BEG-OPO

Porto is the second most populous city in Portugal and a growing tourist hotspot. It welcomed 15.2 million passengers in 2023, 16% higher than its previous record. It was especially because of the fast growth of easyJet and Ryanair, although other airlines grew strongly too. It gained multiple airlines last year, including airBaltic, Air Serbia, […]

February 29, 2024 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

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, […]

EY LIS

Despite being a heavily slot-restricted airport, Lisbon’s passenger traffic continues to go from strength to strength. Between January and October 2023, Portugal’s capital welcomed 28.7 million passengers. Traffic has risen by around 8% versus 2019 with 2.1 million passengers added. It is among Europe’s best-recovered airports. Multiple airlines added Particularly notable airline additions since 2022 […]

TP OPO-LAD

The part-privatisation of TAP Portugal continues, with the government keen to sell 51% of the Star Alliance carrier. Part of the appeal may come from TAP’s geographic position on the edge of Europe in relation to key point-to-point and transfer markets. The airline’s Lisbon hub is close to sea level, improving equipment performance, including of […]

VIE-OPO Austrian Crew

Austrian Airlines added its second destination in Portugal with the introduction of seasonal flights between Vienna and Porto on Saturday 1 April. The 2,130-kilometre service is maintained 3-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the 200-seat A321 aircraft. The airline competes directly against Ryanair’s 5-weekly rotations between the two cities. Porto joins Funchal as the second […]

April 4, 2023 | Latest Route News +

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 […]

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

Few airports in western Europe have managed to increase passenger numbers versus 2019 more impressively than Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Famous for having part of its runway supported on giant stilts, the airport had seen annual passenger numbers stabilise at around 3.2 million in 2017, 2018 and 2019. However, in the first […]

easyJet Seat Recovery

Europe’s second largest (U)LCC, easyJet, has had a slower post-pandemic recovery than its more high-profile rivals Ryanair and Wizz Air. With a higher proportion of its pre-pandemic capacity tied up in the slow-to-recover UK market, it has been outperformed by its main rivals. Current Cirium schedule data for July 2022 shows that easyJet’s seat recovery […]

ORY - PDL

March passenger data has been collected for over 200 airports across Europe, including all airports in several major markets. Among countries with multiple airports, Portugal leads the way for traffic recovery with demand last month at 84% of the figure reported in pre-pandemic March 2019. Lisbon traffic was at 80%, Faro at 87%, Porto at […]