US election not boosting traffic at Washington’s two major airports; United adding Dubai this winter, JetBlue heads south
Washington’s two major airports are struggling this year to match the 45 million passengers they handled in 2007. United dominates IAD and US Airways is the clear leader at DCA, but how much of an issue are the high fares?
Cork 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?
Growth 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.
Milwaukee 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!
Indonesia’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 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 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.
Spain’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 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?
Infratil-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?
Last 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?
Cincinnati 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?