WINTER SEASON PART II: 80 new routes!!! This week features full analysis of the big batch of new routes that launched in the last week. Which European capital city got four new routes with four different airlines? Great parties featured included British Airways’ London Gatwick to Cancun and RwandAir’s Kigali to Mombasa and Dubai.
Download the spreadsheet with this week’s 250 new routes and see our fantastic photo coverage of launch celebrations all across the world. Ribbons have been cut in masses, lakes have been emptied for fire brigades to salute the arriving aircraft and the world’s master bakers have worked day and night to bake an amazing selection of cakes.
Ryanair’s new Seville base opens with 11 new routes; overtakes Vueling as airport’s leading carrier by seats
Spain is where Ryanair is growing the fastest. Its newest two aircraft base at Seville sees it competing with which carriers on which routes? And which destinations served this summer are not being operated this winter?
Vueling now carrying 11 million passengers per annum; Barcelona now a proper hub; Ciudad Real new for winter
The ‘new’ Vueling operates a fleet of 37 A320s but how seasonal is demand? Which are the airline’s busiest country markets and what is unusual about its UK flights? Which new routes are being started this winter?
Ryanair starts Barcelona base to take on Vueling; Iberia dominant only in Madrid; airberlin still rules in Palma
Ryanair started Barcelona El Prat operations this week as it took another step towards dethroning Iberia as the leading airline in Spain. Which carriers are number one at other Spanish airports and how quickly are Spanish airports growing this year?
Seville is latest Ryanair base in Spain; network will expand from current 18 destinations to 29 this winter
Seville benefits from Ryanair’s decision to move capacity out of the UK and Ireland. Two based aircraft will help the airline increase its network to 29 destinations this winter. When did Ryanair first serve Seville and how has its traffic grown there?
This has been a busy week for route launches. Out of 75 new routes, 25 are started by Ryanair which launched its new Malaga base. Still, we have information and photos from all the remaining 50 worldwide routes, ranging from CityJet’s short hop across the English Channel to Qatar Airways new South American service.
The United States dominated the world’s route launches this week, which is detailed in our top story, but a major political breakthrough for flights between Taiwan and mainland China resulted in three airlines launching the same route. The total of 65 new routes involved 60 airports in the US, followed by Germany, China, Spain, the UK and Italy, each with four to six airports featured. Read all about it and see the fantastic photos, including rock stars and three national football teams.
Low-cost rivalry hots up in Barcelona; Ryanair launches El Prat base with five aircraft and 20 routes from September
It’s tried North Barcelona (Girona) and South Barcelona (Reus) but now it’s time to take on Vueling, Spanair and easyJet at Barcelona’s main airport. How has Iberia’s influence waned at the airport and which carriers is Ryanair targeting?
easyJet’s founder doesn’t like ‘rapid’ growth; germanwings, Norwegian, Ryanair, Wizz Air will all grow faster this summer
Sir Stelios has quit the board in protest at the airline’s growth plans. But how do they compare with other major LCCs in Europe? Who is growing fastest and which milestone will Ryanair pass this summer?
New Spanair owners restructure airline; domestic still dominates; will serve niche international markets
As Star Alliance member Spanair has come under new controlling ownership, the airline changes network strategies and launches a large number of new routes this year. Which are Spanair’s new country markets? How important is the domestic market? And what is going on with the airline’s old MD80s?