The Mediterranean island of Malta joined the EU in 2004 at the same time as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. But air travel failed to respond to the new liberalised market. So the government stepped in and created an incentive programme. Ryanair is claiming the credit for this summer’s 12% growth in traffic, but what’s the real story? Who else deserves some credit?
Traffic at Sweden’s airports has taken a long time to bounce back to pre-‘9/11′ levels but the growth of local LCCs is beginning to have a positive impact in the market. How busy is Stockholm’s Arlanda airport and how dominant is SAS at that airport and in the domestic market? Which LCCs are grabbing market share and which are conspicuous by their absence?
The EU’s smallest and wealthiest country (per person) is looking forward to a new terminal next year. How dominant is Luxair and which routes are the most popular? And why are there currently no low-cost carriers flying to Luxembourg? Which will be the first LCC to fly there later this month? You will be surprised at the answer!
Of all the recent countries to join the EU, Poland had by far the biggest population. With liberalisation LCCs have rushed in and growth at Poland’s airports in the last three years has been exceptional. Which airports have grown fastest? What share does Warsaw now have of total traffic? Which carriers are the largest at each of the regional airports?
Greece has one of Europe’s best and newest airports and one of the least successful national flag-carriers. Apart from Athens which other airports see significant traffic flows and where is the traffic coming from? How competitive has the domestic market become? Which LCCs are flying to Greece and which are currently absent?
The EU’s joint newest member (with Bulgaria) is witnessing dramatic growth in air travel. How dominant is Bucharest among Romanian airports? Which are the key domestic carriers? Which two countries account for 40% of international traffic? How is Tarom coping against international competition? How is Romania’s own LCC developing?
While much attention is being paid to rapid growth in India and China, another country is growing almost as quickly. Mexico has seen domestic traffic growth of nearly 20% in 2007 thanks to a variety of new entrants operating ‘low-cost’ flights. Which airports are benefiting most? How is the international market developing? Which carriers are winners and losers?
Morocco may not be in Europe, but it has recognised the benefits that a liberalised environment can bring to tourism. So where is the growth coming from? How dominant is Royal Air Maroc? And how come Morocco has two LCCs?
Home of Ryanair and Aer Lingus, but what else is happening in the Irish market? Just how dominant are the ‘big 2′ in Dublin? Where has the growth in Dublin traffic come from in recent years? (Clue: It’s not the UK!) We also look at the rise of Aer Arann and the progress of the regional airports.
The merger of Virgin Express and SNBA to create Brussels Airlines seems to have triggered renewed interest from other LCCs in the Belgian market. Transatlantic traffic is growing too with new services and the Indian market is also set to boom. We also take a look at what else is happening at Belgian airports.
Helsinki has proved a tough nut to crack for LCCs. Even Finnair’s own FlyNordic is based in Sweden! How dominant is Finnair in Finland? How competitive is the domestic market? Just what went wrong for LCCs in Helsinki? And how has Ryanair found a way into the market? We reveal the answers.