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AirAsia Group still growing at 20% but drops 11 routes; most new routes in Indonesia, Zest Air merger in the Philippines

AirAsia Group still growing at 20% but drops 11 routes; most new routes in Indonesia, Zest Air merger in the Philippines

Asia’s biggest LCC is still highly profitable, and growing quickly. But along the way even the AirAsia group of airlines has dropped a few routes in the last 12 months, and we reveal which ones. However, it is also starting more than twice as many as it is dropping.

Darwin Airline selects Cambridge Airport as first UK base

Darwin Airline selects Cambridge Airport as first UK base

Lugano-based regional carrier Darwin Airline has chosen Cambridge as its first base in the UK, operating four international routes from the beginning of September with Saab 2000s. We have the details and an exclusive interview with the airline’s CCO.

FlyNonstop starts flights from Kristiansand in Norway to seven destinations including London City and Berlin SXF

FlyNonstop starts flights from Kristiansand in Norway to seven destinations including London City and Berlin SXF

Kristiansand is Norway’s ninth busiest airport, and handled over one million passengers for the first time in 2012. Now it has its own local airline, FlyNonstop, which launched operations last week with a single 100-seat E190. We analyse the airline’s daily flight operations.


Emirates to become #1 in Milan-New York market; Non-European airline North American routes down 50%

Emirates to become #1 in Milan-New York market; Non-European airline North American routes down 50%

Emirates has been given approval to fly from Milan Malpensa to New York JFK, extending one of its three daily services to the US. anna.aero investigates the impact the MEB3 will have in this market.

Malindo Air prepares for launch from Kuala Lumpur

Malindo Air prepares for launch from Kuala Lumpur

If Malaysia’s AirAsia can operate a joint venture in Indonesia, then Indonesia’s Lion Air can operate a joint venture in Malaysia. Malindo Air has announced its first two routes and will operate at a service level between AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines with 737-900ERs.

Bahrain Air closes after 5 years; served 27 destinations in 15 countries; attacks govt. for protecting Gulf Air

Bahrain Air closes after 5 years; served 27 destinations in 15 countries; attacks govt. for protecting Gulf Air

Five years after its launch, Bahrain Air sees itself forced to close down shop. The airline, which flew to over 20 destinations in its brief history, heavily competing against Gulf Air, now blames the government for partiality.


Batavia Air ceases operations; Indonesia’s domestic capacity down by 7%

Batavia Air ceases operations; Indonesia’s domestic capacity down by 7%

Following a failed attempt at partnership with AirAsia in 2012, Batavia Air ceased operations last week. As anna.aero discovers, a jinxed aircraft might have been involved.

Air France’s HOP! leaves CityJet without a leg to stand on

Air France’s HOP! leaves CityJet without a leg to stand on

From S’13, HOP! will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations across 15 countries for parent Air France.

We said they would!!! Ryanair’s Moroccan bases confirmed

We said they would!!! Ryanair’s Moroccan bases confirmed

Bases 56 and 57 for Ryanair are confirmed at Marrakech and Fez, with two and one aircraft respectively.


anna.aero Turkish Airlines route prediction: One down, 30 to go... services to Constanta to launch in June

anna.aero Turkish Airlines route prediction: One down, 30 to go… services to Constanta to launch in June

Told you so!! Earlier in the week Turkish Airlines announced Constantinople to Constanta, one of the routes on the new route hit list anna.aero revealed in December.

Jet2.com plans two-aircraft summer base in Alicante

Jet2.com plans two-aircraft summer base in Alicante

Following in the footsteps of the likes easyJet, Ryanair, and Vueling, Jet2.com plans to become the next pan-European airline from May with the launch of based operations at the Spanish Costa Blanca airport.

Niki Lauda quits his airline to focus on F1 again; NIKI dumps Central European routes for Greece and Scandinavia

Niki Lauda quits his airline to focus on F1 again; NIKI dumps Central European routes for Greece and Scandinavia

A decade after its launch, Austrian NIKI sees its founder – Niki Lauda, the three-time Formula 1 World Champion – leave the company to chair the Mercedes Formula 1 team.