Route rundown: SGN-AVV, ADD-ATH, DME-STN

This week: VietJet is launching its first direct service to Australia; Ethiopian Airlines is returning to Athens after 18 years; and Ural Airlines to enter Moscow - London market.

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: Ho Chi Minh City Melbourne

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Data

Carrier

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Aircraft

Airbus A320 family

Frequency

Four-weekly

Start date

H2 2020

Distance

6,703 km

O&D traffic demand (2018)

216,489

Growth % YOY

14.7% 

Average one-way fare $ (2018)

$358.18

Insight

Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet is launching its first direct service to Australia during the second-half of next year. The airline plans to begin a four-weekly route from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne’s Avalon Airport, becoming the second airline to operate international flights out of the airport after Air Asia X.

VietJet announced in March 2018 that it had signed an agreement with Brisbane Airport Corporation to open a non-stop service between Ho Chi Minh City and Brisbane, which was expected to be its first link to Australia. At the time, it said the route would launch in 2019, but service is yet to begin.

Daniel Andrews, the Premier of the state of Victoria, said VietJet’s route to Avalon Airport would help to build on the 50,000 tourists who visited Victoria from Vietnam in the past year and contribute to the Victorian Government’s goal of increasing visitor spending to A$36.5bn by 2025. Andrews also announced that the government plans to set up its 23rd trade and investment office in Ho Chi Minh City.

It is estimated that more than 150,000 Vietnamese people live in Victoria so VietJet’s new route should generate VFR traffic, in addition to leisure. There are also 13,000 Vietnamese students enrolled in Victorian educational institutions. VietJet will compete on a city pair basis with Vietnam Airlines, which flies between Ho Chi Minh and Melbourne six-weekly, and Jetstar’s three-weekly service.


Route 2: Addis Ababa – Athens

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Data

Carrier ethiopian-airlines-logo.png
Aircraft Boeing 787-8
Frequency Three-weekly 
Start date 13 December 2019
Distance 3,547 km
O&D traffic demand (2018) 3,198
Growth % YOY -16.8%
Average one-way fare $ (2018) $312.52

Insight

Ethiopian Airlines is resuming service to Athens after an absence of 18 years from its network. The carrier will operate Addis Ababa – Athens – Moscow Domodedovo service three-times per week from 13 December 2019 using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. As reported by Airlineroute, this will replace its existing Addis Ababa – Moscow Domodedovo non-stop flight.

Athens will become Ethiopian’s 20th destination in Europe and takes the airline’s overall international network to 126 destinations. The route will become the eighth between Athens and the continent of Africa, in addition to Aegean Airlines’ flights to Alexandria, Cairo, Casablanca and Marrakech; Egyptair to Cairo; Royal Air Maroc to Casablanca; and Ryanair to Marrakech. 

Speaking about the resumption of Athens flights, Ethiopian’s chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “As one of the world’s oldest and historic cities, the city enjoys a high level of tourism from visitors across the world. Hence, the resumption of the service to Athens will help meet the exponential demand from global tourists, as well as provide them with more connectivity options within our extensive global network.”


Route 3: Moscow – London 

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Credit: Ural Airlines

Data

Carrier

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Aircraft

Airbus A320

Frequency

Four-weekly

End date

20 December 2019

Distance

2,482 km 

O&D traffic demand (2018)

482,265

Growth % YOY

0.1%

Average one-way fare $ (2018)

$328.47

Insight

Ural Airlines has opened reservations for its planned service to London Stansted, which will now operate from Moscow Domodedovo. The carrier previously intended to serve the UK airport from Moscow Zhukovsky. It will fly the new route four times per week using Airbus A320 aircraft, effective from 20 December 2019.

Ural Airlines will compete on a city pair basis with Aeroflot, British Airways and Wizz. Aeroflot serves London Heathrow from Moscow Sheremetyevo; British Airways flies between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Moscow Domodedovo; and Wizz Air operates a route between London Luton and Moscow Vnukovo.

Although the UK - Russia market remains underserved, capacity between Moscow and London has steadily increased in recent years. According to data from OAG Schedules Analyser, there are 21,422 weekly two-way seats between the capital cities, up by 40 percent in three years.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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