Take-offs & Landings

Ryanair to open Naples base in S17; 17 new routes with three aircraft but only indirect competition on two routes with easyJet

Ryanair to open Naples base in S17; 17 new routes with three aircraft but only indirect competition on two routes with easyJet

Ryanair is expanding in Italy. Next summer will the airline launch its first ever routes to Naples and open a three aircraft base. We reveal the overlap with easyJet routes, the growth of the airport in the last 20 years and which are the leading airlines in 2016.

anna.aero joins Nuremberg Airport to celebrate Ryanair’s base opening

anna.aero joins Nuremberg Airport to celebrate Ryanair’s base opening

anna.aero was kindly invited by Christian Käser, Head of Aviation Marketing Business Development, Nuremberg Airport, to welcome the arrival of Ryanair’s first based 737-800 at the German airport. Take a closer look to see how the events of 2 November unfolded.

British Airways drops Chengdu service after three years; average load factor since launch well below 60% according to anna.aero research

British Airways drops Chengdu service after three years; average load factor since launch well below 60% according to anna.aero research

Launched with great fanfare in September 2013, British Airways’ non-stop service to Chengdu will be suspended next January. We reveal the monthly passenger figures and estimated load factors up to July 2016.


British Airways announces US destination #23 – New Orleans; anna.aero: “We told you it was coming!”

British Airways announces US destination #23 – New Orleans; anna.aero: “We told you it was coming!”

On 20 October British Airways announced that from March 2017 it will launch flights to its 23rd destination in the US, a four times weekly 787-8 service between London Heathrow and the Louisiana city. anna.aero predicted two years ago that New Orleans would be high-up on BA’s radar. We take a closer look at traffic development between these markets, and BA’s position to take a strong share of connectivity traffic to Europe.

anna.aero flies with Aer Lingus to share in Hartford BDL’s BDL (Big Dublin Launch)

anna.aero flies with Aer Lingus to share in Hartford BDL’s BDL (Big Dublin Launch)

Hartford in Connecticut joins Montreal and St. John’s in Canada in welcoming anna.aero’s North American loving Chief Analyst Ralph Anker on a route launch in 2016. See what happened on the inaugural flight from Dublin.

Blue Air to open base #7 at Constanta; will station one 737-500 and serve eight routes, four of them domestic

Blue Air to open base #7 at Constanta; will station one 737-500 and serve eight routes, four of them domestic

Blue Air is continuing its rapid expansion in the European market by announcing a new base for S17 – Constanta. It will join the airline’s existing bases at Bucharest, Bacau, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Larnaca and Turin. The Romanian hybrid carrier will connect its newest base to Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Oradea, Iasi, Rome Fiumicino, Milan/Bergamo and Paris Beauvais, with an eighth route to be confirmed.


Does Ernest know best? anna.aero finds out as Europe’s latest LCC takes off from Tirana to nine Italian destinations

Does Ernest know best? anna.aero finds out as Europe’s latest LCC takes off from Tirana to nine Italian destinations

Ernest is the latest LCC to commence operation in Europe. Using Mistral Air 737-400s and ATR 72s, the airline operates a virtual base from Tirana in Albania to nine destinations across Italy. With five of its routes already being served, anna.aero takes a closer look at the airline’s flying schedule, and to discover the impact it has had on this strong country market.

NewLeaf begins serving 11 Canadian airports; will face competition from WestJet on four routes; bases at Hamilton, Kelowna and Winnipeg

NewLeaf begins serving 11 Canadian airports; will face competition from WestJet on four routes; bases at Hamilton, Kelowna and Winnipeg

Last week witnessed Canada’s newest airline, ULCC NewLeaf, take to the skies, with it launching domestic routes from 11 airports, with its main focus of operation being at Hamilton, Kelowna and Winnipeg airports. anna.aero takes a look at the airline’s current schedule, with the airline seemingly following the style of a certain ULCC across the border.

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.