Country Feature

Vienna passes 20 million mark and increases its share of Austrian traffic to over 81% despite new government tax

Vienna passes 20 million mark and increases its share of Austrian traffic to over 81% despite new government tax

As Austria gears up for the winter ski season, how well have its airports performed in 2011? Which two airline groups account for three-quarters of all scheduled seat capacity this winter, and which airlines have added new services from Vienna since the beginning of the year?

UAE celebrates 40th anniversary; nation's airports handle almost 70 million passengers in 2011

UAE celebrates 40th anniversary; nation’s airports handle almost 70 million passengers in 2011

Last week the United Arab Emirates had reason to celebrate, but how many passengers are its main airports handling, and by how much did traffic grow in 2010? How quickly is traffic growing in 2011, and which are the leading country markets for the nation’s airports as a whole? How dominant are Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia at their respective bases?

Vietnam’s traffic continues to boom as country prepares for London services

Vietnam’s traffic continues to boom as country prepares for London services

Traffic at Vietnam’s two main airports has surged 80% in the last four years with Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi handling over 25 million passengers and schedules loaded for the beginning of 2012 indicating further growth of more than 10%. Significantly, this isn’t just a result of booming overseas visitors, just under half of all traffic is domestic and largely the preserve of Vietnam Airlines. However, things are about to get even more exciting with the arrival of the home-grown low-cost start up VietJet Air, which starts operations on Christmas Day with a fleet of A320s.


Nigeria's changing aviation landscape; Arik Air now dominates as FirstNation becomes latest start-up

Nigeria’s changing aviation landscape; Arik Air now dominates as FirstNation becomes latest start-up

Nigeria and the UK have recently had a bit of a spat about flights between the two countries, with Nigeria wanting to fine BA and Virgin for alleged price fixing. But how has Nigeria’s air transport market developed in the last three years? How quickly has traffic grown and which new airlines are making their mark?

New Zealand celebrates Rugby World Cup success; tourism boosted by seven week event

New Zealand celebrates Rugby World Cup success; tourism boosted by seven week event

Eight months after the tragic earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand is celebrating the Rugby World Cup victory on home soil by the All Blacks. But which countries have been most responsible for boosting inbound tourism? How have the country’s three main airports developed in recent years and which ‘new’ airport welcomed its first Air New Zealand flights in a while this week?

US international growth (+3.5) outperforms domestic growth (+2.1%) so far in 2011; Korean Air ups capacity 26%

US international growth (+3.5) outperforms domestic growth (+2.1%) so far in 2011; Korean Air ups capacity 26%

The US international market is growing faster than the domestic market, but which are the leading country markets and how much have they grown during the last year? Which are the leading airlines in this market and how many have cut international capacity compared with last year?


Gulf Air expanding Bahrain network to Entebbe, Juba and Rome; flydubai and United newest airlines at airport

Gulf Air expanding Bahrain network to Entebbe, Juba and Rome; flydubai and United newest airlines at airport

What impact have the domestic problems in Bahrain had on the demand for air travel at the country’s airport in 2011? How seasonal is demand through the airport? How are the two national carriers continuing to develop their networks? And which other notable carriers serve the airport?

airBaltic continues to dominate Baltic aviation; region’s airports growing fast

airBaltic continues to dominate Baltic aviation; region’s airports growing fast

Since joining the EU in May 2004 the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have had their share of ups and down with regard to airline development. We take a closer look at which airlines currently have the biggest presence in the market and how quickly the region’s biggest airports are growing.

Halifax and St. John's are leading members of Canadian Atlantic Airports Association; Air Canada has 60% of seats

Halifax and St. John’s are leading members of Canadian Atlantic Airports Association; Air Canada has 60% of seats

Fourteen airports are members of the Canadian Atlantic Airports Association with Halifax and St. John’s the two largest. How many airlines serve these airports and which international markets are served non-stop? And what significant event is taking place in Halifax next week?


US is Costa Rica's biggest market with six carriers serving San José; airberlin arrives mid-November

US is Costa Rica’s biggest market with six carriers serving San José; airberlin arrives mid-November

With Nicaragua and Panama City as neighbours, Costa Rica has 14 airports with scheduled services, but how dominant is San Jose? Which are the leading airlines at the airport and which US airports are served non-stop? Which European airline with start fortnightly services to the country’s second airport in November?

Iraq welcomes the return of Egyptair; Emirates coming to Baghdad in November joining Etihad and Austrian

Iraq welcomes the return of Egyptair; Emirates coming to Baghdad in November joining Etihad and Austrian

How many airports with scheduled services does Iraq currently have? Which major carriers serve them and from where? Which LCCs offer flights to the country and which new services have launched this year? What is the current state of the Iraqi Airways fleet and what routes does it offer from Baghdad and Erbil.

International traffic at Greek airports up 15% in June; tourism gets major boost from uncertainty in North Africa, Ryanair routes

International traffic at Greek airports up 15% in June; tourism gets major boost from uncertainty in North Africa, Ryanair routes

Greek airport traffic may be down in the first half of 2011 but there is cause for optimism in the figures for May and June. Which airports are growing fastest and just how many routes do the likes of easyJet and Ryanair now operate to the country?