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Despite the economic difficulties being experienced across much of Europe this Summer, the region’s airports and airlines have remained reasonably resilient according to anna.aero’s analysis of OAG schedule data for August. This shows that across 644 European airports scheduled seat capacity is up 1.2%, while aircraft movements are down 1.5%. Considering that since last summer two major airlines have closed down (Malév and Spanair) and a number of smaller regional carriers have also ceased operating (Air Finland, Cimber Sterling, Czech Connect Airlines, Skyways) a small increase in total seat capacity can be viewed as impressive.
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Despite growing economic uncertainty across Europe, most of the region’s nations continue to report growth in airline seat capacity this September, according to anna.aero’s analysis of OAG schedule data. Overall, scheduled seat capacity is up 5.3% in the first week of September compared with the same period in 2010. Of the 36 largest country markets, just four have seen a year-on-year reduction in scheduled seat capacity.
European airport trends 2010 – passenger numbers up over 4% with Istanbul’s airports leading the way
Based on anna.aero’s comprehensive database of traffic data and trends for over 300 European airports, it is estimated that passenger numbers handled at Europe’s airports in 2010 grew by around +4.2%.
The 10th DME Connections Forum was held in Moscow on 23 November, organised by Moscow Domodedovo Airport with the support of ACI EUROPE. Ross Falconer reports.
This time last year analysis of airport traffic at European airports revealed that just over 50 airports were reporting growth. This year, analysis of July traffic data for over 250 airports across Europe by anna.aero has revealed that more than 200 are reporting an increase in passenger numbers over last July. Compared with last July passenger numbers are up around 6%, though this varies significantly by country. For example Turkish airport traffic is up almost 22% while according to government statistics air travel demand from UK airports is still down, though by less than 1%. Possibly worst affected as a country is Ireland where traffic is down almost 8%, primarily as a result of Ryanair’s decision to reduce capacity significantly in response to the Irish government’s imposition of a €10 travel tax in May 2009.
Since opening to commercial traffic in December 2008, Spain’s Aeropuerto Central Ciudad Real has, until recently, welcomed only domestic scheduled services operated by a mixture of Air Nostrum (on behalf of Iberia) and airberlin.
Analysis of schedule data provided by the world’s airlines to OAG reveals that seat capacity at Europe’s over 600 airports at the beginning of the winter season is down just 2% versus the same period last year. Contained within this modest reduction are significant variations by airline, airport and country.
The worst may be over: 50+ airports report growth in August. By Ralph Anker, Editor, anna.aero.
Traffic at airports in Ireland and Northern Ireland is dominated these days by low-cost carriers (LCCs). Given that Ireland is the home of Europe’s biggest and most successful (though not necessarily most loved) LCC, Ryanair, a strong presence at the airports is not surprising but the gradual disappearance of British Airways and the limited operations of many mainland European flag carriers reveals how dominant LCCs have become in the region…
Analysis of airport traffic data from over 220 European airports in 2008 shows that total annual traffic was virtually unchanged last year. This, however, disguises the fact that most airports saw growth during the first half of the year followed by a drop in passenger numbers during the second part of the year as the economic environment across Europe deteriorated.
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Airport traffic stagnating this summer, likely to be down at least 5% this winter
By Ralph Anker, Editor, anna.aero
Airports in the EU’s 27 member states continue to offer an ever widening range of destinations to their customers according to analysis of the latest OAG data for scheduled airlines. Comparing information for the third week of April in 2008 with the corresponding week in 2007, shows that airports in the EU have increased the number of scheduled routes on offer by 5.9% with the net addition of 518 new routes.
Despite the ongoing soap opera that may (or may not) soon determine the future of Alitalia, Italy’s airports reported impressive 10% growth in 2007. This is the fastest rate of growth since 2000, when traffic grew by 12%.