Articles Tagged ‘MAD’

Ryanair opens Sofia base

Ryanair opens Sofia base

Ryanair launches 15 routes from Sofia as it opens its first Bulgarian base – a third of the new routes compete directly with Wizz Air.

Madrid once more on track for 50 million passengers; Iberia, Iberia Express, Norwegian and Ryanair driving traffic growth

Madrid once more on track for 50 million passengers; Iberia, Iberia Express, Norwegian and Ryanair driving traffic growth

Spain’s busiest airport was also the fastest-growing airport among Europe’s top 10 in 2015. Traffic is up 8% in 2016. We look at traffic growth since 1997, the airport’s growing seasonality, its top airlines, routes and country markets.

Leak of the Week: American Airlines boosts its S17 European network

Leak of the Week: American Airlines boosts its S17 European network

Having had a year off, launching no new European services in S16, anna.aero can exclusively reveal expansion is back on the agenda for American Airlines in S17, as the oneworld carrier looks to begin Dallas/Fort Worth to Amsterdam and Rome Fiumicino, as well as Chicago O’Hare to Barcelona.


Turkish Airlines defies network cuts with new long-haul route plans; Latin America and Asia in focus for growth

Turkish Airlines defies network cuts with new long-haul route plans; Latin America and Asia in focus for growth

On 1 September Turkish Airlines launched services to Cluj-Napoca, a sector which started despite its W16/17 network cuts. The carrier’s CEO Temel Kotil says he is still planning for further long-haul network growth, so our data elves have taken a look at the competitive landscape on the four anticipated routes.

Colombian traffic up 7.4% for first half of 2016; grows 63% since the turn of the decade; Bogota – Medellin #1 route despite passenger drop

Colombian traffic up 7.4% for first half of 2016; grows 63% since the turn of the decade; Bogota – Medellin #1 route despite passenger drop

Since 2010 Colombian domestic traffic has grown 59% while international traffic has risen 74%. Within the past year the nation has welcomed Air Europa and Turkish Airlines to its airline roll call, while at the same time another European carrier has ended flights to the South American nation. We take a closer look at traffic […]

Wizz Air adds eight routes and opens Sibiu base

Wizz Air adds eight routes and opens Sibiu base

Wizz Air opens its seventh Romania base at Sibiu adding links to Madrid, Memmingen, Milan/Bergamo and Nuremberg – also introduces Podgorica to its network.


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 […]

Oslo-Shanghai is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 80,000 annual searches; China Eastern’s next European service?

Oslo-Shanghai is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” ‒ 80,000 annual searches; China Eastern’s next European service?

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software reveals that in the past year 80,000 potential travellers hunted the Skyscanner flight comparison site for flights between Oslo and Shanghai ‒ but the route is unserved! With existing European services from its base in China’s biggest city, but none to Scandinavia, surely this is a great route for China Eastern.

Norwegian nets new route pair

Norwegian nets new route pair

Norwegian adds a European city pair, as well as its latest intercontinental service from Paris CDG.


Iberia adds regional and intercontinental duo

Iberia adds regional and intercontinental duo

Iberia resumes Johannesburg link after a four-year hiatus, also links San Sebastian to London Luton with seasonal service.

Tokyo Narita annual traffic up 33% since 2011; domestic traffic quadruples since turn of decade; welcomes seven new carriers

Tokyo Narita annual traffic up 33% since 2011; domestic traffic quadruples since turn of decade; welcomes seven new carriers

In 2011 Tokyo Narita handled 28 million passengers, whereas last year it welcomed 37.3 million. Within the past 12 months, the Japanese airport has welcomed seven new airlines, with an eighth, Hawaiian Airlines, soon becoming the facility’s 74th carrier. anna.aero takes a closer look at traffic development and the airport’s most popular connections.

Blue Air adds 14 airports to network; 43% increase in weekly seat capacity; first airline to launch non-capital Romanian domestic links

Blue Air adds 14 airports to network; 43% increase in weekly seat capacity; first airline to launch non-capital Romanian domestic links

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford recently went to Bucharest to meet Blue Air’s Revenue Management & Planning Director George Rizica. While there, Ford asked Rizica about what Blue Air looks for in an airport, and to find out why Wizz Air’s and Ryanair’s expansion in Romania helped push the carrier to grow more rapidly on […]