Japan's MLIT stated (09-Sep-2011) it would commence aviation talks for an open skies agreement with Canada in Vancouver on 13/14-Sep-2011. With the exception of the US, this will be the first open skies negotiations with a country outside east Asia and the ASEAN group, with which MLIT has almost completed conclusion for agreements.
Japan to commence open skies talks with Canada
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As CAPA's LCCs and New Age Airlines Sep-2013 conference in Seoul clearly identified, the wheels are starting to turn in Korea, the home of the first LCCs in North Asia. But more recently it has suffered from stagnation as carriers do not offer a cost base that is competitive with other LCC developments in the region. Jin Air is the country's second largest LCC and wholly-owned by Korean Air. This brings advantages but also disadvantages, as CEO Won Ma said at the CAPA conference. Mr Ma sees that Jin Air needs to improve its cost base and has started to charge for small ancillaries, but not luggage. Jin Air also incurs higher costs from using some Korean Air services.
2012 was Jin Air's third year of profits, which were very respectable given the industry but lagging considering Jin Air's modest network, with limited competition. But the Jin Air-Korean Air relationship is far ahead of Asiana and its partially-owned LCC unit Air Busan, struggling to remain relevant up against Jin Air and the the even larger Jeju Air, Korea's largest independent LCC. If Jin Air, like other LCCs, can make very necessary cost structure reforms, there are increasing opportunities as the Korean outbound market grows, thanks to the strengthening of the won. It is time now more than ever to apply more pressure on the accelerator.
Australia's air market readjustment accelerates as AUD shifts promise changes in travel patterns
Australia’s outbound market has continued to strengthen while its inbound market has been relatively stable in recent years.
Australian residents took a record 8.4 million short-term trips overseas in the financial year ended 30-Jun-2013, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), up from 8 million trips in 2012 and nearly three times the number from 10 years ago when 3.3 million short-term departures were recorded.
This growth has been largely driven by Australia's strong resources fuelled economy, with a high AUD making international travel more appealing for Australians compared to a domestic holiday. The recent substantial fall in the AUD has not yet had time to make its effects felt at the consumer end, but the approximately 15% fall against the USD since Apr-2013 (and against those currencies linked to the USD) will be causing pain to airlines whose reliance on Australian outbound traffic is high.
Despite the AUD losing ground however, there appears to be little lessening of appetite for Australians to travel – at least in the short term.