Supplier contracts with airlines can be an exhausting and time-consuming task and the last thing you want to be doing is wasting time determining what your share of various air markets has been – and whether it stacks up to market realities of capacity settings on those routes.
CAPA – Centre for Aviation’s Route Capacity Analyser tool examines airline capacity shares in every city and country pair worldwide, provides unique insights on what is a fair market share against which you can benchmark your program’s own performance.
How do we do it? CAPA retains a global aircraft fleet database, complete with aircraft configuration data by class, which we then mesh with airline schedules data to create the capacity analytics graphics we’ll be presenting in this series in The Blue Swan Daily. The data is live and constantly updated online at the CAPA Website (premium subscription area) and has many years of historic data – and projections six months into the future, based on the schedules filed by the airlines.
As an example, the CAPA Route Capacity Analyser allows you to identify which airlines have the most capacity on any point to point route – you can choose from any specific airport, city, country or region. In one of three separate regional stories we have selected the Toronto – Quebec City route for our Americas readers.
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Air Canada is planning to paint the Quebec City market rouge from 01-Jul-2018 when it switches its route between Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport and Jean Lesage International Airport to its leisure carrier Air Canada rouge. The market is currently served by its regional Air Canada Express brand on a five times daily basis using a Bombardier Dash-8Q400, but will be switched to an Airbus A319 jet.
CHART – Air Canada has seen its share of the Toronto – Quebec City reduce since WestJet Airlines entered the marketSource: CAPA – Centre for Aviation and OAG (data: one-way weekly seats; extract: w/c 26-Feb-2018)
The graph above highlights that Air Canada has been put under pressure in this domestic market since WestJet Airlines entered the market in Jun-2017, adding to the year round flights of Air Inuit and Provincial Airlines. Air Transat has also offered a seasonal link for the last three summers that will return from Apr-2018
This is just one of many unique features within the CAPA database which could assist Travel Managers throughout the supplier contract process.