Take-offs & Landings

easyJet announces Palma de Mallorca as first seasonal base; carried almost 1.7 million passengers in 2015; served from 22 bases this summer

easyJet announces Palma de Mallorca as first seasonal base; carried almost 1.7 million passengers in 2015; served from 22 bases this summer

easyJet was the fourth biggest carrier at Palma de Mallorca Airport in 2015 according to Aena statistics. We reveal all the routes the LCC has ever operated there (and when they started) and how passenger numbers have developed since 2004.

Qatar Airways is welcomed to Birmingham

Qatar Airways is welcomed to Birmingham

anna.aero was live at Birmingham Airport to welcome the arrival of Qatar Airways’ inaugural service from Doha on 30 March, a route which will operate eight times weekly. Take a closer look to see how the morning’s events unfolded, and discover why Birmingham is an important link for Qatar Airways, and to hear from Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, to discover why the airport has experienced rapid growth in the past 12 months.

anna.aero helps Flybe open its latest base at Doncaster Sheffield; announces new route to Düsseldorf

anna.aero helps Flybe open its latest base at Doncaster Sheffield; announces new route to Düsseldorf

On 24 March Flybe opened its Doncaster Sheffield base where it will fly to eight destinations across the UK and Europe. On the same day Flybe confirmed that a ninth route to Düsseldorf will launch in October, while a tenth will be announced shortly. Take a closer look to see how the morning’s events unfolded, and to hear about Flybe’s strategy development from its Chief Revenue Officer Vincent Hodder.


Ryanair makes Vilnius its second Lithuanian base; Prague and Sofia strong contenders to be next hubs

Ryanair makes Vilnius its second Lithuanian base; Prague and Sofia strong contenders to be next hubs

On 15 March Ryanair announced that from 30 October it will base two aircraft at Vilnius and open new routes to Berlin Schönefeld and Malta. The news means that Vilnius is the carrier’s #82 base. David O’Brien, CCO of Ryanair, tells anna.aero that the Lithuanian Government understands the needs of its passengers, and where the airline expects to announce future bases.

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 6)

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 6)

easyJet’s London Gatwick route cuts for S16, multiple new routes to Iceland and impressive Spanish airport figures for January feature in this week’s statistical round-up.

Hamburg is base #80 for Ryanair; seven new routes in six countries with two based aircraft starting in November

Hamburg is base #80 for Ryanair; seven new routes in six countries with two based aircraft starting in November

First Nuremberg and now Hamburg. Ryanair is sending a clear message that Germany is a target market next winter. We reveal what competition the carrier will face on its new routes and the history of Ryanair in the region.


New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 5)

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 5)

Chinese airport statistics for 2015, Turkish airport statistics for January 2016, Ryanair’s 79th base to be in Nuremberg and British Airways going to London Stansted.

Ryanair’s Italian base closures analysed; we reveal which routes to Alghero and Pescara will survive into W16/17

Ryanair’s Italian base closures analysed; we reveal which routes to Alghero and Pescara will survive into W16/17

Ryanair recently announced that its bases at Alghero and Pescara will close at the end of the S16 season. We look at the number of destinations served by the airline from these airports over the last decade and which routes have been spared the axe.

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 4)

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 4)

In our newest feature we reveal what exciting route news and statistical trivia our data elves have come across during the last week while reading their e-mails (that’s short for elf-mail) and preparing this week’s stories.


Ryanair finally adds Toulouse to its portfolio of over 30 French airports

Ryanair finally adds Toulouse to its portfolio of over 30 French airports

Starting in November, Ryanair will serve Toulouse from seven of its bases in seven different countries. We look at the competition faced on each route and reveal how LCC traffic has evolved at the French airport.

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 3)

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 3)

In our newest feature we reveal what exciting route news and statistical trivia our data elves have come across during the last week while reading their e-mails (that’s short for elf-mail) and preparing this week’s stories.

Ryanair opens Romanian base #1 at Timisoara; adding domestic flights to Bucharest

Ryanair opens Romanian base #1 at Timisoara; adding domestic flights to Bucharest

On 14 January, Ryanair confirmed plans to enter the Romanian market, both internationally and domestically, with the opening of a base at Timisoara Airport, effective 1 November. The Irish ULCC will introduce seven routes, including a domestic service to Bucharest, competing head-to-head with TAROM. Operating 35 weekly flights, Ryanair forecasts a flow of 575,000 passengers per year from the new base. Read anna.aero’s investigation here.