Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
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Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is the main gateway to Jakarta, Indonesia. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 25 airlines, the airport is a hub for airlines including Garuda Indonesia, Batavia Air, Lion Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Kartika Airlines, Mandala Airlines and Merpati Nusantara Airlines.
Location of Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia
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Lion Air Group new full-service subsidiary Batik Air is planning further expansion as it starts to focus on longer routes, including international services.
Two medium-haul domestic routes will be added in Dec-2013 as the carrier takes delivery of a fifth and sixth 737-900ER. More domestic and the start of international expansion is expected in 2014 as Batik takes the first batch of A320s from the landmark 234-aircraft deal signed by Lion and Airbus in Mar-2013. In 2015 Batik intends to start operating 787s, supporting further international expansion.
Batik is also preparing to move its base from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to closer-in Halim Airport, which Indonesian authorities are opening up for commercial jet services in a bid to relieve congestion at Soekarno-Hatta. Halim will provide further differentiation and product segmentation for Batik as the main Lion brand will focus on operating aircraft in single-class configuration from Soekarno-Hatta.
The Singapore-Jakarta market is seeing a 24% influx in capacity as several carriers have raced to add flights in 2H2013 following a breakthrough in the bilateral between Singapore and Indonesia. Tigerair and Garuda have led the way with significant increases while Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Jetstar have also pursued more modest additions.
Singapore-Jakarta has become the fastest growing major international route. It is now the second largest international route after Hong Kong-Taipei and the 12th largest overall.
A further 25% increase in capacity is likely in 2014 as carriers implement more of their newly awarded traffic rights.The sudden surge could result in short-term over-capacity. But over time the additional capacity should be absorbed given the fast-growing demand for services to and from Indonesia, which has emerged as one of the world’s most dynamic emerging markets.
Indonesia-Australia aviation has traditionally been dominated by inbound traffic to Bali. The resort island accounts for over 80% of capacity in the market and Australian visitors to Indonesia currently outnumber Indonesian visitors to Australia by a more than six to one ratio. But the market is slowly starting to diversify with more flights linking Australia with the capital Jakarta and secondary Indonesian destinations.
Australia is well positioned to benefit from Indonesia’s booming economy as its growing middle class starts to have the income and desire to holiday overseas. The geographic proximity of the two countries means several routes are within the range of narrowbody aircraft, opening up a huge range of new options for LCCs and full-service carriers from both countries.
This is the third report in a series of reports on the Asia-Australia aviation market. The first report looked at the Malaysia-Australia market and the rapid growth of AirAsia X. The second report looked at the Philippines-Australia market and bilateral limitations which are blocking the launch of services from Cebu Pacific. This report looks at the larger Indonesia-Australia market, which has seen significant growth this year and has potential for continued rapid growth over the medium to long-term.
Garuda Indonesia has postponed by at least six months the launch of services to London, the first of several new non-stop routes in the carrier’s ambitious European expansion plan. The postponement is a big blow to the carrier’s hopes to boost its position in the global market by using its new flagship aircraft, the 777-300ER, to serve new high profile long-haul routes and start competing in the UK-Australia market.
The postponement also highlights a major potential roadblock in the international expansion of Garuda and further expansion of the overall Indonesian market – infrastructure. Garuda cited runway pavement issues at Jakarta in forcing its decision to push back the planned Nov-2013 launch of Jakarta-London services until May-2014. Indonesia’s major airports including Jakarta are operating well above capacity and the government has repeatedly been behind the curve in upgrading infrastructure, including terminals and runways.
Although Garuda has been preparing for its new 777-300ER fleet since ordering 10 of the type in early 2008, Jakarta airport operator Angkasa Pura II has not yet upgraded the airport’s runways to support a fully loaded 777-300ER. Garuda now expects the runway to be upgraded by May-2014, allowing the carrier to finally launch non-stop services to Europe.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is preparing an ambitious expansion to Europe made possible after the carrier was recently removed from the EU’s list of banned airlines. PAL plans to launch non-stop services to Europe within the next few months and serve up to five Western European destinations in the near to medium term.
But PAL faces huge challenges in trying to carve out a sustainable niche in the Southeast Asia-Europe market. PAL and another Southeast Asian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, are both entering the market just as competition intensifies and while the European economy remains relatively weak.
PAL and Garuda will need to overcome three much larger Southeast Asian flag carriers which are well established in the European market along with two smaller ASEAN competitors. European and Gulf carriers also continue to expand in the Europe-Southeast Asia market, making it even tougher for a new entrant.
Garuda Indonesia plans to start competing on the Kangaroo route in Nov-2013, when it launches services to London Gatwick. The carrier is expected to start offering services between Australia and other European destinations in 2014, when it aims to launch new non-stop routes from Jakarta to continental Europe.
The Indonesian carrier is expanding in the Australian market ahead of launching services to London, adding capacity to its three existing Australian destinations – Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Garuda is also launching services to Brisbane in Aug-2013 and aims to launch services within the next several months to Auckland, which opens up the possibility of connections between New Zealand and Europe.
This is the second of a two-part series of reports on Garuda Indonesia’s international expansion plans. The first part analysed the carrier’s overall position in Indonesia’s international market and the 10 international routes it plans to add in 2013. This part looks at the carrier’s entry on the highly competitive Kangaroo route between Australia and Europe.
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