Star Feature

Launching the environmentally friendly
‘Route Recycle Bin’

Thumb: Route Recycle BinStarting this week we are offering a new service to our readers. Download a free database listing routes that have been identified as surplus to requirements by the world’s airlines. Around 45% of these routes will still be served by other carriers, but which routes may be right for picking up by other airlines?

Kingfisher going international; fast-growing UK-India markets gets a fifth competitor

Thumb: Kingfisher Lead StoryKingfisher finally launched international services between Bangalore and London Heathrow this week, marking the start of its global ambitions. How has the UK-India market developed in recent years and which other UK airport has a non-stop service to India?

Just nine new routes so far in 2008 from the Middle East’s “Big 3”; none to Western Europe

Thumb: Middle East Top StoryEmirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are still ordering more new aircraft to support their growth plans but which routes have they launched so far in 2008? Which are starting soon and which destination did all three start this year? And what links Brussels, Dublin and Minsk? live and unplugged at the
Berlin Messe

Thumb: Lead live and unplugged at the Berlin Messe: You could spend the first days of this winter in your office reading newspaper articles about route cutbacks. Or you could do something that will genuinely give your shareholders a return on investment, by meeting with lots of other top airline and airport subscribers at’s 1st Network Planner’s Marketplace. The event will be staged at ACI EUROPE’s major Airport Exchange convention, hosted by Berlin Airports, from October 27-29th, at the Berlin Messe.

Austrian still has no competition on half of its routes; but LCCs have 22% of Vienna capacity

Lead StoryAustrian is looking for a ‘strategic partner’ to help ensure its long term survival. If it has to ‘stand alone’ it will have to cut its fleet and route network. But how much competition is it really facing at Vienna? How does the LCC threat compare with other major European hubs?

Small US airports not as doomed as feared

Small US airports not as doomed as fearedDespite reported fears that many communities could lose all their air services, our research shows that there will be just as many US airports operating scheduled services in November as today. However, capacity will be down 10% and the number of airports with just a single service will climb from 160 to 173. But which hubs are these ‘solitary’ routes serving?

British Airways & Iberia: minor players in UK-Spain market

British Airways & Iberia: minor players in UK-Spain marketWith 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.

Norwegian & Sterling co-operate to take on SAS from Oslo and Stockholm

Lead Story: Sterling co-operate to take on SAS from Oslo and StockholmScandinavia’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?

UK still #1 growth market for Ryanair and easyJet; Ryanair growing fast in Spain, easyJet in France

LeadEurope’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?

Merged clickair + Vueling will fly to 50 airports; 17 routes to lose a competitor

Logo: Merged clickAir + Vueling will fly to 50 airports; 17 routes to lose a competitorBarcelona-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?

It’s our first anna-versary! And what a year it’s been…

It’s our first anna-versary! And what a year it’s been…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?

It’s anna’s 1st birthday! Please sign our card!!! celebrates first birthday this weekThis week is’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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