Suddenly Belfast is the place to be. First Ryanair announces services at Belfast City, now Aer Lingus plans to base three aircraft at Belfast International. How is it finding slots for its planned Heathrow service? Who will it be competing against on its other routes? And what makes the new Budapest route unusual?
Despite dreadful summer weather the UK air market is in stagnation. Traffic at London Heathrow and Manchester traffic is down around 2%. Smaller regional airports are doing better but not well enough. What’s the problem? Is it APD, enhanced security measures, interest rates or concerns about the planet?
Alitalia is in trouble. So what’s new? Latest attempts to find a buyer have failed. We look at Alitalia’s contribution to the Italian aviation scene. How much of the Italian market does it have domestically? What about internationally? Which airlines could fill the void if Alitalia were to disappear? We take a closer look at the Italian market.
Lufthansa may once have claimed that it wasn’t worried about LCCs, but its share of the German domestic market is shrinking as Air Berlin gets serious having taken over dba. We look at developments and see which routes have responded best to low-cost competition.
How much are Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad competing for the same markets as they plan to more than double their fleets? We look at their network strategies and find out which routes are still monopolies and which destinations all three carriers are looking to gain the upper hand on.
Taking Ryanair as its inspiration, rather than Southwest, Columbus-based Skybus is up and running. Read about its mix of routes to airports known and virtually unknown, the competition it will face in Columbus and how its scheduling gets the most out of its Airbus fleet.