Barcelona El Prat Airport
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- Spain and Canary Islands
- 2540m x 45m
2660m x 60m
3552m x 45m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Aegean Airlines
Air Arabia Maroc
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Cargolux Airlines International
CSA Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Pakistan International Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
Ukraine International Airlines
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
All Nippon Airways
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
South African Airways
Known as El Prat Airport, Barcelona Airport is owned and operated by a consortium of the Spanish government, Generalitat of Catalonia and AENA. The main gateway to Barcelona, Barcelona Airport host domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo traffic from over 40 airlines and is a hub for airlines including Spanair and Vueling.
Location of Barcelona El Prat Airport, Spain and Canary Islands
Ground Handlers servicing Barcelona El Prat Airport
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Following dramatic declines in airport passenger numbers in 2012 and 2013, Spanish airports operator AENA has decided to introduce an airport charge discounting scheme to offer incentives to airlines to grow their traffic in Spain once more. With plans being formulated to privatise Spanish airports, the success of this initiative will be closely watched by both industry participants and potential investors.
In this report, we examine traffic trends at AENA and consider whether they have been affected by higher airport charges. Our analysis suggests that there is a clear link and so action to reverse falling traffic numbers through lower charges seems a logical step.
The questions then are whether the discounts offered will have the desired effect and how sustainable will be any resultant growth in passenger numbers.
Ryanair is the biggest carrier in Spain by passenger numbers and its CEO Michael O’Leary has called AENA’s discount scheme “almost unachievable”.
US Airways believes it can recoup lost revenue triggered by a 16 day US Government shut-down after recording reasonably solid 3Q2013 results, including higher than expected unit revenues for the three months ending 30-Sept-2013.
As the outcome of the US Department of Justice (DoJ) challenge to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways is tough to predict, both carriers are moving forward in network expansion on a stand-alone basis. For US Airways it means international expansion from its Charlotte hub as a means to close the gap in a variable financial performance from 2Q to 3Q, while American appears to be crafting a Pacific strategy that entails a build-up in Dallas/Fort Worth to strengthen its position in the trans-Pacific against United and Delta.
Air Canada’s low-cost carrier Rouge is ratcheting up service to leisure destinations in Europe during the 2014 summer high season, which should prove a definitive test for the carrier’s theory that a low cost operation on routes producing softer yields is the correct equation to turn profits.
The growth and operation of Air Canada Rouge to a possible fleet of 50 aircraft is a strategic pillar of the company’s efforts to cut its unit costs by 15% – quite a formidable goal. Similar to Rouge’s initial roll-out of service from Toronto to Athens, Edinburgh and Venice and from Montreal to Athens, most of Rouge’s planned route expansion during 2014 is into markets that have been served by Air Transat during the high season. With just a few months of operations under its belt, no clear-cut conclusions can be made about Rouge’s future or the total effects on Air Transat, but Air Canada appears to be throwing down the competitive gauntlet, noting that it is now in a much better position to compete on those routes.
In this second part of our report on Air Europa, we analyse the airline's revenue development and estimate its unit costs. In recent years, it has achieved revenue growth in spite of falling passenger numbers. However, it has recorded losses for at least the past two financial years, blaming “competition from low-cost airlines” and pilot strike action.
Established as a charter carrier in 1986 and operating domestic scheduled flights since 1993 and international scheduled flights since 1995, Air Europa has been part of the Globalia tourism group since 1991. The first privately owned airline to operate domestic scheduled flights in Spain in competition with Iberia’s then monopoly position, it is somewhat ironic that it is now suffering from increased competition.
Air Europa's unit costs look to be very efficient compared with other European FSCs, but the impact on unit revenues of LCC competition has weighed on its profitability. So, why is it growing its short-haul operations once more in 2013?
Did you hear about the privately-owned, number two home-grown carrier in a country on the Mediterranean among Europe’s top five for airline seats? The loss-making airline has origins in connecting islands to mainland cities and a market share of around 5% of seats in its country. This puts it a long way behind the top two players, Ryanair and the loss-making national ‘flag carrier’ group, and third-placed easyJet.
No, this is not a re-run of our recent report on Italy’s Meridiana, but the similarities with Spain’s Air Europa are striking. There are differences, too. Although both of their ‘flag carrier’ group competitors are loss-making, Air Europa faces a more formidable national competitor in IAG than Meridiana confronts in Alitalia, but its SkyTeam membership may partly offset this. Moreover, Air Europa is growing again in 2013 after some years of capacity cuts.
This is part one of a two part report in which we assess its network and market position. Although financial data is scarce, we will analyse its revenue development and estimate its unit costs in part two.
As American and US Airways move to close their merger in Jul-2013 and set out on a complex integration process, speculation over the status of the nine hubs comprising the backbone of the combined network was revived after a report from a US government watchdog questioned Philadelphia’s role in the combined network. Similar queries have also arisen over the status of Phoenix once integration is complete.
The network optimisation that occurs during a merger integration inevitably results in some service cuts and eliminations as unprofitable flights are culled. Southwest has been weeding out AirTran’s unviable routes for the last year (notably, without a huge amount of criticism) as it attempts to complete integration of the two carriers.
While it is natural to assume some hubs might lose prominence in the combined American-US Airways network, the reality is that during the last few years all the major American carriers have undergone network overhauls that resulted in concentrating flying at their hub strongholds, leveraging strength where they have a commanding presence. US Airways and American have notably embraced that strategy, evidenced by US Airways placing 99% of its flying at its Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington National hubs while American continually touts its cornerstone strategy that entails building its network around Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
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