Take-offs & Landings

Ryanair makes Lisbon base number 65; now #3 after TAP and easyJet

Ryanair makes Lisbon base number 65; now #3 after TAP and easyJet

Less than two months after starting flights to the Portuguese capital, Ryanair has announced that Lisbon will become a full-blown base starting in April, with the addition of four new routes. Initially just a single 737-800 will be based there helping the airline to grab a 6% share of the airport’s weekly seat capacity.

Thai Lion Air becomes latest Lion Air joint venture

Thai Lion Air becomes latest Lion Air joint venture

Indonesia’s Lion Air is spreading its wings. Having started a joint venture in Malaysia in March of last year, it launched its Thai-based LCC, Thai Lion Air, in early December. We reveal some slightly odd scheduling as the airline copes with having just two aircraft at present.

Tigerair Australia bares its teeth at Brisbane

Tigerair Australia bares its teeth at Brisbane

Finishing the deal that brought two Tigerair Australia aircraft to Brisbane was probably not done on the airport’s apron between the two CEOs, but how the LCC is going head-to-head with Qantas’ in-house LCC Jetstar Airways may have been discussed. anna.aero takes a look down under.


Tirana Airport faces major challenge as belleair ceases operations; Italian LCC blu-express starts seven routes to assist

Tirana Airport faces major challenge as belleair ceases operations; Italian LCC blu-express starts seven routes to assist

Albanian carrier belleair’s grounding may not be big news on a pan-European scale, but last year the airline accounted for 50% of the 1.7 million passengers who passed through Tirana International Airport. We reveal which routes it operated from Tirana this summer and which of these have been ‘saved’ by Italian LCC blu-express.

Etihad Airways makes Etihad Regional as it buys 33.3% of Darwin Airline

Etihad Airways makes Etihad Regional as it buys 33.3% of Darwin Airline

Etihad Airways calls its acquisition of a 33.3% stake of Darwin Airline to create Etihad Regional a ‘step-change in global aviation’, however we prefer the more Darwinian phrase ‘natural selection’ as it seeks more feed onto its European services. anna.aero takes a look at the impact of this latest cash withdrawal from the Bank of Etihad.

flybe's six dropped bases compared

flybe’s six dropped bases compared

flybe recently announced plans to close six of its UK bases. We combine some estimated fare data with our sector length analysis, to compare a selection of the airline’s major airports and show where Aberdeen, Guernsey, Jersey, Inverness, Isle of Man and Newcastle rank. We also reveal which routes may be under threat from these airports.


Ryanair reveals 12 new routes from London Stansted

Ryanair reveals 12 new routes from London Stansted

After last week’s announcement in Dublin, Ryanair has revealed 12 new routes for London Stansted, though four of them had previously been announced. The airline returns to Osijek in Croatia, while several airports see a doubling of Ryanair destinations. Increases in frequency on 17 other routes will see Ryanair adding 20 daily flights from its biggest base in S14.

Norwegian MADness; launches six new routes from Madrid Barajas Airport which becomes fifth Spanish base

Norwegian MADness; launches six new routes from Madrid Barajas Airport which becomes fifth Spanish base

While easyJet has scrapped its base in Madrid, Norwegian has decided to base two 737-800s there starting next June. We reveal what competition the airline will face.

Ryanair reveals nine new routes from Dublin Airport; Bucharest makes first ever appearance, while Basel and Prague are back in favour

Ryanair reveals nine new routes from Dublin Airport; Bucharest makes first ever appearance, while Basel and Prague are back in favour

Ryanair’s route network from Dublin is to return to growth in 2014 – by almost 10% –following the scrapping of the €3 per passenger air travel tax.


Air Costa becomes India's newest airline

Air Costa becomes India’s newest airline

Air Costa has become the newest scheduled airline to operate in the Indian domestic market. With two E170s and just four routes on sale at present, the airline faces some major challenges. We take a closer look at the airline’s operational schedule and see what competition it faces.

Zagrosjet begins operations from Erbil Airport in Iraq

Zagrosjet begins operations from Erbil Airport in Iraq

Zagrosjet is a new airline that has chosen Erbil Airport in Northern Iraq as its base. With a single A321 the airline will soon be offering flights to five destinations, only one of which is not already served from the airport. We reveal the aircraft’s daily rotation plan and show which carriers it will be competing against.

Naples Airport set to become easyJet’s latest base

Naples Airport set to become easyJet’s latest base

Like buses, you wait for easyJet base for over two years, and then all of a sudden two turn up in a matter of weeks. Base #24 will be in Naples, its third in Italy, meaning the LCC will have 25-based units in the country from S14.