Take-offs & Landings

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.

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 2)

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 2)

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.


New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 1)

New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 1)

In a new 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-mails) and preparing this week’s stories.

Ryanair announces base #77 at Belfast International with initial service to London Gatwick; five more routes promised

Ryanair announces base #77 at Belfast International with initial service to London Gatwick; five more routes promised

On 7 January, Ryanair announced that from 27 March it will open based operations at Belfast International with one 737-800 initially, with a further two to follow in October. The first route announced is a four times daily service to London Gatwick, a route that Aer Lingus will drop on the day prior to operations by Ryanair commencing. However another five routes have also been promised, anna.aero takes a punt as to what these routes will be.

anna.aero helps welcome China Southern Airlines to Rome Fiumicino

anna.aero helps welcome China Southern Airlines to Rome Fiumicino

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, was recently invited by Aeroporti di Roma’s ‎Head of Airport Marketing Development, Raffaele Pasquini, to help welcome the arrival of China Southern Airlines’ inaugural flight from Guangzhou and Wuhan to Rome Fiumicino Airport on 17 December. Take a closer look to see how the day’s events unfolded.


anna.aero helps welcome Emirates to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen

anna.aero helps welcome Emirates to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, was warmly invited by Emirates and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to help welcome the arrival of the carrier’s inaugural service from Dubai on 15 December, a route which has been in the pipeline for five years. Take a closer look to see how the evening’s events unfolded, and find out why the route is so important for the airport and indeed Istanbul.

anna.aero helps welcome Air China’s third route to Paris CDG

anna.aero helps welcome Air China’s third route to Paris CDG

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, was invited by Aéroports de Paris to help welcome the arrival of Air China’s inaugural service from Chengdu, the host city for World Routes 2016. Take a closer look to see how the celebrations unfolded and to also witness the culinary cake perfection that was made and presented by Michelin Star chef, Guy Martin.

Iasi becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #6; new routes to Bologna, Catania, Larnaca, Rome Ciampino and Tel Aviv

Iasi becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #6; new routes to Bologna, Catania, Larnaca, Rome Ciampino and Tel Aviv

One year after starting twice-weekly flights from Iasi to Venice Treviso, Wizz Air has announced it will be opening its sixth Romanian base (#23 overall) at the primary international gateway for the north-eastern part of Romania, with the addition of five new routes. The Hungarian ULCC will operate a total of 21 weekly flights to eight destinations in four countries from Iasi. Read anna.aero’s investigation here.