Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport serves the city of Austin, Texas, USA. The airport ranks among the largest in Texas, with direct links to major cities across the country. Southwest Airlines is a major operator at Austin, as are the regional subsidiaries of the US majors.
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Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson international Airport has become a hotbed of ULCC activity in 2015 as both Frontier Airlines and Spirit have made a push from the airport. With their entry, roughly six of Atlanta’s top 10 markets have received an injection of ULCC competition, challenging the airport’s largest airline Delta and second largest Southwest.
Atlanta seems like a reasonable target for ULCCs given its domination by Delta, which controls the vast majority of the airport’s ASMs and seats. It is too early to make any real determination of the ULCC impact in the market, but Atlanta is an interesting testbed given that many routes that the low-cost airlines have entered were previously duopolies controlled by Delta and Southwest.
The ULCC’s competitors in Atlanta have increased seats in many of the markets where the new airlines have launched service, due in part to the summer high season. However, the large network airlines are also poised to compete feverishly, and will not relinquish any of their dominance easily.
Alaska Air Group is adding a solid mix of regional, transcontinental and international routes in 2015, which is one driver in its projected 10% capacity growth. Other elements of its ASM expansion include frequency additions in core markets and aircraft upgauge.
The company is adding eight new flights from its largest hub and headquarters in Seattle and five from its base in Los Angeles, with varying degrees of competition. Overall Alaska continues to add routes where it can leverage points of strength to broaden its network utility.
Alaska continues to battle unit revenue pressure, a trend sweeping much of the US domestic market place. But it is still delivering top line profits, recording margin expansion and expanding shareholder returns in 2015.
Spirit and Frontier add new ULCC competition in Atlanta, will Delta or Southwest feel the most heat?
Atlanta Hartsfield International airport is becoming a hotbed of ULCC activity in 2015 with both Spirit and Frontier Airlines planning ample expansion from the airport, dominated by full service global airline Delta.
It is an interesting development in the post-consolidated landscape of the US, and Atlanta in particular where Southwest is the second largest airline after acquiring and folding AirTran into its operations. The additions by Spirit and Frontier show those airlines believe that Atlanta is ripe for stimulation, even though historical low fare leader Southwest has a major presence in the market. ULCCs have now assumed that role in the US market place.
Atlanta is also perhaps a test case for the ULCC effect since unlike Cleveland, it is not a hub that has lost service. It is also one of the few markets where both Spirit and Frontier have opted to expand aggressively on some of the airport’s largest routes.
Virgin America joined most US airlines in recording solid financial results for 4Q2014 and CY2014 – marking the first time it has reported its performance as a publicly traded company after completing an initial public offering in late 2014.
The airline delivered solid top-line revenue growth in each period, but faced some cost headwinds stemming from increased salaries and higher airport costs. Compensation expenses will continue to pressure Virgin America’s unit costs for CY2015.
Virgin America is also facing some revenue challenges in the New York transcontinental market and in Dallas Love Field driven by significant increases in industry capacity. The airline believes that those two markets should return to a more normalised state at some point, but it does appear the competitive dynamics shaping those markets will remain intact at least through 1Q2015.
Austin-Bergstrom Airport capped off 2014 by recording 7% passenger growth after reaching a milestone in Mar-2014 with the debut of its first trans-Atlantic service by British Airways on flights to London Heathrow.
Although it is not a hub for any major airline, Austin does have numerous favourable elements that make it ripe for continued growth, including a strong economy, an unemployment rate lower than the US national average and a relatively young population.
Obviously the airport aims to expand its long-haul offerings; but that could prove difficult in the short term given weak macroeconomic conditions in some trans-Atlantic regions. But during 2015 Austin is regaining transborder flights from Air Canada with flights to Toronto, while US domestic airlines also plan some expansion at the airport.
Los Angeles International Airport has emerged as a battle ground for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines during the last couple of years as the market, while hugely fragmented, retains a high level of importance within the networks of most US major airlines.
But the success of each airline’s recent expansion in Los Angeles is tough to predict. Both American and Delta unsurprisingly declare that their operations in Los Angeles are successful; but the longevity of that success is difficult to predict given the tough competitive dynamics in the market.
The investments each airline is making in Los Angeles obviously carry some risk. But the scenario for American is a bit different given it does not have a true west coast hub for long-haul traffic, and the operating constraints in Los Angeles threaten to constrain its optimal growth path.