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Operated by Airports of Thailand, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport was opened in 2006 to replace Don Mueang Airport and is the main international gateway to Bangkok. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo traffic from over 40 airlines, the airport is a hub for airlines including Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways.
Location of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand
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Thai VietJet Air has launched scheduled services with two domestic routes and flights to neighbouring Vietnam, the home market of its parent. The start-up, which is 49% owned by the VietJet Group, is considering the addition of several domestic and international routes in the coming months as it is allocated more A320s from VietJet’s 200 aircraft-strong order book.
However both domestic and international expansion will be challenging, given the already intense competition in Thailand’s short haul LCC sector. Virtually every market Thai VietJet is evaluating is already served by more established LCCs, and /or is also being targeted by other Thai LCCs.
This is the second half of an analysis report on Thai VietJet Air’s launch of scheduled services and outlook. The first part focused on the new LCC’s prospects in the domestic market. This part examines opportunities for Thai VietJet in Thailand’s international market.
Thai VietJet Air, cross border JV of Vietnam-based VietJet, launched scheduled services on 15-Sep-2016, becoming the fourth LCC in Thailand’s already intensely competitive domestic market. Over the past three years VietJet has faced multiple delays in launching its joint venture in neighbouring Thailand, and will now confront huge challenges in establishing a significant presence on trunk routes.
VietJet will be competing in Thailand against three much more established LCC groups in AirAsia, Lion and Nok. In comparison VietJet has faced relatively limited competition in Vietnam, where it is only one of two LCCs since commencing operations at the end of 2011.
VietJet needs to diversify beyond the Vietnamese market to support its order book, which now includes approximately 200 aircraft, and its growth aspirations. However, Thai VietJet represents a risky project just as the group moves forward with its IPO plans.
LCCs now account for more than one in four airline seats worldwide, whereas within Southeast Asia close to three in every five seats are now produced by LCCs. In virtually every region worldwide, LCCs are the growth engine within the airline business. But the airports they serve were often built in a very different era. As a result, there is commonly a mismatch between airport infrastructure, technology and services and the contemporary needs of LCCs.
Airport managers and government regulators can also lack insight into the drivers of the LCC business model. Meanwhile, there are different types of LCCs, as many adopt the features of their full service counterparts and ‘hybridise’.
This essential one-day CAPA Summit in Bangkok aims to help bridge the gaps in awareness that exist between the stakeholders - to help create the conditions for a win-win in Asian aviation and beyond.
The CAPA Summit will be held at the Shangri-La, Bangkok on 15 September, with a welcome reception, hosted by AirAsia, on the evening on 14 September.
Thai Airways is considering further capacity cuts following a dismal 2014 when passenger numbers dropped by 17%. RPKs and load factors were down significantly across all regions with the domestic and regional international performance particularly weak as LCC competition intensified.
Thai has faced very challenging market conditions as international demand in Thailand plummeted due to a prolonged period of civil unrest, leading to a 7% drop in visitor arrivals in 2014. But it also faces long-term internal structural issues which can only be addressed through a major restructuring.
LCC competition in Thailand will continue to intensify in 2015. Thai’s share of the domestic and international markets slipped significantly in 2014 and will drop further in 2015 with LCCs filling most of the void.
Bangkok Airways has begun the first phase of its post-IPO fleet renewal and expansion programme with the 26-Nov-2014 delivery of its first ATR 72-600s. The Thai full-service carrier is also adding an A319 in Dec-2014, its fourth additional aircraft for 2014, giving Bangkok Airways a year-end fleet of 29 aircraft.
Bangkok Airways, which also expanded its fleet by four aircraft in 2013, plans to grow its A320 family fleet by another three aircraft in 2015 while replacing four of its ATR 72-500s. Further expansion of the fleet is expected in 2016 and 2017 using proceeds from its recent IPO.
The ATR delivery is a milestone for Bangkok Airways as it marks the first aircraft taken directly from a manufacturer. Bangkok Airways has ordered nine ATR 72-600s, which will be used primarily to replace its ATR 72-500 fleet, and is negotiating a potential order with Airbus for A320neo family aircraft.
After a near-quarter century hiatus on new airline entry, Taiwan in Dec-2014 is set to receive its second LCC startup, V Air, wholly owned by existing Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways. V Air follows the Sep-2014 launch of Tigerair Taiwan, Taiwan's first new airline in 23 years. V Air has postponed its launch multiple times but now expects to commence service on 17-Dec-2014 with a service to Bangkok Don Mueang, followed by a Chiang Mai service on 07-Jan-2015. The routes will help to revive Taiwanese tourism in Thailand, which has dropped more sharply than the average decline following political instability.
On both routes V Air will compete with Tigerair Taiwan. V Air will also compete with its parent TransAsia to Bangkok but not to Chiang Mai, which TransAsia will drop once V Air launches. How TransAsia, which has only 11 jet aircraft of its own, manages this dual-brand strategy will be a determining factor for V Air's success. Publicly, V Air appears to have garnered interest with its cuddly mascot.