Country Feature

LCC-driven growth in South Carolina; legacy carriers push for network changes

LCC-driven growth in South Carolina; legacy carriers push for network changes

With two of South Carolina’s airports having been among the winners of our US ANNIE awards in 2011, a closer analysis of the state is due. Which were the two airports and how were peanuts involved? Why does what happens in New York not stay in New York? And why will Spirit be the next  big thing with Texan golfers?

Panama: the one airport – one airline set up

Panama: the one airport – one airline set up

With Spanair’s demise, Star Alliance might have lost its footing in Spain, but its Americas network is soon to be strengthened by Panama’s Copa joining in. But just how dominant is the flag carrier at its Hub Americas in Panama City? How big is the European market out of Panama and which alliance does not serve the country at all? And who moves the country’s domestic traffic if Copa doesn’t?

Kuwait’s traffic growth slows, but airport prepares for busier future with new terminal

Kuwait’s traffic growth slows, but airport prepares for busier future with new terminal

The oil state of Kuwait’s only airport has seen rapid growth in recent years, but this development has now slowed down. Which are the biggest airlines in the market? Which route dominates with more than twice the capacity of any other route? And what capacity will be brought with the new terminal?


Taiwan's airports benefit from growth in "cross-straits" traffic

Taiwan’s airports benefit from growth in “cross-straits” traffic

How has capacity grown since 2008 between Taiwan and Mainland China? Which airlines currently have the biggest share of the market? And how have passenger numbers at Taiwan’s airports evolved since 1995? What has been the main driver of these changes? And which new long-haul destinations have been started in recent years?

Maldives celebrates ground-breaking ceremony for new terminal; Etihad last of MEB3 to launch daily flights

Maldives celebrates ground-breaking ceremony for new terminal; Etihad last of MEB3 to launch daily flights

Asia’s smallest nation is heavily reliant on tourism. Which country markets are the busiest from the country’s main airport? Which two airport operators have set up a joint venture to run the airport and build a new terminal due to open in 2014? What routes does the national airline operate?

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?