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UK and Ireland plunge down the list of Europe's biggest domestic markets; Russia and Turkey advance

24-Mar-2011

Turkey and Russia are rising up the rankings of Europe's biggest domestic air travel markets this summer, thanks to strong increases in planned airline capacity. Reflecting capacity cutbacks and a weak economic environment, the UK has tumbled two places to now rank as Europe's sixth largest domestic air market, behind Spain (1), Italy (2), Germany (3) and now France (4) and Russia (5).

Other big movers include Norway (sliding two places to eighth), Romania (down four to 18th) and Ireland, which has fallen two places to 20th, reflecting a halving of domestic capacity. Switzerland has gained two places to 17th.

Despite a double-digit fall in capacity next month, the troubled Greek aviation market has nevertheless held its position as the tenth largest European domestic market.

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Europe's domestic markets (Growth in seats per week): Apr-2010 vs Apr-2011

Domestic market
Apr-2010 Apr-2011 % Change Rank
Apr-2010
Rank
Apr-2011
Change
Spain 1,051,498 1,075,570 2.3% 1 1 -
Italy 914,937 867,379 -5.2% 2 2 -
Germany 786,212 757,699 -3.6% 3 3 -
France 632,029 621,058 -1.7% 5 4 +1
Russian Federation 486,274 610,628 25.6% 7 5 +2
United Kingdom 673,516 598,876 -11.1% 4 6 -2
Turkey 381,090 545,704 43.2% 8 7 +1
Norway 507,124 517,147 2.0% 6 8 -2
Sweden 216,881 217,080 0.1% 9 9 -
Greece 210,109 181,346 -13.7% 10 10 -
Finland 108,041 129,584 19.9% 11 11 -
Portugal 98,356 94,875 -3.5% 12 12 -
Denmark 72,794 72,230 -0.8% 13 13 -
Ukraine 34,136 32,821 -3.9% 15 14 +1
Poland 30,110 30,820 2.4% 16 15 +1
Austria 26,907 25,402 -5.6% 17 16 +1
Switzerland 23,305 24,816 6.5% 19 17 +2
Romania 44,704 21,308 -52.3% 14 18 -4
Croatia 15,608 16,109 3.2% 20 19 +1
Ireland 25,230 12,332 -51.1% 18 20 -2
Iceland 10,822 8,576 -20.8% 21 21 -
Bulgaria 5,419 6,090 12.4% 22 22 -
Czech Republic 3,648 2,664 -27.0% 23 23 -
Estonia 1,000 1,408 40.8% 25 24 +1
Slovakia - 1,360 n/a 27 25 +2
Bosnia and Herzegovina - 402 n/a 28 26 +2
Belgium 328 328 0.0% 26 27 -1
Cyprus 2,372 - n/a 24 28 -4

Important Notes:

  • The April data presented here is not be affected by either the timing of Easter or the ash cloud in Apr-2010. The weekly data is based on a representative week that avoids major holidays. The weeks in question are 12-18-Apr-2010 and 11-17-Apr-2011. The Ash cloud was generally treated by the airlines on an ad hoc basis and schedule changes did not filter through to the data presented here;
  • Note: CAPA offers a wide range of tools for route planners, including detailed schedule analysis for over 3,000 airports worldwide. Click here for an example of the data on leading Spanish airport Madrid Barajas - and browse to the Schedule Analysis tab.

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