Six of Spains top 20 airports

According to figures published by Aena, Spain’s airports welcomed almost 244 million passengers in 2022. That is only 12% fewer than the 275 million achieved in 2019. More impressively, in the last quarter of 2022, passenger numbers were down just 3% compared with the same period three years earlier. While traffic for the whole of […]

Ryanair at OVD

Situated in northern Spain, the Principality of Asturias is part of the so-called Green Spain, a far cry from the stereotypical dry and hot southern Spain. A mountainous area, the principality is served by Asturias Airport. It welcomed 1.45m passengers in 2022, according to Aena data. Asturias traffic rose by 2.6% versus 2019, helped by […]

January 16, 2023 | Airports, 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 […]

ORY - SUF

The latest traffic statistics from the busiest French airports for August 2022 show that four of the top 15 airports have seen traffic recover to beyond pre-pandemic levels. Overall, across all the top 15 airports, passenger numbers were down 13% versus August 2019. However, among Europe’s busiest country markets by seat capacity in August, France […]

October 12, 2022 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

A320 at AJA

When the COVID pandemic struck, governments were quick to impose severe restrictions on international travel in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus. This meant that during the summer of 2020, holidaymakers were encouraged to plan domestic holidays rather than travelling abroad. For people in mainland France this meant that the Mediterranean island […]

September 20, 2022 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

LDE base

Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport (IATA code LDE) has become the latest French base for Volotea. On Friday 1 July the airline based a single A319 at the airport and launched routes to Paris ORY (2-daily) and Strasbourg (2-weekly). The following day saw the start of service to Naples and Palermo (both 2-weekly), with 2-weekly service […]