Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
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Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport serves the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Sabiha Gökçen International is located 35km west of central Istanbul, on the Asian side of the city. The airport was constructed in 2003 to ease the growing pressure on the larger Atatürk International Airport, located in the city's east. Sabiha Gökçen International has experienced exceptional growth since its opening, attracting smaller operators and LCCs from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Location of Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Turkey
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In CAPA’s report on Turkish Airlines’ 3Q2013 results, we highlighted that RASK growth failed to beat CASK growth for the first time this year and suggested management would want to demonstrate this was not the start of a new trend. The airline has now provided some reassurance on this.
Beyond this issue, CEO Temel Kotil used the recent Turkish Airlines’ investor day to reiterate his strategy of using the carrier’s Istanbul hub to attract global connecting traffic flows, leading to growth ahead of the market, albeit with an increased focus on frequencies rather than new destinations in future. This strategy has similarities with those of the Gulf carriers, but is also underpinned by the significant Turkish home market.
The Turkish market includes strong competition in the shape of LCC Pegasus, but the return to profitability of SunExpress, jointly owned by Turkish Airlines (THY) and Lufthansa, provides THY with another option for facing this competitive threat.
In 2Q2013, Pegasus Airlines’ core operations grew revenues by 30% and more than tripled the operating profit, continuing the strong earnings momentum developed in 1Q2013. Traffic grew strongly, load factor rose, RASK increased, CASK fell and cash increased sharply after a successful IPO in Apr-2013, since when its share price has gained 46%.
The only blot on the landscape was that ex fuel CASK increased a little in 2Q2013 as labour costs grew steeply, but the 1H2013 performance of both items was more favourable and so this may simply be a temporary issue.
Pegasus’ mission statement says: “We aim to combine the network benefits of full-service carriers, and the price benefits of LCCs, to provide inexpensive travel, on-time performance and new planes.” It does not mention profits, but, if it can continue to fulfil these aims, it seems that profit growth will also continue.
A low-cost carrier by virtue of its unit costs and revenues, SunExpress’ costs are nevertheless too high for its revenues and it lost EUR12 million in 2012. Jointly owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, it has a focus on leisure routes between Germany and Turkey. It has some market-leading positions on key routes, but also faces a large number of competitors in this very price sensitive market. Its highly seasonal capacity profile adds to the challenge of achieving year-round profitability.
SunExpress’ value to its parent companies extends beyond its position on routes between their two countries. It has also provided them with more than 20 years of working together and this could point the way to closer cooperation between them in other regions as they look to combat the threat of the Gulf carriers. The appointment last week of the CEO of SunExpress Germany, a subsidiary of SunExpress, to the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Group company Austrian Airlines further highlights the growing ties.
Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines is placing a big bet that Turkey’s market will liberalise over the next decade, enabling the carrier to expand its fleet to between 100 and 140 aircraft. Pegasus currently operates 43 narrowbody aircraft and has been negotiating since last year with Airbus and Boeing an order for 100 A320neos or Boeing 737-800 MAX. Pegasus CEO Sertac Haybat said on the sidelines of last week’s CAPA Airlines in Transition CEO Summit in Istanbul that he expects the 100-aircraft order will be placed within one month and deliveries will be spread out over six to seven years.
My Haybat expects the new aircraft will primarily be used to accelerate expansion of Pegasus’ international network, including to new destinations in the Indian subcontinent that are not within range of its fleet of current generation 737-800s. But he acknowledges international expansion will only be possible if bilaterals are liberalised.
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.
With a population of over 76 million, a dynamic economy, a relatively large geographical area (779,450 sq km) and increasing disposable income among its population, Turkey’s air travel demand continues to grow, at a time when the majority of Europe is experiencing sharp reductions.
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