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Ryanair finally adds Lisbon Airport to its route network

Ryanair finally adds Lisbon Airport to its route network

Not content with announcing a new 10-year deal at London Stansted, its biggest base, Ryanair has revealed plans to finally start serving Lisbon, its third airport in Portugal. We look at what indirect competition it will face on the four routes announced so far, and how seasonal its operations at Faro and Porto are.

Kuala Namu Airport, Medan’s new replacement for Polonia International Airport in Sumatra, is up and running

Kuala Namu Airport, Medan’s new replacement for Polonia International Airport in Sumatra, is up and running

Berlin, Doha, Medan – which is the odd one out? Yes, it’s Medan, as its new airport is up and running. Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) opened for business on 25 July as the replacement for Medan’s Polonia International Airport (MES). We reveal how quickly demand has grown at the airport, and which are the leading airlines.

Comiso Airport finally welcomes Ryanair as first scheduled airline to serve Sicily's newest airport

Comiso Airport finally welcomes Ryanair as first scheduled airline to serve Sicily’s newest airport

Comiso Airport is the new kid on the block in the Sicilian airport market as Ryanair starts the first of three planned routes. If three is a crowd, what does that make four airports competing for Sicily’s air travel demand?


Inch fills Fas-sized hole at anna.aero

Inch fills Fas-sized hole at anna.aero

Like a Premier League football club, anna.aero has also been active in the summer transfer market. Magdalena Fas has returned to her home (league) in Poland, and is replaced by a product of anna.aero’s policy to bring in fresh talent from the youth team – Steve Inch (or approximately 2.5cm to our European cousins). Cue Top Gun music…

HOU's the BOSs? JetBlue's latest Boston route closes gap on New York JFK; just four routes dropped in last 12 months

HOU’s the BOSs? JetBlue’s latest Boston route closes gap on New York JFK; just four routes dropped in last 12 months

JetBlue is now in its 14th year of operation and is growing by around 6% this summer. New York JFK and Boston are the leading airports for the airline’s mixed fleet of A320s and E190s, but we take a closer look at which airports have been growing fastest in the last 12 months, and how many routes have been added, and how many dropped.

Air India Birmingham route launch party

Air India Birmingham route launch party

With four-weekly 787 services planned to commence on 1 August from Amritsar and Delhi to Birmingham, representatives from Air India and Birmingham Airport celebrated the new route in style along with business and community leaders.


Fourth airline in four years fails at London Oxford

Fourth airline in four years fails at London Oxford

anna.aero is the champion of those brave entrepreneurs which take the risk to launch new services in unproven markets. So we were quite confused when we heard that Minoan Air was cancelling its London Oxford routes despite gradually improving load factors. Read our investigation here.

Air Canada rouge launches with 14 destinations and four aircraft; only Edinburgh and Venice not already served

Air Canada rouge launches with 14 destinations and four aircraft; only Edinburgh and Venice not already served

As WestJet goes regional with Encore, to take on Air Canada in smaller, short-haul markets, Air Canada has launched a new leisure airline to take on WestJet (and others) on flights to the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico from Toronto (and Montreal). There are also some summer-only European routes. We analyse how much competition each route faces.

WestJet Encore launches with two Q400s, and Nanaimo and Fort St. John in British Columbia as new destinations

WestJet Encore launches with two Q400s, and Nanaimo and Fort St. John in British Columbia as new destinations

Canada’s WestJet has launched its regional, Q400-operating subsidiary, WestJet Encore. We reveal the rotation plans for the first two aircraft for their first few weeks of service and how the airline has created some operational flexibility.


AirAsia Group still growing at 20% but drops 11 routes; most new routes in Indonesia, Zest Air merger in the Philippines

AirAsia Group still growing at 20% but drops 11 routes; most new routes in Indonesia, Zest Air merger in the Philippines

Asia’s biggest LCC is still highly profitable, and growing quickly. But along the way even the AirAsia group of airlines has dropped a few routes in the last 12 months, and we reveal which ones. However, it is also starting more than twice as many as it is dropping.

Darwin Airline selects Cambridge Airport as first UK base

Darwin Airline selects Cambridge Airport as first UK base

Lugano-based regional carrier Darwin Airline has chosen Cambridge as its first base in the UK, operating four international routes from the beginning of September with Saab 2000s. We have the details and an exclusive interview with the airline’s CCO.

FlyNonstop starts flights from Kristiansand in Norway to seven destinations including London City and Berlin SXF

FlyNonstop starts flights from Kristiansand in Norway to seven destinations including London City and Berlin SXF

Kristiansand is Norway’s ninth busiest airport, and handled over one million passengers for the first time in 2012. Now it has its own local airline, FlyNonstop, which launched operations last week with a single 100-seat E190. We analyse the airline’s daily flight operations.