Take-offs & Landings

TAP plugs gaps in European network with addition of Athens, Düsseldorf, Manchester and Vienna

TAP plugs gaps in European network with addition of Athens, Düsseldorf, Manchester and Vienna

Portugal’s flag-carrier announced six new European destinations last week. Four of them filled major gaps in the airline’s network. But which three major European air travel destinations does the airline still not serve (although it has in the past)?

Ryanair calls Nein, Nein, Nein on German expansion

Ryanair calls Nein, Nein, Nein on German expansion

Ryanair is axing more German flights and routes next summer as a result of the government ‘eco-tax’. Which country markets will suffer most? Which airport will see the biggest cuts and how much is its German capacity likely to be down by next summer? And is Altenburg the next Friedrichshafen?

Wizz Air announces 11 new routes for next summer including first services to Aarhus and Stavanger

Wizz Air announces 11 new routes for next summer including first services to Aarhus and Stavanger

Wizz Air’s 11 new routes will generate an additional 25 weekly rotations next summer. So how many airports does Wizz Air now operate from? And which are its busiest airports this winter? Curiously, the busiest is not even in Central Europe.


germanwings starts tax-saving Maastricht services to Berlin

germanwings starts tax-saving Maastricht services to Berlin

Responding to the German government’s introduction of an air travel tax for 2011 germanwings has moved a couple of flights from Cologne/Bonn into neighbouring Holland. Which other carrier operates flights from the airport close to the Dutch/German border?

Transavia.com re-focuses on Netherlands after Danish dalliance; six new destinations starting next summer

Transavia.com re-focuses on Netherlands after Danish dalliance; six new destinations starting next summer

Copenhagen didn’t work out for Transavia.com so it’s focussing on new Dutch routes for 2011. Which new destinations are being added and what competition will be faced? And which major European market has the airline pulled out of after seven years?

Re-born at Ras Al Khaimah; two routes already operating, RAK Airways Bangladesh and Egypt routes start this month

Re-born at Ras Al Khaimah; two routes already operating, RAK Airways Bangladesh and Egypt routes start this month

The UAE has another airline but what makes this one unusual? Which routes has it already started and which ones will soon be added? And what’s unusual about the airline’s current schedule? Who else flies to Ras Al Khaimah and since when?


Condor adds Seattle to Calgary, Recife and Split as new destinations for 2011; 58 routes from Frankfurt in S11

Condor adds Seattle to Calgary, Recife and Split as new destinations for 2011; 58 routes from Frankfurt in S11

German leisure carrier Condor is now wholly owned by Thomas Cook and is the second biggest carrier at Frankfurt. But where does it fly to (and how often), how big is its fleet and what did it do (not very successfully) in Munich in 2006?

airberlin confirms London Gatwick services to Hannover and Nuremberg; three routes to stay at London Stansted

airberlin confirms London Gatwick services to Hannover and Nuremberg; three routes to stay at London Stansted

Future oneworld partner airberlin is moving two routes from London Stansted to London Gatwick to be closer to British Airways. We take a closer look at the airline’s interesting network activities at Stansted since 2002.

Air Astana reveals plans to add five new routes this winter; Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan to benefit

Air Astana reveals plans to add five new routes this winter; Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan to benefit

Air Astana will soon be receiving some lovely new E190s and has announced some new routes on which they will operate. Three of the routes are from Almaty, the country’s former capital and growing hub for the airline.


Vueling announces French base; further foreign bases to follow Toulouse

Vueling announces French base; further foreign bases to follow Toulouse

Vueling has announced a foreign base, but which routes will it bring with how many aircraft? And which airlines is the Spanish LCC attacking?

Norwegian’s Dreamliners - an exclusive Q&A with CCO Daniel Skjeldam

Norwegian’s Dreamliners – an exclusive Q&A with CCO Daniel Skjeldam

anna.aero jumped at an opportunity to ask Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, Daniel Skjeldam, some key network development-related questions about this week’s announcement that it will acquire two 787 Dreamliners in late 2012. In his forthright answers, Skjeldam even tells us which snacks will be served en-route to the Big Apple.

Wizz Air makes Vilnius base #14 with one A320 and eight routes; Ryanair in nearby Kaunas provides competition

Wizz Air makes Vilnius base #14 with one A320 and eight routes; Ryanair in nearby Kaunas provides competition

Wizz Air is following in Ryanair’s footsteps and setting up a base in Lithuania. But what competition will it face next April when it launches its eight new routes? And which of these routes might provoke Ryanair into responding?