The US get their own Annies; eight airport and five airline awards for route development excellence (and cakes)
Following the success of our Euro Annie awards back in May, we have decided to launch the US Annie awards this week. Again, all awards are based on science, statistics and evidence rather than people’s opinions (and votes). Using OAG schedule data for over 670 airports and almost 100 airlines operating in the US market, our team of data experts have pored over the figures and we think we have come up with a more transparent way of rewarding airlines and airports that have achieved notable route and traffic related success in the US during the last year.
Eight US Annies for airports rewarding network and capacity growth
For airports, we have five awards based on capacity growth (for different sized airports) based on OAG schedule data for October 2010 compared with October 2009, plus three further awards.
- Fastest-growing airport (100,000 – 500,000 annual passengers)
- Fastest-growing airport (500,000 – 2 million annual passengers)
- Fastest-growing airport (2 million – 5 million annual passengers)
- Fastest-growing airport (5 million – 10 million annual passengers)
- Fastest-growing airport (more than 10 million annual passengers)
- Airport with the most new routes
- Airport with the most new non-US routes
- Airport with the most new airlines
We accept that if other months of the year were used for analysis then different results might be obtained but by taking a summer season month we believe these results will be representative of the year as a whole.
Four US Annies for airlines
There are four US Annie’s up for grabs for airlines, again based on a comparison of schedule data for October 2010 and October 2009. When determining the number of ‘new’ routes (or airlines) we have decided to look at net gains (and losses) so as to take into account routes (or airlines) that have been lost for whatever reason during the period analysed. When determining whether a route or airline was included in the data a minimum requirement was set that the route had to be operated at least weekly (so four times per month) during October. These results are based on airlines operating scheduled flights and thus submitting their data to OAG. The four airline awards are:
- Airline adding the most new airports to its network
- Airline with the most new routes (net)
- Airline with the most new international routes (net)
- Biggest ‘new’ airline in the US market
- Airline with the best cake
We hope you find these results interesting and informative, and we congratulate all the winners on their achievements during what has been an extremely challenging period for the industry in the US. However, as this week’s US airline trendwatch shows even the big legacy carriers are seeing year-on-year traffic (RPM) growth of at least 5% in September suggesting that the airlines are once more growing rather than contracting.