Articles Tagged ‘LHR’
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?
With 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?
We take a look at 16 of Europe’s leading airports and examine how their traffic has been developing during 2007. Among the major hubs Madrid has had a fantastic year with 15% while Heathrow has struggled match its 2006 performance. Two Scandinavian hubs have seen only modest growth while Vienna is surging ahead thanks to SkyEurope.
The 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.
BA has finally ordered some new big aircraft and has made both Airbus and Boeing happy. We look at which long-haul routes are BA’s busiest at Heathrow and when local residents can currently see/hear long-haul aircraft at Heathrow. Plus, we speculate which destinations BA might serve in future with its B787s.
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?