Airport Analysis

Alaska Airlines dominant at Seattle but LCC share is growing; Hainan starts Beijing service

Alaska Airlines dominant at Seattle but LCC share is growing; Hainan starts Beijing serviceAlaska Airlines and subsidiary Horizon Air have almost half of all Sea-Tac traffic but there is plenty of competition on many routes keeping short-haul fares low. International traffic is growing fast. AirTran, jetBlue, Southwest and Virgin America have all added routes.

Barcelona: “New Vueling” dominates but rail taking 25% of Madrid traffic

Barcelona: “New Vueling” dominates but rail takes 25% of traffic of biggest route MadridSpain’s second airport has witnessed impressive growth in recent years thanks to LCCs and infrastructure development. Which country markets are the most popular and where are there gaps in the network? Who has added new routes this year?

Birmingham welcomes Ryanair’s expansion;
10 million milestone in sight

Birmingham welcomes Ryanair’s expansion; 10 million milestone in sightBirmingham is Ryanair’s latest operational base but who are its main competitors at the UK’s second busiest non-London airport. And what happened to BA? What long-haul routes are on offer and which airlines have added the most new routes? Which routes are the most competitive?


Lűbeck airport facing challenging times; new Ryanair service to Hahn starts in October

Lűbeck airport facing challenging times; new Ryanair service to Hahn starts in OctoberInfratil-owned Lűbeck has seen traffic decline in the last two years and is having a poor start to 2008. Ryanair has been reducing frequencies and axing routes. But what were load factors like in 2007 on individual routes? And which other LCCs have a presence at the airport?

Incheon continues to make sweet Seoul music

Incheon continues to make sweet Seoul musicLast year Seoul’s Incheon airport grew by 11% and passed the 30 million mark. How has the Seoul airport system developed and which are the leading carriers and country markets at Incheon? Which European flag carrier recently started non-stop services? And what infrastructure developments are almost complete?

Delta’s dominance deters LCCs from entering high-fare Cincinnati Airport

Delta’s dominance deters LCCs from entering high-fare Cincinnati AirportCincinnati is Delta’s second biggest hub and it offers over 110 destinations, but competition is minimal and airline fares are the highest in the country. Where are all the LCCs and which European destinations can be reached non-stop? And why might art lovers want to visit the airport?


Ryanair dominant, but 11 other LCCs also serve Milan Bergamo

Ryanair dominant, but 11 other LCCs also serve Milan BergamoMilan’s third airport has seen traffic increase tenfold in 10 years thanks to LCCs and in particular Ryanair. But 11 other LCCs are also present, though one is about to move to Milan Malpensa. Which one? Which ‘legacy’ carriers are also present and which routes has Ryanair dropped over the years?

Bangalore’s new airport almost ready for use

Bangalore’s new airport almost ready for actionA new airport to replace India’s 4th busiest airport at Bangalore is almost ready to start commercial operations. How rapidly has air traffic grown in this region and which are the leading domestic airlines? Which of the 12 international destinations served has two airlines to choose from?

Porto benefits from Ryanair’s growing presence – traffic up 50% since 2003

Porto benefits from Ryanair’s growing presencePortugal’s third biggest airport has seen traffic growth of 50% in four years. Why? Yes, LCCs have finally arrived big time in Portugal. Ryanair has led the charge but Air Berlin, easyJet, Transavia.com and clickair are all present and correct. Which are the biggest country markets and how seasonal is demand? We reveal all.


Tokyo Narita could see traffic grow by 50% if new plans are successfully implemented

Tokyo Narita could see traffic grow by 50% if new plans are successfully implementedNarita is the main international gateway to Japan but has been held back for 35 years by local opposition to its second runway. Which are the dominant carriers at the airport, which are the leading country markets and what new proposals may increase runway capacity?

Ryanair re-ignites UK demand to Budapest

Ryanair re-ignites UK demand to BudapestSkyEurope may have pulled out of the airport, but Ryanair has arrived with seven new routes. LCCs make up a quarter of all traffic and Malev, under its new owners, is clawing back market share as traffic to the leading two country destinations (Germany and the UK) fell in 2007. But, overall traffic was still up 4% to 8.6 million. What’s new in 2008?

Flybe steps up competition against bmibaby at Cardiff Airport

Flybe steps up competition against bmibaby at Cardiff AirportThe leading Welsh airport saw passenger numbers pass two million recently. Still heavily dependent on charter traffic bmibaby had the LCC market pretty much to itself until Flybe started competing last year. Now many of the routes served have multiple carriers and Flybe has launched three new domestic routes all against existing carriers. And who are Flyforbeans?