80 unserved routes within Europe have 2.3m passengers. Hamburg – Toulouse #1. Larnaca – Paris, Gothenburg – Lisbon, Birmingham – Oslo in the 80.
431 routes within Europe have 20,000+ passengers connecting. 95 of these have 50%+ passengers flying indirectly with a median 27,000 per route.
China to Europe sees 48 European and 34 Chinese airports. In 2019, 2.4m extra seats were added, the biggest ever, with over 50 new routes. Keflavik coming.
8.5 million people flew US – Cancun in the last year. 3.3 million connected en route. 50 US airports have a median of 43,000 connecting passengers.
Virgin Atlantic to add second-daily Heathrow – Delhi. For all airlines, seats down 25% since 2015 from Jet Airways’ end and big cuts in seats per departure.
Weekly seats from India – Saudi Arabia increase 78% to 50,000. 5.3 million passengers were carried in the last year, but only 37% were non-stop. Many opportunities remain.
Top-20 domestic routes in Australia have 1m+ indirect passengers a year. Canberra stands out and Canberra – Hobart leads with the strongest fare/mile.
159 routes operate between the Gulf and India. Dubai International is the most-served airport and Emirates is the largest airline, but not at group level.
In the 12 months to August 2019, 25 million flew from the Eastern USA to the Caribbean, with six million million indirect. The top-20 unserved routes were mainly across San Juan, Punta Cana and Montego Bay; these saw almost 600,000 passengers. Could Cleveland – Montego Bay be a new route?
China is the number-one country to Thailand for tourists, with China-Bangkok seats up by 14 million since 2010. 69 routes operate between the two on an airport-level basis, involving 44 airports and 28 airlines. Bangkok-Guangzhou has 30 return-trips a day across nine airlines. Thai LCCs now dominate the airline rankings.
IndiGo has begun a daily service from Kolkata to Hanoi, marking the first route an LCC has operated between India and Vietnam. The choice of Kolkata was from its geographic closeness to Southeast Asia while enabling connections from across India. Complementing Hanoi is Kolkata-Ho Chi Minh City, which starts on the 18th of this month.
In 2018, the top-20 unserved routes between Australia-Southeast Asia saw 777,000 passengers. To/from Vietnam, almost six in ten travelling indirectly. With its coming A321XLRs, will VietJet Air start Brisbane-Ho Chi Minh City, a strong-growing market with 51,000 passengers and above-average fare/mile?