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London Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick is the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Hosting regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 30 airlines, London Gatwick is a hub for airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways. London Gatwick is the busiest single-runway airport in the world.

Formerly owned by BAA, London Gatwick Airport is operated by Gatwick Airport Ltd. Gatwick is wholly-owned by Ivy Bidco Limited (Ivy), a company formed to undertake the acquisition of Gatwick. Ivy is ultimately controlled by funds managed by Global Infrastructure Management, LLC, part of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). GIP, a USD5.6 billion independent investment fund, invests worldwide in infrastructure assets. It targets investments in air transport infrastructure, ports, freight rail, power and utilities, natural resources infrastructure, water distribution and treatment, and waste management.

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Virgin Atlantic & Flybe hope codeshare helps them further into profit. Benefits are there for both

4-Apr-2016 4:03 PM

Virgin Atlantic and Flybe, both back into profit after periods of losses, will launch a new codeshare from 2-April-2016. The agreement involves 19 short haul routes operated by Flybe, both domestic UK and international. These will connect into 15 Virgin routes from the UK to the US and Caribbean at all three UK airports outside Virgin's main Heathrow hub, namely Manchester, Glasgow and Gatwick.

The deal gives Virgin access to feed from 12 UK domestic routes and seven UK-Europe routes. This helps it to address its lack of short haul feed, albeit in a different way from the now defunct Little Red operation that only brought domestic traffic into Heathrow. Virgin's Delta relationship has changed its priorities in this regard. The codeshare also offers Flybe, which has gradually expanded its codeshare strategy in recent years, the potential for additional demand from passengers connecting to long haul leisure destinations.

Not long after Saad Hammad joined Flybe as CEO in 2013 he launched a restructuring and rebranding that he called the 'purple way'. Virgin Atlantic will be hoping that purple is a better colour than red for its short haul needs.

Air Canada attempts to steer investors to contemplate long term metrics as its valuation falls

1-Mar-2016 5:06 AM

Air Canada plans to deploy the bulk of its 2016 capacity growth to international markets, after having cut some capacity in Western Canada during 2015. The airline is less exposed to that region than rival WestJet, which is headquartered in Western Canada and is projecting steep unit revenue declines in early 2016 due to weakness from lower demand in the oil and gas sector.

Air Canada embarked on the year 2016 by placing a letter of intent to purchase 45 Bombardier CSeries jets. In parallel, the Quebec government (which now has a stake in the CSeries) dropped a lawsuit against the airline related to aircraft maintenance performed in the province. However, Air Canada contends that it faced no political pressure to place an order for the beleaguered CSeries. Air Canada’s order gives the Canadian manufacturer a dependable national customer now that Porter’s order remains in doubt, and the aircraft's other North American customer, Republic Airways Holdings, has entered bankruptcy protection.

After trading at a discount for most of 2015 Air Canada has opted not to provide yield, unit revenue or capacity guidance on a quarterly or annual basis. The company’s rationale for the decision is a focus on its long-term strategy laid out to its investors in mid-2015, with specific ROIC, ratio and EBITAR margin targets. The company has emphatically stated that if short-term investors are not happy with the new policy, they are free to look elsewhere.

Gulf airlines in London Heathrow: slot purchases expand capacity further, improving connectivity

23-Feb-2016 12:29 PM

In the world's most premium air market, London Heathrow, Gulf airlines are increasing their presence. Emirates has obtained a sixth daily slot, the first time in a decade that it will grow above five daily flights at Heathrow (it has meanwhile been growing at Gatwick). Qatar Airways has offered six flights since May-2014 but on smaller aircraft, while Turkish Airlines will have six daily flights on three days a week from Mar-2016. Etihad has not grown slots since last decade but has increased capacity by deploying A380s. Emirates will have an all-A380 operation at Heathrow in Jun-2016.

Oman Air bills itself as a boutique airline focused on Oman, but with a high share of connecting traffic and ambitious growth plans, Oman Air is becoming a Gulf network airline. It paid USD75 million – reportedly a record – for a morning slot at Heathrow in order to have twice daily service. Beside the growth, the Big 3 Gulf airlines hold 2% of international Heathrow slots but account for 5% of seat capacity (more than local airline Virgin Atlantic). Including Oman Air and Turkish they hold 3.5% of slots. London Heathrow is a premium focus of attention but Gulf airlines are growing faster elsewhere in Europe as they diversify their networks away from London and the UK. In 2006, one in two of Emirates' Western European seats went to the UK, but in 2016 only 30% will.

Northolt Airport: in a policy vacuum, it could help solve the UK’s London connectivity problem

17-Feb-2016 11:45 PM

For several years there has been a sideshow to the debate about whether or not there should be additional runway capacity at London Heathrow or Gatwick airports. Or whether the UK should simply make do with what it has got. In Jul-2015 the Airports Commission came down in favour of Heathrow but the issue seems to be so difficult for the British government that it has become incapable of making a decision.

This policy vacuum has elevated to the level of possibility a suggestion that was impossible when first aired; namely that a rundown military airport a few miles north of Heathrow in a suburb called Northolt might be used as a proxy domestic runway for the ‘country’s only hub airport.’ It was dismissed almost out of hand by the Commission.

But the longer the debate goes on – and it shows no sign of abating - the stronger is the hand held by the proponents of this apparently madcap idea. If the government announced tomorrow that an additional runway was to be built – and assuming it gave the nod to Heathrow – it would be 10 years at least before it entered service. Meanwhile, say commerce and industry, critical air connections from the British regions to ‘emerging markets’ are ‘missing.’

One airline – Flybe - seems to have come on board latterly and appears prepared to put its money where its mouth is. This report looks at the history behind the proposal, the pros and cons, and how realistic it is today.

Norwegian Air Shuttle furthers its struggle to make legitimate use of EU-US open skies rights

13-Jan-2016 7:33 PM

Norwegian Air has attempted again to gain DoT approval. Norwegian Air Shuttle's long haul operations, which were launched in 2013 and struggled through 2014, are now flourishing. Routes to the US from London Gatwick, outside the airline's home market, have been added to its Scandinavian-based long haul operation.

However, the long haul network is lopsided, with Bangkok the only destination that is not across the Atlantic. The background is complicated, but this is in large measure due to the imbalance in traffic rights available to it as a Norwegian operator in an EU country. It has waited for more than two years to receive a US foreign carrier permit for its Irish subsidiary, Norwegian Air International, but has been met with intransigence from the US Department of Transportation.

Ever innovative, Norwegian is now having another go, making an application for a US permit with another new subsidiary, Norwegian Air UK, in Dec-2015. Predictably, labour organisations and Norwegian's main Scandinavian competitor SAS have already raised objections to this latest (inevitably legitimate) attempt to operate within the EU-US open skies agreement. The Department of Transportation must not allow itself again to be hijacked by anti-competitive factions.

Canada’s airlines Part 2: WestJet stays the course as capacity growth dampens its stock price

12-Jan-2016 7:22 PM

Canada’s second largest airline WestJet is starting 2016 by battling undervaluation by the market while still enjoying its stature as one of the few airlines globally to hold investment grade status. The dive in WestJet’s stock price is driven by trepidation over the airline’s planned growth. During 2016, its capacity expansion could reach 11%, well above Canada’s projected GDP growth of 1.7%.

Investors also seem jittery about WestJet’s planned long haul expansion to London Gatwick with Boeing 767 widebodies given the existing capacity in the market. Rival Air Canada has responded by adding new service to Gatwick on its low cost subsidiary rouge. WestJet seems undeterred by the added competition, and stresses its long haul experiment with four widebody aircraft is a low risk proposition.

The airline is also touting flexibility to scale down its growth projections should conditions worsen. But for now WestJet believes its expansion in 2016 is warranted given its strong financial position and numerous quarters of profitability. For now, the company sees no reason to scale back its ambitions.

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