Articles Tagged ‘GVA’
New winter ski routes from Russia, Scandinavia and UK; Copenhagen to Geneva attracts three new airlines
The start of the European ski season is imminent so we take a look at which airlines have started new routes to the major airports serving the ski market. And which UK LCC has resorted to poetry to entice passengers?
The Swiss regional is already six-years-old and starting three new routes this week. How comprehensive is its Geneva-based network and which routes have proven unworthy of further support?
Here it is: Analysis, pictures and trivia on over 130 new routes that have started during the last seven days, involving over 40 airlines. Sorry if we’ve missed any. Please let us know and we can include them next week.
Switzerland better prepared for latest industry downturn; Swiss continues to prosper while still adding capacity
Zurich’s traffic has still not passed the dizzy heights of 2000 but traffic across Switzerland’s major airports did set a new record in 2008. Apart from Swiss which other carriers are significant? Which new routes have LCCs been adding?
A brief lull this week before we have over 50 new routes starting next week. However, BA started a new route to India, easyJet launched four new routes including a domestic French route, and Transavia (a Dutch airline) started a whopping eight new routes from Copenhagen (in Denmark). Ah, the joys of EU liberalisation. Plus new routes from Mexicana, SriLankan and TUIfly.com. Ryanair took the week off but will be back with a bang next week!
This week’s new routes are provided by AerArann, Allegiant Air, Austrian, Baboo, jetBlue and Volaris.
Switzerland’s second airport broke through the 10 million barrier in 2007 and saw Qatar Airways add new connections to Doha and New York. easyJet now has over 30% of scheduled capacity and LCCs account for over 40% of traffic. The UK is the number one country market and the importance of the ski market is clear from the seasonality profile.
Anyone operating Q400s must be facing anxious times. Flybaboo only has one but it represents one-third of its total fleet. But this Geneva-based regional, which is celebrating its fourth birthday, will become a jet operator in 2008. What are its key routes and what competition does the airline face?
easyJet gets an eighth aircraft at Geneva and launches several new routes, including its first to Belgium. We analyse easyJet’s Geneva base and reveal what it has dropped to make way for some seasonal routes. Is easyJet bigger than Swiss at GVA? You bet, and we show you who else it’s beating too.