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Hainan Airlines Group reported (16-Jul-2019) the following traffic highlights*:

  • Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 6.9 million, +8.4% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 6.4 million, +7.5%;
      • International: 485,770, +21.8%;
      • Regional: 29,450, +21.5%;
    • Passenger load factor: 83.7%, -1.1ppts;
      • Domestic: 87.9%, -0.6ppt;
      • International: 73.5%, -1.4ppts;
      • Regional: 74.6%, -3.0ppts;
    • Cargo: 46,260 tonnes, +3.8%
      • Domestic: 36,020 tonnes, +1.5%;
      • International: 10,160 tonnes, +13.3%;
      • Regional: 90 tonnes, -15.2%;
    • Cargo load factor: 31.2%, -12.9ppts;
      • Domestic: 22.2%, -19.8ppts;
      • International: 42.7%, -3.1ppts;
      • Regional: 8.3%, -10.2ppts;
  • Six months ended Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 42.3 million, +7.7% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 39.4 million, +6.8%;
      • International: 2.7 million, +21.8%;
      • Regional: 177,400, +22.1%;
    • Passenger load factor: 83.7%, -1.7ppts;
      • Domestic: 88.2%, -0.8ppt;
      • International: 71.0%, -3.1ppts;
      • Regional: 78.3%, +4.3ppts;
    • Cargo: 275,090 tonnes, +5.7%
      • Domestic: 220,180 tonnes, +3.9%;
      • International: 54,250 tonnes, +13.9%;
      • Regional: 660 tonnes, -7.8%;
    • Cargo load factor: 28.9%, -11.6ppts;

*Includes traffic for Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines, Air Changan, Shanxi Airlines, Lucky Air Company Limited, Fuzhou Airlines, Urumqi Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines.

Air China Group reported (15-Jul-2019) the following traffic highlights:

  • Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 9.2 million, +2.7% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 7.3 million, +0.7%;
      • International: 1.4 million, +9.5%;
      • Regional: 489,000, +18.5%;
    • Passenger load factor: 80.6%, +0.4ppt;
      • Domestic: 82.1%, +0.1ppt;
      • International: 78.5%, +1.2ppts;
      • Regional: 79.3%, -0.9ppt;
    • Cargo: 115,311 tonnes, -5.3%;
      • Domestic: 75,518 tonnes, -6.1%;
      • International: 35,148 tonnes, -4.3%;
      • Regional: 4644 tonnes, +1.6%;
    • Cargo load factor: 48.2%, -1.9ppts;
      • Domestic: 45.3%, +1.7ppts;
      • International: 50.4%, -3.8ppts;
      • Regional: 32.0%, -6.3ppts;
  • Six months ended Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 56.5 million, +5.1% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 45.0 million, +2.7%;
      • International: 8.6 million, +15.0%;
      • Regional: 2.9 million, +17.9%;
    • Passenger load factor: 81.0%, +0.5ppt;
      • Domestic: 82.2%, -0.1ppt;
      • International: 79.1%, +1.5ppts;
      • Regional: 80.9%, +1.3ppts;
    • Cargo: 688,715 tonnes, -1.6%;
      • Domestic: 451,272 tonnes, -3.0%;
      • International: 211,346 tonnes, +1.6%;
      • Regional: 26,097 tonnes, -2.5%;
    • Cargo load factor: 42.2%, -2.4ppts;
      • Domestic: 35.3%, -0.1ppt;
      • International: 47.1%, -4.2ppts;
      • Regional: 29.1%, -5.0ppts. [more - original PR]

China Eastern Airlines Group reported (15-Jul-2019) the following traffic highlights:

  • Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 10.7 million, +8.4% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 8.9 million, +8.0%;
      • International: 1.5 million, +10.2%;
      • Regional: 354,530, +9.4%;
    • Passenger load factor: 82.8%, -0.8ppt;
      • Domestic: 83.2%, -1.8ppts;
      • International: 81.9%, +1.0ppt;
      • Regional: 83.3%, -0.4ppt;
    • Cargo: 77,900 tonnes, +9.4%;
      • Domestic: 52,960 tonnes, +7.5%;
      • International: 22,630 tonnes, +15.1%;
      • Regional: 2300 tonnes, +1.1%;
    • Cargo load factor: 33.0%, -0.7ppt;
      • Domestic: 30.6%, -3.3ppts;
      • International: 34.9%, +0.6ppt;
      • Regional: 15.8%, -1.7ppts;
  • Six months ended Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 64.0 million, +8.6% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 53.2 million, +8.5%;
      • International: 8.7 million, +8.7%;
      • Regional: 2.1 million, +10.5%;
    • Passenger load factor: 82.7%, +0.2ppt;
      • Domestic: 83.4%, -0.4ppt;
      • International: 81.3%, +1.1ppts;
      • Regional: 82.4%, +0.4ppt;
    • Cargo: 448,010 tonnes, +1.9%;
      • Domestic: 312,510 tonnes, +0.5%;
      • International: 122,950 tonnes, +7.4%;
      • Regional: 12,550 tonnes, -12.2%;
    • Cargo load factor: 29.8%, -2.2ppts;
      • Domestic: 27.7%, -3.3ppts;
      • International: 31.7%, -1.5ppts;
      • Regional: 13.8%, -3.5ppts. [more - original PR]

 China Southern Airlines Group reported (15-Jul-2019) the following traffic highlights:

  • Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 12.1 million, +9.3% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 10.3 million, +8.8%;
      • International: 1.6 million, +12.8%;
      • Regional: 226,350, +12.3%;
    • Passenger load factor: 82.9%, +0.5ppt;
      • Domestic: 83.1%, +0.2ppt;
      • International: 82.7%, +0.9ppt;
      • Regional: 76.8%, +2.1ppts;
    • Cargo: 141,920 tonnes, -0.3%;
      • Domestic: 84,280 tonnes, -0.8%;
      • International: 55,810 tonnes, +0.1%;
      • Regional: 1840 tonnes, +10.6%;
    • Cargo load factor: 51.5%, -4.0ppts;
      • Domestic: 33.7%, -1.4ppts;
      • International: 61.0%, -5.5ppts;
      • Regional: 22.0%, -0.2ppt;
  • Six months ended Jun-2019:
    • Passengers: 72.8 million, +8.1% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 61.6 million, +7.3%;
      • International: 9.8 million, +12.7%;
      • Regional: 1.4 million, +11.4%;
    • Passenger load factor: 82.7%, +0.2ppt;
      • Domestic: 82.6%, -0.1ppt;
      • International: 83.1%, +0.8ppt;
      • Regional: 76.6%, +2.0ppts;
    • Cargo: 822,610 tonnes, -1.3%;
      • Domestic: 489,070 tonnes, -4.0%;
      • International: 322,530 tonnes, +2.9%;
      • Regional: 11,000 tonnes, +8.4%;
    • Cargo load factor: 48.3%, -3.2ppts;
      • Domestic: 29.9%, -3.1ppts;
      • International: 58.9%, -3.1ppts;
      • Regional: 21.5%, -0.9ppt. [more - original PR]

UK's Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) reported (10-Jul-2019) the following in a response to 'Aviation 2050: The Future of UK Aviation', the Department for Transport's green paper outlining proposals for a new aviation strategy:

  • Developing new capacity at London Heathrow Airport will potentially lead to as many as 350 additional daily slot pairs being made available;
  • The green paper presumes London Heathrow will remain the UK's principal international hub, also reflected in the commission's decision to support Heathrow's third runway;
  • There may be a demand case for additional capacity from 2030, given the complexity and long timescales to deliver airport expansion, the government should consider how airport operators and owners can develop their own investment and development plans for long term growth, to facilitate competition between airports in the medium to long term;
  • There are significant social and environmental impacts associated with airport expansion that the planning framework needs to balance against the commercial desires of the aviation sector and the potential benefits to passengers;
  • If any future national decision is made on whether additional capacity through additional runways should be approved, the government should include an assessment of the impact on competition. [more - original PR]

Airports Council International North America (ACI NA) president and CEO Kevin Burke advocated (12-Jul-2019) for airports to reconsider their approaches to airport security in reaction to the growing use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Mr Burke stated: "Airport security is no longer simply limited to the perimeter of the airport; measures must be taken to protect beyond the perimeter for departing and approaching aircraft. As we've seen, recent incursions around airports demonstrate that more needs to be done and at a faster pace than the regulatory process allows". [more - original PR]

United Airlines plans to extend the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX fleet until 03-Nov-2019 (CNBC/Bloomberg, 12/15-Jul-2019). The extended grounding will result in the cancellation of 2100 services in Sep-2019 and 2900 services in Oct-2019, amounting to approximately 8200 cancellations from Jul-2019 to Nov-2019.

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) CEO Yuri Miroshnikov, speaking on CAPA TV, stated (Jun-2019) Ukraine is attracting LCCs and prices are falling further due to their presence and growing competition. Mr Miroshnikov said: "We're fighting the course every day and every minute, it's not easy to achieve the level of LCCs operating the hub and spoke model". Mr Miroshnikov added: "We are delivering the principle of low price network carrier". [more - CAPA TV]

Kenya Airways signed (12-Jul-2019) an agreement with Jambojet and FlightSafety international (FSI) for FSI to provide one Dash 8 Q400 simulator at the Kenya Airways Pride Centre. The new flight simulator aims to support training of cockpit crew and maintenance teams. Jambojet operates five Q400s with plans to expand to eight in 2019 and 15 by 2021. Kenya Airways MD and CEO Sebastian Mikosz reported the addition of a flight simulator will aid in meeting growing demand for Dash 8 Q400 flight training, with the estimated number of Q400 aircraft in Africa to be "over a hundred being served by only three simulators". [more - original PR]

Campinas Viracopos Airport reported (14-Jul-2019) the following traffic highlights for Jun-2019:

  • Passengers: 885,001, +25.3% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 795,598, +22.1%;
    • International: 89,403, +62.3%;
  • Cargo: 17,417 tonnes, -20.3%;
  • Aircraft movements: 9371, +6.8%;

US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) estimated (12-Jul-2019) the following scheduled traffic for US airlines for Jun-2019:

  • Passengers: 82.7 million, +2.2% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 71.8 million, +2.2%;
    • International: 9.4 million, +2.2%;
  • Passenger traffic (RPMs): +3.1%;
    • Domestic: +3.1%;
    • International: +3.2%;
  • Passenger capacity (ASMs): +2.3%;
    • Domestic: +2.8%;
    • International: +1.5%;
  • Passenger load factor: 88.1%, +0.7ppt;

Groupe ADP reported (14-Jul-2019) the following Paris airport traffic highlights:

  • Jun-2019:
  • 1H2019:
    • Passengers: 52.3 million, +4.8% year-on-year;
      • France: +1.9%;
      • Europe: +4.4%;
      • Other international: +6.3%;
        • North America: +10.4%;
        • Latin America:+10.1%;
        • French overseas territories: +6.2%;
        • Africa: +4.9%;
        • Asia Pacific: +4.1%
        • Middle East: +2.6%;
    • Aircraft movements: 351,759, +3.6%. [more - original PR]