Medan Kuala Namu International Airport
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Kuala Namu International Airport opened on 25-Jul-2013, replacing the existing Medan Polonia Airport. The airport is operated by PT Angkasa Pura II, and stands on the site of a former palm oil plantation. Kuala Namu's eventual capacity of 50 million pax p/a by 2030 will make it the second largest airport in Indonesia by passenger traffic, after Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The airport is linked to Medan via a toll road and non-stop rail link, operated by PT Railink.
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Thai Airways and its regional subsidiary Thai Smile are accelerating expansion in Southeast Asia as part of a new strategy for the ASEAN market. Under the new strategy, Thai Smile is increasing focus on Southeast Asia while pursuing closer integration with its parent airline.
Thai Smile plans to launch several new international destinations within Southeast Asia by the end of 2016. The new Thai Smile routes will boost the Thai Airways Group’s ASEAN network from 12 to 18 international destinations, while increasing capacity to some existing destinations which will be served by both brands.
The new strategy is a positive step as Thai has fallen behind its competitors in developing a regional network. The expanded presence in ASEAN – and the long overdue closer integration between Thai Airways and Thai Smile – should also generate new feed for Thai’s long haul network.
The Indonesian airline group Sriwijaya is planning further expansion in 2016, with a focus on regional growth using its Nam Air subsidiary. Sriwijaya will take several additional Boeing 737-800s in 2016 enabling it to transfer smaller 737-500s to Nam which will be used to open new secondary bases and compete against the expanding regional operations of Garuda and Lion.
Privately owned Sriwijaya has emerged as Indonesia’s third largest airline group, well behind Garuda and Lion but ahead of AirAsia. Surviving an extended period of consolidation and challenging market conditions has strengthened Sriwijaya, leading to a brighter outlook.
Sriwijaya has been profitable for the last two years and is confident that it can stay in the black and maintain its current position in the market. However, it will always face the risk of being squeezed out by Garuda and Lion.
Garuda Indonesia budget subsidiary Citilink is planning to expand at Jakarta Halim and Medan over the next two months as it continues to pursue market share gains, despite challenging conditions. Citilink accounted for approximately 12% of Indonesia’s domestic market in 2015, compared with 3% in 2011, and should be able to capture nearly a 15% share in 2016.
Citilink passenger traffic grew by 24% in 2015 while its full service parent Garuda grew domestic passenger traffic by 10%. Both airlines have been gaining market share over the last two years while overall growth in Indonesia’s once booming domestic market has slowed significantly.
The 2016 outlook is relatively challenging but Citilink, at least for now, plans to maintain a similar growth rate as 2015. The LCC also remains confident that it can stay in the black after turning its first-ever annual profit in 2015.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air further expands domestic and Indonesia networks, pressuring Firefly & AirAsia
Malaysian hybrid carrier Malindo Air is doubling its Indonesian network during 4Q2014 with three new routes that leverage its relationship with 49% shareholder Lion Group. Malindo recently launched services to Medan - its fourth destination in Indonesia after Jakarta, Bali and Batam - and will add Pekanbaru in Nov-2014 followed by Bandung in Dec-2014.
Malindo is also expanding its domestic network and will soon serve more airports in peninsular or west Malaysia, 12, than any other carrier. Malindo recently added Ipoh as its 10th destination in peninsular Malaysia and will launch services at Malacca and Kerteh in Nov-2014.
Kerteh will become Malindo’s ninth domestic route from its fast growing turboprop base at Kuala Lumpur Subang. In comparison Malaysia Airlines (MAS) regional subsidiary Firefly currently operates seven domestic routes from Subang although it has a bigger international network and is still the leading airline overall at Subang.
Singapore-Indonesia has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing markets with capacity up 40% year-over-year. While capacity increases on the two largest routes connecting the two countries – Singapore to Jakarta and Bali – have captured most of the attention, secondary routes are growing even faster.
The third and fourth largest Indonesian destination from Singapore, Surabaya and Medan, will see capacity nearly double in Nov-2013 compared to Nov-2012. To the 10 other smaller Indonesian destinations served from Singapore, capacity is increasing by a collective 78%.
LCC group Tigerair has quadrupled its Singapore-Indonesia operation over the last year, growing its share of capacity in the process from about 4% to 15%. Tigerair now serves eight Singapore-Indonesia routes, up from only two a year ago.
AirAsia has a 17% share and also now serves eight Singapore-Indonesia routes, up from four a year ago although its capacity has increased a more modest 34% from a much higher base. The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group is the market leader with a 31% share and will soon serve all 14 routes as regional subsidiary SilkAir has added three Indonesian destinations.
The Kuala Namu International Airport outside Medan opened on 25-Jul-2013, becoming the least congested major airport in Indonesia. Medan currently only has six international routes and is served by only six foreign carriers, five of which come from nearby Malaysia and Singapore. But Kuala Namu has the potential of becoming a major international hub in response to growing demand from the local market, which has a catchment area of over 10 million people, and from transit traffic as infrastructure constraints at Indonesia’s other major airports worsen.
Garuda Indonesia, which opened a domestic hub in Medan earlier this year, has postponed international expansion from the airport. But Garuda will inevitably relook at opening international routes at Medan and using it as an alternative to Jakarta for domestic-to-international and even international-to-international connections.
Meanwhile, other Indonesian and foreign carriers will take advantage of a rarity in Indonesia – a spacious airport that is not operating above capacity. LCCs, which already account for over 70% of domestic and international capacity at the new airport, are particularly well positioned given that Medan does not have the business traffic profile of Jakarta.