New airline route announcements and fascinating facts and figures we came across this week (2016 – week 6)

easyJet celebrate the launch of its historic flights from London Gatwick to Moscow

On 18 March 2013 helped easyJet celebrate the launch of its historic flights from London Gatwick to Moscow. However, three years later the route joins five others in being dropped from the airline’s Gatwick programme this summer.

  • easyJet: The LCC’s biggest base at London Gatwick will this summer serve just 100 destinations instead of 106 which was the number last summer. Routes no longer served from the south London airport are; Brest, Brussels, Cologne Bonn, Düsseldorf, Moscow Domodedovo and Strasbourg. Other routes to have felt the easyJet network planners’ axe over the years at Gatwick include Amman, Bergen, Bilbao, Bucharest, Cork, Gdansk, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Knock, Luxor, Newcastle, Shannon and Zagreb.
  • Reykjavik/Keflavik Airport: After reporting traffic growth of 25% in 2015 Iceland’s main airport continues to welcome further new routes in 2016. Local LCC WOW air has just announced that Edinburgh will be added to its route network this summer, joining other new routes for this year to Bristol, Frankfurt, Gran Canaria, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nice, San Francisco, Stockholm Vasteras and Toronto Pearson. National carrier Icelandair is also adding new routes to Aberdeen, Chicago O’Hare and Montreal. Other carriers launching new Icelandic routes this summer include airBaltic, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Germania, Iberia Express, SAS and Wizz Air.
  • Spain: Passenger numbers were up an outstanding 12.3% in January according to figures from Aena. Almost 13 million passengers passed through the country’s airports in the first month of 2016. A total of 15 airports handled at least 100,000 passengers and 12 of them reported double-digit growth. Leading the way in terms of growth were Ibiza (+19.1%), Alicante (+19.0%), Santiago de Compostela (+16.9%) and Tenerife North (+15.8%).


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