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Schiphol Overtakes Heathrow as Europe's Largest Airport

Amsterdam's Schiphol has overtaken Heathrow as Europe's largest airport for direct flights, having risen from sixth place in the last 10 years, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

It put the reason for its growth partly down to the rise of low-cost carriers, which now make up a fifth of Schiphol's direct flights. Heathrow's growth, on the other hand, has been constrained by a lack of capacity.


 


Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Istanbul Ataturk airport make up the rest of the top five airports for direct flights.

ACI Europe's airport industry connectivity report found that for the second year in a row, direct flights are growing at a faster rate than indirect and connecting flights. It said this reflected the expansion of low cost carriers on both short and medium haul markets and 'the relative retrenchment of network carriers'.

Meanwhile, Monarch is one of the world's worst airlines, closely followed by Ryanair, according to a new report by flight delay compensation firm AirHelp.

It claimed that Monarch was the fourth worst airline in the world after Bulgaria Air, Czech carrier SmartWings and Tunisair, while Ryanair was the fifth worst, followed by Egytair, China Eastern, Pakistan International, Gulf Air and Air China.

AirHelp says it ranked the airlines according to a combination of their on-time performance, quality and service according to their Skytrax rating, and their efficiency in handling compensation claims. It claimed to have given equal weight to all three factors.

British Airways was named as the seventh best airline in the world, although the survey was completed in March, before the airline's recent computer failure that grounded its flights worldwide. Virgin Atlantic came eighth followed by Aer Lingus. Singapore Airlines, Etihad and Qatar made up the top three in the world.

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