Airline Analysis plans further expansion at LBA to confirm #1 status

Base Analysis: at Leeds/ will carry around four million passengers in 2007 but has a relatively low media profile compared to other LCCs. We look at operations from its home base at LBA and how the airline has built up its network year-by-year. What new routes are planned for 2008 and which aircraft type has it been buying in the last year?

Russia’s first LCC silences the doubters

Base Analysis: SkyExpress at Moscow VnukovoRussia has its own LCC – no, honest! SkyExpress has been operating since January and has already grown to seven B737 aircraft. It started its seventh domestic route this week. How does its scheduling compare with traditional LCC models given the often harsh winters in Russia? We take a closer look at the operational details.

MyAir develops mix-and-match policy with A320s and CRJ900s

Base Analysis: MyAir at Venice Marco PoloItalian LCC MyAir started operating CRJ900s this summer to complement its existing A320 fleet. We take a closer look at its operations from its second biggest base at Venice. What are its key markets and which domestic routes is it starting this winter despite serious competition from two other carriers?

Nok Air’s expansion now includes international destinations

Image: Base AnalysisThai LCC Nok Air has returned to Don Muang airport after being forced to move to the new Bangkok airport in 2006. After three years it is finally branching out into international flights with services to India and Vietnam. How are the airline’s B737-400s scheduled and what role does an ATR72 play?

Vueling develops first foreign base in Paris

Base Analysis: Vueling at Paris CDGRyanair and easyJet may have lots of ‘foreign’ bases but other Western European LCCs have tended to stay closer to home. But Spain’s Vueling has had three aircraft based at Paris CDG since mid-May and will operate to 15 destinations from Paris this winter. Who is it competing against?

Ryanair celebrates 10 years in Sweden with major Skavsta expansion

Country Focus: SwedenRyanair recently celebrated 10 years of operations at Stockholm’s ‘out-of-town’ airport. It became a proper base in 2003 and this winter Ryanair will have six aircraft based there operating to 30 destinations. How are the aircraft scheduled and which routes are possibly the longest in the Ryanair network?

Flybe takes control of Southampton

Base Analysis: Flybe at SouthamptonThe 1700-metre runway at Southampton on the UK’s south coast restricts certain operations. But Flybe with its mix of regional jets and turboprops has turned it into a major base. Which routes does it serve from the airport and how much are fares for imminent travel? The results may surprise you.

Volareweb: Europe’s forgotten LCC

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisVolareweb at Milan Linate. Only three years ago Volareweb was Europe’s third largest LCC with 18 aircraft and 71 routes. Then it all went wrong. It relaunched in June 2005 with four aircraft and since then the airline has been in limbo as its future is debated in the courts. Alitalia wanted to buy it but AirOne objected. What routes does it operate and what does the future hold?

Volaris emerges as leading Mexican LCC

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisIn just 18 months Volaris has grown from nothing to be Mexico’s largest LCC and Mexico’s fourth biggest domestic airline. What routes does it operate from its Toluca base and how does it schedule its current fleet of 12 A319s? Which other airports does it fly to? What impact has rapid growth had on the airline’s load factor?

easyJet helps Dortmund double traffic

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysiseasyJet’s base in Berlin has grown rapidly since it started in 2004. easyJet’s other German base, started at nearly the same time, has a rather lower profile. Which routes have been dropped since operations began? How seasonal are the route load factors? Which other carriers are competing for passengers at the airport? What are current fares like?

bmi’s ‘baby’ makes it big in Birmingham

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisBmibaby only started operations from Birmingham in January 2005. Less than three years later it is the #1 carrier at the UK’s sixth busiest airport. How was this achieved? How many aircraft are based there this summer and how are they scheduled? How competitive are fares for late-bookers compared to early-bookers?

Sama likes it hot

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisSaudi Arabia has not just one but two LCCs now operating in the domestic market. We take a closer look at Sama, whose management has considerable experience of UK LCCs. How is it scheduling its four Dammam-based aircraft to offer five routes out of Riyadh? How many passengers currently fly on the routes operated by Sama?