Although it can sometimes be overshadowed by hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Diego International airport logged impressive passenger growth in 2017, handling more than 22 million passengers. The airport’s prospects for continued high growth in 2018 look promising, since San Diego International posted double digit passenger growth during the first five months of 2018.
So far this year, the airport has welcomed Lufthansa with flights to Frankfurt, and now appears to be turning its attention to securing additional service to Asia. San Diego also has nonstop service to London Heathrow and Tokyo Narita, as well as seasonal service to Zurich.
The airport is also enjoying a solid stream of additional domestic routes in 2018, including a push from the ULCC Frontier and additional services from Spirit and Southwest.
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Raleigh Durham airport: solid growth and bright prospects ahead
Raleigh Durham International airport is another US medium sized airport that is enjoying solid growth and route expansion with the addition of nine new routes during 2017 on nearly 6% passenger growth. Delta Air Lines has been building up its presence in Raleigh during the past three to four years and now holds a leading market share at the airport. Raleigh has a somewhat balanced mix of full service and low cost airlines, and the ULCC Allegiant was the airport’s fastest growing airline in 2017.
Raleigh has service to major long haul markets in London and Paris and, similarly to most mid-sized US airports, eventually aims to land direct services to China. Raleigh also remains in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, and by some measures, has a decent chance of winning the coveted position as Amazon’s US east coast home.
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Myanmar international aviation: overcapacity as tourism growth slows
Myanmar has not lived up to expectations, despite rapid growth in passenger traffic since the country opened up six years ago. Visitor growth has slowed significantly over the past couple of years, leading to overcapacity on virtually every international route and low hotel occupancy rates.
The average international load factor in Myanmar was only 60% in 2017. The two largest routes, Yangon to Bangkok and Singapore, had load factors of only 65%, while Myanmar’s only two long haul routes, Yangon to Doha and Dubai, had load factors well below 50%. Myanmar at one point projected that it would attract 7.5 million visitors by 2020.
Given the recent growth rates Myanmar will not even reach 2 million visitors in 2020.
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Peru Aviation: Chile’s Sky Airline has ambitions for domestic Peru
Peru is becoming one of the most dynamic aviation markets in Latin America. The country’s first fully fledged LCC, Viva Air Peru, debuted in 2017 and the country’s second largest operator, Peruvian Airlines, is now working to expand through the creation of a new subsidiary, Aeroperu International. Now Chile’s Sky Airline has declared its intention to enter the Peruvian domestic market.
Sky has long been Chile’s second largest airline, and has made the transition to the LCC model during the past couple of years. Peru remains ripe for stimulation, with just 0.7 trips per capita in 2017. And Sky’s ambitions show there is no shortage of airlines aspiring to capitalise on the opportunities in the country.
The next few years should prove interesting as the number of airlines working to exploit opportunities in Peru continues to grow.
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US airlines chart solid cargo revenues, but clouds of uncertainty form
The cargo operations of US passenger airlines generally do not garner a lot of attention. But there appears to be growing momentum in the space, with Southwest formally launching international cargo operations and Delta Air Lines and Korean working to maximise the benefits of their JV to include each airline’s cargo business.
Each of the large three global US network airlines posted double digit growth in their cargo revenues during 2Q2018 after growing cargo capacity during the past couple of years. American believes its cargo revenues could reach USD1 billion in 2018.
It remains to be seen how long the momentum in cargo revenue will last for the US’ largest airlines. Cargo traffic in both North America and Latin America was strong in 1H2018; however, IATA is warning growing global trade tensions could change its cargo outlook.
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Aeromexico’s complex aircraft fleet: politics & airframer tie-ups
Grupo Aeromexico has been busy during the past couple of years forging a joint venture with its SkyTeam partner and partial owner Delta Air Lines, as well as simplifying its fleet. The company shed its last Boeing 777 widebody during 2017, and for more than a year has operated three fleet types – Boeing 787 widebodies, 737narrowbodies and Embraer E-Jets.
For 2018, Aeromexico plans to expand its fleet by a single aircraft, and will end the year with a fleet of 132 jets. The next phase of Aeromexico’s fleet evolution is continued delivery of 737 MAX jets, and the eventual replacement of its E-Jets, which could develop as a fierce battle between two emerging manufacturing conglomerates – Airbus/Bombardier and Boeing/Embraer.
Politics is also playing a role in Aeromexico’s fleet transition. The airline paused its evaluations of Bombardier and Embraer jets during Mexico’s recent presidential race, and is stating that it will wait to find out the fate of a planned new airport in Mexico City before moving forward on a small jet replacement.
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