DL ATL-EDI

Edinburgh ended 2023 with about 14.4 million passengers, making it the UK’s sixth-busiest airport. While traffic was -2.3% below that of 2019, it was much better recovered than UK airports generally (-8.4%). Edinburgh has gained nine airlines since 2021 Examining Cirium schedules data shows that the Scottish capital has welcomed the following carriers since 2021, […]

BHX 5 million pax easyJet

easyJet only serves Birmingham in the English Midlands. While Cirium data shows that the West Midlands airport only ranks as the LCC’s ninth most-served UK airport this summer by available seats, it is nonetheless increasingly important, as its base there opens in March. It will be the carrier’s only base in the Midlands since it […]

BEG-OPO

Porto is the second most populous city in Portugal and a growing tourist hotspot. It welcomed 15.2 million passengers in 2023, 16% higher than its previous record. It was especially because of the fast growth of easyJet and Ryanair, although other airlines grew strongly too. It gained multiple airlines last year, including airBaltic, Air Serbia, […]

February 29, 2024 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

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, […]