CAPA Asia Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit

Singapore, Singapore
8-9 Nov 2018

Friday 9 November 2018

Chairman's Welcome
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
SESSION 5: Travel & Tourism and the evolving role of LCCs
Can airlines keep apace with the growth in inbound tourism to key ASEAN markets?
Visitor numbers to Southeast Asia have increased dramatically in the past few years. Although China and India have been the biggest single growth driver, other source markets within Asia have also been growing rapidly - as well as more mature markets outside the region.

Vietnam’s inbound market, the fastest growing aviation market in Southeast Asia, has doubled in size in just three years. While domestic growth has slowed the last two years, international growth has accelerated. In a similar vein, neighbouring Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and even Singapore has experienced solid visitor growth over the past year. The emerging smaller markets of Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Brunei are enjoying an uptick in tourism numbers, with Cambodia in particular witnessing some dynamic airline activity as ambitious startups attempt to grab a slice of this growth.

  • What are the largest and fastest growing source markets?
  • Is there too much reliance on China or India?
  • What are the hot destinations in Southeast Asia?
  • What airlines have benefitted from the rapid tourism growth in Southeast Asia and what airlines are best positioned to benefit as the growth continues?
  • Is infrastructure (airports, hotels, roads) keeping up?
  • Are the recent growth rates sustainable?
  • What kind of environmental concerns have arisen? Is there a risk of another “Boracay”, which was shut down for six months for an unprecedented environmental cleanup?
  • How many airlines can the small ASEAN markets support? 

Moderator: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner, Alan Polivnick
  • IATA, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Conrad Clifford
  • TripAdvisor, Associate Director Flights, APAC, Priyanka Gargav
  • TravelSky Technology, Director Marketing & Sales, International Cooperation Department, Lars Gaebler
Realising the potential of low cost long haul services in the Asia-Europe market

Asia Pacific has been a pioneer in the development of the low cost long haul model, having had such flights for 12 years, or seven years longer than any other region. Nearly 40% of low cost long haul routes touch Southeast Asia and nearly 15% touch Australia, making them the world’s largest low cost long haul markets.

However there are still ample opportunities for growth. LCC penetration rates in most medium and long-haul markets are still well below 10% compared with the 50% of seats LCCs occupy on short haul routes within Southeast Asia and within South Asia. On true long haul routes such as Asia-Europe routes, few airlines operate because of the low yield profile and aircraft limitations.

  • What long haul markets are poised LCC growth?
  • How do rising fuel prices impact the outlook for long haul low cost routes?
  • Why have we only seen two routes to Europe so far by Asian LCCs?
  • How have the Europe-Asia routes by Scoot, Norwegian and Eurowings performed so far?
  • How do all parties improve issues around virtual interlining and ensure connectivity meets travellers needs?
  • Do Asian LCCs need to partner with European short haul LCCs to make Asia-Europe routes viable?
  • Do the European LCCs serving Asia need to partner with Asian LCCs?
  • How can airline’s leverage off partnerships to extend their brand into new markets?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chief Analyst, Brendan Sobie
  • AirAsia X, CEO, Benyamin Ismail
  • Japan Airlines, VP Products & Services Planning, Akira Mitsumasu
  • Kiwi.com, CEO, Oliver Dlouhý
  • London Stansted Airport, Chief Commercial Officer, Aboudy Nasser
  • Mango Aviation, Commercial Head, Trevor Spinks
Coffee Break & Networking
SESSION 6: Destinations & Alliances
Which emerging destinations are a hotbed of activity in SE Asia?
Several secondary airports in Southeast Asia are booming. Tourism is a big driver, enabling airports to attract international flights that were previously not possible. Capacity constraints at primary airports is also a factor, forcing several airlines to open new bases or routes from secondary airports as they expand their fleets.
International traffic at Cebu in the Philippines grew by 21% in 2016 and 29% in 2017. Clark and Puerto Princesa also have grown rapidly while a new international airport is opening in Bohol is opening this year.
In Thailand, international traffic has grown rapidly at Chiang Mai, Krabi and Pattaya/U-Tapao. In Vietnam, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc have enjoyed rapid growth.
Qatar Airways now serves four secondary destinations in Southeast Asia (Chiang Mai, Krabi, Penang and UTapao) and will another four in the coming months (Cebu, Davao, Da Nang and Langkawi). Securing Qatar is a major development as most of these markets previously did not have any services outside East Asia.
  • Why are airlines pursuing rapid expansion at several secondary destinations in Southeast Asia?
  • Which airlines have been most aggressive at launching new international routes from secondary destinations and airports?
  • How has the outbound China market contributed to this growth?
  • Can these smaller airports realistically support long haul flights?

Moderator: Aviation Cooperation Program, Director, Sandeep Bahl
  • AirAsia, CEO, Riad Asmat
  • Jetstar Asia, CEO, Barathan Pasupathi
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, General Manager/CEO, Steve Dicdican
Why do airlines fail?
Since 2001, some 300 airlines have failed around the world. There are many reasons, ranging from a poor business plan/value proposition, through to management execution, competitive responses and difficult economic conditions, including high fuel prices.
  • How important is it to achieving critical mass? And how big does an airline need to be to avoid becoming a statistic in the column of failed airlines?
  • How important are the credit card companies in the start-up and cash flow equation?
  • What other factors will determine whether we’ll see an increase in airline failures across Asia over the next 12 months?
  • How do airports respond to airlines failing?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
  • flyadeal, CEO, Con Korfiatis
  • London Stansted Airport, Chief Commercial Officer, Aboudy Nasser
  • Mango Aviation, Commercial Head, Trevor Spinks
Lunch Break & Networking
Summit Close