Articles Tagged ‘BLQ’

Ryanair arrives in Ukraine with Kiev and Lviv links

Ryanair arrives in Ukraine with Kiev and Lviv links

Ryanair is pushing eastward launching four new services from Kiev Boryspil and seven more from Lviv. We take a look at how the arrival of Europe’s biggest airline will shake-up the Ukrainian market and try to gauge just how scared the incumbents are.

Ryanair announces six new routes from Cologne Bonn to destinations in the UK, Italy, Spain and Lithuania

Ryanair announces six new routes from Cologne Bonn to destinations in the UK, Italy, Spain and Lithuania

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Wizz Air announces its first operations to Frankfurt with flights from Budapest and Sofia, while Ryanair confirms more German expansion with new links to Poland and Lithuania from Nuremberg. More news also from Mahan Air and AirAsia X. 

Thessaloniki Airport's traffic is up 8.1% in 2016; handling 43% more passengers than it did in 2012; expansion plans delayed

Thessaloniki Airport’s traffic is up 8.1% in 2016; handling 43% more passengers than it did in 2012; expansion plans delayed

Thessaloniki Airport in Greece between January and November last year welcomed 5.62 million passengers, an increase of 8.1% when compared to the same period of 2015. We take a closer look at Thessaloniki’s traffic and airline developments, plus we delve deeper into the expansion issues of Greece’s third largest airport.  


Katowice-Venice is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 23,000 annual searches; Nadi-Adelaide becomes our third success

Katowice-Venice is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 23,000 annual searches; Nadi-Adelaide becomes our third success

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has revealed that in the last year 23,000 potential travellers searched the flight comparison site for flights between Katowice and Venice ‒ but the route is unserved!? Having achieved our third successful new route start-up just before Christmas (Nadi-Adelaide) will this potential new route get adopted by Wizz Air or easyJet?

Italy set to pass 160 million passengers in 2016; Ryanair now bigger than Alitalia as LCC share gets close to 50%; Germany still #1 market

Italy set to pass 160 million passengers in 2016; Ryanair now bigger than Alitalia as LCC share gets close to 50%; Germany still #1 market

Italian airport traffic is up 4.4% so far in 2016, with international growth outstripping domestic. Ryanair is growing faster than Alitalia, but not as fast as Volotea. Growth at top 15 country markets compared.

Wizz Air’s operations from Bucharest’s Henri Coandă are 93% larger than what it flew from Aurel Vlaicu; Blue Air offers heavy competition

Wizz Air’s operations from Bucharest’s Henri Coandă are 93% larger than what it flew from Aurel Vlaicu; Blue Air offers heavy competition

During the past year Wizz Air has added Birmingham, Cluj-Napoca, Glasgow, Lisbon, London Gatwick, Pescara and Stockholm Skavsta to its Bucharest base, with Romanian LCC Blue Air starting flights on five of these city pairs as well within the same time period. We take a closer look at Wizz Air’s expansion from Bucharest since its […]


Qatar Airways confirms 49% purchase of Meridiana; anna.aero analyses the Italian carrier’s current network; 59% of capacity on domestic links

Qatar Airways confirms 49% purchase of Meridiana; anna.aero analyses the Italian carrier’s current network; 59% of capacity on domestic links

On 14 July Qatar Airways said it would purchase a 49% stake in Italy’s Meridiana, days after it announced plans to buy 10% of LATAM Airlines Group. anna.aero takes a closer look at the Italian carrier’s current network, fleet breakdown and most popular routes.

Bologna booming thanks to Ryanair and Emirates; passenger numbers up 14% in first four months of 2016; airberlin new for S16

Bologna booming thanks to Ryanair and Emirates; passenger numbers up 14% in first four months of 2016; airberlin new for S16

Italy’s seventh busiest airport serves Bologna and will easily handle more than seven million passengers in 2016. We look at how traffic has grown since 2002, the leading airlines and which destinations have recently been added and dropped.

Ryanair commences 41 new routes

Ryanair commences 41 new routes

Ryanair launches 41 new routes across its network – Belfast International, Newquay and Palanga added to route map.


30-Second Interview – Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair

30-Second Interview – Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair

Following the announcement of its second Romanian base at Bucharest (Timisoara being #1), Ryanair held a special press briefing on 16 February in the capital of Romania. We got to talk to the airline’s CEO – the one and only – Michael O’Leary about the ULCC’s recent developments in Romania and other key European markets.

Ryanair opens Romanian base #1 at Timisoara; adding domestic flights to Bucharest

Ryanair opens Romanian base #1 at Timisoara; adding domestic flights to Bucharest

On 14 January, Ryanair confirmed plans to enter the Romanian market, both internationally and domestically, with the opening of a base at Timisoara Airport, effective 1 November. The Irish ULCC will introduce seven routes, including a domestic service to Bucharest, competing head-to-head with TAROM. Operating 35 weekly flights, Ryanair forecasts a flow of 575,000 passengers […]

Iasi becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #6; new routes to Bologna, Catania, Larnaca, Rome Ciampino and Tel Aviv

Iasi becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #6; new routes to Bologna, Catania, Larnaca, Rome Ciampino and Tel Aviv

One year after starting twice-weekly flights from Iasi to Venice Treviso, Wizz Air has announced it will be opening its sixth Romanian base (#23 overall) at the primary international gateway for the north-eastern part of Romania, with the addition of five new routes. The Hungarian ULCC will operate a total of 21 weekly flights to […]