Route rundown: CUN-SFO, BAH-BLR, LED-ALC

This week: Low-cost carrier Interjet continues to expand its US network and Gulf Air to relaunch its Bahrain – Bangalore operation.

 Thanks this week to Beth Redpath, a research analyst at ASM. Beth delivers ASM’s data and forecasting products, whilst carrying out in-depth market studies on client projects.

The sister company to Routes, ASM is the world‘s leading route development consultancy and has supported the creation of new air services since 1993.


Route 1: Cancun to San Francisco 

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Data

Carrier

Interjet

Aircraft

Airbus A320

Frequency

Three weekly

Start date

25 March 2018

Distance

3,888 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)

250,943

Growth % YOY

-13.9%

Average one-way fare $ (2017)

$296

Insight

Low-cost carrier Interjet continues to expand its US network with the addition of a 3x weekly service to San Francisco from both Cancun and Guadalajara. Flights are to be scheduled thrice weekly and operated by A320s, with service commencing on March 14th. In doing so, San Francisco will become the airline’s 10th US destination.

To secure its market share, Interjet will offer relatively low air fares to stimulate traffic demand as well as draw passengers from existing direct services. On CUN - SFO, the LCC will attempt to undercut the air fares of United Airlines to capture the network carriers traffic. While from Guadalajara, Interjet will draw on the hybrid nature of its airline product to attract passengers away from Volaris, who operate a traditional low-cost model, by offering complimentary food and beverages as well as greater seat pitch to increase travellers’ comfort.


Route 2: Bahrain to Bangalore

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Data

Carrier Gulf Air
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Seven weekly
Start date May 2018 
Distance 3, 184km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 17,075
Growth % YOY -7.5%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $163

Insight

Gulf Air looks to strengthen its position as one of the Middle Easts largest network carriers, with the relaunch of its Bahrain – Bangalore operation. The full-service carrier will now start a 7x weekly service from May 2018, using its A320 aircraft.

With direct flights, Gulf Air will hope to capture the traffic that currently travels indirectly, to the Indian megacity, on its Middle-Eastern competitors (17,025 two-way passengers, in 2017). The airline will compete against (amongst others) the one-stop itineraries of Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia. The attraction of a direct service over non-direct, coupled with connection facilitation and utilisation of codeshare agreements (to provide feeder traffic) will give Gulf Air the opportunity to re-establish its BAH - BLR market share.


Route 3: St. Petersburg - Alicante  

S7 rundown

Data

Carrier S7_new_logo.svg.png
Aircraft Airbus A319
Frequency One weekly (two - summer)
Start date 28 April 2018
Distance 3,244 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 21,366
Growth % YOY

1.0%

Average one-way fare $ (2017) $129

Insight

S7 develops its international network with the launch of its St. Petersburg - Alicante service. The route (due to commence on the 28th April) is scheduled to operate 1x weekly up to Jun/18, increasing to 2x weekly for the Summer season (Jun-Sep). All flights will be flown using the airlines A319 aircraft.

S7 has seen great demand to Spanish summer destinations on its services from Moscow, demand which it will hope to replicate with its LED – ALC operation. The airline faces competition from LCC Vueling, but will use its network and Oneworld alliance to feed traffic onto its Alicante service, from St. Petersburg. 

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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