- The main intercontinental markets are North America and Asia.
- The Air Route Development Committee (CDRA) has developed a new strategic plan for 2016-2017.
- A total of 5,610,472 intercontinental passengers passed through the airport in 2015.
Air Canada will participate in Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 liters (105,669 gallons) of sustainable aviation biofuel into a shared fuel system at a yet-to-be determined Canadian airport.
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has ordered two new Airbus A380s, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2017. A source close to the transaction confirmed to ATW that the two A380s had been originally commissioned by Japan’s Skymark Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Users of the Skyscanner flight comparison site are showing sky-high demand for a Barcelona-Seoul service with 325,000 searches in 2015. anna.aero favours Korean Air to start the route over Iberia as demand from the Seoul end rocketed at the end of last year to reach almost 40,000 Skyscanner searches in December alone. A statue featuring Psy’s “horse-riding” dance move is being erected outside the COEX shopping centre in Seoul’s Gangnam district where the video was made – 2.4 billion downloads make it the most watched YouTube video of all time.
With rocketing outbound demand mainly coming from the Seoul end of the route – almost 40,000 searches in December alone – this route looks like an obvious candidate for Korean Air, although the SkyTeam carrier hasn’t launched a long-haul service since May 2014 when it began daily 777-200 services to Houston. Indeed, Barcelona currently only has limited connections to Asia: Singapore Airlines offers a thrice-weekly service, with MEB3 carriers Emirates and Qatar Airways both offering double-daily links via their respective hubs.
Clearly, this lack of Asian services at Barcelona represents a great prospect for Korean Air to feed its own Asian hub at Seoul Incheon, which currently boasts a network of 91 non-stop destinations (according to OAG schedule data), although the 325,000 Skyscanner searches suggest the route could easily be sustained simply as a point-to-point service.
Volotea has begun a complete rollover of its fleet with the arrival of its first Airbus A319.
It is understood that the shortage of available Boeing 717s, together with the larger seating capacity of the A319, has persuaded Volotea to begin a wholesale shift to the European aircraft.
It said in a statement that reliability, good operating economics and passenger experience were reasons for the switch.
The first was handed over to Volotea at Toulouse last week and the carrier will take delivery of a further three this year. The first four A319s will be based at Nantes, in western France.
“We intend to renew our fleet of Boeing 717s with the Airbus A319 over the next two to three years,” the company said. Additional aircraft would also be acquired to accommodate growth.
Like its existing Boeing 717s, Volotea intends to lease its new fleet, with the early examples coming from lessors AerCap and GECAS.
The company is working with reports regarding flying to the city. The firm will double the fleet by 2020 focusing on strengthening its presence in the major European and North American capitals.
With routes between Barajas Airport and the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, the company wants more. "Our main goal is to grow to one flight per day as opposed to the four per week we have now," illustrated the Director of Sales and Marketing, Maria Gonzalez, to 02B. The second, to land in Barcelona.
The city is covered in the expansion plan through 2020. "We are very optimistic; it is an attractive destination for both the customer who wants to come on holiday and for the business traveller”, she explained. The firm is working with internal report that ecommend linking El Prat with the Persian Gulf country non-stop, something non-existent to date. "We are talking about the largest state in the area to a city like BCN, of course there would be traffic", she proclaimed.
In addition, opening a second destination in Spain falls within the logic of the latest moves of the company. "In 2014 we started to fly to Manchester, and in July we will do so to Munich", she illustrated. The UK and Germany, where they are already present in London and Frankfurt.
Competing with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways "is possible".
The Saudi Arabian firm has three high-ranking rivals to fly to the Persian Gulf. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have a strong position that is virtually unattainable for other airlines. "Of course we can compete with them," challenges the director. To begin with, by 2020 we expect to double the fleet, and have already begun to receive new Dreamliner 787s.
While it is true that they are complicated routes, Gonzalez is clear, "The market is large enough for everyone". The cake is large; in 2030 there are expected to be 1,800 million international tourists, twice as many as in 2010 .
Routes Asia has opened in Manila, Philippines with renewed calls for regulators and airports to address infrastructure issues in the region with senior executives of some of the region’s fastest-growing airlines highlighting it as one of the biggest issues still impacting growth and development in the region.
Routes Asia has opened in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, with renewed calls for regulators and airports to address infrastructure issues in the region with senior executives of some of the region’s fastest-growing airlines highlighting it as one of the biggest issues still impacting growth and development in the region.
Speaking on the opening afternoon at the event’s Strategy Summit on March 6, 2016, in a panel session entitled ‘What Asia Needs Right Now Is…’, IATA Regional Vice-President Asia-Pacific and panel moderator Conrad Clifford said 100 million passengers were expected to enter into the Asia-Pacific market each year for the next 20 years. However, members of the panel warned this prediction could fail to materialise unless the region’s problems with infrastructure were quickly addressed.
Andrew Cowen, Chief Executive Officer, HK Express said: “Infrastructure is the biggest issue. There’s a mismatch in our opinion… in the time line for airports. What we are all seeing, understand and accept is the low-cost carriers in general are creating a lot of new demand that’s not really picked up in these bigger forecast models for future infrastructure. We really need to address that.”
Joy Caneba, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Philippines added that better infrastructure would also make it easier for airlines to operate more effectively, a strategy that is particularly important for budget operators which are seeking to minimise to develop as efficient an arrivals and departure process to keep costs to a minimum.
Alexander Lao, Vice President Commercial Planning, Cebu Pacific agreed the issue needed resolving but warned airports not to pass on new problems to the airlines. “We do want to see a lot of private investors in airports but we do stand against commissions and runway fees and it becoming more expensive to operate,” he said.
Lao added that airports also needed to consider capacity growth and the ability to deliver the required projects on time and said the future needs of the growing market could also be met by not simply focusing on the region’s primary airports.
“It is really critical for us to develop secondary airports,” he added, noting that this would also help airlines help keep ticketing prices down – a vital issue in a market known for its price sensitivity.
The panel’s sole airport representative, Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines said one way airports could keep costs down is by looking at including more commercial options at the facilities, such as increasing the number of shops. “The airports need to work together to deliver projects and services that meet the clients’ requirements. They can’t be too expensive,” he said.
Source: routesonline.com/ 2016-03-06
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