Take-offs & Landings
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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.