Sapporo Chitose Airport
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Sapporo/New Chitose Airport serves the Sapporo metropolitan region in Japan. The airport is the main gateway to the Hokkaido Prefecture, an important industrial and tourist destination in northern Japan. The airport is Japan's third-busiest, behind Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports. The airport is served by major airlines from across East Asia.
Location of Sapporo Chitose Airport, Japan
Ground Handlers servicing Sapporo Chitose Airport
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Whisper it quietly, but Japan's low-cost carriers appear to be cannibalising traffic at All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. ANA and JAL carried 19% fewer passengers between Osaka and Sapporo in 2012 than 2010 despite the overall market growing 20%. This goes against the story all parties tell that LCCs are only increasing, not cannibalising, volumes. The cannibalisation is confined, so far, but there are signs of concern. ANA and JAL saw reduced traffic in 2012 on overlapping LCC routes despite overall 2012 traffic being the strongest in nearly five years.
ANA and JAL are responding differently to LCCs. The nuances reflect their wider outlook – and fears. JAL is more aggressively cutting capacity on overlapping LCC routes while ANA is sometimes growing. In the medium-term, JAL expects to cut overall domestic capacity in line with the country's shrinking nature while ANA plans growth. JAL's cuts have been rewarded with higher load factors while ANA's growth has seen lower load factors, but all load factors need improvement.
Air Do, based in the Hokkaido region in Japan, is an unusual type of carrier and perhaps one that could only exist in Japan’s atypical domestic environment. It enjoys a strikingly synergistic relationship with All Nippon Airways and leverages a valuable position at slot-constrained Haneda.
Air Do has challenges: Its traffic is highly seasonal, relying on passengers to flee the scorching summer for Hokkaido’s cooler weather. Air Do’s fleet of 767s allows it to target Tokyo-Sapporo, the world’s largest air route, while 737 classics serve thinner points in Hokkaido. But this brings considerable inefficiency to a 13-aircraft fleet, Air Do CEO Sadao Saito told CAPA’s LCCs and New Age Airlines conference in Seoul. Air Do's CASK and yield are lower than at ANA, and Air Do creates efficiency with load factors typically 10ppts higher than at ANA or JAL on overlapping routes. Air Do generally posts profits but with large variance.
Hawaiian Airlines is still awaiting the rewards of network diversification it undertook a few years ago with the launch of several new Asian routes along with flights to Auckland and Brisbane. The effort was designed to offset Hawaiian’s dependence on service to the US mainland, which has become increasingly competitive during the last few years.
The rapid-fire route introductions have been plagued by currency weakness in Japan, retaliatory competitive capacity additions and Hawaiian’s spooling up in understanding the distinctive nuances of each market. At the same time overcapacity in its North American markets – which still comprise the majority of its revenues – continues to pressure Hawaiian’s performance.
As those challenges continue to cast a spectre on Hawaiian’s performance, the carrier has reversed its fortunes within its inter-island network, which weakened during 2012 when Hawaiian made a push from Maui and overestimated the capacity it needed to build a hub in Kahului.
Hawaiian Airlines faces a challenging time during 1H2013 as its efforts to diversify outside of the Hawaii-US west coast market during the last few years need more time to bear fruit. Its ambitious long-haul expansion is accompanied by the introduction of a new inter-island subsidiary and the reworking of other portions of its inter-island network.
All of the changes Hawaiian is undertaking or planning to introduce are intended to bolster efforts to preserve its profitability, which has been fairly consistent during the last few years. But in the near future the carrier is facing pressure as its new long-haul Asian markets spool up and increases in competitive capacity create pressure in its trans-Pacific service to the continental US.
While the strategy Hawaiian is adopting to persevere in the long-term is solid, the airline might be attempting to accomplish too much too fast, which in the shorter-term is creating pressure on yields and unit revenues.
Hawaiian Airlines believes industry-wide capacity cuts and decreases in its own unprofitable supply will allow the carrier to post a stronger performance during 2H2013. This is after currency pressures, a somewhat too ambitious expansion into inter-island markets and competitive pressure on its routes to the US mainland dulled the carrier’s 4Q2012 performance.
The company recorded a USD3.4 million loss during the last three months of 2012 compared with a USD21 million profit for the year prior.
Despite the decline in profits Hawaiian recorded a 14% increase in top-line revenues to USD493 million during 4Q2012; but a 20% jump in operating expenses to USD481 million drove operating income down 64% to USD12 million.
Several political actions sparked extreme anti-Japan sentiment in Sep-2012 that saw the air traffic market between the two nations lose nine years of growth as 31%, or 175,000 monthly seats, were taken out of the market. The situation lasted longer and more profoundly than airlines initially expected as they planned for about half of the lost market to rebound by the end of 2012.
Instead, that may not occur until the middle of 2013 at the earliest. Since capacity fell in Nov-2012, the market has regained 1ppt of the lost traffic, indicating a likely bottoming out. Yet further effects have expanded beyond mainland China, slightly impacting Hong Kong-Japan traffic as well.
So it is all the more significant that China's only LCC, Spring Airlines, is planning a fairly aggressive growth campaign for mid-2013 between China and Japan, opening new cities on either end, including the under-served secondary cities that have much growth to be unlocked.
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