mont-airport

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport (MPL) is not your average Mediterranean airport. Rather than having seasonal spikes, it sees a steady flow of passengers all year round, with winter traffic just a third lower than during the busy summer months. Little wonder it was one of the fastest recovering French airports for the second year running in 2022, […]

May 6, 2023 | Air Service Event News

Gulf Air Nice launch

Gateway to world-renowned Côte d’Azur, France’s top tourist destination after Paris, Nice welcomed 12.12 million passengers in 2022. It was country’s third busiest airport, based on data collected by Air Service One. The airport’s traffic is shown below. France’s fifth most populous city, Nice’s passenger volume was 83.7% of that in 2019, according to the […]

Volotea

Spanish headquartered Volotea operated its first commercial flights on 5 April 2012, from its first base at Venice VCE to Brindisi, Cagliari and Palermo. It just celebrated its 11th birthday and recently announced that it had carried 50 million passengers. It reached 40 million passengers in March 2022, 25 million in July 2019 and 15 […]

Brest Chalair

Located in Brittany in the far northwest of France, Brest’s recovery continues. Brest welcomed 801,000 passengers in 2022, over a third lower than in 2019, its record year to date. Analysis of Brest’s passenger statistics reveals that this was primarily because of the domestic market, which was down by an estimated 293,000 passengers (-28%) versus […]

March 14, 2023 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis

easyJet this summer:

Unlike Ryanair and Wizz Air, who have both increased their market share of European air travel since 2019, easyJet’s share has remained virtually unchanged at around 7.5%. This still makes it Europe’s second biggest carrier, well ahead of Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Wizz Air. Analysis of Cirium schedule data for 2023 Q2 indicated that easyJet’s […]

Bordeaux AIrport

It looks set to be a stellar summer season for Bordeaux Airport, which has just released its flight schedule. The headline stats are: 128 direct routes (including 11 new routes), 93 destinations and 25 airline partners. The airport’s expanding route network is partly down to the densification programmes of major hub airlines, including IAG group […]

February 21, 2023 | Air Service Event News

easyJet Promotion

For many years France was seen as a challenging market for Europe’s low-cost carriers. A combination of high airport charges, high social costs for staff employed there and a perceived belief that the French were not keen on low-cost airlines, helped keep Air France in a dominant position. Originally, it was only easyJet (with its […]

European Domestic Market Analysis

The last week has sadly seen the collapse of two European airlines, Flybe version 2 and Flyr. Both carriers were launched since the start of the pandemic and focussed, at least initially, on their respective domestic markets of the UK and Norway. While the revived Flybe remained focussed on the domestic market for all of […]

February 3, 2023 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

ORY - SUF

The latest traffic statistics from the busiest French airports for August 2022 show that four of the top 15 airports have seen traffic recover to beyond pre-pandemic levels. Overall, across all the top 15 airports, passenger numbers were down 13% versus August 2019. However, among Europe’s busiest country markets by seat capacity in August, France […]

October 12, 2022 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

A320 at AJA

When the COVID pandemic struck, governments were quick to impose severe restrictions on international travel in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus. This meant that during the summer of 2020, holidaymakers were encouraged to plan domestic holidays rather than travelling abroad. For people in mainland France this meant that the Mediterranean island […]

September 20, 2022 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story