Madrid Barajas Airport
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- Spain and Canary Islands
- Other airports serving Madrid
- 4100m x 60m
3500m x 60m
4350m x 60m
3500m x 60m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Aegean Airlines
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Boliviana de Aviación
CSA Czech Airlines
Cubana de Aviacion
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Royal Air Maroc
Ukraine International Airlines
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Air Canada
All Nippon Airways
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main international gateway to Madrid, Spain. Among the busiest airports in Europe, Madrid-Barajas hosts domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services from over 60 airlines and is the major hub for airlines including Iberia, Air Europa, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling. Madrid is a major European airport for passengers traveling to and from Latin America, with Spanish and Latin American airlines operating extensively between the two regions.
Location of Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain and Canary Islands
Ground Handlers servicing Madrid Barajas Airport
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A beleaguered United Airlines has outlined ambitious goals for its investors that entails an annual cost cutting scheme of USD2 billion and a pledge to begin returning cash to shareholders by 2015.
After battling operational, revenue and cost challenges during the last couple of years, United has no choice but to crystallise a plan to improve its performance in the medium term. Its target of rewarding shareholders is likely to be a competitive response to Delta Air Lines, who recently outlined plans to return USD1 billion to its shareholders during the next three years.
Additionally, United believes it can increase pre-tax earnings by two to four times during the next four years. Taken together it is tall order for a company that is still trying to deliver on its merger synergy targets. Now that United has declared those goals, the challenge is to deliver a successful execution, something that sceptics might have a right to be weary of.
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”.
Air Europa has been talking up its ambitions in Latin America. It has firm orders for eight Boeing 787 aircraft, but its president Juan Jose Hidalgo recently said it will eventually have up to 22 of the type by 2020-2022. He plans to deploy them on Latin American routes. These could include Mexico City, Bogota, Cartagena and Quito.
Currently, Iberia is the leader on all three routes to Latin America where it competes with Air Europa and is number one overall on Spain to LatAm. However, Air Europa has been picking up routes dropped by its larger rival and Mr Hidalgo says it plans “to fly all the destinations that Iberia flies to”. The pendulum is swinging towards Air Europa in much of the region outside Central America. Iberia has abandoned the Caribbean altogether.
Air Europa has a unit cost advantage and ambitions to grow. This poses a credible threat to Iberia’s Latin American network. Iberia’s cost restructuring will have to succeed if it is to avoid a further dulling of its brightest network jewel.
Beijing Airport remains on the brink of becoming the world's largest airport, Dubai International Airport is fastest growing, rising to fifth place worldwide, while Madrid and Rome Fiumicino languish.
It is interesting to compare IATA’s recently revised global traffic demand projections for 2013 with those airports that offered the greatest amount of seat capacity in 2012 and 1H2013 (to end June) and with those airports that are preparing for traffic increases by constructing additional infrastructure.
IATA upgraded its global outlook for the airline industry at the beginning of Jun-2013.
It now predicts revenues for the year will hit USD711 billion, with airline industry profits to rise from USD10.6 billion to USD12.7 billion with a net margin of 1.8% and a return on invested capital of 4.8%.
Following Luis Gallego’s promotion in Mar-2013 from CEO of Iberia Express to be CEO of Iberia, changes to Iberia’s management structure had been anticipated. On 10-May-2012, Iberia announced changes aimed at better implementing its Transformation Plan and restoring competitiveness and profitability to the carrier. While it is often worth taking a new hammer to crack an old nut, IAG has simultaneously been squirreling away some tastier new ones.
Based on comments at CAPA’s Airlines in Transition conference by Willie Walsh, CEO of Iberia’s parent IAG, that Iberia Express has ex fuel unit costs 40% lower than Iberia’s, we estimate that its CASK is similar to those of easyJet and Vueling. Mr Walsh also said that it is better to restructure what you have than to start something new. However, given fierce resistance to change at Iberia, he has given himself a good deal more leverage by establishing Iberia Express and also by taking over Vueling. Iberia Express has even helped the group to grow its passenger share in Madrid this year.
The planned merger of AMR Corp, parent of American Airlines, and US Airways Group will have a small, but noticeable impact on European airlines via their North Atlantic networks. The merged AA-US Air will be the number four ranked airline group on the North Atlantic, an improvement on AA’s current sixth place. In terms of the alliances, if this merger and the Delta-Virgin Atlantic deal both complete, the three global alliances will have divided routes between Europe and North America almost equally between them, with little left for non-aligned carriers.
AA and US Air operate to Europe from different US hubs and there is no city pair route overlap between the two (so competition authorities seem unlikely to worry themselves on the grounds of these operations). However, when looking at overall markets between the US and individual European countries, the merger will have a competitive impact on European carriers’ North Atlantic activities, most notably Iberia and Alitalia, followed by Aer Lingus.
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