Yes, Ryanair and Aer Lingus aren’t the only successful Irish airlines. ATR operator Aer Arann carries over one million passengers per annum and operates from four bases. This summer a franchise arrangement will enable it to offer new routes to France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain from Irish regional airports. It also has a thriving charter business.
Scotland’s first and so far only LCC will be celebrating its fifth birthday next month having carried over two million passengers in 2007. Last year was tough for the airline for various reasons. How has its network strategy developed? Which bases have been axed and which short-haul routes failed to deliver? How is the long-haul network developing?
As carriers take advantage of Morocco’s ‘open-skies deal with the EU, local TUI-supported LCC jet4you is developing its network. Focussing primarily on France the airline operates four aircraft including one based in Paris. Which other European markets has it ventured into and where is it avoiding? What is its share of Moroccan international traffic?
easyJet has helped London Luton airport develop traffic from under two million passengers in 1995 to over 10 million in the last 12 months. It may not be easyJet’s biggest base anymore but it still serves over 30 destinations from the airport. Which routes have bitten the dust along the way and what competition do other LCCs provide at the airport?
Europe’s fastest growing major hub is home for Iberia. How much competition does Iberia face on its routes? On which destinations does it compete with four other carriers? Iberia’s strength is on routes to Latin America which represent half of Iberia’s ASKs at the airport. But where are the routes to Eastern Europe?
Passenger numbers at this ambitious airline grew by nearly 70% in 2007 to 4.6 million as routes were launched to nine new destinations. Which markets achieved better than average load factors and what is growth likely to be in 2008? What makes Brussels and Dublin interesting for Etihad and why is 2009 going to be a big year from a PR point of views?
Austrian promotes Vienna as the natural hub to connect West and East Europe. It has recently ditched a lot of long-haul flying but passenger numbers in 2007 were still up 4%. How much competition does it face on its network and which new routes did it open last year? What are its plans for 2008 and how much pressure is SkyEurope now applying?
Southwest is still the benchmark by which all other LCCs are judged. Dallas Love Field is where it all began for the airline in 1971. The Wright Amendment has made life complicated but finally its days may be numbered. Which cities does Southwest serve from its ancestral home and who is providing a bit of competition at the airport?
Ryanair more than doubled the number of routes it operates from Girona during 2007. Partly to counter Click Air’s expansion at Barcelona, Ryanair has responded and now has nine aircraft based at the Costa Brava airport. Which were its busiest routes last year and which had the best (and worst) load factors? We reveal all!
Saudi Arabia has two LCCs – Sama and Nas Air. Nas Air has recently ordered some Embraer jets to complement its Airbus fleet thus following in the footsteps of JetBlue. It has also taken on its share of PSO routes from Saudi Arabian Airlines. How many domestic destinations does it now serve from Riyadh and where else does it serve?
It may now be owned by Air Berlin but the LTU brand lives on. LTU’s A330s already serve a range of long-haul destinations including the USA, South Africa and Cuba. Which are the top long-haul destinations this winter? Next, Air Berlin plans to launch routes to China. Who will it use as its regional strategic partner?
Thomsonfly is yet another airline that mixes scheduled and charter services. In 2005 it set up a base at the UK’s newest airport at the former RAF Finningley. Which routes have succeeded and which have been consigned to the dustbin of history? What role do medium-haul ‘charter’ destinations now play at the airport?