Airport Analysis

Ireland’s #2 airport dominated by Irish carriers flying to UK; Aer Lingus adding Geneva for winter

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisCork airport handled more than three million passengers last year and is growing by over 5% again this year. Passengers to the UK represent around 45% of demand but growth is being driven by routes to continental Europe. To what extent do Irish carriers dominate?

Finnair developing Far East network from Helsinki; first easyJet route starts in November

Airport AnalysisGrowth at Helsinki airport is being generated by international traffic as domestic traffic has still to return to the levels of eight years ago. Helsinki appears to be a graveyard for LCCs, many of whom have been and gone (or gone bust). But easyJet hopes to change all that in November.

Midwest axes one-third of capacity at Milwaukee; AirTran growing fast

Logo: MilwaukeeMilwaukee is just 100 kilometers from O’Hare and is Wisconsin’s leading airport. Midwest is the leading airline but its new owners have decided to initiate major cuts from September. AirTran added eight new routes at the airport in May having failed take control of Midwest. Let battle commence!


Jakarta’s rapid growth dented by Adam Air’s demise; still 7th busiest Asian airport

Jakarta’s rapid growth dented by Adam Air’s demise; still 7th busiest Asian airportIndonesia’s air traffic has grown rapidly in recent years after a setback in the late 90s. However, the demise of Adam Air in March has resulted in Jakarta’s traffic falling in recent months. There are few services to Europe and none to the US, but Lion Air has ambitious plans.

Basel back on growth track after easyJet cuts impact winter demand

Image: Basel back on growth track after easyJet cuts impact winter demandBasel suffered when Swissair collapsed but was rescued in 2004 by the arrival of easyJet, now the airport’s #1 customer. But easyJet has dropped routes to Paris and Munich and traffic was down over the winter. But now Ryanair operates to five airports and Swiss has added new destinations.

Alaska Airlines dominant at Seattle but LCC share is growing; Hainan starts Beijing service

Alaska Airlines dominant at Seattle but LCC share is growing; Hainan starts Beijing serviceAlaska Airlines and subsidiary Horizon Air have almost half of all Sea-Tac traffic but there is plenty of competition on many routes keeping short-haul fares low. International traffic is growing fast. AirTran, jetBlue, Southwest and Virgin America have all added routes.


Barcelona: “New Vueling” dominates but rail taking 25% of Madrid traffic

Barcelona: “New Vueling” dominates but rail takes 25% of traffic of biggest route MadridSpain’s second airport has witnessed impressive growth in recent years thanks to LCCs and infrastructure development. Which country markets are the most popular and where are there gaps in the network? Who has added new routes this year?

Birmingham welcomes Ryanair’s expansion;
10 million milestone in sight

Birmingham welcomes Ryanair’s expansion; 10 million milestone in sightBirmingham is Ryanair’s latest operational base but who are its main competitors at the UK’s second busiest non-London airport. And what happened to BA? What long-haul routes are on offer and which airlines have added the most new routes? Which routes are the most competitive?

Lűbeck airport facing challenging times; new Ryanair service to Hahn starts in October

Lűbeck airport facing challenging times; new Ryanair service to Hahn starts in OctoberInfratil-owned Lűbeck has seen traffic decline in the last two years and is having a poor start to 2008. Ryanair has been reducing frequencies and axing routes. But what were load factors like in 2007 on individual routes? And which other LCCs have a presence at the airport?


Incheon continues to make sweet Seoul music

Incheon continues to make sweet Seoul musicLast year Seoul’s Incheon airport grew by 11% and passed the 30 million mark. How has the Seoul airport system developed and which are the leading carriers and country markets at Incheon? Which European flag carrier recently started non-stop services? And what infrastructure developments are almost complete?

Delta’s dominance deters LCCs from entering high-fare Cincinnati Airport

Delta’s dominance deters LCCs from entering high-fare Cincinnati AirportCincinnati is Delta’s second biggest hub and it offers over 110 destinations, but competition is minimal and airline fares are the highest in the country. Where are all the LCCs and which European destinations can be reached non-stop? And why might art lovers want to visit the airport?

Ryanair dominant, but 11 other LCCs also serve Milan Bergamo

Ryanair dominant, but 11 other LCCs also serve Milan BergamoMilan’s third airport has seen traffic increase tenfold in 10 years thanks to LCCs and in particular Ryanair. But 11 other LCCs are also present, though one is about to move to Milan Malpensa. Which one? Which ‘legacy’ carriers are also present and which routes has Ryanair dropped over the years?