Australia's Canberra Airport MD Stephen Byron, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (09-Aug-2013) the airport can be "on standby" to play a small role as an overflow airport for Sydney Airport.
Canberra Airport prepared to handle overflow from Sydney
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2016 was the most prominent year for Gulf airlines growing in Australia and New Zealand. Excluding Qatar's proposed Canberra service, and other services under consideration, 2017 will be the third largest year for growth, but depending on how commercial and aeropolitical matters evolve, 2017 could surpass 2016 for growth. So far, there will be more absolute growth from Qatar than Emirates in 2017, by comparison with 2016.
In Australia/NZ Gulf airlines have doubled their presence between 2012 and 2017. In Australia/New Zealand, by 2020, Gulf airlines could create the presence of two Singapore Airlines, an operation which established itself over many decades. Gulf growth has broader implications as their mostly European traffic flows challenge historical Australia-Europe hubs in Asia.
Australia-Vietnam growth rate to accelerate: Jetstar Airways and Vietnam Airlines launch new routes
The Australia-Vietnam market will experience a surge of capacity over the next few months as Jetstar Airways launches services to Ho Chi Minh from Melbourne and Sydney and Vietnam Airlines adds Sydney-Hanoi. There will be 24 weekly flights from Australia to Vietnam in Jun-2016, all with 787s, compared to only 14 weekly flights currently.
Jetstar Airways has not served Vietnam since 2012, when it dropped Darwin-Ho Chi Minh service. However, Vietnam is a strategically important market for the Jetstar Group, given its 30% stake in the fast growing Vietnamese LCC Jetstar Pacific. Vietnam Airlines owns a majority 70% stake in Jetstar Pacific and has a codeshare partnership with Qantas, although will compete with Jetstar in the Australia-Vietnam market.
Australia-Vietnam is a growing market with tremendous potential. However, the sudden influx of capacity will inevitably pressure already low yields. Load factors on Australia-Vietnam nonstop flights, which have improved significantly since Jetstar’s withdrawal in 2012, will also be pressured.