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A KUT above the rest? Wizz Air's Kutaisi's routes are based on indirect passengers from Tbilisi

A KUT above the rest? Wizz Air’s Kutaisi’s routes are based on indirect passengers from Tbilisi

Kutaisi is the LCC airport for the whole of Georgia. By S20, Wizz Air alone will have 41 routes from it. 80% of passengers using Kutaisi come from Tbilisi, so Ryanair’s coming entry into Kutaisi and Tbilisi is interesting. Despite Kutaisi’s strong growth, gaps remain.

Top-20 unserved routes: Eastern USA to the Caribbean

Top-20 unserved routes: Eastern USA to the Caribbean

In the 12 months to August 2019, 25 million flew from the Eastern USA to the Caribbean, with six million million indirect. The top-20 unserved routes were mainly across San Juan, Punta Cana and Montego Bay; these saw almost 600,000 passengers. Could Cleveland – Montego Bay be a new route? 

Mexico's VivaAerobus: the 'super low-cost' is to be even more super

Mexico’s VivaAerobus: the ‘super low-cost’ is to be even more super

95% of VivaAerobus’ capacity is dedicated to the domestic market, which is in stark contrast to its Mexican competitors’ network strategies. VivaAerobus has grown strongly since 2015. And with 66 aircraft on order – including 40 A321neos – this ‘super low-cost’ will be even more super.

Africa World Airlines partners with Brussels Airlines

Africa World Airlines partners with Brussels Airlines

In this week’s network planning community newsletter: Africa World Airlines announces a codeshare with Brussels Airlines; Air Transat brings A321LR to Gatwick; KLM celebrates 100 years; Uzbekistan Airways connects Munich with Tashkent; Birmingham Airport adds Austrian Airlines; Melbourne Airport announces new Asiana and Jetstar routes; Air Astana launches A321LR operations to Moscow; Cabo Verde Airlines announces two African destinations and Thai Air Asia X announces a Tbilisi route…


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Tampa-ing with the FL competition

Tampa-ing with the FL competition

In S19 alone, Tampa International Airport has added 22 routes, operated by nine airlines. We look at the airport’s increasing presence on the international stage, and top unserved markets.

Irish backstop begorrah! Aer Lingus ‘US-HUB-at-DUB’ thrives with 60% transferring

Irish backstop begorrah! Aer Lingus ‘US-HUB-at-DUB’ thrives with 60% transferring

Aer Lingus has increased capacity to North America by almost 80% in five years, with nearly double the number of destinations. While its average local fare is USD$664 one-way, San Francisco and Toronto stand out for the opposite reason.


Bangkok-China: 17 million seats across 44 airports and 28 airlines

Bangkok-China: 17 million seats across 44 airports and 28 airlines

China is the number-one country to Thailand for tourists, with China-Bangkok seats up by 14 million since 2010. 69 routes operate between the two on an airport-level basis, involving 44 airports and 28 airlines. Bangkok-Guangzhou has 30 return-trips a day across nine airlines. Thai LCCs now dominate the airline rankings.

Does it make sense?  LAM Mozambique announces Maputo-Lisbon

Does it make sense? LAM Mozambique announces Maputo-Lisbon

LAM Mozambique Airlines is to begin service from Maputo to Lisbon, supplementing TAP Air Portugal’s three-weekly service. 99,000 passengers flew Mozambique – Portugal in the past year, not a large volume.  At the same time, the pro rata airfare to Lisbon is not high. It seems like a politically motivated decision.

Saudia: the giant awakes, adding 11 million seats since 2015

Saudia: the giant awakes, adding 11 million seats since 2015

High costs, 42,000 staff, loss-making and heavily subsidised. It’s a wonder Saudia’s first foreign CEO wanted the top job. Saudia has grown very strongly in the past few years from the country’s Vision 2030. VFR markets remain crucial for Saudia, and always will. With Jeddah’s new terminal and coming A321LR/XLRs, what is the role of Saudia?

IndiGo makes history by being the first LCC to link India and Vietnam

IndiGo makes history by being the first LCC to link India and Vietnam

IndiGo has begun a daily service from Kolkata to Hanoi, marking the first route an LCC has operated between India and Vietnam. The choice of Kolkata was from its geographic closeness to Southeast Asia while enabling connections from across India. Complementing Hanoi is Kolkata-Ho Chi Minh City, which starts on the 18th of this month.


Tulcea Airport seeks airlines for scheduled routes via public tender

Tulcea Airport seeks airlines for scheduled routes via public tender

Tulcea County Council announces the launch of a tender for Tulcea Airport as it seeks to connect the region’s only gateway to Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Frankfurt and Paris. The deadline for submitting offers is 15 November 2019 at 12:00 RO local time.

Adria Airways gone; 9 routes left unserved

Adria Airways gone; 9 routes left unserved

Slovenia’s Adria has ceased to exist – and, along with it, nearly 60% of Ljubljana’s capacity. Adria actively pursued wet leases and foreign bases, which in 2015 saw Ljubljana have just 55% of its capacity. In 2019, it operated 17 routes from Ljubljana, with 9 presently unserved by others. After Brussels Airlines and the Lufthansa Group announced it’ll serve four routes within two days, who will be next?

Melting pot of intrigue: American announces London-Boston soon after Delta

Melting pot of intrigue: American announces London-Boston soon after Delta

Yesterday, American announced it’ll restart a daily Boston-London/Heathrow. This follows Delta’s Boston-Gatwick announcement in August. London-Boston has seen strong traffic growth following fare declines from Norwegian. With market share reductions and JetBlue coming, London-Boston is a melting pot of intrigue.

Top-20 unserved routes: Australia-Southeast Asia

Top-20 unserved routes: Australia-Southeast Asia

In 2018, the top-20 unserved routes between Australia-Southeast Asia saw 777,000 passengers. To/from Vietnam, almost six in ten travelling indirectly. With its coming A321XLRs, will VietJet Air start Brisbane-Ho Chi Minh City, a strong-growing market with 51,000 passengers and above-average fare/mile?