Located in southern Poland, Kraków welcomed a record 9.4 million passengers in 2023, cementing its position as the country’s second-busiest airport. Famed for being a big inbound tourist market and the country’s Poland’s second most populous city, Kraków gained an additional million passengers versus 2019. Eight airlines were added in two years Analysing Cirium schedules […]

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 […]

Air France at RDU

Few mid-sized US airports have welcomed so many new airlines recently as Raleigh Durham, which includes a raft of international operators. They have contributed to the airport having a record-high traffic volume in 2023. It welcomed just over 14.5 million passengers, about 2% higher than in 2019. Eight airlines added since 2022 The three additional […]

FRA-HYD

Lufthansa introduced its latest destination in India on Tuesday 16 January by inaugurating flights between Frankfurt and Hyderabad. The 7,125-kilometre service will be maintained 5-weekly, departing Frankfurt on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with the 294-seat 787-9 aircraft. It faces no competition between the two cities. Flight LH752 departs Frankfurt at 10:55 local time, […]

January 18, 2024 | Latest Route News +

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, […]

MUC-OUL

Lufthansa introduced seasonal winter flights between Munich and Oulu in central Finland on Saturday 16 December. The 2,015-kilometre route will be maintained 2-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the A319 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition on the service. What they said Petri Vouri, Director of Route Development at operator Finavia, said: “This route has […]

December 21, 2023 | Latest Route News +

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 […]

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 […]

Lufthansa Munich

Located close to the Mexican border, San Diego welcomed 13.1 million passengers in the first seven months of this year. Based on the airport’s own data, about 96% flew domestically. Total passenger volume was 5% lower than in 2019, almost the same in July (4.9%). The recovery will be helped by multiple new and returning […]

Ryanair

Located in southwest Ireland, Cork is the country’s second most populous city. It welcomed 2.24 million passengers in 2022, making it the Republic of Ireland’s second busiest airport. It accounted for almost 7% the nation’s traffic. While Cork’s passengers were 13.5% below 2019, it outperformed Dublin in the recovery (-14.7%). In August 2023, Cork had […]

September 20, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

WestJet Minneapolis

Minneapolis had 3.33 million two-way revenue passengers in July 2023, based on the most recent statistics report from the Metropolitan Airports Commission. There were about 111,000 passengers daily. Domestic traffic was enormous, accounting for about 93% of the total. While passengers rose by 15.9% year-on-year, they were 10.8% lower than in 2019; the recovery continues. […]

September 18, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story