TK DTW

Detroit welcomed its fourth new airline of the year on 15 November. It was Turkish Airlines, which began a 3-weekly service from Istanbul, rising to 4-weekly shortly and 5-weekly next summer. It followed the 18 May launch of Icelandair from Keflavik, with a summer seasonal 4-weekly service. While not long-haul, they joined the 5 May […]

Air Serbia and Chania

Chania is the second most populous city on the Greek island of Crete. Enormously revolving around inbound tourism, Chania – 150 kilometres from the capital Heraklion – welcomed 3.29 million passengers last year. It was the country’s sixth-busiest airport. Never before had it had so many passengers, exceeding its previous traffic record – held in […]

PLAY Keflavik

Keflavik welcomed 6.13 million passengers in 2022, based on Isavia’s figures. Last year, about seven in ten passengers flew Icelandair and PLAY. When all airlines are considered, virtually three-quarters of traffic was local, while a quarter connected. Excluding 2020/2021, that was the lowest proportion of connecting passengers for many years, reflecting the recovery, PLAY’s US […]

KEF - BOS

Iceland’s PLAY recently announced four new routes from Reykjavik starting this summer. Three are in Denmark (Aalborg, Aarhus and Billund) and one is in Germany (Düsseldorf). This brings to 11 the number of new routes the airline currently plans to launch in 2023. The complete list is (weekly frequency at launch in brackets): Geneva on […]

January 10, 2023 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Five hundred plus new routes in 2023

Air Service One recently estimated that airlines started around 1,850 new routes across Europe (excluding Russia) in 2022. Analysis of Cirium schedules data suggests that airlines have already revealed plans for at least 500 more new routes starting in 2023. However, with airlines announcing additional new routes almost every day at the moment, that number […]

Baltic Nordic

Analysis of airport passenger data across all the Baltic and Nordic nations (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden) reveals which have been the most (and least) successful at getting air traffic back to pre-pandemic levels. For much of the pandemic Norway was leading the way with its extensive domestic network and where […]

September 13, 2022 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

KEF - RDU FID

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (IATA code RDU) in North Carolina welcomed over 14.2 million passengers in 2019, making it the 37th busiest airport in the US. Back in 2013 the airport had welcomed 9.2 million passengers and had barely grown in the previous four years. However, between 2013 and 2019 traffic grew by an impressive 55%. […]

IST - EWR

After non-essential travel between Europe and the US was once again permitted last November, airlines on both continents appear to be hoping that there is plenty of pent-up demand for crossing the Atlantic this summer, as capacity data from Cirium shows that the number of planned seats for the peak summer period is down just […]

Nordic and Baltic Country Report

The countries comprising the Nordic and Baltic region of Europe have seen significant variations in their rate of traffic recovery since the start of the pandemic. Norway, with its geography making domestic air travel the only viable means of connecting some regions, saw significant travel demand during the first year of the pandemic, at least […]