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‘Buy This Man a Drink’ rockets to $14,000 for childhood leukaemia as our man comes in for soft landing

Article Thumbnail: Lead publisher and the TeamBrontë runners completed the London Marathon yesterday and raised over $14,000 as matched the pledges placed by our readers around the world.

Sacre bleu! Air France dominates French short-haul market with over 50% of scheduled capacity

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryUnlike British Airways Air France has managed to robustly defend its short-haul route network from the all-conquering threat of LCCs. But LCCs are making significant inroads in some country markets. What share of new short-haul routes have been started by easyJet and Ryanair alone?

easyJet and Ryanair battle for supremacy in UK short-haul market

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryFrom inauspicious beginnings at unfashionable UK airports easyJet and Ryanair have developed to be the two leading airlines serving the UK short-haul market. Who are its closest rivals and which country markets from the UK are most (and least) dominated by low-cost carriers?

Airlines start over 200 new routes this week; Ryanair accounts for one-third of them

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryWhile world leaders pondered the planet’s economic future 64 airlines started 200 new services this week involving 198 airports. We take a closer look at which airlines, airports and countries have benefited and reveal some of the more curious route decisions.

Early summer capacity down by 4.8% in Europe; Norwegian in pole position for growth

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThis weekend sees the start of the summer season and our analysis reveals that airlines at European airports are offering around 5% fewer seats compared with a year ago. We look at the leading airports, airlines and country markets and see which are growing fastest (if at all) and which are in decline (and by how much).

Ireland braces for impact of air travel tax; omens not good as Ryanair reduces Dublin fleet from 22 to 17

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryFollowing in the footsteps of some other EU countries Ireland is introducing a tax on air travel to help swell the government’s coffers. Ryanair has plenty to say on the matter, Aer Lingus surprisingly little. How has traffic developed at Irish airports recently?

AirAsia X brings low-cost, long-haul flights to London Stansted

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryAfter Australia and China, AirAsia X sets its sights on the UK with the start of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Stansted. How has the UK-Malaysia market developed recently and how many weekly frequencies can you get from a single A340? How much cheaper are AirAsia X’s fares compared to its only rival in the market Malaysian Airlines? stages 1st airport network planning course at ACI EUROPE’s small and medium airports conference

Article Thumbnail: Lead re-located to Linz, Austria this week for the 2nd ACI EUROPE Small and Medium Size Airports Action Group (SMAG) Conference and Exhibition. Hard hit by the downturn, SMAG airports hope to find ways out of the crisis by sharing their knowledge of maximising commercial revenue and keeping route development alive.

V Australia finally launches with Sydney to Los Angeles route

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryOriginally scheduled to start flying before Christmas Virgin Blue’s new transpacific carrier finally launched this week. How has the Australia to USA market been developing in recent years and what competition will V Australia face? Which other routes does it plan to start this year with new 777-300ERs?

Boeing 747 celebrates 40th anniversary; Heathrow the place to see them

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryOver 1400 747s of different configurations have been built in the last 40 years, but how many airlines are still operating the last passenger version, the -400? At which airports will you see most 747s and which are the longest (and shortest) commercial flights operated by this type?

Evolution of a hub; the curious case of Copenhagen Airport

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThe collapse of Sterling last October deprived Copenhagen of its second biggest airline. But our analysis reveals that other carriers have stepped in to more than replace the lost capacity. However, some destinations have not been picked up. To find out which ones, and to see our full analysis, download our spreadsheet.

The seat sale extended 24hrs but must end today!

Thumb: The seat sale ends today!Places on’s incredible one-day Airport Network Planning Course in Linz next month cost from as little as €625 but were due to rise to €1,170 at midnight last Friday. We are extending the “January Sale” price for 24 hours – but it really does end today (midnight February 9).