Asia-Pacific airlines see international traffic fall in Q3; Taipei has highest seats per movement ratio; Bangkok disruption will impact Q4

Image: Cathay Pacific celebrate with dragons
Cathay Pacific celebrated the expansion of services to India in August, with 20 more flights added to make the total 28 per week. It now operates 14 flights per week to Delhi, 10 to Mumbai and four to Chennai.

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines currently consists of 17 members – Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines. Each month the association reports provisional international traffic figures for all its members combined. Analysis of year-on-year data reveals that growth has been positive for most of the last three years until July of this year.

Chart: AAPA member airlines
Source: AAPA

In the third quarter of 2008 international passenger numbers fell by 3.6% to 35.9 million. Average load factors fell around 3% as capacity remained broadly unchanged. This compares with the second quarter of 2008 when international passenger numbers were still increasing by 2.6%.

The disruption caused by recent events in Thailand will do doubt have some effect on the figures for November and December as Bangkok is the region’s fourth busiest airport.

Taipei has most seats per aircraft movement

An analysis of the top 15 Asian airports reveals that for this winter at three of the top 15 airports the average aircraft size exceeds 250 seats. Taipei leads the way with 269 followed by Tokyo Narita (with 265) and Hong Kong (with 260).

Chart: top 15 Asian airports
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 December 2008

For comparison, the average aircraft movement at London Heathrow this winter has 193 seats. At Amsterdam the average aircraft movement has 140 seats while at Frankfurt it has 161.


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