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Icelandair's new Tampa service to generate USD19m annual economic impact in Tampa region

7 September, 2017

Tampa International Airport estimated (07-Sep-2017) Icelandair's newly launched twice weekly Reykjavik-Tampa service will generate an economic impact of nearly USD19 million p/a. The inaugural service from Tampa to Reykjavik sold out all 183 seats, with many expected to transit onto other European destinations. [more - original PR]

AFRAA reports capacity (seats) up 7% in Aug-2017

7 September, 2017

African Airlines Association (AFRAA) reported (07-Sep-2017) the following capacity data for all passenger services (nonstop and with stops) from Africa to other regions in Aug-2017:

  • Seats:
    • African airlines: 10.1 million, +4.9% year-on-year;
      • Intra Africa: 7.6 million, +1.0%;
      • Africa-Europe: 1.4 million, +10.1%;
      • Africa-North America: 98,765, +4.6%;
      • Africa-Middle East: 811,630, +3.7%;
      • Africa-Asia: 166,654, +9.5%;
    • Other carriers: 3.9 million, +12.2%. [more - original PR]

Qantas applies for more capacity for Jetstar to Indonesia from Feb-2018

7 September, 2017

Qantas applied (07-Sep-2016) to the International Air Services Commission for an allocation of capacity of 1300 seats for Jetstar to increases its services between Australia and Indonesia. Jetstar plans to increase services from 01-Feb-2018, using Boeing 787 aircraft with 335 seats and A320 aircraft with 180 seats. Qantas seeks the capacity allocation on the following basis:

  • Allocation is requested for five years;
  • Capacity will be fully utilised from 30-Apr-2018;
  • Capacity may be used by Qantas or another of its wholly-owned subsidiaries;
  • Capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint service with any wholly-owned subsidiary, and by any wholly-owned subsidiary to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • Capacity may be used by Jetstar to provide joint service with Emirates. [more - original PR]

ANA Airports of Portugal fails to meet first deadline for Lisbon Airport expansion: Report

7 September, 2017

ANA Airports of Portugal reportedly delayed the design process for the expansion of Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, due to a failure by the concessionaire to present final cost estimates (Jornal de Negocios, 05-Sep-2017). Portugal's Government is scheduled to approve or reject the proposal in 2H2018. As previously reported by CAPA, TAP Portugal has express concern with the lack activity in the process, clarifying that its expansion depends on the level of capacity and congestion at the airport.

Italian Transport Minister working to secure Meridiana/Qatar Airways partnership

7 September, 2017

Italy's Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Graziano Delrio, via his personal Facebook account, confirmed (06-Sep-2017) a meeting with Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker. Mr Delrio stated the meeting focused on "guarantees on the conclusion of the agreement with Meridiana and confirmation of the ambitious investment plan envisaged". Mr Delrio said Mr Al Baker has "great interest in developing links to and from Italy through partnership with Meridiana".

IATA: Jul-2017 shows record load factors and strong but moderating demand growth

7 September, 2017

IATA released (06-Sep-2017) its statistics for international passenger demand for Jul-2017:

  • Global: Traffic grew 6.8% year-on-year, while capacity climbed 5.5%, and load factor edged up 0.5 percentage points to 84.6%. Growth was a slow-down compared to the 7.6% growth recorded in Jun-2016;
  • Europe: Traffic up 7.5%, down from 8.8% in Jun-2017. Capacity rose 5.9%, and load factor climbed 1.3 ppts to 88.7%, which was the highest among the regions. The economic backdrop in Europe has strengthened; however, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the upward growth in travel demand has moderated sharply since Feb-2017;
  • Asia Pacific: Traffic up 5.9%, a deceleration compared to Jun-2017 growth of 8.8%. As with Europe, carriers in the Asia Pacific region are seeing a slowing of demand growth. Capacity increased 6.7% and load factor slipped 0.6 ppts to 81.0%;
  • Middle East: Traffic up 4.5%, an acceleration from the 3.6% in Jun-2017, but was still well off the region's five-year average pace of 11.2%. Capacity grew 3.6% and load factor rose 0.7 ppts to 81.5%. Middle East-North America market has been affected by a combination of factors in 2017, including the recently-lifted cabin ban on large portable electronic devices, as well as a wider impact from the proposed travel bans to the US. Traffic growth on the Middle East-US route was already slowing in early 2017, in line with a moderation in the pace of expansion of nonstop services by the largest Middle Eastern airlines;
  • North America: Traffic up 3.5%, down from 4.4% growth in Jun-2017 but still ahead of the regional five-year average pace (2.9%). Capacity rose 3.8% and load factor slipped 0.3 ppts to 85.9%. Outbound travel is being supported by the relatively solid economic backdrop in North America, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that inbound demand is being negatively influenced by the additional security measures in place for travel to the US;
  • Latin America: Traffic up 10.5%, the strongest growth among regions. Capacity increased 10% and load factor climbed 0.4 percentage points to 84.9%. International volumes between North and Central America continue to strongly trend upward while traffic on the North-South America market segment has also started to trend upwards, in part helped by the healthier, albeit still fragile, economic backdrop in Brazil;
  • Africa: Traffic up 6.5%, down from 9.8% demand growth in Jun-2017. Capacity rose 1.7%, and load factor jumped 3.4 pppt to 74.1%. Conditions in the region's two largest economies continue to diverge, with South Africa in recession while business confidence levels are at a two-year peak in Nigeria. [more - original PR]

Ryanair launches London-Pardubice service, first scheduled service from Pardubice to Western Europe

7 September, 2017

Ryanair launched (06-Sep-2017) three times weekly London Stansted-Pardubice service on 05-Sep-2017, the first regular scheduled service from Pardubice to Western Europe. Service operates with Boeing 737-800 equipment configured with 189 seats. [more - original PR - Czech]

China, New Zealand and Japan top international arrivals to Queensland

7 September, 2017

Queensland State Government Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones reported (06-Sep-2017) China remained Queensland's largest market in terms of total visitors and expenditure for the 12 months to Jun-2017, accounting for USD1 billion (USD801 million) or almost a fifth of the state's total tourism expenditure. New Zealand remained Queensland's second largest market, with growth both in visitor numbers up 6.8% to 459,000 and expenditure to more than AUD586 million (USD470 million). Japan jumped two places to be Queensland's third largest market, with expenditure increasing by 18% to AUD430 million (USD344 million). Other markets that grew strongly include Germany and India. [more - original PR]

WOW air to offer seasonal Dallas/Fort Worth service from May-2018

6 September, 2017

WOW air announced (06-Sep-2017) plans to launch seasonal three times weekly Reykjavik-Dallas/Fort Worth service from 24-May-2018, operating with Airbus A330-300 equipment. The carrier will be Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's 16th international airline partner. According to OAG, the carrier is the first operator on the route. [more - original PR]

China overtakes the US as second largest tourism market for South Australia

6 September, 2017

South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) reported (06-Sep-2017) China overtook the US as the second largest market for inbound travel for the 12 months to Jun-2017. Chinese arrivals rose 56% to 56,000 and expenditure rose 74% to AUD352 million (USD282 million). The UK remained the largest market with 66,000 visits. US arrivals grew 13% to 54,000. Overall international visitors spent AUD1.1 billion (USD881 million) in the State for the period, an increase of 12%. [more - original PR]

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