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Belle Air is a low-cost carrier based at Tirana International Airport, Albania. Albania's first LCC, Belle Air also has a smaller base at Pristina in nearby Kosovo. Belle Air is currently aimed largely at O&D traffic between Albania and Italy, with the LCC serving 20 cities across Italy from its Tirana hub. The LCC is planning to diversify its network in the near future, and has expanded into the north-eastern EU markets such as Germany and Belgium, and is planning eastward expansion into Turkey and Egypt.
Location of Belle Air main hub (Tirana Rinas Airport)
LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider Belle Air fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
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The ‘unlikeliness’ of Albania on just about any subject is exemplified by the way it took to its heart an ageing and fading British actor, comedian and singer, Norman Wisdom, elevating him to superstardom status to the degree that on one visit he was mobbed while football star David Beckham was virtually ignored. But the superstar latterly has been Tirana International Airport, which grew by close to 20% in 2011. Hochtief Airport took something of a punt on Tirana but it appears to have paid off.
European LCCs, led by Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin, commanded 32% of intra-Europe capacity (seats) in 2009, representing spectacular growth from just 4.6% less than 10 years ago in 2001 and a 20.2% share in 2005. But the 'big three' are just part of the story. This special two-part CAPA report looks beyond the headline-grabbing 'big three' European LCCs to provide updates on more than 20 of Europe’s secondary LCCs. Part I reviews Air Southwest, Anadolujet, Atlasjet Airlines, Belle Air, Blue Express, Blue Air, bmibaby, CLICK4SKY, Flybe, Germanwings, Iceland Express and Jet2.com, while Part II (coming soon) will review the progress at Monarch, NIKI, Pegasus Airlines, SkyExpress, Smart Wings, Sun Express, Sverigeflyg, Thomson Airways, Transavia.com, TUIFly, Wind Jet and Wizz Air.
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