Unserved Route of the Week

London to Rio +76% in February, but UK to Brazil slows down compared with other South American countries

London to Rio +76% in February, but UK to Brazil slows down compared with other South American countries

With monthly year-on-year growth reaching 80% on selected routes in February, Brazil was praised as the saviour of London Heathrow’s traffic growth. But what hides behind the monthly volatility? How does the trend compare to the region’s average? And why might the UK to Brazil market soon become a oneworld monopoly?

New Caribbean Airlines services from Trinidad and Barbados to London Gatwick set to stimulate demand

New Caribbean Airlines services from Trinidad and Barbados to London Gatwick set to stimulate demand

The UK has strong historic links with many parts of the Caribbean, but which country markets have the biggest air travel demand from the UK? And which markets have grown fastest in the last decade? When did demand peak?

Kingfisher Airlines abandons UK market; Virgin Atlantic announces plans to resume Mumbai flights in October

Kingfisher Airlines abandons UK market; Virgin Atlantic announces plans to resume Mumbai flights in October

The UK – India market is currently going through some changes. Kingfisher’s on-going troubles mean that it is axing its long-haul flights to the UK while Virgin Atlantic is returning to Delhi with twin-engined aircraft later this year. But how have passenger numbers evolved during the last decade, and which routes are now a British Airways monopoly?


Monarch and Ryanair enter London - Barcelona market; both airlines target current easyJet route monopolies

Monarch and Ryanair enter London – Barcelona market; both airlines target current easyJet route monopolies

The UK – Barcelona market saw amazing growth between 1991 and 2007 but has since seen demand drop by almost 30% in just two years. Which carriers are still serving the market and which have cut routes in the last two years? And what’s happened to the Spanish carriers on the route?

Spain's airport growth driven by international traffic; Russia replaces Morocco in top 15 with almost 50% growth

Spain’s airport growth driven by international traffic; Russia replaces Morocco in top 15 with almost 50% growth

Spanish domestic traffic has barely grown in 2011, but international traffic is up over 11%. What growth has there been in the largest individual country markets in the first three-quarters of 2011, and which smaller country markets are growing fastest? Just how badly have the Egyptian and Tunisian markets been affected?

London - Berlin market reaches all-time high in 2010, but what's happened to airberlin and Lufthansa?

London – Berlin market reaches all-time high in 2010, but what’s happened to airberlin and Lufthansa?

The London – Berlin market saw growth of 22% in 2010, but which airport-pair markets have seen the biggest growth? How has the German air travel tax introduced this year affected 2011 passenger numbers? And what happened to the German carriers serving the route?


bmi starts London Heathrow - Nice services; city-pair traffic up 13% in 2011 so far after falling 18% last year

bmi starts London Heathrow – Nice services; city-pair traffic up 13% in 2011 so far after falling 18% last year

The London – Nice market benefited hugely from easyJet’s entry in 1996, but how has traffic evolved since 1987 by London airport? How is traffic performing in 2011 and which two carriers will bmi be joining in the market this week? How have frequencies evolved since 2008 at each London airport?

KLM looks to boost UK regional traffic to Amsterdam; bmibaby, easyJet and Flybe starting new services soon

KLM looks to boost UK regional traffic to Amsterdam; bmibaby, easyJet and Flybe starting new services soon

More than 20 UK airports have non-stop flights to Amsterdam, but how have passenger numbers developed in recent years by region? How many airlines currently serve the market and how much market share do they have? Which new UK services will start in the next few months?

UK – Athens market about to welcome Hellenic Imperial to Gatwick; easyJet adding Edinburgh link in September

UK – Athens market about to welcome Hellenic Imperial to Gatwick; easyJet adding Edinburgh link in September

Hellenic Imperial has announced plans to serve London Gatwick from Athens with widebody aircraft later this summer, but how have passenger numbers developed between UK airports and the Greek capital since 1995? What have been the key capacity, frequency changes in the market during that period?


Sweden - Lithuania market grows by 700% in a year!

Sweden – Lithuania market grows by 700% in a year!

Proving that some intra-European country markets are still anything but mature, we take a look at developments during the last year between Sweden and Lithuania. Which carriers have started, stopped and in some cases re-started services between these two northern European countries?

UK - Munich market grows 10% in 2010 thanks to easyJet

UK – Munich market grows 10% in 2010 thanks to easyJet

Nearly two million passengers travelled between the UK and Bavaria’s biggest airport last year. A number of low-cost carriers have come and gone but easyJet seems to be making a difference. But which legacy carrier still dominates and which LCC recently returned to the market?

UK - Middle East market still booming; Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all increasing Manchester flights this summer

UK – Middle East market still booming; Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all increasing Manchester flights this summer

Passenger numbers at UK airports may have fallen in each of the last three years, but not on routes to the Middle East. We examine the extraordinary growth of traffic to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha from London and the UK’s regional airports as Manchester prepares for a huge boost in capacity in 2011.