Take-offs & Landings

Cornwall Airport Newquay secures key London Heathrow hub link

Cornwall Airport Newquay secures key London Heathrow hub link

22 November: Cornwall Airport Newquay announced that it had secured the return of a long sought-after link to London Heathrow. Flybe will commence flights on 31 March 2019. Reconnecting the UK regions was a vital argument in getting Parliamentary approval for Heathrow Expansion last summer.

Wizz Air to open Krakow base, stationing two A321s and opening 12 routes; leading airport in CEE nations not yet served by carrier

Wizz Air to open Krakow base, stationing two A321s and opening 12 routes; leading airport in CEE nations not yet served by carrier

On 21 November Wizz Air announced that it will begin its first-ever flights from Krakow Airport, commencing in 2019. It will base two A321s and open up 12 new routes. Jonathan Ford looks further into the base details, and highlights some reasons as to why Wizz Air has made this move. 

Turkish Airlines launches operations from new Istanbul Airport

Turkish Airlines launches operations from new Istanbul Airport

Turkish Airlines took the first steps in the planned transfer of its hub operation from Atatürk to the new Istanbul Airport on 31 October, when it began operations to two destinations. Two more routes were added the following day, with all operations due to switch by 31 December. Nick Preston investigates.


Tchadia Airlines takes flight from Chad with an initial network of 11 routes; will increase seat capacity from Chad this winter by 56%

Tchadia Airlines takes flight from Chad with an initial network of 11 routes; will increase seat capacity from Chad this winter by 56%

Tchadia Airlines commenced operations from N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, on 1 October. The carrier is currently operating two Q400s across a network of 11 routes. Jonathan Ford looks further into the initial operations of this Ethiopian Airlines-backed carrier to see what it will offer over the course of this winter.

Ryanair to launch French bases at Bordeaux and Marseille in S19; anna.aero's predictions prove correct

Ryanair to launch French bases at Bordeaux and Marseille in S19; anna.aero’s predictions prove correct

In January, Ryanair indicated that France was foremost in its thoughts for potential new operating bases and anna.aero predicted the four French airports most likely to host a hub. On 27 September the ULCC confirmed that two of these airports, Bordeaux and Marseille, will become bases in time for S19.

The numbers behind BA, Air France and KLM's Iran pull-out

The numbers behind BA, Air France and KLM’s Iran pull-out

It was announced on 23 August that British Airways would join Air France and KLM in stopping its services to Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. Jonathan Ford looks at the numbers behind the carriers’ route performance to see how they were performing leading up to this announcement.


American Airlines' transatlantic capacity to grow in S19 as result of network restructure

American Airlines’ transatlantic capacity to grow in S19 as result of network restructure

American Airlines has confirmed that it will add nine new routes to its transatlantic network for S19, however it will also close six existing services. Jonathan Ford highlights the impact of the carrier’s network restructure on its capacity, plus looks into the demand potential of the new destinations it will serve.

anna.aero joins Widerøe and Liverpool Airport to celebrate airline's first flight from Bergen; first-ever scheduled E190-E2 service to the UK

anna.aero joins Widerøe and Liverpool Airport to celebrate airline’s first flight from Bergen; first-ever scheduled E190-E2 service to the UK

On 10 August Widerøe inaugurated a twice-weekly service between Bergen and Liverpool, becoming the UK airport’s seventh commercial carrier. See how the day’s events unfolded as anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford joined the airline and airport to celebrate the first flight from Norway.

Air Tanzania gets 787-8 – but where will it fly it? Mumbai, London and Guangzhou best options

Air Tanzania gets 787-8 – but where will it fly it? Mumbai, London and Guangzhou best options

Air Tanzania reached a significant milestone earlier this month, when VIPs, staff and crew alike greeted the African airline’s first wide-body to its fleet – ushering in a new chapter in its development. Marc Watkins investigates the carrier’s existing network and its long-haul route plans for the future.


Wizz Air announces second based A320 for Chisinau and five new routes; Air Moldova's operation to remain over twice as big

Wizz Air announces second based A320 for Chisinau and five new routes; Air Moldova’s operation to remain over twice as big

Wizz Air confirmed on 5 July that it will base a second A320 in Chisinau and open routes to Brussels Charleroi, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Paris Beauvais and Memmingen. Jonathan Ford shows how the ULCC has developed from Chisinau in recent years and how its growth impacts Air Moldova’s market share.

LEVEL's Austrian advance; set to become Vienna's #3 largest carrier

LEVEL’s Austrian advance; set to become Vienna’s #3 largest carrier

LEVEL announces its intention to start 14 routes from Vienna Airport – with six to start later this month. Marc Watkins takes a look at the airline rankings at the Austrian capital city airport and the competition on the routes it has announced so far.

SunExpress seeks out London Luton launch

SunExpress seeks out London Luton launch

SunExpress commenced its expansion at London Luton this week, as the airline added four new services to its existing operation to Izmir. anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins went to visit the London airport to be part of the celebrations.