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Ryanair seeks UK AOC to save UK-EU flights; Spain the most-impacted country market

Ryanair seeks UK AOC to save UK-EU flights; Spain the most-impacted country market

Just before Christmas, Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to ask the UK CAA for his most-wanted present – a UK AOC, ready for his post-Brexit blues. We take a look at which UK airports are the most exposed to the removal of the Irish airline’s freedoms of the air in its second most important country market.

IAG set to buy NIKI to grow Vueling's presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; could become Palma de Mallorca's number one airline

IAG set to buy NIKI to grow Vueling’s presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; could become Palma de Mallorca’s number one airline

IAG has announced its intention to purchase NIKI as it seeks to enhance Vueling’s presence in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The former airberlin unit appears to be a perfect fit for this strategy, with most of its top airports being among Vueling’s leading destinations in the region, plus it gives IAG a foothold into a market dominated by Star Alliance.  

USB3 hubs in 2017 – American Airlines chops, Delta Air Lines stagnates, United Airlines...is doing O.K.

USB3 hubs in 2017 – American Airlines chops, Delta Air Lines stagnates, United Airlines…is doing O.K.

It has certainly being an interesting year for the USB3 – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines – in terms of marketing and public image, passenger experience and 747 farewells, so we decided to compare the airlines’ hub growth to see which airports are the winners and losers.  


Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from PPS Publications' Christmas lodge – the home of anna.aero

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from PPS Publications’ Christmas lodge – the home of anna.aero

Even the anna.aero data elves will be given time off at Christmas after another full year on the network development circuit, with the destination for their end of year break this season being the PPS Publications Christmas lodge, the creative corporation behind anna.aero. As a thank you to our dedicated readers, we invite you into our seasonal retreat to see what our elves are up to this Christmas.  

UK Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA) + Heathrow intensify efforts for domestic access

UK Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA) + Heathrow intensify efforts for domestic access

Neil Pakey, the Chair of RABA (the Regional & Business Airports Group which represents 40 UK regional and business airports), is ramping up efforts for “all parts of the UK to be connected to the UK’s global hub at London Heathrow”.

Berlin battleground: easyJet's Tegel domestic routes intensify Lufthansa competition; Ryanair set to base nine aircraft too

Berlin battleground: easyJet’s Tegel domestic routes intensify Lufthansa competition; Ryanair set to base nine aircraft too

easyJet has put more than one million seats on sale from Berlin Tegel for its winter season flights up to end-March 2018. The LCC will start four key domestic and 15 international routes, so we take a look at the competitive landscape that the carrier will find in the German capital – including competing with itself!


MEB3 carriers experience network slowdown in 2017; US, Australia and UK remain biggest country markets by ASKs

MEB3 carriers experience network slowdown in 2017; US, Australia and UK remain biggest country markets by ASKs

Emirates is catching Qatar Airways in terms of the number of destinations served by the big three Middle Eastern airlines (MEB3). We reveal the routes added (and dropped) by the MEB3 carriers in the last 12 months, and which are the top 15 country markets for the combined carriers.

A350 focus: Qatar is the largest operator and Hong Kong has the most departing seats; sectors vary from intra-regional to ultra-long range

A350 focus: Qatar is the largest operator and Hong Kong has the most departing seats; sectors vary from intra-regional to ultra-long range

The A350 family is Airbus’ latest generation and most efficient long-haul, twin-engine, wide-body product, designed to compete with Boeing’s 787 and challenge the 777 family. From 2016 to 2017 the number of seats available on A350-operated flights more than trebled. We take a look at how the A350 has been deployed since entering service in 2015, including the largest operators and airports.

The US and China have largest domestic networks in 2017, but Australia offers more seats per capita and Middle East markets are growing fast

The US and China have largest domestic networks in 2017, but Australia offers more seats per capita and Middle East markets are growing fast

Global domestic capacity grew by 7% from 2016 to 2017 with more than 6.2 billion seats on sale this year. While the US remains the largest domestic market, it is being outgrown by other developing networks. anna.aero has trawled through the schedules to reveal the largest domestic markets, and which are growing at the fastest rate. 


German goldrush! Cologne Bonn Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 Part II; Frankfurt Airport takes Arch of Triumph W17/18 Part II

German goldrush! Cologne Bonn Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 Part II; Frankfurt Airport takes Arch of Triumph W17/18 Part II

With 39% and 44% of the votes over the last seven days, Cologne Bonn and Frankfurt airports have triumphed in Part II of the W17/18 public votes, beating 14 and 12 airports respectively from around the world. We also have photos of last week’s winners of the Cake of the Week and Arch of Triumph competitions posing with their certificates.

London Southend Airport wins W17/18 FTWA public vote Part I; pick your Arch of Triumph from the 15 entries in Part II

London Southend Airport wins W17/18 FTWA public vote Part I; pick your Arch of Triumph from the 15 entries in Part II

Having effectively mobilised their followers on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat, London Southend Airport won Part I of the Arch of Triumph W17/18 vote. There are another 15 FTWAs to choose from in Part II of this bi-annual competition this week.

London Southend Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 public vote Part I; pick your winner from the 13 cakes in Part II

London Southend Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 public vote Part I; pick your winner from the 13 cakes in Part II

With London Southend winning last week’s Part I for the cake it made for Flybe’s three new routes, it is now time for Part II of the W17/18 public vote. With another 13 entries this week, which will be your choice for Cake of the Week??