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Having looked like a certainty, and then not, by the end of June the acquisition of Air Transat by Air Canada looked like it was back on again. While the Board of Air Transat agreed to the deal to purchase the airline, worth $520 million, there are still a number of regulatory hurdles to pass.
The availability of more data than ever before has given the aviation industry the ability to carry out increasingly more in-depth and insightful analysis of operational performance. In this paper, we explore the experience of some of the world’s busiest airlines and airports, seeking to understand more about what steps they are taking to improve and maintain high levels of on-time performance.
The best ways to delight today’s travelers and grow revenue may surprise you. While the industry continues to test high tech investments, data shows there are easier and more affordable ways to reduce friction and delight travelers.
The biggest airports often get the most attention but, as our recent North America’s Airport Leaders 2019 report demonstrates, there are great things happening at some of the Continents’ smaller airports. Among the Medium airports (0.05%-0.24% of total airline seats) and the Small airports (more than 10,000 seats but fewer than 0.05% of all seats) we noticed a handful of Canadian airports which are seeing rapid growth.
Seven airports in Florida are amongst the fastest growing in North America. From large to small, airports across the state are recording strong growth, mostly driven by low-cost carrier growth. Orlando (MCO), Tampa (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) all made it into the Top 10 fastest growing category for Major Airports (those which handle more than 1% of total airline seats) in OAG’s recent North America’s Airport Leaders 2019 report. All three recorded growth of between 6-7% in the 12 months to May 2019, making these three airports the top 3 fastest growing major airports in the region.
The Cricket World Cup starts this week in England, with 48 matches planned over the next six weeks with the home nation hot favourites before a ball has been bowled or a drop of rain fallen. Regarded by many as a slightly odd game where a drawn match can take five days, the format is for a faster and hopefully more exciting 50 overs per side with pinch hitters seeking to avoids slips and ladies looking for fine leg.
The last weekend in May brings a major public holiday in the United States with Memorial Weekend a peak period for travel with typically Friday the busiest day of the year. Chances are that nearly every seat across the domestic networks of all carriers will be taken as families travel home to share the long weekend.
It’s a wonderful idea, to create an aviation objective of “letting the common citizen of the country fly” and could be applied to many markets around the world. India’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) programme launched in 2016 has now been in operation for three years. With a general election currently underway, we thought it would be an ideal time to review the success of what was a central element of the previous Government’s election promises.
Four teams from the same country contesting the finals of Europe’s top competition is historic for all sorts of reasons but for the supporters trying to get to the venues is a challenge almost beyond winning the cup. Our analysis of the options and issues highlight just how large the scale of operation is for all those involved.
Too much capacity too quickly. A common complaint from airlines when demand softens, yields fall and the price of oil creeps up. This year has already been impacted by the loss of carriers such as Wow Air, Bmi Regional, Primera, Small Planet, Cobalt and of course more recently Jet Airways, although as we head towards the peak summer months, at least for most airlines fear of failure will have been averted until at least the winter season.