Airline Analysis

Scheduled services now account for 60% of Monarch’s passengers

Scheduled services now account for 60% of Monarch’s passengersLike Transavia last week Monarch has evolved from a charter airline into a successful, solid, hybrid focussing on Spain and Portugal from four main bases across the UK. Which new destination did it focus on last year and what happened to Granada, Lisbon, Madrid and Naples? With a Mediterranean focus just how seasonal is its scheduled demand profile?

Jetstar Asia welcomes chance to enter SIN-KUL market

Jetstar Asia welcomes chance to enter SIN-KUL marketJetstar’s Singapore based subsidiary is three years-old but still has just five aircraft. However, it starts two new routes in February to Macau and Kuala Lumpur. The new Malaysian route will see it compete head-to-head against local rivals Tiger and AirAsia. Which other routes does the airline serve and how much competition does it face?

Transavia: the low-profile ‘LCC’ that’s #2 at Amsterdam

Logo: TransaviaTransavia’s hybrid charter/LCC business model continues to be a financial success despite modest traffic growth of just 7% per annum and no high-profile fleet order. What are its main routes and how does it mix charter and LCC destinations? What are fares like for Dutch late-bookers wanting to undertake a quick city-break in January?


Allegiant: America’s lowest cost airline?

Logo: AllegiantA profitable US airline with 3 million annual passengers that operates low frequency services from obscure US airports to Las Vegas and Florida using ancient MD-83s sounds like a strange mix. It is. We take a closer look at this fast growing niche airline which appears to break most of the LCC ‘rules’ and how it has found a new home in Arizona.

Milan Malpensa most vulnerable if Alitalia collapses

Milan Malpensa most vulnerable if Alitalia collapsesWe know it’s probably never going to happen, but what impact would the demise of Alitalia have at Italy’s three main airports? How many routes would be ‘lost’ and which airports would be most (and least) affected. On which routes does Alitalia compete with four other airlines and where does it have lots of monopoly routes?

VLM’s takeover by Air France/KLM creates dominant force at London’s City airport

VLM’s takeover by Air France/KLM creates dominant force at London’s City airportAir France has made a bold move to grab the initiative at London City airport by acquiring Dutch-owned, Belgian-based VLM. With a fleet of mostly Fokker 50s the business focused airline has been profitable for the last nine years and operates a number of short-haul, high-frequency routes. We take a detailed look at the airline’s operations.


TUI’s restructuring dampens Hanover’s prospects

TUI’s restructuring dampens Hanover’s prospectsTUI has its corporate headquarters in Hanover but is only the third largest airline at its home base, but does offer the most international destinations. TUIfly has larger bases at three other airports. With no foreign LCCs at the airport and Ryanair setting up shop at nearby Bremen the airport has actually seen traffic fall in 2007.

AirTran helping Atlanta cope with Delta’s downsizing

AirTran helping Atlanta cope with Delta’s downsizingAtlanta is the world’s busiest airport and AirTran’s base there is the biggest low-cost base anywhere in the world. How quickly has the airline grown there in recent years and how does demand vary by month? What are its top routes and what competition does Delta provide? What are the airline’s future fleet plans?

Estonian Air widens international network to Rome and Munich

Estonian Air widens international network to Rome and MunichEstonia joined the EU in 2004. With a population of just 1.2 million people the airport at Tallinn handled around 1.5 million passengers in 2006, double the number in 2003. National carrier Estonian Air is also growing quickly, but not that quickly. How is the airline performing and what new routes is it adding next year?


Aegean looking to capitalise on Olympic’s on-going problems

Aegean looking to capitalise on Olympic’s on-going problemsA well-run, profitable, efficient airline based in Greece? We’re clearly not talking about Olympic then. Aegean only started in 1999 but could overtake Olympic soon in passenger numbers. Its strength is the domestic market, but its international network is growing fast. What are its fleet plans and where will it expand to next?

Calgary still #1 for Westjet after 11 years

Westjet in CalgaryCanada’s only remaining LCC started off in Calgary on a leap day nearly 12 years ago. How is Westjet performing these days? Is Calgary still the airport’s number one airport? Is it bigger than Air Canada in Calgary, and on which routes do both airlines compete. Which new international routes is Westjet about to start?

Ryanair ready to take advantage of Charleroi’s new terminal

Ryanair in Brussels CharleroiIt’s now over 10 years since Ryanair first put Brussels Charleroi on the map. Since then it has carried over 11 million passengers through the airport. How many aircraft are based there this winter and what routes are operated? Which routes have been abandoned along the way and which one recently made a spectacular comeback?