LH FRA-HYD

Frankfurt FRA was Europe’s sixth-largest airport in 2023. It had 59.4 million passengers, meaning it was behind London Heathrow, Istanbul IST, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, and Madrid. Traffic was down by 16% versus 2019, mainly because of Lufthansa, big cuts to the domestic market, and the loss of easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air. Their exit (and […]

VCE-EVN

Venice VCE is Italy’s fifth-busiest airport. Between January and November 2023, it welcomed 10.6 million passengers. Despite a good recovery – traffic was about 2% lower than in 2019 – it fell by one place in the country’s rankings as Catania, which was fifth, grew by 6%. Ryanair is VCE’s largest carrier Historically, Ryanair – […]

14 NEW ROUTES

According to our diligent research over the course of 2023, Air Service One estimates that airlines last year launched over 1,400 new routes involving at least one European airport. This is over 20% down compared with 2022 when we identified over 1,800 new European routes. Again, it should be noted that following Russia’s invasion of […]

January 19, 2024 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

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 […]

2023

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, […]

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 […]

EY LIS

Despite being a heavily slot-restricted airport, Lisbon’s passenger traffic continues to go from strength to strength. Between January and October 2023, Portugal’s capital welcomed 28.7 million passengers. Traffic has risen by around 8% versus 2019 with 2.1 million passengers added. It is among Europe’s best-recovered airports. Multiple airlines added Particularly notable airline additions since 2022 […]

Egypt Air at Manchester

Serving a great slice of northern England, Manchester welcomed 24.2 million passengers in the first 10 months of 2023. This included 2.6 million in October, up by more than 5% versus the same month in 2019. It was the first month to have seen traffic exceed pre-pandemic levels. Not surprisingly, the airport’s own statistics shows […]

German Market still down.

With this summer having been the first ‘normal’ travel summer since 2019, a look at airport passenger statistics across this period for the major European air travel markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Türkiye and the UK), reveals some interesting results. Comparing passenger demand for April to September in 2023 versus the same period in 2019 […]