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Chinese airlines growing twice as fast on domestic routes in 2017 than international services; 28 airports seeing 10+ million annual passengers

Chinese airlines growing twice as fast on domestic routes in 2017 than international services; 28 airports seeing 10+ million annual passengers

Between January and May 2017 Chinese airlines achieved an average monthly increase in traffic on domestic routes of over 14%, twice as much as the growth seen on international services, which are reporting a 7.1% rise. We look to see how this growth has developed and which airports are thriving.  

Portugal leads European traffic growth in Q1 2017; Russia and Poland also reporting strong increases; Turkey starting to recover

Portugal leads European traffic growth in Q1 2017; Russia and Poland also reporting strong increases; Turkey starting to recover

With Portugal recording an average monthly increase in traffic for Q1 2017 of over 20%, it means that the country is the fastest-growing in Europe for that period. Along with Q1 analysis, we have also examined the 10 nations that have also posted Q2 2017 results to see how the growth has changed heading into S17. 

US airlines seeing greater traffic growth on international services in 2017; domestic expansion driven by ULCCs with Spirit Airlines leading

US airlines seeing greater traffic growth on international services in 2017; domestic expansion driven by ULCCs with Spirit Airlines leading

Between January and May this year, international passengers carried by US airlines grew by 3.3% to 43.15 million, while domestic sector traffic increased by 2.6% to over 294 million. We look to see which are the leading airlines in each sector and identify the ones growing faster than others. 


Boeing has a 46-unit advantage over Airbus in regards to deliveries for the first half of the year;  easyJet welcomes its first of 130 A320neos

Boeing has a 46-unit advantage over Airbus in regards to deliveries for the first half of the year; easyJet welcomes its first of 130 A320neos

Airbus and Boeing in June delivered 139 aircraft between them, down three units when compared to the same month of 2016. However, the results for June are much better than the 116 units delivered in May. Among the delivery highlights of June were easyJet’s first A320neo and Norwegian’s first two 737 MAX 8s. 

All Nippon Airways traffic growing four times faster than Japan Airlines on international routes; South Korea now leading international market

All Nippon Airways traffic growing four times faster than Japan Airlines on international routes; South Korea now leading international market

All Nippon Airways saw its international traffic grow 8.7% during the first half of 2017 to 4.61 million passengers, while Japan Airlines only managed a 2.1% increase. However, the latter carrier saw a bigger rise in domestic passengers. We look to see how Japan’s aviation market has developed since last year. 

Mexico sees traffic growth of 13% in first half of 2017; Aeromexico and Volaris still fighting for #1 in domestic market; Interjet now serves Canada

Mexico sees traffic growth of 13% in first half of 2017; Aeromexico and Volaris still fighting for #1 in domestic market; Interjet now serves Canada

Demand for air travel in Mexico is still growing strongly. We reveal the rate of international and domestic growth over the last decade and which airlines are doing well domestically. Aeromexico and Volaris busy adding new international routes.


Brazil sees domestic traffic return to growth in 2017 Q2; Azul and Avianca Brasil closing on GOL and LATAM in domestic market

Brazil sees domestic traffic return to growth in 2017 Q2; Azul and Avianca Brasil closing on GOL and LATAM in domestic market

Last year’s summer Olympics failed to benefit the domestic airlines in Brazil as demand fell for 19 consecutive months from July 2015 to February 2017. But the market is finally recovering, though quite slowly. We take a closer look at how the country’s privatised airports have coped.

Airbus outperformed Boeing for deliveries in May by 7.1%; latter still leads the 2017 race; Malindo Air becomes first 737 MAX 8 operator

Airbus outperformed Boeing for deliveries in May by 7.1%; latter still leads the 2017 race; Malindo Air becomes first 737 MAX 8 operator

Airbus and Boeing in May delivered 116 aircraft between them, down 12 units when compared to the same month of 2016. The fifth month of this year also marked the first time since December that Airbus has outperformed its North American counterpart in relation to monthly deliveries, handing over four more aircraft.   

Australia domestic market growth still around 2%; international traffic up 7% with China (+23%) and Japan (+13%) driving passenger growth

Australia domestic market growth still around 2%; international traffic up 7% with China (+23%) and Japan (+13%) driving passenger growth

While domestic traffic in Australia continues to grow quite slowly, international traffic is booming thanks in large part to the Chinese market. We track growth in the last 12 months in both markets and look at the busiest domestic routes and how much they are growing (or not).


India catching UK for air traffic; IndiGo now more than twice as big as Jet Airways domestically; Air India growing its long-haul network

India catching UK for air traffic; IndiGo now more than twice as big as Jet Airways domestically; Air India growing its long-haul network

India continues to witness impressive air traffic growth. Domestic demand is up over 15% in the first five months of this year, while international is up over 8%. We reveal developments in the market share of the local carriers and the top 10 carriers for international capacity in S17.

Airbus and Boeing's delivery rate dropped 7.5% in April; Boeing delivered 29% more units than Airbus during first four months of 2017

Airbus and Boeing’s delivery rate dropped 7.5% in April; Boeing delivered 29% more units than Airbus during first four months of 2017

In the fourth month of this year Airbus and Boeing combined handed over 98 units to customers, down from the 106 deliveries they achieved during the same month of 2016. April was historic for South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines, as it welcomed its first A350, an aircraft for which it has 30 orders. 

Europe-Asia long-haul capacity up 6% this year; UK and China lead way for most seats as Aeroflot overtakes Lufthansa as #1 airline

Europe-Asia long-haul capacity up 6% this year; UK and China lead way for most seats as Aeroflot overtakes Lufthansa as #1 airline

We take a closer look at capacity changes on long-haul routes between Europe and Asia since the beginning of 2014. Plus we reveal the top 15 airlines and leading countries at each end of the market and how fast they are growing (or not).