Star Feature

America: a divided society (between hubs and bases)

America: a divided society (between hubs and bases)With merger speculation once again rife among US airlines we take a look at the major operating bases/hubs of the legacy and low-cost carriers. Which is the only airline to have four bases in the top 20? Which airlines only have two? And how much bigger is Delta’s Atlanta base than anyone else’s? Does jetBlue’s JFK base make it into the Top 20? And what market share do the leading airlines have on the top 15 domestic routes?

Airbus upbeat about future demand

Airbus upbeat about future demandThe latest Global Market Forecast from Airbus is marginally more optimistic than last year forecasting that RPK growth will average 4.9% per annum over the next 20 years. Which markets does Airbus predict will experience the strongest growth and in which markets has Airbus changed its view the most since last year?

Amazing UK-Poland traffic growth driven by regional demand

Amazing UK-Poland traffic growth driven by regional demandThanks to EU membership and the enthusiastic migration of thousands of Poles to the UK, air travel between the two countries is booming. Growth of 30% in 2007 shows no sign of slowing down, but which airports are benefiting most? LCCs have 90% of the market but which has the highest share?


Transatlantic shake-up has major impact on Heathrow

Transatlantic shake-up has major impact on HeathrowWith a new agreement finally reached on US-EU traffic any airline can now fly from Heathrow to the US. How has BA responded to this threat and which airlines have muscled their way in? How has the UK-US market been performing in recent years? Which carriers will offer most flights/seats this summer?

China’s rapid growth continues – 100 new airports planned by 2020

China’s rapid growth continues - 100 new airports planned by 2020In 2007 its airports handled close to 400 million passengers and China’s impressive growth shows no signs of slowing. Beijing remains the country’s biggest airport (53 million passengers) and China Southern the biggest airline with nearly 57 million passengers. International visitors should rise dramatically for this year’s Olympics.

New TGV Est grabs 50% of Paris – Strasbourg air passengers

New TGV Est grabs 50% of Paris - Strasbourg air passengersMore evidence that High-Speed Rail (HSR) services are a threat to airlines comes from the latest figures from Strasbourg airport. Paris traffic is down 50% since the launch of the TGV last June and the upgraded St. Pancras station in London is helping Eurostar grab more London-Paris air passengers.


Why does Ryanair’s Bournemouth base take on Flybe at Southampton but shy away from competing on German routes from Birmingham?

Why does Ryanair’s Bournemouth base take on Flybe at Southampton but shy away from competing on German routes from Birmingham?Not content with launching one base last week, Ryanair announced two, both in the UK. It already has a presence at both airports but what will it mean for Bournemouth in its battle against nearby Southampton? And how has Ryanair managed to generate 20 new routes from two aircraft at BHX?

What will 2008’s events mean for network planners?

What will 2008’s events mean for network planners?There’s no such thing as a dull year in aviation and this year promises to be no exception. Increased liberalisation, more new aircraft types entering service, record high oil prices, failing airlines, potential mergers and acquisitions and the Olympics in China.

Time to hit the slopes
(or beach if you’re American!)

Logo: Lead StoryAs airlines in the northern hemisphere explore new ways to minimise the impact of the winter downturn in demand, more and more are adding new flights aimed at ski enthusiasts. In the USA and Canada some warm sun seems the preferred option with Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean all increasingly on offer.


Germanwings + TUIfly.com = Germanfly.com?
(And catching up with Lufthansa measured by routes served)

Germanwings + TUIfly.com = Germanfly.com?Under pressure from the rapidly expanding Air Berlin, there are industry rumours that Germanwings and TUIfly.com might be merger candidates. What would the combined airline look like in terms of size, fleet, network strengths and weaknesses? Would it overtake Air Berlin for the #2 slot behind Lufthansa?

easyJet and Ryanair’s outstanding potential:
167 airports served, only 550 to go*

easyJet and Ryanair’s outstanding potentialEurope’s big 2 LCCs are highly profitable and competing fiercely in the European market. Just not with each other. Despite operating from 167 airports between them Ryanair and easyJet only compete head-to-head on 10 routes. We reveal which ones. Both airlines also operate just a single route from many airports. We name them.

Heathrow’s #1 position under threat from Paris and Madrid

Heathrow’s #1 position under threat from Paris and MadridThe UK government has just revealed plans for a possible third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow. But will it be enough to keep London ahead of its euro hub rivals? Madrid is the fastest growing and Paris and Frankfurt have big plans too. We speculate as to who might reach the 100 million target first.