After a strong start to the year, Australia’s domestic market growth has fallen in each of the last three months and in June fell below 6% for the first time since last September.
Analysis of the capacity provided by Australia’s leading airlines on each of the Top 10 domestic routes reveals how Qantas is still the market leader in most markets, though on routes to the Gold Coast it uses its lower-cost subsidiary JetStar.
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 20 Aug 07|
JetStar operates from Melbourne’s Avalon airport (AVV) and so does not appear on the Melbourne routes listed above, which focus on Tullamarine airport (MEL). In terms of the total Australian domestic market Qantas operates twice as many flights as Virgin Blue.
|Airline||Frequency Share||Capacity Share|
|All other airlines||16.9%||3.6%|
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 20 August 07|
Apart from the ‘big 3′, there are a host of small regional carriers which generate nearly 30% of weekly flights but are responsible for just 7.5% of seats.