Airport Analysis

Prague traffic growth unaffected by slump in UK demand

Airport Analysis: PragueEven before the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004 Prague airport was benefiting from low-cost airline activity from the UK. Its reputation for cheap alcohol meant UK traffic quadrupled in just a few years. Now the rest of Europe is catching up and SkyEurope has set up a major base to take on the likes of easyJet and Smartwings. And what is Click4sky?

Lyon sheds anti-LCC reputation with easyJet announcement

Airport Analysis: LyonLast week’s announcement that easyJet would base two aircraft in Lyon next summer was big news for the French regional airport. Which routes has easyJet announced and who will it compete with on the routes? What is the existing traffic mix between various country destinations? Which route will see two LCCs go head-to-head this winter?

Valencia sets sail for further rapid growth

Image: Valencia Header ImageNot content with hosting the America’s Cup for the first time and being awarded a Formula 1 Grand Prix for next year, Valencia is Spain’s fastest growing major airport. Ryanair is about to base two aircraft there and increase its network to 21 routes. Iberia and its partner are losing market share despite their own traffic growth. Will Ryanair be #1 in 2008?


Fort Lauderdale: welcomes over 20 new routes this winter

Image: Airport Analysis for Fort LauderdaleTraffic doubled to 22 million passengers between 1996 and 2005 but a slump in 2006 resulted in FLL losing its place among the top 50 airports of the world. This winter sees over 20 new routes starting and one of the less well-known US airlines is now the airport’s busiest airline. Which month is the busiest and how do fares compare with other US airports?

Nice finds balance between LCCs and legacy airlines

Image: Nice Airport AnalysisThe busiest French airport outside of Paris has a balanced mix of domestic and international routes, legacy carriers and LCCs. How has traffic developed in recent years and which two airlines are the major players at the airport. Which two cities account for five of the top six route destinations? And what made Ryanair finally fly to Nice?

Newcastle enters long-haul era with daily Emirates service

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisA new era in long-haul air travel began this week with the launch of daily services to Dubai with Emirates. Which airlines have helped the airport grow rapidly and what are the most popular routes? Which routes have failed? Which airline has half as many flights as easyJet but offers only one-tenth of the capacity? And what does jet2.com need a 146 for?


Macau makes growing contribution to Pearl River Delta airport system

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisOne of several airports in the Pearl River Delta competing for traffic, Macau Airport has a short but dramatic history. Which airlines hold the key? Which routes are the busiest? What attracts tourists to an area that was once a Portuguese colony but is now a Special Administrative Region of China? And which future Formula 1 world champions made their names here?

Stuttgart: Germany’s motown on the move once more

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisLocated between Lufthansa’s two major hubs at Frankfurt and Munich, Stuttgart has attracted several German LCCs but little interest from foreign LCCs. What are its core routes, which are its leading airlines and which airport is acting as an alternative low-cost secondary airport? How is German consolidation impacting traffic in 2007?

Montreal back on track after losing 25% of traffic following ‘9/11’

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisIt took three years for traffic to recover from ‘9/11′, but finally Montreal’s traffic is booming once more. With traffic no longer split between two airports, new carriers and new routes are helping Montreal to grow quickly. How dominant is Air Canada? Which are the Top 10 routes? What role is WestJet playing?


SFO welcomes new airlines to support growth

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisSFO may have turned 80 this year, but August 2007 is likely to be remembered for years to come as the month when both Southwest and Virgin America started flights from the airport. Which are the leading airlines at SFO and what role does international traffic play? What role do near neighbours Oakland and San Jose play?

London City Airport celebrates 20 years with rapid growth

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisOnce considered a ‘white elephant’ London City airport is booming as it reaches its 20th birthday. With new owners and a range of new destinations, the downtown airport’s future is looking assured. Which are the key routes and who is providing the new capacity? What new aircraft types are now certified at the airport? How has the DLR extension helped?

Ibiza – Spain’s summer hotspot

Article Thumbnail: Airport AnalysisAs the summer holidays approach Ibiza’s airport gears up for a surge in holidaymakers. Just how seasonal is traffic at Ibiza? Which are the most popular routes? And which airline is almost the busiest despite only operating there for half the year? All this and how one carrier has adopted a novel marketing campaign on the route.