San Antonio International Airport
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- San Antonio
- United States
- 2591m x 46m
2288m x 46m
1682m x 30m
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Delta Air Lines
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Southwest Airlines plans to aggressively grow its return on invested capital (ROIC) by 8 ppts in 2013 to 15%, driven by USD1.1 billion in revenue gains derived from schedule adjustments, new ancillary fees and an improved revenue management system. The carrier must close a wide gap in order to meet its goal after recording a 7% ROIC for the 12M ending in Sep-2012, and admitting it fell short of an original 15% target for 2012. But Southwest management is confident that 2013 is the year it will attain its often-cited return goals as it seeks to contain unit cost growth and capture USD400 million in estimated synergies from its acquisition of AirTran.
Carrier executives are tempering some of the confidence they are exuding about meeting ROIC goals with a cautious declaration that there is no guarantee that 15% returns will be displayed in the airline’s year-end 2013 results.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told investors in late Dec-2012 “it is not a promise, but we’re sharing with you our plan”. Previously Southwest has struck a cautious tone for 2013 as its operating profit during 3Q2012 plummeted USD174 million to USD51 million.
A steady downsizing by Delta at its Memphis hub is continuing into 1Q2013 as the carrier plans to slash roughly 96 weekly frequencies from its scheduled offerings from the airport. After pulling down Memphis significantly since its 2008 merger with Northwest, the airport has shrunk to Delta’s smallest domestic US hub, bypassing Cincinnati, which has also faced its share of service cuts during the same time period.
Memphis suffers from a geographical disadvantage in relation to Delta’s mega hub in Atlanta, and also has a fair number of markets operated with 50-seat regional jets, an aircraft Delta is busy ridding itself of in favour of larger-gauge aircraft. Those elements continue to work against Memphis, leaving the airport to search for new carriers to fill the service gaps Delta’s downsizing continues to create.
The new reductions to Delta’s operations beginning in Jan-2013 follow elimination of approximately 56 weekly frequencies by Delta in Memphis in Aug-2012. Between Aug-2012 and Nov-2012 Delta’s peak day departures in Memphis fell from 125 to 115 after averaging 147 in Jul-2012.
Mexico’s largest carrier Aeromexico predicts a rebound in its domestic market share during 4Q2012 after watching its rivals grow in the market during the last year as they worked to seize on opportunities created by Mexicana ceasing operations in Aug-2010. Aeromexico’s management during the last three months of 2012 plans to focus more on building load factor instead of yield strength, which company executives believe will shore up its standing in the domestic market after the summer high season that was tilted more heavily towards leisure traffic. The carrier is also planning a trans-Atlantic push as it works towards the launch of new service to London Heathrow and forging a partnership with a Middle Eastern carrier to funnel traffic through its new European destination.
Aeromexico’s focus on improving yields was reflected in the nearly 7% growth the carrier recorded in that metric during 3Q2012, which helped to drive the carrier’s unit revenue growth up 3.6% year-over-year. While the yield strength reflects Aeromexico’s ability to garner favourable pricing, its 6% rise in capacity year-over-year in 3Q2012 outpaced the 2% traffic growth, driving the airline’s load factors down by 3.7ppt in 3Q2012 to 77%.
Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet, which has seen its share of Mexico's domestic market grow to roughly 25% in its six short years of existence, sees ample opportunity for further expansion in both the domestic and transborder markets. Interjet began international services in late 2011 and is continuing its international push with the upcoming launch of service to New York, its sixth destination outside Mexico. As the first of its Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft enters service later this year Interjet is now preparing to stoke its continued growth by targeting new medium-density markets.
Even prior to Mexicana’s demise in Aug-2010 Interjet recorded rapid growth in the domestic market place as it offered a semi-frilled product while adopting a low-cost, low-fare business model. By the time Mexicana sought creditor protection and ceased operations in Aug-2010 Interjet’s domestic market share had increased to more than 15%.
Alaska Air Group is furthering its stated goal of network diversification into longer-haul markets during 2012 with the introduction of five new US transcontinental flights along with new service to Hawaii, a market the carrier has been growing in intensely during the last few years. The expansion contributes to Alaska’s calculation of an ideal growth rate of roughly 6% annually, and for the moment the company does not foresee a need to adjust those estimates.
So far this year Alaska has inaugurated mainline flights from its Seattle hub to Kansas City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Aug-2012 the carrier is launching its highly anticipated route from its Portland, Oregon hub to Washing National followed by new service from Seattle to San Antonio, Texas in September and the debut of its San Diego-Orlando service in October. Changes in Alaska’s Hawaiian network include new flights from Portland to Kauai and expanded service from San Jose to Kauai and Kona to daily from three-to-four times per week.
A first quarter loss at Southwest Airlines was accompanied by a better-than-expected result in the carrier’s unit cost performance driven in part by labour productivity improvements. The carrier is striking a cautiously optimistic tone regarding the rest of the year, indicating it should record a favourable financial performance if fuel prices remain at current levels. But until Southwest completes the integration of AirTran Airways into its operations by 2014, the carrier will be constrained in reaching its full revenue potential.
Favourable gains on the settling of certain fuel hedge contracts helped Southwest to record a first quarter profit of USD98 million. But excluding special items the carrier’s loss was USD18 million compared with a USD20 million profit the year prior. The airline’s operating income tumbled USD100 million to USD10 million as the carrier recorded fuel and oil expense of USD1.5 billion, a 45.5% rise from 1Q2011. On a combined basis with AirTran, Southwest’s operating revenue was USD86 million.
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