Country Feature

Malta Airport on target for five million passengers in 2016; Ryanair now bigger than Air Malta and starting six new routes this winter

Malta Airport on target for five million passengers in 2016; Ryanair now bigger than Air Malta and starting six new routes this winter

After a decade of stagnation, Malta’s traffic has surged since 2009 thanks primarily to Ryanair. We look at the airport’s recent growth, seasonality and shift in airline capacity. Plus which country markets are growing fastest and what’s new for 2017.

Iraq Airways halves in size as flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended, but many bright spots remain in Iraq

Iraq Airways halves in size as flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended, but many bright spots remain in Iraq

Iraq is undoubtedly at the centre of a troubled region, which makes airline capacity hard to measure in terms of discernible trends, but no less dynamic than any other country market. Fortunately our data elves like a challenge, so we have taken a snapshot of the market in terms of top airlines, country markets and city pairs.

Airports in Bulgaria seeing fastest growth for over a decade; Bourgas and Varna up 20% in S16; Ryanair opened Sofia base in September

Airports in Bulgaria seeing fastest growth for over a decade; Bourgas and Varna up 20% in S16; Ryanair opened Sofia base in September

Bulgaria joined the EU almost 10 years ago but only now is the demand for air travel really showing signs of significant growth. We analyse the country’s three main airports and which are the busiest scheduled carriers serving the capital.


Italy set to pass 160 million passengers in 2016; Ryanair now bigger than Alitalia as LCC share gets close to 50%; Germany still #1 market

Italy set to pass 160 million passengers in 2016; Ryanair now bigger than Alitalia as LCC share gets close to 50%; Germany still #1 market

Italian airport traffic is up 4.4% so far in 2016, with international growth outstripping domestic. Ryanair is growing faster than Alitalia, but not as fast as Volotea. Growth at top 15 country markets compared.

Thailand sees airport traffic double in just six years; Thai AirAsia now bigger than Thai Airways as China market registers 33% growth this summer

Thailand sees airport traffic double in just six years; Thai AirAsia now bigger than Thai Airways as China market registers 33% growth this summer

After a major blip in 2009, Thailand’s air traffic market has doubled thanks to aggressive growth from LCCs such as Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air. We reveal the leading airlines and country markets in S16 and how they compare with S15.

Capacity to Belarus grows 32% in 12 months; three new airlines join the nation’s carrier line-up; Belavia commands the show with 64% of seats

Capacity to Belarus grows 32% in 12 months; three new airlines join the nation’s carrier line-up; Belavia commands the show with 64% of seats

Arkia Israeli Airlines is one of three new airlines to serve Belarus during the past 12 months, one of the factors helping grow seat capacity to the nation by 32%. We take a closer look to see how traffic has evolved during the past decade, and to discover how the nation’s remaining carriers are growing.


Seat capacity to Algeria grows by nearly 15%; Hungary and Russia are newest markets; Atlas Atlantique Airlines is latest carrier

Seat capacity to Algeria grows by nearly 15%; Hungary and Russia are newest markets; Atlas Atlantique Airlines is latest carrier

Atlas Atlantique Airlines is the only new carrier to serve Algeria during the past 12 months, with it opening up eight routes between France and Africa’s largest nation. anna.aero looks into how other carriers have grown during the past year and how the leading country markets have developed over the same period.

Windhoek to Johannesburg is Namibia’s number one route; Munich newest connection; Ethiopian Airlines, KLM and Qatar Airways to serve

Windhoek to Johannesburg is Namibia’s number one route; Munich newest connection; Ethiopian Airlines, KLM and Qatar Airways to serve

Home to 2.1 million people, Namibia is a nation which is celebrating 26 years of independence from South Africa. During the past year seat capacity to the African nation is down 5.9%, with one carrier no longer serving. anna.aero takes a closer look into Namibia’s route map, showcases the country’s aviation developments of the last 12 months and highlights the next airlines to enter the market.

Colombian traffic up 7.4% for first half of 2016; grows 63% since the turn of the decade; Bogota – Medellin #1 route despite passenger drop

Colombian traffic up 7.4% for first half of 2016; grows 63% since the turn of the decade; Bogota – Medellin #1 route despite passenger drop

Since 2010 Colombian domestic traffic has grown 59% while international traffic has risen 74%. Within the past year the nation has welcomed Air Europa and Turkish Airlines to its airline roll call, while at the same time another European carrier has ended flights to the South American nation. We take a closer look at traffic development and how the nation’s top routes are performing.


Nepal welcomes three new carriers; overall capacity to the nation down 3.9%; Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka to be next country markets?

Nepal welcomes three new carriers; overall capacity to the nation down 3.9%; Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka to be next country markets?

Himalaya Airlines, Druk Air and US-Bangla Airlines are three carriers which have inaugurated flights to Nepal this summer. However, despite the rise in serving carriers, Nepal’s overall seat capacity this summer is down 3.9%. anna.aero takes a look at some of the key airline and country market changes, and investigates the next potential markets.

Slovakian traffic up 18% in 12 months; Poprad-Tatry fastest growing airport; Ryanair overtakes Travel Service Slovakia to become #1 carrier

Slovakian traffic up 18% in 12 months; Poprad-Tatry fastest growing airport; Ryanair overtakes Travel Service Slovakia to become #1 carrier

Passenger traffic in Slovakia for 2015 surpassed two million passengers, a feat the country had not witnessed since 2009. However, despite overall traffic for the nation growing the capital, Bratislava, has still not recovered to the level of traffic it witnessed in 2008. anna.aero takes a closer look at traffic trends, and how the airline demographic has changed during the past year.

Cyprus sees record passenger numbers in 2015; Blue Air, Ryanair and newcomer Cobalt operate bases after collapse of Cyprus Airways

Cyprus sees record passenger numbers in 2015; Blue Air, Ryanair and newcomer Cobalt operate bases after collapse of Cyprus Airways

The collapse of Cyprus Airways early in 2015 has not impacted the country’s airports as much as might have been expected. We reveal traffic growth since 1998, seasonality profiles and the leading country markets and airlines.