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Australian and NZ airports holding up better than global counterparts. Airline shakeout looms?

21-Jul-2009

Major airports in Australia and New Zealand are showing greater resilience to the global economic downturn than their counterparts around the world. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington airports have enjoyed reasonable traffic levels as a result of new airline entry and discounting of fares to stimulate demand. But there are question marks over whether the current situation is sustainable, particularly the domestic New Zealand context, where a shakeout could be looming. [3125 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Low cost airlines keeping people flying
  • International LCC capacity surging to Australia and New Zealand
  • Domestic LCC capacity leveling off in Australia, booming in NZ
  • Passenger mixes changing at Australia/New Zealand
  • Sydney Airport sees moderating traffic declines, outlook unspectacular
  • Melbourne Airport benefits from new international capacity, outlook solid
  • Brisbane Airport sees resilient domestic demand, but outlook uncertain
  • Perth Airport leading the way, outlook solid
  • Auckland Airport’s traffic going backwards, charges staying still
  • Christchurch struggling, but outlook improving
  • Wellington Airport’s patchy performance
  • Outlook: Challenging 12 months ahead

Graphs and data:

  • Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington airports’ total passenger numbers for 12 months to 30-Jun-2009
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington airports domestic passenger number growth  (% change year-on-year): Jul-08 to Jun-09
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington airports international passenger number growth (% change year-on-year): Jul-08 to Jun-09
  • Australian international capacity: Key facts
  • LCC capacity share to/from Australia: Jun-01 to Jun-09
  • New Zealand international capacity: Key facts
  • LCC capacity share to/from New Zealand: Jun-01 to Jun-09
  • Australian domestic capacity: Key facts
  • LCC capacity share within Australia: Jun-01 to Jun-09
  • New Zealand domestic capacity: Key facts
  • LCC capacity share within New Zealand: Jun-01 to Jun-09
  • International passenger numbers as % of total at Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington airports: FY2009 vs FY2008
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