Route rundown: HKG-BKK, AEP-GRU, CLJ-LGW

This week: HK Express is resuming service to Thailand’s capital city Bangkok and Avianca Argentina is to open a new international service to Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Nigel Mayes RAM18 resized.jpgNigel Mayes is the senior vice president, consulting & product development at ASM. Nigel has more than 15 years’ experience in route development and is responsible for product development at ASM.

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: Hong Kong – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi  

HK Express

Data

Carrier

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Aircraft

Airbus A320

Frequency

Five weekly

Start date

31 March 2019

Distance

1,690 km

O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018)

2,683,669

Growth % YOY

4.8%

Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018)

$144.29

Insight

HK Express is resuming service to Thailand’s capital city Bangkok from 31 March 2019 with five weekly flights from Hong Kong to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays using Airbus A320 equipment. As reported by Airlineroute, the low-cost carrier previously operated between Hong Kong and Bangkok Don Mueang from July to October 2015. The planned resumption means HK Express is re-entering an already crowded market, which is currently served by nine carriers. Eight of them operate between Hong Kong and Suvarnabhumi, while AirAsia flies to Don Mueang. Cathay Pacific has a dominant position, with a 35.8 percent capacity share of the market.


Route 2: Buenos Aires Aeroparque – Sao Paulo Guarulhos

Avianca

Data

Carrier Avianca
Aircraft Airbus A320
Frequency Two daily
Start date 5 February 2019
Distance 1,693 km
O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018) 671,639
Growth % YOY

-10.5%

Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018) $203.00

Insight

Avianca Argentina is next month opening a new international service to Sao Paulo in Brazil after the country's National Civil Aviation Agency authorised the airline to operate regular passenger and cargo flights. The service will begin on 5 February 2019 using Airbus A320 equipment, with capacity for 162 passengers in a single class. Aerolineas Argentinas, GOL, LATAM Airlines Group currently operate between Buenos Aires Aeroparque and Sao Paulo Guarulhos, while Aerolineas Argentinas, Ethiopian Airlines, GOL, LATAM Airlines Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines operate to the Brazilian airport from Ezeiza International Airport. In addition, Azul Airlines flies from Ezeiza International to Viracopos/Campinas International.


Route 3: Cluj – London Gatwick  

wizz air rundown

Data

Carrier

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Aircraft

Airbus A320

Frequency

One daily

Start date

31 March 2019

Distance

1,118 km

O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018)

340,968

Growth % YOY

17.8%

Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018)

$137.74

Insight

Wizz Air is introducing new link between Cluj and London with a daily service to London Gatwick starting on 31 March 2019. The low-cost carrier already flies between the Romanian city and London Luton, operating 19 flights per week. In summer 2019, Ryanair is also introducing a service Cluj and London Southend Airport, with three-weekly flights.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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