Route rundown: CNX-DAD, HAJ-BDS, OAK-HNL

This week: Thai AirAsia is adding its third Thailand-Vietnam connection; Eurowings is to open a new route from the Routes Europe 2019 host Hannover; and Southwest is set to begin flights to Hawaii.

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: Chiang Mai – Da Nang

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Data

Carrier

Thai Air Asia

Aircraft

Airbus A320

Frequency

Daily

Start date

12 April 2019

Distance

1,025 km 

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

2,337

Growth % YOY

24.4%

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

$177.03

Insight

Thai AirAsia is adding its third Thailand-Vietnam connection this year after Don Mueang Can Tho and Don Mueang – Nha Trang. Its Chiang Mai – Da Nang route will operate daily from 12 April 2019 using Airbus A320 aircraft. The move forms part of the low-cost carrier’s efforts to increase its market share in CLMV countries (Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Vietnam). Chiang Mai will host Routes Asia in 2020.

In 2018, Thai AirAsia served 2.2 million passengers in the CLMV market, accounting for 10 percent of all its passengers served, and up 12 percent compared with 2017. For Thai AirAsia’s routes to just Vietnam, it carried 760,000 two-way passengers last year, a rise of 24 percent from 2017 with an average load factor of 87 percent.

In the Vietnamese market overall, AirAsia maintains the most capacity between Thailand and Vietnam, serving 19 percent of all passengers between the two countries. A total of 349,000 Thai people travelled to Vietnam last year, up 15.9 percent from 300,000 in 2017. Thai visitors were the sixth most to Vietnam behind China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia.


Route 2: Hannover – Brindisi 

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Data

Carrier Eurowings Logo
Aircraft Boeing 737-800 (operated by TUI)
Frequency One weekly
Start date 7 May 2019
Distance 1,453 km
O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018) 805
Growth % YOY 76.5%
Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018) $194.14

Insight

Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings is opening a new route linking Brindisi, a port city in southern Italy’s Puglia region, and Hannover, the host destination of Routes Europe 2019. The seasonal service will operate weekly from 7 May 2019 to the end of October using Airbus A320 equipment. Situated in the heart of Europe, Hannover is a commercial and cultural centre and the capital of Lower Saxony, a thriving industrial region of Germany. Brindisi, meanwhile, is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and remains a major port for trade with Greece and the Middle East. The route will mainly attract tourists, with Eurowings expecting to transport about 120,000 passengers from Hannover to Brindisi. 


Route 3: Oakland – Honolulu

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Data

Carrier

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Aircraft

Boeing 737-800

Frequency

One daily (two daily from 24 March 2019)

Start date

17 March 2019

Distance

3,872 km 

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

229,532

Growth % YOY

-2.8% 

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

$267.16

Insight

US low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines won approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration to begin flying to Hawaii at the end of February following a 16 month process. Its inaugural flight will take place from 17 March 2019 from Oakland International Airport to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Flights from Oakland to Kahului will being on 7 April, with services from San Jose to Honolulu and Kahului beginning on 5 May and 26 May respectively. Southwest will also operate its first interisland service within Hawaii between Honolulu and Kahului, four times daily in each direction, beginning 28 April, followed by service between Honolulu and Keahole on 12 May. Southwest hopes the launch will challenge Hawaiian Airlines’ dominance, particularly on interisland routes.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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