German domestic air travel market only just over half the size it was pre-pandemic; LH Group has monopoly

One of the biggest mysteries of post-pandemic air travel in Europe has been the remarkably slow recovery of the German domestic market. According to passenger statistics at German airports published monthly by ADV, domestic passenger numbers started 2023 around 57% down on 2019. In both September and October that figure had improved somewhat but demand […]


Three-quarters of Tirana’s winter seat capacity is provided by ULCC giants Wizz Air and Ryanair, based on Cirium schedules information. While Wizz Air has served the Albanian capital since April 2017, the first flight by Ryanair was on 31 October 2023 – the first day of W23. Ryanair immediately became the airport’s second-largest operator, which […]

Milan Bergamo Airport surpasses 15 million passengers and expands global connectivity

Milan Bergamo Airport handled a record 15.97 million passengers in 2023, showcasing an exceptional recovery and expansion from pre-pandemic operations. This represents a notable year-on-year increase of 24.4%, and an improvement of 15.3% compared to the previous record set in 2019. The success story extends beyond passenger numbers, with aircraft movements exceeding 100,000 for the […]

January 8, 2024 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis


London Southend Airport has unveiled a strategic collaboration with the Italian airline Aeroitalia, introducing a new service to Italy, with plans for additional routes in the future. Commencing on Monday March 25, London Southend will facilitate 6-weekly Aeroitalia flights to Milan Bergamo Airport. The new route promises a convenient link to Italy’s second largest city, […]

January 4, 2024 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis


Singapore is one of 101 international airports in Asia-Pacific connected to Europe on a non-stop or one-stop same plane service. This is based on Cirium schedules information data for Q1 2024 (January-March) and having at least four departing flights. Singapore ranks number one Examining Cirium schedules data indicates that Singapore ranks number one from Europe […]


With 2023 almost done and dusted, it seems a good time to analyse how European air travel has evolved since 2019. With this year (arguably) the first normal year for travel post-pandemic, how have Europe’s biggest airlines and country markets performed compared with four years ago? Overall, according to our analysis of Cirium schedules data, […]


Some 56 airports in Europe will have scheduled non-stop flights to the US in 2024, based on Cirium schedules information. This is the case whether they are year-round or seasonal. But what of Europe’s busiest airports without US service? Some airports have never had them, while others have lost them. Some are surprising but others […]

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Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of Mozart, the location of the Sound of Music, its UNESCO heritage centre and mountainous backdrop. While only Austria’s fifth most populous city, Salzburg had almost 1.39 million passengers between January and October 2023. Helped by being a popular tourist destination, including in winter for skiing, it is country’s […]

Berlin Brandenburg

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) was opened in 2020 to replace the city’s two smaller airports and has experienced significant progress in its traffic development year-on-year, signifying a turnaround following a challenging start in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. During 2023, Berlin Airport, as Germany’s third busiest, successfully increased its passenger numbers compared to last […]

December 18, 2023 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

2023 air service one

Europe’s big three (U)LCCs – easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air – continued to evolve their networks in 2023. In this analysis of Cirium schedules data Air Service One reveals which airports these carriers chose to serve for the first time this year, which airports have seen a resumption of services and identifies those airports that […]