Airport Analysis

Chennai being challenged as it is poised to break 20m passenger milestone; IndiGo is #1 carrier

Chennai being challenged as it is poised to break 20m passenger milestone; IndiGo is #1 carrier

Chennai is India’s fourth busiest facility, but since late 2017 the airport’s monthly passenger numbers have been usurped by a faster growing competitor. Marc Watkins reviews the airport’s recent traffic figures, its seasonality profile, as well as its biggest routes and carriers, including newcomer Vistara.

International airline growth picking up at Brisbane Airport; Malaysia Airlines set to return in June; airport traffic has doubled since 2000

International airline growth picking up at Brisbane Airport; Malaysia Airlines set to return in June; airport traffic has doubled since 2000

Passengers who travelled on international airlines from Brisbane grew by 5.1% in 2017, whereas traffic growth on domestic and regional airlines increased by just 1.0%. With the city set to be the backdrop of Routes Asia later this week, Jonathan Ford looks in more detail at the airport’s recent developments. 

Kagoshima Airport capacity returns to growth in 2017; All Nippon Airways is leading airline, Tokyo Haneda tops route table

Kagoshima Airport capacity returns to growth in 2017; All Nippon Airways is leading airline, Tokyo Haneda tops route table

There were nearly 4.2 million departing seats on offer from Kagoshima Airport in 2017, a 4.1% increase on the previous year. Nick Preston looks into air service developments at the Japanese airport over the past 10 years and identifies the facility’s leading airlines, routes and country markets. 


Doha Airport on recovery path from ongoing operational restrictions; Qatar #1 carrier, IndiGo leaps from nowhere to second biggest airline

Doha Airport on recovery path from ongoing operational restrictions; Qatar #1 carrier, IndiGo leaps from nowhere to second biggest airline

Doha Airport’s recent growth trajectory has faltered as a result of flying restrictions imposed by its Middle Eastern neighbours. However, its not all bad news, as other carriers, like India’s LCC IndiGo, have rushed in to fill the capacity void left by others – Marc Watkins gets all cuddly with the data.

Wellington boost; passenger numbers pass 6.0 million barrier in 2017, domestic destinations dominate

Wellington boost; passenger numbers pass 6.0 million barrier in 2017, domestic destinations dominate

Wellington Airport has seen a steady increase in traffic in recent years. In 2017 it handled 6.1 million passengers, a 2.6% increase on the previous year. Nick Preston explores air service developments from the facility serving New Zealand’s capital, including its leading airlines, routes and country markets.

Alicante smashes 13m passenger milestone; Ryanair is #1 carrier

Alicante smashes 13m passenger milestone; Ryanair is #1 carrier

Alicante is Spain’s fifth largest airport, but there are times of the year when it drops down to seventh busiest, falling behind Gran Canaria and Tenerife South. Marc Watkins takes a peek at the airport’s recent passenger figures, its traffic profile, as well as its biggest carriers and routes.


Toronto City – Canada's biggest city's secretive downtown airport; Porter Airlines dominates

Toronto City – Canada’s biggest city’s secretive downtown airport; Porter Airlines dominates

Like many of the world’s biggest mega-conurbations, Toronto has a downtown and perhaps less well-known airport, called City (also known as Billy Bishop Airport). Marc Watkins takes a look at the operationally-restricted airport’s traffic split between its two incumbent airlines, as well as its biggest airport pairs.

Exeter Airport bounces back above 900,000 annual passengers with traffic climbing 7.2% in 2017, the fifth consecutive year of growth

Exeter Airport bounces back above 900,000 annual passengers with traffic climbing 7.2% in 2017, the fifth consecutive year of growth

Exeter Airport greeted over 900,000 passengers last year, the first time that the facility has achieved this feat since 2008. anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford met with Rob Johnson, Aviation Development Manager at Regional & City Airports in Exeter to find out more about the airport’s recent developments.

Cape Town Airport experiences strong growth since 2014; increase in international seats outpaces domestic demand

Cape Town Airport experiences strong growth since 2014; increase in international seats outpaces domestic demand

Cape Town Airport handled 10.7 million passengers in 2017, representing a 6.1% increase compared to 2016 and a significant 24% rise since 2014. Nick Preston takes a look at the factors driving this growth and identifies the airport’s main network trends over the past 10 years, including its largest airline operators, and top domestic and international links.


Washington's big three handling 10 million more passengers than in 2008; Southwest presides over capital; Atlanta leading destination

Washington’s big three handling 10 million more passengers than in 2008; Southwest presides over capital; Atlanta leading destination

Washington Dulles, Washington Reagan and Baltimore/Washington airports are expected to handle over 73 million passengers in 2017, up 18% when compared to 10 years ago. Marc Watkins takes a closer look into the main airports serving the US capital, investigates the traffic split between the three, and reveals what Washington’s leading destinations are.

Abuja traffic looks set to decline further in 2017 due to capacity cuts, having hit a peak of 4.3 million passengers in 2015; Emirates returns

Abuja traffic looks set to decline further in 2017 due to capacity cuts, having hit a peak of 4.3 million passengers in 2015; Emirates returns

Serving the capital of Nigeria, Abuja Airport handled 4.23 million passengers in 2016, down 1.5% from the year before. With capacity down 3.2% in 2017, this trend looks set to continue. After a thriving few years from 2006 to 2011 when traffic doubled, anna.aero looks to see why that growth has stalled.  

Taipei Songshan sings for growth impetus; UNI Air #1 airline but Far Eastern Air Transport closes the gap

Taipei Songshan sings for growth impetus; UNI Air #1 airline but Far Eastern Air Transport closes the gap

Taipei Songshan, located within the city limits of the Taiwanese capital (and close to one of the world’s tallest buildings – Taipei 101) was formerly the city’s main gateway, but now offers charter, domestic and limited international flights. We take a look at the airport’s recent traffic history, its biggest carriers and routes, and whether Songshan will sing again.