Take-offs & Landings

Ryanair announces Milan Malpensa as base 73 (with four routes), and first service to Amsterdam (from Dublin)

Ryanair announces Milan Malpensa as base 73 (with four routes), and first service to Amsterdam (from Dublin)

Look out easyJet! Ryanair has announced a base at Milan Malpensa and its first flights to Amsterdam. We look at what competition it will face and how Milan’s airports have developed since the turn of the century.

British Airways to start flights to San Jose – not New Orleans

British Airways to start flights to San Jose – not New Orleans

Do you know the way to San Jose? This cabbie did and so will BA next summer when it plans to launch daily services to the Californian city. We thought New Orleans would have been the next US destination for the oneworld carrier, but the Silicon Valley airport was on our radar too.

El Al to return to Miami and Chicago following 787 order

El Al to return to Miami and Chicago following 787 order

El Al recently ordered enough 787-8s and 9s to replace its entire long-haul fleet and then some. Our data elves believe this deal will see the carrier return to the two previously served routes of Miami and Chicago. Other long-haul destinations in the US and Asia could also be on the cards – find out here.


anna.aero helps welcome Xiamen Airlines to Europe

anna.aero helps welcome Xiamen Airlines to Europe

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed the arrival of Xiamen Airlines inaugural service to Europe, and the carrier’s first long-haul service. anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford was specially invited by the Dutch mega hub to attend this historic launch. See what it’s like to race a 787 from the end of the Polderbaan to the gate in what can only be described as a cannonball.

Ryanair, Europe’s biggest airline, to serve Israel

Ryanair, Europe’s biggest airline, to serve Israel

It was always going to be on the cards. With 10 European LCCs already serving Israel from 32 different airports from across the continent, it was only a matter of time before Ryanair entered the fray. But where and when will Europe’s biggest airline fly to in this new country market for the Irish behemoth? anna.aero gives you the inside track again.

Constanta Airport welcomes third scheduled carrier – Wizz Air

Constanta Airport welcomes third scheduled carrier – Wizz Air

anna.aero’s Business Development Associate, Vlad Cristescu, was specially invited by Constanta Airport to attend Wizz Air’s first flight from London Luton on 12 June. Highlights of the celebrations included the traditional water arch salute and a cake cutting ceremony in the VIP Centre by airport, local tourism authority and ministry of transport officials.


Air Lituanica ceases operations; airBaltic takes over Vilnius network

Air Lituanica ceases operations; airBaltic takes over Vilnius network

The latest victim of a dynamic and unstable airline industry is Air Lituanica, which has ceased operations on 22 May. The first beneficiary of the airline’s demise is airBaltic, which has taken over four of Air Lituanica’s 10 ex-routes. anna.aero evaluates Air Lituanica’s network before it shut down operations.

anna.aero joins Icelandair for its launch of services to Portland

anna.aero joins Icelandair for its launch of services to Portland

Icelandair makes Portland in Oregon its 10th US destination, and 14th in North America. anna.aero was there for the inaugural flight in both directions. See what a water arch salute looks like from inside a 757!

Lublin Airport will become Wizz Air’s 6th Polish base and 21st in all

Lublin Airport will become Wizz Air’s 6th Polish base and 21st in all

Wizz Air announced Lublin Airport in eastern Poland as its next base starting in September. A total of six routes will then be served. We reveal which other carriers have served the airport since it opened in December 2012.


Barra beach landing; flying on one of the world’s most exciting runways

Barra beach landing; flying on one of the world’s most exciting runways

Once in a lifetime opportunities don’t happen that often – only once in a lifetime. So when anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins was inspired by some Saturday night TV channel hopping to fly into Barra on the Scottish Outer Hebrides – courtesy of Flybe and Loganair – he leapt at the chance. Check out his trip report here.

Ryanair transatlantic U-turn: anna.aero examines the “what if scenario” revealing where it may have flown

Ryanair transatlantic U-turn: anna.aero examines the “what if scenario” revealing where it may have flown

Airline executives pretty much everywhere are breathing easier after Ryanair denied the accuracy of last week’s reports that it would start transatlantic services in 2020. However, the apparently mistaken announcement and the clear retraction, appropriately sandwiched around St Patrick’s Day, intrigued anna.aero’s data elves who took a look at the “what if scenario” and identified the 10 European and six US airports that would have most likely benefitted.

Ryanair to serve Castellón Airport from Bristol and Stansted in S15; 24 Spanish airports now on network

Ryanair to serve Castellón Airport from Bristol and Stansted in S15; 24 Spanish airports now on network

This September, Ryanair will commence operations from the SNC-Lavalin-managed Castellón Airport, nestled on the Costa del Azahar between Valencia and Reus airports. We take a look at the ULCC’s operations to Spain and nearby competing airports.