London Luton Airport
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London Luton Airport is one of the largest airports in the UK and the fourth-largest serving the London metropolitan area. The airport is located 32 miles north of central London in the town of Luton, with the vast majority of its traffic from the low-cost and charter airline sector. LCC easyJet is one of the largest airlines serving Luton and is headquartered on the grounds of the airport.
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London airports and a new runway: Heathrow the business champion but the biggest growth is elsewhere
As the British government approaches a final decision on the construction of an additional runway in southeast England it is pertinent to look at how passenger traffic is developing at the two main airports that are in contention – Heathrow and Gatwick, and at the next two largest London area airports, Stansted and Luton.
While Luton stepped back from the runway debate (its ‘proposal’ was submitted by a third party), the management at Stansted Airport (M.A.G), having been knocked back by the Airport Commission’s report, has found renewed vigour as the scope of the objections to both Heathrow and Gatwick expansion became clear. Indeed, the suggestion that the government might decide to let airports compete, rather than itself funnel resources into one location, has inspired M.A.G. to revisit its own ambitions for Stansted.
That is assuming of course that a decision is ever reached, as, unbelievably, it has been postponed yet again while the Prime Minister, Mrs May, ensures that a Cabinet transport sub-committee that is known to be divided on the issue has a good debate about it. Then, having made a recommendation, MPs - also divided - will have another year to argue over it and - perhaps - fail to reach a consensus.
When talking of a "low cost airport" (LCA) the temptation is to consider only those that are situated some distance from the city they serve, are used only by budget airlines and general aviation, have few routes and handle relatively small numbers of passengers, usually in the category 0.5 to three million ppa. There are some well known examples where that is certainly not the case, for example KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur (though that is a terminal, rather than an airport) and Don Mueang in Bangkok for example. The latter has become the leading LCA in the world as judged by passenger numbers. In Europe London’s Stansted Airport vies with it for that title.
But within Europe there are several other LCAs that punch well above their weight, or have the potential to, and which merit examination. Four of them are examined here. While most are thriving now, evolving airline models may threaten their comfort zone.
London City Airport (LCY) reported an increase of 7.7% in passenger numbers to 3.65 million in 2014, its highest ever number and ahead of forecasts according to CEO Declan Collier. The airport attributed the growth to increased business confidence, helping to return business travel to pre-recession levels. Traffic also received a boost from the entry of UK regional airline Flybe just before the start of the winter 2014/2015 schedule at LCY.
Flybe's entry into London City, at a time when CityJet has been reducing capacity, has given a significant boost to domestic capacity and also had an impact on the list of top routes. In the current winter schedule, Amsterdam has been replaced by Dublin as the number one destination by seats, with services now from all three of the airport's biggest airlines (British Airways, CityJet and Flybe).
A number of routes have been cut this winter by airlines at London's most expensive airport (as defined by aeronautical revenue per passenger), although Flybe's entry tips the balance in favour of routes opened. The high cost of operating at the airport will lead to further route churn, but the strategy seems to be working.
easyJet has recently concluded long term deals with Gatwick and Luton airports, its two largest London bases. The Gatwick deal follows a change in economic regulation that encourages a more tailored approach and the Luton agreement follows a change of concession ownership and a commitment to capacity expansion.
Last year, easyJet reached a similar agreement with Stansted, which is no longer subject to economic regulation. easyJet also operates from Southend, the smallest London airport, albeit not under a long term contract.
easyJet's London airport deals give it both a high level of visibility over airport charges and real flexibility about where to deploy its capacity. It has thrown an effective lasso around the UK's capital, and now appears to have tightened its grip on the rope.
On 12-Jun-2013, privately owned Monarch Group published its annual report and accounts (for the year to Oct-2012) for the first time and issued a trading update for 1HFY2013. The group also says that, following a Nov-2011 re-financing, its turnaround strategy is on course to return the loss-making group to profit in FY2013.
Monarch Group, which includes tour operations and aircraft engineering in addition to scheduled leisure airline Monarch Airlines, is currently considering an order of up to 62 new aircraft for delivery up to 2024. Executive chairman Iain Rawlinson has recently denied that the company is seeking a public listing or new shareholders.
Nevertheless, the size of this planned aircraft order and the first-time publication of an annual report, which reveals an under-capitalised balance sheet, may well fuel speculation that the group is indeed considering just that.
Abandoning the habits of a lifetime, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), under the command of relatively new and aviation outsider CEO Charles Cornish, has announced it is seeking equity investment to equip it to bid for one or more airports; the two going hand-in-hand. Momentarily it is not clear exactly what MAG has in mind and neither it nor the municipal owners are being forthcoming either. MAG is Britain’s second largest airport operator after the depleted BAA and is almost unique in that it remains in public ownership. Who are the potential investors and just what would they be buying into?