Airline Analysis

United Airlines expands by 3% at biggest hub; San Francisco #1 sector but has capacity clipped

United Airlines expands by 3% at biggest hub; San Francisco #1 sector but has capacity clipped

United Airlines’ largest operation is at Chicago O’Hare, a hub which its shares with American Airlines (its third biggest base), and is growing marginally this year. Marc Watkins takes a look at the carrier’s biggest routes and country markets from the Windy City.

Ryanair to grow by 4% at its Dublin home this year; Stansted link #1; Germany growing fast

Ryanair to grow by 4% at its Dublin home this year; Stansted link #1; Germany growing fast

While Ryanair’s largest base has been at London Stansted for years, and despite the airline being a true pan-European success, the ULCC’s spiritual home will always be in Dublin, the place from which this industry titan grew. Marc Watkins takes a look at the carrier’s biggest routes and country markets from the Irish capital city airport.

Singapore Airlines sees steady growth; Jakarta is largest link, Australia is biggest international market

Singapore Airlines sees steady growth; Jakarta is largest link, Australia is biggest international market

Singapore Airlines is one of the most established carriers in the Asia Pacific. In 2017, it carried 19.45 million passengers across its network, an increase of 2.9% compared to 2016. Nick Preston examines the airline’s network trends over the past 10 years, including its largest routes and country markets.


TAP Air Portugal sees strong growth in 2017; Lisbon-Porto is busiest route, Spain is main international market

TAP Air Portugal sees strong growth in 2017; Lisbon-Porto is busiest route, Spain is main international market

There were 18.33 million two-way seats available across TAP Air Portugal’s network in 2017, a 16.2% increase compared to the previous year. Nick Preston reveals the Portuguese operator’s main market trends over the past ten years, including its largest Lisbon links and international country markets. 

IAG considers bid for Norwegian; Gatwick would become bigger hub than Dublin; deal would strengthen market lead over Ryanair in Spain

IAG considers bid for Norwegian; Gatwick would become bigger hub than Dublin; deal would strengthen market lead over Ryanair in Spain

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced its interest in pursuing options for Norwegian. With this in mind, Jonathan Ford has looked to see where the LCC currently competes directly with IAG carriers, and how its network fits, plus strengthens, the IAG business model. 

Southwest Airlines closing in on 15 million passengers at Phoenix; 290,000 extra seats added in S18; LaGuardia first new route in two years

Southwest Airlines closing in on 15 million passengers at Phoenix; 290,000 extra seats added in S18; LaGuardia first new route in two years

Southwest Airlines is the second largest carrier at Phoenix after American Airlines, with it transporting 34% of passengers from the airport in 2017. Despite not launching a new route for two years, the carrier has increased its annual passenger throughput by 800,000 since 2015. Jonathan Ford explores further.  


Cathay Pacific Airways cuts capacity in 2017; Taiwan tops table of destinations, Taipei Taoyuan is leading connection

Cathay Pacific Airways cuts capacity in 2017; Taiwan tops table of destinations, Taipei Taoyuan is leading connection

Cathay Pacific Airways is a well-established airline brand having been founded in the 1940s. The Asian operator offered 29.1 million seats across its network last year, down 1.8% from 2016. Nick Preston considers the Hong Kong hub carrier’s recent capacity trends, including its leading airports, country markets and routes.

easyJet's biggest base London Gatwick analysed; AMS #1 route and Spain remains biggest market

easyJet’s biggest base London Gatwick analysed; AMS #1 route and Spain remains biggest market

With nearly 230,000 seats during its peak weeks, London Gatwick is easyJet’s biggest base – more than double the size of the LCC’s next largest hubs at Milan Malpensa, London Luton and Geneva. Marc Watkins gets under the skin of this +100-destination operation to reveal the bones of its recent growth, its typical daily flight programme, as well as its biggest routes and country markets.

WestJet's Calgary capacity up for seventh straight year in 2017; Vancouver and Las Vegas top domestic and international links

WestJet’s Calgary capacity up for seventh straight year in 2017; Vancouver and Las Vegas top domestic and international links

WestJet offered nearly 5.2 million seats from Calgary in 2017, an increase of 2.5% when compared to the previous year. Nick Preston takes a look at the airline’s network developments from the Canadian airport since 2008, including its growth trends and leading domestic and international links.


Germania set to offer 4.57 million scheduled seats in 2018; still multiple aircraft to be allocated to bases; Nuremberg and Düsseldorf top hubs

Germania set to offer 4.57 million scheduled seats in 2018; still multiple aircraft to be allocated to bases; Nuremberg and Düsseldorf top hubs

Germania is certainly on a growth spurt at the moment, growing from 1.31 million scheduled seats in 2014 to 4.57 million this year. Jonathan Ford explores the carrier’s planned operations for S18, which appears to show that at least five aircraft are still be scheduled in its summer programme.

VivaAerobus grows traffic by 28% in 2017; Mexico City is leading departure point as domestic services dominate

VivaAerobus grows traffic by 28% in 2017; Mexico City is leading departure point as domestic services dominate

VivaAerobus enjoyed a 28% increase in passenger numbers in 2017 compared to the previous year, with the LCC more than doubling its passenger traffic since 2013. Nick Preston takes a look at the network developments of this young Mexican airline over the past 10 years, including its main airports and routes.

Spirit Airlines now pushes six million passengers from Fort Lauderdale, its largest airport; 39 of 53 routes flown at least daily this summer

Spirit Airlines now pushes six million passengers from Fort Lauderdale, its largest airport; 39 of 53 routes flown at least daily this summer

Spirit Airlines is one of the leading carriers at Fort Lauderdale, carrying 6.31 million passengers from the Floridian city in 2017. This year the airline will add six new routes from its biggest base, however one destination appears to have not performed as expected. Jonathan Ford tells more on recent developments.