Take-offs & Landings
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
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.
Following the launch of Zimbabwe flyafrica.com in July 2014 and Namibia flyafrica.com in February 2015, the flyafrica.com airline group has expanded rapidly, offering services to a total of six airports in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. anna.aero evaluates the group’s network for this March.
Ryanair makes Berlin base 73 and adds 16 routes for W15/16; going head-to-head with easyJet on over half of all new routes
Ryanair’s new base in Berlin is a clear indication that the carrier is now going after easyJet. We reveal which routes Ryanair has failed to make work from Berlin in the past, as well as which easyJet routes it will be competing head-on with.
Eurowings set to take on NIKI at Vienna; anna.aero predicts focus on Spanish routes for two based A320s
Eurowings is set to become a pan-European low cost carrier with the announcement that Vienna in Austria will become its first non-German base later this year. We speculate on which routes the two A320s may be placed.
eurolot becomes the second notable airline casualty of 2015 (after Cyprus Airways), with many of Poland’s airports – big and small ‒ to be affected. Devastating news as this is, it may also create a window of opportunity for fresh capacity to be injected into some markets – anna.aero investigates where this is most likely.
Etihad Regional (a.k.a. Darwin Airline) has issued a strongly worded statement criticising SWISS and parent company Lufthansa for a number of actions. We look in more detail at the network/competition issues to reveal what SWISS was (and was not) doing.
Times are tough for businesses in Cyprus, and the state-owned flag carrier Cyprus Airways is the latest victim of a weakened Cypriot economy. Following the European Commission ordering the airline to pay back around €65 million out of a €103 million state aid package received between 2012 and 2013, Cyprus Airways ceased operations on 9 January. anna.aero evaluates the airline’s network for S14.
Jeddah, Kuwait City and Erbil most likely new routes for Air Arabia Jordan; Dubai and Riyadh also expected
Starting a new off-shoot and opening its fifth base – Air Arabia Jordan and Amman – Air Arabia expects its latest incarnation to begin operations in Q1 2015. anna.aero takes a look at where the UAE-based LCC will fly to with its initial two aircraft fleet.
Vueling’s Rome base is still expanding this summer but it seems to be re-thinking its strategy with regard to domestic flights as it axes service to Bari, Brindisi and Lamezia Terme. Competitors Alitalia and Ryanair will not be upset.
9 Air operated its first flight on 2 December. A joint venture involving Juneyao Airlines, its fleet currently consists of two 189-seat 737-800s. We look at what competition the carrier faces at its base of Guangzhou Airport.
JETGO Australia begins scheduled domestic services with ERJs; three airline groups account for 96% of Oz domestic flights
JETGO Australia is branching out from its ad-hoc charter and corporate activities to enter the scheduled market. Sydney-Gladstone is the airline’s first route replacing the lost QantasLink service. We look at the major players in the domestic market.