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Part two: Volotea sees strong rise in competition with big LCCs

Part two: Volotea sees strong rise in competition with big LCCs

41% of Volotea’s seats now have competition with easyJet, Vueling and Ryanair, up from 15% in 2015. Meanwhile, Volotea is becoming less seasonal.

The UK ends ban to Sharm El Sheikh; it had 1.2 million passengers

The UK ends ban to Sharm El Sheikh; it had 1.2 million passengers

The UK ban to Sharm El Sheikh has been lifted. In 2015, 15 UK airports had service to Sharm, carrying nearly 1.2m passengers.

Back to the future, part one: 767 still 3rd by transatlantic capacity, and Boeing's future NMA?

Back to the future, part one: 767 still 3rd by transatlantic capacity, and Boeing’s future NMA?

This week saw rumours of a re-engining for the Boeing 767. We look at how, 37 years after EIS, one of the most used types in the transatlantic market could evolve into the perfect New Mid-market Aircraft.

Revealed: almost 34 million passengers connect with Turkish Airlines

Revealed: almost 34 million passengers connect with Turkish Airlines

Almost 34 million connect with Turkish Airlines over Istanbul Airport. Germany – Iran is its key international country market. What factors help Turkish?


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Despite Jet Airways' end, 39 million seats exist between India and the Gulf

Despite Jet Airways’ end, 39 million seats exist between India and the Gulf

159 routes operate between the Gulf and India. Dubai International is the most-served airport and Emirates is the largest airline, but not at group level.

In from the cold: Cape Verde Airlines, Africa's Icelandair

In from the cold: Cape Verde Airlines, Africa’s Icelandair

Cape Verde Airlines is to be the Icelandair of Africa. Four continents are in an eight-hour radius of its hub, and all are reachable with narrow-bodies.


Armenia becomes Ryanair's 40th country served

Armenia becomes Ryanair’s 40th country served

Ryanair is to serve Armenia, its 40th country, with four routes. Will Armenia be the next Georgia for LCCs?

Alitalia adds San Francisco, a major unserved market

Alitalia adds San Francisco, a major unserved market

Alitalia will begin a three-weekly service from Rome to San Francisco in S20, with this the second-largest unserved route from the USA to Western Europe.

JetSMART's clever move into Colombian market

JetSMART’s clever move into Colombian market

In this week’s Network Planning Community Newsletter, JetSMART announces first flights to Columbia and takes initial A320neo; Clark International celebrates Arch of Triumph win; Ryanair announces 42 Ukrainian routes; Air Austral places an A220 order and we forecast initial routes; Spirit announces Nashville base expansion just after launch, and Emirates adds A380 to Cairo…

30 Second Interview: Martin Gauss, CEO airBaltic

30 Second Interview: Martin Gauss, CEO airBaltic

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor James Davis recently sat down with airBaltic CEO, Martin Gauss to learn about the network implications of becoming an all-A220 airline, and the news of a possible non-Baltic base. We also take a quick look at the carrier’s top unserved markets.


Part 1: Volotea grows strongly, with Italy and France responsible for 93% of its capacity

Part 1: Volotea grows strongly, with Italy and France responsible for 93% of its capacity

Volotea focuses on unserved routes on a low-frequency basis. It has added 4.6 million seats since 2015, and now operates 322 routes using 36 aircraft. 

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.