Madrid Barajas Airport
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- Spain and Canary Islands
- Other airports serving Madrid
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4350m x 60m
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- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Aegean Airlines
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Blue Air Transport
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
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Aerosvit Airlines
All Nippon Airways
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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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.
The rise and rise of low-cost carriers in Europe has been rapid and, it seems, irreversible. The result has been to transform Europe's short haul market. There is nothing new about that, but the three big legacy ‘flag carrier’ groups in Europe – Air France-KLM, IAG and Lufthansa – have only recently dedicated serious attention to new initiatives to combat this continued onslaught on their short haul operations.
In 2012, IAG established Iberia Express to operate short haul feed into the Madrid hub and also bid for the 54% of Vueling that is not already owned by Iberia. Also in 2012, Lufthansa announced plans to transfer non-hub European traffic (ie outside Frankfurt and Munich) to LCC subsidiary Germanwings. Only last week, on 28-Jan-2013, Air France-KLM announced a new regional carrier, Hop, bringing together group regional airlines Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair in a further stage of its short and medium haul restructuring that has also brought efficiency measures at its French provincial bases.
TAP Portugal is likely to end up in the hands of Synergy Aerospace, the majority owner of Latin American airline group Avianca-TACA, following the surprise announcement on 18-Oct-2012 by the Portuguese government that it had retained only one bidder to proceed to the second stage of TAP’s sale process. Final negotiations still have to start and it is as yet unclear how much Synergy Aerospace will pay for the debt-laden Portuguese flag carrier, which is in need of capital to fund expansion and fleet renewal.
The selection of Synergy Aerospace as future owner of TAP would reinforce the Portuguese carrier’s leading position in the Europe-Brazil market. It also meets Synergy's long-held goal to expand into the Europe-Brazil and other long-haul markets. Synergy-owned Avianca Brazil is a significant and fast-expanding player in Brazil's domestic market but does not operate any widebody aircraft and has only one international route. Avianca Brazil could replace TAM as TAP's partner for connecting flights in Brazil.
Air Europa is spinning an expanding network from Madrid to Latin America, where it now serves eight destinations in seven countries with a new gateway in Bolivia coming online in Nov-2012. The small SkyTeam carrier's niche Latin America strategy is not new and it is a logical one given the geographic location of Spain on the European continent and the historic and linguistic ties of the country with most nations in Latin America.
But the endeavour is getting increasingly difficult with a larger peer in its backyard, Iberia, and very adverse economic circumstances in Spain that suppresses demand. In attempts to offset the weakness in Spain, Air Europa is focusing more on point of sales in Latin America and other European countries as it continues to grow its short-haul international network. Only about 40% of the carrier's sales on its Latin America routes now come from Spain, compared to 60% previously.
Air Europa is ignoring the current Spanish headwinds and launching three new short-haul routes from Madrid-Barajas Airport, a strategy which sets it apart from larger and lower-cost competitors such as Ryanair and easyJet which both have announced route cancellations for Madrid as the economy in Spain further deteriorates and as airport charges were raised. The new Air Europa routes are Madrid to Brussels, Valencia and Bilbao. Iberia is the market leader on all three routes and enjoys a monopoly position on Madrid to Valencia, which is operated by its regional affiliate Air Nostrum.
Air Europa, a full service network carrier and a subsidiary of Spain’s largest travel and tourism company Globalia group, is building a hub at Madrid as it most likely sees opportunities in the troubles hitting its main Spanish competitor. Iberia has been paralysed in its efforts to reduce costs by the combative SEPLA pilots union that stubbornly continues to resist the creation of Iberia’s low-cost subsidiary Iberia Express, which launched in Mar-2012.
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