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 […]

Ryanair at Belfast City

Ryanair recently resumed service from George Best Belfast City Airport (IATA code BHD) in Northern Ireland after an absence of just over a decade. Between October 2007 and October 2010, the Dublin-based ULCC had offered domestic flights from Belfast BHD to Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow PIK, Liverpool and London STN. Thereafter it ignored the Belfast […]

June 11, 2021 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, Top Story