While I follow airline products around the world I’m much closer to the changes and business operations of US airlines than European ones.
So sometimes developments creep up on my. So let me share some surpising things that I learned perusing data from the this week’s issue of Airline Weekly:
- Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub is the largest in Europe by number of seats flown scheduled July through September by a single airline group. It’s bigger than Lufthansa’s Munich hub and Swiss’ Zurich hub combined. Yet Lufthansa Group’s biggest year-over-year growth is in Dusseldorf followed by Brussels and Cologne.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt
- Data point for the constant tug-o-war between Paris and Amsterdam within Air France KLM: Amsterdam has more seats scheduled by Air France KLM than Paris Charles de Gaulle, but the two Paris airports dwarf the Netherlands operation.
KLM Lounge Houston
- IAG’s Iberia flies more combined seats out of Madrid and Barcelona than British Airways does out of Heathrow. Dublin is now a bigger operation for IAG than London Gatwick.
British Airways Boeing 747
- Now that Alitalia has consolidated itself as a Rome-based carrier, it flies more seats out of each of Palermo, Naples, and Bari than it does out of Milan Malpensa. And the Milan operation has actually grown more year-over-year than any of those other airports. So this happened some time ago — time to update my priors. (The biggest carrier at Malpensa is easyJet.)
- Airberlin does fly more seats out of Berlin than Dusseldorf, if only by a little. They get to keep their name.
- Ryanair’s biggest operation is London Stansted. easyJet’s biggest operation is London Gatwick. Both Ryanair and easyJet fly twice as many seats out of secondary London-area airports as British Airways does.
- Virgin Atlantic is only the fifth-largest airline in London (across all airports). It’s smaller in seat-share than Lufthansa and barely larger than Wizz Air.
London Heathrow Terminal 5