Country Feature

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?


Iraq's airports better connected to MEB3 hubs and Turkey

Iraq’s airports better connected to MEB3 hubs and Turkey

Iraq’s airports have attracted over a dozen new services from foreign airlines in the last 12 months. Which airports are now better connected to which major hubs, and which foreign airline now serves all six of Iraq’s commercial airports?

Norway's airports grew by 10% in 2011; Norwegian and SAS dominate international routes but Ryanair growing fast

Norway’s airports grew by 10% in 2011; Norwegian and SAS dominate international routes but Ryanair growing fast

Norway appears to have suffered less economically than many other European countries in the last few years, as reflected by the country’s airport passenger statistics. But which country markets have grown fastest during the last three years and which airlines are driving that growth?

Peru traffic grows 12% in first half 2012; domestic capacity up 20% in November, but LAN still dominates

Peru traffic grows 12% in first half 2012; domestic capacity up 20% in November, but LAN still dominates

Recently pronounced the new economic tiger, the South American country of Peru remains in the shade of bigger players in the region. However, as its raw-materials based economy remains strong amidst the global slowdown, Peru’s aviation is booming. But which three airlines hold over three quarters of international market? How fast does Star Peru, the country’s fastest-growing domestic airline, expand? And what’s the extent of Lima’s dominance?