Country Feature

Japan still #3 country worldwide for air travel;
three countries dominate international traffic;
JAL and ANA reveal cutback plans

Logo: Country Feature for JapanJapan’s aviation market may not be growing that fast but it’s still the world’s third biggest after the US and China. JAL and ANA dominate domestic routes but which routes have they announced they will be dropping?

Estonia and Tallinn maintain double-digit growth; Stockholm to get more flights

Estonia and Tallinn maintain double-digit growth; Stockholm to get more flightsAir passenger traffic in Estonia, one of the EU’s smaller nations, trebled between 2003 and 2006. Its loss-making national carrier (part-owned by SAS) has added several new routes this year. What role do LCCs play in the country and what other airports offer scheduled flights?

American’s San Juan 50% capacity slash removes just two destinations

Image: American’s San Juan 50% capacity slash removes just two destinationsDespite a dramatic 50% reduction in capacity in September, San Juan will only lose two destinations as other carriers operate many of the routes American is axing. Miami frequencies remain unchanged. Which LCC is starting its third new route this year in December?


Slovakia: Ryanair’s presence increasing as SkyEurope looks elsewhere for opportunities

Slovakia: Ryanair’s presence increasing as SkyEurope looks elsewhere for opportunitiesSkyEurope may still be the leading airline in Slovakia but it has dropped as many routes as it operates from Bratislava. Ryanair’s presence is growing quickly but which airlines have been and gone again in recent years? And how fast is the country’s second airport growing?

Bulgaria’s airports maintain double-digit growth; Wizz Air doubling Sofia-based fleet

Logo: country featurePassenger numbers at Bulgaria’s three main international airports have almost trebled since 2000. While Sofia has good year-round traffic Bourgas and Varna are extremely seasonal. What role are LCCs playing and what is Wizz Air doing with its second Sofia-based A320?

Indian domestic traffic growth falls below 10%; Kingfisher and others still waiting for international approval

Indian domestic traffic growth falls below 10%; Kingfisher and others still waiting for international approvalIndian airport traffic has trebled in just six years but finally sanity is beginning to prevail. Domestic growth has stabilised as airline consolidation takes place. Which are the busiest airports and which carriers have the largest share of international traffic?


Argentina’s market recovering thanks to international traffic

Argentina’s market recovering thanks to international trafficLast year passenger numbers were up nearly 7% at Argentina’s 32 commercial airports. But traffic is still below the late 90s heyday before economic troubles took hold. Buenos Aires’ two airports are taking an ever increasing share of total traffic. Which country markets are the largest?

Ukraine traffic is booming as Wizz Air looks to introduce low cost services

Ukraine traffic is booming as Wizz Air looks to introduce low cost servicesTraffic has quadrupled at Ukrainian airports in the last seven years and Kiev’s Borispol airport grew by over 20% in 2007. Now Wizz Air wants to introduce low-cost services in the country. Who will be its main competitors and which country markets are currently most popular?

Serbia’s Euro vision continues to prosper

Serbia’s Euro vision continues to prosperFresh from hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest traffic through Serbia’s main airport at Belgrade has grown 25% in two years. National carrier JAT is also growing steadily. How wide-ranging is its network and which two European LCCs have managed to get into this non-EU country?


Gulf Air faces new competition from Bahrain Air; Shanghai route starting soon

Gulf Air faces new competition from Bahrain Air; Shanghai starting soonSeveral of its original owners may have gone off to start their own national airlines, but Gulf Air is still a major player in the Middle East. It has new competition from Bahrain Air which has helped generate high growth at Bahrain International Airport. Which regions are served and which noticeably are not?

Adria Airways dominates Slovenian traffic – LCCs have dropped 80% of routes

Adria Airways dominates Slovenian traffic - LCCs have dropped 80% of routesHere’s a surprise. An EU country where LCCs have dumped 80% of the routes they have started and where the national carrier continues to dominate. Which LCCs have been and gone and who has survived. Which new destinations is Adria Airways starting this summer?

Cyprus: New terminals at both major airports will hope to attract additional services

Cyprus: New terminals at both major airports will hope to attract additional servicesDespite joining the EU in 2004 Cyprus has not benefited from liberalisation as much as might have been expected. How has traffic developed at Larnaca and Paphos and which are the key country markets? What’s new for 2008 and how extreme is seasonality?