Analysis for Europe/MEA

Charting the trends – the predicted winter of discontent has become a reality as a COVID cold front deepens across Europe

28 January, 2021

Airlines can’t escape from the seasonality issues that define their operations. The majority rely on the peak travel periods to subsidise those tougher quieter periods of the year. Overcoming the issue of seasonality is one of the most significant issues impact airline and airport demand, but you can’t escape from the issue as passenger demand varies across all markets in some way even on some of the strongest city pairs.

Europe’s aviation industry is on the slide with IATA projections for 2021 and 2022 ‘a little short of a disaster for European air transport’

22 January, 2021

The summer of 2020 was unlike any other for Europe’s air transport system. Normally, a period of peak demand, ongoing international travel restrictions coupled with low traveller sentiment meant that while traffic levels were up considerably on previous months, they remained significantly down on previous years.

In a time of crisis cargo and e-commerce have proved more important than ever before

20 January, 2021

Air freight services are often given less attention than passenger operations. Yet, air cargo serves as a lifeline for many nations and also provides the foundation for the global supply chain. Yet, the nature of the cargo business demands operational flexibility and liberal operating rules to meet the needs of consumer businesses.

Your ride hail could come in any colour, but with FREE NOW it will soon only be ‘green’

19 January, 2021

It may not be among the best known ride hailing apps globally, but mobility as a service provider FREE NOW has strong sustainability goals that will certainly appeal to its European users. The Hamburg, Germany-headquartered business was formed in Feb-2019 as a joint venture between BMW and Daimler Mobility and now operates in more than 100 cities across Europe, with 14 million passengers and more than 150,000 drivers.

Healthy living – travellers will increasingly seek healthier solutions when they hit road

18 January, 2021

The next twelve months will be vital in the rebuilding of the travel and transport industry but as new lockdowns are underway, renewed border controls in place and a greater sense of fear grips the world, it will be an unclear and problematic journey, especially for the corporate travel sector: this will bring worries to businesses across multiple sectors.

Emirates debuts its new premium economy cabin, but it is currently only deployed on one Dubai – London rotation as an upgrade option

4 January, 2021

Emirates Airline has talked – but provided very little detail – about its premium economy cabin for some time, but now the new cabin is finally operational debuting this week on one of the airline’s daily Dubai – London Heathrow rotations.

What we lost in 2020 – new reports highlight the economic significance of European city tourism and meetings industry

7 December, 2020

While 2020 may be forgettable, the important role of city tourism and the meetings industry shouldn’t be lost in a year of unprecedented challenges. The world has been hit hard by coronavirus and nowhere has that been seen more than across Europe where a second wave is still active across many parts of the Continent.

Charting the trends – seismic shock to international travel hurts many of Europe’s largest air markets

3 December, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on international connectivity and as of the end of Oct-2020, the number of unique city-pairs was 36% lower than its level of at the beginning of this year, according to recent data from International Air Transport Association (IATA).

A year in time – China’s biggest conurbations are now the world’s best connected cities as many of the world’s largest markets continue to be hit by COVID-fuelled restrictions

1 December, 2020

As we entered the new decade the growth in air connectivity was a global success story. In fact over the last two decades (the 2000s and 2010s) the number of cities directly linked by air (city-pair connections) more than doubled while over the same period, air travel costs fell by around half, according to research from International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Anxiety remains a major hurdle for the return of international travel, but there are numerous obstacles that differ from country to country

27 November, 2020

After a year of constant uncertainty, particularly around holidays and quarantine-free travel corridors, anxiety continues to threaten the revival of travel and tourism. It is hard to take that big step especially the longer this pandemic continues and while vaccine news delivers some optimism, it will still be some time before we freely jump on an aeroplane and jet off on our travels.

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