Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are still ordering more new aircraft to support their growth plans but which routes have they launched so far in 2008? Which are starting soon and which destination did all three start this year? And what links Brussels, Dublin and Minsk?
anna.aero live and unplugged at the Berlin Messe: You could spend the first days of this winter in your office reading newspaper articles about route cutbacks. Or you could do something that will genuinely give your shareholders a return on investment, by meeting with lots of other top airline and airport subscribers at anna.aero’s 1st Network Planner’s Marketplace. The event will be staged at ACI EUROPE’s major Airport Exchange convention, hosted by Berlin Airports, from October 27-29th, at the Berlin Messe.
Austrian is looking for a ‘strategic partner’ to help ensure its long term survival. If it has to ‘stand alone’ it will have to cut its fleet and route network. But how much competition is it really facing at Vienna? How does the LCC threat compare with other major European hubs?
Despite reported fears that many communities could lose all their air services, our research shows that there will be just as many US airports operating scheduled services in November as today. However, capacity will be down 10% and the number of airports with just a single service will climb from 160 to 173. But which hubs are these ‘solitary’ routes serving?
With recently revealed plans to merge BA and Iberia will face many challenges from a variety of sources. However, regulatory concern about their ‘dominance’ of the massive UK-Spain market can be dealt with quickly. The two airlines, even combined, are no match for LCCs and charters.
Scandinavia’s two biggest LCCs are joining forces to put more pressure on struggling SAS by co-operating on two core intra-Scandinavian routes. How worried should SAS be? If Sterling and Norwegian were to merge how would they compare in size with SAS at the three main regional hubs?
Europe’s two LCC heavyweights added more new routes than anyone else in the last 12 months. But in which countries do they have their biggest presence? And which country markets experienced most growth? And where do they manage to avoid each other?
Barcelona-based Spanish LCCs clickair and Vueling have finally announced their long awaited engagement. What does this mean for routes from Barcelona? At which other airports will the combined force have a major presence? Which routes will lose a competitor?
We look back on our first year and reflect on some of the major changes. How many new routes did airlines start in the last 12 months and which airlines have given us most to write about? Which airlines, airports, bases and countries have we examined and what are we going to be focusing on in the future?
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American has provided details of stations it will close later this year and the number of frequency reductions at some of its major bases. DFW escapes relatively unscathed but LaGuardia and St Louis see major cutbacks. How much have fuel costs risen for American and where is it struggling to increase yields?
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Capacity and route reductions provide opportunities for niche carriers (and LCCs)
As airlines around the world announce significant capacity cutbacks and route closures you would think that this would be a bad time to be a network planner. But one airline’s dropped route may be another airline’s new opportunity?