Republic Airways carried 22 million passengers in 2013; over 110 destinations served this February
Republic Airways is an Indianapolis-based airline holding company that owns Republic Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines and Shuttle America. According to its official website, the three carriers operate a combined fleet of over 250 aircraft to more than 110 destinations in the US, Canada and the Bahamas on behalf of the regional brands of American Airlines (AmericanConnection and Envoy, formerly known as American Eagle until January 2014), Delta Air Lines (Delta Connection), United Airlines (United Express) and US Airways (US Airways Express).
|American Airlines Seat Share||Delta Air Lines Seat Share||United Airlines Seat Share||US Airways Seat Share|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi 18-24 February 2014.|
The three subsidiaries handled almost 22 million passenger in 2013 (Flightglobal), representing a 7% growth over 2012 figures. In addition, last year’s load factors increased by 1% to 76% and ASKs went up 0.5%, reaching 21.7 million one-way seats. Frontier Airlines, which turned 20 this February, was part of Republic Airways until December 2013, when it was acquired by Indigo Partners, a private equity firm that pursues acquisitions and strategic investments in low-cost carriers around the world.
O’Hare-La Guardia still #1 airport pair for Shuttle America
Established in 1998, Shuttle America operates a mixed fleet of E170s and E175s feeding the networks of United Express and Delta Connection. Analysis of Innovata schedule data for this February indicates that the airline operates 174 non-stop routes, with the top dozen airport pairs accounting for 4.8% of all weekly seats. The Chicago O’Hare-New York LaGuardia airport pair is still the largest route in terms of weekly seat capacity, having increased by over 19% in the last year, but representing only 1.2% of Shuttle America’s weekly capacity. The airline has increased its frequency on the 1,180-kilometre sector by 20% to 126 weekly flights this February, operated on behalf of both Delta Connection and United Express. Moreover, the sector between Washington Reagan and O’Hare is the fastest growing route, having grown by 360%, when comparing data from this February with the same week last year.
Eight out of Republic’s top 12 destinations growing
Republic, which was founded in 1973, operates scheduled passenger services on behalf of Envoy, US Airways Express and United Express, utilising Q400s, E170s, E175s and E190s. As of February 2014, the carrier’s weekly seat capacity increased by 31%, when compared to data from the same week last year, with eight out of the top 12 routes recording growth. In fact just one airport pair, namely the 803-kilometre sector between Reagan and Indianapolis, noted capacity decrease (-3.9%), with Denver-O’Hare, New York Newark-O’Hare and Minneapolis-St. Paul-O’Hare being inaugurated over the last 12 months. Ranking second in terms of weekly seats, the services between Charlotte Douglas and Philadelphia have seen an impressive growth of 1,200% or 2,876 more seats over last year’s figures.
Detroit-Montreal is new entrant for Chautauqua
The third subsidiary of Republic Airways, offering services for nearly 40 years, Chautauqua operates on 130 routes doing business as Envoy, Delta Connection and United Express. In terms of the airline’s most significant route, the services between O’Hare and Louisville provide the largest seat capacity, representing a seat share of 1.6%. When compared to its sister company Republic, the top 12 routes in Chautauqua’s network are relatively stable, with Detroit-Montreal making it as the only entrant into this year’s table. The 851-kilometre sector, which is the only international route in the top dozen, has been operated since 7 April 2013 by Chautauqua on behalf of Delta Connection’s thrice-daily services. In addition, the Detroit-Norfolk airport pair recorded the greatest capacity growth (314%) as a courtesy of the carrier’s frequency increase from daily to 29 times weekly this February.