Spain leads way thanks to additional airport capacity and intense airline competition

Europe’s major domestic air markets have endured varying fortunes in the last couple of months. Spain continues to deliver double-digit growth thanks to increased airport capacity at Barcelona and Madrid allowing Vueling and Click Air to continue their local battle for low-cost supremacy.

Germany’s domestic market also appears to be gathering momentum as Air Berlin’s presence is increasingly felt and the other local LCCs continue to increase their domestic networks. The UK’s domestic market in comparison continues to struggle for a variety of reasons.

Chart: Domestic passenger growth 2007 v 2006
Source: UK CAA, BAA, DGAC, ADV, AENA, Assaeroporti, LFV, Avinor and Finavia

Finland’s domestic market took an unexpected dive in July, which is traditionally the quietest month of the year for domestic travel. Sweden’s domestic market, which had been down in each of the first six months of the year, saw an equally unexpected 10% increase in July. Again this is the quietest month of the year for Swedish domestic traffic, so these results may not be indicative of future trends.


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