Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
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- Air New Zealand
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LOT - Polish Airlines
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Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is located on the Island of Montreal and it the main international gateway to Montreal. Montreal is the third-busiest Canadian airport, hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 30 airlines. Montreal is a major hub for airlines including Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing Airlines and Skyservice.
Location of Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Canada
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Air Canada’s achievement of profitability during 2012 was dampened by a 1Q2013 loss driven by a weak yield environment in some of its most competitive markets as premium travel softened. While the carrier concludes booking trends during 2Q2013 are on the upswing, yields are still under pressure as Air Canada continues work on its cost base to withstand pricing actions by its competitors.
A key tenet of the carrier’s strategy going forward is leveraging its international network through a widebody fleet upgrade encompassing Boeing 777s and 787s as it works to shed six older Airbus A340 aircraft during 2013. But in order to execute strengthening its international offerings Air Canada needs to ensure it has enough domestic and transborder feed to support long-haul service, which means it needs to ensure its domestic product remains competitive with WestJet and Porter, which have ambitious expansion plans for the Canadian domestic market.
A recent agreement between Air Canada and the Canadian Government to extend the current pension funding structure until YE2020 was significant in that it helps the carrier stave off increasing funding requirements, but the deal comes with stipulations that essentially prohibit any rewards to shareholders.
Porter Airlines seems to be instituting a slight strategy shift as its main rivals Air Canada and WestJet turn their attention to the respective launches of their new subsidiaries. While Porter appears largely protected from direct competitive threats from either enterprise, the carrier has recorded dwindling load factors, perhaps an effort to trade loads for yields.
The shift follows increasing competitive pressure in some of Porter’s busier business markets in Canada’s eastern triangle (Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa) after WestJet during 2012 bolstered its frequencies on those routes along with introducing new transborder service from Toronto to New York LaGuardia. Air Canada has repeatedly stated its unit revenues have come under pressure in those markets as competitors increased capacity in those regions.
From its base at Toronto City Centre Porter serves the busy US northeastern transborder markets of Boston, New York (Newark) and Washington (Dulles). The carrier also operates its 70-seat Q400 turboprops to Chicago Midway.
Canada’s second largest carrier WestJet is adopting the strategy of many low-cost carriers worldwide through the creation of a hybrid model to bolster its share of the lucrative travel market. While in the short-term all the carrier’s efforts are focused on the launch of its new regional carrier Encore in 2H2013, WestJet is examining several options beyond its five year plan, including the possible deployment of widebody aircraft.
If WestJet opts to seriously consider deploying aircraft into long-haul markets beyond its current transborder offerings, the carrier will unleash competition against rival Air Canada in one of its last protected business segments.
WestJet joins many low-cost carriers including its North American counterpart JetBlue that are transforming their business models from a pure low-cost structure to a hybrid model in order to expand their passenger base to capture lucrative corporate travellers.
The exodus of Canadian citizens along the US border to US airports, which has previously been highlighted, continues. It is estimated that up to five million passengers now cross the border each year in search of cheaper flights on the US budget carriers that have increasingly gravitated towards secondary airports, as Canada's relatively limited air services and restrictive international aviation policy limits foreign airline access.
So airports such as Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh in New York State, Burlington in Vermont, Bellingham Airport in Washington State and Fargo’s quaintly named Hector Airport in North Dakota are the biggest beneficiaries.
Government taxes and fees have often carried the blame for the non-competitive nature of Canadian airports and for this 'bleed' of passengers. But not everyone agrees.
Air Canada is welcoming a change in its fortunes during 3Q2012 after a turbulent 1H2012 characterised by high-profile labour strife and the collapse of its major maintenance provider both of which significantly pressured its financial performance as profits for the first six months of the year tumbled CAD241 million (USD241 million) to CAD306 million (USD306 million). But with the government stepping in to resolve labour disputes and the busy high season ushered in by 3Q2012, the carrier has received a reprieve from the stinging losses recorded earlier in the year.
Canadian Government-appointed arbitrators imposed Air Canada’s preferred contracts on the carrier’s pilots and mechanics in mid-2012 after certain employee groups engaged in work stoppages that significantly disrupted the airline’s operations in Mar-2012 and Apr-2012, and pressured the carrier’s earnings during 1Q2012 and 2Q2012.
Air Canada management has often remarked the deals are a necessary element of its transformation from an airline bogged down by a legacy cost structure to a carrier more capable of competing with airlines operating with lower costs.
Canada must have one of the least used capital city airports in the developed world, along with Canberra in Australia. Both are government-dominated cities located away from the commercial mainstream: Montreal and Toronto in Ottawa’s case and Melbourne and Sydney in Canberra’s. But while Canberra was the only major Australian airport to record a loss of total traffic in FY2010/11 (a mild decline at -0.5%), Ottawa has undergone something of turnaround in the last 12 months and looks forward to the future with confidence. But could it do better still?
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