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?
There has been intense media coverage regarding the UK government’s support for a third runway at Heathrow. However, little of it has focused on presenting clear, basic information about trends at Heathrow and its European rivals. That’s where we come in.
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).
Way back in January anna.aero identified a number of key topics that we thought would make 2008 interesting. So what happened? We look back and compare what we said then with what actually happened. Was the 787 really supposed to be in service by now? Oops!
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!
Europe’s major hubs are mostly losing passengers, especially Madrid where things have changed a lot in a short period. Among secondary hubs only three out of 11 are still growing. Can you guess which ones? You may be surprised!
Sir Michael Bishop has finally obliged Lufthansa to buy his majority share in bmi. What is Lufthansa getting for its investment apart from over 11% of slots at Heathrow? Where does bmi currently fly from LHR? What will happen to bmibaby and bmi regional?
Kingfisher finally launched international services between Bangalore and London Heathrow this week, marking the start of its global ambitions. How has the UK-India market developed in recent years and which other UK airport has a non-stop service to India?
While only two of Europe’s top 6 major hubs reported growth in July, most of the home airports of Europe’s smaller flag-carriers reported traffic growth. Alitalia’s single-hub strategy has helped Rome. The re-timing of Easter had a noticeable impact on traffic at several major airports.
New routes started this week operated by Air Asia, clickair, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Kingfisher, LAN, Northwest, S7, Sama and Southwest.
Virgin Atlantic had its busiest ever year last year. Three-quarters of its flights operate from Heathrow and it competes with BA and at least one other carrier on every route. On which routes has it recently had to contend with more competition and which major long-haul markets does the airline not currently serve?