US majors have comfortably dominated capacity on routes between North and South America for decades, but new aircraft technology and a raft of new airline entrants are set to change the competitive dynamics of this market. Long range narrowbodies enable US ULCCs and LCCs to compete against the majors by bringing the deep south of Latin America within flying range from South Florida. Latin American LCCs such as Interjet and Volaris are also taking advantage of new technology to to go further into the US, but long haul international markets within Latin America also offer promising growth opportunities.
  • What are the prospects for air service expansion on the crucial North-South axis?
  • How is technology influencing network planning on North-South markets?
  • Which hubs will be the winners?
  • Are US ULCCs or Latin America LCCs set to usurp the dominance of the US majors in this arena?
ModeratorOliver Wyman, Partner, Scot Hornick
  • Airbus, VP of Marketing Latin America & Caribbean, Paul Moultrie
  • IATA, Regional VP, The Americas, Peter Cerdá
  • The Boeing Company, Managing Director – Marketing, James McBride
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Qatar Airways reported (18-Sep-2018) Doha Hamad International Airport handled more than 34 million passengers between Apr-2017 and Mar-2018, and recorded 211,658 aircraft movements with an on time performance of 85.4%. Cargo increased by 14.52%, with more than two million tonnes of cargo handled by the airport. Qatar Airways noted the airport successfully recovered its passenger numbers after the blockade began in Jun-2017. [more - original PR - English/Arabic]

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) called (18-Sep-2018) on the Australian Government to periodically review curfews at Sydney Airport to better manage congestion. ACCC stated: "The Government could periodically review these restrictions to ensure they are not unnecessarily impacting on the efficient operation of the airport, especially considering the technological developments that continue to reduce the level of noise from aircraft. The lack of competition in the supply". The ACCC also said congestion at the airport has expedited the development of Western Sydney Airport. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Comair (South Africa) reported (18-Sep-2018) the following financial highlights for 12 months ended 30-Jun-2018:

  • Revenue: ZAR6537 million (USD509.7 million), +7.8% year-on-year;
    • Airline: ZAR6208 million (USD484.1 million), +7.1%;
  • Operating costs: ZAR5413 million (USD422.1 million), +8.3%;
  • Depreciation and amortisation: ZAR443.2 million (USD34.6 million), -2.9%;
  • Operating profit: ZAR670.6 million (USD52.3 million), +5.1%;
  • Profit before tax: ZAR471.2 million (USD36.7 million), +8.4%;
  • Net profit: ZAR325.6 million (USD25.4 million), +9.6%;
  • Total assets: ZAR6624 million (USD516.5 million);
  • Total liabilities: ZAR4844 million (USD377.7 million). [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

*Based on the average conversion rate at ZAR1 = USD0.077978

ACI Europe reported (18-Sep-2018) passenger traffic at European airports increased 4.8% year-on-year in Jul-2018. Airports in the EU saw an increase of 4.3% in passenger traffic, while non-EU airports reported a 6.8% increase in passenger traffic. Passenger traffic growth in the top five European hubs were Istanbul Ataturk Airport (+1.5%), Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (+0.5%), Frankfurt Airport (+7.5%), Paris CDG (+4.2%) and London Heathrow Airport (+3.7%). Freight traffic across Europe increased 2.6% and aircraft movements increased 3.5%. [more - original PR]

Boeing, via its official Weibo account, announced (18-Sep-2018) assembly on Kunming Airlines' first 737 MAX 8 aircraft has commenced. Kunming Airlines and Boeing signed a MoU for 10 737 MAX aircraft at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow.

Cologne/Bonn Airport announced (18-Sep-2018) MD and COO Athanasios Titonis plans to step down, effective 31-Oct-2018. Mr Titonis was offered the position of MD at "a large airport in the Gulf region". Cologne Airport chairman and CEO Johan Vanneste will take on responsibility of management, legal, customer and non-aviation operations until a new MD is appointed. [more - original PR - German]

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