The Northern Norwegian city of Tromsø is located within the Arctic Circle and plays a vital role in the region’s tourism and economic development. While the vast majority of Tromsø’s capacity is domestic, there has been a considerable increase in new international capacity, including from multiple new routes. According to Cirium schedules information, Tromsø has 172,000 departing international […]

January 30, 2024 | Airports, 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, […]

flydubai SZG

Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of Mozart, the location of the Sound of Music, its UNESCO heritage centre and mountainous backdrop. While only Austria’s fifth most populous city, Salzburg had almost 1.39 million passengers between January and October 2023. Helped by being a popular tourist destination, including in winter for skiing, it is country’s […]

SZG-AMS

Eurowings chose the first day of December to launch flights between Salzburg and Amsterdam. The 775-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly, on Fridays and Sundays, with the A320 aircraft. The airline goes head-to-head against Transavia’s weekly rotation on the route, however, competition will heat up from 16 December when easyJet introduces flights between the two […]

December 5, 2023 | Latest Route News +

STR - DXB

Since 2015 Dubai has been the leading non-European destination from European airports as measured by annual non-stop seat capacity. That was the year when it overtook New York, which had previously held that honour. Just a decade earlier, in 2005, Dubai had only had around 40% of New York’s European seat capacity. Since 2015, Dubai […]

Cologne Abu Dhabi

  Cologne Bonn is Germany’s sixth-busiest airport this winter. The latest Cirium data shows that it has 1.86 million departing seats, which is a quarter lower than in W19. While the North Rhine-Westphaliaairport’s recovery has been impacted by Eurowings’ cuts and the exit of easyJet – previously the fourth-largest carrier – in particular, it has […]

PRG-AGA

Eurowings introduced a new service between Prague and Agadir in Morocco on Wednesday 1 November. The 2,960-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the 180-seat A320 aircraft. Eurowings faces no competition on the route, being the only carrier linking Prague with Morocco during the winter. Over the summer months, Smartwings maintains […]

November 10, 2023 | Latest Route News +

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 […]