Take-offs & Landings
Wizz Air to base third A320 in Kutaisi and open six new routes; results in a total of 27 routes for 2019 and over one million seats
On 1 February, Wizz Air confirmed that from August it will base a third aircraft in Kutaisi and launch six new routes to Bari, Basel, Brussels Charleroi, Copenhagen, Eindhoven and Tallinn. Jonathan Ford looks at the airline’s development from Kutaisi and gives more in-depth knowledge of the routes being launched.
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
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 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 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
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.
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 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
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 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 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 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.