Some 23 airports across Italy have welcomed new services this week but very few are provided by the new Alitalia. Which airports were kept busiest and just how many new Italian routes did Ryanair start this week?
Ryanair must have broken some kind of record this week by single-handedly starting 67 new routes. Which countries benefited most and how many routes does that make in total? Which new routes started with the highest weekly frequency?
Ireland braces for impact of air travel tax; omens not good as Ryanair reduces Dublin fleet from 22 to 17
Following in the footsteps of some other EU countries Ireland is introducing a tax on air travel to help swell the government’s coffers. Ryanair has plenty to say on the matter, Aer Lingus surprisingly little. How has traffic developed at Irish airports recently?
Major European LCCs; Ryanair growth slows to single digits while easyJet carried fewer passengers in February
Even Europe’s LCCs are finding life tough at present. Only two reported growth in February and easyJet was not one of them. Which airlines are shrinking fastest and how did reported load factors in February compare with January?
Having developed Girona to the north of Barcelona, Ryanair is now building a presence at Reus, to the south. In the summer there are charter flights from the UK and Ireland, but how are Ryanair’s new domestic routes performing? We have the figures. And what other new destinations are starting soon?
Linz is a designated European City of Culture in 2009 and its airport saw traffic grow last year to just over 800,000 passengers. Just three airlines (including one LCC) operate scheduled services to 10 destinations this winter. Which are the key routes and which destinations are served by charter flights?
We identified 20 new routes from 13 airlines, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Interjet, jetBlue, Lufthansa Italia, Mahan Air, Northwest, Ryanair, Transaero, Uzbekistan Airways, Volaris and WestJet. Click here for more.
Ryanair usurps LOT as leading international carrier; regional airports now handle more than 50% of all Polish traffic
We last looked at Poland in detail some 18 months ago. Since then LOT has slipped from first to third among carriers on international routes. Which carriers (and airports) have flourished and which have seen their fortunes wane?
Wroclaw’s traffic has boomed in recent years thanks to low-cost carriers, especially Ryanair. Which routes have been started (and dropped) in the last year? Which two country markets account for 60% of traffic? Which other carriers have flights at the airport?
Fuel price collapse triggers hopes that 2009 might not be so bad after all; Ryanair still likely to start more new routes than anyone else
So what does 2009 hold in store for the world’s airline network planners? Probably rather fewer new routes than in 2008, even if Ryanair is still likely to start more of them than anybody else. What else do we think will make 2009 interesting?
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.