Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
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- Aerolineas Argentinas
Air New Zealand
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China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
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Tasman Cargo Airlines
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- Aegean Airlines
Air Tahiti Nui
CSA Czech Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Middle East Airlines
South African Airways
Formally known as Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney Airport serves Australia's largest city, Sydney. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 35 airlines, the airport is a major hub for airlines including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, QantasLink and Rex. The airport is operated by Sydney Airport Corporation.
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Emirates Airline carried 15% additional passengers in the first half of 2013/2014 compared to a year ago. The growth in volume has been led by Europe and the Middle East while Australia has seen the highest percentage growth. Saudi Arabia, the UK and Thailand have received some of the largest capacity injections. India and the UK remain Emirates' two largest markets based on seat capacity, but Saudi Arabia has overtaken Germany as the third-largest while Australia overtook the US, and Thailand overtook South Africa.
In terms of the rate of growth, the standouts were Portugal, Vietnam and Zambia – all with 100%-plus growth, albeit from a low base. But Emirates saw 40-50% growth in seven other countries, including Australia, Saudi Arabia and France.
Overall, 15% passenger growth and 16% capacity growth for an airline the size of Emirates is a considerable achievement. Full year capacity growth, however, is likely to be closer to 12%, making 2013/2014 one of the slower years at Emirates in recent times. Asia will be the largest market for growth, followed by Europe and the Middle East.
Sichuan Airlines, China's fifth carrier to offer international long-haul services, will increase its presence in Australia with a new twice-weekly Chongqing-Sydney service launching 20-Dec-2013 with A330s. The route complements Sichuan's existing Chengdu-Melbourne service and will more easily allow passengers to visit Australia's two largest cities. Short connecting flights between Chengdu and Chongqing will complete the loop. The service will further expand the massive influx of Chinese capacity Australia has seen in recent years, including China Southern's A380 deployment to Sydney in Oct-2013.
Yet to be realised are Sichuan's bold plans to grow in Europe and North America. While the carrier's largest shareholder is the Sichuan government, all three of China's main airlines – Air China, China Eastern and China Southern – own a stake in Sichuan Airlines, complicating its aspirations. Slower growth may be wise: the Chengdu-Melbourne service in its first five months averaged only a 45% load factor. While China's secondary and western cities have geographical advantages for European services, for Australia it will be some time before they mature. This is not helped by the fact that Sichuan does not have an English language website.
Indonesia-Australia aviation has traditionally been dominated by inbound traffic to Bali. The resort island accounts for over 80% of capacity in the market and Australian visitors to Indonesia currently outnumber Indonesian visitors to Australia by a more than six to one ratio. But the market is slowly starting to diversify with more flights linking Australia with the capital Jakarta and secondary Indonesian destinations.
Australia is well positioned to benefit from Indonesia’s booming economy as its growing middle class starts to have the income and desire to holiday overseas. The geographic proximity of the two countries means several routes are within the range of narrowbody aircraft, opening up a huge range of new options for LCCs and full-service carriers from both countries.
This is the third report in a series of reports on the Asia-Australia aviation market. The first report looked at the Malaysia-Australia market and the rapid growth of AirAsia X. The second report looked at the Philippines-Australia market and bilateral limitations which are blocking the launch of services from Cebu Pacific. This report looks at the larger Indonesia-Australia market, which has seen significant growth this year and has potential for continued rapid growth over the medium to long-term.
Bilateral agreement differences are providing a check on the launch of services to Australia by Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific, which is interested in serving Melbourne and Sydney using its new fleet of A330-300s. The differences between Australian and Philippine authorities on an extension to their air services agreement is frustrating Australian airports, which have seen medium/long-haul low-cost carriers drive international traffic growth in recent years.
Cebu Pacific would be the fourth medium/long-haul LCC to operate international services to/from Australia, joining AirAsia X, Scoot and Jetstar. The rapid expansion of AirAsia X in Australia, where the Malaysian carrier will become by the end of 2013 the fourth largest foreign carrier, was analysed in the first part in this series of reports on the Asia-Australia market.
The Philippines is a much smaller market for Australia than Singapore or Malaysia. But there is potential for significant growth, particularly if a new LCC can enter, stimulating demand in a market which is highly price sensitive.
AirAsia X will become Australia’s fourth largest foreign carrier by the end of 2013 as it allocates nearly all of its additional capacity for the remainder of the year to the Australian market. The expansion will see the medium/long-haul low-cost carrier increase its Australian operation from 35 weekly flights currently to 54 weekly frequencies in Dec-2013.
AirAsia X in the process will overtake rival Malaysia Airlines (MAS) as well as Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific in the Australia international seat capacity ranking. Only three foreign carriers – Emirates, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) – will offer more seats in Australia in Dec-2013.
The expansion is made possible by a new air services agreement between Malaysia and Australia which increased total capacity to Australia’s four main cities by 40%. AirAsia X plans to continue to pursue expansion in Australia in 2014 and beyond, with more flights from Kuala Lumpur and new services from its planned second base at Bangkok.
Garuda Indonesia has postponed by at least six months the launch of services to London, the first of several new non-stop routes in the carrier’s ambitious European expansion plan. The postponement is a big blow to the carrier’s hopes to boost its position in the global market by using its new flagship aircraft, the 777-300ER, to serve new high profile long-haul routes and start competing in the UK-Australia market.
The postponement also highlights a major potential roadblock in the international expansion of Garuda and further expansion of the overall Indonesian market – infrastructure. Garuda cited runway pavement issues at Jakarta in forcing its decision to push back the planned Nov-2013 launch of Jakarta-London services until May-2014. Indonesia’s major airports including Jakarta are operating well above capacity and the government has repeatedly been behind the curve in upgrading infrastructure, including terminals and runways.
Although Garuda has been preparing for its new 777-300ER fleet since ordering 10 of the type in early 2008, Jakarta airport operator Angkasa Pura II has not yet upgraded the airport’s runways to support a fully loaded 777-300ER. Garuda now expects the runway to be upgraded by May-2014, allowing the carrier to finally launch non-stop services to Europe.
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