W18/19 network analysis; airlines serving most routes, country markets and airports identified here

W18/19 network analysis; airlines serving most routes, country markets and airports identified here

With the start of W18/19 now less than three weeks away, we decided to peer into the future to see which airlines will be ruling the roost this winter. Nick Preston identifies those carriers offering the most routes and which will operate from the most country markets and airports in a typical week during W18/19.

JetBlue Airways' love-hate relationship with Long Beach; passenger numbers up 33% in 2017, however new capacity already chopped

JetBlue Airways’ love-hate relationship with Long Beach; passenger numbers up 33% in 2017, however new capacity already chopped

JetBlue Airways currently has a 13-route network from Long Beach, having transported 2.90 million passengers from the Los Angeles airport in 2017. Jonathan Ford looks further into the airline’s schedule which shows capacity will be cut by over 30% this winter, with Southwest Airlines filling some of the void.

Vietnam's international visitors up 23% for first nine months of 2018; commercial aviation market quadruples in size over past 10 years

Vietnam’s international visitors up 23% for first nine months of 2018; commercial aviation market quadruples in size over past 10 years

Schedules state that 121.07 million seats will be flown to/from Vietnamese airports during 2018, up 9.9% versus 2017, and four times as many when compared to the nation’s aviation market in 2008. Jonathan Ford looks into the recent growth, highlighting the domination of LCCs and the South Korean boom.

Airbus airport-devoted conference added to ACI Airport Exchange Oslo

Airbus airport-devoted conference added to ACI Airport Exchange Oslo

Airbus is bringing a brand new, wholly airports-dedicated conference to ACI Airport Exchange hosted by Avinor Oslo Airport between 27-29 November 2018. “New possibilities for airports by Airbus” is devoted to how the manufacturer is helping airports prepare for the future, including a glimpse at the exciting new markets and routes made possible by Airbus aircraft.

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Three regions battle it out for victory in Week 39 of the 2018 Arch of Triumph competition

Three regions battle it out for victory in Week 39 of the 2018 Arch of Triumph competition

A total of seven airports across Europe, North America and the Caribbean entered this week’s Arch of Triumph competition. With an average score of 27.6 out of 40, it has certainly been a par week of performances. Find out here to see which airport did enough to climb into the top ten with its superb display.


AirAsia celebrates 10 years at Hong Kong with new route announcement

AirAsia celebrates 10 years at Hong Kong with new route announcement

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, along with AirAsia’s celebration of serving Hong Kong for 10 years, Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech mark the first use of a next generation sustainable jet fuel, plus there is route news from St. Petersburg regarding upcoming services for W18/19.

Wizz Air grows by 12% from Gdansk in 2018; seventh aircraft to be based from S19 with three new routes already confirmed for next year

Wizz Air grows by 12% from Gdansk in 2018; seventh aircraft to be based from S19 with three new routes already confirmed for next year

Gdansk is Wizz Air’s fifth largest base, with 2.77 million seats being flown from the Polish airport in 2018. The airline’s schedules for next summer indicate that it will offer 33 routes from Gdansk, however more could be added. Jonathan Ford takes a close look at the ULCC’s recent Gdansk expansion.

Booming Bengaluru sees traffic treble in just 10 years; domestic links lead the way; IndiGo biggest carrier

Booming Bengaluru sees traffic treble in just 10 years; domestic links lead the way; IndiGo biggest carrier

Bengaluru Airport played host to 26.91 million passengers in FY17/18, which is 17.6% more than in the previous 12-month period. It has now enjoyed consecutive increases in traffic over the past five financial years. Nick Preston looks at the airport’s network developments, including its leading routes and airlines.

Tchadia Airlines takes flight from Chad with an initial network of 11 routes; will increase seat capacity from Chad this winter by 56%

Tchadia Airlines takes flight from Chad with an initial network of 11 routes; will increase seat capacity from Chad this winter by 56%

Tchadia Airlines commenced operations from N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, on 1 October. The carrier is currently operating two Q400s across a network of 11 routes. Jonathan Ford looks further into the initial operations of this Ethiopian Airlines-backed carrier to see what it will offer over the course of this winter.


Spirit Airlines increased Houston Intercontinental traffic by 18% in Q1 2018; airport accounts for 8.2% of the airline's annual traffic

Spirit Airlines increased Houston Intercontinental traffic by 18% in Q1 2018; airport accounts for 8.2% of the airline’s annual traffic

Spirit Airlines is one of the leading ULCCs at Houston Intercontinental Airport, handling a network of 20 destinations. Jonathan Ford looks at the carrier’s recent growth from the Texan hub, which it has served since September 2012, including its top connections and its focus on international markets.

Monarch Airlines one-year on – eight routes missing in S18; Jet2.com and British Airways among carriers to pick up seats

Monarch Airlines one-year on – eight routes missing in S18; Jet2.com and British Airways among carriers to pick up seats

It’s been one year since the demise of Monarch Airlines, which had been one of the longest serving airline brands in the UK. Nick Preston examines the impact the carrier’s collapse has had on the networks from the five UK airports where it had operating bases when all flying ceased on 2 October 2017.

Coventry University celebrates the 10th birthday of its aviation management course with a special networking and educational event

Coventry University celebrates the 10th birthday of its aviation management course with a special networking and educational event

Coventry University, ranked as the 13th best educational facility in the UK by The Guardian, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its aviation management course on Saturday 29 September with a special birthday event, including panel discussions and network opportunities, plus cake!

Asia records fifth success in 2018 Arch of Triumph challenge

Asia records fifth success in 2018 Arch of Triumph challenge

Asian airports represent 60% of the five FTWA entries this week and have now claimed 13% of all victories in this year’s competition. Read on to find out which airport in the region did enough to take home the crown this week.