Airline Analysis

Albanian LCC Belle Air focuses on Italian routes and link to Pristina

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisFrance may not have any indigenous LCCs but Albania does. Belle Air has been operating since 2006 with a varied fleet and a focus on Italian routes. What is its share of traffic at Tirana airport and which route did it recently start and then quickly drop? Which are its newest routes?

Cathay Pacific sees lucrative Taiwan market under threat; more flights to Paris and Jakarta

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisCathay Pacific’s biggest route is to Taipei but new agreements between China and Taiwan are reducing the need for travel via Hong Kong? Which are the airline’s other key routes and which was its most recent new destination?

Southwest increases number of routes by 6% but reduces flights by 5%; Denver and San Francisco biggest winners

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisEven Southwest has had to reduce capacity this winter. We look at which of its 64 airports have gained and lost flights during the last 12 months. Chicago Midway has seen one in six flights cut but how many destinations?


London Luton is Wizz Air’s busiest airport; 25 new routes already revealed for 2009

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisWizz Air has bases right across Central Europe but its busiest airport is in… the UK! It has added 12 but dropped eight airports in the last year. Which ones? And how big a presence does it have in various new EU member states? Where will it base new aircraft in 2009?

Kenya Airways develops regional network from Nairobi; may see tourism benefit from inauguration of President Obama

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisKenya Airways has a fleet of 24 aircraft including three Embraer E-jets. Where does it fly them and which route has it recently added? How many routes does it serve in Europe and which new routes are starting in 2009?

Cimber re-launches some Sterling routes from Copenhagen and rebrands as Cimber Sterling

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisCRJ and ATR operator Cimber Air has decided to take on some of Sterling’s old routes with some of Sterling’s aircraft. What has Cimber’s network strategy been so far? From where will competition come on its new expanded route network?


niki takes on Austrian on Vienna-Innsbruck route; first E190s due for delivery this summer

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisNiki Lauda just loves a challenge. His current airline venture, started in late 2003, has grown steadily and now has nine aircraft. But where do they fly to and which new destinations were added in 2008? What competition does it face at Vienna?

British Airways doubled route network at London City in 2008; now #1 airline with New York A318 service starting later this year

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisLondon City airport passed the three million passenger mark in 2008 thanks in part to BA’s expansion. Which new routes did it add and which has it dropped as it looks to create a significant niche operation at the airport?

Neeleman launches Azul from Campinas base near Sao Paulo; Brazil’s TAM and Gol will be watching closely

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisSerial airline founder David Neeleman has done it again. After jetBlue comes Azul, his new Brazilian airline which launched this week with Embraer E-jets. By early February it will have six aircraft and four routes. Should TAM and Gol be bothered?


Norway’s SAS-owned Widerøe; Europe’s 15th busiest airline by number of flights this winter

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisWiderøe will only carry around two million passengers this year but its network of mostly short domestic routes means it generates lots of movements. Which are the airline’s busiest airports and how much of its capacity is dedicated to PSO routes? What has happened to its Q400s?

TUIfly rejects possible mergers with germanwings and airberlin; capacity cut by 30% this winter

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisTUIfly was only created in 2007 from the merger of hlx and Hapagfly. Which are its biggest airports and which have been hardest hit by this winter’s capacity reduction? Which are the airline’s leading country markets and how is its domestic network developing?

SkyEurope; now focusing on Vienna, Prague and Slovakia plus new alliance with MyAir

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisCentral Europe’s oldest LCC has still to report an annual profit after over six years of flying from various bases across the region. Which bases has it dumped along the way and how does capacity this winter compare with this summer? Which airline is its main competitor in Bratislava?