The world’s busiest international airport has had an eventful start to 2008. T5 finally opened this week and last week the A380 began commercial flights. There have also been protests, security breaches and the crash-landing of a BA 777. But just how dominant (or not) is BA at LHR and which new carriers are muscling in on US routes this summer?
Bulgaria joined the EU at the beginning of 2007 and celebrated by opening a new terminal at Sofia airport. Traffic grew by nearly 25% as LCCs started to make their presence felt. Legacy carriers still dominate, but which LCC will base aircraft at the airport later this year? Which are the leading country and city markets and how is Bulgaria Air faring?
Ranked 14th in the world for passenger numbers in 2006 Hong Kong was Skytrax airport of the year in 2007. Traffic has been growing impressively in recent years while Cathay Pacific and partner Dragonair hang on to their leading positions. But local rivals Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express are branching out too.
Now more than twice as busy as Orly, CDG is rapidly catching Heathrow in passenger numbers. Over 90% of the traffic is on international routes with Air France dominating domestic feed. How dominant is the national carrier on international routes and what share do LCCs have? And which unlikely long-haul markets make it into the top 10?
Asia’s 4th largest airport has only been operating since September 2006. Originally planned as a replacement for the old Don Muang airport, the two now co-exist with different roles. International traffic is the dominant market and Thai Airways is the leading carrier. How many airports are served directly in Europe and what is odd about the airport’s US services?
Poland’s biggest airport has been generating double-digit growth for the last four years. But because the regional airports are growing even faster its share of Polish airport traffic has now fallen to below 50% for the first time. How dominant is LOT and which LCCs are providing the most competition? Which destinations offer a choice of three or more airlines?
Hurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on New Orleans and the surrounding region, but less than two years later the airport is back to 80% of it pre-Katrina capacity. Which airlines are leading the way and which routes have not yet been re-started? Which are the busiest routes from MSY?
Scandinavia’s third busiest airport is coping with a declining domestic market and competition on international routes from Stockholm Skavsta. Which domestic routes have been hit hardest and what competition does SAS face both at home and abroad, especially from LCCs? And it hasn’t even got any major sporting events to look forward to!
India’s biggest airport and main international gateway is struggling to cope with rapid demand growth. LCCs have transformed the local market and the top three domestic routes are all served by an incredible nine different airlines. What share do Indian airlines have of the expanding international market? Which are the busiest international routes? We take a closer look.
Germany’s biggest LCC airport overtook Stuttgart last year to become the country’s sixth busiest airport. Germanwings and TUIfly share over half the market as local carriers dominate the airport scene. The airport has introduced a facility to help passengers generate connections and even has a transatlantic service with Continental to Newark.
Switzerland’s second airport broke through the 10 million barrier in 2007 and saw Qatar Airways add new connections to Doha and New York. easyJet now has over 30% of scheduled capacity and LCCs account for over 40% of traffic. The UK is the number one country market and the importance of the ski market is clear from the seasonality profile.
It’s been a memorable year in Hungarian aviation. First the national airline Malev was sold to Russians and then the airport was sold by British BAA to German Hochtief. Traffic has stabilised after two year of post-EU membership euphoria and this year SkyEurope scrapped its base. But Ryanair has now turned up and there’s still Wizz Air.