Market Trends

Europe’s LCCs handle more than 200 million pax in 2007

tw_eu_150px.jpgOver 200 million passengers flew on Europe’s LCCs last year. We’ve tracked down and estimated passenger numbers for 20 of the most significant carriers. Not surprisingly load factors fell in November and December. In January several airlines reported year-on-year load factor reductions but which airline also saw passenger numbers drop?

Spain’s airports pass 200 million passengers

Spain’s airports pass 200 million passengersSpain’s airports handled more than 200 mllion passengers for the first time in 2007 and passenger numbers were up nearly nine percent. Which airports were at the forefront of this impressive growth and which were left lagging behind? And which LCCs contributed most to this growth?

Poland and USA impress with sustained volume growth

Poland and USA impress with sustained volume growthThe last quarter of 2007 saw some changes in various UK markets. The French market was hit by the improved Eurostar service and industrial disputes. Italy’s summer boom came to an abrupt end while the US finally showed some solid growth. Meanwhile the Polish market continues to grow beyond all expectations.

France: Marseille and Beauvais achieve significant growth; Strasbourg struggles

France: Marseille and Beauvais achieve significant growth; Strasbourg strugglesWe look at the top 10 airports in France and see how their monthly traffic in 2007 compared with 2006. Who were the star performers and who suffered from the introduction of the new TGV Est service? During which months was demand impacted by national industrial disputes? All becomes clear in our exclusive analysis.

Germany: Much ado about Munich

Germany: Much ado about MunichTraffic has grown solidly at most of Germany’s major airports in 2007, with one exception. Munich has maintained strong growth throughout the year but Berlin’s airport system has had a good second half of the year. Among smaller airports Bremen has benefited hugely from Ryanair in 2007. But what happened to Hahn in November?

Strikes impact Air France in October, CSA growing once more

Strikes impact Air France in October, CSA growing once moreHow have Europe’s flag carriers been performing in October and November? We look at the latest AEA figures for 2007. Which airline returned to growth after six months and which airline recorded its highest growth in November? Just how much did Olympic’s load factor fall by between October and November? Are KLM and Iberia still load factor champions?

Etihad playing catch-up in Middle East hub battle

Etihad playing catch-up in Middle East hub battleWe look at how the networks of the three biggest spending carriers in the region have developed since July when we last looked. How many destinations have Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad added? How many have they dropped? How many flights have they added? The answers may surprise you. They surprised us!

UK airports mostly showing only modest growth: London City, Doncaster/Sheffield and Bournemouth bucking trend

Logo: airport market trendsIn the week that the UK CAA published a report on recent trends in UK air travel demand, we take a closer look at monthly growth rates at the UK’s 23 busiest airports in 2007. We identify three star performers among the relatively lacklustre overall market. Which airports will have a better 2008? We highlight some trends.

GOL gaining ground on TAM in domestic market

Logo: Market TrendsFailed airlines and fatal accidents have not dampened the Brazilian demand for air travel in recent months. We examine how the domestic market has ended up as a virtual duopoly and how load factors in 2007 compare with 2006. We also look at how the international market has grown despite the collapse of Varig in 2006.

Madrid makes real progress in Eurohub superleague

Madrid makes real progress in Eurohub superleagueWe take a look at 16 of Europe’s leading airports and examine how their traffic has been developing during 2007. Among the major hubs Madrid has had a fantastic year with 15% while Heathrow has struggled match its 2006 performance. Two Scandinavian hubs have seen only modest growth while Vienna is surging ahead thanks to SkyEurope.

Johannesburg maintains 15% growth

Johannesburg maintains 15% growthSouth Africa’s main airport at Johannesburg is maintaining 15% growth in 2007. Thanks to LCCs domestic traffic is growing at nearly 20% but international traffic is also up over 10%. LCCs now provide 35% of domestic scheduled capacity as SAA’s market share has fallen below 50%. We also look at who the leading international airlines are.

First signs of India’s growth slowing?

Logo: Market Trends India - Are we seeing signs of the market maturing in India?Domestic traffic growth fell below 25% in September which hasn’t happened for a couple of years. Which smaller airports have seen their traffic double in the last year? And how fast is international traffic growing? Which LCCs are still growing their capacity market share and which are losing theirs?