Take-offs & Landings

Jet2.com announces Birmingham base; anna.aero talks to Ian Doubtfire, Business Development Director, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

Jet2.com announces Birmingham base; anna.aero talks to Ian Doubtfire, Business Development Director, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

Jet2.com has announced it will base four 737-800s at Birmingham Airport for S17, serving 15 destinations. Take a look to see which routes are starting, what carriers will be competing with the UK LCC, and what Mr Doubtfire has to say on the decision.

Collapse of VLM creates route opportunities in Belgium, Ireland, Germany and UK

Collapse of VLM creates route opportunities in Belgium, Ireland, Germany and UK

VLM is the latest European regional airline to cease operations. The Fokker 50 operator was flying just five routes in the end involving six airports in three countries. German domestic market takes biggest hit.

Castellon Airport welcomes the arrival of Blue Air – anna.aero onboard first flight

Castellon Airport welcomes the arrival of Blue Air – anna.aero onboard first flight

On 1 June Blue Air inaugurated service to Castellon Airport in Spain from Bucharest, the airport’s second scheduled carrier after Ryanair. Take a closer look to see how the day’s events unfolded.


Air Canada rouge is welcomed to London Gatwick by anna.aero

Air Canada rouge is welcomed to London Gatwick by anna.aero

Air Canada rouge commenced services between Toronto Pearson and London Gatwick on 19 May. anna.aero was on hand to help celebrate the carrier’s new service at the London airport on 20 May, and of course produce a splendid route launch cake.

anna.aero joins Icelandair in celebrating inaugural flight to Montreal

anna.aero joins Icelandair in celebrating inaugural flight to Montreal

For the third time anna.aero’s Chief Analyst has been invited along to an Icelandair route launch to a new destination in North America. First it was Denver (2013), then Portland (2015) and now Montreal. See what happened this time around.

anna.aero joins WestJet in celebrating first flight from London Gatwick to St. John’s in Newfoundland

anna.aero joins WestJet in celebrating first flight from London Gatwick to St. John’s in Newfoundland

Regardless of paying for his own flight, anna.aero’s very own Canadaphile Ralph Anker still flew on WestJet’s first 737-700 service from London Gatwick to St. John’s, along with 47 other passengers.


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.