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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is cementing its position as the leading foreign airline in Australasia as it launches services to Canberra and Wellington in Sep-2016. The addition of Canberra gives SIA six destinations in Australia, while Wellington gives SIA three destinations in New Zealand.
SIA’s partnership with Virgin Australia will be key to making both sectors a success. Air New Zealand, which has a joint venture with SIA on non-stop flights from Singapore to New Zealand, is also expected to codeshare on the route although perhaps with some reluctance.
This is the second in a two part series of reports on SIA’s new Singapore-Canberra-Wellington “Capital Express” route. The first part focused on the impact on Canberra and Wellington airports while this part will focus on the impact on SIA and its two partners from the region, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand.
Singapore Airlines Capital Express Part 1: Canberra, Wellington Airport outlook boosted by new route
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is pursuing further expansion to Australasia as it launches services to Canberra and Wellington in Sep-2016. The new four times per week Singapore-Canberra-Wellington route is a bold step for a traditionally conservative SIA, as it provides Canberra with its first two international destinations and Wellington with its first Asian airline.
SIA will account for approximately 5% of capacity into Canberra, resulting in a new phase of growth as passengers who now travel internationally via Sydney – by driving or taking a short flight – will be able to fly directly to New Zealand or Singapore and beyond. The impact on passenger traffic at Wellington will be smaller but provides an important test case, as Wellington ponders a runway extension that would enable non-stop flights to Singapore and potentially other Asian destinations.
This is the first instalment in a series of reports on SIA’s new Singapore-Canberra-Wellington “Capital Express” route. This part will focus on the impact on Canberra and Wellington airports, while the second part will focus on the impact on SIA and its two partners from the region, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand.
Could the return of Cardiff Airport (Wales) and Scotland’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the public sector be an indicator of future trends for secondary and sub-primary level airports in the UK?
There are several other privately operated airports whose future is looking decidedly indifferent.
The question now, as airport ownership has become less attractive to investors than it has been during the last two decades, is whether other airports in the UK might follow suit?
Airways NZ was once held up as a model monopoly by its airline customers for its open approach to negotiate prices while ensuring an appropriate commercial return to its government shareholder.
But steep price increases implemented from 01-Jul-2013 for the next three years coming on top of an 18% increase over the previous four years has truly taken the shine off the IATA Golden Eagle Award bestowed in 2008 recognising Airways NZ’s outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement. The corporation had not increased charges for the past 10 years.
Today the ANS provider which manages some 30 million square kilometres of airspace stands accused by its airline customers of profiteering. But Airways NZ says the price increase is necessary to fund NZD97 million (USD76 million) capital expenditure on essential infrastructure planned for the next three years, most of which had been approved by airlines. In addition the corporation had worked with airlines during the global financial crisis by suspending non-vital infrastructure investments to keep prices down.
IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler on 2-Jul-2013 gave a wide ranging breakfast talk in Auckland, stressing the value of aviation to the New Zealand economy, pitching the Association's move towards an industry standard distribution system and seeking New Zealand Government support for IATA's position on the environment.
And, back on another traditional airline industry theme, saying Wellington Airport was "behaving badly", Mr Tyler called for greater regulatory oversight of the country's main gateway airports and air traffic management provider, Airways New Zealand, after they announced steep price increases.
Wellington International Airport (WIAL) plans to extend its existing 2,000 metre runway by 300 metres so as to allow New Zealand’s capital city to attract direct long-haul services to Asia and North America using the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.
The airport argues its geographic position at the centre of the country, and the nation’s domestic hub, means it is well placed as a third international gateway to Auckland and Christchurch. Based on its research the airport says sufficient numbers of passengers already fly to Auckland to connect with onward long-haul services to sustain a daily direct service to an Asian hub.
The exponential growth forecast from Asian markets combined with the lower operating costs and improved performance of new generation widebody aircraft are likely to make direct services to secondary destinations like Wellington a more viable proposition by the end of this decade, reducing the financial risk of extending the runway which could not have been contemplated a decade ago. Nonetheless, risk it is. But the rewards are (potentially) high.