New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 1)

easyJet’s new routes between Porto and Luxembourg which launched in June was good news for both airports. Porto Airport saw passenger numbers grow by 16.7% in 2015 while Luxembourg also set a new passenger record thanks to traffic growth of 8.8%.

easyJet’s new route between Porto and Luxembourg, which launched in June, was good news for both airports. Porto saw passenger numbers grow by 16.7% in 2015, while Luxembourg also set a new passenger record thanks to traffic growth of 8.8%.

  • Athens Airport: The Greek capital city airport set a new record of just over 18 million passengers in 2015. This is a 19% increase on 2014 when the airport handled 15.2 million passengers, and beats the previous record set in 2007. Domestic traffic was up 22.1% to 6.43 million, while international traffic was up 17.4% to 11.65 million. Monthly growth rates varied from 10.2% in October to 28.1% in January. According to the airport, nine new airlines and 10 new routes were added to the airport’s network. Transfer traffic grew by 38%, with international to international traffic up 60%.
  • Bordeaux Airport: During the last week the airport announced new routes for 2016 to Hamburg (with ASL Airlines operating twice-weekly from 5 May) and Montpellier (with Chalair from 25 January).
  • Brest Airport: Having dipped below the one million passenger mark in 2014, the French airport reported a total of 1,000,192 passengers in 2015, an increase of just 0.2%. Traffic on the airport’s routes to Paris, which represent over half of its passengers, was up 3.5%. Demand for other French destinations was down 0.3%. International traffic was down 13.6%, but currently represents less than 10% of the airport’s total.
  • Brussels Airlines: The Belgian flag-carrier transported 7.5 million passengers in 2015, an increase of 12.1% on 2014. Passenger load factor was up 2.4 percentage points to 74.4%. ASKs were up 6.5% while RPKs were up 10.0%. The airline’s network from Brussels grew in 2015 with new scheduled flights to Accra, Billund, Bordeaux, Bremen, Calvi, Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lourdes, Olbia, St Petersburg, Tenerife South and Zagreb.
  • Budapest Airport: Wizz Air has announced three new routes from the Hungarian capital starting this summer. On Sunday 27 March the ULCC will launch twice-weekly flights to Liverpool and Reykjavik/Keflavik followed on 18 June by a weekly seasonal service to Ibiza.
  • Cardiff Airport: Flybe has announced plans to operate two one-off day return flights for Welsh football fans wanting to see their team perform at EURO 2016. On 11 June there will be a flight to Bordeaux to cover the match against Slovakia, while on 20 June there will be a flight to Toulouse where Wales will be taking on Russia in their last group game. Both routes will be flown by the airline’s 118-seat E195s.
  • Cyprus: The country’s international airports handled a record 7.61 million passengers in 2015, up 3.6% on the 2014 figure of 7.35 million. This was achieved despite the collapse of Cyprus Airways and a fall in the number of Russian tourists. Larnaca saw passenger numbers increase 1.6% to 5.3 million, while Paphos reported growth of 8.6% to around 2.2 million. Country markets showing particularly impressive growth were Israel (+36%), Poland (+34%), Ukraine (+31%), Austria (+16%), Germany (+16%), Greece (+16%) and the UK (+5%).
  • Delhi Airport: Handled over four million passengers for the first time in a single month in November.
  • Frontier Airlines: The US ULCC has made an early claim for the airline with the most new route launches in 2016 by last week announcing 42 new domestic routes for this summer. These will all start between 14 April and 30 June and operate with between three and seven weekly frequencies.
  • Glasgow Airport: The Scottish airport saw passenger numbers increase by 13% in 2015 to 8.7 million. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, the airport welcomed over 30 new services last year, with international traffic up 17% and domestic traffic up 9%. In December alone, the airport welcomed new services to Milan Malpensa (with easyJet), Salzburg (with British Airways) and Bucharest (with Blue Air).
  • Luxembourg Airport: Handled 2.69 million passengers in 2015, 218,000 more than in 2014. This represents growth of 8.8%. Luxair accounted for 63% of passengers at the airport, followed by easyJet, KLM, British Airways and SWISS. Traffic at the airport has grown by 22% in the last two years and 50% in the last five years.
M.A.G.’s Patrick Alexander was on hand to celebrate the launch of Vueling service from Barcelona to Manchester back in June. This was one of many new routes launched at the UK airport during 2015 which helped passenger numbers reach a record 23.1 million, up 5.2% on the previous year.

M.A.G.’s Patrick Alexander was on hand to celebrate the launch of Vueling service from Barcelona to Manchester back in June. This was one of many new routes launched at the UK airport during 2015 which helped passenger numbers reach a record 23.1 million, up 5.2% on the previous year.

  • M.A.G.: Over 50 million passengers passed through the four airports operated by M.A.G. in 2015, a new record. Manchester (23.12 million passengers, +5.2%) and London Stansted (22.57 million, +13.0%) were both far busier than the group’s other two airports; East Midlands (4.45 million, -1.3%) and Bournemouth (0.71 million, +6.7%).
  • Montpellier Airport: The airport in southern France passed the 1.5 million passenger mark in 2015, growing its traffic by 4.5%. For 2016 the airport is looking forward to welcoming new services to Bordeaux (with Chalair from 25 January) and to Dublin (with Aer Lingus from 20 May).
  • Portugal: The country’s airports handled 38.9 million passengers in 2015, an increase of 11% on the previous year. Lisbon passed the 20-million mark, growing by 10.7%. Porto reached 8.1 million passengers, up 16.7%, while Faro saw growth of 4.4% to 6.4 million. Madeira’s airports saw a 6.3% increase to 2.7 million, while airports in the Azores reported growth of 25.7% to 1.6 million.
  • Spirit Airlines: The fast-growing US ULCC will this summer operate 182 routes according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, up 12 on the 170 flown last summer. In S14 it was 133, and the year before that 116. That’s a net increase of 66 routes in just three years.
  • St. Pete-Clearwater Airport: The Florida airport set a new record in 2015 with 1,645,402 passengers passing through the facility, a 32% increase on 2014. Allegiant Air, which currently serves 47 destinations from the airport, accounts for 95% of the traffic. Two more destinations, to Dayton (Ohio) and Flint (Michigan), will launch in April.
  • Tunisia: Following our profile of the country in October, figures from ADP show that traffic at Enfidha and Monastir combined was still down between 70% and 80% in October and November. Traffic from all German airports to all Tunisian airports was down between 50% and 60% in August and September according to data from Destatis.
  • Vueling: GSMA is the new MIPIM. Spotted over the Christmas period was the fact that Vueling was charging over €1,200 for a return flight to Barcelona from London Heathrow in late February. The reason? Barcelona is hosting GSMA Mobile World Congress from 22-25 February. In 2015, the event apparently attracted over 93,000 mobile professionals from 200 countries. Now that’s what you call trying to match supply with demand.

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  • WestJet: The carrier’s recently launched twice-weekly service from Vancouver to Orlando was its first new service from the Canadian airport since its regional subsidiary WestJet Encore began domestic flights to Fort St John and Victoria in June 2013.

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