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Jordan’s economy is surprisingly robust for a country that is surrounded by others with an actual or historical predilection for political instability. It has established itself as an attractive location for foreign direct investment and as a home for regional banks and finance houses.
Jordan’s main airport competes for business alongside a number of international ones, and also with another airport within Jordan. The national airline, Royal Jordanian, is an alliance member, but while Queen Alia International Airport’s geographical location hints at a possible hub role there is no desire to compete with the MEB3 intercontinentally, and such ambitions are limited to the Levant area of the Eastern Mediterranean.
This report examines Queen Alia International Airport by way of several sets of metrics, looking at the airports that can be considered rivals to it, and at its construction activities and ownership.
Compared with many other regions in Central and Latin America, Mexico’s stable economy is benefiting the country’s two publicly traded airlines Aeromexico and Volaris. There are apparent opportunities for both companies to stimulate traffic, but their business models are completely different. Volaris characterises itself as an ultra-low cost airline while Aeromexico is Mexico’s only full service airline, leveraging its position at Mexico City Juarez international airport to build what it considers to be a major connecting hub and gateway in Latin America.
Ratification of a revised bilateral with the US by the Mexican Senate, and tentative Mexican government approval of a joint venture between Aeromexico and its fellow SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines, are major steps in Aeromexico’s strategy to distinguish itself as Mexico’s only global, full service airline.
Volaris continues to strengthen its business foundations of VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic, and diversifying its network into more US transborder routes. Although Volaris is planning healthy capacity growth in 2016, the company believes that there is enough demand to absorb its projected expansion.
Panama City Tocumen International Airport builds to serve a thriving trading and financial community
Panama City has long played an important role in transportation, thanks in no small part to its pivotal geographical situation.
Firstly, situated at the entrance to the extended Panama Canal, it is a hub for international banking and commerce. Secondly it is a hub in the aviation sense, and a very important one for its region. The main airport, Panama City Tocumen International Airport, is not referred to as the ‘Hub of the Americas’ without good reason.
This CAPA report, which identifies the airport as ‘full service’ and with a high proportion of airline alliance traffic, compares Panama City International with a peer group of six other airports around the Caribbean and it identifies any weak points.
It also looks at construction activities, and at what opportunities might arise for a shift from public to private ownership and/or management.
The evolving Singapore Airlines (SIA) partnership strategy has reached another milestone with a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines. While SIA and United are longstanding members of the Star Alliance, their relationship has never been close and involved any codesharing.
SIA and United stated in a 9-May-2016 application with the US Department of Transportation they intend to start codesharing on 1-Jul-2016. Initially the codeshare includes eight United-operated domestic routes beyond Houston. However, the two airlines are seeking blanket codeshare approval, which would enable potential future extensions to cover United-operated flights beyond SIA’s other US gateways, SIA-operated flights beyond Singapore and their flights in the US-Singapore market.
United is launching non-stop flights to Singapore in Jun-2016 while SIA is planning to resume non-stop flights to the US in 2018. United and SIA are fierce competitors across the Pacific but the new codeshare could open the door to a broader and potentially game changing partnership. SIA has been actively seeking new or enhanced partnerships, an initiative that has already resulted in new joint ventures with Star members Air New Zealand and Lufthansa.
Numerous media reports have speculated that Lufthansa may be on the acquisition trail. Group CEO Carsten Spohr told Bloomberg that consolidation in Europe is needed and that Lufthansa wants to be a part of it (Bloomberg, 22-Apr-2016), but did not identify specific targets. Moreover, Mr Spohr said the Group was concentrating on making sure that its LCC platform Eurowings worked first.
Interestingly, however, the reports have specified three possible acquisitions, in each case suggesting that they could be used as part of the Eurowings project. The three are SAS, Brussels Airlines and Condor Flugdienst (part of the Thomas Cook Group). In all three cases, there are historical and/or cultural reasons to suggest that some form of closer cooperation, including the possibility of acquisition (or partial acquisition), could feasibly be up for discussion.
Lufthansa's partnership with SAS goes back to the time before they were both involved in setting up the Star Alliance, while Lufthansa is already a minority shareholder in Brussels Airlines and a former shareholder in Condor. Of the three, only Condor could be a realistic candidate to become part of the Eurowings operation. None of these possible Lufthansa acquisitions would significantly change European airline market structure.
Geneva Airport is one of the two major gateways into Switzerland, along with Zürich Airport. It is the one closest to the eastern part of France, actually straddling the boundary with that country. Mainly a point-to-point airport hosting O&D traffic, it does have a minor hub role; however, that responsibility falls mainly to Zürich Airport where the airline Swiss – a member of the Lufthansa Group and the Star Alliance – has much greater capacity.
Geneva Airport is in competition with other Swiss airports such as Zürich and the transnational Europort (Basel) but also with the French airport of Lyon, around 150 km distant by road, and, to a lesser degree those at Turin and Milan in Italy.
Intriguingly, Geneva Airport has recently let it be known that it has submitted a bid in the privatisation of Lyon St Exupéry Airport in France, in what would be its first venture into foreign airport management if it were successful.
This report examines Geneva Airport by way of several sets of metrics, comparing the airports that are rivals to it, and examining its construction activities and ownership.