport partners must market them! We think there is a direct correlation between the quality of the welcoming cake and the effort an airport puts into a new route promotion and route retention.

Arch of Triumph Weekly Award

The “Arch of Triumph” – the award to an airport celebrating a new route featuring the best welcoming Fire Truck Water Arch. In one sense it’s another bit of fun, and another chance to underline the marketing efforts made by airports. More significantly it is an opportunity to honour our firefighters for their superb dexterity and skills stemming from thousands of hours of training, and life-long dedication to constant readiness.

Advertise to over 80,000 unique readers

With its hard-hitting analysis, great visual content, and totally open access, it’s no surprise that by November 2013 had won a readership exceeding 80,000 monthly visits from the worldwide network planning community.

We’re just as proud to have major advertising customers from world cities spanning the globe, such as New York Port Authority, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Moscow, Istanbul, Delhi, Copenhagen and Christchurch, as we are to have advertisers among the inspiring breed of very fast-growing airports such as Bordeaux, Poznan, Phoenix/Mesa, Haikou, Cozumel and the brand new Erbil Airport in Iraq.

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The Route Shop – every airport in the world; 3,600 available routes

The Route ShopAside from our corporate advertisers, over 300 airports now place their vacant air services in’s own online route supermarket – The Route Shop – which has just been relaunched with the most powerful airline route search engine in the world. Just type in the name of your target airport to see what routes it wants – and see what other airports also want to develop routes to that city.

It’s cheap, but very powerful, very prominent, totally relevant, and utterly user-friendly to all airports who want to put their service in the store.

*Based on every airport receiving at least one weekly scheduled service; data supplied by INNOVATA.

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The best daily newspapers at Routes, IATA Slots and Connect Dailies

The most news, the most pictures, into every delegate hand by breakfast. is quite simply the best at producing daily newspapers at these events. is also the official media partner at Routes (World and Regional events), IATA Slot Conferences and Connect. If you are there, we’ll write about your activity and everything that’s going on, right up until midnight. Then we’ll personally hand our newspapers to arriving delegates the very next morning. Readers love to see their pictures in print just hours later and our publications – of up to 112 pages in length – are by far the most effective means of promotion at these key events in the route planning year.

View our archive of IATA Slots Dailies

View our archive of Routes Dailes and The Route Shop is brought to you by PPS Publications Ltd, the world’s biggest B2B airport publisher by revenue and output.

Marc Watkins

Marc Watkins


Previously Marc was...

  • Editor European Regions Airline Association Regional Report (1997-1999)
  • Business Development Manager, Birmingham Airport (1999-2010)
  • Business Development Manager, Coventry Airport (2010-2012)
Ralph Anker

Ralph Anker

Chief Analyst

Previously Ralph was...

  • Head of Network Planning at Go before its acquisition by easyJet (where he remained a member of the Network Planning Team until end-2002).
  • Head of Business Development at Maersk Air Ltd (2000-2001)
  • Consultant to dba, SkyEurope, Airbus...
  • Edited jetOne 2004-2006.
  • Followed by a return to Cranfield University where he had been a lecturer and researcher for most of the 1990s.
Paul Hogan

Paul J. Hogan


Previously Paul was...

  • Editor Airport Support 1983-87
  • Managing Editor The Avmark Aviation Economist 1987-89
  • Publisher, Euromoney 1989-90
  • Founded PPS Publications 1990
Jon Lassetter

Jon Lassetter

Business Development Manager

Previously Jon was...

  • VP Commercial for ACI North America’s Centerlines magazine 2000-200
Keith Bateup

Keith Bateup

E-Commerce and Web Development Manager is managed and delivered by Keith.

Richard Jende

Richard Jende

Head of Design

Richard does all the nice graphic design and also those superb animations that are the hallmark of He also produces all those nice newspapers at the Routes and IATA events.

Victoria Wilkinson

Victoria Wilkinson

Graphic Designer

Victoria is the other superbly creative member of our design team, producing many of the brilliant messages which make outstanding – both online and in printed formats.

Vlad Cristescu

Vlad Cristescu

Assistant Editor

A BSc Aviation Management and MSc Air Transport Strategy and Management graduate from Coventry University 2009-2013. When he is not writing news and analyses for, he enjoys nothing more than fishing. Pictured here, he is proudly showing-off his latest capture, a 5kg (11lb) mirror carp. Vlad's burning ambition is to become the CEO of TAROM in 15 years.

James Bishop

James Bishop

Senior Online Marketing Executive

James is in charge of's Twitter and Facebook activities and also maintains our 50,000-strong air transport industry databases.

Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds

Web Developer

Chris joined PPS in 2011 and has been instrumental in the re-building of He is the architect of the new Route Shop which he has turned into the most powerful airline route search engine in the world.

Paulo Natal

Paulo Natal

Web Developer

Another one of our dedicated web-designers, Paulo has a degree in communication and multimedia.

Kerry Parks

Kerry Parks

Key Accounts Manager

A PPS veteran since 1999, Kerry keeps us legal with her extreme organisational skills. Kerry liaises widely with airport and airline customers as well as handling press enquiries for the raft of analysis and statistics maintained by As the most efficient member of the team, if she can help, she will.