Several US airlines finally got into â€˜fortress Heathrow’ last year. But what did it do to passenger numbers to the US from London’s two biggest airports? Which airlines have added capacity in the last 12 months and which have cut back? How dominant is BA in the market?
Another nine new routes were started around the world this week by Aer Arann (Ireland), Air France (France), EVA Air (Taiwan), Kingfisher (India), Mexicana (Mexico), Turkish Airlines (Turkey), Sun-Air (Denmark) and Wizz Air (Poland).
Another 17 new routes were started around the world this week by Azul (Brazil), BA (UK), Cebu Pacific (Philippines), Cimber Air (Denmark), Eastern Airways (UK), easyJet (UK), JAL (Japan), Mihin Lanka (Sri Lanka), Oman Air (Oman), Turkish Airlines (Turkey), Vivaaerobus (Mexico) and VLM (Netherlands).
British Airways doubled route network at London City in 2008; now #1 airline with New York A318 service starting later this year
London City airport passed the three million passenger mark in 2008 thanks in part to BA’s expansion. Which new routes did it add and which has it dropped as it looks to create a significant niche operation at the airport?
We look back over the last three weeks and discover that over 50 new routes have started operating during the Christmas and New Year period. Ryanair led the way once more with 21 new routes but there were also ventures into the unknown for Aer Arann, Air Azul, Air Canada, Air Southwest, AirTran, British Airways Cityflyer, Delta, Helvetic, jetBlue, Kingfisher, Mihin Lanka, Northwest, Transavia, United, WestJet, Wizz Air and Yamal Airlines.
A brief lull this week before we have over 50 new routes starting next week. However, BA started a new route to India, easyJet launched four new routes including a domestic French route, and Transavia (a Dutch airline) started a whopping eight new routes from Copenhagen (in Denmark). Ah, the joys of EU liberalisation. Plus new routes from Mexicana, SriLankan and TUIfly.com. Ryanair took the week off but will be back with a bang next week!
Low-cost airlines helped stimulate the UK domestic market by around 70% between 1996 and 2005. London routes dominate the passenger rankings but which other UK city is well represented? Flybe is now on track to overtake easyJet as the biggest airline in the market. How has it done this?
London Gatwick: easyJet usurps British Airways as #1 carrier at world’s busiest single runway airport
Wanted: one new owner for the UK’s second busiest airport. How has traffic developed in recent years and who, apart from easyJet, has been adding routes at the airport this year. Which are the busiest routes and how competitive are they? Which routes have failed?
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.
BA has finally ordered some new big aircraft and has made both Airbus and Boeing happy. We look at which long-haul routes are BA’s busiest at Heathrow and when local residents can currently see/hear long-haul aircraft at Heathrow. Plus, we speculate which destinations BA might serve in future with its B787s.
The UK-Poland market continues to boom with immigrant travel. This route has three LCCs and BA fighting for a piece of the action. Who do you think is cheapest? How is BA competing in such a market?