Istanbul Atatürk, Dallas Love Field and Osaka Kansai welcome winter network growth; Turkish Airlines, Southwest and Ryanair driving airport expansion
Last week anna.aero revealed which airlines, airports and country markets were seeing the biggest volume increase in seat capacity this November compared with last November. This week we split the world into three geographic regions (Asia, Europe and North America) and analyse the available schedule data to determine which airports in each region have seen the biggest net increase in destinations served this November compared with last November. It should be remembered that this is just a snapshot, and that a similar analysis for any other of the winter months would probably produce slightly, but not significantly, different results.
Istanbul Atatürk repeats last year’s victory
After a dominant ‘win’ last year, Istanbul Atatürk has again managed to report the biggest net increase in destinations served this winter. Last year the winning margin was 10 routes, this year just one, with Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands running the Turkish mega-hub close. In the case of Istanbul’s biggest airport that brings the number of destinations served non-stop from the airport this winter to a whopping 258, more than any other in Europe (Frankfurt is second this winter with 229 routes), and the most of any airport worldwide.
Fully 12 of the top 16 airports for network growth this winter are Ryanair bases; Bologna, Bristol, Brussels Charleroi, Cologne Bonn, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife South and the airline’s most recently opened base at Berlin Schönefeld. The only airports that are not Ryanair bases are the two Istanbul airports plus Memmingen and Prague.
Dallas Love Field still benefitting from Wright Amendment abolition
In North America (which in our analysis also includes Mexico and the Caribbean) the abolition of the Wright Amendment in October 2014 has seen Dallas Love Field Airport offer an ever-growing range of destinations to its customers. Since last November the number of destinations reachable non-stop from Love Field has increased by 17 from 34 to 51, all of them still in the US. New destinations include Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Memphis, Portland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Jose and Seattle.
There is a four-way tie for second place with three airports in Florida and one in Mexico all gaining a total of 11 new destinations since last November. In fact, with both Orlando airports also making the grade, Floridian airports account for five of the top 13 fastest-growing US airports this winter, as measured by network size. Apart from Guadalajara, two other non-US airports (highlighted in bright green) also make the top 13; Aruba and Havana.
As with Ryanair in Europe, many of the leading airports in this region benefit from the presence of Southwest Airlines. Houston Hobby has certainly benefitted thanks to the launch of international flights with Southwest in recent months.
China’s airports again dominate in Asia though Osaka Kansai tops table
Chinese airports continue to dominate the rankings in the Asian region this winter. Last winter they claimed 10 of the top 12 positions, while this year the figure is 13 of the top 16. Despite this dominance though, the airport with the biggest net increase in destinations is Osaka Kansai Airport in Japan. Its range of non-stop destinations served has grown from 59 last November to 78, for a net gain of 19. Most of Osaka Kansai’s new routes are to destinations in China, though most are served with less than daily frequency.
Despite already being connected to 214 destinations with non-stop flights last November, Beijing’s main airport (and the world’s second busiest in terms of annual passenger throughput after Atlanta) increased its network to 229 destinations. Hong Kong and Nagoya are the only two other non-Chinese airports (shown in bright green) to make the rankings. Shanghai Pudong increased its network by a further eight destinations to take it to 177 in all, second only to Beijing among Asian airports.