Italy and Greece have been the main beneficiaries of new route launches (from Air Italy, blu-express, easyJet and Wizz Air) this week as we head into the peak of the European summer season. Other interesting new routes are provided by Estonian Air, Tiger Airways and yet another new route from Turkish Airlines.
Wizz Air now has two A320s based in the Czech capital. How are they scheduled and what competition does the airline face on its routes? Which new routes are yet to start?
Routes Europe/Prague had its biggest ever turnout, illustrating the old maxim that it pays to advertise. The best marketeers were rewarded with Athens winning the European heat of the Routes Marketing Awards while Warsaw and Moscow Domodedovo dominated our very own “annies”.
Routes Europe host Prague gains 30 new services in a year; Wizz Air challenging SkyEurope to be leading LCC
Aviation in the Czech Republic is dominated by Prague airport and Czech Airlines but most of Europe’s biggest LCCs are present at the airport. Which new services have been gained (and lost) during the last year? How busy are the country’s airports at Brno and Ostrava?
This week we look at a west-east route involving five carriers though Air France and Czech Airlines are code-share partners. How does SmartWings compare with the likes of SkyEurope and Wizz Air?
Over 40 new routes took to the skies this week. Airlines feeling optimistic included Adria Airways, Aegean, Aer Lingus, Air Arabia, Air Astana, Air Austral, Air Southwest, American Airlines, Armavia, Brussels Airlines, City Airline, Karthago Airlines, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LOT, Luxair, Mauritania Airways, Northwest/Delta, Norwegian, SAA, Shenzhen Airlines, Sun D’Or, Swiss, Transavia.com, Turkish Airlines, V Australia, Virgin Blue and Wind Jet. Phew!
New routes this week from Air New Zealand (New Zealand), Allegiant Air (USA), Cebu Pacific (Philippines), Cimber Sterling (Denmark), Flybe (UK), jetBlue (USA) and Wizz Air (Czech Republic and Romania).
Wizz Air has bases right across Central Europe but its busiest airport is in… the UK! It has added 12 but dropped eight airports in the last year. Which ones? And how big a presence does it have in various new EU member states? Where will it base new aircraft in 2009?
Central Europe’s oldest LCC has still to report an annual profit after over six years of flying from various bases across the region. Which bases has it dumped along the way and how does capacity this winter compare with this summer? Which airline is its main competitor in Bratislava?
Athens, Bahrain, Brussels win OAG awards;
Beijing’s memorable Mission Impossible theme scoops annies
This week anna.aero was out and about in Kuala Lumpur meeting many of our readers and customers. Times may be tough in the industry but there were plenty of exciting stands promoting tourism and route opportunities. See what caught our eye and who won this year’s coveted Annie awards.
Traffic at Prague airport has doubled in four years and CSA Czech Airlines has managed to maintain its dominant position with almost 70 non-stop routes, six of which are new for this summer. It has a monopoly on 31 routes but faces three competitors on flights to Copenhagen.