Star Feature

Evolution of a hub; the curious case of Copenhagen Airport

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThe collapse of Sterling last October deprived Copenhagen of its second biggest airline. But our analysis reveals that other carriers have stepped in to more than replace the lost capacity. However, some destinations have not been picked up. To find out which ones, and to see our full analysis, download our spreadsheet.

The seat sale extended 24hrs but must end today!

Thumb: The seat sale ends today!Places on’s incredible one-day Airport Network Planning Course in Linz next month cost from as little as €625 but were due to rise to €1,170 at midnight last Friday. We are extending the “January Sale” price for 24 hours – but it really does end today (midnight February 9).

Lufthansa Italia at Milan Malpensa: 1st-ever ‘legacy’ base starts eight new routes

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryLufthansa Italia launches at Milan Malpensa. The launch of services from Milan Malpensa to Barcelona and Paris represents the first time a European flag carrier has embraced the opportunity presented by European liberalisation and set up an overseas base. Which further routes will be launched over the next two months? Click here for more.

Now the good news: Wataniya Airways launches flights between Kuwait and Dubai; Bahrain and Beirut to follow in March

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryYes, people are still starting new airlines, even during these economically challenging times. Welcome Wataniya Airways and its premium service using an A320. What gives it an edge in the Kuwait market and who are its chief competitors?

Don’t curl up in a ball: Learn how your airport can be a new route champion!

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryFor airports who want to be winners is staging an invaluable one-day course to teach airports of any size how to present a market demand case to an airline (and these skills can apply to any airline). The course will be taught by the editor of, Ralph Anker – himself a former Head of Business Development at Maersk Air and Head of Network Planning for Go Fly. Due to’s cunning revenue management system you’ll save €300 if you book before Friday February 6.

London Heathrow’s third runway; never let the facts get in the way of a good story…

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThere has been intense media coverage regarding the UK government’s support for a third runway at Heathrow. However, little of it has focused on presenting clear, basic information about trends at Heathrow and its European rivals. That’s where we come in.

Alitalia re-born with smaller network; drops six EU capitals among 30 cities no longer served; now controls over 50% of domestic capacity

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryAlitalia started life as a private company this week with a considerably smaller network than a year ago, despite merging with Air One. Which EU capital cities are among 30 destinations no longer served and how dominant will it be in the domestic market? Route Shop swing behind ACI North America’s JumpStart

Article Thumbnail: Lead and The Route Shop are now jointly promoting ACI-NA’s JumpStart Air Service Development Program – the deal gives ACI-NA access to’s 30,000 monthly visitors to promote JumpStart/Montreal in June.

Fuel price collapse triggers hopes that 2009 might not be so bad after all; Ryanair still likely to start more new routes than anyone else

Article Thumbnail: Lead StorySo what does 2009 hold in store for the world’s airline network planners? Probably rather fewer new routes than in 2008, even if Ryanair is still likely to start more of them than anybody else. What else do we think will make 2009 interesting?

So what happened to our predictions for 2008?

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryWay back in January identified a number of key topics that we thought would make 2008 interesting. So what happened? We look back and compare what we said then with what actually happened. Was the 787 really supposed to be in service by now? Oops!

“RyanAer’s” combination in Dublin would have far less impact than Lufthansa’s dominance of Frankfurt

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryRyanair has made a second bid for Ireland’s national carrier. But how dominant would the combined airline be at Dublin? Which other capital city airports across Europe have the top two carriers sharing over 80% of seat capacity? Where does one carrier have over 60%? Where else are LCCs ranked second to flag carriers?

Flybe heading for #1 in UK domestic market; overall demand down around 4% in 2008

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryLow-cost airlines helped stimulate the UK domestic market by around 70% between 1996 and 2005. London routes dominate the passenger rankings but which other UK city is well represented? Flybe is now on track to overtake easyJet as the biggest airline in the market. How has it done this?