Eurowings seats remain down versus 2019; domestic market still falling; Hannover base reopens

Eurowings HAJ base

Eurowings is the lower-cost unit of the Lufthansa Group. It can trace its history back to 1993, when it was a regional carrier. It began to be remodelled as an LCC in 2015.

Cirium schedules information shows that the Eurowings Group has 9.5 million available seats in Q3 2024 (July-September). Capacity has risen by 5.3% versus Q3 2023 but remains down by a hefty 8.9% compared to 2019.

According to Planespotters.net, the Eurowings Group now has 117 aircraft (including 17 wet-leased aircraft). Excluding its leased-in equipment, its fleet is all-Airbus. There are A319s, A320ceos (11 from Avion Express), A320neos, A321ceos and A321neos. It currently has five A321neos, the first delivered in 2023. It also has six 737-800s, each wet-leased from Smartwings.

Hannover base has reopened with two A320s

It has two aircraft stationed there in S24 with 17 routes, although it ranks third by capacity behind TUI fly and Lufthansa. Eurowings’ capacity and network from the airport are smaller than it was in the pre-pandemic period.

Most of Eurowings’ bases are inevitably in Germany. However, a Vienna base opened in 2015, Salzburg and Palma de Mallorca in 2017, Pristina in 2021, Prague in 2021 and Stockholm ARN and Graz in 2022. Aircraft are no longer stationed at all these airports.

Düsseldorf remains the number-one airport

Using Cirium data to analyse the airline’s Q3 capacity indicates that there are 140 airports in its network. In comparison to Q3 2023, Amsterdam, Agadir, Marsa Alam, Timisoara, and Wrocław are no longer served; several return later in 2024. Chișinău, Erfurt, Fez, Florence, Iasi, Marrakech, Tallinn and Tel Aviv were not served in these three months last year but now are.

Düsseldorf comfortably remains the most-served airport and is one of six German airports in the top 10 – which does not include Hannover. Eurowings is the largest operator at four of its leading German airports: Düsseldorf (39% of the airport’s Q3 seats), Stuttgart (44%), Hamburg (29%) and Cologne (40%). The big presence follows Lufthansa’s decision some time ago to concentrate on its Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

Top 10 Eurowings airports Q3 2024

Shannon AIrport

Four non-German airports are in its top 10. Palma de Mallorca is its second most-deserved airport networkwide, thanks to being so popular for Germans and the peak months being examined.

Vienna is 10th. While Eurowings has 156,000 departing seats, it is nearly two-thirds smaller at the Austrian capital than it was in the pre-pandemic Q3 2019. Ryanair and Wizz Air have grown massively. Interestingly, Eurowings’ capacity has risen year-on-year, although it only has five routes, all to Germany.

The domestic German market is 13% smaller year-on-year

While Eurowings’ network includes the domestic German market and multiple big cities across Europe, it is primarily a leisure operator. VFR markets are also significant, with Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkiye important to this end.

It has 4.9 million departing Germany seats, up by almost 4% year-on-year, which is entirely because of the international market. The domestic market has shrunk by 13% compared to last year and is down by a staggering 69% versus 2019.

Top 10 Eurowings countries Q3 2024

Of Eurowings’ largest country markets, UK capacity has risen by 13%. It serves Birmingham, Edinburgh, Jersey, London LHR, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay. Most of its expansion is because of Edinburgh and Manchester, with both cities having new routes, including from Stuttgart in May. Switzerland’s seats have risen by almost 16%, entirely because of Zurich’s growth.

Manchester - HAJ

London Southend Airport