Take-offs & Landings

Ryanair responds to German air travel tax by cutting 30% of flights at Frankfurt Hahn next summer; nine routes axed

Ryanair responds to German air travel tax by cutting 30% of flights at Frankfurt Hahn next summer; nine routes axed

And so it begins. Ryanair, never afraid to respond to changing market conditions, has announced cuts at its Hahn base. But which routes will be lost next year, and which were lost (and gained) between 2009 and 2010?

easyJet picks Portugal for 20th base; in 2011 Lisbon will become first new base since Lyon and Paris CDG in 2008

easyJet picks Portugal for 20th base; in 2011 Lisbon will become first new base since Lyon and Paris CDG in 2008

easyJet’s new CEO got to announce a new base this week even though it won’t open for over a year. Which destinations does easyJet already serve from Lisbon, when did they start and what competition does it face?

British Airways announces new service from London City to Stockholm Arlanda to start in early 2011

British Airways announces new service from London City to Stockholm Arlanda to start in early 2011

The London – Stockholm market has not grown during the last decade but BA’s latest decision marks the third new service between the two cities in the space of 15 months. Apart from BA, Ryanair and SAS, who else serves the market?


germanwings launches Italian offensive with nine new routes from Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Hannover in 2011

germanwings launches Italian offensive with nine new routes from Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Hannover in 2011

While the Brits love to get away to France, the Germans prefer Italy. Lufthansa’s LCC announces nine new routes for next summer but who are the leading airlines in the market? And just how small is Alitalia’s share of traffic?

flydubai adds Armenia and another route to Iraq; 26 routes but still only 5% of capacity at Dubai airport

flydubai adds Armenia and another route to Iraq; 26 routes but still only 5% of capacity at Dubai airport

It has only been operating for 16 months but flydubai is already flying to more than 20 destinations. It announced two more this week and starts two more in the next couple of weeks, but it’s still a niche player in Dubai.

Budapest attracts American to serve New York JFK; KLM and Qatar Airways also new, but Ryanair quits

Budapest attracts American to serve New York JFK; KLM and Qatar Airways also new, but Ryanair quits

Budapest gets a second US carrier from next April and will also welcome Qatar Airways and welcome back KLM. But which are the leading airlines at the airport and which non-local carrier operates more weekly flights than Wizz Air? And which three destinations is the airport about to lose as Ryanair terminates flights?


Ryanair's Marseille base closure – a quick analysis

Ryanair’s Marseille base closure – a quick analysis

Ryanair today announced that it would be closing its only French base next January. However, nearly half of its route network will survive operated by aircraft based elsewhere in Europe. The carrier starts seven new routes from the airport next month. Which ones will be short-lived?

Ryanair establishes Estonian presence; seven new routes from Tallinn starting in December

Ryanair establishes Estonian presence; seven new routes from Tallinn starting in December

Ryanair may be cutting capacity at many airports this winter, but Tallinn will get seven new routes generating 21 weekly departures. What competition will Ryanair face on these routes and how does its presence compare with airBaltic and Estonian Air?

Air Canada finally able to take on Porter Airlines at Toronto City Airport; YTZ is now 9th busiest airport in Canada

Air Canada finally able to take on Porter Airlines at Toronto City Airport; YTZ is now 9th busiest airport in Canada

Thanks to Porter Airlines, Toronto City Airport is now a Top 10 airport in Canada. Air Canada has found a way to get back into the airport by using which airline’s aircraft? What do Porter’s latest traffic figures reveal about their profitability last year?


Norwegian latest LCC to try its luck basing aircraft in Helsinki; three 737s will operate 13 routes next summer

Norwegian latest LCC to try its luck basing aircraft in Helsinki; three 737s will operate 13 routes next summer

Helsinki and LCCs. Not, so far, a marriage made in heaven. But Norwegian is getting serious and hopes to succeed where Buzz, clickair, FlyMe, Flying Finn, Sterling, vbird and Volareweb (remember all of them?) failed. What competition will it face on its planned network?

Transavia.com first to blink in Copenhagen low-cost battle

Transavia.com first to blink in Copenhagen low-cost battle

Sooner or later someone had to back down. With up to five carriers competing on some leisure routes from Copenhagen it was inevitable that not all would succeed. Good news for Cimber Sterling and Norwegian as Transavia.com plans to close its Danish base by April.

British Airways adds Tokyo Haneda, Buenos Aires now non-stop; Alitalia and Air France also adding long-haul routes

British Airways adds Tokyo Haneda, Buenos Aires now non-stop; Alitalia and Air France also adding long-haul routes

It seems that Europe’s flag carriers have suddenly (re-)discovered South America but what other new long-haul destinations have they recently announced and who will they be competing with?