Europe’s most competitive airport pairs and city pairs in S15 revealed

Pobeda became the latest carrier on the highly competitive city pair between Moscow and Sochi when it commenced services between Moscow Vnukovo and Sochi/Adler on 6 February. Aeroflot’s in-house LCC now serves the route with six daily flights. This summer, the link between Moscow and Sochi is the most highly competed route in Europe with a total of 10 carriers operating services between the two cities.

Each week, when anna.aero reports on the new services that airlines have started, we look at several aspects such as aircraft type operated, weekly frequency, sector length and which other carriers may already be operating on the route. Typically around half of all new airlines services are on airport pairs that are not served by anyone else. (Coincidentally, out of 25 new services launched this week, 12 are already served by other carriers.) However, that means that around half of all new services are airlines entering a market already served by at least one other carrier. These existing carriers are not likely to take kindly to having their position challenged.

This got us wondering as to which were the most competitive routes within Europe, during the peak summer season, on both an airport pair and city pair basis. At this point the anna.aero data elves let out a big sigh and got to work to see what they could uncover. For summer we used the first week of August in 2015. When attaching airports to cities we used the IATA recommended allocations for the following 16 cities: Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Istanbul, London, Milan, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Tenerife, Venice and Warsaw.

German airports to Antalya dominate summer airport pairs ranking

For this summer the following table reveals the airport pairs served by the highest number of airlines. Routes to Antalya from German airports appear five times among the top eight, with Cologne Bonn and Düsseldorf to Antalya both offering flights on eight different airlines. Two more ‘summer sun’ routes also appear in the rankings; Düsseldorf to Heraklion and Manchester to Palma de Mallorca. The final route is the Italian domestic link between Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa.

Airport pairs served by the highest number of airlines
Number of carriers From To Airline (WF)
8 Cologne Bonn (CGN) Antalya (AYT) airberlin (4), Condor (7), Corendon (2), germanwings (6), Pegasus (2), SunExpress (14), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (6)
Düsseldorf (DUS) airberlin (9), Condor (14), Corendon (3), Germania (6), germanwings (5), Pegasus (2), SunExpress (21), TUIfly (5)
7 Düsseldorf (DUS) Heraklion (HER) Aegean Airlines (4), airberlin (4), Condor (4), Germania (1), germanwings (3), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (4)
Frankfurt (FRA) Antalya (AYT) Condor (15), Corendon (2), Germania (3), Lufthansa (5), SunExpress (15), SunExpress Germany (8), TUIfly (7)
Hamburg (HAM) Condor (10), Corendon (3), Germania (1), germanwings (2), SunExpress (9), TUIfly (2), Turkish Airlines (2)
Manchester (MAN) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Condor (1), easyJet (5), Jet2.com (18), Monarch Airlines (10), Ryanair (13), Thomas Cook Airlines (7), Thomson Airways (14)
Rome (FCO) Milan (MXP) Air India (8), Alitalia (21), Blue Panorama (2), easyJet (8), Ethiopian Airlines (4), Meridiana (1), Neos Air (2)
Stuttgart (STR) Antalya (AYT) Condor (7), Corendon (6), germanwings (7), SunExpress (12), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (7), Turkish Airlines (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 3 August 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.

Moscow – Sochi/Adler most competitive city pair

If instead of considering airport pairs we examine city pairs within Europe, the most competitive markets now include a large number of markets from London. With six airports designated as serving the UK capital (Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Southend and Stansted) it’s no surprise that London routes now feature prominently. However, only one city pair can beat the eight carriers between Cologne Bonn and Antalya, and Düsseldorf and Antalya as reported earlier in this analysis. And it does not involve London. Instead it is the Russian domestic route between Moscow and Sochi/Adler, which according to OAG Schedules Analyser data had a total of 10 different carriers serving the market this August.

City pairs served by the highest number of airlines
Number From To Airline (WF)
10 Moscow (MOW) Sochi/Adler (AER) Aeroflot (47), Gazpromavia (1), Nordavia (1), ORENAIR (7), Pobeda (42), S7 Airlines (28), Transaero Airlines (25), Ural Airlines (16), UTair (21), Yakutia (7)
8 Cologne Bonn (CGN) Antalya (AYT) airberlin (4), Condor (7), Corendon (2), germanwings (6), Pegasus (2), SunExpress (14), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (6)
Düsseldorf (DUS) airberlin (9), Condor (14), Corendon (3), Germania (6), germanwings (5), Pegasus (2), SunExpress (21), TUIfly (5)
7 Düsseldorf (DUS) Heraklion (HER) Aegean Airlines (4), airberlin (4), Condor (4), Germania (1), germanwings (3), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (4)
Frankfurt (FRA) Antalya (AYT) Condor (15), Corendon (2), Germania (3), Lufthansa (5), SunExpress (15), SunExpress Germany (8), TUIfly (7)
Hamburg (HAM) Condor (10), Corendon (3), Germania (1), germanwings (2), SunExpress (9), TUIfly (2), Turkish Airlines (2)
London (LON) Corfu (CFU) British Airways (4), easyJet (19), Germania (3), Norwegian (1), Ryanair (4), Thomas Cook Airlines (4), Thomson Airways (2)
Ibiza (IBZ) British Airways (36), easyJet (42), Monarch Airlines (6), Norwegian (2), Ryanair (12), Thomas Cook Airlines (3), Thomson Airways (5)
Lanzarote (ACE) British Airways (2), easyJet (7), Monarch Airlines (9), Norwegian (2), Ryanair (12), Thomas Cook Airlines (6), Thomson Airways (7)
Larnaca (LCA) Aegean Airlines (7), British Airways (16), easyJet (7), Monarch Airlines (6), Norwegian (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), Thomson Airways (5)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) British Airways (24), easyJet (73), Monarch Airlines (22), Norwegian (3), Ryanair (18), Thomas Cook Airlines (7), Thomson Airways (25)
Rhodes (RHO) British Airways (2), easyJet (8), Germania (1), Monarch Airlines (1), Ryanair (5), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), Thomson Airways (9)
Rome (ROM) Alitalia (27), British Airways (70), easyJet (32), Monarch Airlines (5), Norwegian (6), Ryanair (21), Vueling (10)
Tenerife (TCI) British Airways (8), easyJet (10), Monarch Airlines (12), Norwegian (6), Ryanair (13), Thomas Cook Airlines (7), Thomson Airways (3)
Manchester (MAN) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Condor (1), easyJet (5), Jet2.com (18), Monarch Airlines (10), Ryanair (13), Thomas Cook Airlines (7), Thomson Airways (14)
Moscow (MOW) Anapa (AAQ) Aeroflot (21), Nordavia (7), Pobeda (14), S7 Airlines (21), Transaero Airlines (20), Ural Airlines (14), UTair (26)
Simferopol (SIP) Aeroflot (111), Gazpromavia (1), ORENAIR (4), S7 Airlines (35), Transaero Airlines (25), Ural Airlines (54), Yamal Airlines (2)
Rome (ROM) Milan (MIL) Air India (8), Alitalia (76), Blue Panorama (2), easyJet (18), Ethiopian Airlines (4), Meridiana (1), Neos Air (2)
Stuttgart (STR) Antalya (AYT) Condor (7), Corendon (6), germanwings (7), SunExpress (12), SunExpress Germany (1), TUIfly (7), Turkish Airlines (1)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 3 August 2015.

Two other Moscow routes also appear with seven competing airlines. Moscow is served by three airports; Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. Seven city pairs involving London are served by seven carriers; four in Spain, two in Greece and one each in Cyprus and Italy.


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Comments

  1. Nick Brough says:

    I think your Rome-Milan listing of Air India and Ethiopian Airlines is based on aircraft movements, without taking into account traffic rights.
    I think they operate triangular routes eg. Addia Ababa-Milan-Rome-Addis. without local traffic rights on the domestic sector.

  2. Tibs75 says:

    2 of Europe’s most competitive city pairs (and busiest) routes are omited in this analysis:

    – Paris – Madrid sees 8 carriers this summers with 166 weekly flights (Iberia ORY-MAD 43W, Air France CDG-MAD 42W, Air Europa ORY-MAD 34W, easyjet CDG-MAD 14W, Vueling CDG-MAD 13W, Iberia Express CDG-MAD 7W, Ryanair BVA-MAD 7W and Transavia ORY-MAD 6W).
    – Paris – Lisbon sees 7 carriers and 132 flights (TAP ORY-LIS 49W, Air France CDG-LIS 28W, Transavia ORY-LIS 15W, Vueling ORY-LIS 12W, easyjet CDG-LIS 11W, Aigle Azur ORY-LIS 11W and Ryanair BVA-LIS 6W)

    • Well spotted! OAG does not show the Iberia Express CDG-MAD service at the beginning of August, but that still leaves seven carriers. The data elf responsible for this oversight will be identified and put on tea-making duties for the rest of the month.

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