MEB3 carriers experience network slowdown in 2017; US, Australia and UK remain biggest country markets by ASKs

MEB3 carriers experience network slowdown in 2017; US, Australia and UK remain biggest country markets by ASKs

Emirates is catching Qatar Airways in terms of the number of destinations served by the big three Middle Eastern airlines (MEB3). We reveal the routes added (and dropped) by the MEB3 carriers in the last 12 months, and which are the top 15 country markets for the combined carriers.

Brussels-Sao Paulo is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with over 220,000 searches; a tempter for TAM Airlines??

Brussels-Sao Paulo is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with over 220,000 searches; a tempter for TAM Airlines??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last year over 220,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Brussels and Sao Paulo ‒ but the route is unserved!? TAM Airlines serves five non-stop European sectors already, with Rome Fiumicino planned for spring next year, will Brussels be next??

CONNECT 2018 is the place to be – see what you can do on your Tbilisi visit; EU visitors to Georgia up by 25% for the first nine months of 2017

CONNECT 2018 is the place to be – see what you can do on your Tbilisi visit; EU visitors to Georgia up by 25% for the first nine months of 2017

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is the destination for CONNECT 2018, taking place between 20-22 February. To find out what you can discover from this Lonely Planet Top 10 2018 destination during your visit to next year’s conference, anna.aero went in advance to learn all about this historical destination. 

Wizz Air's seasonality report – could do better; traffic to whizz past 28m passengers in 2017

Wizz Air’s seasonality report – could do better; traffic to whizz past 28m passengers in 2017

Wizz Air has added over nine million passengers to its traffic statistics in the last two years. Its loads have not just remained robust, they have continued to grow, outstripping its capacity increases over the last 12 months. We take a peek under the hood of the airline engine of Central and Eastern Europe.


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Asia secures back-to-back wins in final rounds of 2017 Arch of Triumph

Asia secures back-to-back wins in final rounds of 2017 Arch of Triumph

Europe’s airports have gone three weeks without a win in the 2017 Arch of Triumph competition, as Asia wins two times on the bounce, following a win for Australasia in Week 44. Find out what score your airport needs to secure a last minute slot on this year’s leader board.

Bournemouth Airport joins Regional and City Airports family

Bournemouth Airport joins Regional and City Airports family

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, along with Regional and City Airports’ expansion, Belfast City announces new domestic service with Flybe, while Sofia Airport welcomes its 6,000,000th passenger in 2017. More news from Atlasglobal and Cobalt Air, as well as Berlin Tegel, Barcelona, Glasgow, Naples, St. Petersburg and Paris CDG airports. 


China-Thailand market sees significant growth over past 10 years; Thai AirAsia is largest carrier, while Bangkok airports provide most capacity

China-Thailand market sees significant growth over past 10 years; Thai AirAsia is largest carrier, while Bangkok airports provide most capacity

The China-Thailand market experienced a 9% year-on-year increase in capacity from 2016 to 2017 and has now witnessed eight consecutive years of growth. anna.aero has been hard at work identifying key network development trends between the two Asia Pacific nations, including the fastest growing airlines and airports.

Eastern Airways turns 20; annual traffic below 2003 levels, but Aberdeen remains the airline's #1 airport

Eastern Airways turns 20; annual traffic below 2003 levels, but Aberdeen remains the airline’s #1 airport

Happy 20th Birthday Eastern Airways! For a regional airline to survive for that long is quite a feat, and the UK regional carrier will do just that this month. We take a look at the airline’s eventful history, as well as taking a glimpse at where Eastern is at today in terms of its biggest airport operations and routes.

Ireland sees strong capacity growth over past three years, led by international expansion; Ryanair remains top carrier

Ireland sees strong capacity growth over past three years, led by international expansion; Ryanair remains top carrier

The number of seats available on services to, from and within the Ireland increased by 5.0% from 2016 to 2017. anna.aero has been digging out the top trends in the country’s domestic and international links over the past 10 years, including the biggest airline and destination market movers.

Airbus and Boeing's delivery productivity increased 10% in October; European giant outperforms Boeing for only second time this year

Airbus and Boeing’s delivery productivity increased 10% in October; European giant outperforms Boeing for only second time this year

A total of 119 aircraft were delivered by Airbus and Boeing in October, 11 more units than the pair managed during the same month of 2016. For only the second time this year, Airbus led the delivery charge, with it handing over seven more aircraft than Boeing in the tenth month of this year.  


A350 focus: Qatar is the largest operator and Hong Kong has the most departing seats; sectors vary from intra-regional to ultra-long range

A350 focus: Qatar is the largest operator and Hong Kong has the most departing seats; sectors vary from intra-regional to ultra-long range

The A350 family is Airbus’ latest generation and most efficient long-haul, twin-engine, wide-body product, designed to compete with Boeing’s 787 and challenge the 777 family. From 2016 to 2017 the number of seats available on A350-operated flights more than trebled. We take a look at how the A350 has been deployed since entering service in 2015, including the largest operators and airports.

Melbourne-Phnom Penh is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with over 140,000 searches; one for Jetstar to jump onto??

Melbourne-Phnom Penh is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with over 140,000 searches; one for Jetstar to jump onto??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last 12 months over 140,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Melbourne and Phnom Penh ‒ but the route is unserved!? Jetstar Airways is expanding in the region from the Australian city, will the Cambodian capital be its next connection??

Oh man don't miss Oman! ACI Airport Exchange takes place next week in Muscat; over 1,000 international airport executives attending

Oh man don’t miss Oman! ACI Airport Exchange takes place next week in Muscat; over 1,000 international airport executives attending

Airports Council International’s biggest annual trade show, ACI Airport Exchange, takes place in Oman next week, hosted by OAMC as part of its celebrations for the new Muscat Airport.

bmi regional celebrates five years as independent carrier; over two million passengers since 2012; anna.aero meets CCO Jochen Schnadt

bmi regional celebrates five years as independent carrier; over two million passengers since 2012; anna.aero meets CCO Jochen Schnadt

bmi regional celebrated its fifth birthday with a special breakfast at the German Gymnasium Restaurant in London. Since becoming an independent carrier in November 2012, the airline has carried over two million passengers and serves 28 routes, with 36% of its network connecting non-UK airports.