Routes Weekly top five: Africa, LaudaMotion, Southwest, US-Brazil open skies, TakeOff launched

Our top five stories on Routes Weekly: Africa's busiest routes, Ryanair's LaudaMotion plans, Southwest eyes growth, US-Brazil open skies ratified, ASM launches TakeOff

Our top five stories on Routes Weekly this week:

1. The busiest air routes in Africa 
Routesonline analyses the top ten busiest air routes to, from and within Africa by passenger numbers, with the number one in the list a two-hour domestic flight costing less than $80. Read more

2. Ryanair outlines LaudaMotion growth plan
Ryanair expects Austrian leisure airline LaudaMotion to have a fleet of up to 50 aircraft over the next five years as it seeks to build a “substantial and profitable group” of European carriers. Read more

3. Southwest eyes network expansion ahead of Hawaii launch
Southwest Airlines has as many as 50 additional opportunities to expand its route map in North America and parts of South America as the US low-cost carrier prepares to launch services to four destinations in Hawaii. Read more

4. US-Brazil open skies agreement finalised
The long-awaited open skies agreement between the US and Brazil has finally been ratified, allowing for increased air services between the two countries and greater competition between airlines. Read more

5. ASM North America launches TakeOff
TakeOff is the dedicated platform for learning about and leveraging opportunities for future network maintenance, development and expansion for the North American marketplace.Read more

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