Market Trends

Romania is the new Poland

Romania is the new PolandHave the last two months seen any significant changes in growth rates in our analysis of mature and emerging markets from the UK? Which new EU member is doing well and which has faltered? In volume terms which were the fastest growing countries in September and how do they compare with the biggest growers in 2006?

Ryanair’s Girona base heads for Top 10 status

Ryanair’s Girona base heads for Top 10 statusIs Girona still the fastest growing airport among Spain’s major airports? How many airports are achieving double-digit growth? Which airport has carried more passengers in nine months this year than all of last year? Which airports are actually down on traffic? Are Madrid and Barcelona still surging ahead with double-digit growth?

KLM and LOT continue to be load factor leaders in their groupings

Market Trends: AEA Airlines. Two months on since we last looked, how have the major and not-so-major AEA member airlines been getting on? Is KLM still the best for load factor? What caused BA’s growth ‘spike’ in August? Which airline is genuinely growing at more than 40% compared to last year? And who is still struggling to reach last year’s figures?


Munich still leads the way for growth among Germany’s major airports

Munich still leads the way for growth among Germany’s major airportsIs Munich still the fastest growing of the Top 8 major German airports? Which airport has moved from negative growth to positive growth in the last two months? And which of the second tier airports is now growing at more than 20% for the year-to-date? Might it have anything to do with Ryanair by any chance? That would be telling.

Mediterranean hot spots cool off for winter

Market Trends: European country capacity changesComparing the last week of summer with the first week of winter reveals around a 7% drop off in capacity. Which countries are affected most? And which are most resilient to the onset of winter?

Expanded bases and airline acquisitions give big boost to SkyEurope and bmi capacity

Domestic airline traffic tumbles across EuropeDo all airlines cut capacity in winter? We look at Europe’s 40 biggest carriers and see which, if any, have added capacity this winter. And which carriers cut back capacity the most? We take a closer look.


Domestic traffic stagnates without competition; international traffic growth healthy thanks to foreign LCCs

Market Trends: FranceThe DGAC has finally released data for the French air travel in the first half of 2007. The domestic market is virtually flat while international traffic is growing at around 8%. But which countries are growing fastest and which are either flat or in decline? Which are the fastest growing airlines in the French market? And has Marseille’s MP2 delivered growth?

Domestic traffic impacted by TAM A320 crash consequences

Market Trends: BrazilCompared to 2005 Brazil’s traffic in the first half of 2007 had shown around 25% growth. Then the fatal crash of a TAM A320 in July triggered changes in the Brazilian market. For the following two months traffic was back at 2005 levels. Which airlines have grown market share in the last year and what has happened to load factors?

LCC load factors remain buoyant as growth stabilises

Market Trends: European LCCsAs summer draws to a close Europe’s LCCs start to see their average load factors start to drop. But who has still managed to keep loads at over 85%? Apart from Vueling is anyone else reporting growth of much more than 25%?


Indian domestic growth gathers pace once more

Market Trends: Indian domestic trafficAfter signs of an apparent slowdown in the rate of traffic growth at Indian airports, June and July saw traffic growth head back up again to around 35%, despite plans to rationalise and consolidate. Which airports are growing fastest and which carriers have gained market share in October compared with when we last looked in August?

Milan Linate lags behind as other Italian airports flourish

Image: Market Trends: Italian AirportsDespite Alitalia’s troubles, traffic at Italian airports has been surging ahead in 2007. Only Milan Linate among the top airports has failed to achieve at least 6% growth so far this year. How much do the airports of Rome and Milan dominate the Italian airport market? And which airports have recorded 50% growth in the last two years?

easyJet takes on Air France’s monopoly on French regional domestic routes

Image: Market TrendseasyJet has just announced it will start three new French domestic routes in 2008, two of them regional routes not involving Paris. Which are the leading French domestic routes and how has traffic developed since 2000? How much will easyJet need to stimulate demand to get sufficient passengers on their new routes?