Five new routes and one based 737-800 is what Ryanair is offering Nuremberg Airport in Germany from the beginning of November, as the ULCC opens its seventh German base (the others being Berlin Schönefeld, Bremen, Cologne Bonn, Frankfurt Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Weeze).
- China: Last year, 26 Chinese airports handled more than 10 million passengers, up from 24 in 2014. Those 26 airports processed 9.2% more passengers than in the previous year with Beijing still leading the way with 89.94 million. Only Shenyang has reported a drop in traffic (of 0.9%) while Tianjin (+18.6%) was the fastest-growing. Shanghai Pudong (60.1 million) has overtaken Guangzhou (55.2 million) to become China’s second busiest airport.
- London Stansted Airport: London’s third busiest airport will welcome British Airways (BA) flights this summer. The last BA related operations at the airport were performed by its low-cost subsidiary Go back in 2001, before the airline became independent (and then bought by easyJet a year later). The new BA routes, which will be flown by the airline’s London City based CityFlyer offshoot, will comprise weekly flights to Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca using E190s. All of these new routes, which launch at the end of May, were operated by Go 15 years ago. Competition on these routes will come from Ryanair (all four routes), easyJet (Ibiza, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca), Thomson Airways (Faro, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca) and Thomas Cook Airlines (Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca).
- Nuremberg Airport: On 9 February Ryanair revealed that Nuremberg would become the airline’s 79th base, and seventh in Germany. A single 737-800 will be stationed at the southern German airport from the beginning of November. Ryanair already operates flights to Nuremberg from London Stansted as well as seasonal flights from Alicante and Malaga. The based aircraft will allow five new routes to be operated, namely Budapest, Malta, Manchester, Milan/Bergamo and Rome Ciampino. All five new routes will operate daily apart from Malta which will be served twice-weekly.
- Turkey: Figures from DHMI for January show that passenger numbers at Turkey’s airports increased by 8.0% to 12.09 million. Among the nation’s biggest airports, Istanbul Atatürk saw passenger traffic growth of 2.7%, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen traffic was up by 19.8% while Antalya’s fell by 6.1%.