Country Feature

Montenegro’s airports grow 24% to pass one million mark in 2007

Montenegro’s airports pass one million mark in 2007Now independent of Serbia, the country has two major commercial airports in Podgorica and Tivat, where traffic grew by over 20% to more than a million passengers in 2007. The national airline is ready to take delivery of its first Embraer 195 and has plans to expand its route network to the UK and Scandinavia. Where do the current F100s fly?

Spain: Will air traffic growth slow in 2008?

Spain: Will air traffic growth slow in 2008?With more airports in Europe handling over one million passengers per annum than any other country, Spain could soon overtake the UK as the busiest country in Europe for air travel. Which carriers are growing fastest in this vibrant market? Which airports have been growing at more than 20% per annum? And how is Iberia responding to growing LCC pressure?

Saudi Arabia starts to embrace liberalisation: local LCCs respond enthusiastically

Saudi Arabia starts to embrace liberalisation: local LCCs respond enthusiasticallyLiberalisation, of sorts, has even made it to Saudi Arabia. Two new local LCCs have grasped the opportunity to compete in the huge domestic market previously dominated by Saudi Arabian. Which are the top 10 domestic airports? Which are the most popular country markets to and from Saudi Arabia and which airlines are providing the services?


International traffic drives modest French growth

International traffic drives modest French growthFrench airports saw traffic grow a modest 4% in 2007. The two main Paris airports still handle 60% of all French airport traffic and Air France continues to maintain its stranglehold on French domestic routes. But foreign LCCs are growing fast and now even Air France is involved in one. Which airports are growing fastest and which rely almost totally on LCCs?

Texas: a tale of two cities and three airlines

Texas: a tale of two cities and three airlinesThe Lone Star state is around 25% bigger than France and its airports handle a similar number of passengers. Dallas and Houston both have airports ranked in the world’s top 20 but there are also a dozen other airports of note. American, Continental and Southwest share almost 90% of the domestic market, but who dominates international routes?

AirBaltic and Ryanair carve up Latvian market

AirBaltic and Ryanair carve up Latvian marketOne of three Baltic states to join the EU in May 2004 traffic at the country’s main airport of Riga has quadrupled in just four years. National airline AirBaltic has been growing fast but Ryanair has over 25% of the traffic and operates to 12 destinations despite having no aircraft based there. Who else is contributing to Latvia’s growth and what’s happening in Liepaja?


Sepang celebrates 10th anniversary – but still no routes to US

Sepang celebrates 10th anniversary - but still no routes to USHome to some of the world’s tallest buildings and a Formula 1 Grand Prix, Malaysia’s airport traffic figures are dominated by Kuala Lumpur’s now 10-year-old airport at Sepang. Which other airports handle over one million passengers per year and how competitive has Air Asia become in just a few years? And which major countries are not served directly?

Italian traffic growth not being held back by Alitalia’s woes

Italian traffic growth not being held back by Alitalia’s woesDespite Alitalia’s woes growth at Italian airports averaged over 10% last year. Which were the fastest growing and which airport was the only member of the “1 Million” club to see traffic fall? What share of capacity do the major players have at Italy’s top 15 airports? In the major country markets what roles do LCCs and foreign carriers play?

Tunisia losing out to Morocco and Egypt

0802010_tunisia_01.gifWithout an ‘open-skies’ agreement with Europe and without the same all-year-round sunshine as Egypt, Tunisia has struggled in recent years to maximise its tourism potential. Early indications are that 2007 wasn’t a great year either so why is a Turkish company building a new airport only 60 kilometres from Monastir? And why are there hardly any LCCs in the market?


Denmark travel tax removal helps stimulate network growth

Denmark travel tax removal helps stimulate network growthA country that has removed a tax on aviation? Surely some mistake. But what effect has it had on Danish air travel, especially in the domestic market? Apart from Copenhagen which other Danish airports have international services and what impact are LCCs having in the country? What role have bridges played in recent traffic trends?

South Africa maintains double-digit growth as World Cup fever builds

South Africa maintains double-digit growth as World Cup fever buildsAnother country expecting a travel boost from a major sporting event (though not until 2010) is South Africa. Traffic here is focussed at three main airports. South African Airways (SAA) is coming under increasing pressure from LCCs so it launched its own, Mango. On the biggest domestic routes passengers now have a choice of six airlines.

Portugal’s momentum builds as LCCs start to make their presence felt

Portugal’s momentum builds as LCCs start to make their presence feltPortugal has finally begun to embrace LCCs and international passenger numbers are booming in Faro, Lisbon and Porto. easyJet is big in Lisbon while Ryanair is rivalling TAP Portugal in Porto. TAP is struggling to make profits but has recently absorbed Portugalia to help provide long-haul feed. Brazil and Angola feature among the top 10 countries served.