Chiang Mai International Airport
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- 60 Sanambin Road, Sutep Subdistrict,
Muang District, Chiang Mai Province 50200, Thailand
- Chiang Mai
- Domestic | International
- 3100m x 45m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air China
Beijing Capital Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Myanmar National Airlines
Thai Lion Air
Thai VietJet Air
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Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Delta Air Lines
Myanmar Airways International
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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.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air has added three destinations over the last month, expanding its international network to 25 cities in 13 countries. At least five new destinations are likely in 4Q2016, including Brisbane, Chiang Mai, Phuket and up to two in China.
Malindo is the only airline of Indonesia's Lion Group with a significant international network and is starting to emerge as a major sixth freedom competitor within the Asia Pacific region. Malindo’s rapid international expansion is somewhat risky but strategic and essential as the Lion Group seeks a bigger role outside its domestic roots.
This is Part 2 in a series of analysis reports on Malindo. The first part analysed Malindo’s plans for fleet expansion. This part reviews Malindo’s network expansion and the final part will examine the airline's partnership strategy and overall outlook.
Thai AirAsia (TAA) is focusing expansion on secondary airports as Thailand’s largest low-cost carrier seeks to avoid intensely competitive trunk routes. TAA plans to open three new bases over the next year which will mainly be used to pursue expansion in the fast-growing Thailand-China market.
U-Tapao Airport near Pattaya will become in late Sep-2015 TAA’s fifth base after Bangkok Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Phuket. TAA is allocating its last two A320 deliveries for 2015 to U-Tapao, which will initially be linked with three Chinese cities along with Singapore and Chiang Mai.
TAA plans to open two more bases in 2016 as it takes delivery of five additional A320s. All seven bases will have services to Greater China as well as domestic point to point routes, enabling visitors to bypass congested Bangkok while travelling around Thailand.
Thailand’s regional market is poised for rapid growth as Kan Air expands its newly acquired ATR 72 fleet. Kan Air is using the 66-seat turboprop to expand at its Chiang Mai base, launch several routes from U-Tapao airport near Pattaya and potentially serve a new airport it is constructing on the resort island of Koh Phagnan.
Thailand’s two largest LCCs, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia, are also expanding their regional operations. Nok is adding two turboprops to its fleet in 2015 while Thai AirAsia is using its expanding fleet of A320s to launch services to secondary destinations which traditionally have only been served with turboprops.
The regional expansion in Thailand is driven by potential opportunities in underserved markets as well as the overcapacity that is now plaguing domestic trunk routes. But there is a risk the regional market could also quickly become oversupplied, particularly if China’s Hainan Group follows through on plans to launch a new joint venture regional carrier in Thailand.
Competition in Thailand’s domestic market will intensify further in 2015 as Thai Lion Air pursues further expansion. Thai Lion has quickly established a significant presence on a handful of trunk routes and will likely be competing on all the main domestic routes of Nok Air and Thai AirAsia by the end of 2015.
The Lion Group affiliate launched services at the end of 2013 and already accounts for 17% of domestic LCC seat capacity in Thailand. Thai Lion could potentially capture a 25% share by the end of 2015 as it takes delivery of several additional 737s.
Seat capacity and passenger numbers in Thailand’s domestic LCC sector increased by over 30% in 2014. But the growth has come at the expense of yields and profitability. More rapid domestic growth is expected in 2015 and the intense competition could make it difficult for the market to return to profitability even with the reduction in oil prices.
Thailand passenger growth moderated significantly in 2014 as civil unrest drove a drop in international traffic. Total passenger traffic growth was in the low single digits, marking the first time since 2010 that double digit growth was not achieved.
Market conditions should improve in 2015, leading to the resumption of international growth, as the political situation stabilises. But overcapacity remains a concern as competition intensifies further.
Thailand’s dynamic LCC sector continues to gain market share and pursue rapid expansion. Thai Airways, which saw passenger numbers drop by an alarming 17% in 2014, is now in restructuring mode but any further reductions in capacity by the flag carrier will be more than offset by competitors.