Orlando Sanford International Airport
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- Sanford Airport Authority
1200 Red Cleveland Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773
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Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is located within the boundaries of the City of Sanford, in the northwestern section of Seminole County, Florida, 18 miles northeast of Orlando. The Sanford Airport Authority is responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the airport and its facilities. SFB benefits from a unique blend of local government and private investment that makes for a very customer focused airport. The Airport is operated through a public/private partnership between the Sanford Airport Authority and Airports Worldwide. Airports Worldwide has been contracted by the Sanford Airport Authority to manage both the international and domestic terminals, develop additional air service, and provide ground handling and cargo services. This public/private partnership has created service benefits for SFB airline customers and passengers.
Location of Orlando Sanford International Airport, United States of America
Ground Handlers and Cargo Handlers servicing Orlando Sanford International Airport
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The development of the new generation wide body aircraft such as Boeing's 787 and Airbus' A350 may soon lead to direct services from European hubs to a growing number of secondary cities in North America. The EU-US Open Skies agreement opened up the market to a large degree, but hub economics mean that most EU airlines still focus their large wide body operations on the major gateways. In practical terms, once they land at the main US hubs, access to airports beyond remains restricted.
It may be some time before European airlines can operate from and to secondary cities at both ends of the route, but operators of these more fuel efficient and smaller wide bodies can offer direct flights from their hubs in Europe to US cities that were once only 'beyonds'.
Criteria for choosing US cities are likely to include population, importance as a tourist destination, airport size and the presence of network carriers to add feed (possibly in preference to LCCs). New cities such as San Antonio, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and even Honolulu may be under consideration in the coming years.
Frontier Airlines continues to be one of the most prominent airlines exploiting opportunities created by consolidation in the US market place, underscored by its rapid expansion from two hubs that have endured dramatic service reductions during the past few years – Cleveland and Cincinnati.
The airline during the last year has rapidly expanded from Cleveland as United made the inevitable decision to downsize its smallest hub. By Nov-2014 Frontier will serve many of the top markets from Cleveland, and rise to become the airport’s second largest airline measured by ASMs.
Frontier is also making a push from Cincinnati alongside its fellow ultra low-cost airline Allegiant Air, which is evaluating establishing a base at the airport. Cincinnati is also fertile ground for the low-cost model following Delta’s draw down as a result of its merger with Northwest Airlines. As Frontier’s changes take effect, the two ultra low-cost airlines are upping their competitive overlap from the airport, creating interesting competitive dynamics within the ULCC space.
US proposed startup PEOPLExpress Airlines is close to completing its initial route roll-out with a first point to point market outside its base at Newport News Williamsburg International Airport. The debut of service would be from Orlando International to Charleston, West Virginia in Oct-2014.
Even as the airline is close to reaching a full two months in operation, the same questions over PEOPLExpress’ long term viability loom large – sustaining enough demand on thin O&D markets from Newport News to create a sustainable business.
Like other low-cost airlines, PEOPLExpress believes US consolidation has created a particular window of opportunity for airlines looking to target cost conscious travellers. But there is a huge gap between recognising an opportunity and successfully capitalising on favourable circumstances. PEOPLExpress has some ground still to cover before success can be guaranteed.
Allegiant Air continues its expansion from Cinncinnati as smaller airlines seize on hub de-valuation
Allegiant Air continues to capitalise on US major airline consolidation through a continued push from Cincinnati, a hub with diminishing importance within Delta Air Lines’ network.
By late 2014 Allegiant is set to offer roughly 18 weekly flights from Cincinnati, and has indicated the airport could become a base for the airline. It is a rapid plan of expansion for Allegiant, which only initiated service from Cincinnati in early 2014.
Cincinnati is a unique opportunity for Allegiant, which largely shies away from major expansion at network airline hubs. But the market seems to be responding to Allegiant’s low-fare leisure product that for now does not seem to be sufficient to annoy Delta into a response.
Ultra-low-cost airline, Allegiant Air’s roughly 17% growth in operating revenue year-on-year for CY2013 reflects the solid foundation of a niche business model that appears safe from duplication within the North American market place.
As the final stages of consolidation within the US market near completion, it would seem that Allegiant’s opportunities for growing its leisure-only customer base will continue to grow, evidenced by its expansion from Cincinnati, a Delta hub whose importance continues to diminish in the legacy airline’s network.
But even as Allegiant’s unique model continues to deliver solid returns, it faces challenges of rising costs driven by factors that could linger for the foreseeable future – salaries and maintenance.
Allegiant Air Group believes it can reap some of the benefits created by US consolidation by entering larger markets that would normally fall outside the carrier’s spectrum, evidenced by its recent expansion from Cincinnati, a Delta hub with waning influence in the major carriers' networks.
New service from Cincinnati is part of a raft of new markets Allegiant is launching during 2Q2014 as it attempts to shake off the effects of 1Q2014 when a host of unusual items created cost pressure for the carrier. These appear likely to extend their effects throughout 2014 as Allegiant predicts an uptick in its unit cost for the full year.
As Allegiant makes a push from Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach during 2014, the carrier is shelving plans to start transborder service to Mexico, instead apparently considering expansion to Canada - which is interesting given the country’s typically higher operating costs.