Aer Lingus raced down Budapest Airport’s runway to take the title of “Fastest Airline in the World” beating other airlines, airports, and aviation enterprises from all over the world in the air transport industry’s annual charity race, “bud:runway run” organised by Budapest Airport, Nike, Wizz Air, and anna.aero. Aer Lingusraced down Budapest Airport’s Runway […]
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Emirates’ new Oslo 777-300 service joins existing Scandinavian flights to Copenhagen and Stockholm Arlanda. Brussels also linked to Dubai mega hub. Emirates’ Dubai to Brussels Emirates has added another two European capital cities to its burgeoning Dubai (DXB) hub this week, commencing daily services toboth Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) on 2 September, closely followed by […]
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A total of 30 air services were launched by 18 airlines during the course of last week, including Cebu Pacific Air adding its longest route so far— to Kuwait, Aurigny launching its third London connection as well as Frontier Airlines expanding its presence at Washington Dulles with five more routes. The rest of this […]
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Delta Air Lines adds two new routes from Atlanta, GA to Lincoln, NE and Rochester, MN, and from Detroit, MI to Rochester, MN with daily operations, utilising ExpressJet Airlines and Endeavor Air’s metal. Delta Air Lines, which during the course of last week decided to go year-round on the New York JFK-Zurich airport pair, expanded […]
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Despite the fact that a number of new routes have been launched by Delta Air Lines from Atlanta in the last 12 months, the total number of weekly departures operated by the carrier has remained unchanged this September. anna.aero undertakes an in-depth analysis of exactly what are the top 12 routes flown by the SkyTeam […]
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Cebu Pacific Air now links Manila to Kuwait with thrice-weekly flights. Cebu Pacific Air has started a new long-haul service from Manila (MNL) to Kuwait City (KWI). On 2 September the airline began thrice-weekly service on the 5,612-kilometre route using its A330-300s. No other carrier operates this route. Passengers on the inaugural flight were seen […]
Garuda Indonesia resumes service from Jakarta to London Gatwick, but via Amsterdam. Garuda Indonesia has returned to London Gatwick (LGW) after an absence of over 10 years. On Monday 8 September, the Indonesian flag-carrier began flying from Jakarta (CGK) to London’s second busiest airport, via Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The 11,710-kilometre service will be operated […]
Hainan Airlines connects Hangzhou and Xi’an twice-weekly with Paris. Hainan Airlines on 3 September, began twice-weekly flights from Hangzhou (HGH) to Paris CDG (CDG) via Xi’an (XIY). Flights depart Hangzhou every Wednesday and Saturday, but depart Xi’an on Thursdays and Sundays. The airline’s A330-200s will operate the new routes. Hainan Airlines’ other current routes to […]
Ethiopian Airlines begins thrice-weekly flights from Addis Ababa to Madrid operated via Rome Fiumicino, utilising a mixed fleet of its 757-200s and 767-300s. Ethiopian Airlines, which in the previous week launched a new domestic airport pair from its main base to Bale Robe, expanded its international network on 2 September with the addition of its […]
US Airways begins twice-daily flights from Grand Rapids to Charlotte Douglas and Philadelphia using Air Wisconsin’s CRJ 200s. US Airways, which merged with American Airlines last year, started operating from Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) with two new routes, both of which are served twice-daily using Air Wisconsin’s 50-seat CRJ 200s. Firstly, the oneworld member commenced […]
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In our latest weekly dispatch of Network Planning Community News, Ireland West Airport Knock celebrates a passenger milestone and SAS moves into its new Heathrow home on 10 September.
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Possibly the best winner’s photograph that anna.aero has received in the FTWA competition so far — Tokyo Narita’s firefighters pose proudly in all their cosmic gear along with their ‘Arch of Triumph’ winner’s certificate from last week. With its second entry of 2014, London Gatwick, anna.aero’s home airport,has won its first ever ‘Arch of […]
anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Vlad Cristescu, was specially invited by Brussels Airport to attend Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dubai on 5 September. Highlights of the celebrations included the traditional water arch salute, a press conference in the terminal by airport and airline officials as well asa special tour on board Emirates’ 777-200LR. anna.aero was delighted […]
Virgin Atlantic Airways entered the UK domestic market last summer but it appears to be struggling to fill its aircraft. We reveal the airline’s monthly passenger figures and load factors and what else has been happening in the UK domestic market. Data from the UK Civil Aviation Authority reveals that since Virgin Atlantic Airways launched […]
Demand for air travel within Brazil has seen modest growth in 2014 with no obvious spike occurring during the period when the country hosted the FIFA World Cup. Since anna.aero last took a close look at the Brazilian aviation market in December 2013 the country has hosted the FIFA World Cup (12 June to 13 […]
Oil-rich Kuwait is not trying to create another regional aviation mega hub, but has still seen passenger numbers double in the last decade at its only airport. We reveal the airport’s leading airlines and some of the route developments that have occurred in 2014. The State of Kuwait only has one civil airport, Kuwait International […]
Cebu Pacific Air is extending its network reach to Australia and Kuwait. We reveal how rapidly the airline has grown in recent years and which are the airline’s biggest routes as measured by ASKs Cebu Pacific Air has now firmly established itself as the leading airline in the Philippine domestic market, transporting well over 50% […]
The main gateway to the capital of Norway, Oslo Gardermoen handled almost 23 million passengers in 2013 (a new record high). With a total of 33 airlines flying to 117 non-stop destinations, anna.aero takes a closer look at the airport’s recent activity, reveals its seasonality profile and how dominant SAS is this September. Having a […]
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Uzbekistan Airways offers weekly non-stop flights from Frankfurt to Urgench (but not vice-versa) Uzbekistan Airways has introduced a weekly (Saturday) service from Frankfurt (FRA) to Urgench (UGC) in Uzbekistan. The service then continues on to the capital Tashkent. The 4,068-kilometre routes will be served eight times until the end of the summer season using the […]
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Frontier Airlines adds five routes from Washington Dulles to Cincinnati, Detroit, Las Vegas, Memphis and St. Augustine using A320s and competing with Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Frontier Airlines, which on 19 August opened a new base at the busiest airport in the Washington metropolitan area, continued to expand its presence at Washington Dulles, […]
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Air Macau now links Macau with Tianjin four times weekly Air Macau on 6 September added Tianjin (TSN) to its Chinese network. The 1,905-kilometre route from Macau (MFM) will be served four times weekly by the airline’s A319s and will face no direct competition. Tianjin Binhai International Airport, China’s 24th busiest airport last year with […]
Spirit Airlines now connects Houston Intercontinental to San Diego and Fort Lauderdale with daily flights using its A319s. Competes against United Airlines. Spirit Airlines, which on 7 August arrived at Kansas City with five routes, continued to expand its domestic offering with the addition of two airport pairs from Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH), both of […]
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AirAsia India now connects Bengaluru with Chandigarh and Jaipur with daily flights. AirAsia India has grown its fledgling network by adding its fourth and fifth routes from Bengaluru (BLR). On 5 September daily flights were launched on the 1,938-kilometre route to Chandigarh (IXC) and on the 1,521-kilometre route to Jaipur (JAI). Both of these routes […]
Air Arabia makes its second destination in Bangladesh, after Dhaka, Chittagong, from its Ras Al Khaimah base. Air Arabia has strengthened its presence at Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) on 2 September following the introduction of thrice-weekly services from Chittagong (CGP) in Bangladesh. The coastal city is Bangladesh’s second largest, with a population of over 6.5 […]
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easyJet starts destination #47 from its Milan Malpensa hub and its seventh to Spain. easyJet started destination #47 from Milan Malpensa (MXP) and its seventh to Spain, adding to its existing flights to Barcelona, Ibiza, Madrid, Mahon, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, with the start of thrice-weekly operations to Tenerife South (TFS) on 2 September. […]
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Ryanair commences its seventh route to Athens, this time from Brussels Charleroi with daily flights using 737-800s. Ryanair increased its European offering with the addition of its seventh route to Athens (ATH) on 4 September, this time from Brussels Charleroi (CRL). The 2,078-kilometre sector to the capital of Greece will be operated daily by the […]
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Aurigny starts 10 times weekly London City operation to complement its existing 39 times weekly London Gatwick and daily London Stansted services. Aurigny, the de facto flag carrier for the States of Guernsey (GCI), launched services on 8 September to its third London airport, adding to existing flights into London Gatwick (39 weekly) and London […]
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Alitalia starts additional Moroccan link, with Marrakech service complementing its existing 12 times weekly Casablanca flights. Alitalia started its second service in a week from its Rome Fiumicino (FCO) hub, having already resumed a twice-weekly A330 service to Caracas on 1 September, this time commencing twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) operations to Marrakech (RAK) on 3 […]
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Ethiopian Airlines now serves Bale Robe with four weekly flights from Addis Ababa, using its Q400s. Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s third largest carrier that is analysed in more detail in this week’s airline analysis, strengthened its domestic network with the addition of four weekly operations on the 253-kilometre sector from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Bale Robe […]
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Africa’s third largest carrier according to weekly seat capacity, Ethiopian Airlines has been growing without interruption in recent years, handling 5.2 million passengers in FY2013. As the Star Alliance member is now serving a total of 79 destinations across the globe, anna.aero reveals Ethiopian Airlines’ recent development and its top 12 routes for this September. […]
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Football is the most popular sport in Uruguay, with the national team having won two FIFA World Cup titles and reached three additional semi-finals. Nonetheless, Uruguay is also a South American aviation hot-spot, having seen its gateways offering a combined total of 1.7 million passengers last year. With the arrival of Iberia’s four weekly flights […]
A total of 32 air services were launched by 23 airlines during the course of last week, including Etihad Regional arriving at Dresden with daily flights to Amsterdam and Zurich, PEOPLExpress adding New Orleans and St. Pete-Clearwater from Newport News as well as Urumqi Air beginning commercial services from Urumqi to Yining and Kashi. The […]
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Europe’s biggest multi-base LCCs like to link destinations to as many airports as possible, but sometimes they operate just a single year-round route to an airport. We reveal which airports they are for Europe’s five biggest pan-European LCCs. Despite the preference for Europe’s multi-base LCCs to have a strong ‘spider web’ network, with destinations served […]
Covering a catchment area that extends to three countries (Germany, Czech Republic and Poland), Dresden Airport handled 1.8 million passengers in 2013. With a total of 13 carriers operating to 23 non-stop destinations, anna.aero takes a closer look at the airport’s recent activity and reveals how dominant Lufthansa is this September. Opened in July 1935 […]
germanwings commences its seventh domestic route from its Hamburg hub adding Dresden to its network. germanwings has started a new route from Hamburg (HAM), as opposed to inheriting a route from its parent Lufthansa, beginning an 11 times weekly domestic operation to Dresden (DRS) on 1 September. germanwings previously served the market with larger Airbus […]
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Etihad Regional begins Amsterdam and Zurich routes from its new Dresden base; InterSky will compete on Swiss route. Etihad Regional has started two routes from its new Dresden (DRS) base on 1 September, with daily services commencing to both Amsterdam (AMS) and Zurich (ZRH). The Dresden route is the airline’s second German service to Amsterdam, […]
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Iberia re-starts Montevideo from its Madrid network; adds Santo Domingo service too. Iberia has restarted operations from its Madrid (MAD) hub to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo (MVD), a route which it last operated in March 2013. Commencing on 31 August, the four times weekly operation will be flown by the IAG airline’s 254-seat A340s. […]
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Thai AirAsia X now links Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport with Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Narita using A330-300s. Thai AirAsia X, which launched on 17 June with flights to Seoul Incheon, has added its second and third routes from Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK). On 1 September it began five times weekly flights on the 4,157-kilometre route […]
In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Wizz Air records 15 million passengers on a rolling 12-month basis, while London Luton Airport celebrates record breaking summer. We also have news from bud:runway run, Lappeenranta and Leeds Bradford airports.
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bmi regional now connects Kalmar to Berlin Tegel and Gothenburg with six weekly and five weekly flights respectively, using its ERJ 135s. bmi regional’s Kalmar to Berlin Tegel and Gothenburg bmi regional, the former subsidiary of bmi, expanded its European network with two new routes from Kalmar (KLR) in Sweden on 1 September, both of […]
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India’s airlines may not be the most financially healthy in the world, but that isn’t stopping them from achieving reasonable growth in the second quarter of 2014. We reveal which airports are growing fastest for domestic and international traffic and what share of the market AirAsia India has so farmanaged. India’s airports have reported […]
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flyvista joins Air Caucasus and YANAIR in linking Tbilisi with Kiev Zhulyany with thrice-weekly flights, using its single 737-300. flyvista, a new start-up carrier based in Tbilisi (TBS), commenced operations to its second destination on 28 August, with the addition of thrice-weekly flights to Kiev Zhulyany (IEV). Operated by the airline’s single 737-300, the 1,461-kilometre […]
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PEOPLExpress makes New Orleans, LA and St. Pete-Clearwater, FL its latest destinations from Newport News, VA with twice-weekly and thrice-weekly flights respectively. PEOPLExpress continued to expand its Newport News, VA (PHF) offering with the addition of two new sectors on 28 August. The carrier inaugurated twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) operations on the 1,500-kilometre sector to […]
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Last month, this week’s winner– a major Asian airport– won its first weekly‘Arch of Triumph’ title with this FTWA — the third lowest winning score of the year (22.8). This week it has scored over 10 more points to secure victory. But did the Japanese airport make it onto the overall leader […]
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Air China connects Chengdu with new airport at Hongyuan using A319s. Air China’s Chengdu to Hongyuan Air China has become the first airline to operate scheduled services to the new airport at Hongyuan (AHJ). The new airport is located over 3,500-metres above sea level in China’s western plateau area. On 28 August the first A319 […]
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bmi regional is continuing to find new niche markets for its small regional jet fleet. This week saw the start of operations at Kalmar in Sweden. We reveal the airline’s busiest airports, monthly passengers and load factors, and what routes have been started and dropped in the last 12 months. Prior to the emergence of […]
We see hundreds of great route-launch related cakes every year but we don’t often get invited to see how one is made and share in the celebrations. Well, this week we did, thanks to Zurich Airport and Delta Air Lines. Delta Air Lines this week converted its previously seasonal service between New York JFK and […]
Wizz Air now serves Dortmund with twice-weekly flights from Riga, using its A320s. Wizz Air, which opened its 17th base at the gateway to Latvia’s capital with three routes in June, continued to expand its presence at Riga (RIX) with the addition of a new route to Dortmund (DTM) on 31 August. The ULLC’s eighth […]
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Widerøe now connects Molde to Trondheim with nine weekly flights, using its Q300s. Widerøe, the Norwegian regional airline who is expecting more than three million passengers in 2014, expanded its presence at Molde (MOL) with the addition of its fourth route from the Norwegian gateway, this time to Trondheim (TRD). The 201-kilometre domestic sector was […]
Tunisair touches down at London Gatwick from Tunis with weekly flights, using A320s. Tunisair began flights to its second airport in the UK with the introduction of weekly (Mondays) flights from Tunis (TUN) to London Gatwick (LGW) on 1 September, a service moved from London’s primary gateway — Heathrow. The 1,791-kilometre airport pair will be […]
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