A wholly-owned subsidiary of travel company TUI Group, Arkefly is a Dutch charter airline based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Also operating under the brand Holland International, Arkefly offers charter service to short, medium and long haul destinations in the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, North America and South America. Arkefly operates most of its services on behalf of Dutch tour operator, Arke, also a subsidiary of TUI Group.
Location of Arkefly main hub (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)
LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider Arkefly fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
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Dutch carrier Arkefly is expanding its network to the US west coast with three new seasonal destinations, signalling the potential it sees in the relatively undeveloped low-cost long-haul trans-Atlantic market. Until now Arkefly’s US network was limited to the east coast. The airline is also planning expansion to Southeast Asia which could fill some of the void left by AirAsia X in the Europe-Asia low-cost long-haul market.
Arkefly is a low-cost carrier based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and is owned by Germany’s TUI Group, which has a portfolio of airlines following primarily leisure carrier or hybrid leisure/LCC models. Arkefly operates a mix of scheduled and charter services with both narrowbody and widebody aircraft. Its charters are primarily for Dutch tour operator and sister company Arke, which is also owned by TUI. Other TUI Group carriers include TUIfly (Germany and Austria), TUIfly Nordic (Sweden), Thomson Airways (UK), Corsairfly (France) and Jetairfly (Belgium).
This second in a special two-part CAPA report looks beyond the headline-grabbing "big three" European LCCs to provide updates on more than 20 secondary low-cost operators. Part II reviews the progress at Monarch, NIKI, Pegasus Airlines, SkyExress, Smart Wings, Sun Express, Sverigeflyg, Thomson Airways, Transavia.com, TUIfly, Wind Jet and Wizz Air, following on from Part I which reviewed Air Southwest, Anadolujet, Atlastjet Airlines, Belle Air, Blue Express, Blue Air, bmibaby, CLICK4SKY, Flybe, Germanwings, Iceland Express and Jet2.com.
The German aviation market is a dynamic one, dominated by European giant, Lufthansa, and its host of subsidiaries, and also featuring Europe’s third largest LCC, Air Berlin, which has, like Lufthansa, also been pursuing an acquisition strategy. The market also features an assortment of smaller LCCs, regional airlines and charter carriers. The airline market is increasingly vibrant, but it was not always so. Dominated, as it still is, by Lufthansa and its satellites, competition was severely constrained until the late 1990s, when serious competition started to arrive in the form of new airlines, delivered a new scope of life under European Union principles of open skies.
Air Berlin and TUI Travel confirmed plans to enter into a long-term strategic partnership, covering their German flight businesses, with a corresponding agreement signed on 28-Mar-09.
Lufthansa is moving to consolidate its position in the German and European market, as its strong pbalance sheet enables it to take advantage of the expected wave of consolidation in the European market.
TUIfly, Germanwings and Condor are reportedly in advanced talks about a three-way airline tie-up. The talks are expected to be concluded during 3Q09.
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