Market Trends

UK-Spain market saw biggest growth in over 20 years in 2016; S17 seats up 11% as Jet2.com drives growth with Stansted and Birmingham bases

UK-Spain market saw biggest growth in over 20 years in 2016; S17 seats up 11% as Jet2.com drives growth with Stansted and Birmingham bases

The UK-Spain market grew by 16% in 2016 to over 41 million passengers. In 2010 the number had dipped below 30 million. We reveal the top 15 airports in each country and their growth in 2016. Plus a look at the leading airlines in S17 and how fast they are growing.

Airbus and Boeing match on single-aisle unit deliveries in March; US manufacturer outshines European counterpart in wide-body market

Airbus and Boeing match on single-aisle unit deliveries in March; US manufacturer outshines European counterpart in wide-body market

Having delivered 100 aircraft in February, Airbus and Boeing upped their games in March by handing over 136 aircraft, an improvement rate of 36% when compared to the month before. While both manufacturers matched single-aisle unit deliveries in March, Boeing handed over 12 more wide-body variants, therefore increasing its lead in the 2017 delivery race to 33 units.  

China’s 200-plus airports handled over one billion passengers for the first time in 2016; 17 airports welcomed over 20 million customers

China’s 200-plus airports handled over one billion passengers for the first time in 2016; 17 airports welcomed over 20 million customers

Only the US sees more passengers pass through its airports than China, where demand grew by an impressive 11.1% in 2016. We reveal the fastest-growing major airports in China and track the growth in both domestic and international traffic.


Traffic between the UK and Iceland passes one million milestone; Edinburgh and Birmingham fastest-growing routes; Belfast City next

Traffic between the UK and Iceland passes one million milestone; Edinburgh and Birmingham fastest-growing routes; Belfast City next

Last year just under 1.27 million passengers travelled between the UK and Iceland, with the leading connection being between London Gatwick and Reykjavik/Keflavik, with the route occupying 31% of all traffic between the two nations. We take a closer look at the developments in this impressive country pairing, and see what trends are being seen beyond the North Atlantic hub. 

Air Caraïbes welcomes first A350 while Korean Air is handed its first 787-9; Boeing and Airbus combined deliver 100 units in February

Air Caraïbes welcomes first A350 while Korean Air is handed its first 787-9; Boeing and Airbus combined deliver 100 units in February

Having delivered 69 aircraft in January, Airbus and Boeing upped productivity in February by 45% when compared to the first month of 2017, distributing 100 aircraft between them. Boeing has opened up an early lead over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race, boosting its superior position by two units last month.

Domestic seat capacity down 2% in Japan in 2016; LCCs still have less than 10% of seats as AirAsia plans to re-enter the market

Domestic seat capacity down 2% in Japan in 2016; LCCs still have less than 10% of seats as AirAsia plans to re-enter the market

Japan’s domestic market has grown on average by less than 2% per annum during the last decade. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have seen their share of the market fall from almost 90% to just over 70%. With Routes Asia just around the corner, we reveal the top 14 routes by daily flights and how competitive they are.


India now #5 country for air travel; passes Germany for airport traffic with over 250m passengers in 2016; IndiGo's 40% domestic share

India now #5 country for air travel; passes Germany for airport traffic with over 250m passengers in 2016; IndiGo’s 40% domestic share

India’s airports welcomed over 40 million extra passengers in 2016, representing growth of 20% compared with 2015. We look at the leading airports, compare international and domestic growth and reveal the market shares of the leading domestic airlines.

Airbus and Boeing only deliver 38% of the total number of aircraft that they distributed in December during the first month of 2017

Airbus and Boeing only deliver 38% of the total number of aircraft that they distributed in December during the first month of 2017

Having delivered a grand total of 178 aircraft in December, Airbus and Boeing slowed production during the first month of this year, distributing only 69 aircraft between them, around 38% of the total of the previous month. Boeing leads the charge going into the 2017 race, having handed over 44 aircraft in January. 

US-Mexico market grows 27% in 10 years; nearly 35 million annual seats between the two nations in 2016; traffic growing faster than capacity

US-Mexico market grows 27% in 10 years; nearly 35 million annual seats between the two nations in 2016; traffic growing faster than capacity

There is a lot happening in the world of politics at the moment between the US and Mexico, but one thing is clear, the demand for air travel between the two nations is growing fast – last year the market grew by 7.0%. anna.aero takes a closer look at what’s happening, and to see if a wall is really needed. 


East London is South Africa's fastest growing airport; 39.7 million passengers in 2016; traffic up five million in four years

East London is South Africa’s fastest growing airport; 39.7 million passengers in 2016; traffic up five million in four years

Having seen demand surge by almost 20% in 2016, East London is South Africa’s fastest growing airport. We take a closer look at the developments of the nation’s other large airports during the past few years, and delve deeper to see how the nation’s international sector has developed. 

Manchester to Bangkok is the #1 unserved route between Europe and Thailand; Russia and UK top markets; MEB3 presence intensifying

Manchester to Bangkok is the #1 unserved route between Europe and Thailand; Russia and UK top markets; MEB3 presence intensifying

Europeans are the second largest contingent of visitors to Thailand after Asians. In 2015, 5.63 million European tourists visited the Asian country. anna.aero takes a closer look at the development of tourism from Europe to Thailand during the past decade, and looks into the most popular unserved connections. 

Airbus and Boeing end 2016 with record month; Airbus passes 100+ unit deliveries for a single month; Lufthansa welcomes its first A350

Airbus and Boeing end 2016 with record month; Airbus passes 100+ unit deliveries for a single month; Lufthansa welcomes its first A350

During December Boeing and Airbus distributed 178 aircraft, over 12% of both companies’ combined delivery total for 2016. This was the first time in recent history that both had delivered 170+ aircraft in a given month. December was also the first month that one of the manufactures past 100+ unit deliveries.