Country Feature

Cyprus economy and Cyprus Airways both in danger of collapse; Paphos boosted by Ryanair base opening last April

Cyprus economy and Cyprus Airways both in danger of collapse; Paphos boosted by Ryanair base opening last April

Despite the ever-declining fortunes of the national carrier, Cyprus’ two airports handled a record 7.4 million passengers in 2012. Ryanair’s 50th base, which opened last April in Paphos, helped that airport to grow by 26%, and break the two million mark. We reveal how Larnaca is fighting back this year with at least eight new services from five carriers.

FastJet helps Tanzania’s airports close in on four million passengers; top five airports command 90% of flights

FastJet helps Tanzania’s airports close in on four million passengers; top five airports command 90% of flights

FastJet’s arrival in will continue to drive Tanzania’s growth – a market that has surged by nearly than 60% in three years.

Luxembourg welcomes new routes from easyJet, Turkish Airlines and Vueling in 2013; traffic to top 2 million this year?

Luxembourg welcomes new routes from easyJet, Turkish Airlines and Vueling in 2013; traffic to top 2 million this year?

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the EU’s most prosperous nation, but how has air traffic developed in the last decade? How dominant is the home carrier Luxair and which are the leading country markets? And how many LCCs will be serving the airport this summer?


Cuba lights a cigar to celebrate 18% annual growth; Sunwing #1 carrier

Cuba lights a cigar to celebrate 18% annual growth; Sunwing #1 carrier

Due to the US economic embargo on Cuba which has lasted for nearly 50 years, there are no scheduled flights between the two nations. So which nation is the top country market?

Sri Lanka: Booming traffic to India; new arrival – Turkish Airlines

Sri Lanka: Booming traffic to India; new arrival – Turkish Airlines

Five million passengers travel in Sri Lanka every year providing for an attractive market. Turkish Airlines is the latest global carrier to set up shop on the island, but a new domestic operator is scheduled to launch soon, too.

El Salvador: Traffic up 3% in 2012; new services from AeroMéxico and United

El Salvador: Traffic up 3% in 2012; new services from AeroMéxico and United

The country of one airport, El Salvador saw it’s traffic grow steadily largely owing to TACA’s hub. But as the country exploits the open skies framework, is there a chance for better long-haul connectivity?


Africa's Gambia gets its own national airline as Gambia Bird launches A319 flights with help from Germania

Africa’s Gambia gets its own national airline as Gambia Bird launches A319 flights with help from Germania

A new airline should boost traffic to and from Gambia, but which destinations are already served non-stop and by which airlines? Which new destinations will Gambia Bird be adding and which European LCC is planning to serve Banjul starting next summer?

Macedonia to welcome flydubai and Wizz Air base

Macedonia to welcome flydubai and Wizz Air base

This month will be busy in Macedonia’s capital Skopje as the airport will welcome flydubai from Dubai and Wizz Air will establish a base. But when did the airport last have a based airline? Which is the biggest country market? And which airline serves Macedonia with the most capacity?

Tbilisi airport grows 50% in two years; Aegean, Alitalia, British Airways, Estonian Air and Qatar Airways new in 2012

Tbilisi airport grows 50% in two years; Aegean, Alitalia, British Airways, Estonian Air and Qatar Airways new in 2012

Georgia’s recent democratic change of government gained the country some valuable global PR. But which airlines have been responsible for the country’s rapid growth in air traffic, and what is known about the country’s two home-grown airlines?


UAE passes 70 million passengers; Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia networks continue to grow

UAE passes 70 million passengers; Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia networks continue to grow

Traffic at the UAE’s three biggest airports has almost quadrupled in just 10 years. Which airport grew fastest in 2011 and how dominant are the main carriers at these airports? Which new routes have been launched in the last 12 months and which country market has seen growth of over 30%?

El Al loses market share as Israel prepares for EU Open Skies; United States currently #1

El Al loses market share as Israel prepares for EU Open Skies; United States currently #1

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport dominates Israel’s airports, but how much has the airport’s passenger numbers grown in the last decade? How is El Al coping with the competition? And which low-cost airlines already serve Israel, even before the open skies treaty with EU?

Finland airport traffic up 3% so far this year after 16% growth in 2011; regional airports lead route launches in 2012

Finland airport traffic up 3% so far this year after 16% growth in 2011; regional airports lead route launches in 2012

Finnair still dominates its home market like few other European flag-carriers but which country markets are growing fastest in 2012? Which are Finnair’s nearest rivals and which new services have already been launched this year? Which were the fastest-growing regional airports in 2012?