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- Aer Lingus
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- Brussels Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
South African Airways
Ukraine International Airlines
Faro Airport serves the southern Portuguese city of Faro, capital of the tourism-heavy Algarve Province. The airport is the gateway the surrounding region which features a number of major holiday destinations, and as such is highly seasonal with heavy operations during the summer months. Faro serves as a hub for Ryanair, while easyJet and Thomson also offer extensive connections through Europe. A number of other European mainline carriers and LCCs serve Faro, with a number of seasonal services. The airport is operated by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, under concession to VINCI Airports.
Location of Faro Airport, Portugal
Ground Handlers servicing Faro Airport
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While neighbouring Spain has temporarily abandoned its attempt to privatise its two largest airports, Portugal's Government has selected four investment banks to oversee the privatisation of state airline TAP Portugal and the airport operator Aeroportos de Portugal SA (ANA).
The privatisation of the former will impact the latter, as potential bidders for TAP could, post-acquisition, look to partially disband the carrier's Portugese hubs in favour of concentrated operations at, say, Madrid, if International Airlines Group (IAG) bids and is successful. TAP's prime asset is its network into Brazil. Owing to TAP's position in effectively the last major European cities before reaching the Atlantic, TAP can conveniently collect traffic from across Europe to feed its Brazil (and increasingly African) flights. Madrid is not much further inland and would offer the same hub benefits as well as allow Iberia and TAP to consolidate their under-performing short-haul networks. Moving large amounts of TAP traffic out of Portugal is a dent in ANA's appeal.
British Airways (BA) is preparing to disband bmibaby, the low-cost unit it unwelcomely acquired from bmi after previous owner Lufthansa failed to find a buyer. But as the saying goes: one man’s meat in another man’s poison and the news of bmibaby’s grounding was welcomed by multiple airlines including Monarch, Flybe and Jet2.com, all of which are swiftly stepping in to backfill capacity.
Anemic-turns-dynamic is not exclusive to bmibaby’s network but a development seen following the recent demise of other small- and medium-sized airlines in Europe such as Spanair, Malev and Cimber Sterling. In those cases, competitors have reacted swiftly and within a couple of days to fill the void.
bmibaby’s closure is indicative of a recent development in Europe: the lavish injection of capital in loss-making carriers is coming to a standstill with public and private shareholders alike halting the operations of these entities, mostly small- and medium sized airlines, a trend long overdue and induced by low or no economic growth in most EU countries implementing stark austerity measures, and high fuel prices.
United Arab Emirates national carrier Eithad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with TAP Portugal, expanding its global reach a little bit further. Etihad will gain a virtual network in Portugal – where competitors Emirates and Qatar Airways do not have flights to – by codesharing on TAP flights from common European points they both serve to Portugal, which Etihad does not fly directly to. TAP will codeshare on Etihad flights from their common European ports to Abu Dhabi. The agreement will largely force Emirates and Qatar, if they want a presence in the small Portuguese market, to either establish direct routes or partners with less geographically and schedule convenient carriers.
Etihad will place its code on TAP-operated flights from Lisbon to Brussels, Düsseldorf, Faro, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, London, Milan and Porto, in addition to flights from Porto to Brussels and Geneva. In return, TAP will place its code on Etihad Airways flights to and from Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, and Milan, with the two carriers effectively establishing mini transfer hubs at those airports.
Ryanair has been cancelling or suspending services at a wide range of airports across Europe, including in countries where it is growing. Is there any discernible strategy here or is it no more than coincidence, as a result of too many disagreements with airports? What future prospects are there for smaller airports when Ryanair decides to quit?
For a variety of reasons Dublin Airport’s annual passenger traffic may have fallen from 24 million to 18 million over the last three years, but it still dominates the entire Irish aviation landscape, with its influence spreading into Northern Ireland. Amidst arguments over the efficacy of public service obligation routes connecting some of Ireland’s remote airports, the future seems bleak for most of them as Dublin is increasingly accessible by road. Dublin is only three hours from places like Sligo and Knock - and a Metro line to the airport is to be built that would connect at the main rail stations. Calls for some form of privatisation at some of the airports are becoming more strident, but would any investor perceive a long term future for them?
Ryanair, the second largest carrier in the UK, announced plans to reduce UK winter capacity by 16% from Nov-2010, stating the decision will result in the loss of more than 2 million passengers at UK airports over winter 2010 on a year-on-year basis.