Ryanair has selected Maastricht Airport in the Netherlands to be the airline’s 51st designated base starting in December with one aircraft. How has Ryanair developed its presence at the airport and how much flying did it do there last winter? And which other Ryanair base might be a little worried?
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British Airways absorbing bmi network; starts new Seoul, Leeds/Bradford, Marseille and Zagreb routes from Heathrow
And so bmi British Midlands is gradually being absorbed by British Airways. Which routes have already been integrated into BA in time for this winter and which additional new routes is BA planning from Heathrow? What does this mean for BA’s Gatwick operation?
The Ryan family’s investment company Irelandia has been involved in several low-cost start-ups over the years, but it seems that doing business Latin style has a particular appeal. Having launched Mexico’s VivaAerobus in 2006, Irelandia went on to back up Colombia’s ‘New Airline’. anna.aero reports on VivaColombia’s launch.
OLT Express stirred things up in Poland at the start of the summer scheduling season and now plans for remarkable European expansion when the winter season starts at the end of October. Not one, but five separate announcements were made to keep the momentum going, and a total of 55 new routes will be launched. anna.aero examines whether there is a method in the madness.
easyJet is inching close to the 100-route mark from London Gatwick. Which four new destinations did it announce last week and which new European country market will it soon serve? Which Italian destination returns to the airline’s network and which UK airport will get its first year-round service?
Does Indonesia’s competitive aviation market need another carrier? Local private equity company Saratoga Capital and Singapore’s Tiger Airways seem to think so. But what competition will the resuscitated Mandala Airlines face on the only three routes it has announced so far?
Following the Caribbean low-cost airline REDjet’s unexpected suspension of operations last Friday, it’s back to business as usual for the region’s flag carriers. But which routes are left behind and who are the potential beneficiaries? Who is to blame? And most importantly, is REDjet coming back?
The Greek airline created in 2009 has gradually moved out of the Western European market, but which country markets has it departed from and when? And which is the final route the airline now drops? Where has Olympic instead added routes to?
Etihad names Washington as third US destination starting in March 2013; will become 12th MEB3 service to US
Since Emirates launched New York flights in 2004 the number of US services operated by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways has grown relatively slowly. Next year’s Washington service from Etihad will only be the 12th such route. But which airports are served by more than one of the MEB3 carriers?
OLT Express announces 17 new domestic routes in Poland; at least six of them will be operated with Airbus aircraft
After a recent rebranding exercise, Poland’s OLT Express goes full out, announcing as many as 17 new domestic routes earlier today. But what threat does it pose to LOT Polish Airlines at its Warsaw hub? How many routes will by-pass the capital? And what is the main factor to make it a daring enterprise?
Emirates hopes to generate significant long-haul traffic out of Lisbon starting in July. But which were the airport’s leading non-European country markets in 2011 and how fast are they growing? What’s currently the best option for passengers wanting to travel between Portugal and Asia?