Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport serves the city of Austin, Texas, USA. The airport ranks among the largest in Texas, with direct links to major cities across the country. Southwest Airlines is a major operator at Austin, as are the regional subsidiaries of the US majors.
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Mexico-US transborder airline market Part 1: Interjet and Volaris capitalise on new US opportunities
Mexican low cost airlines Volaris and Interjet are engaged in a significant transborder push in 2016. Combined, the airlines will launch a dozen routes to the US as an upcoming new bilateral lifts restrictions on the number of airlines operating routes between the US and Mexico. With many countries in Latin and Central America experiencing economic weakness, the US is a safer bet for expansion in the near term.
Volaris and Interjet target different passenger segments, and the airlines have little overlap on the new flights that they are launching to the US. Volaris cites numerous route opportunities in the US transborder market, and has grown rapidly in that space during the past several years. Interjet has grown more slowly but has quickly broadened its US reach in 2016, entering some markets that already have ample service.
Although US airlines still dominate the transborder market Mexican airlines are working to chip away at the sizeable gap between them, growing their international passenger numbers 10% year-on-year for the first five months of 2016.
(This is Part 1 of two reports examining the Mexico-US transborder market. Part 2 will focus on the proposed joint venture between Aeromexico and Delta).
Alaska Air Group is planning capacity expansion of 8% in 2016 after growing nearly 11% in 2015, including a 12.5% expansion in 4Q2015. Much of the push during the final three months of 2015 is additions to existing markets where Alaska concludes demand remains robust.
Although Alaska’s YE2015 capacity growth may be outsized compared with other US airlines, its ASM expansion between 2009 and 2014 was in the mid to high single digits, and its 2016 projections are in line with those trends. It also remained profitable during that time period, which featured soaring fuel prices and a global economic downturn.
During early 2016 Alaska is facing some headwinds from capacity growth by its competitors, but concludes much of that growth is the annualisation of new route launches that occurred in 2H2015. With the competitive onslaught Alaska has endured in Seattle during the last couple of years, it is clear the airline can handle the industry capacity growth in its markets. Its own network development during 2015 reflects a strengthening of its presence in Seattle in both small and large markets to leverage both connecting and local traffic.
Southwest Airlines has drawn much attention during 2015 for the disruption that its massive expansion from Dallas Love Field has created in the overall Dallas market. The capacity additions and overall lower fares have resulted in Dallas emerging as the largest US market, with deterioration of pricing traction being a major feature.
The reality is that Southwest is capping off a few years of changes, including the full integration of AirTran, a de-hubbing of Atlanta, and the launch of Southwest-branded international flights from a new terminal at Houston Hobby.
As Southwest’s domestic network continues to reach higher levels of penetration, questions are arising over the airline’s network strategy going forward. Recently it has hinted the timing could be favourable to shore up short haul markets, after focussing on longer haul flying for the last decade and a half. Some of its planned new routes for 2016 reflect Southwest’s willingness to test the waters on short haul flights.
Although JetBlue and Virgin America both recorded slides in their passenger unit revenue during 3Q2015, the trend of each airline outperforming their US peers continued. They remain shielded from major factors driving down the performance of American, Delta and United – foreign exchange pressure and higher exposure to weaker global economies.
Virgin America, which has been affected by the pricing pressure in Dallas and competitive challenges in the New York transcontinental market, believes that pricing could start to firm up in those markets in 2016 as higher industry capacity growth in those regions begins to moderate. JetBlue holds a similarly positive outlook, highlighting a rebound in demand after experiencing some softness in Sep-2015.
Both airlines are forecasting higher capacity growth in 2016 than the large global US network airlines even as some yield softness has crept into more domestic markets. For now JetBlue and Virgin America remain comfortable with their growth forecasts, and believe they can maintain their advantage in unit revenue performance.
Although Allegiant Air has encountered its share of challenges in 2015 – labour unrest and some operational issues – its business model arguably is emerging as one of the most watertight, reflected in its 1H2015 earnings growth of 76% to USD119 million and is trading at a P/E ratio of over 33.
Allegiant is facing similar unit revenue degradation that much of the US industry is battling, but for entirely different reasons than domestic competitive capacity increases. Its decreases are driven by a higher mix of off-peak flying, new route introductions and continued growth. The airline’s shift into more mid-size markets is continuing, and the airline is forecasting additional expansion into those types of markets for at least the next couple of years.
The model adopted by Allegiant for the moment seems to be one that is withstanding the changing dynamics in the US domestic market, and despite some internal challenges, the company’s business strategy generates strong sentiment from Wall Street. Allegiant’s earnings multiples are more than triple some US major airlines, and its stock price is among the highest of US publicly traded airlines.
Virgin America has maintained a reasonably solid passenger unit revenue performance in 2015 even as it is exposed to two region in the US domestic market where pricing pressure has ensued – Dallas and New York.
The airline is joining the majority of its US airline peers in forecasting a unit revenue decline in 3Q2015; but Virgin America is also expressing optimism about 4Q2015 as it starts to lap the industry capacity increases in areas where it has faced heavy competitive pressure in 2015.
During 2H2015 and into 2016 Virgin America’s capacity is ratcheting up as the airline adds a total of 10 aircraft to its fleet during that time. For now, Virgin America holds a positive view about the revenue environment in 2016, and is confident that its capacity should be favourably absorbed.