This winter – Ryanair versus the world!

Image: Ryanair charity calenderIngrid of Ryanair’s Stockholm Skavsta base will be flying new routes to Wroclaw, Prague and Lodz this winter (and charging €10 for each of these bags). The frequencies are 3-4 per week which is average for the 93 new services Ryanair is starting this week – 47% of the global total logged by

Download new world winter routes spreadsheet

This week’s analysis of new routes launched during the last week (Saturday 25 October – Friday 31 October) covers the start of the winter scheduling period on Sunday 26 October. This winter has logged a total of 195 routes starting this week. A year ago some 238 new routes were identified. Of this year’s 195 new routes one airline is responsible for a massive 93 (or 47%) of them. Yes, once again Ryanair is bucking the industry trend by expanding while others are contracting. Last year at this time it started 69 routes. In other words, routes started by all other airlines in the world have fallen from 169 last winter to 102 this winter, a reduction of almost 40%.

Image: Felix Airways - present two new CRJ70s
Felix Airways’ COO Captain Habib COO poses with cabin crew and one of his two shiny new CRJ70s. Felix, also billed as Yemen’s first low cost carrier, is one of two new enterprising airlines appearing in our survey which start new routes this week.

Tempelhof and Sterling close for business; two new carriers launch

A year ago the A380 was making its maiden commercial flights with Singapore Airlines. This year we have the closing of a historic airport (Berlin Tempelhof) and the bankruptcy of one of Europe’s larger low-cost airlines (Sterling).

However, this week also sees the launch of two new airlines. Air Busan is the low-cost subsidiary of Asiana which is taking over flights between Busan and Seoul Gimpo in Korea. Meanwhile in Yemen, Felix Airways begins domestic operations with a couple of CRJ700s.

Although Europe lost the use of Tempelhof, a new airport opened in Spain. Ciudad Real welcomed Iberia (Air Nostrum) flights from Barcelona and Gran Canaria. The airport is some way south of Madrid but linked to the city via the Ave high-speed rail link.

The next busiest airline after Ryanair is Norwegian which launched 13 new routes this week. Most of these are relatively low frequency routes but there are also some new daily domestic routes from Oslo Rygge, another of Europe’s newer airports. easyJet launched six new routes including its first domestic route in Portugal, and two routes from Paris to Morocco. Wizz Air launched five new routes including its first flights to Bologna and Timisoara.

Ryanair’s 90-plus new routes

In keeping with recent trends many of Ryanair’s new routes are starting at relatively low frequency. The average across the 93 routes is less than four weekly flights. This comes as no great surprise as demand on most routes will be less in winter than during summer. Growth this winter is being focussed on some of the new bases such as Birmingham and Weeze, though bases at Bergamo, Bremen, Bristol, Charleroi, East Midlands, Girona, Hahn, Liverpool, Luton, Marseille, Skavsta and Stansted all get at least three new routes while Forli flights have been redirected to Ryanair’s new base at Bologna.

For a full list of all of this week’s new routes in Excel format click here to download the new world winter routes spreadsheet.

The Route Recycle Bin updated

The Route Recycle BinTo see the latest information we have on routes that have recently been dropped or soon will be, check out our unique downloadable Route Recycle Bin spreadsheet. We currently have over 450 routes in our database which may be of interest to carriers. We have recently added routes that Ryanair is dropping at Valencia and Sterling’s now defunct network.


  1. Indeed, Ryanair’s expansion is very impressive. One’s can only ask: is Ryanair really immune to problems whcih other LCC face? Just imagine a disaster for some airports if it should go down. Let’s hope not.
    Do you think that the following new routes announced for this week qualify to your list:
    Luxair: makes one stop weekly in Saarbrucken on its Luxembourg-Prague route;
    BMI: for the winter season combines separate Heathrow to Yerevan and Tbilisi flights into: LHR-EVN-TBS-THR circle (4x);
    UTair: flies from Surgut via Ufa to Kazan (5x), replacing Surgut to Ufa link;
    Wizzair: moved its Warsaw to Rome flights from Ciampino to Fiumicino, and increased frequency to 5 weekly;
    Blue Air (0B): flies three times weekly between Brussels (BRU) and London Stansted, on its Bucharest Baneasa to Stansted route;
    Airlines of Kuban (GW): initiated daily Sochi via Krasnodar to St. Petersburg;
    Wind Rose (7W): flies twice weekly from Kiev Borispil to Moscow-Domodedovo;
    Ural Airlines: started twice weekly Ekaterinburg via Tashkent to Goa route;
    Polet Airlines (YQ): initiated daily Moscow Domodedovo to Nizhniy Novgorod link using Saab 2000;
    Air Baltic resumed seasonal (winter) routes from Riga to Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheikh.

  2. Karlis says:

    airBaltic from W08 started – Amsterdam, Dubai, Tampere, Hanover (from Dec15), Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh. replies: Our understanding is that the Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh routes are seasonal and already operated last year. Tampere services began on 1 October, Dubai on 24 October and Amsterdam on 26 October. As you say Hannover flights begin on 15 December and will be mentioned then.

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