Kutaisi is the LCC airport for the whole of Georgia. By S20, Wizz Air alone will have 41 routes from it. 80% of passengers using Kutaisi come from Tbilisi, so Ryanair’s coming entry into Kutaisi and Tbilisi is interesting. Despite Kutaisi’s strong growth, gaps remain.
Aer Lingus has increased capacity to North America by almost 80% in five years, with nearly double the number of destinations. While its average local fare is USD$664 one-way, San Francisco and Toronto stand out for the opposite reason.
Slovenia’s Adria has ceased to exist – and, along with it, nearly 60% of Ljubljana’s capacity. Adria actively pursued wet leases and foreign bases, which in 2015 saw Ljubljana have just 55% of its capacity. In 2019, it operated 17 routes from Ljubljana, with 9 presently unserved by others. After Brussels Airlines and the Lufthansa Group announced it’ll serve four routes within two days, who will be next?
KLM is to start a three-weekly Austin service from S20. Presently, Austin has three non-stop services to Europe, with 387,000 non-stop seats available. Based on KLM’s timings, it’s estimated that 32 online destinations will be reachable over Amsterdam. These 32, plus Amsterdam, saw 205,000 passengers from Austin in 2018, up 51,000 over 2014.
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Frontier Airlines has had a turbulent past, including bankruptcy protection. But since 2015, it has actively pursued its ULCC model which has resulted in it nearly doubling in size to 27 million seats. anna.aero explores this airline and its approach to route development, which is now highly focused on leisure markets away from Denver.
World Routes 2019 is about to begin, so it’s a great time to look at the Australia-New Zealand market. It has been growing, but 1.3 million seats were removed by both Emirates and AirAsia X. Air New Zealand is the leading operator by seats, aided by a strong use of wide-bodies. 23 routes are operated between the countries. Adelaide-Christchurch is the number-one unserved route, with 31,000 indirect passengers before stimulation. Distance, a myriad of easy connections and a lack of competition hamper route development.
Pearson joins anna.aero after an extensive academic career, and straight from London Luton Airport, where was Market Opportunity Analyst responsible for identifying and developing new route opportunities.
Air Canada launches new Australasian connections from Vancouver; posts over 20% average growth to the continent
In the past five years, Air Canada has launched services to Brisbane and Melbourne, with an Auckland connection beginning this December. We look at the carrier’s Australasian growth, and potential future Asia-Pacific markets from Vancouver.
London-Krakow has grown significantly in the past year from three airlines following each other in launching Luton. As a result, city-pair capacity has almost doubled – with more coming. Who, if any, will blink first?
anna.aero recently had the opportunity to interview Samer Ahmed Al Nabhani, CCO, Oman Airports Management Company to discuss the recent developments taking place within the company.
Less than one week to go until this year’s high roller: 60 airlines and airports speak on airline innovation at FTE Global
We preview anna.aero sister company Future Travel Experience’s FTE Global show in Las Vegas from 4-6 September.