Articles Tagged ‘LHR’
Way back in January anna.aero 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!
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!
Europe’s major hubs are mostly losing passengers, especially Madrid where things have changed a lot in a short period. Among secondary hubs only three out of 11 are still growing. Can you guess which ones? You may be surprised!
Sir Michael Bishop has finally obliged Lufthansa to buy his majority share in bmi. What is Lufthansa getting for its investment apart from over 11% of slots at Heathrow? Where does bmi currently fly from LHR? What will happen to bmibaby and bmi regional?
Kingfisher 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?
While only two of Europe’s top 6 major hubs reported growth in July, most of the home airports of Europe’s smaller flag-carriers reported traffic growth. Alitalia’s single-hub strategy has helped Rome. The re-timing of Easter had a noticeable impact on traffic at several major airports.
New routes started this week operated by Air Asia, clickair, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Kingfisher, LAN, Northwest, S7, Sama and Southwest.
Virgin Atlantic had its busiest ever year last year. Three-quarters of its flights operate from Heathrow and it competes with BA and at least one other carrier on every route. On which routes has it recently had to contend with more competition and which major long-haul markets does the airline not currently serve?
Formerly known as Air Botnia, SAS’s Finnish subsidiary has done some spring cleaning on its route network. Several capital city routes have been axed in the face of stiff competition. It still has to compete with Finnair on every route and a few other carriers as well. But at least it now has access to Heathrow.
Data from the UK CAA shows that airport passenger numbers were up just over 2% last year with a decline in domestic traffic compensated by only modest growth in international markets. But which country markets are booming and which are in decline? And what about individual airport markets?
The world’s busiest international airport has had an eventful start to 2008. T5 finally opened this week and last week the A380 began commercial flights. There have also been protests, security breaches and the crash-landing of a BA 777. But just how dominant (or not) is BA at LHR and which new carriers are muscling in on US routes this summer?
With four new US carriers finally breaking into ‘Fortress Heathrow’ we look at how business and leisure fares vary on the new routes being offered by Continental, Delta, Northwest and US Airways. Which route is the most expensive and which two airlines offer identical fares on similar routes? How do fares compare for US and UK residents?