Much of Europe has been hit by the volcanic ash cloud spreading across the continent from Iceland, which means that 11 planned route launches have not taken place. Still, we have managed to get great coverage from route launches in Bahrain, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Thailand.
New Spanair owners restructure airline; domestic still dominates; will serve niche international markets
As Star Alliance member Spanair has come under new controlling ownership, the airline changes network strategies and launches a large number of new routes this year. Which are Spanair’s new country markets? How important is the domestic market? And what is going on with the airline’s old MD80s?
This week’s super batch of new routes were dominated by US carriers starting new domestic services. But Air Canada, Kingfisher, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Transavia.com and Virgin Blue were among others with reason to celebrate this week. We have lots more amazing cake photos to celebrate.
Gothenburg’s City Airline more than trebles fleet capacity; launches Mediterranean flights and expands regionally
anna.aero has met with City Airline’s CEO and got some insight into the airline’s aggressive expansion. Which aircraft has the airline opted for and why? What have the load factors been like so far? Why is the airline launching short domestic routes? And which is the airline’s new leading country market?
You know what? It wasn’t all Ryanair this week. We also have great coverage from Qatar Airways’ two route launches, Avianova’s new operations from Sheremetyevo, easyJet and Norwegian in Malta, Meridiana in Helsinki and much, much more.
Vueling responds to Spanair; Porter adds Moncton; two new US hub routes; Belavia increases Moscow options; Highland Airways and Viva Macau cease flying
Several interesting route announcements from Belarus, Canada, Spain and the USA, plus some analysis on two airlines that stopped flying this week. One operated Jetstream 31s, the other Boeing 767s.
Over 150 new routes to celebrate this week with the focus heavily on Europe. There are so many great cakes to choose from we’re asking you to help us identify our Cake Of The Week. And don’t forget, there’s a free, downloadable, spreadsheet for you to look at all the new route data any way that you want.
Ten for Tuesday: announcements from Sun Country, Kingfisher, airBaltic, bmi, Carpatair, Jin Air, Lufthansa, Mango, Spanair, and Virgin America
Which airlines have decided to start routes identified recently by anna.aero as having potential? Who’s going transatlantic with a 737-800? Which is airBaltic’s latest ‘country of the week’ and whose second international route is to Guam?
Ryanair adds seven new summer destinations from Reus base (near Barcelona) but cuts winter capacity by 40%
Ryanair’s other Barcelona base (after Girona) has seen dramatic growth at the expense of load factors in 2009. Winter capacity has been cut dramatically to raise load factors but which new destinations will be added this summer?
Good revenue management includes knowing how to exploit ‘special events’. We take a look at some fare data for easyJet between London Luton and Barcelona/Nice during some periods of particular interest.
Twenty years ago, BA and Iberia were dominant on UK-Barcelona flights while charter carriers served Girona. Now Ryanair dominates Girona flights while easyJet and other LCCs offer more flights than BA and Iberia.