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    Curacao’s Hato airport: solid tourism and a sound network profile

    Curaçao Hato International airport is benefitting from the country’s steady increase in tourism numbers, which is driving expanded service from the New York market, Colombia and direct flights to Trinidad.

    The country’s tourism body has calculated that tourism generated USD132.7 million for Curaçao’s local economy during the first two months of 2019, which was a 10% increase year-on-year. Approximately 46% of that total is generated by visitors from Europe.

    Data from CAPA and OAG show that as of late Aug-2019 Curaçao has service to 17 nonstop destinations: two in Europe, four in North America and 11 within Latin America. Curaçao’s is the second largest air service market among the “ABC” islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

    The airport has also weathered the challenges faced by InselAir that ultimately led to the airline ceasing operations. It appears that some operators are working to fill that void, including the start-up JetAir Caribbean, which is working to gain certification from Curaçao’s aviation authorities. There was little doubt that airlines would work to fill the void left by InselAir, given Curaçao’s solidly growing tourism numbers.

    To read on, visit Curacao’s Hato airport: solid tourism and a sound network profile


    Croatia aviation: highly seasonal tourist market grows, driven by LCCs

    Croatia Airlines celebrated its 30th anniversary on 7-Aug-2019. However, in recent years it has not kept pace with the rapid growth in demand for air transport to/from Croatia.

    The country’s 2019 seat capacity will be more than twice the level of 2012, but its national airline will have grown seat numbers by only 6.4% over the same period: Croatia Airlines carried almost 2.2 million passengers in 2018, a figure not much more than the 1.9 million of a decade earlier.

    Growth has been driven by airlines from elsewhere, particularly by LCCs. Inbound summer tourism is the major agent of this growth in one of Europe’s most seasonally skewed markets.

    However, Croatia’s total seat growth is slowing to 7.7% in 2019 – still high compared with European and global average rates, but Croatia’s slowest since 2013.

    The nation’s government expects slower growth in tourism due to encroaching infrastructure constraints. Nevertheless, tourist demand looks set to remain healthy and Croatia’s aviation market should continue to grow.

    To read on, visit Croatia aviation: highly seasonal tourist market grows, driven by LCCs


    Boston Logan airport: JetBlue digs in as Delta ups competition

    Both JetBlue and Delta Air Lines are downplaying their intensifying competition in Boston as both airlines march towards their respective goals of 200 daily departures from the airport and Delta transitions Boston into a hub airport.

    JetBlue shows no signs of retrenching in Boston, having made a significant investment in building up the airport as its second largest focus city, and using Logan as its base for the launch of trans Atlantic operations in 2021.

    The commitments by Delta and JetBlue to Boston are good news for the airport, which will no doubt continue to chart solid growth as the competition shakes out.

    To read on, visit Boston Logan airport: JetBlue digs in as Delta ups competition