Data from the UK CAA shows that airport passenger numbers were up just over 2% last year with a decline in domestic traffic compensated by only modest growth in international markets. But which country markets are booming and which are in decline? And what about individual airport markets?
Short-haul flying in Europe is under attack from politicians and environmentalists. But which are Europe’s shortest major routes and how many of them involve flights over water? Which are the shortest major overland routes and how many of them are under threat from alternative transport modes?
Traffic growth at Scotland’s four major airports averaged over 5% every year between 1995 and 2005. But the last two years have seen traffic growth slow to under 3% per annum. What role did the Route Development Fund play in enticing new airlines and routes? Which airlines dominate domestic and international routes?
With merger speculation once again rife among US airlines we take a look at the major operating bases/hubs of the legacy and low-cost carriers. Which is the only airline to have four bases in the top 20? Which airlines only have two? And how much bigger is Delta’s Atlanta base than anyone else’s? Does jetBlue’s JFK base make it into the Top 20? And what market share do the leading airlines have on the top 15 domestic routes?
The latest Global Market Forecast from Airbus is marginally more optimistic than last year forecasting that RPK growth will average 4.9% per annum over the next 20 years. Which markets does Airbus predict will experience the strongest growth and in which markets has Airbus changed its view the most since last year?
Thanks to EU membership and the enthusiastic migration of thousands of Poles to the UK, air travel between the two countries is booming. Growth of 30% in 2007 shows no sign of slowing down, but which airports are benefiting most? LCCs have 90% of the market but which has the highest share?
With a new agreement finally reached on US-EU traffic any airline can now fly from Heathrow to the US. How has BA responded to this threat and which airlines have muscled their way in? How has the UK-US market been performing in recent years? Which carriers will offer most flights/seats this summer?
In 2007 its airports handled close to 400 million passengers and China’s impressive growth shows no signs of slowing. Beijing remains the country’s biggest airport (53 million passengers) and China Southern the biggest airline with nearly 57 million passengers. International visitors should rise dramatically for this year’s Olympics.
More evidence that High-Speed Rail (HSR) services are a threat to airlines comes from the latest figures from Strasbourg airport. Paris traffic is down 50% since the launch of the TGV last June and the upgraded St. Pancras station in London is helping Eurostar grab more London-Paris air passengers.
Why does Ryanair’s Bournemouth base take on Flybe at Southampton but shy away from competing on German routes from Birmingham?
Not content with launching one base last week, Ryanair announced two, both in the UK. It already has a presence at both airports but what will it mean for Bournemouth in its battle against nearby Southampton? And how has Ryanair managed to generate 20 new routes from two aircraft at BHX?
There’s no such thing as a dull year in aviation and this year promises to be no exception. Increased liberalisation, more new aircraft types entering service, record high oil prices, failing airlines, potential mergers and acquisitions and the Olympics in China.
As airlines in the northern hemisphere explore new ways to minimise the impact of the winter downturn in demand, more and more are adding new flights aimed at ski enthusiasts. In the USA and Canada some warm sun seems the preferred option with Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean all increasingly on offer.