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This winter – Ryanair versus the world!

Thumb: This winter - Ryanair versus the world!The number of new routes launched at the start of the winter season may be down versus last winter (from 238 to 195) but one airline continues to grow its network rapidly. Ryanair launched 93 new routes this week representing over 45% of the global total. Download our detailed spreadsheet for free! live in Berlin

Thumb: live in BerlinThis week made its live debut as part of ACI Europe’s massive Airport Exchange conference and exhibition in Berlin. Delegates attending heard presentations and lively discussion from Air Berlin, Berlin Airports, Blue1, Brussels Airport, Gulf Air, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, jet4you, KLM, LFV, Moscow Domodedovo, Ryanair, S7 and SH&E.

Jet-Kingfisher alliance has more than 50% of domestic capacity at seven of top eight domestic airports; Indian domestic demand now falling at almost 20%

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryWith Indian domestic traffic now falling at almost 20% the country’s two biggest private airlines have forged an alliance. What market share will they have at key airports and who will be their biggest rivals? At which major airport will they have less than a 50% share?

Athens, Bahrain, Brussels win OAG awards;
Beijing’s memorable Mission Impossible theme scoops annies

Image: annie logoThis week was out and about in Kuala Lumpur meeting many of our readers and customers. Times may be tough in the industry but there were plenty of exciting stands promoting tourism and route opportunities. See what caught our eye and who won this year’s coveted Annie awards.

The Big6 US ‘legacy’ airlines; is this as big as their networks will ever be?

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryWith US domestic capacity expected to fall by around 11% this winter US legacy airline networks may never be this big again. We take a look at how many airports each of the Big6 currently serves, how many routes they operate and where they allocate their international capacity.

10 of the best analysed: The great global LCC network strategy comparison

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryNot all LCCs are the same. We examine average frequency, average sector length, number of routes and airports served to reveal significant differences in network strategy of the world’s most successful LCCs. And just how much bigger is Southwest than all the rest?

Alitalia’s rivals ready to pounce at Rome; easyJet and Air One already exploiting opportunities at Malpensa

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryWhat might happen in Rome if Alitalia were to collapse? What can we learn from what has happened at Malpensa since Alitalia axed 70% of flights in April? Which airlines stand to gain most if Alitalia were to disappear?

UK charter destinations evolve as airlines consolidate or collapse; Thomsonfly/First Choice, Thomas Cook grab 70% of market

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryAs LCCs have targeted Spain where have UK charter airlines turned to find new, less competitive markets? Charter traffic to mainland Spain has halved since 2001 but some markets are booming. Which ones?

Wizz Air and Ryanair dominate Polish LCC landscape; Centralwings to end scheduled flights this month

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryLOT’s decision to scrap scheduled services operated by its LCC Centralwings will have an impact on the fast-growing UK-Poland market. But how many other LCCs operate to Poland? And which are the biggest country markets for LCCs?

Launching the environmentally friendly
‘Route Recycle Bin’

Thumb: Route Recycle BinStarting this week we are offering a new service to our readers. Download a free database listing routes that have been identified as surplus to requirements by the world’s airlines. Around 45% of these routes will still be served by other carriers, but which routes may be right for picking up by other airlines?

Kingfisher going international; fast-growing UK-India markets gets a fifth competitor

Thumb: Kingfisher Lead StoryKingfisher finally launched international services between Bangalore and London Heathrow this week, marking the start of its global ambitions. How has the UK-India market developed in recent years and which other UK airport has a non-stop service to India?

Just nine new routes so far in 2008 from the Middle East’s “Big 3”; none to Western Europe

Thumb: Middle East Top StoryEmirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are still ordering more new aircraft to support their growth plans but which routes have they launched so far in 2008? Which are starting soon and which destination did all three start this year? And what links Brussels, Dublin and Minsk?