Egypt Air at Manchester

Serving a great slice of northern England, Manchester welcomed 24.2 million passengers in the first 10 months of 2023. This included 2.6 million in October, up by more than 5% versus the same month in 2019. It was the first month to have seen traffic exceed pre-pandemic levels. Not surprisingly, the airport’s own statistics shows […]

Ryanair and WizzAir Compete

Ryanair is the largest airline serving Europe and has 1,784 routes this winter, based on at least four departing flights. In contrast, Wizz Air has 700 routes that touch the continent based on the same criteria. While much smaller, Wizz Air is famed for fast growth and for an increasingly diverse network, especially advanced during […]

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Ryanair became the largest airline to serve Italy in 2014. Analysis of Cirium schedules information shows that the ULCC overtook Alitalia as the largest international carrier in 2008. While the pan-European carrier was always smaller than Alitalia domestically, it became numero uno in 2021. It followed the end of the Italian flag carrier and its […]

KTW to Polamar

Katowice has a surprisingly large catchment area of about eight million people within a 50km radius and 13+ million within 100km. It is a major industrial area and is among Poland’s largest airports for freight. It is also the country’s leading airport for charter flights. It had 60+ charter routes in all-important summer. In the […]


Situated in the Algarve region of Portugal, the ever-popular airport of Faro welcomed 7.82 million passengers between January and September 2023. The country’s third-busiest airport, Faro’s traffic exceeded its pre-pandemic level – in those nine months – by a respectable 6.5%. It is expected that full-year 2023 should be its best year to date. Faro […]

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 […]

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Ryanair introduced flights from Tirana to 17 destinations on Tuesday 31 October, marking its entry onto the Albanian market. 31 October: Bologna (daily) 31 October: Brussels CRL (6-weekly) 31 October: Bucharest (3-weekly) 31 October: Catania (daily) 31 October: Edinburgh (2-weekly) 31 October: Krakow (3-weekly) 31 October: London STN (2-daily) 31 October: Manchester (3-weekly) 31 October: […]

November 9, 2023 | Latest Route News +

Juraj Toth

The largest city and economic centre of eastern Slovakia, Košice is the country’s second most populous city. Air Service One caught up with Juraj Toth, the airport’s Aviation & Business Development Manager, to talk about the recovery, carriers and network, and future development. Hopes for a record passenger volume this year Košice handed approximately 517,000 […]

November 2, 2023 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Ryanair at Luton airport

Just over 30 minutes by train from central London and minutes from the important M1 motorway, London Luton is the UK’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic. Well positioned geographically, it was constrained by an 18 million passenger cap and was full in 2019. However, it now has permission to handle 19 million passengers annually, which […]