Ryanair sets up bases in Chania (Greece), Fez and Marrakech (both Morocco); adds a combined 17 routes.
InterSky starts 18-weekly Hamburg to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden service
Germany’s biggest airports all grew in 2012; regional airports mostly lost traffic; over 120 new routes in 2013
Germany’s relatively robust economy could still only support a 1% growth in total airport passengers in 2012, while domestic demand dipped by almost 4%. But anna.aero has identified over 120 new services starting from the country’s airports in 2013. See which airlines are banking on the German economy for generating new revenues this summer.
Last week Ryanair blamed Budapest Airport’s “increased charges” for deep 40% capacity cuts involving axing 10 routes and withdrawing two based aircraft. On closer examination anna.aero found indicators that the main reason seems to have been ‘good’ old-fashioned under-performance.
OLT Express Germany now flies from Karlsruhe/Baden Baden to Hamburg.
Ryanair launches major Greek offensive. Alexandroupolis, Araxos/Patras, Chania, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes and Thessaloniki all benefit.
Ryanair launches 70 new routes across Europe this week. More to follow next week.
Ryanair launches new routes from Budapest Airport as the low-cost airline establishes a base at the airport after Malev’s recent demise.
Here’s a curious one. When Michael O’Leary presented Ryanair’s impressive 20% half year profit jump, he also showcased future developments including a new two aircraft base at “BAD” opening next March. BAD is the IATA three-letter code for Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana – the base of the US Air Force 2nd Bomb Wing and 44 B-52 Stratofortress nuclear strike aircraft.
Ryanair surprises with new base in Germany; Baden-Baden becomes 4th German base and 47th in all despite tax issues
Two new bases in two weeks? And this one’s in Germany! When did Ryanair first start serving this airport close to the French border (and why), and how many routes has it opened since then? How many are still operating and at what frequencies? Which new routes are being added next summer?
Out of this week’s 63 routes, Ryanair stands for 20. But which US low-cost carrier entered a route where it faces five competing airlines that already operate over 30 flights a day? And which European national carrier began serving Turkey? Don’t forget the downloadable spreadsheet in left-hand column on the website, detailing all of this week’s new routes.