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?
Special anna.aero briefing:
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?
Latest figures reveal that several German airports have seen passenger numbers fall in the first four months of 2008, although growth overall has been around 5%. Which airports are winners and losers so far this year and how has moving Easter impacted domestic demand?
As oil prices hit new record highs the world’s largest airline has announced plans to cut its domestic capacity by 10% in the last quarter of 2008. What capacity reductions has it implemented since the beginning of 2007 and what new routes is it still launching this year? What are the airline’s top 15 US bases at present?