News for South Pacific

Scoot to resume Singapore-Gold Coast service

21 January, 2022

Gold Coast Airport announced (20-Jan-2022) Scoot plans to resume three times weekly Singapore-Gold Coast service from 14-Feb-2022. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand up 3.8% in Nov-2021

21 January, 2022

Statistics New Zealand reported (21-Jan-2022) 5309 visitor arrivals to New Zealand in Nov-2021, an increase of 3.8% year-on-year. Visitor arrivals from Australia declined 58.3% to 536. [more - original PR]

Solomon Airlines closes offices, suspends passenger flights, due to Honiara lockdown

21 January, 2022

Solomon Airlines aligned (20-Jan-2022) with the lockdown in Honiara and public health measures announced by the Solomon Islands Government on 19-Jan-2022, closing the national carrier's Point Cruz Sales Office and Head Office in Honiara, and undertaking only essential aircraft and system maintenance. The airline has also cancelled all domestic flights until 23-Jan-2022. Solomon Airlines international services are now also suspended for passenger arrivals and departures to and from Honiara, including the Honiara to Brisbane service on 21-Jan-2022, following direction from the COVID-19 Oversight Committee. The airline's 21-Jan-2022 service between Brisbane and Honiara will operate as a cargo only service, pending further advice from the Solomon Islands Government and approval to again accept passengers. Solomon Airlines said the national carrier will consider further suspensions in accordance with any lockdown extension as directed by the Solomon Islands Government. [more - original PR]

BITRE: Australian international pax down 95.5% in Nov-2021, compared to Nov-2019

20 January, 2022

Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (20-Jan-2022) the following international traffic highlights for Nov-2021:

  • Passengers: 155,796, -95.5% compared to Nov-2019;
  • Available seats: 627,002, -85.7%;
  • Cargo: 89,909 tonnes, -11.9%;
  • Flights: 4489, -73.4%;
  • Aircraft movements: 4843, -72.0%;
  • Top five international carried: 
    • Share of passengers carried: 
      • Singapore Airlines: 20.4%, +8.3pp year-on-year;
      • Emirates: 17.9%, +6.8pp;
      • Qatar Airways: 12.3%, -0.6pp;
      • Qantas Airways: 7.0%, +5.9pp;
      • Etihad Airways: 7.0%, +4.6pp;
    • Share of cargo carried:
      • Singapore Airlines: 13.9%, +2.5pp year-on-year;
      • Cathay Pacific Airways: 8.5%, +1.8pp;
      • Qantas Airways: 7.9%, +0.2pp;
      • FedEx: 7.4%, -2.7%
      • Kalitta Air: 6.7%, +3.5pp.

LCC Scoot accounted for 2.5% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in Nov-2021. The LCC share in 2020 was 2.9% and in 2019 was 14.7%. [more - original PR]

Serko SVP Asia Pacific: 'the time in COVID' was a time to communicate with customers,

20 January, 2022

Serko SVP Asia Pacific Murray Warner, speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of the Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2021, stated (Dec-2021) "the time in COVID" was a time to communicate with customers, "because they weren't travelling either, and they weren't so busy". Mr Warner said "probably more than ever, maybe in our history, since we were really, really little… we really got a good view into what's most important, what's most pain, what they love about business travel". [More - CAPA TV]

Serko positioned to bring new products and 'innovation to the market': SVP Asia Pacific

20 January, 2022

Serko SVP Asia Pacific Murray Warner, speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of the Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2021, stated (Dec-2021) during coronavirus, Serko had a "chance to stop and think about what's working well", as well as what is not. Mr Warner added "coming out of COVID, which… we think is happening… now, and up through January and the rest of the year", the company believes it is positioned to bring new products and "innovation to the market". [More - CAPA TV

Serko SVP Asia Pacific: 'different rates of return' has been 'good for us'

20 January, 2022

Serko SVP Asia Pacific Murray Warner, speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of the Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2021, stated (Dec-2021) there has been a "huge" slow down for almost two years. Mr Warner said despite lockdowns and travel restrictions within "this market", Serko has "seen… different rates of return… other markets", noting it has been "good for us in a lot of ways". [More - CAPA TV]

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport pax up 70.4% in Dec-2021, 7.9m pax in 2021

20 January, 2022

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport reported (20-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 1.2 million, +70.4% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 949,000, +44.0%;
      • International: 248,000, +465.4%;
    • Top 10 nationalities:
      • Australia: +884%;
      • India: +593%;
      • UK: +1126%;
      • China (including Hong Kong): +11%;
      • US: +482%;
      • New Zealand: +56%;
      • Nepal: +1671%;
      • Singapore:+1824%;
      • Canada: +728%;
      • Pakistan: +815%;
  • 2021:
    • Passengers: 7.9 million, -29.5% year-on-year;

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Dec-2021 pax up 46%

20 January, 2022

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport stated (19-Jan-2022) Christmas travel and the progressive re-opening of interstate borders combined to drive a surge in Melbourne Airport's passenger numbers in Dec-2021. Total traveller numbers for the month were up 46% on the year-on-year, with 1,115,233 people passing through Melbourne Airport's four terminals. This included 135,823 overseas travellers, which was the highest monthly figure since the international border closure in Mar-2020. While passenger numbers for the first half of FY2022 were double what they were in 2020, they remain down more than 89% on the corresponding period in 2019. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand down 27.3% in Oct-2021

19 January, 2022

Statistics New Zealand reported (13-Dec-2021) 3687 visitor arrivals to New Zealand in Oct-2021, a decline of 27.3% year-on-year. Visitor arrivals from Australia declined 58.5% to 540. [more - original PR]

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