Eurowings launch at Memmingen

Located about 110 kilometres from central Munich, Memmingen is known as a secondary airport for ULCC giants Ryanair and Wizz Air. However, its biggest claim to fame is that it is Germany’s fastest-growing airport. It welcomed 2.82 passengers in 2023, up significantly versus 2019. Memmingen ended 2023 as Germany’s 10th busiest airport. Ryanair and Wizz […]

Condor Airlines

Condor is famous for its striking and highly controversial stripey livery. According to Planespotters.net, the leisure carrier’s fleet consists of 49 aircraft: 12 A320s, 13 A321s, 13 A330-900s, nine 757-300s and two 767-300ERs. Its A330neos were all delivered between December 2022 and January 2024. The last of its 767s will be retired in March ahead […]

March 4, 2024 | Airlines, Europe, North America, 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 […]

New routes, frequency growth and the arrival of new airlines on the cards for Münster/Osnabrück in 2024

In the picturesque northwest of Germany close to the Dutch border, Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) has emerged as a standout success in the country’s aviation sector in 2023, which is still navigating the challenges in the aftermath of the Covid-19 global health emergency. With its strategic location and a commitment to innovation, FMO matched pre-pandemic passenger […]

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 […]

Berlin Brandenburg

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) was opened in 2020 to replace the city’s two smaller airports and has experienced significant progress in its traffic development year-on-year, signifying a turnaround following a challenging start in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. During 2023, Berlin Airport, as Germany’s third busiest, successfully increased its passenger numbers compared to last […]

December 18, 2023 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

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 […]

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 […]

Air China Munich

Thanks to Lufthansa and Star Alliance, Frankfurt and Munich are important long-haul airports, where ‘long-haul’ is defined as any destination located 4,500+ kilometres away. Frankfurt has 3.34 million departing long-haul seats this July-September (Q3), according to Cirium schedules data. It is Europe’s third-busiest long-haul airport and the sixth globally. Munich has 1.10 million and is […]

easyJet at Munich

easyJet has 700,000 departing seats from Germany this July-September (Q3), according to Cirium schedules information. It is Germany’s sixth-largest foreign carrier and ninth overall. While the LCC’s entire operation has 9.2% more seats than in 2022, Germany is down by 16.8%. Not helped by typically high costs, high taxes, low yields, a greatly dominant Lufthansa […]

PLAY at Hamburg

With a metro population of over five million people, Hamburg has non-stop flights to 120 destinations this summer. The airport has various new carriers this year: Iberia Regional (charters for cruise ships), Marabu, PLAY and Volotea. It also sees the return of Air Serbia and Norway’s Widerøe. 11.1 million passengers in 2022 According to Air […]