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WIZZ AIR ANNOUNCES NEW ROUTES FROM BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT

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WIZZ AIR ANNOUNCES NEW ROUTES FROM BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT

Commencing in September, Wizz Air has announced two new routes from Birmingham Airport to Poland. The first route launching on 16th September is to Poznań, Poland’s fifth largest city, with the second route launching on 17th September to Krakow – the seventh Wizz Air route to operate from Birmingham Airport.

Travellers to Poznań can expect an abundance of things to see and do including a choice of historical attractions and museums, renaissance-style architecture, as well as dining and nightlife options to suit a range of tastes. Those wishing to explore Krakow, a city known for its old-world ambiance and charm, can experience a range of exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: “It’s great news that Wizz Air will be operating to Poznań and Krakow – the launch of both routes will mean the airline will operate seven routes in total from Birmingham Airport. Providing our passengers with a range of destinations to connect with family and friends or find their next city break, is important to us and with these additional routes we are able to do just that.

“Wizz Air currently operates to Cluj-Napoca, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Wroclaw – adding routes to both Poznań and Krakow in September. The new routes are a fantastic addition and we’re really looking forward to growing our offering with Wizz Air over the next few years here at Birmingham Airport.”

Tamara Vallois, Head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: “We are delighted to announce we will now operate a total of seven routes from Birmingham Airport. We launched our very first Wizz flight to Birmingham in 2015 and today, we offer seven low-fare routes to Poland, Romania and Hungary. With fares from only £17.99 hope to see many happy customers on board our brand-new Airbus aircraft on routes to Poznan and Krakow as well as on all the other routes in the Wizz network.”

Wizz Air, a Hungarian airline, has been a partner of Birmingham Airport since June 2015 with its inaugural route to Warsaw, quickly followed by Budapest. One-way fares to Poznań and Krakow start from £17.99.

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Record number of passengers at Brussels Airport in first half of 2019

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Record number of passengers at Brussels Airport in first half of 2019

Brussels Airport welcomed almost 12.3 million passengers in the first six months of 2019, an increase of 1.8% compared to the same period last year. During the month of June alone, the number of passengers rose, compared to last year, by 4.3%. In contrast to the growing number of passengers, the amount of cargo that was shipped via the airport in the first half of the year was 9.3% lower than the same period last year. In June, 17.0% less cargo was shipped than in the same month last year.

Passengers

During the month of June, no less than 2,412,774 passengers flew to or from Brussels Airport. That is 4.3% more than in the same period last year. Thanks to the ever-stronger position of Brussels Airport in the Star Alliance network, the number of transfer passengers in June increased by 3.6% compared to last year. Because of Ramadan, which this year only had a few days in June, and as a result of the first weekend of the summer holidays, the local departure market saw an increase compared to the same month last year (+2.6%). Ethiopian, Etihad, Emirates, United and ANA airlines in particular enjoyed a growth in passengers, thanks to the use of larger aircraft on their long-haul flights. The short-haul airlines with the biggest increase were Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Air Arabia, Vueling, EasyJet, Finnair, Aeroflot, Iberia and TAROM.

During the first six months of the year, Brussels Airport again welcomed a record number of passengers. In total, 12,283,184 passengers travelled via the airport, which is an increase of 1.8% compared to the first half of last year.

Cargo

The downward trend in cargo transport continued in June. We saw a considerable decline of 17.0% compared to the same month last year. In June 2018, the airport shipped more than 64,000 tonnes of cargo; this year it handled around 10,000 tonnes less. The decline can be felt in all segments and by all airlines. The trucked cargo underwent the strongest downturn: 26.6% lower than June last year. The reduction in cargo transport is also noticeable in other European airports and is due to continuing economic uncertainty.

When we compare the amount of cargo in the first half of 2019 with the first half of last year, there is a decline of 9.3%. Dedicated cargo flights experienced a strong decline of 16.2% in the first six months of the year. Although a negative trend has been identified in all European airports, Brussels Airport has fared worse than other airports in the vicinity. This can be explained by the general decline in cargo volumes in the European market and the unrest that prevailed in recent months at skeyes air traffic control and the impact this had on cargo flights.

Flights

Last month, 20,895 aircraft movements took place at Brussels Airport; that is a decrease of 0.5% compared to June last year. The strong increase in the number of passengers in June (+4.3%) but the limited increase in the number of passenger flights (+0.3%) indicates a clear increase in the number of passengers per flight. In June last year, there was an average of 128 passengers on board every flight compared to an average this month of 133 (+3.9%).

The number of flight movements decreased during the first half of 2019, despite the increase in the number of passengers; the total dropped from 114,112 flight movements to 112,535, a decrease of 1.4%. This is mainly due to the bankruptcy of fly bmi and WOW Air and the actions at skeyes. The first six months of 2018 there was an average of 124 passengers per flight, during the first semester of this year the average was 129 (+ 2.4%).

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CPH traffic report: Busy June sees traffic volume tying last year’s records

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CPH traffic report: Busy June sees traffic volume tying last year’s records

Traffic in the first busy month of this year’s summer holidays tied last year’s record of almost three million passengers passing through the CPH terminals. Also this summer, more holidaymakers are going to far-off places. Friday 28 June was the busiest day ever at Copenhagen Airport.

The summer holiday season is off to a brilliant start at Copenhagen Airport. During the first of the official summer months, a total of 2,942,888 passengers passed through the airport terminals, a mere 766 short of last year’s record.

A total of 109,408 air travellers made Friday 28 June the busiest day in the history of the airport, nine more than the previous record set on 25 June last year.

There are several reasons why this year’s busy June fell short of last year’s record: Norwegian has made adjustments to its traffic programme, and a couple of airlines have gone bankrupt.

“We’re feeling the effects of the WOW Air and, not least, Primera Air bankruptcies, and their services to many summer destinations. In June of last year, the two airlines carried 55,000 passengers and we’re missing out on that traffic this year. So from that perspective, I believe matching last year’s record is really rather remarkable,” said Copenhagen Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye.

The airport spends months preparing for the busy season. A particular feature of summer travel is the many families with children, and they don’t move through the airport as fast as seasoned business travellers do.

“To accommodate this group of passengers, we have opened two lanes through Security designed specifically for families with children under the age of 12. These lanes will be calmer and officials will engage with our youngest travellers, ensuring that their summer holidays get off to a good start,” explained Thomas Woldbye.

“Just like last summer, more air travellers are going to far-off places for their summer break. Traffic on our long-haul routes out of Europe is up by 4 per cent, while the short-haul destinations within Europe are down by 0.4 per cent,” said Thomas Woldbye.

In relation to domestic flights, the airlines have reduced the number of departures and arrivals by 5.7 per cent, resulting in a 3.1 per cent drop to 143,697 passengers.

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