Airport Analysis

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?

Bangalore’s new airport almost ready for use

Bangalore’s new airport almost ready for actionA new airport to replace India’s 4th busiest airport at Bangalore is almost ready to start commercial operations. How rapidly has air traffic grown in this region and which are the leading domestic airlines? Which of the 12 international destinations served has two airlines to choose from?

Porto benefits from Ryanair’s growing presence – traffic up 50% since 2003

Porto benefits from Ryanair’s growing presencePortugal’s third biggest airport has seen traffic growth of 50% in four years. Why? Yes, LCCs have finally arrived big time in Portugal. Ryanair has led the charge but Air Berlin, easyJet, Transavia.com and clickair are all present and correct. Which are the biggest country markets and how seasonal is demand? We reveal all.


Tokyo Narita could see traffic grow by 50% if new plans are successfully implemented

Tokyo Narita could see traffic grow by 50% if new plans are successfully implementedNarita is the main international gateway to Japan but has been held back for 35 years by local opposition to its second runway. Which are the dominant carriers at the airport, which are the leading country markets and what new proposals may increase runway capacity?

Ryanair re-ignites UK demand to Budapest

Ryanair re-ignites UK demand to BudapestSkyEurope may have pulled out of the airport, but Ryanair has arrived with seven new routes. LCCs make up a quarter of all traffic and Malev, under its new owners, is clawing back market share as traffic to the leading two country destinations (Germany and the UK) fell in 2007. But, overall traffic was still up 4% to 8.6 million. What’s new in 2008?

Flybe steps up competition against bmibaby at Cardiff Airport

Flybe steps up competition against bmibaby at Cardiff AirportThe leading Welsh airport saw passenger numbers pass two million recently. Still heavily dependent on charter traffic bmibaby had the LCC market pretty much to itself until Flybe started competing last year. Now many of the routes served have multiple carriers and Flybe has launched three new domestic routes all against existing carriers. And who are Flyforbeans?


Airbus helps push Toulouse Airport over 6 million milestone in 2007

Airbus helps push Toulouse Airport over 6 million milestone in 2007Best known in aviation circles as the home of Airbus, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is the sixth busiest in France and passed the six million passenger mark for the first time in 2007. Routes to Paris account for half the traffic while international traffic represents just one-third. However, LCCs are helping to grow the international market faster than domestic flights.

Heathrow’s eventful start to 2008

Heathrow’s eventful start to 2008The world’s busiest international airport has had an eventful start to 2008. T5 finally opened this week and last week the A380 began commercial flights. There have also been protests, security breaches and the crash-landing of a BA 777. But just how dominant (or not) is BA at LHR and which new carriers are muscling in on US routes this summer?

Sofia surges to record growth in 2007

Sofia surges to record growth in 2007Bulgaria joined the EU at the beginning of 2007 and celebrated by opening a new terminal at Sofia airport. Traffic grew by nearly 25% as LCCs started to make their presence felt. Legacy carriers still dominate, but which LCC will base aircraft at the airport later this year? Which are the leading country and city markets and how is Bulgaria Air faring?


Hong Kong benefiting from increased liberalisation

Hong Kong benefiting from increased liberalisationRanked 14th in the world for passenger numbers in 2006 Hong Kong was Skytrax airport of the year in 2007. Traffic has been growing impressively in recent years while Cathay Pacific and partner Dragonair hang on to their leading positions. But local rivals Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express are branching out too.

Air France maintains stranglehold on CDG

Air France maintains stranglehold on CDGNow more than twice as busy as Orly, CDG is rapidly catching Heathrow in passenger numbers. Over 90% of the traffic is on international routes with Air France dominating domestic feed. How dominant is the national carrier on international routes and what share do LCCs have? And which unlikely long-haul markets make it into the top 10?

Bangkok: Now an unplanned two airport ‘system’

Bangkok: Now an unplanned two airport systemAsia’s 4th largest airport has only been operating since September 2006. Originally planned as a replacement for the old Don Muang airport, the two now co-exist with different roles. International traffic is the dominant market and Thai Airways is the leading carrier. How many airports are served directly in Europe and what is odd about the airport’s US services?