Gold Coast Airport
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- PO Box 112,
Coolangatta QLD 4225
- Gold Coast
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2342m x 45m
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- Air New Zealand
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China Eastern Airlines
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Gold Coast Airport is the main gateway to the Gold Coast, Queensland and Northern New South Wales, one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. Hosting domestic regional and international passenger and cargo services for a number of airlines, Gold Coast Airport is the 4th busiest international airport in Australia. The airport is served by airlines including Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways Australia and Virgin Blue.
Location of Gold Coast Airport, Australia
Ground Handlers servicing Gold Coast Airport
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AirAsia X will become Australia’s fourth largest foreign carrier by the end of 2013 as it allocates nearly all of its additional capacity for the remainder of the year to the Australian market. The expansion will see the medium/long-haul low-cost carrier increase its Australian operation from 35 weekly flights currently to 54 weekly frequencies in Dec-2013.
AirAsia X in the process will overtake rival Malaysia Airlines (MAS) as well as Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific in the Australia international seat capacity ranking. Only three foreign carriers – Emirates, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) – will offer more seats in Australia in Dec-2013.
The expansion is made possible by a new air services agreement between Malaysia and Australia which increased total capacity to Australia’s four main cities by 40%. AirAsia X plans to continue to pursue expansion in Australia in 2014 and beyond, with more flights from Kuala Lumpur and new services from its planned second base at Bangkok.
Tiger Airways Australia has not been put off taking on its potential future parent Virgin Australia with a decision to compete head to head between Sydney and Coffs Harbour from Feb-2013.
The Singapore-owned LCC is steadily rebuilding its franchise after safety regulators grounded the carrier for six weeks in an unprecedented move in Jul-2011. Since its relaunch in Aug-2011 Tiger Australia's aim has been to build a foundation it can expand from without compromising safety processes which led to the grounding, and eventually achieve so-far elusive profitability.
However, Tiger Australia’s fortunes received a major boost with the announcement in Oct-2012 that Virgin Australia would acquire 60% of the carrier, subject to regulatory approvals. While greatly levelling the playing field with Qantas – with its Jetstar LCC brand – the move could dramatically reshape the domestic network by removing a third competitor of any scale and returning the market to a duopoly between the Qantas and Virgin Australia groups.
Tiger Airways has announced five new destinations in 2012 – Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart, Mackay and Coffs Harbour.
The inaugural AirAsia X flight arriving into Sydney on 02-Apr-2012 is ushering in the era of low-cost, long-haul carriers at Australia's largest airport, which is poised to take the title of offering the most service from low-cost long-haul carriers between Australia and Asia. While Jetstar already links Sydney to long-haul destinations and previous carriers like Viva Macau tried, this new wave is of carriers going beyond point-to-point traffic to offer connections out of large Asian hubs.
AirAsia X will be followed by Scoot, and the presence of a Singapore low-cost long-haul carrier in Sydney makes it likely that Jetstar too will enter the Sydney-Singapore market, although parent company Qantas will have to accept that corporate routes previously in its exclusive domain must now be shared if it wants to remain relevant in a market with increasingly diversifying traffic.
The sudden influx of long-haul LCCs can be attributed to competitive responses but also the new government in New South Wales that is eager to better promote Sydney Airport.
New Singapore Airlines (SIA) low-cost long-haul carrier Scoot announced today Gold Coast as its second destination after Sydney and confirmed its intention to launch services in Jun-2012. Scoot has decided to launch with two routes to Australia because the process of securing authorisations for China, which Scoot has said will also be served within its first year, is longer and more unpredictable. Gold Coast was selected over two other Australian airports on Scoot’s short list, Adelaide and Brisbane, because of Gold Coast’s excellent track record of success with LCCs, including Asia’s two existing low-cost long-haul carriers – AirAsia X and Jetstar. Gold Coast is also the largest airport in Australia currently lacking a link with Singapore.
Gold Coast is the fifth largest international airport in Australia behind Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth (see Background information). Among Australia’s top airports it has by far the highest LCC penetration rate. Currently LCCs account for 98% of total capacity (seats) at Gold Coast, including 90% of international capacity and nearly 100% of domestic capacity.
There is unlikely to be any short-term change to Australia-Japan air services following an open skies agreement between the two countries that gives Australian carriers access to Tokyo Haneda airport and fifth-freedom traffic rights. Qantas serves Tokyo Narita and has been given nonviable midnight slots at Haneda, and furthermore its low-cost arm Jetstar – the largest operator in the market – is establishing a subsidiary at Narita. The liberalisation comes as the Australia-Japan market continues to shrink, with traffic down 56% from its 2005 peak, making Japan Australia’s largest shrinking market.
The Australian government announced with great fanfare the open skies agreement with Japan, proclaiming it “landmark”. Japan last month concluded an open skies agreement with Canada and is working on a similar agreement with Taiwan.
Tiger Australia settles in for medium-term with new director but growth restrictions and lower fares
Tiger Airways Australia is settling in for the medium-term with a re-launched network it has built up, which is now approximately one-third of its Jun-2011 pre-grounding size. The immediate future will see former Virgin Blue executive Andrew David take the reigns from Tony Davis, who is leaving the company.
Tiger is also lowering its lead-in fares to pre-grounding levels, but no headline fares of AUD15 inclusive or zero (plus taxes) have been offered yet, and may not be as long as Tiger faces no price undercutting and seeks to build network volume with requisite approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Its growth outlook is focused on Melbourne Tullamarine, with service resumption from Melbourne Avalon unlikely in the next year.
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