Phuket International Airport
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Phuket International Airport is the main international gateway to the province of Phuket, Thailand. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 25 airlines, the airport is a hub for Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International.
Location of Phuket International Airport, Thailand
Ground Handlers servicing Phuket International Airport
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Bangkok Airways is planning relatively ambitious fleet and network expansion over the next year as the independent full-service carrier looks to cement its position in the increasingly competitive Thai market.
The carrier plans to add five A320 family aircraft by the end of 2014 and is close to placing orders for new-generation turboprop and narrowbody aircraft. The fleet renewal and expansion could be partially funded by an initial public offering (IPO), which Bangkok Airways now aims to complete by the end of 2013 following a six-month delay.
The upcoming launch of three new low-cost carriers in Thailand, starting with Thai Lion on 04-Dec-2013, provides a potentially challenging backdrop to an IPO. But Bangkok Airways, which has been profitable for four consecutive years, is confident in the long-term viability of its boutique carrier niche. The carrier’s outlook remains relatively bright, boosted by an expanding portfolio of partnerships which will continue to provide high-yielding passengers that keep it largely out of the crossfire between LCCs.
Thai Airways' regional unit Thai Smile is planning major expansion in 4Q2013 including four new international destinations, three of which will be new to the group’s network. The carrier is also increasing capacity on three of its four current international routes but recently dropped three international routes, highlighting some early mistakes in its network.
Thai Smile remains primarily a domestic carrier. It will continue to allocate nearly 80% of its capacity to the domestic market as it adds two domestic routes and expands on several of its seven existing domestic routes.
The expansion is made possible as Thai Smile takes six aircraft over the next five months, doubling the size of its fleet to 12 A320s. Four of the aircraft will be delivered in 4Q2013 with two more to come in early 2014.
Thai Airways has again adjusted the strategy of its new hybrid unit Thai Smile as the group struggles to determine the ultimate product mix and network. The latest changes include a dedicated business class cabin, which will be introduced in 2013 following delivery of Thai Smile’s seventh A320, and plans to convert the unit into a full subsidiary. Thai Smile also continues to tweak its network, dropping earlier plans to launch services from Bangkok to Hyderabad and Phuket to Singapore.
As Thai Smile represents an experiment for Thai Airways and the overall Asian market, it is not surprising to see almost continual changes to the operation. But all the changes reflect flaws in Thai Smile’s initial business model, which falls between low-cost and full-service. Thai Smile will likely evolve from a hybrid into more of a pure full-service regional subsidiary similar to Singapore Airlines’ SilkAir and Cathay Pacific’s Dragonair.
There are some 30 airlines in China and almost all of them are affiliated with one of the country's main four airline groups: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines.
An exception is Juneyao Airlines, independently and privately owned. It has found a successful niche operating as a quality premium leisure, or boutique, carrier based at Shanghai, the epicentre of new wealth in the country. Juneyao also carries business traffic, but is perhaps willing to understate its importance in that market so as not to draw attention – and possibly interference from an over-zealous regulator.
The carrier is now targeting a few strategic developments. It has commenced scheduled international operations with a service to Thailand's Phuket and is looking to export its model beyond Shanghai to other bases in mainland China.
But of greatest relevance to the industry is its aspiration to develop a series of partnerships – from marketing to codeshare – to increase traffic flows. It boasts a strong product and network from Shanghai, which most international carriers serve.
While Thai Airways' new unit Thai Smile is now settling in to its second week of operations, the carrier remains in the vanguard and is seeking to prove its hybrid model as suitable for the Asian market. Thai Smile has undergone many revisions since being established just over a year ago and continues to, with the carrier now planning to split future capacity evenly between the domestic and international markets rather than have a majority of international capacity.
Thai Smile launched services on 7-Jul-2012 with an international route to Macau but in Aug-2012 will launch domestic services. So far besides Macau only five domestic routes have been announced but more international routes will come as part of a later phase, including possibly from second-tier Thai cities, breaking Thai Airways' focus on Bangkok and, to a lesser extent, Phuket. But the new unit's higher cost base than a LCC will ultimately limit its growth potential.
The nascent international LCC footprint of Chinese low-cost carriers will grow as Juneyao Airlines in Aug-2012 opens routes to Japan, becoming the second Chinese LCC to have services beyond China. The first was Spring Airlines with services to the Tokyo area, and Spring intends to open new Japanese cities but first will reportedly bring new countries – South Korea and Thailand – to its route map.
Both carriers are based at Shanghai, are privately owned and are preparing for IPOs. Their operation alongside the three big state-owned carriers does not enjoy a transparent framework, and as the state-owned carriers use the short-term future to bolster domestic performance, Juneyao and Spring may find more favourable support for international services, which in turn balance the international LCCs that serve China. Juneyao's international network is in its early days, but so far it appears to be targeting more leisure destinations whereas Spring is pursuing service to populous cities.
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