From 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?
While 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.
This 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
Following 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?
After 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?
anna.aero stages 1st airport network planning course at ACI EUROPE’s small and medium airports conference
anna.aero 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.
Originally 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?
Over 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?
The 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.
Places on anna.aero’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).
Lufthansa Italia launches at Milan Malpensa. The launch of services from Milan Malpensa to Barcelona and Paris represents the first time a European flag carrier has embraced the opportunity presented by European liberalisation and set up an overseas base. Which further routes will be launched over the next two months? Click here for more.
Now the good news: Wataniya Airways launches flights between Kuwait and Dubai; Bahrain and Beirut to follow in March
Yes, people are still starting new airlines, even during these economically challenging times. Welcome Wataniya Airways and its premium service using an A320. What gives it an edge in the Kuwait market and who are its chief competitors?