United Airlines Palma launch

The tourist mecca of Palma de Mallorca welcomed 31.1 million passengers last year, meaning it was comfortably Spain’s third-busiest airport. Traffic was nearly 5% higher than in 2019, double the recovery of the country generally. Gaining its first transatlantic service – United Airlines from Newark – in 2022 helped. Palma was Europe’s 15th busiest airport […]

ORY-LEI

Paris ORY is France’s second-busiest airport after CDG. It ended the year 2023 with about 32.3 million passengers, 1.4% above 2019. It was considerably above France’s top 15 airports (-7.2%) and CDG (-11.5%). However, traffic has not exceeded the record set in 2018. ORY’s growth was despite the loss of multiple airlines since 2019, such […]

Vueling Route Launch Spain

Vueling is Europe’s fourth largest (U)LCC, behind Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air. Part of IAG and with a pan-European network, Planespotters.net shows that it has 125 aircraft. There are six A319s, mainly for use from Florence, along with 22 A321ceos/neos and 97 A320ceos/neos. Peak summer capacity is up by just 2% year-on-year Analysis of Cirium […]

Vueling Birmingham

Vueling is Europe’s fourth largest (U)LCC, behind Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air. Vueling has 11.7 million seats in July-September 2023 (Q3), and about 3.4% of the European short-haul market. According to Cirium data, the carrier’s capacity has fallen by 1.7% versus the same three months last year, despite opening a base at London LGW in […]

September 21, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Australia Vienna-Valencia

Located nearly halfway down Spain’s long coastline, Valencia is the country’s third most populous city and metro area. While less ‘touristy’ than better known cities and destinations, it has grown enormously recently. According to Aena figures, passengers exceeded one million for the first time in the airport’s history. Traffic rose by more than a fifth […]

Spain’s 14th most-served airport, Bilbao welcomed 5.13 million passengers in 2022, making it the largest airport on the country’s north coast. Aena statistics indicates that around 65% of passengers were domestic and 35% international. Like so many airports globally, its recovery continues. However, it has gained various new airlines since the pandemic, while key players […]

ASO Network Churn

This summer can probably be considered the first ‘normal’ summer for air travel since COVID. Across Europe, the region’s (U)LCCs have been dynamic in exploiting perceived opportunities, with Ryanair and Wizz Air in particular celebrating the launch of many new routes. However, as is also the case with these carriers, routes not performing sufficiently well […]

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 […]