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Chinese and Japanese airlines share international woes; domestic travel trends vary dramatically in first quarter

Article ThumbAsia’s five biggest airlines are based all based in China or Japan which both have dominant domestic markets? So how has 2009 started for these airlines? And have the Japanese had a ‘Golden Week’?

US domestic air travel market; over 300 routes dropped by biggest airlines in last year though Allegiant adds 13

Article Thumbnail: Lead StorySince the beginning of last summer the biggest US airlines have abandoned some 300 routes, but which airlines have been wielding the axe most vigorously? And which airlines have actually increased the number of city-pairs served? Three of the top 20 US domestic airports have seen route growth. Which ones?

‘Buy This Man a Drink’ rockets to $14,000 for childhood leukaemia as our man comes in for soft landing

Article Thumbnail: Lead Storyanna.aero publisher and the TeamBrontë runners completed the London Marathon yesterday and raised over $14,000 as anna.aero matched the pledges placed by our readers around the world.


Sacre bleu! Air France dominates French short-haul market with over 50% of scheduled capacity

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryUnlike British Airways Air France has managed to robustly defend its short-haul route network from the all-conquering threat of LCCs. But LCCs are making significant inroads in some country markets. What share of new short-haul routes have been started by easyJet and Ryanair alone?

easyJet and Ryanair battle for supremacy in UK short-haul market

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryFrom inauspicious beginnings at unfashionable UK airports easyJet and Ryanair have developed to be the two leading airlines serving the UK short-haul market. Who are its closest rivals and which country markets from the UK are most (and least) dominated by low-cost carriers?

Airlines start over 200 new routes this week; Ryanair accounts for one-third of them

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryWhile world leaders pondered the planet’s economic future 64 airlines started 200 new services this week involving 198 airports. We take a closer look at which airlines, airports and countries have benefited and reveal some of the more curious route decisions.


Early summer capacity down by 4.8% in Europe; Norwegian in pole position for growth

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThis weekend sees the start of the summer season and our analysis reveals that airlines at European airports are offering around 5% fewer seats compared with a year ago. We look at the leading airports, airlines and country markets and see which are growing fastest (if at all) and which are in decline (and by how much).

Ireland braces for impact of air travel tax; omens not good as Ryanair reduces Dublin fleet from 22 to 17

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryFollowing in the footsteps of some other EU countries Ireland is introducing a tax on air travel to help swell the government’s coffers. Ryanair has plenty to say on the matter, Aer Lingus surprisingly little. How has traffic developed at Irish airports recently?

AirAsia X brings low-cost, long-haul flights to London Stansted

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryAfter Australia and China, AirAsia X sets its sights on the UK with the start of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Stansted. How has the UK-Malaysia market developed recently and how many weekly frequencies can you get from a single A340? How much cheaper are AirAsia X’s fares compared to its only rival in the market Malaysian Airlines?


anna.aero stages 1st airport network planning course at ACI EUROPE’s small and medium airports conference

Article Thumbnail: Lead Storyanna.aero re-located to Linz, Austria this week for the 2nd ACI EUROPE Small and Medium Size Airports Action Group (SMAG) Conference and Exhibition. Hard hit by the downturn, SMAG airports hope to find ways out of the crisis by sharing their knowledge of maximising commercial revenue and keeping route development alive.

V Australia finally launches with Sydney to Los Angeles route

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryOriginally scheduled to start flying before Christmas Virgin Blue’s new transpacific carrier finally launched this week. How has the Australia to USA market been developing in recent years and what competition will V Australia face? Which other routes does it plan to start this year with new 777-300ERs?

Boeing 747 celebrates 40th anniversary; Heathrow the place to see them

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryOver 1400 747s of different configurations have been built in the last 40 years, but how many airlines are still operating the last passenger version, the -400? At which airports will you see most 747s and which are the longest (and shortest) commercial flights operated by this type?