Airport Analysis

Ponta Delgada traffic jumps 55% since 2014; Ryanair to add fourth route to Frankfurt Hahn for S17; easyJet and Ryanair impact shows

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. 

Tirana Airport passes two million passenger mark; Wizz Air to become newest carrier with Budapest connection; S17 capacity up 22%

Tirana Airport passes two million passenger mark; Wizz Air to become newest carrier with Budapest connection; S17 capacity up 22%

Tirana Airport welcomed over two million passengers in 2016, up 10% when compared to 2015. Some of the advances for Tirana in 2017 include the arrival of Wizz Air from Budapest and Transavia which will begin direct flights from Amsterdam. We delve deeper into the recent history of the gateway to Albania. 

Okinawa Airport is Japan’s sixth busiest with almost 20m passengers; All Nippon Airways and Tokyo Haneda top airline/airport rankings

Okinawa Airport is Japan’s sixth busiest with almost 20m passengers; All Nippon Airways and Tokyo Haneda top airline/airport rankings

Soon to be the venue for Routes Asia, Okinawa has seen traffic growth in each of the last five years. We explore the airport’s growth since 2000 and reveal the leading airlines and routes. Plus a look at route developments in 2016.


Toronto Pearson sees 9.4 million more passengers a year than in 2012; handles 35% of Canadian traffic; Air Canada grows market share

Toronto Pearson sees 9.4 million more passengers a year than in 2012; handles 35% of Canadian traffic; Air Canada grows market share

Serving the most populous city in Canada, Toronto Pearson welcomed 44.3 million passengers in 2016, up 8.0% on the year before. Handling about 35% of all traffic in Canada, Pearson has seen demand increase year-on-year in recent times. We take a closer look at traffic and route developments from Canada’s largest airport. 

Billund Airport breaks 3-million passenger milestone in 2016; Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Finnair and Wizz Air all new since start of 2015

Billund Airport breaks 3-million passenger milestone in 2016; Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Finnair and Wizz Air all new since start of 2015

Billund is famous as the home of Lego but its airport is Denmark’s second biggest with a growing portfolio of full-service and low-cost carriers. We reveal the airport’s seasonality, leading airlines and most popular country markets.

Daegu Airport breaks 2.5 million passenger mark for first time; traffic up 25% in 2016 as LCCs Air Busan and t’way air drive growth

Daegu Airport breaks 2.5 million passenger mark for first time; traffic up 25% in 2016 as LCCs Air Busan and t’way air drive growth

South Korea’s sixth busiest airport, Daegu, has more than doubled its traffic in just three years. We look at annual traffic going back to 2000 and the airport’s seasonality profile. Plus we reveal which new services have been added since the beginning of 2014.


Victoria Airport traffic up 19% in three years; domestic market growing the quickest; Delta Air Lines returns with Seattle-Tacoma service

Victoria Airport traffic up 19% in three years; domestic market growing the quickest; Delta Air Lines returns with Seattle-Tacoma service

Victoria Airport in 2016 welcomed just under 1.86 million passengers. This is up 19% from the total of 1.56 that travelled through the airport in 2013. We take a closer look at market developments, and what airlines are doing from the British Columbia airport. 

Milan Linate still handling close to 10 million annual passengers; Alitalia has 55% of seats and monopoly on busiest route to Rome

Milan Linate still handling close to 10 million annual passengers; Alitalia has 55% of seats and monopoly on busiest route to Rome

Milan’s third busiest airport is the closest to downtown. Flights are capped at Milan Linate so growth has been negligible in recent years. We look at the leading airlines and routes, seasonality and the pattern of daily operations. Plus we reveal which routes Alitalia has dropped in the last 18 months.

Urumqi joins China’s 20-million club; tenfold increase in traffic since 2002; China Southern Airlines dominates with over 40% of seats

Urumqi joins China’s 20-million club; tenfold increase in traffic since 2002; China Southern Airlines dominates with over 40% of seats

Located in the north-west corner of China, Urumqi is closer to Astana than Beijing. We look at the rate traffic has grown since 2002, the leading domestic and international routes and which are the leading airlines.


Barcelona Airport traffic grows 26% since 2012 with it now handling 40+ million passengers a year; next battleground for low-cost long-haul

Barcelona Airport traffic grows 26% since 2012 with it now handling 40+ million passengers a year; next battleground for low-cost long-haul

Barcelona Airport last year welcomed over 44 million passengers through its two terminals, an increase of 11% when compared to 2015. With such spectacular growth, and Norwegian and IAG preparing to battle it out in the low-cost long-haul market from the hub, we take a closer look to see why this Spanish hot-spot is getting the aviation industry excited. 

Thessaloniki Airport's traffic is up 8.1% in 2016; handling 43% more passengers than it did in 2012; expansion plans delayed

Thessaloniki Airport’s traffic is up 8.1% in 2016; handling 43% more passengers than it did in 2012; expansion plans delayed

Thessaloniki Airport in Greece between January and November last year welcomed 5.62 million passengers, an increase of 8.1% when compared to the same period of 2015. We take a closer look at Thessaloniki’s traffic and airline developments, plus we delve deeper into the expansion issues of Greece’s third largest airport.  

Cincinnati's growing non-Delta flights; Southwest's coming in June to join Allegiant and Frontier in lowering fares; Delta still has 50% of seats

Cincinnati’s growing non-Delta flights; Southwest’s coming in June to join Allegiant and Frontier in lowering fares; Delta still has 50% of seats

Serving Cincinnati (in Ohio) but located in Kentucky, Cincinnati Airport has had a challenging decade as Delta Air Lines dramatically cut back its presence. However, since 2013 things have been looking up as Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines have developed mini-hubs and brought lower fares.