News Briefs

    Tigerair cancellations to Indonesia

    Tigerair Australia confirmed (11-Jan-2017) the cancellation of certain scheduled services between Australia and Indonesia (Denpasar) for 12-Jan-2017 and early morning 13-Jan-2017, stating it is “still working with the Indonesian Government to resume flights to and from Bali as soon as possible.”

    Tigerair Australia has cancelled five services on 12-Jan-2017 and one on 13-Jan-2017, with the five remaining five flights to and from Bali Denpasar on this date currently under review. Tigerair Australia parent Virgin Australia plans to operate two flights from Bali on 13-Jan-2017 in order to bring as many affected customers back to Australia as possible. The passengers that will be accommodated on these flights will be contacted directly.

    The Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reportedly ordered a halt to Tigerair Australia flights for violating rules concerning charter flights, which prohibit the sale of one-way tickets. Tigerair operates services to Denpasar from Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide under a charter relationship with parent Virgin Australia.

    Head of public relations Agoes Soebagio stated that the DGCA:

    “will not hesitate to give sanctions and suspend the operation of foreign airlines which violate the flight regulations in Indonesia.”

    Tigerair stated:

    “[the airline] was and is in compliance with all original conditions imposed by the Indonesian Government on the operation of its Bali services.”


    Australia data shows year on year increases in ‘best fare of the day’

    Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) released (12-Jan-2017) Domestic Air Fare Index for Jan-2017 which showed the ‘Best Discount Fare’ Index (Jul-2003 = 100) for domestic travel increased 8.6% year-on-year to 59.6 in Jan-2017. ‘Restricted economy’ was down 1.3% year-on-year and ‘Business class’ was up 0.5% year-on-year.



    Tourism Australia’s Business Events showcase to be hosted in Brisbane

    Tourism Australia has announced (10-Jan-2017) that its signature event for promoting Australia as a leading incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Brisbane, Queensland in 2017.

    As part of the Dreamtime program, Australian industry representatives will have the opportunity to network with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom – with the view of securing future incentive business for Australia.

    Dreamtime 2017 will be held from 3 to 6 December in Brisbane, with international buyers and media then continuing on educational visits to other Australian destinations.

    Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Dreamtime has a strong track record in driving real business outcomes for the Australian business events industry.

    “Dreamtime is Australia’s largest business events showcase, and taking the event to Brisbane is an exciting development for a city that is continuing to raise its profile internationally as an ideal incentive destination,”

    “The event has proven its value to the Australian business events industry, producing solid results in raising the Australia’s profile internationally and developing new business, with a survey of those who took part in the Dreamtime 2015 event so far confirming it generated over 60 incentive business leads worth AUD40 million”

    Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan


    IATA releases latest traffic stats  

    IATA has reported (11-Jan-2017) that the strong upward trend in Asia Pacific airlines’ seasonally-adjusted traffic has slowed, but noted:

    “it remains too soon to say whether this is a true weakening or just a brief pause”.

    IATA also reported (11-Jan-2017) the following traffic growth in Nov-2016:

    • Passenger traffic (RPKs): +7.6% year-on-year;
      • International passenger traffic (RPKs): +8.0%;
        • Middle East: +12.2%;
        • Asia Pacific: +8.3%;
        • Europe: +8.3%;
        • Africa: +8.2%;
        • Latin America: +7.3%;
        • North America: +1.5%;
      • Domestic passenger traffic (RPKs): +7.1%
        • India: +22.3%;
        • Russia Federation: +15.5%;
        • China: +14.9%;
        • US: +3.9%;
        • Australia: +1.8%;
        • Brazil: -1.6%;
        • Japan: -0.5%;
    • Passenger load factor: 78.9%;
      • International load factor: 77.1%;
        • Latin America: 82.2%;
        • Europe: 80.8%;
        • North America: 78.7%;
        • Asia Pacific: 77.4%
        • Middle East: 68.7%;
        • Africa: 66.3%;
      • Domestic passenger load factor: 82.2%;
        • US: 85.2%;
        • India: 84.7%;
        • China: 82.1%;
        • Brazil: 80.9%;
        • Australia: 79.4%;
        • Russian Federation: 74.8%;
        • Japan: 72.9%.


    IATA releases aviation statistical highlights for Nov-2016

    IATA reported (11-Jan-2017) the following aviation industry highlights for Nov-2016:

    • International passenger markets: +8.0% year-on-year, with airlines in all regions showing growth. Total capacity climbed 6.8%, and load factor edged up 0.9 percentage points to 77.1%.
    • Europe: Traffic +8.3%. Traffic has grown at an annualized pace of 12% over the past five months (approximately). According to IATA, this “suggests that the disruption caused by terrorism and political instability has lifted, against a backdrop of a growing Eurozone economy”. Capacity rose 6.8% and load factor climbed 1.1 percentage point to 80.8%;
    • Asia Pacific: Traffic +8.3%, while capacity increased 7.1% and load factor rose 0.8 percentage points to 77.4%. The strong upward trend in demand has slowed recently but it is not clear whether this is a longer-term development or just a brief pause;
    • Middle East: Traffic +12.2%., the fastest of all regions. However, the upward trend in the region’s seasonally adjusted traffic has paused, with Nov-2016 levels coming in unchanged from that of Jul-2016. Capacity rose 11.6% and load factor rose 0.3 percentage points to 68.7%;
    • North America: Traffic up 1.5%, the slowest of all regions. Traffic across the Pacific is growing rapidly but North Atlantic demand is moderating. Capacity rose 1.2% and load factor edged up 0.2 percentage points to 78.7%;
    • Latin America: Traffic +7.3%. Capacity increased 2.9%, pushing load factor up 3.4 percentage points to 82.2%. The upward trend in international traffic has remained strong despite difficult conditions on the North America-South America route, supported by healthy international demand within South America;
    • Africa: Traffic +8.2%. Economic conditions in much of Africa remain challenging, particularly in the biggest economies of Nigeria and South Africa, but the upward trend in seasonally-adjusted passenger traffic has reasserted itself more recently, supported by strong demand on routes to and from Asia and the Middle East. Capacity rose 5.1% and load factor climbed 1.9 percentage points to 66.3%.


    Airbus milestones for 2016

    Airbus reported (11-Jan-2017) it achieved the following milestones in 2016:

    • Delivery of Airbus’ 10,000th aircraft – an A350 XWB;
    • Successful first flight of the first A350-1000;
    • Commenced deliveries of both engine variants of the A320neo;
    • Pratt & Whitney powered A321neo was certified;
    • First US-assembled Airbus aircraft, an A321, was delivered from Mobile, Alabama.
    • Entry into service (EIS) of the first A330 Regional variant;
    • Start of construction of the China A330 Completion and Delivery Centre;
    • First A330neo commenced assembly in the Final Assembly Line.


    New F&B option for Sydney Airport customers

    Sydney Airport is slated to welcome Kitchen by Mike a food and beverage outlet by celebrity chef Mike McEnearney at Terminal 1 in mid Feb-2017 (Good Food, 11-Jan-2017). The outlet will feature a canteen style layout with capacity for 90 seats.