Airline Analysis

Jet2.com to grow 12% in S19; Birmingham poised to be fastest-growing base; London Stansted to be busier than home base of Leeds Bradford

Jet2.com to grow 12% in S19; Birmingham poised to be fastest-growing base; London Stansted to be busier than home base of Leeds Bradford

Jet2.com is schedule to operate 12.19 million seats next summer from its nine UK bases, with it continuing its rapid expansion strategy. With 329 routes expected to be operated by the carrier in S19, Jonathan Ford looks at which UK airports are seeing the biggest benefits in terms of capacity and new routes.

American Airlines remains top carrier at Washington Reagan with 50% of annual capacity since 2016; airline's seats static at capital airport in 2018

American Airlines remains top carrier at Washington Reagan with 50% of annual capacity since 2016; airline’s seats static at capital airport in 2018

American Airlines will provide 14.67 million two-way seats on flights serving Washington Reagan Airport in 2018, representing a marginal 0.2% decline in capacity compared to last year. Nick Preston examines the US carrier’s growth and network developments at the US capital airport over the past 10 years.

JetBlue Airways' love-hate relationship with Long Beach; passenger numbers up 33% in 2017, however new capacity already chopped

JetBlue Airways’ love-hate relationship with Long Beach; passenger numbers up 33% in 2017, however new capacity already chopped

JetBlue Airways currently has a 13-route network from Long Beach, having transported 2.90 million passengers from the Los Angeles airport in 2017. Jonathan Ford looks further into the airline’s schedule which shows capacity will be cut by over 30% this winter, with Southwest Airlines filling some of the void.


Wizz Air grows by 12% from Gdansk in 2018; seventh aircraft to be based from S19 with three new routes already confirmed for next year

Wizz Air grows by 12% from Gdansk in 2018; seventh aircraft to be based from S19 with three new routes already confirmed for next year

Gdansk is Wizz Air’s fifth largest base, with 2.77 million seats being flown from the Polish airport in 2018. The airline’s schedules for next summer indicate that it will offer 33 routes from Gdansk, however more could be added. Jonathan Ford takes a close look at the ULCC’s recent Gdansk expansion.

Spirit Airlines increased Houston Intercontinental traffic by 18% in Q1 2018; airport accounts for 8.2% of the airline's annual traffic

Spirit Airlines increased Houston Intercontinental traffic by 18% in Q1 2018; airport accounts for 8.2% of the airline’s annual traffic

Spirit Airlines is one of the leading ULCCs at Houston Intercontinental Airport, handling a network of 20 destinations. Jonathan Ford looks at the carrier’s recent growth from the Texan hub, which it has served since September 2012, including its top connections and its focus on international markets.

Vueling continues to grow at Paris Orly; fourth largest carrier in 2018, Barcelona is biggest route

Vueling continues to grow at Paris Orly; fourth largest carrier in 2018, Barcelona is biggest route

Vueling will offer 3.59 million seats on flights serving Paris Orly in 2018, a 3.8% increase on 2017. Since beginning flights to the French capital’s secondary hub in 2009, it has consistently grown its annual capacity proposition from the airport. Nick Preston examines recent developments in the LCC’s Orly network.


Azul Airlines flew 21 million passengers in 2017; international traffic growing fast, São Paulo Viracopos remains biggest base

Azul Airlines flew 21 million passengers in 2017; international traffic growing fast, São Paulo Viracopos remains biggest base

Azul Airlines welcomed 21.48 million passengers across its network in 2017, 7.9% more than in 2016, and it has more than doubled its available capacity in the past six years. Nick Preston examines the Brazilian carrier’s recent network trends including its leading airports, routes and country markets.

Delta Air Lines operates 22 Cancún routes, only six are year-round; American Airlines and United Airlines both fly more seats

Delta Air Lines operates 22 Cancún routes, only six are year-round; American Airlines and United Airlines both fly more seats

Cancún is Delta Air Lines’ number one international market for seats in the Americas, offering over 5,600 departures from the Mexican resort in 2018. However, of these rotations, 46% take place during the first four months of the year. Jonathan Ford explores the SkyTeam member’s Cancún operation in more detail.

IndiGo goes from strength to strength at Delhi; LCC accounts for more than one quarter of airport's capacity, 36 routes flown in S18

IndiGo goes from strength to strength at Delhi; LCC accounts for more than one quarter of airport’s capacity, 36 routes flown in S18

IndiGo offered 19.86 million two-way seats on flights serving Delhi in 2017, 5.5% up on the previous year. India’s biggest airline has grown by 636% at the country’s busiest airport since 2008. Nick Preston takes a look at its Delhi operation including its capacity trends and leading domestic and international routes.


Regional Express enjoys third consecutive year of growth in 2017; Sydney is leading airport out of 59 served in S18

Regional Express enjoys third consecutive year of growth in 2017; Sydney is leading airport out of 59 served in S18

Regional Express saw a marginal 0.8% increase in scheduled two-way seat capacity on direct flights across its network in 2017. Nick Preston takes a closer look at the Australian regional carrier’s operation over the past 10 years, including its ASK growth, and its leading airports and routes.

Ryanair to grow 3.5% from Bologna in 2018, offering 4.22 million seats; 46 destinations in S18; Amman and Kaunas launching for winter

Ryanair to grow 3.5% from Bologna in 2018, offering 4.22 million seats; 46 destinations in S18; Amman and Kaunas launching for winter

Ryanair opened its Bologna base in 2009, and since then the carrier’s annual seat capacity from the Italian city has grown by 200%. Jonathan Ford investigates the airline’s expansion from its third biggest base in Italy, including how many based aircraft it has this summer and its top destinations.

Fiji Airways expands quickly as nation's popularity grows among international visitors; over 2.30 million seats being flown in 2018

Fiji Airways expands quickly as nation’s popularity grows among international visitors; over 2.30 million seats being flown in 2018

Fiji Airways in 2018 will offer just over 2.30 million seats, up 11% versus its offering last year, and up 46% since being re-branded from Air Pacific in 2013. Jonathan Ford looks at the recent developments that have taken place at the South Pacific-based carrier, including new routes and the nation’s visitor trends.