Marc Watkins Cardiff

My brief is very clear – farming first, hunting later,” says Cardiff Airport’s new Aviation Development Manager Marc Watkins. “So for the immediate future I will be working to ensure that those airlines that have already invested in Cardiff are well-looked after.” In 2022 TUI, KLM, Wizz Air UK, Ryanair, Vueling, Loganair and Eastern Airways have already developed […]

Billund Airport — Denmark’s second largest — has bagged three new airlines and 37 new routes in the last year, despite the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic. Traffic was also strong in 2021, with passenger numbers bouncing back to 70% of pre-pandemic levels. Some 3.7 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2019. Billund […]

Copenhagen Team

Last time we met, things were looking extremely rosy — Denmark had removed all Covid restrictions and traffic was on the up. Everything was looking, well, if not quite golden, then at least silvery. And then Omicron hit. “It was a very unfortunate setback — everyone was concerned that we could be back to square one,” […]

Birmingham at Connect 22

England’s second city — birthplace of heavy metal, home of the Peaky Blinders and gateway to Shakespeare’s country — is on the cusp of a renaissance, and the gateway to it all is Birmingham Airport. The UK’s third largest airport outside of London, BHX has 35 million people living within two hours of its terminal. […]

Ukrain

Ukraine was one of the few European countries to see passenger numbers recover to at least 80% of pre-pandemic levels, at least for some months, in 2021. Despite a population in excess of 40 million, the country’s airports handled just 24 million passengers in 2019. For comparison, Poland, which has a slightly smaller population, saw […]

February 21, 2022 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis

ED S22

Earlier this week Ryanair announced it would be operating its largest ever schedule this summer from Edinburgh and would be basing a record 10 aircraft at the airport. It would also be operating non-stop service to 65 destinations. Of these four are completely new this summer (Bari, Marrakech, Nimes and Santiago de Compostela), while four […]

February 18, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

LIL A319 terminal

According to analysis of Cirium data, Volotea’s scheduled seat capacity during the second half of 2021 was up 14% compared with the second half of 2019. This equates to an additional 685,000 seats. For comparison, among Europe’s top 50 airlines, the next best performing carrier in western Europe was Transavia (the Dutch and French parts […]

February 16, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Cirium

Every airline and airport planner has their own method for trying to identify the next best ideas for new service.  Over the last two years building accurate demand forecasts has become increasingly difficult. Using data from Diio Schedule Snapshot, we know airline network planners are adjusting their schedules with much more frequency than they did […]

February 14, 2022 | Europe, News & Analysis, North America