Route Rundown: NRT-GUM, AYT-BGW, SCE-SFB

This week: Air Busan capitalises on low-cost growth, fast-growing Baghdad market gains route, Allegiant expends network

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: Tokyo Narita – Guam

Air Busan A321

Data

Carrier

Air Busan

Aircraft

Airbus A321

Frequency

Daily

Start date

20 July 2019

Distance

2,517 km 

O&D traffic demand (2018)

326,904

Growth % YOY

-6.45%

Average one-way fare $ (2018)

$317.49

Insight

Air Busan is to operate Tokyo Narita – Guam between 20 July 2019 and 15 September 2019 daily. The carrier, the low cost arm of Asiana, has served Guam since July 2015 from Busan in South Korea. The Busan flights fluctuate in frequency across the year between four-to-five weekly and daily.

Guam has seen a rapid rise in traffic from South Korea from the low cost carriers who have stimulated the market, generating phenomenal traffic growth increasing the market size from around 200,000 passengers per year (2009) to a market of now 1.4 million passengers (2018). The South Korean market is now larger than the once dominant Japanese market which is has fallen to 1.1 million passengers (2018) from 1.7 million in 2013.

The new flights from Air Busan are no doubt supported by Japanese tour operators who will add capacity during the peak periods and Air Busan obviously feels it can fill a gap in the Japanese – Guam market that was left by a number of carriers that have either cancelled services or reduce capacity, some for strategic reasons as well as market reasons. 

Both Delta and Korean left the Japan – Guam market recently (2017-21), while United over the last four years has withdrawn capacity and cancelled some of its regional Japanese services to markets like Okayama (OKJ) and Sendai (SDJ). The question is when will the Japanese low cost carriers serve the Japan – Guam market and grow the traffic back to the previous levels?   


Route 2: Antalya – Baghdad

Onur Air A320

Data

Carrier Onur Air
Aircraft Airbus A321/320
Frequency Two-weekly
Start date 2 July 2019
Distance 1,285 km
O&D traffic demand (2018) 29,620
Growth % YOY 42.66%
Average one-way fare $ (2018) $180.36

Insight

Growth on this route has been strong over the past year. In the five years from 2014 to 2018, the Turkey-Iraq market has grown impressively by 71 percent from 638,737 seats to 1,092,159. So far for 2019, data from OAG Schedules Analyser indicates that it will grow by a further 42 percent this year.

The dominant city pair between these two counties has been Istanbul Ataturk to Baghdad, although the Turkish capital offers four routes into Iraq in 2019. However Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen has caught up with recent growth, offering almost the exact same number of seats into Iraq.

This year Turkish offers the lion's share of capacity between the two countries with 41 percent, followed by AtlasGlobal (17.51 percent), Iraqi Airways (16.49 percent) and Pegasus (15.68 percent). With just 4.33 percent market share, Onur Air has some way to go to catch up.


Route 3: State College – Orlando Sanford

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Data

Carrier

 allegiant logo

Aircraft

Airbus A319

Frequency

Two-weekly

Start date

9 October 2019

O&D traffic demand (2018)

No data

Growth % YOY

No data

Average one-way fare $ (2018)

No data

Insight

Allegiant came out this week with new service to both existing cities on their network as well as new destinations for existing cities.  State College, PA, home of Penn State University is seeing its first new service with non-stops to Sanford / Orlando, FL (SFB) as well as St. Petersburg, FL (PIE).  Traverse City (TVC), in northern Michigan will see new Allegiant service to Sanford / Orlando, FL (SFB), Punta Gorda, FL (PGD) as well as St. Petersburg, FL (PIE) as Traverse City joins Allegiant’s growing list of destinations. Prior Allegiant city Grand Rapids (GRR) will see additional service to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) and New Orleans, LA (MSY).  Redmond, OR (RDM) will see new service to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) and Phoenix / Mesa, AZ (AZA).  Finally, McAllen, TX (MFE) will enjoy a new Allegiant option to Phoenix / Mesa, AZ (AZA) in addition to their existing service.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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