With recently revealed plans to merge BA and Iberia will face many challenges from a variety of sources. However, regulatory concern about their ‘dominance’ of the massive UK-Spain market can be dealt with quickly. The two airlines, even combined, are no match for LCCs and charters.
Scandinavia’s two biggest LCCs are joining forces to put more pressure on struggling SAS by co-operating on two core intra-Scandinavian routes. How worried should SAS be? If Sterling and Norwegian were to merge how would they compare in size with SAS at the three main regional hubs?
Europe’s two LCC heavyweights added more new routes than anyone else in the last 12 months. But in which countries do they have their biggest presence? And which country markets experienced most growth? And where do they manage to avoid each other?
Barcelona-based Spanish LCCs clickair and Vueling have finally announced their long awaited engagement. What does this mean for routes from Barcelona? At which other airports will the combined force have a major presence? Which routes will lose a competitor?
We look back on our first year and reflect on some of the major changes. How many new routes did airlines start in the last 12 months and which airlines have given us most to write about? Which airlines, airports, bases and countries have we examined and what are we going to be focusing on in the future?
This week is anna.aero’s first birthday. Our lead story on Friday will highlight all the great FREE analysis we have provided network planners all over world this past year.
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American has provided details of stations it will close later this year and the number of frequency reductions at some of its major bases. DFW escapes relatively unscathed but LaGuardia and St Louis see major cutbacks. How much have fuel costs risen for American and where is it struggling to increase yields?
Special anna.aero briefing:
Capacity and route reductions provide opportunities for niche carriers (and LCCs)
As airlines around the world announce significant capacity cutbacks and route closures you would think that this would be a bad time to be a network planner. But one airline’s dropped route may be another airline’s new opportunity?
Latest figures reveal that several German airports have seen passenger numbers fall in the first four months of 2008, although growth overall has been around 5%. Which airports are winners and losers so far this year and how has moving Easter impacted domestic demand?
As oil prices hit new record highs the world’s largest airline has announced plans to cut its domestic capacity by 10% in the last quarter of 2008. What capacity reductions has it implemented since the beginning of 2007 and what new routes is it still launching this year? What are the airline’s top 15 US bases at present?
It may carry over 100 million US domestic passengers each year but Southwest only operates to 64 airports in 32 US states. That leaves a lot of states who have never felt Southwest ‘luv’. So which airports does it serve, what is the average frequency and which airport has just one route?
Almost a year after we launched this free service for the worldwide network planning community anna.aero has opened The Route Shop – the virtual store where airlines can go to browse new air services. Produced in association with ACI EUROPE, four airports already have placements in The Route Shop offering a total of 23 new long and short-haul services together with information on marketing and financial support. More postings have been made… frequent browsing is advisable… oh and did we mention, it’s FREE TO USE!