US-EUROPE

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 […]

AOI-VIE

Aerotalia opened its new base in Ancona on Sunday 1 October, launching several new routes. Rome FCO (2-daily) Milan LIN (12-weekly) Naples (daily) Vienna (2-weekly) Barcelona (2-weekly) Bucharest BBU (3-weekly) All flights will be operated by the 68-seat ATR72 turboprop aircraft wet-leased from Romania’s Air Connect. The three domestic services are operated as Public Service Obligation flights. […]

October 4, 2023 | Latest Route News +

AirConnect - Budpaest Cake

Having operated a series of charter flights in S22, Romania’s AirConnect started its own scheduled services on 27 March. As they were expected to begin last summer, the delay meant the regional carrier performed many wet-lease flights for other operators. It has two ATR-72-600s but is also leasing in a Saab 340, with talk of […]

OTP - AAR

When Blue Air ceased operations in early September it presented an opportunity for Wizz Air to further expand its presence in Romania, particularly in Bucharest. Analysis of Cirium schedule data for December shows that the Romanian capital is now Wizz Air’s second biggest base, behind only London LTN. Since December 2019, Wizz Air flights have […]

Bucharest Airport

Prior to the pandemic, Central Europe’s four busiest airports were Warsaw WAW (18.9 million passengers in 2019), Prague (17.8 million), Budapest (16.2 million) and Bucharest (14.7 million). According to ACI Europe figures they ranked 36th, 39th, 41st and 46th among all European airports. Three of them had grown by around 6% versus 2018, while Budapest […]

Blue Air

Romanian carrier Blue Air suspended operations starting on Wednesday 7 September after its bank accounts were frozen by the Romanian government. The airline says it will resume service on Monday 12 September and flights are still bookable on its website from that day forward. The airline launched scheduled services on 13 December 2004 with flights […]

September 8, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Tarom

Romania’s state-owned flag-carrier TAROM continues to operate, despite, according to local sources, not having generated a profit since 2007. According to planespotters.net, the SkyTeam member currently has 26 aircraft, 12 Boeing 737s (four -800s, four -700s and four -300s), four Airbus A318s, six ATR 72s and four ATR 42s. Of these, 10 are currently not […]